Inspired by our recent ‘Five Favourite Things About Tenerife’ blogs by our insiders, Pamela, a former insider herself, felt moved to pen her own favourites in a guest blog for us…
Tenerife was my home for more than 16 years and, in many ways, will probably always be. From the many happy recollections, these are those which come to mind first, as those I most want to see or experience again.
Living with the view from my windows of the Teno Massif for almost a decade, these majestic mountains never ceased to inspire me with awe. Most mornings I would get up, walk outside with the dog and no matter how often I saw them, those imposing natural structures surrounding the valley touched my emotions and took my breath away.
Los Reyes in Garachico
Every night of January 5th which is 12th Night or the Eve of Epiphany throughout Spain and the Canary Islands, Los Reyes (The Kings) parade through towns and villages before bringing gifts to children (both young and old), in keeping with a tradition started by some distinguished foreigners who visited Jesus after his birth, some 2000 or so years earlier.
Garachico‘s parade, for me, is the best, not only because Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar arrive more traditionally on real camels rather than on floats (or even in helicopters) as they do in some towns, but also because the town’s architecture lends itself so well to staging the event, with the 16th Century castle standing in for Herod’s Palace, the Town Hall getting a makeover for the kings themselves and the surrounding square housing the necessary stables, etc.
Maybe it’s because I was born on a Shrove (or Carnaval) Tuesday that I seem to have carnaval in my blood, but it excites me with child-like glee and I don’t just want to watch, I want to be a part of it. Whether it’s the big parades in Santa Cruz; the Opening Parade on the Friday before Shrove Tuesday, the Main Parade on the Tuesday itself, the kids’ parade or one of the many others all over the island, they are fun, colourful and, above all, accessible.
Mercado Nuestra Senora de Africa
The Our Lady of Africa market “La Recova”, is one of my favourite places in the world to go shopping. From the friendly flower sellers under the arched entrance, through to the wonderful array of the freshest and best fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, bread, cheese, herbs, spices; clothing, cafés and bars and everything else you can imagine inside.
Life in the Plaza
Naturally, the climate helps a lot – it also allows one to gloat a little being able to sit outside in a light jacket, sipping coffee on the evening of Christmas Day – but these outdoor gathering places help retain the sense of community and give everyone an equal chance to have a social life. The focus of events for fiestas; for markets and exhibitions, outdoor shows, live music and dancing, seeing them dressed for every occasion with lights and colourful bunting.
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