Updated 2 May: Just a reminder that this famous firework display takes place tomorrow, and that anyone who would like to watch but who can’t be in Los Realejos can follow it live HERE.
Original post 19 April: Although not a Tenerife-wide public holiday, one part of Los Realejos’ Cruces & Fuegos fiesta a fortnight today on 3 May draws people from around the island and even further afield. The fiesta itself starts this weekend – 2016 full programme HERE – but the fireworks have been granted National Tourist Interest status and are just simply spectacular! The display has long been recognized as the best by far in Tenerife, and indeed, is now officially one of the best in the whole of Spain.
The whole thing is famous for being a competition between two streets in Los Realejos for the best display, a tradition that started, incredibly, in 1770. The fireworks manufacturers Hermanos Toste themselves date back to 1788 and have a factory in Los Realejos, the only one in the Canaries. This year’s display will be broadcast live as usual from around 9.30 … the whole thing lasts for around three hours! The following short video of 2011′s displays will hopefully give some idea of what to expect.