Photo: Turismo Tenerife.
In a similar vein to the Los Realejos fireworks in May, another Tenerife town has a competition between streets. Over the next few days, three huge hearts – each one 12 metres tall and not far off the weight of a small car – will be the centrepiece of a competition between El Pico, Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo in Tejina, a quaint little town in La Laguna municipality. Los corazones de Tejina – the hearts of Tejina – are created from natural products including wood, flowers, fruit, and even bread, and are part of the town’s fiesta of San Bartolomé.
Tenerife Turismo says that the festival is a unique event in Tenerife. Besides the raising and procession of the hearts through the town, between today and Monday, 29 August, Tejina will be filled with music, flowers, smaller hearts, a fair, competitions, traditional food and dancing. It’s said to be a very old tradition, and it’s certainly one of the most colourful and dramatic which has been declared a Heritage of Cultural Interest.