Finnish countryside never ceases to amaze me, when it comes to the plethora, variety and originality of the events going on during summer. Last weekend, we visited my mother-in-law’s cottage, located near the peaceful town of Mäntyharju, approximately 2,5 hours drive from Helsinki, towards northeast. After 45 minutes of civilized socialising-the maximum amount of time I can spend with my in-laws, without ending up calling my therapist for an emergency meeting-we decided to do some exploration of the surrounding area.
The architecture of Lago Martiánez swimming pool complex in Puerto de la Cruz (Tenerife) is so surrealistic, it immediately felt like I was starring in one of those futuristic films of the late 60’s-early 70’s. I experienced exactly the same feeling, when I visited César Manrique’s home in Lanzarote a few years ago. He is the architect of Lago Martiánez and of many other futuristic places of interest scattered around the Canary Islands. Don’t expect though to see Barbarella or Mr Scott bringing your cocktail to your beach chair, while you enjoy the dramatic view of the mountain range in the south. On the contrary, expect lots of families with kids and loads of tourists. Don’t let this intimidate you, though. The place is huge and it has lots of quite corners. Lago Martiánez makes a great option for spending a few, nearly quiet hours away from the bustling centre of Puerto de la Cruz. There also a few lunch places in site, although the food is mediocre, not to mention the service.