The Canaries in Miniature at Pueblo Chico

Fri, March 18th, 2011 - By Andrea Montgomery

Two workmen are sitting on top of the old Arabic tiles on the church roof, enjoying a sandwich in the warm afternoon sun. The tiles which are waiting to replace the broken ones are doubling as seats as the workmen stretch their legs and turn their faces to the sun. It’s a lunch break that’s destined to last for a very long time.

In the street below them two cars have collided and smashed headlamps, sending shards of glass across the road. A couple of policemen are surveying the scene which will never make it into their report books. In nearby La Laguna a woman is sunbathing topless on her flat roof, little knowing that the teenage lad from next door is spying on her and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

They are typical scenes from life in Tenerife, captured in perfect miniature detail and frozen in time.

PuebloChico lies hidden away in La Orotava just above the motorway and in easy reach of Puerto de la Cruz. Stepping through its Paisajes Lunar cave entrance takes you on a unique journey through time and across islands as you explore the microcosms of Canary Islands life. All Tenerife’s icons are here – Mount Teide, the Auditorium, the cliffs of Los Gigantes, Candelaria Basilica, the flower carpets of La Laguna – all reproduced in perfect detail and set amongst landscaped gardens brimming with endemic plants.

The models are the stars of the show, each one hand made by La Laguna company La Maquetal and painstakingly accurate, like the Sede de Cajacanarias building in Santa Cruz which took 1250 hours to make and has 395 openings and windows or the Palacio de Nava in La Laguna with its intricate carved façade, perfect in every detail. Wandering through the miniature streets with a copy of their wonderful guide is like the sort of history lesson you wish you’d had when you were in school. From the animal skin-wearing Guanche who originally settled the island to the tram system in Santa Cruz, the development of the islands is brought to life and unfolds in front of your eyes.

But don’t let that fool you into thinking this is little more than a miniature museum. PuebloChico is packed to its pint-sized rafters in moving parts and comic scenes, like the pizza delivery boy who’s just been upended by the roller-skating girl’s dog who is capitalising on the mayhem and making off with a pizza, and the graffiti artist making a sharp exit as the coppers close in on him and…well you’ll just have to discover them all for yourself. It’s a brilliant family half day out with fab views over the coast, a gorgeous setting, masses to see and a great cafe for lunch.

Pueblo Chico Fact File:
Camino Cruz de Los Martillos, 62, La Orotava, (off Exit 35 of the TF5); open every day from 9am to 6pm; adults €12.50, children (aged 4yrs to 11 yrs) €6.50; residents €8.50, children €5.

Posted : Friday, March 18th, 2011 at 8:56 am
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