Choosing five favourite things about Tenerife is a bit like choosing my five favourite movies, ask me again in six months and the list will probably be different.
There are so many surprises and wonders on Tenerife that my chin is a smooth as the proverbial baby’s bum with all the chin-rubbing pondering I’ve been doing. These are the things that still bring a wide-eyed smile after 10 years of seeing, or experiencing them over and over again.
Parque Garcia Sanábria
This artistic park in Santa Cruz is magical whatever your age. Despite not being huge, it’s a maze. Last time I was there I struggled to find Oscar Dominguez’ cheeky cat portal even though I knew roughly where it was. The park is an enchanting blend of lush, leafy flora and off the wall sculptures with opinionated frogs and argumentative parrots keeping the soundtrack sub-tropical. It has multiple personalities, all of them sparkling; one minute manicured arched walkways and wild bamboo tunnels the next. Dominating the centre-ish is the eye-catching Fecundidad cooling her generous thighs in the fountain.
Drinking Mojitos in Azucar
Thanks to the Rough Guide to Tenerife I was shocked the first time I walked into Azucar, a steamy Cuban bar in a former gentlemen’s smoking club in Puerto de la Cruz. It described Azucar as a good restaurant to get Cuban food. The Cuban part was on the nose, the rest was spectacularly wrong. The reality was a dark and sultry club with voodoo type decorations on the wall and a row of mojitos lined up on the bar, ready to sate the thirst of the clientèle who were salsa-ing as though they’d sold their souls to the devil of Latino music. It was hypnotic then and it still is.
Minas de San José
Teide National Park has to be included. A favourite spot in the park is the Minas de San José. This area epitomises the other worldly nature of the crater, with copper green undulations, lightweight rocks and a backdrop of ropey coils of solidified lava. It’s no wonder they chose this spot as a location for Clash of the Titans.
Calle Quintana in Puerto de la Cruz
Walk along Calle Quintana on a Sunday at 6pm and it tells you all you need to know about the character of Puerto de la Cruz. The old street, linking two of the best plazas on Tenerife, is a hive of activity; full of smartly dressed locals and living statues that vary from faeries to Poseidon. Every time I walk along Quintana on a Sunday it reminds me why I live on this island.
The Flower Carpets
I could have picked any number of Tenerife fiestas. They’re vibrant, colourful, fascinating and great fun. Carnival is the best known but the Corpus Christi flower carpets in La Orotava in May/June are quite special. La Orotava is a beautiful setting whose good looks are enhanced by the aromatic flower carpets and stunning sand tapestry outside the town hall. As well as a visual feast, it shows the strength of community and family that exists on Tenerife and encapsulates why Tenerife is a special place and much more than just a sunny holiday destination.
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