A few years ago I came across a guidebook for Tenerife published in 1969 when parts of the island were unrecognisable compared to now and some popular resorts were still to be built. On the other hand, some of the images in the book look as though they might have been taken yesterday.
The following are extracts taken from the book. See how many places you can identify without having a glance at the answers at the end. Some answers might surprise even people who have been visiting the island for years. Note: The photos aren’t clues, they’re just similar to images in the book.
1: “This is an important and attractive town and a favourite of tourists on account of its excellent climate.”
Clue: Given modern day perceptions this might come as a surprise.
2: “This coastal village should become a resort of more extensive proportions because it is protected from predominating winds by the central mountain range and the bay is nearly always calm.”
Clue: The author got that one spot on.
3: “The beach is 300 metres long with rocks; there is a road to the cliff-top and a path down to the beach.”
Clue: There are two beaches beside each other with the same name. The description is nothing like what exists now.
4: “This is the most important town in the southern part of the island. It lies in the valley which bears the same name…”
Clue: The clue is in the quote. Most visitors don’t step foot in this town now.
5: “The surrounding countryside is really picturesque, and it possesses natural springs whose waters are of medicinal value.”
Clue: Travellers in Victorian days knew this and would regularly make the journey to benefit from bathing in the springs.
6: “One of the richest zones on the island. Here Tenerife’s best oranges are produced.”
Clue: It’s not in the north and it has a couple of fabulous natural beaches on its coast.
7: “The coastal village of ***** is worthy of a mention as it is being converted into a place with special attractions for tourists; there are two fresh-water swimming pools and several bungalows that can be hired.”
Clue: The freshwater pools are still there but this resort never really hit the mass tourism big time.
8: “***** is a gay, lucid city which is also modern and progressive. The headquarters of the Captain-General of the Canary Islands and West Africa.”
Clue: It’s all in the first line. How many ‘gay, lucid’ cities can there be on Tenerife?
9: “Surrounded by beautiful country; there are some attractive avenues and streets are straight and silent with several seigniorial houses.”
Clue: Straight streets and attractive avenues should help identify this famous place. I’m not so sure about the seigniorial houses bit.
10: “A favourite spot of islanders and tourists; there are several hotels, and a good bus service.”
Clue: It’s a favourite spot for speciality water sports.
Answers: 1 – Puerto de la Cruz; 2 – Los Cristianos; 3 – Playa Troya in Costa Adeje; 4 – Guimar; 5 – Vilaflor; 6 – Granadilla de Abona; 7 – Punta del Hidalgo; 8 – Santa Cruz; 9 – La Laguna; 10 – El Médano
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