For many people in Valencia, la Plantà is even more exciting than Christmas. Unwrapping a few presents under the tree vs. unwrapping thousands of works of art across the city? No contest! La Plantà is when the massive figures which make up the Fallas monuments are removed from their cellophane wrapp
Despite all the hiking we were doing, we definitely weren’t losing any weight here in Tenerife. And that didn’t surprise me, considering the hearty food, and the outsized portions in which they serve it. But we loved the island’s cuisine, which is quite distinct from that of the Spanish mainland.
We have several favorite spots at the Plaza del Ayuntamiento from which to watch a Mascletà. Usually, we’re on the north side of the plaza, good for hanging out with friends because it’s not so packed. Another favorite spot is in front of the post office, closer to the Mascletà cage, where you can s
Although La Laguna suffers from the urban sprawl and traffic problems of so many other large, modern cities, it has also been careful to preserve its ancient heart. This is the most historic and culturally significant of any city on Tenerife, and its casco antiguo, or old town, is replete in majesti
The Cant de L’Estoreta tradition came to life in the 1960s, thanks to the Fallas commission of Plaza del Árbol. Adults and kids alike dressed up in antiquated clothing, and reenacted the obsolete tradition of walking with the estoreta velleta, an old carpet upon which neighbors could place their old
We’ve engaged in very few “touristy”-type experiences while on Tenerife, and this was by design. But one wouldn’t hurt us, right? We were invited by Third Element to join one of their three-hour whale-watching tours. How could we say no?
Generally, any whale-watching trip comes with a massive discla
A time-worn path brought us from the village of Afur, along the coastline to Taganana, and then back to Afur through the forests and hills of the Anaga natural reserve. With perfect weather, a well-marked trail, glorious coastal views, an evocative forest, the surprise kindness of strangers, and jus
Yes, Fallas 2020 has been cancelled, but we’re going to continue sharing our experiences before the Spanish lockdown. Especially for all the Valencians stuck at home, we want to deliver at least a little bit of Fallas flair! On March 6th and 7th, we walked around the city to capture some of the more
With its unique collection of aboriginal mummies, archaeological finds, and focus on endemic flora and fauna, the Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueología is one of the premier museums on the Canary Islands. We made it one of our first stops in Santa Cruz.
Inaugurated in 1958, the museum is housed within
A lot has happened since we published our post about the Ninot exhibition. Fallas 2020 has been postponed until mid-July, due to the CoVID-19. Looking at the pictures below, you might think that Valencians are wearing face masks because of the virus, but that’s not the case. They’re actually protect
Any exploration of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is likely to begin in the Plaza de España, an expansive open square near the ocean. At least, that’s the first place we headed. We spent a wonderful Saturday morning hanging out in the plaza, and getting a feel for the capital city, which is in turns beautif
For us, the first event of Fallas is always a visit to the Ninot Exhibition. Ninots are the smaller figures which make up the large Fallas monuments, and every commission sends their best one to the Exhibition. Visiting gives you a sense of the year’s popular themes and styles, and provides hints as