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Contributed by Jack Montgomery   
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Unwitting travellers who dreamily wander along Puerto de la Cruz’ picturesque harbour at first light on Midsummer’s morn may be forgiven for pinching themselves to check that they have actually risen from their slumbers. In the harbours’ calm waters, amongst the resident fleet of quaint, gently bobbing fishing boats are scores of, not so gently bobbing, goats. “El baño de las cabras”, the bathing of the goats, is a highlight of one of the Canary Islands’ oldest celebrations, the ‘fiestas de San Juan’ or, to give it its more ancient title, the Fiestas of the Sun. Its origins lie with the Island’s aboriginal people, the Guanche who, like many primitive civilisations, believed that the sun cast powerful magic when it was at its midsummer peak. Read more... http://www.realtenerifeislanddrives.com/Midsummer.html
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