The Canary Islands
This was our hotel the first
night. It was called El Patio and it was the old villa of
a banana plantation. There are lots of banana planations
on the islands. It was a bed and breakfast. They did
The colors of all the buildings
were beautiful. Depending on how recent the buildings were
they would either be built of stone masonry or concrete
block. Then they would plaster the outside. They
used all colors. This one made a nice contrast.
Roofs were tile, no matter how
old or new the building was. Here was a small villa that
was particularly old on Tenerife in Taborno.
This was a whitewashed old
house, the last on the road beyond Taborno. The old lady
came out to say hi to us.
Of course, the cities were
different. Well, not really. These resort areas
don't really count. This is Las Playas de Las
Americas. It's all Germans and English who stay here,
therefore the culture here is more of a 24-7 continental European
lifestyle. No siesta in Las Playas.
This was a townhome in Santa
Cruz de La Palma, the capital city of the island of La
Palma. Again, colors are really nice.
This was on La Palma as well,
but at the top of a 8000 peak. There was an astrophysical
observatory that was funded by Spain, EU, and the US.
I particularly liked the
architectural style of La Palma. During the plastering,
they would leave the cornerstones on the building's edges
bare. It really gave it a nice touch. Plus the
Once again, we have a major
resort. Of course, this is not the traditional canarian
way of life. You could have this in Bora Bora, Maldives,
Qatar, or where ever...
Ask any builder in the Canaries
and I'm sure you could get a lesson on retaining walls.
The land is definitely not flat.
This was in the town square in
a little village called San Andres on La Palma, just north of
Santa Cruz. It had the nicest restaurant/cafe that we had
enjoyed on our whole stay.
This is also from the town
square in San Andres on La Palma.
This is the town square in a
village on Tenerife called Vilaflor. This is in the upper
part of town. The small cubies are for market vendors.
This is a remnant of the old
style way of life. There was no road into this small
village called Las Palmas in the Anaga Mountains on Tenerife.
There were plenty of caves and
people seemed to burrow into places to make small sheds and even
houses. Here is a small shed near a vinyard in the Anaga.
Pictures... Flora and Fauna...