Photo: Turismo Tenerife.

In a similar vein to the Los Realejos fireworks in May, another Tenerife town has a competition between streets. During this month, three huge hearts – each one 12 metres tall and not far off the weight of a small car – will be the centrepiece of a competition between El Pico, Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo, streets in Tejina, a quaint little town in La Laguna municipality. Los corazones de Tejina – the hearts of Tejina – are created from natural products including wood, flowers, fruit, and even bread, and are part of the town’s fiesta of San Bartolomé.

Tenerife Turismo says that the festival is a unique event in Tenerife, with Tejina filled with music, flowers, smaller hearts, a fair, competitions, traditional food and dancing. The main events, though, are the romeria, fireworks and the raising and procession of the hearts through the town over the weekend culminating in Sunday 1 September. This is one of the most colourful and dramatic traditions in Tenerife, and certainly one that’s very old, and it has been declared a Heritage of Cultural Interest.

Source: Janet Anscombe

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