The Northern Tenerife Christmas holidays are leading, not only at the Monasterio.
They portray superb cultural events for all five senses on their most important nights. For example, a Christmas story with real people by the 'Belen Viviente' is acted out in the open in Tigaiga Los Realejos on December 25.
Several classical concerts are on the December 24- and 25 agenda in churches or in theaters.
Most are in the oldest Tenerife resort Puerto de la Cruz
but, may also be in quaint West coast towns like Garachico.
Many nocturnal Christmas markets for last minute gift shopping and memorable Midnight Masses round off the offer.
Fabulous Christmas Eve dinners and sudden New Year Eve events spring up unexpected that are not in hotels.
It all depends if you mean the proper Spanish Christmas which is Reyes on January 05 and 06, Christmas Eve or Christmas Day of December 25.
The wise men Reyes Magos of Spanish Christmas always arrive on the night
of the fifth of January when they ride through towns on chariots, on
camels, on horseback, you name it. Thousands of local families with
children line the streets to watch. Needless to say is that public
transport continues to operate for this spectacle. January 06 is a
different story and less buses are scheduled for that day, as a rule.
There may be none in rural communities and small settlements.
This night is strictly a family affair in Spain. People stay where they live and have elaborate dinners. Hotel and restaurant kitchens close by 9p.m. when stuff leaves work to return to their loved ones. Hence, the last buses leave major Northern towns by this hour. Taxi drivers do the same. Local families celebrate at home but may walk or drive by car to a Midnight church Eucharist celebration and attend a concert before. Rare Taxi transport may exist at this hour in major Northern Tenerife towns.
Then, expect Titsa buses in the North to be scarce, as locals have long, lavish lunches at home in large family circles. However, there's no transport
short-coming with Boxing day, as it's not a holiday in Spain. I shall keep you posted on last minute Titsa news.
Not all towns and suburbs on the biggest
Canary Island have Midnight masses to celebrate Christmas on its Eve.
That has been the experience of the Tenerife holiday home insider since
So there is no chance to get to some of such festive Eucharists in the next town or village, as no buses operate and taxis may have vanished.
This is really sad, as a Christmas Midnight mass is even a memorable event for those that are not Christians.
Generally, my experience tells me that eating out early is OK which includes hotels. The situation looks different when you have located one of those rare restaurants that offers extraordinary Christmas Eve dinners. Those restaurants are normally upper class and are open until late. However, don't rely on a taxi driver who promised to collect you later on. He may not appear. More about this problem further down the page.
It has happened to me once that I
encountered a taxi in Puerto de la Cruz on a problematic night out. When
I asked the driver how come he was working, his answer was that the
economy was bad enough, so he offered his services. However, you will
not find people like him in small settlements.
Don't go to Plaza del Charco to wait for a taxi on New Year's Eve.
The entire square will be cordoned off for the end of the year celebration on that night and you will find taxis in Calle Blanco, instead. However, patience will be required, on such a holiday, as I was told by a driver himself. Christmas Eve should not be a problem, though, I was assured. But again, there will be less frequent service offered.
Rent a car in advance before such
important dates and you shall be free to go to all enchanting spectacles
where and when you please.
Otherwise, a better situation may be in Santa Cruz by its main town square Plaza de Espana or in the old quarters of the Tenerife capital of yore La Laguna due to the Tranvia route. Of course, getting around on foot is easy in the hubs of Puerto de la Cruz or Orotava. There, hotels, private holiday homes, restaurants and Christmas- as well as New Year entertainment are often in walking distance and on level ground.
Besides, taxis with foreign drivers who have no family obligations are more frequent in touristic resorts in Tenerife South.A weather forecast to warn about road closure by Mount Teide
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