Tenerife’s carnival dates back hundreds of years to the island’s earliest European settlement in the late 15th century.  The Carnival of Santa Cruz is the second most popular of its kind in the world after the Rio de Janeiro carnival in Brazil.

The Spanish conquest in 1494 brought with it many things from South America, like animals, produce, traditions and of course, the carnival! Written accounts of this early carnival date back to visitors from the 18th century who reported seeing singers, dancers in the streets, musicians playing conga music from Cuba.

Alongside the Cuban music was murga, a type of musical theatre from Uruguay, and Rondall, a medieval Spanish acoustic music, also popular in Mexico. These connections to South America have remained strong and visitors can still see these exotic types of music performed at the carnival today.

The Languages of Tenerife

The Languages of Tenerife

The native language is Spanish. In the south English is spoken by everyone with German and Italian common too, but in the north, fluent English is spoken by fewer people. No big problem should be anticipated regarding communication, though. A good tip is to pronounce...

The Beautiful Garachico

The Beautiful Garachico

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

This rugged, rocky headland ten kilometers from Buenavista is the most westerly point on the island and a great place to get away from the crowds and blow away the cobwebs with a bit of bracing sea air. Admire the active lighthouse perched precipitously on the rocks,...

The Pyramids of Güímar

The Pyramids of Güímar

The Pyramids of Güímar are six rectangular pyramid-shaped, terraced structures built from lava stone without the use of mortar. They are located in the district of Chacona, part of the town of Güímar on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. The...

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