Although not a Tenerife-wide public holiday, one part of Los Realejos’ Cruces & Fuegos fiesta on Thursday, 3 May, draws people from around the island and even further afield. The fiesta itself is part of the Fiestas de la Cruz held throughout Tenerife (see HERE), but in Los Realejos it lasts just over a month from the end of April to the beginning of June (for more information see HERE), and the fireworks are what people come from far and wide to see. They have been granted National Tourist Interest status and are simply spectacular, long recognized as the best by far in Tenerife, and now officially one of the best in the whole of Spain.
The fireworks are staged as a competition between two streets – Calle El Medio Arriba and Calle El Sol – in Los Realejos for the best display, a tradition that started 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 9.30pm HERE (if the link shows up as unsafe it’s a browser issue, the site is actually safe: just remove the “https://” from the URL and it will work). The whole fireworks display lasts for around three hours and the following short video of 2011′s displays will hopefully give some idea of what to expect.