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.
For three days in May artistic anarchy is the order of the day in Puerto de la Cruz as Mueca, the international festival of art in the street, transforms the town into a surreal wonderland.
Parque Bulevar last year became home to modern costumes of queens, princesses, monsters and clowns in bright Carnaval colours. Spread over three levels they lurk outside shops, lean over the escalators and even hang from the ceiling.
The Three Kings have barely had time to trot over the horizon on their camels and the horses in Adeje are still damp from their annual dip in the seas for the Romería de San Sebastián; yet already Tenerife is starting to dance to a Brazilian beat.
January 6th is the first day of the Christian season of Epiphany, and Tenerife, unlike UK, is not quite done with the festivities. In the Canary Islands, as in the rest of Spain, that means that on the night of the 5th January the Three Kings creep silently into homes and leave presents for the children.
If you’re planning on abandoning the frost and snow in favour of sun and sand on Tenerife to welcome in 2013, there are a few New Year’s traditions that you need to be aware of lest you temp the demon bad luck to stalk you throughout the coming year.
On Tenerife you can enjoy Christmas on the beach, stroll through quaint streets illuminated by magical Christmas lights, have a right old British Christmas Eve knees up, get teary eyed at Christmas carol concerts and even build a snowman.