Exploring the Stories of the Islands and the Freedoms of Third Age

Granadilla de Abona


Writing this blog post for a few weeks back I needed to go up to Granadilla de Abona to take some snaps. I’d wanted to see if the floral crosses from El Día de la Cruz were still worth photographing too. So photos were very much on my mind, and an early start was called for. I’m lucky in that I actually like early mornings. I think I’ve said it before, but give me a sunrise over a sunset any time.

After using the photos I needed there were one or two left over, and I thought you might like to see them. There were a couple I really liked there. Granadilla de Abona lies in the foothills, about fifteen minutes’ drive from El Médano.

The parish church of San Antonio de Padua surveys the town from a slightly elevated church square. The original church was destroyed by fire, and this was constructed in the early 18th century, the bell tower being added in 1885. Frequently, when I’m showing visitors around they remark that architecture reminds them of South America. The reason being that, of course, the history of the Conquest of Tenerife follows a very similar timeline to that of the Americas.

The Senderos de Abona Hotel Rural  is sited right opposite the church. I haven’t used it at all, but if the exterior restoration, and its attention to detail, are anything to judge by, it seems very inviting. Perhaps further investigation is needed, methinks.

Some pictures of floral crosses in the street between the church and the hotel from El Día de la Cruz which didn’t make it into the original post.

We stayed mainly in two areas, because that’s where the crosses were. The street up from the church has some nice details too.

These plants growing on the roof of the building in the other photos. Maria challenged me to get the bee in the photo – he’s a bit blurry, but I did!

Calle Arquitecto Marrero lies close to the town hall and other public buildings. It’s a quiet street, especially at 9am on a Saturday morning, and many of its buildings have been restored. It reeks of charm.

That said, the restoration bit, I mean, don’t we love the ones which haven’t been restored? Don’t we wonder what stories they could tell? What secrets are hidden behind rusting locks on warped doors?

Walking back to where we’d left the car, close to the town hall, we walked along the main street. It’s narrow, and sadly traffic-choked most of the time during the day. It’s an odd mixture at attempts at modernization and some seriously rickety old buildings, but hard to photograph on account of the traffic. Civic pride is quite evident, however.

Mural depicting rural life in Granadilla of yesteryear on a building on the main street.

Under the cloud you should just be able to make out El Teide and Alto de Guajara. Guajara marks the northern boundary of the municipality. View from the main street.

And lastly, simply because I loved the gaudy colors – which are ok because it’s a nursery school.

It’s so often the way here. I went meaning to get a couple of snaps for a short post, and some pictures of the floral crosses, but the more I saw and delved the more there was to know, but that’s for another post.



Author: IslandMomma

Exploring island life and the freedoms of Third Age: Challenging myself every day: writing, traveling, snapping pix, running & teaching ESL

18 thoughts on “Granadilla de Abona

  1. I kinda love the gaudy colors … and the floral crosses. All of the photos are beautiful, Island Momma!

  2. just lovely Linda, just what I needed this morning. feel like I did the walk round with you.
    I have been walking different places, by using the new tram, going North and walking by the sea in different places gives a new look to where we live. the better weather allowing this in the evenings.

    • What’s your opinion of the changes to Blackpool Promenade? I’ve heard different reports. I subscribe to the Blackpool Gazette online, and saw the picture yesterday of the professional graffiti artists who are transforming downtrodden areas. I posted it on my FB page, and there was lots of interest. I haven’t fogotten about trying that tricycle ride on the Promenade either! Hope they still do it? I have flights, provisionally, for September!

  3. Thankyou Linda. Some lovely gems here. I will now for sure go and explore Granadilla. I had no idea it was so charming, so often we drive by missing out on so much charm. My favourites are the hand door knocker (where did that come from!) and the blurry bee, what is the name of that wonderfully outrageous plant on the roof?!! Loved them all!

  4. So glad you enjoyed it. I have more for another day, but it got too long last night! Granadilla is well worth a stroll. The traffic on the main road gets a bit much weekdays, so for a quiet walk and rummage around weekends are best. On the other hand I don’t think that the museum is open weekends. Not sure on that. Also not 100% confident on the plant because I am no expert, but I have always assumed that these plants which grow so often on roofs are verode. On hillsides they grown very straggly and you’ve almost certainly seen larger ones on even barren hillsides, because they need very little water, and survive a large range of temperatures.

  5. OK I found that plant in my flora book. Endemic to Tenerife and La Gomera it is an Aeonium Urbicam (the townie one?) and ca grow up to 2 metres. Not that I am always so well informed believe me, I was just curious about that one on the roof!

  6. When I googled the latin name of verode it tells me that it’s disputed! And I can’t find aeonium urbicam either, but don’t you think the “urbicam” part sounds as if it might be an adaptation to town living? Loooong time since my Latin classes. Whatever, these plants all look very similar and I assume they are related in the absence of “real” information. There is so much misinformation around, like the “tajinaste azul” question which came up last week…..the joys of the internet for one thing! A little knowledge being a dangerous thing & all. I always try to check & verify before I say something, say something like “it is said” or “according to records” or whatever, or admit that I don’t, like now!

  7. Plants are just like people aren’t they, bless em…we’re all having to constantly adapt to new surroundings, at least I know am. I guess I could have been considered an “urbicam” at one stage in my life. God knows what I am now…..! A work still in progress maybe. But please don’t fret about names of plants…your blog is not the place for scientific certainties! It is just you in all its entirety Linda, carry on as you were…please.

  8. LOL! Thanks. I just find it frustrating when I can’t get information! We are all works in progress, all evolving, that’s the whole point. If we stop doing that then we might as well just sit down & die!

  9. It´s wonderful how such ordinary, every-day photos look so fantastic when put together in a blog post. They really give a good feel for the area. I loved this post, Linda. Well done!

  10. Easy to see why you ended up taking more shots than expected. What beautiful, interesting, artsy and quirky scenes to photograph. Loved this photo tour through Granadilla de Abona. And yes, I do wonder what stories those old buildings could tell.

    • Thank you, Cathy! I found out a lot more about the village than I’d known before when I was researching, but the post I had to write was only 500 words. I mean to go back when the museum is open to get more info & then write about it properly when I get a free half day to get back! Perhaps I’ll find out about some of those stories!

  11. I also love shooting windows and doors, something about them makes them far more fascinating than flowers or statues.

  12. I know! I wonder what it is?! I had to go photograph a statue this afternoon, and although it was of a very interesting person I think I’d much rather have photographed something which would have made him more real! Thanks for the comment!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s