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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 …