A Tenerife holiday review of the Abaco of Puerto de la Cruz was never planned.
It was always 'out of the blue' when I went to this former historic Orotava country estate. The best of holidays are like that, you know...
Just like the country bliss in the photo of the Gobelin wall hanging above. That too, represents a holiday review, but of times of yore.
It was a romantic evening in 2003 which was like in a fairy tale.
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?
This place is so exclusive in all kinds of ways but, everybody is welcome.
An Afro American played nostalgic tunes on a grand piano on a Saturday night with dimmed light in the main salon upstairs. That was my first Abaco encounter. At
one stage, somebody asked for the famous Yesterday song by the Beatles.
It added to the overall mellow mood.
The Abaco is a timeles icon of Tenerife culture. It's also a Casa Museo
a house turned museum. It gives you a glimpse of a XVIII-th
century lifestyle of a most fortunate Tenerife society.
This former Finca or Hacienda (farmstead) and private country estate called Abaco Mansión
in Spanish belonged almost always to Tenerife or Canary Island
aristocrats, such as the elusive Count of La Gomera.
A Scottish proprietor restored it to today's glory. The recent local owner has brought music and shows back to the mansion. More about it in a link below of this Tenerife holiday review.
The Abaco is a first class example on how to coordinate the world
of the mundane with that of a very practical, down to earth style.
Many options allow for privacy for many guests in this double story mansion of several traditional buildings inside and outside in a very large interior garden. This makes it ideal for romantic and memorable events.
Imagine yourself smelling flowers while gazing at stars. Small fountains create a water
play in a large pond, while all is bathed in the soft light by a few
lanterns with classical music in the background. Also spot this entire heaven from the top of a staircase of a former barn which
leads to the upper salon. You have use the mains stairs to get to the first floor, though, to listen to music played on a Grand Piano. Only on Saturdays and later at night from 11 p.m. until 2.20 a.m. on Saturdays, to the
best of my knowledge.
Enjoy the piano music of the solo performer with or without a drink under moon light after a Winter season evening concert. This urban
paradise with rural flair is unique by design and size on the entire Tenerife
My third visit to the Durazno's special country estate was in December
2007. It was another unplanned holiday experience I am happy to talk
about now. That's when I met the Trio Bohemio for the first time. They are still performing now in 2020.
Opera Arias belong to their highlights. Normally, you only hear those at the Auditorio Santa Cruz in the Tenerife capital. The professional skill of the two Slavic singers who may be from Prague is amazing. They perform in French, Italian, German, Spanish as well as in Slavic languages.
In 2007, 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 they gave to the Trio Bohemio after this concert. Their biggest hit remains the song "l'amour est un oiseau rebelle" when it's sung at the end of the concert in French.
Entrance per person was €17, contrary to only €10, nowadays. Drinks were not included. Well worth the expense, nevertheless... By the way, if you find the cocktails expensive, order a beer instead.
My favorite drink is the superb mixed fruit juice called in Spanish Abaco Sumo de Fruta Fixta.
It takes about two minutes to get there from the top of La Paz after the Cupola Commercial Center. Take a taxi, in case you come without a car, as this direct shortcut called Calla Casa Grande is not the safest for walking. Your alternative on foot is via Calle Trebol. See it on the map...
There are very few estates that can rival the elegant Abaco for going out at night in Tenerife.
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