Jose Palomares, an artist on the ball

You don’t have to go up north in Tenerife to see great art, Los Cristianos cultural centre always has an exhibition of paintings hung around the walls, it’s FREE to stroll round, and the offerings range from professionals to keen local amateurs.

Jose Palomares adorns the walls at the moment, and will do so until 25 September, originally from Jaen in mainland Spain, he moved to Tenerife in 1990, and had already built a strong reputation as a portrait and landscape painter. A keen sports fan, he painted a portrait of Manchester United when only 16, and can count Sir Alex Ferguson and Ryan Giggs among his subjects.

Walking around the cultural centre, the classic scenes of Tenerife catch the eye with their brightness and clarity, but just around the corner you suddenly find visions of Englands best and worst footballing moments, and a young Denis Law savouring one of his many awards.

There are 23 paintings on display, but if these just whet your appetite, have a look at his website and see the range and quality of his work.