These Streets Put the S in Style ...

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You might put a street on your sightseeing itinerary cos there’s great shopping or because there’s a coffee shop you’ve heard raved about.

Some streets are simply destinations of repute – Les Champs-Élysée, Madison Avenue, Oxford Street, Rodeo Drive, Las Ramblas etc.

Then there are streets that are more than just streets.

They might even be called works of art.

Like these …

1. La Orotava's Magic Carpet Streets, Tenerife, Canary Islands

La Orotava's Magic Carpet Streets, Tenerife, Canary Islands

In 2007, the sand tapestry that has made the magic carpet streets of La Orotava in the Canary Island of Tenerife one of the world's most stylish streets made its entry into the Guinness Book of Records as the planet's largest sand painting.2

Every June the historic town of La Orotava decorates the streets with delicate, ornate flower carpets during their Corpus Christi celebrations.

Lined by lovely 17th and 18th century houses that still boast beautiful carved wooden balcony railings, the narrow cobbled streets of the town present a feast for the eyes at any given moment.

However, when those cobbles are hidden under evocative pictures made with rose and geranium petals, the effect is magical.

Take a closer look and you'll discover these are not actual petals - the whole flower carpet is created from volcanic sand that originated from Las Cañadas del Teide in the Mount Teide crater.

2. Águeda's Floating Umbrella Street, Portugal

Águeda's Floating Umbrella Street, Portugal

Sextafeira created the charming Floating Umbrellas installation above the streets of Águeda in Portugal as part of the Agitagueda Art Festival for the second time this year.

Not only is does this installation offer residents and visitors a colorful sight, it provides shade on hot days.

It proved such a success that the artist was asked to create the idea.

Nobody thought it boring to repeat it - it's already turning into a local tradition!

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