Overview part 2

As promised, the second riveting installment of “what I have been up to” I am aware you are all on the edges of your seats waiting for this so I thank you for your dedication and patience,. I can only promise that is is highly worthwhile. Highly recommended.

So.. where were we… oh yeah, tripping around the place on the green comets…. so the next trip was a little jaunt to Candelaria, a little town down the coast a bit that has the famous statues of the Guanches along the shore in the main square. They are quite an imposing presence.

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The Guanches, among others were the original inhabitants of the islands and each of these names on the stones represents a kingdom.

 

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It’s nice, the beach is right off the main square and, well not much to tell really.. it’s a very chill little town in the mountains.

A couple of days later I went to check out this beach that people go on about, Playa de las Teresitas, it is just a few miles out of Santa Cruz so the bus goes through the ports and through some very industrual parts of the coastline, cement factories, mining depots and things like that.

They shipped in the sand for this beach from the Sahara a long time ago so it is entirely man made.. personally I didn’t like it, it is artificial and feels that way, not restful at all certainly an interesting experience. It smells horrible, probably down to all the toilets and so forth, down the other end there is a restaurant, pretty good food but a bit expensive.. especially considering how dirty it is right around there. I think they tried to make a nice beach but ultimately the nature of the area comes through too much, I much prefer the volcanic rocks of Punta Del Hidalgo and that type of thing.

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So it was worth checking out to see what all the fuss was about but I definitely don’t get the attraction.

 

More recently Santa Cruz has hosted Carnival, a massive annual party and one of the biggest events in Spain. People come from all over to attend and it is nearly two weeks of dressing up, music, parades and much more.  Personally I am not a big fan of big drunken crowds so I stayed away for most of it but I did groove around during the day to check it out. Photos

 

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