Basia Zarzycka Minerva Memories – Tenerife

Island Discovery – Canary Islands to UK April 2014

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After loading our fashion supplies on to the ship we settled into life on board.

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Tenerife – Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Beautiful island scenery, gorgeous beaches, and picturesque colonial towns await visitors to the Canary Islands.

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A legacy of the Spanish colonies, this archipelago of seven large and six smaller islands lies 200 kilometres off the northwest coast of Morocco and Western Sahara Africa. No one is sure how the Canaries got their name, but one explanation is that the singing birds known to the ancient Romans as canora made a home on the islands.

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The largest of the Canary Islands is Tenerife, which boasts many top tourist sights including the UNESCO-listed city of San Cristobal de la Laguna. Both Gran Canaria and La Palma islands have UNESCO Biosphere Reserves as well as cultural attractions such as Baroque churches, museums, and traditional festivals. Charming fishing villages are found on Lanzarote Island, and undiscovered sandy shores line the island of Fuerteventura.

San Cristobal de la Laguna

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This charming colonial city is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its exceptional cultural heritage. San Cristobal de la Laguna is the former capital of Tenerife Island.

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The lovely historic town has many architectural gems such as its glorious cathedral, Renaissance and Neoclassical churches, and impressive mansions built by wealthy families in the 17th and 18th centuries. The town’s parish church, the Iglesia de Nuestra La Concepción was built 1496 and modified in the 16th and 18th centuries. The sanctuary is simply adorned and has Mudéjar coffering.

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Another important church is the 17th-century Iglesia de Santo Domingo de Guzmán. The facade features Plateresque details on the facade and an ornately designed Mudejar ceiling. Paintings by the Canary Islander artist Cristóbal Hernández de Quintana decorate the interior.

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For a historical overview of the region, head to the History and Anthropology Museum. This museum illustrates the history and culture of the island of Tenerife throughout the centuries.

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