The festival dates back to the middle ages, and is so called after the place Chilla where the hermitage of the Virgin Nuestra Señora stands. On the day of the celebrations the villagers and more than 12,000 people who attend the event commemorate the apparition of the Virgen de Chilla to a young Shepherd around the year 1300.

According to the legend the Shepherd Firnardo, from the village of Calera, gathered his flock and took them to the mountain one day, as he did every day, but one of his goats ate some poisonous grass by misfortune and died. The Virgin appeared and revived the goat, and now she always appears with the symbol of a goat.

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Castilla y León Tourist Interest
Second sunday of september


Candeleda. 05480 Ávila.

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Tourist Office of Candeleda


C/ Corredera, 8. MUSEO ETNOGRAFICO. Candeleda. 05480 Ávila.

Telephone: 920 380 795

Tourist Office Regional of Ávila


Casa de las Carnicerías. C/ San Segundo, 17. Ávila. 05001 Ávila.

Telephone: 920 211 387

Fax: 920 253 717