The Perfect Wave
At first glance, the Auditorio de Tenerife by Santa Cruz harbour reminds you of the famous Sydney Opera House. It was described in the ‘El País’ newspaper as a ‘large concrete sail’, with many comparisons being drawn to a wave or a cobra. The concert hall whose white ceramic tiles make the facade sparkle depending on how the light falls on it was opened in 2003 and is officially called ‘Auditorio Adán Martín Menis’. It is the ‘Sinfónica de Tenerife’ orchestra’s regular venue and also provides the stage for operas. The café is available for those who would like to see the auditorium without actually going to a concert.
While you may not be allowed to go inside the ruins of the industrial building due to the risk of collapse, the Casa Hamilton on the northern coast of the island is definitely still worth seeing from a distance. The five-storey building whose steam engine once pumped water up from a freshwater spring to irrigate the surrounding fields was built as a pump house and residence in 1903. Those who like deserted places or are looking for an exceptional photo motif should take the trail along the Puerto de la Cruz coast to enjoy the spectacular views.
Stone on Stone
The ‘Pyramids of Güímar’ are a mystery to this day. The Norwegian adventurer and explorer Thor Heyerdahl was convinced that they were proof that there had already been an exchange between Egypt, the Canary Islands, and South America before Columbus. Archaeologists, on the other hand, came to the conclusion that the pyramids date back to the early 19th century, making them decidedly younger than Heyerdahl thought. Was it farmers who stacked up the stones that were in the way of farming? Or were the pyramids erected by freemasons to perform solstice rituals? It is certainly quite reassuring that some questions still remain unanswered...
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