May 28, 2016

Aplatanado in Tenerife

By macu In Europe, Tenerife

Spaniards call people from the Canary islands “aplatanados” to take the piss out of their relaxed, slow lifestyle. They laugh when they hear words like guagua (bus), papas (potatoes) or they are welcomed to the shop with a “hola, mi amor”. But Canarians won’t be shy to make fun about the Spanish accent, known as “godo“.

Fra is an Italian yoga teacher in love with Tenerife’s weather and the aplatanado way of life. She lives in an old hotel in Puerto de la Cruz, now converted to small studio apartments. Life is easy when your rent is cheap and the sun shines everyday.

Antonio Socas was born in the house of a countess in Icod de los vinos. He was the son of the cook. After teaching himself how to paint, he left the house of the countess at the age of seventeen. His particular technique shows landscapes and portraits of people from the Canary islands, Israel, Venezuela, Colombia, Turkey…

The Ancient Dragon Tree of Icod de los Vinos is reputed to be a thousand years old. Nobody knows the real age of this massive monumental mushroom-shaped tree but it is estimated to be between 650 and 800 years. It is said that Guanches used to meet under the Dragon to gather for special meetings.

Food from the Canary islands is quite particular. Apart from their famous green and red mojo sauces, they have invented almogrote (a spreadable cheese). They eat a lot of fish but also stews like gofio or rancho canario. They produce unique jams from bananas and cactus and their own liqueurs. Rum mixed with honey is the most famous one.


Read more about Tenerife:

Exploring Spanish volcanic islands: Tenerife

Learning some history of the Canary islands



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