Pilgrims from all over Gran Canaria meet in Teror and offer fresh produce to la Virgen del Pino, or in English the Virgin of the Pine (the patron saint of the island). This festival takes place between 6th and 8th September. This is the biggest religious festival in Gran Canaria. There is a big procession at this festival and a lot to do, combining religious rituals with other fun events.
This festival dates back to the 17th century when the Virgen del Pino statue was taken to Las Palmas (the capital of the island) to pray for rain. In the 18th century the pilgrimages in September started to become popular events, and nowadays they are a big attraction. Lots of people, both tourists and Canarian residents, turn up to watch the meeting of the procession-goers on the road to Teror throughout the night.
La Plaza de Teror is the meeting place for all the procession-goers in the early hours of the morning and the festivities continue throughout the rest of the day. As is usual with Canarian festivities, you should expect music, dancing, food and drink and a great party atmosphere! The Canarians like to make everything fun and this is one great reason why the fiestas here are never boring.
If you can, try to make the Pilgrimage to Nuestra Señora de la Virgen del Pino in 2008.