How is Halloween celebrated on the Canary Islands?
The traditional "Fiesta de los Finados"
Halloween with its pumpkins, costumes and so on has become very popular among the population of the Canary Islands. But also before that they had their own traditional celebration the night before All Saints' Day (the 31st October) - the "Fiesta de los Finados". Children went from house to house asking for "santos" ("saints", referring to dried fruits). In the evening the family would come together, eat roasted chestnuts, sweets called "huesos de santo" ("Bones of The Saints"), drink anise and honey rum and share anectdotes about dead members of the family. At night there would be dance and music around the town. Nowadays the tradition of the "Finados" is still alive in a few towns on Tenerife and Gran Canaria, like San Mateo, Santa Brígida, Vega de San Mateo and Vegeta.
|Roasted chestnuts, traditionally eaten at the "Fiesta de los Finados"|
|"Huesos de Santos", traditional Spanish sweets|
Are you searching for some spooky places?
Villa Winter and the wrack of the SS America, Fuerteventura
The Canary Islands offer beautiful sceneries: splendid beaches, lush vegetation and enigmatic volcanic landscapes. But if you are searching for spooky places and unsolved mysteries, the islands also have something to offer! Two spooky highlights are located on Fuerteventura: the enigmatic Villa Winter and the abandoned wreck of the SS America. Villa Winter is located in a mainly unhabitated area near Cofete and was named after the German engineer Gustav Winter. There are many conspiracy theories surrounding this mansion - was it a Nazi military base or a meeting point for Nazi generals escaping to South America after the Second World War? We will probably never find out! The second spooky place on Fuerteventura is the former SS America, also known as "Barco Fantasma" ("ghost ship"). The ship had a turbulent story (from army ship during World War II to glamorous cruiser) and finally found its final resting place next to the coast of Fuerteventura. Read more in our previous post!
|Villa Winter, Fuerteventura|
|Wrack of the SS America, Fuerteventura|
Have you heard about the legend of San Borondón?
The island that appears and disappears
It is the legend about an eight island, a ghost island that appears and disappears. On ancient maps you can find an eight Canary Island, often thought to be located in the west of La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. It has never been proved that this island really exists, but there are many people who claim to have to seen the island from the coast of another island or from the top of the Teide on Tenerife. There are also photos and many decades ago sailors wrote in their journals that they had visited this island. But does it really exist? Probably not (it is said that it may be a visual effect, an accumulation of clouds or a sunlight reflection), but it is a wonderful legend for everyone who likes a little bit of mystery!
|Map with the island of San Borodón, here it was marked next to Fuerteventura|
Es ist die Legende einer 8. Insel, einer Geisterinsel die auftaucht und wieder verschwindet. Auf alten Karten kann man manchmal eine achte kanarische Insel finden, oft wird diese im Westen von La Palma, La Gomera und El Hierro markiert. Es wurde nie bewiesen, dass diese Insel wirklich existiert, aber es gibt viele Leute die behaupten die Insel von der Küste einer anderen Insel oder von dem Gipfel des Teide auf Teneriffa aus gesehen zu haben. Es gibt sogar Fotos und in der Vergangenheit schrieben Seefahrer in ihren Berichten, sie hätten diese Insel sogar besucht. Aber gibt es sie wirklich? Wahrscheinlich nicht (einige Erklärungsversuche weisen auf visuelle Effekte, eine Akkumulation von Wolken oder die Spiegelung des Sonnenlichts hin), aber es ist trotzdem eine wunderbare Legende für alle die sich von Geheimnissen begeistern lassen!
Enjoy our special Halloween treats!
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