• Nativity of sand in the Canary Islands beaches

    Belén de Navidad en Canarias

    The benefits of the climate of the Canary Islands during Christmas allow visitors to enjoy a soft and sunny holiday. The Islands, so linked to the Atlantic Ocean that surrounds them, cannot even be separated from the beach at this season of celebration.

    The long seafront promenades of the ‘Fortunate Islands’ are invaded by crews of sand artists, sculptors of gigantic mountains of grains, whose hands form authentic works of art.

    In order to sculpt, give shape and almost carve those towering figures of the traditional Christmas Nativity, artists hired by the Councils, must work to free the expressiveness of tons of golden sand, literally dumped on the Canary Islands beaches.

    The result becomes a true journey through three-dimensional scenarios that recreate different moments related to the birth of Christ. 500 tons of sand that become Romans, camels, East Majesties, the crib…

    This tour is enabled in beaches such as La Cantera, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, through ‘streets’ by which more than 150,000 visitors take a walk to visit the 1,500 square meters of exhibition in just the couple of weeks that last festivities.

    The stability of time is essential to make these features work. The Canary Islands at Christmas usually present an average of 20 Celsius degrees of temperature.

    Keep in mind that all voluntary contributions that visitors give are destined to entities such as Red Cross and the Spanish Association against Cancer.

    Creative Commons or Public Domain Image: Flickr/El coleccionista de instantes

    Ana Pérez
    Ana Pérez
    She has studied in different countries and in several languages, which marked her character and broadened her sight. In the past few years, Ana has been working as an online content editor.

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