The Canary Guide – Star Event: The II Romantic Night Tejeda
On a night for lovers and for romance under the stars ‘The Most Beautiful Kiss in The World’ will be just one of the many highlights of the II Romantic Night (Noche Romántica) to be hosted in one of Gran Canaria’s most picturesque little mountain villages, Tejeda in concert with 350 other “Beautiful Villages” around Europe. The Association for the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain has chosen Gran Canaria for the national presentation by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, for a Romantic Night under the stars, to be held on June 23, midsummer’s eve, at a synchronised summit of 350 villages from around Spain, Italy, France and Belgium all recognised for their outstanding beauty.
Last year more than 1,500 people visited Tejeda, the only Canary Islands town that is a member of this prestigious club, to celebrate the summer solstice with ‘The Most Beautiful Kiss in the World’, a central act of this initiative that managed to unite ore than 100,000 “lovers” throughout Europe in a simultaneous kiss.
The Romantic Night program includes the turning off of public lighting throughout the town, which will allow visitors to contemplate the sky in a unique way and promote Tejeda as a key location on Gran Canaria, as an official Starlight Tourist Destination, from which to observe the stars.
The Tourist Information Offices of Tejeda received more than 25,800 tourists during 2017 attracted by the beauty of spectacular landscapes that put have Gran Canaria on the international map, and from whose summits, with Roque Nublo as the island’s iconic symbol, the island has grown in recognition throughout the world.
Aiming to attract visitors who are on holiday to participate in the event and to discover the interior of the island, the Tourist Offices located in San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Mogán and in the capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria will have posters and brochures about the Romantic Night prepared in three languages, Spanish, English and German.
Romantic Night Tejeda is to be accompanied by a schedule of activities that will begin on midsummer’s eve at 18.00 with a performance by the Malagan singer ‘La Pili’ who will tour the streets of the municipality. The music will continue in the hands of Adriana Medina on guitar and Thania Cantallops with cello, who will offer their wide repertoire of boleros from 18:30 to 20:30.
The ‘Mezcolanza’ of ‘Timple & Bohemia’ show will start at 21.30, with a cast of musicians of recognised prestige in their various musical disciplines who for this event mix their talents with the renowned voices of Abelardo García ‘El Tormento’, Patricia Muñoz, Pedro Manuel Afonso, Yoana García and Moneiba García.
The special moment will arrive at 23.00 the the “lights off” will allow attendees the rare opportunity to contemplate the starry sky of Tejeda in all its splendour and create a perfect atmosphere in which to celebrate the ‘Most Beautiful Kiss in the World’. Thousands of people in Spain, France, Italy and Belgium will all show their affection together illuminated by the stars, by the warmth of candles, lanterns and small lights that will be placed along the streets of the town.
An astronomy workshop is also being offered by AstroEduca which will allow you to enjoy the Tejeda sky from a privileged location in the Plaza del Mirador del Ayuntamiento, where attendees can enjoy an experience linked to the Starlight project.
In the Plaza de Nuestra Senora del Socorro a chill out area will be installed where you can relax and enjoy the night with live music from the Quartet de Saxofones Travesía, which will perform a repertoire of jazz, well known soundtracks and Latin American music. In addition to this, Archi Sinsalabin and ‘Elian, the Illusionist’, will offer a magic show up close.
The night will end with ‘Viviendo. Tribute to Marc Anthony ‘, a selection of the best songs from the Puerto Rican singer played by Manolo Estupiñán, who will be accompanied by a band of twelve musicians.
Tejeda is the only town in the archipelago that is part of the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages in Spain, which boasts 68 locations nationwide. The objective of the association is to highlight beautiful little municipalities, preferably rural, grouped under the same mark of quality, through promotional actions and cultural events inside and outside of Spain. This network encompasses places of great natural beauty with real personality as well as historical and cultural attractions, villas marked by tradition through which travellers can enjoy walking their paths and mingling with the locals.
The Most Beautiful Villages in Spain brand is a reference of prestige and quality nationally and internationally. The initiative is based on the French model Les Plus Beaux Villages and follows the path of the numerous networks that already operate in other countries around the world, such as Italy, Japan or Canada.
The Association was created in Spain in 2011 and was presented two years later with a network of 14 villages. Progressively, the list has been increasing to the 68 current locations.