A Tenerife holiday review of the Abaco of Puerto de la Cruz and not of the Island Majorca Ábaco was not planned.
It was always 'out of the blue' when I went to this former Orotava country estate.
The best of holidays are like that.
A glimpse of the special theme of the outstanding Abaco rustic decor is depicted below.
A Spanish friend said he wanted to show me his special "club" to round off an evening of a day which he called memorable.
Why a club?
Going out at night to Villa Abaco Mansion is unforgettable The Abaco isn't only a museum about elite country living but is a rather exclusive club with great style and according exclusive prices.
By the way, nothing was said about a governor from La Orotava who built the Abaco Puerto de la Cruz place.
So what's so special about this so called' Casa Grande Abaco' (Big house Abaco) that merits a holiday review any time of the year?
The Abaco is another symbol of Tenerife culture of past as well as of present days. This museum where the rustic goes hand in hand with period furniture and a rather modern bar is unusual, indeed. It lets you share a little of the XVIIth century life style of a most fortunate Tenerife society.
Its estate is beautifully preserved with all its details. Also, social events at Abaco Mansión are still going strong today. They make this report even more interesting.
My first Abaco Tenerife holiday review brings to mind
many antique furnishings and carpets from all over Europe. Many rooms are filled with them to the brim. Rural decor compliments in outer rooms, passages, vestibules and outside areas.
The Abaco is a first class example of how to coordinate the two worlds of the mundane and that of the very practical and down to earth.
Of course, much inside this so called Casa Grande (mansion) echoes certain class trends of European decorating and living.
An Afro American played nostalgic tunes on a grand piano on that Saturday night.
At one stage, somebody asked him to play and sing the Beatles' famous Yesterday song which was very romantic. It fitted in with the rest of the mood.
Piano playing is still on the agenda at Abaco from 11 p.m. until 2.20 a.m. on Saturdays, to the best of my knowledge..
There is no equally intriguing "club" like the elegant Abaco for going out in Tenerife North at night, although, some insiders love the Azucar which is a Cuban dance Club in a large mansion of the olden days.
A young Spanish lady from Madrid called Amparo played the piano. The professional skill of the two Slavic singers (from Prag?) whose names I don't recollect was amazing. They performed in French, Italian, German, Spanish as well as in Slavic languages.
The approximately 30 guests were all seated in groups along the walls of the salon. They were mainly Spanish and German. My Tenerife holiday review must note the overwhelming applause after the concert.
The biggest hit was the song "l'amour est un enfant rébel" when it was sung at the end of the concert in French..
However, nobody can beat capricious Maria Callas for this song in my mind. All in all the enjoyable concert was very much worth its entrance price, indeed.
This particular Abaco event where we went to started after 9.30 p.m. after missing a previous one which ended shortly before.
Entrance per person was €17, while reduced to only €10 nowadays. Drinks were not included.
Sample the mixed fruit juice called in Spanish Abaco sumo de fruta mixta...
You see me here at Abaco salon downstairs a picture which I received, later.
Please, note my little secret: Abaco lights are, generally, very flattering for us ladies of more advanced age and make everybody look much younger.
While, normally, the ideal place for a romantic outing Abaco, management uses stronger illumination during the concerts, I must confess.
It takes about 15 minutes to get to the Abaco from the top of La Paz.
By the way, every Puerto Cruz taxi driver should know the Abaco Mansión, as all are familiar with the Restaurant El Niño nearby.
No cocktail Folk dance lunches have taken place since 2012.
Take the Puerto Cruz por el Botanico turn
off when coming from TF5 free way and
stop at La Cupola opposite
Botanic Gardens taking the last 3 minute drive from there.
Please, better phone first...
The Casa Grande of Abaco Tenerife features classical concerts every winter. All start at 7.30 on Sunday nights.
Consult the latest Abaco concert agenda for 2014 and 2015 which complements this Tenerife holiday review by clicking here.
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