The Canary Islands, situated in the Atlantic Ocean, have been home to many nations. Together they have created an incredible culture, combining many traditions. The early inhabitants of the islands have contributed enormously to the development of the archipelago.
They have preserved many traditions, architectural treasures and monuments which can now be seen by anyone.
The island’s festivals
The population is very religious, so almost all religious holidays are celebrated on the archipelago. The most important one is the feast of Corpus Christi. The festivities commence on Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where the locals arrive to witness the revelry. Preparations for the festivities are elaborate. The towns create a veritable masterpiece – a carpet of flowers created with the addition of volcanic rocks.
In the streets of each town, a profusion of colours, the beauty of which draws the attention of even the most discerning citizens. Exquisite floral patterns are created on General Franks Square. It takes at least a couple of months to bring the locals this new beauty. In the eighth day of the festival, they’re the ones who have the most to show off.
On the eighth day of this festival, La Orotava is worth a trip. The main town square is also decorated with an incredible carpet which consists of:
– volcanic rocks in various shades;
– dust in brightly coloured colours;
The inspiration comes from the main characters of paintings by famous artists like Cigonorelli, Pontormo and others. The floral carpet was first created in 1847. At that time a family of high social status decided to create a unique floral masterpiece right in their own backyard.
In addition to the town’s decorations, residents also take part in the procession. They create large dolls that look like characters from biblical stories. The heads are made of papier-mâché.
If you’re staying in Tenerife until the end of June, don’t miss out on the celebration on the night of the 29th. This is the day residents celebrate St Andrew’s Day. Sample some of the delicious and fragrant wines from the local cellars as you stroll through the town. The main attraction for the youngsters on this day is to make as much noise as possible. They do it by taking tin cans and dragging them around the streets and riding wooden planks. The rowdy event attracts huge numbers of local people, so you can get the full effect of the incredible party atmosphere.
Architecture and art
A mixture of different styles can be found throughout the archipelago, including a colonial style which makes the islands resemble Latin America. But also modern art is to be found in the archipelago, with the very original Alfredo Kraus concert hall in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. You can also go to Lanzarote, where the architecture becomes the perfect complement to nature.
The Canaries are a combination of many cultures, which is well reflected in the examples of art. Some of the paintings and architecture are of Gothic, Baroque or Renaissance style. The artists, born in this beautiful place, have contributed greatly to the cultural development of the islands.
The best known are César Manrique, Oscar Domínguez and Manuel Migliares. To get a glimpse of the best creations you need to go to the cities where there are local museums.
The most famous are César Manrique, Oscar Domínguez and Manuel Migliares.
When you find out what an incredible culture and traditions are preserved in the cities, you’ll definitely want to stay here and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere permanently.