Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Celebrating New Year in Puerto de la Cruz

Love this video from my friends Jack and Andy Montgomery, of Tenerife Magazine (and numerous other projects that keep our email exchanges infrequent), who show us snippets of the various aspects of party time in Puerto de la Cruz.

Now, I wouldn’t have noticed the presenter’s slight inebriation, until she mentioned it and likewise, if you live in the typical British “Dullsville”, you won’t have noticed that the celebrations in Puerto were apparently cutback from previous levels either.

Why I like it – apart from it giving me the chance to re-live some fiesta atmosphere – is that it provides a very concise and comprehensive sampler (in just over 4 minutes) of what to expect at most of the celebrations in Tenerife; be they New Year, Carnaval street parties or many of the various other fiestas held all over the island throughout the year. Obviously, size varies according to budget – generally commensurate with the size of the town or pueblo where the party is – and there may not always be a fun-fair, but otherwise the formula is similar: magnificent firework displays follow whatever event is being celebrated, then the masses dance all night in the open air (sadly, yes, to an over-predominance of salsa and merengue) and a bit of 1990’s house, if you’re spectacularly lucky!

Where in the UK would you find anything remotely like it, all FREE, with a safe, friendly atmosphere and, where all are welcome, from kids to grannies?

Of course, it’s warm enough to be outside in January in Tenerife (yeah, even in the “cold” north), so the smoking restrictions won’t affect these parties either.


Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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