Tenerife culture is given priority in all the island's bigger towns.
Each of them has a Casa de Cultura a House of Culture.
Now, some people just come to walk there. Others sample its good Tenerife and international cuisine at various eating places that suit their budgets. Sometimes, typical Tenerife live folklore Tenderete music comes on the house at its biggest place Mesón Monasterio Hacienda San Pedro.
Events for grand weddings and other large functions are best reserved at the extensive Convent Salon. There, music or other entertainment may also be provided by the guests themselves.
Other wayside monuments portray nativity scenes, a small altar or a fountain. Many represent the island's Catholic faith which goes hand in hand with Tenerife culture. It's even taken to the streets.
Note that 'El Mesón Monasterio' also represents its total estate besides its biggest restaurant.
There, a gracious, curbed stair case outside is part of the highly pleasing architecture. It hints at a gracious life style of wining and dining. It's to be enjoyed at the price of a supper or a lunch in halls behind. This however, was beyond reach for humble friars of the past.
Bodegas on the biggest Canary Island may be real cultural icons, such as the one in the background. More so when an interesting museum is attached. There, all kinds of gadgets for distilling are displayed. However, the tradition of wine making is not alive any more in this place of historic monks.
The Monasterio wine distillery museum has most detailed, precious equipment, as is depicted beside.
Its wine making kit is astounding. All is neatly displayed on shelves or attached to bricked-up walls. Its tradition is like an art.
It is housed in its own building with many details of colorful wall drawings.
Related picturesque sculptures and ornaments seem to idolize more than its cult.
Antonio the legendary monk who has laid the ancient foundations for Meson Monasterio is depicted with a message on the wall. Monks are known to be experts on wine.
Ancient habits and merry go round may be sensed in
the building behind with medieval halls under low, arched ceilings. In
fact some of the structure is old indeed and goes back to the founders days when a convent was on the agenda.
There, uncomfortable Spartan tables and benches were replaced by more comfortable furniture in 2014. Hence now, its upholstered chairs are more attractive for wedding caterings...
The Meson Monasterio mural which is one of two by the stairs to the ancient looking Bodega of the basement has that classic look one would rather expect in Rome, Venice or Florence. Those paintings are epitomes of high class.
It stands for the never out of date cult of good food and drink where health plays an important role.
Casa del Rocio has architecture which reminds the French Provence. So do the many farm gadgets that decorate the exterior under genuine vines.
Behind Casa de Rocio is a breath taking patio which is typical for the upper Middle Class of Tenerife culture when it socializes outdoors.
Sunday champagne breakfast are its non plus ultra where even dogs are now part of that culture.
Love of landscaping with selected plants is not only to be noticed there but everywhere at the Monasterio gardens that resembles an extraordinary, picturesque village.
Often, the country style inns have small porches with verandas in front. Spot the Canarian Drago tree
a much loved architectural accent plant. Vines grow on trellises.
Wrought iron craft works are everywhere. Wooden farm utensils are pegged
up on walls. There are big metal milk cans, wine Amphoras and other
pottery made of clay.
Small farm equipment like wheel barrows, shovels and agricultural folks add to the rural mood. Look out for an ancient Gofio grinding stone... Everything is genuine and well cared for, almost, like in an open air museum that celebrates Tenerife culture and customs.
It's the other gigantic estate Hacienda (Meson) San Sebastian of the owners of El Meson Monasterio. It hasn't been made public yet. Locals say that it will comprise a top Tenerife gourmet restaurant.
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