The second of my favourite Christmas scenes on Tenerife is the vibrant and striking poinsettia. At this time of year rows of these stunning flowers, with colours as striking as a Hollywood starlet’s lips, line roadsides in the north of Tenerife. They are a festive sight for sore eyes, tropical Tenerife style.
Towns, hotels, restaurants and homes all across the island use the plant as a seasonal decoration, but I also like to see these flores de Noche Buena (Christmas Eve flowers) roaming wild, clambering over walls and framing the entrances to haciendas; their shocking red beauty adding a touch of glamour to normally rustic country scenes.
This line of neat poinsettias was taken on one of the pretty cobbled lanes in Garachico.