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.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE MORE IMAGES FROM LA LAGUNA’S FLOWER CARPETS CLICK HERE

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Comments
  1. Nikki says:

    Great photos, thanks for sharing.

  2. dragojac says:

    Thanks guys 🙂

  3. Beautiful photos, Jack. Last year was the first time I managed to get up to Orotava, and I appreciate that the weather was awful, but I much prefer la Laguna, which I have, come to think of it, only seen in yukky weather too. The more I visit La Laguna, though, the more I love it. The weather wasn’t too bright yesterday for the Romeria, chilly with sunny spells, but probably better than the heat according to the folk with whom I spoke!

    • dragojac says:

      Thanks Linda. I liked La Laguna’s CC a lot and would definitely go back next year. But last year’s event in La Orotava bore no relation to what it’s normally like, it was a real shame. There’s usually an infectious party spirit throughout the day with inviting guachinches galore but the rain put a dampener on all that. Personally I prefer it early morning and later in the afternoon when there are less day visitors around. Luckily being 5 mins away we can enjoy the whole day there without worrying about travelling to and from the place.

      Totally agree about La Laguna. Still disgracefully overlooked in tourist terms (but that might not be a bad thing). I was hooked on my first visit years ago and am still discovering bits of it that just blow me away.

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