Why all love San Juan de la Rambla

San Juan de la Rambla is an Atlantic ocean town and municipality of about 21 square km from "ano" 1530 in the Northwest of Tenerife between Los Realejos and La Guancha. San José is its capital.

It's not any more totally off the beaten track of tourism thanks to the Freeway TF5 and the public bus routes Titsa 363 and 108.

Its stress free life style and scenic hiking trails are its biggest attractions. Lately, also count El Charco La Laja.

It has many idyllic town nooks, rocky beach coves and countless picturesque landscapes at all levels. Much of its land is agricultural on mountain slopes up to 2000m above the sea. Bananas and vineyards are dominant.

Top attractions by San Juan de la Rambla door steps

The theory of the Tenerife holiday home insider is that the name San Juan de la Rambla surely derives from Rambla de Caballos of the ancient Camino Real which was part of the most important infrastructure in the early Tenerife days of sugar cane plantations in XV. This Rambla linked Icod El Alto with San Juan del Mal Pais now called de la Rambla.

I am curious to find out if seafood with fish at Casa Mi Madre is as good as it was when it was called Bodeguita El Cantito of San Juan de la Rambla.

Other San Juan de la Rambla attractions nearby

Trail and Molino Gofio mill del Risco de las Pencas
The Pino Milenario
Clean, cheap room accommodation under Euro 20 with shared bath at Lorenzo's Las Aguas
A restoration project of 15 historic dwellings at San Jose
San José the capital with its town hall and Ermita de San José

Barranco Ruiz recreational park

The scenic Surf and SUP beach Playa el Socorro

The Casco of arts of the first settlers

San Juan Rambla's old quarters the Casco are a treasure chest of enchanting as well as historical and artistic remnants. It was introduced to me as a town of artists by a retired German whom its neighbors in Calle Estrecha called Don Dieter.

BIC trophies of historic,cultural and artistic value since 1993

Dieter liked to proudly point out his balcony as depicted above by the Casa Oramas de Saä. This Louvre enclosed jewel is still one of the finest of Spain. It faces the church square Plaza Doña Rosario Oramas.

Not to forget are a couple of precious metal objects which were donated for the Matriz from conquerors of Spanish South America. Of course, there are stunning church paintings. Unfortunately, by unknown artists. Then, there are wonderful statues of San Antonio and the Virgen del Pino.

From the church place up the cobble street Calle La Alhondiga

Unfortunately, Casa de Los Delgado Oramas is still in dire straights of repairs. It suffered great flood damage in XIX, although not as bad as the Alhondiga which it faces by its balcony side.

Only walls were good for keeps of the Alhondiga after the Aluvión of 1826. That's when most probably the front door of Dieter's mansion was exchanged for a smaller one. Why? His entrance had a gigantic, wooden beam that carried the floor above it. Horses could walk underneath under this worm riddled tree trunk of yore. Yet, it would probably last another 500 years. I saw it around 2004 when I didn't have a camera. I also remember the most amazing Mudejar wooden ceiling in an upstairs room. By the way, the German was fortunate to reside as a passionate photographer in one of Tenerife's most precious antique quarters until he passed away, several years ago.

San Juan de la Rambla the town of shoe design

Then, about 300 shoe makers and repairers abounded who were also renown for footwear made to measure as seen on the monument. Facturies exported Alpargatas (Espardenyes in Catalan since 1322) that I remember from the Sixties when they came as Espadrilles from Nice in  Southern France.

Their base is made with Esparto which is also used for ropes. The top is made with a canvas like the sails of ships.

Cándito Diaz Llanos Bautista employed more than 30 women and men during the war around 1939 to manufacture the latter.

An important break-through happened when Don Cándito met Yves Saint Laurent during a Paris fashion fair.

Then, the Platform Alpargata or wedge loafers were invented that are still sold today. So are the flat versions that may have been around even before the Romans. By the way, the ones depicted may be a cheap copy. Why? Their soles are partially made of plastic.

Top specific cultural and artistic San Juan de la Rambla events

  • May 12, Fiesta de San Pancracio
  • June 24 Summer Solstice and Fiesta of San Juan Bautista  Art and crafts market and a Romeria with free food and Folklore
  • September 15, Fiesta folk festival San José in the capital San Jose
  • November 10, Yearly Mercado Barroco: Commemorates the Casco's golden era of Wine, Cochinilla and Bananas but,  also the defeat of Horatio Nelson. Arts and crafts are for sale, while the fashion of XVII and VIII is dress code. Tour tickets sold by 11 a.m. open doors to reveal the life of aristocrats of yore. Shows and theatre round off the celebrations.      
  • Mercados Sanos:  Markets for art, crafts and organic products on every first Sunday of the month.
  • The Banda musica: An omnipresent band during most events.
  • Casa la Cultura: Photography - as well as art and craft exhibitions

There are traditional Guanche and other sports events, Christmas and Reyes holidays, Semana Santa(Easter) Carnival, Fiesta de Candelaria, Dias de la Cruz, de Canarias, del Vino and de Tapas, Halloween and various music festivals. 

Last not least the total guide for La Aguas Tenerife  of San Juan Rambla which includes the very popular coastal hiking path by that name as well as videos

From San Juan de la Rambla back to Tenerife towns

About the capital San Jose de San Juan de la Rambla


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