Some would have you believe the only place you will find anything remotely Canarian is in the north of Tenerife and certainly not in the man-made southern resorts, but this is far from true.
Every winter in Las Americas, Los Cristianos and Las Galletas there are weekly displays of traditional music and dancing. At the same time there are booths erected that sell traditional island crafts and local foods. Some stalls sell lace, some ceramics, and some metalwork. Others offer food tempting you with free samples of breads, honey, cakes, mojo sauce, or even a small slurp of local wine.
The rules are very strict, if you want to sell a craft, you must be an approved artisan with proof of accreditation issued by the Cabildo of Tenerife. Likewise, individual producers of traditional Canarian food must use traditional ingredients and make in the time-honoured way, as well as having certified documentation allowing them to handle food. It is because of these rules residents and tourists can rest assured that what they are getting is the real McCoy and not some pseudo attraction that bears no resemblance to reality.
If you want to sample the real Tenerife, as well as enjoy great weather, then between 3rd December and 26th March 2016 head for the south of the island. Thursday evenings, Las Galletas in Rambla Dionisio Gonzalez, Friday evenings in Avenida Las Americas (The Golden Mile) and Saturday in Los Cristianos, in the Plaza de La Pescadera and Paseo Marítimo at each location you will enjoy music and dancing by locals in full traditional dress and have the opportunity to sample local produce. For times see the poster below which is also in English.
I don´t know anywhere that puts on such a display of preserving Canarian roots as Arona. For years the municipality has not just presented a one off demonstration but a regular attraction that lasts for weeks on end. Every year it seems to get more popular judging by the crowds that attend so make sure you are one of them when you next visit the island.
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