As much as I love nature, hiking and the beach, I am starting to crave city life. So I when I read in the local paper that there is a beer festival in Santa Cruz, I convinced my mum it’s time for a girls day out. After all, how can two Germans ignore a beer festival. Impossible! And a little window shopping has never hurt anyone.
Tip: if your not fluent in the lingo simply check out the local expat papers. There is always something happening on the island, fiestas and cultural events take place in many villages all around the year.
So off we went by bus which was less than an hour (so not much difference to getting from A-B in London).
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital for Tenerife and more importantly joint capital with Las Palmas for the Canary Islands. Since I visited the first time nearly 12 years ago it’s exponentially grown to a city that can hold it’s own with other major cities in the world.
I personally like to stop by the African Market (El Mercado Nuestra Senora de Africa). It’s a food and flower market and simply the best place to get a good treat. It’s less then 10 min walking distance from the coach station connecting you to ever part of the island.
From there simply head over to the city centre and explore the small historic alleys, escape the heat in one of the parks or venture up by tram (Line 1) to La Laguna. Its historic centre is a World Heritage Site since 1999. La Laguna is also where you find the University of the Island and consequently a vibrant student community including bars and cafes.
But this time we were in pursuit of beer; €3 entrance with the first beer is included, live music and food trucks, what’s not to like. admittedly du to Dorada sponsoring the festival there wasn’t much variety in beer flavours but we generously overlooked this.
When we arrived at ‘Plaza de la Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena’ (directly near the peer) we found ourselved in the middle of a large motorcycle gathering. Motorbike clubs are popular on the island and you can often see groups of varying sizes cicrling the winding roads. However, this time it felt like everyone who owns a bike was there. It was an impressive spectacle and I swear some of the bikes were real monster machines. I swear you either need a step to get on it or be The Hulk to even hold this thing in an upright position.
One day I really need to get my motor cycle licences!
t turns out this was a rally for ‘Queremos un circuito de Velocidad en Tenerife’. Apparently for years people trying to get a propper racing track to support and grow the sport but more importantly to boost the motor industry on the island. If you speak Spanish check out their facebook group. I think it would be fab. It such a popular pastime here and would defiantly be boost for both locals and tourists.
All in all we had a lot of fun, got slightly tipsy and even managed to get some shopping under our belts.