In tourist terms June on Tenerife is one of the low-key months, but relating to what’s going on around the island it’s one of our favourite months. The start of summer brings the Canarios out to have fun in the sun in their thousands and there are fiesta and music events galore. So much so that deciding which ones to go to and which to miss can result in a bit of eenie-meenie-miney-mo.
The best fiestas on Tenerife in June
Corpus Christi on Tenerife
The biggest fiesta on Tenerife in June is Corpus Christi in La Orotava on 14th (actually a week after the date of Corpus Christi)– the time when the artistic alfombristas of La Orotava bring flower power to the streets by covering the cobbles with floral displays. From early morning, families and local businesses create nearly 40 beautiful displays; some taking until mid afternoon before they’re finished. The big draw though is the record beating sand tapestry in front of the town hall. This is where the master alfombristas display their skills producing images that are simply mind blowing year after year.
We’ve missed the last two years so are looking forward to enjoying the party atmosphere and floral fun this year.
Corpus Christi flower carpets are laid in other towns across Tenerife but not in quite the same scale as La Orotava’s. La Laguna’s on the 10th possibly has more carpets but the designs aren’t quite as elaborate and they aren’t always made with flowers.
Three days later on the 17th, La Orotava also holds one of the best romería’s on Tenerife in honour of San Isidro when the streets are filled with colour yet again but this time courtesy of decorated carts drawn by oxen, residents in traditional dress and even the odd camel or two.
Fiestas de San Juan.
Midsummer is a magical time on Tenerife in many ways and on the 23rd Canarios head to the beaches across the island to celebrate with organised beach parties, the biggest featuring traditional and modern bands and a mass midnight bathing. The best place to join in is Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz where the grains of sand are matched by the number of people – don’t forget to bring a picnic, lots of wine and a swimming cossie. It’s good luck to have a dip in the Midsummer waters.
Midsummer itself (24 June) sees the bizarre baño de las cabras (bathing of the boats) also in Puerto de la Cruz but this time at the harbour. The goat bathing starts from early morning so if you plan on partying on the beach to celebrate San Juan don’t forget to set the alarm.
Music Festivals on Tenerife
The big music event of the year is the Sting concert at the Heliodoro football stadium in Santa Cruz on the 30th of the month. Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.es
For a short time we’ll be able to say that we’ve got Sting as a neighbour as he’ll be staying just a few minutes away at the Hotel Botánico in Puerto de la Cruz. Important Note: This concert has now been cancelled – Go to see some local musicians instead; they’re cheaper and you’ll get a better flavour of Tenerife’s music scene.
For Latino rapper fans, American/Cuban Pitbull will be going Krazy at Golf Costa Adeje on the 23rd. Tickets also available via ticketmaster.
One of our favourite music fests of the year is Santa Blues on the 16th in Santa Cruz under the tower of the Iglesia de la Concepción. The crisis means that this year’s festival is only on one night rather than three but with The Delta Saints (USA) and The Spikedrivers (UK) bringing the blues, it should still be a top concert. We will be there feeling the blues but definitely not feeling blue.
Food Feasts and Tapas Routes on Tenerife
The bad news is that tapas routes in Puerto de la Cruz and Garachico have just come to an end; the good news is that the ‘Jornadas de la papa bonita, queso, conejo, gofio y miel’ (potato, cheese, rabbit, gofio and honey) tapas route in La Orotava continues until the 8th. There are 18 restaurants participating and each tapa costs €2.
In La Laguna each Thursday until (and including) the 28th there’s tapas with a difference. Tapa y Cultura involves 41 restaurants, tapas and a glass of wine for €3 with a bit of traditional music or theatre thrown in.
In the south of Tenerife, Arona is holding their ‘Ruta Gastronómica Arona, sabor y tradición’ tapas trail in various restaurants around the municipality but, in typical Tenerife fashion, although the route starts on the 4th and lasts until 24th, there’s no mention yet of what restaurants are participating. Tapas and a drink will cost €3.