there doesn’t have to be much reason in spain to have a fiesta however la romeria is quite a biggy in fiesta second to carnival time.

a romeria you say? well it comes from the word “romero” meaning travelling towards rome. it’s a catholic celebration, a pilgrimage that in today’s world is a procession, of floats, music and dancing, food and cattle! to translate in a very simple way it’s kind of spains harvest festival. the celebration lasts all day long, and why wouldn’t it?!

whilst we were recently in tenerife i took Mr HPMcQ to see his first romeria, and we went to la laguna, my mothers hometown.

everyone was dressed in their traditional local dress, and they sang and danced/walked through the old streets of la laguna, drinking and eating as they go on their way. many floats had built-in bbq’s on the back, and all of them handed out gifts of their produce be it food and/or wine. Mr HPMcQ was most impressed with his sangria, but less so with his boiled egg. the processions always end at a sanctuary, a hermitage or a church and the night always ends it a big party in the town square.


  1. August 12, 2014 / 07:30

    Hmm sangria or a boiled egg? Difficult choice…

    Superb photos of the day – really bring the fiesta to life 🙂

  2. August 12, 2014 / 11:34

    such beautiful photos! I love everything about spain although i never visited the mainland and just Majorca. Love the traditional costumes so much!So colourful!

    • August 13, 2014 / 13:38

      the costumes are great aren’t they? i especially love the embroidered ones that the three ladies have on. i used to have one of the stripy ones many moons ago, they are quite hot!

  3. August 12, 2014 / 11:48

    What a lovely celebration. I had never heard of it before, but it looks like a great day for all the family and the kids on the carriage look too cute in their costumes x

    • August 13, 2014 / 14:13

      it’s all about the families, so everyone gets to have some good fun!

  4. August 12, 2014 / 13:14

    My Mum and Dad spend a lot of time in Spain and are always coming across new celebrations and fiestas – we need more of that light and colour in this country don’t we! As always, gorgeous pictures.

  5. August 12, 2014 / 14:50

    I’ve never heard of this before but it looks amazing and if you get Sangria then all the better 😉

  6. August 12, 2014 / 15:08

    Don’t think I’d have been too impressed with a boiled egg either!

    Gorgeous pictures, hope there’s some of this fiesta-iness occurring when we’re in Spain.

    • August 13, 2014 / 14:15

      and if there isn’t you must simple insist! they don’t need much of an excuse x

  7. August 13, 2014 / 03:03

    Wow! What an amazing insight and such stunning pictures! I literally feel like I was just transported to Tenerife for a moment. Magical. Thanks so much xx

  8. August 13, 2014 / 06:13

    I’ve read about these fiestas before and always thought they sound like fantastic fun. Great to see all your wonderful photos.

    • August 13, 2014 / 14:16

      stop reading and get yourself to one, you will love it!

  9. börnin mín
    August 13, 2014 / 07:14

    This looks wonderful Vanessa – what an experience to show Mr HpmcbeardyQ.
    Love all the dresses and mobile bbq? Genius!

  10. August 13, 2014 / 07:55

    That looks amazing. You’re pictures are amazing – they really capture the feeling of the place. It looks great fun.

    • August 13, 2014 / 14:18

      i like the one of the lady singing in the blue, she was absolutely belting that song out!

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