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.
On Tenerife the worst of the storm hit late on Sunday afternoon when high winds and heavy rain lashed the south, south west and eastern coasts and trapping hundreds of passengers on board a Fred Olsen ferry which had left Los Cristianos at 2pm to travel to La Palma for an excruciating 10 hours – a journey which normally takes two and a half hours
From fishing village to busy port and marina, Los Cristianos is constantly evolving but always keeps its respect for the Atlantic Ocean and nature’s ways. Cruise ships are set to become a key part of the future and the harbour wall is bracing itself for a new look.
If you struggle to decide what to put in a bocadillo or sandwich your taste buds will be in a spin trying to choose from breads made with olives, cocoa and orange, and even beer, they also have gluten free loaves.
The towering cliffs that give Los Gigantes its name are one of the most iconic sights in Tenerife, now after eight years absence guests can enjoy the finest views of them from the Royal Sun Resort high above the village.
Until now, if I wanted to sample the delights of a mojito mousse or a handmade gofio chocolate, I had to travel to Buenavista, Playa de Las Americas or into Santa Cruz to find the only outlets. But all that has changed now as the iconic bakery has opened up in La Paz at the front of the Canary Centre shopping precinct on the main road to the Botánico Gardens.
One of the nicest things about the BA service is that it brings back that element of civilized flying that went out the window with low cost, no frills airlines. Firstly, your fare includes all taxes and charges plus one checked piece of baggage up to a sensible 23 kilos.
Staying there for a weekend just five months after it had opened, I was blown away by the simple elegance of the hotel and by the beauty and tranquillity of the area where hiking trails lead through forests and around nature reserve pools.
Since Sunday, when the fire started, it has spread over an area of 2,000 hectares despite the best attempts of over 500 professional and volunteer fire-fighters and up to 11 helicopters and hydroplanes (three special water-dropping planes arrived from mainland Spain yesterday).