Last but most certainly not least, we drove to the town of La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for being the first unfortified Spanish city. The pastel-colored colonial architecture is a visual candy box, and special delight was the chance to see the numerous iconic religious floats being polished and decorated with flowers in preparation for the Easter processionals. Our walking tour culminated in a covered market where we bought honeys made from the local wildflowers and palms, rums, and spices.
From La Laguna we ascended through mist-watered laurel and Canary Island pine forests, converging on the visitor center at the same time as our friends who had elected the birding excursion. Descending the mountains, we had time for a stroll through a mid-town park, an oasis of flowers and palms, culminating at a floral clock.
As we steamed out of the harbor in the early afternoon, there was a great deal of convivial exchanging of adventure stories; swapping of photos, stamps, and postcards; and mutual admiration of purchases. Tenerife had provided us with a most enjoyable day filled with history, scenic beauty, and colorful scenes.