It was not until 15th October 1963 that the Daily Mirror introduced us to the word Beatlemania. Accordingly there was no Beatlemania in evidence when three of the boys, Paul, George and Ringo, holidayed in Puerto de la Cruz between 28th April and 9th May of that same year.
To escape her distress, in February 1927, Agatha Christie, accompanied by her daughter Rosalind and secretary Charlotte Fisher, arrived in Tenerife. Leslie Charteris spent the winter of 1935/36 in Tenerife researching for one of his Simon Templar novels.
During the summer of 1915 Alexander Baillon met Dr. Earnest Hooton, an anthropologist, who had been sent to Tenerife by the Peabody Museum of Cambridge, USA to collect and bring back some Guanche remains…
Whilst we lotus eaters in the north were living the dream, Lewisham born Tom Keating was slaving away at the easel in his villa in the southern village of Vilaflor (above) happily churning out Samuel Palmer pastiches.