Tenerife, is the largest of the Canary Islands, and
according to our guide has a population of about 800,000 people.
The capital and major port is Santa Cruz, that is where we
docked and spent the day touring. It is a the major port of the island, and Santa
Cruz has a population of about 220,000 residents.
It is bright, lively, like many tourist attraction there are
beaches, high rises-at least high rises for a volcanic island-shops, gardens,
restaurants along with many houses that have staircases that seem to climb up to
infinity-a perfect venue for rest and relaxation. The climate and landscape are
very diverse, and there are more things to see here than the other two islands
A short bus ride took us to the beautiful market, neatly
laid out, one aisle after another offers produce, meat and sausages, cheeses,
flowers, spices-you can stop for coffee and soak up the atmosphere. The items
for sale seem never ending, and the aromas were divine, especially from the
The next stop was the Archeological Museum that has
impressive exhibits of the life and death of the Guanche society-the first
inhabitants of the Canary Islands dating back to the 1st and 2nd
A fascinating exhibit that lists many of the plants found on
the islands, reminiscent of the Audubon style, they were beautifully drawn and
labeled and framed. There is a knob on each of the framed exhibits and when you
pull on the knob you open a door, and it has a picture or drawing of the
discoverer of the plant. Very neat indeed. This museum serves as a learning
center for all the schools in the Canary Islands.
Our next stop was La Laguna, a World Heritage Site.
Designated a site because of the buildings, the intrinsic layout of the city,
its colorful and distinctive architecture and beautiful patios. Smaller than
Santa Cruz, it is more intimate and somewhat less touristy.
We stopped and visited another market square, this one
smaller and older, but equally charming. Then on to the Cathedral and a couple
of the famous interior patios. We had a few minutes to shop and stop for
coffee. I opted for the coffee and a wonderful local delicacy, fried bread that
I swear had custard inside, it was soft, gooey and delicious.
I wanted to post a few snapshots from Tenerife, is vibrant and colorful, and they serve a good cup of coffee. Next week, I'll post a blog about a unique and delightful place to visit. Hope you enjoy these pictures.