Study Abroad in Spain: Tenerife City Guide

The capital of Tenerife is the second most populated city of the Canary Islands with more than 200,000 inhabitants. Its present importance comes from the development of its port and its commercial calling which made it progressively absorb the civic centres of La Laguna until it reached the status of capital at the beginning of the last century.

Puerto de la Cruz is the second largest tourist city on the island with accommodtion for around 30,000 tourists. In contrast with the modern resorts of the south, El Puerto has had a great tradition as a place of relaxation since the end of the last century when the spa, which today is the Hotel Casino Tauro, was built. The accommodation offered in Puerto de la Cruz is also different from most of the other places in the islands since hotels predominate over apartments.

Spanish Language Courses in SpainThe lushness of the gardens and the agreeable atmosphere are very special features of this city, which has lively places to stroll around. In the evening the streets near the Plaza del Charco and the promenade are pleasant places of enjoyment where one can eat at any of the many open air restaurants, all this in a pleasant climate and with the ever present sea. The city houses a number of buildings of great historical and artistic value such as the church of Nuestra Seņora de la Peņa, la Ermita de San Telmo, el castillo de San Felipe, la casa de la Aduana and the old quay where small fishing boats are still moored.

Spanish Language Courses in SpainOne of the greatest attractions of el Puerto is without doubt the Lago Martianez. This series of seawater pools conceived by the Canary artist Cesar Manrique forms an extraordinary spot for bathing and resting in the sun. Harmonising his architecture with the exotic vegetation of the volcanic coast Cesar Manrique created his most beautiful project. Besides the Lago, Puerto de la Cruz has small beaches of volcanic sand, the best ones being Playa Jardin and Martianez.

Tenerife Traditional fiestas, festivities and events

Spanish Language Courses in SpainHoly week has been officialy declared a "Holiday of interest to the tourist" and is one of Granada's grandest festivities, attracting more and more visitors each year with increasing displays of popular fervor.

On Wednesday of Holy Week, there is a procession called "Christ of the Gypsies" or "Christ of Sacromonte".Other processions include the procession of Silence, which begins at midnight on the Thursday at Holy week, departing from the Church of San Pedro on the Carrera del Darro, and the procession of Las Anguastias, which takes place on the Saturday.

January 2nd is the Festival of the Reconquest of Granada by the Catholic monarchs.

May 3rd is the Festivals of Crosses, a very popular celebration. Crosses made of flowers are placed in the streets, while courtyards of the houses are also adorned.

Between May and June the Corpus Cristi Fair, the biggest festival in the city, is celebrated. Typical Andalusian dress is worn, horse-drawn carriages are used, and there is dancing at the stalls of the fair. Bullfights are also held.

The last Sunday in September is the Festival of the Virgen de las Angustias, patron saint of the city. Open-air dances, bullfights and processions are held.

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