Marvel at the beauty of the wooden balconies of Casas de los Balcones in La Orotava with their intricate carving and rich mahogany patina and you’ll begin to understand why the heart of the Canary Pine, known as tea (tay-a) is so prized.
City breaks on Tenerife are gaining in popularity. Shopping, sightseeing and a sneaky afternoon on the beach are all within four and a half hour, budget friendly, flying distance and turn a city break into a tropical getaway.
Explore the historic towns of Tenerife over the next week and you’ll discover the island has gone all flower power with petals and seeds replacing tarmac and cobbles in the island’s oldest towns.
The potters of Arguayo produced ceramic pots and plates in the same way they had been doing for centuries, the designs traceable back to their Guanche roots and even to their Berber forefathers. With skills passed from mother to daughter, the distinctive red ceramic pots were produced by the women of the village while their daughters and daughters-in-law carried the finished products in baskets on their heads to sell or trade.
The first time we set foot in the Anaga Mountains in the far north east of Tenerife we were totally blown away. The rugged terrain of proud peaks, emerald slopes and a scattering of tiny hamlets didn’t fit in with the picture of Tenerife that had been fed to us by various print and TV media sources.
Each island has its own version of traditional costume, and even within an island there are variations from community to community. In Tenerife traditional dress has evolved over the years, but retains a 17th century feel.
Lying on a beach in Playa de Las Américas or Costa Adeje it’s easy to forget that the land beneath your sun lounger is potentially unsafe and that Tenerife, like all the Canary Islands, has its roots firmly in a very violent past and for all we know, a possibly violent future.
For those who have the wallets to match their egos; want to feel like a VIP for that special anniversary or who are just fed up to the back teeth with the words ‘crisis’ and ‘austerity’, there are no shortage of ways to part with your cash on our tropical paradise.