Archive for December 21st, 2010

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.

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