The typical nativity scene is a stable, a manger, a few forlorn figures looking on.
Not in Puerto de la Cruz.
In the centre of Puerto de la Cruz, on the south side of la Plaza Concejil is dominated by la Casa-Palacio y Torreón de Ventoso (18th century). Formerly (c 1750) the house of a merchant engaged in the import export trade. The lower half of the house also served as a warehouse, hence its substantial construction. In the 19th century the house served as the Bremen Consulate. La Palacio Ventoso is now the San Agustín religious college.
At the back of this house can be seen a tower – Torreón Ventosa. It is an outstanding example of its type, the only other comparable tower is at Garachico. The tower has recently been reconstructed, though not open to the public. The original purpose of the tower is reputed to have been to enable the merchant to see approaching ships before anyone else, nip down to the harbour and strike the best deal – probably a tall tale.
Casa-Palacio y Torreón de Ventoso is not not usually open, but currently open, entrance free.
Within, in different rooms, streets, workshops, markets, workers, streams flowing through.
Open until early January.
Admission is free, but please give a donation.