What happened at Hotel Europe

The 4 star Europe Hotel was inaugurated in April 1975. It was the second hotel to be built in Playa de las Américas, after Gran Tinerfe, in 1969.

At two in the morning on April 5, 1990 part of the roof in room 105 collapsed causing the death of a German tourist, Rudolf Ulrich, and although his wife, was also asleep in the same room she was unharmed.

The rubble from the collapse fell on the reception area, which due to the hour was deserted, nevertheless, 340 sleeping guests, mainly German tourists, were quickly evacuated. They were re-housed in the Hotel Conquistador and the Europa Apartments close to the hotel. Later some employees reported they felt a tremor and heard a great rumble.

The technical evaluation determined that the event occurred in an area made from prefabricated slabs and caused several cracks in the structure which meant for safety reasons the hotel was closed. Eight years later, in July 1998, the building was demolished by a controlled explosion.  (*See below)

The hotel occupied a privileged space on the waterfront next to the Salinas del Camisón, and was replaced by the Europe Villa Cortes, a unique and luxurious 5 star hotel.

The architectural model of the new building was inspired by a XVII century Mexican style hacienda and set the precedent and contributed to introduce the concept of of what a tourist resort could be like – until then the hotels in the area were only three and four stars.

(By clicking the link below you can see the explosion on Youtube)

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Barrio de la Ranilla – Puerto de la Cruz

My favourite part of Puerto de la Cruz is La Ranilla. For me it is undoubtedly one of the most charming areas in the town. It runs from the Plaza del Charco and ends by the open-air car park near the beach.

The name comes from the first person who settled in the area, a soldier called Ruiz Ranilla and it is one of the oldest areas of the town dating back to when the economy was reliant on fishing, so was predominantly a place where fishermen lived.

Today La Ranilla is an area where you can find a good selection of shops and restaurants. It has been renovated and improved without losing its sense of history and personality.

It is rather avant-garde with its colourful buildings and thanks to projects such as the Festival Mueca or Periplo, La Ranilla has embellished its streets with art.

The majority of murals were painted in 2014 for the launch of the outdoor museum and they come in many shapes, sizes and styles. You can take a street art tour in about an hour as it is quite a compact, but so you don’t get lost you can pick up a guide and map from the Tourist Office.

Starting at Plaza del Charco, heading towards the sea turn left onto Mequinez street and you will come to the first two pieces. After that just step back in time, wander through the streets, enjoying the murals and the atmosphere of this historic area.

These are my favourites – they look so real.

Others are funny, surreal or like the black and white insects, just plain creepy.


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El Pris – a different Tenerife

If you are looking for the real Tenerife then visit the idyllic village of El Pris. Close to Tacoronte and with Mount Teide as a backdrop, the entire stretch of coast in this area has been declared of Cultural Interest.

During the 1960s, houses and apartments, that still exist today, were built for almost 400 inhabitants and so this small coastal town was created. The name El Pris comes from the Canary term “porís” that translates to “small natural harbour”.

This small fishing village has a little bay of black sand and pebbles (aka small harbour or poris), which is next to a natural rock swimming pool. That is fortunate because characteristic of this part of the island the waves here can be pretty strong whatever time of the year.

The natural pool is separated from the open sea by a wall and is constantly replenished by the tides as the sea spray crashes over the rocks. Only in the summer months are lifeguards working so caution is needed at all times.

Along the coast, you will find several bars and restaurants in which to savour some traditional Canarian food, mostly delicious fresh fish and should your visit linger into the evening, you will find El Pris a privileged location to take in the magnificent sunsets.

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Taoro Park – Puerto de la Cruz

Taoro Park, one of the places in Puerto de la Cruz where you can breathe, and enjoy some of the best views in North Tenerife.

Taoro Park was formerly called Mount Misery and covered about 25 acres. It is divided into several areas. The Atalaya is perfect for walking while enjoying fountains, waterfalls, palm trees, gardens, and subtropical plants.

Then there is the area of the Casino, this is the Hotel Taoro, opened in 1890 by the French architect Adolph Coquet is found. In 1979, it was transformed into a casino until 2006, when it moved to the Lago Martiánez. In its day, people like Agatha Christie stayed at the hotel. Despite its excellent views it was never successful which is why, it closed. Currently ways are being sought to bring this property back to life, but so far, none of the proposals seem to ensure profitability.

Finally, there is the Camino de la Sortija, a place where the British used to hold horse races, and where today it is very common to see people practicing sport.

Another recognized place of Taoro Park is the Anglican Church, a witness to when the British were well established in these parts. Since 1964, it has belonged to the Diocese of Gibraltar. The Church is surrounded by landscaped gardens honouring the victims of the worst plane crash in the islands history.


The Park is open permanently and is free for anyone who wishes to visit this landmark of Puerto de la Cruz.

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Stuffed Aubergine

Jim isn´t a lover of aubergine, so we don´t have it very often but once in a while I fancy it so try to dress it up a little to make it more appetising for him.

This is a simple recipe but very tasty. It can be cooked in such a way it looks like lasagna or moussaka (sliced and layered) with the addition of a cheese sauce on top, but I just slice in half stuff and bake.


1 Aubergine cut in half legthways
2 spring onion, finely chopped
2 or 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon pine nuts
1 tablespoon tomato puree
¼ tsp dried oregano
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Sprinkle of cheese (Optional)


Slice the aubergine in half lengthways, and scoop out the flesh, leaving enough behind to make a ‘shell’, then chop the flesh.

In the oil fry the onion and garlic until soft. Add the aubergine flesh, tomato puree and pine nuts. Cook for another couple of minutes. Then stir in the oregano salt and pepper.

Pile the mixture into the aubergine shells and pack down gently with the back of a spoon. Finish with the cheese and a grating of nutmeg if you wish.

Put on a baking sheet and put in the oven.  Cook for a further 15 – 20 minutes or until the top of the stuffing is lightly browned.

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