Archive for October, 2008

Anyone who’s lived on Tenerife for any length of time knows that when it comes to marketing themselves, many of the island’s ayuntamientos (town councils) could seriously benefit from a bit of professional advice…of course, they’d never take it.

However, this plaque really takes the gold gong award in the top ten ways of how not to promote your tourist attraction.

Personally, I think they’re being a bit harsh on themselves it’s quite a pleasant spot really.

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Spider webs in parts of our garden are growing to gossamer city proportions. Normally that doesn’t bother me (except when I forget they’re there and find myself head deep in one, doing a passable impersonation of Frodo in The Return of The King); I think they can look rather beautiful, especially when the sun glints on them and they almost take on the appearance of a fairy palace.

I say almost because the illusion is clearly always ruined by the presence of a flesh crawling arachnid smack bang in the centre of the web, surrounded by a morbid suspended cemetery of things which had once been insects – or, in the case of our epic sized webs, maybe even animals.

The diminutive size of these eight legged architects is, thankfully, usually way out of proportion to the webs which they inhabit…except in the case of this fellow.

He/she is a newcomer to the garden and I can’t say I’m comfortable with his/her presence. As a rule, my arachnophobia increases in proportion to the size of the spider in front of me. Although I’m not overly scared of the seemingly stoned hippy spiders which hang about corners in the house doing nothing much all day, when I meet one of their cousins who is nearing the size of a small mouse, a klaxon goes off in my head and the numbskulls scream over the internal tannoy system “EVACUATE THE AREA, EVACUATE THE AREA…”

I haven’t a clue as to what species this is and whether it’s a sheep in wolf’s clothing, or a wolf in wolf’s clothing, so if anyone can identify it, it would be a great help…oh, and don’t forget to include details of an antidote in case it bites me.

But you’ll have to take my word for it because for the life of me, I can’t take a decent picture of Puerto de la Cruz’ buzzing heart.

It’s lush, surrounded and shaded by palm trees and beautiful emerald Indian laurels. There’s a wonderful fountain in the centre where water trickles from oversized yams. It’s bordered by pavement cafes and restaurants and every night it’s filled with Canarian families and visitors to the town. It’s a place which is full of life and smiling people.

This just doesnt capture it at all!!!

This just doesn't capture it at all!!!

Photographing it should be easy, but so far this simple task seems to have eluded me.

Where on Tenerife can you see a whale without risking getting wet? Loro Parque doesn’t count and anyway, chances are you’ll get more soaked at the orca show than taking one of the whale and dolphin watching trips out of Los Gigantes.

The answer is in Los Silos on Tenerife’s north west coast. This giant skeleton of a sei whale (the third largest species of whale) is a result of collaboration between conservation groups, local business and the Canarian Government and is a tribute to the relationship between man and the sea and the giant mammals which inhabit it.

It’s a wonderful image, but is located in an area of Isla Baja which most visitors to Tenerife don’t go anywhere near.