The last week in June on Tenerife was a right bugger, it was event rich with some of our favourite concerts and fiestas overlapping. Not only that, a trip to Britain coincided with La Orotava’s Corpus Christi flower carpets, the start of the Heineken Jazz Y Más festival in Puerto de la Cruz and another La Orotava fave, the Romería de San Isidro.
There was nothing I could do about the jazz festival or the romería but the flower carpets were a different matter. La Orotava receives all the plaudits but there are plenty of others across Tenerife. La Laguna’s may not be quite as elaborate as La Orotava’s but there are more of them and the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site old quarter gives La Orotava’s streets a run for their money in the looks dept.
So on a blistering hot Sunday (yes, it does get hot in La Laguna) I negotiated the former capital’s narrow streets and lack of parking for a different view of the flower carpets of Tenerife and was pleasantly surprised by what I found there. Here are some images of a floral and sand display that is still overlooked by many and is possibly, what Laguneros claim anyway, a more relaxed and fun event.
As it turned out the weather wasn’t kind to La Orotava for the second year running anyway and I did manage to steal some time to get a few shots of the near completed main sand tapestry outside of the town hall on the eve of Corpus Christi before I left for Blighty the next day.