A tale of two squares
Talking of contrasts, here is a tale of two squares. One is the bright, newly created, beautifully tiled mini- plaza tucked under the road that sweeps from Puerto Santiago to Los Gigantes.
It is, to use a well-worn but very appropriate cliche, a hidden gem.
It shines with creative decorations on a seafaring theme, with what could have been a drab concrete pillar supporting a highway turned into a mosaic-stippled lighthouse.
Now fast forward to our other picture: the plaza in the centre of Los Gigantes, one if the most delightful villages on the island.
Its former welcoming elegance has been lost in a wave of drab lumps of concrete with the appearance of a prison exercise yard.
Stark, still unlit (despite new lamps being fitted) and derided by locals and visitors and it’s still unfinished.
Contrasts? You bet …