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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Festivals in Tenerife and other large gatherings are still not able to be held with social distancing and other restrictions still in force. Events listed here, therefore, are subject to cancellation or change without notice. Such circumstances are beyond our control.

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Friday, October 22, 2021

47º Isle of Tenerife Rally (22-23 October)

47º Rallye Isla Tenerife (22-23 October)

The 47th Orvecame Isla Tenerife Rally, organised by Club Rallyten Sport, will be held on October 22 and 23, 2021. With the club's philosophy of making a beautiful, competitive and demanding route, the itinerary of El Isla - as this rally is colloquially known - includes 2 stages, a total of 9 specials and 107 kms of timed sections, going through up to 11 municipalities, with Santa Cruz de Tenerife being the epicentre of the event, hosting in the Parque Marítimo y Palmentum de Santa Cruz all the main infrastructure of the event. The administrative-technical verifications and the delivery of documentation will take place on Friday, October 22 between 09:30 and 13:30, thus promoting the use of outdoor spaces and the good weather that the capital offers in the month of October.

The two specials to be held on Friday afternoon, and which will serve as a warm-up, are: “Medianías-Palo Blanco” 5:13 pm and “Icod El Alto-La Guancha” – Ctra. La Fajana, passing through El Lagar, La Guancha, Pinalete, La Tabona Reservoir to La Mancha - at 5:51 p.m., taking advantage of the natural light offered by the still summer schedule.

Stage “2”, on Saturday, begins at 9:18 am with “Los Loros” – descending direction -, “Fasnia” –from north to south, leaving at “Las Eras Altas” - 10.17h and “Arico” at 10.56 am h. This loop repeats at 1:44, 2:43 and 3:22 p.m. respectively. At 15.55h, there will be a regrouping at the Puertito de Güímar, to face the last special of the day: “Cuesta Las Tablas” – heading to Santa Cruz de Tenerife with departure at the “Cuatro Esquinas” junction - at 17.00. The rally ends at 5:50 p.m. with the arrival at the Parque Marítimo and Palmetum de Santa Cruz de Tenerife.


Thursday, October 21, 2021

Tenerife South Airport puts into service five new boarding gates and a passport control

Tenerife South Airport User: Bgabel at wikivoyage shared, CC BY-SA 3.0

With an investment of 6.1 million euros, the Airport adapts T2, now called zone C, expanding its surface by 5,000 m².

Tenerife South Airport put into service [20 Oct] five new boarding gates of the six existing in zone C (previously called Terminal 2), with the aim of expanding the area designated for this purpose in the airport facility and improving efficiency and comfort of the passengers. In addition, a new passport control exit also comes into operation in this same area.

The six boarding gates in zone C, along with the four that will be located in the connecting building, are added to the 16 already existing, adding up to a total of 26 throughout the airport.

The adaptation of zone C, which has an investment of 6.1 million euros and which expands the airport surface by 5,000 square meters, will entail other improvements, such as the launch of 32 new check-in counters, which will be added to the current 87.

The new passport control put into operation in zone C, together with another that was put into service last July for boarding gates A in the original airport terminal, has involved an investment of more than 1.3 million euros. euros.

The expansion works that are being carried out at the Tenerife South Airport double the operational area for check-in and boarding and expand the general capacity of the airport, which will go from 13 to 16 million passengers per year, with which the infrastructure will be in full conditions to meet the present demand and that of the near future. 

Tortilla de calabaza (Pumpkin omelette)

Tortillas de calabaza (Pumpkin omelette)

Pumpkin omelette is prepared in practically the same way as the traditional potato omelette Tortilla Española (Spanish Omelette), simply substitute the potato for the pumpkin. The pumpkin gives a rich touch to this omelette and it is also spectacular - pumpkin or squash is also one of your 5-a-day - as well as being perfect for this season.

Ingredients

  • 600 gr of pumpkin
  • 5 eggs
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Pimentón dulce (Sweet paprika)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt

How to make pumpkin omelette

  1. Cut the pumpkin into small cubes and put them in a microwave-safe container. Cover and cook the pumpkin in the microwave for 3 minutes at maximum power.
  2. Beat the eggs in a bowl together with a pinch of salt. 
  3. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and add the previously peeled garlic. When the oil warms up, add the pumpkin, mix and add salt to taste.
  4. Sauté the squash for a few minutes until tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and remove the garlic cloves. Add the pumpkin to the beaten eggs and mix it well.
  5. Continue heating another tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the pumpkin and beaten egg mixture, spread the pumpkin over the pan.
  6. After a few minutes and when the base of the tortilla is set, turn the tortilla with the help of a plate or lid with a smooth surface. Slide the tortilla back in the pan and continue cooking until it is to your liking. 

Receta de tortilla de calabaza

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

La Laguna presents 20 thematic hiking routes

Turismo de La Laguna presents 20 thematic hiking routes to unite landscape and culture and create spaces for coexistence between tourists and residents. The ‘Senderos con Cultura’ (Trails with Culture) and ‘Walk & Talk’ projects will promote linguistic immersion, cultural exchange and the defence and conservation of the city's rich, historical heritage.

The Department of Tourism of La Laguna, led by María José Roca, presented two programs of thematic hiking routes guided by professionals that, weekly and until the end of the year, will offer 20 innovative proposals with historical, natural, artistic and cultural heritage to make the attractions of the municipality visible, promote its conservation, as well as generate spaces for coexistence between citizens and people of different origins and languages. Each route will be free, although a donation of 2 euros per person will be requested (via soydelapalma.com to benefit people affected by the La Palma eruption.

This initiative is divided into two groups, entitled ‘Senderos con Cultura’ (Trails with Culture), with 10 routes that will end on La Laguna coastline and that will link the territory to the history, mythology, traditions and literature of La Laguna, and Walk & Talk, the latter designed for the practice of different languages, to meet people from other cultures and promote active learning, all with the landscape and traditions of La Laguna as the setting.

The program of hiking routes in languages ​​Walk & Talk has 10 routes in different languages ​​and points of the municipality, which will be held Saturdays and Sundays from October 23 to December 23, an opportunity to practice languages, discover places and meet people, promoting cultural exchange and active learning committed to heritage, all through tours of the Historic Complex, Mesa Mota, Mesa de Tejina, Jardina, Bajamar or Punta del Hidalgo.

All routes will be free with a donation to La Palma, without age limits, but will require prior registration and will be carried out in small groups of up to 20 people, complying with current health protection measures and reducing the impact on the natural environment. The first will take place on October 23, within the Walk & Talk proposals and, under the title 'A Balcony Overlooking Paradise', which will offer a circular route from the town to Mesa Mota. All information and registration is available here [in English]

The Senderos con Cultura program includes 10 thematic routes in the northeast region, one every Sunday between November 21 and December 19, and which will focus on local and regional mythology, popular traditions, poetry, pirates and history of the municipality. 

The activities are designed to promote interaction between the participants, with dynamic routes adapted to different themes, such as the Day of the Dead or Christmas. The activities are designed in Spanish and English, but they are adaptable to any language. 

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2020

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2020 Sara Cruz Teja

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2020 was Sara Cruz Teja, with a costume entitled "Sentir" (Feel), designed by Sedomir Rodríguez de la Sierra and sponsored by hypermarket Centro Comercial Alcampo La Laguna.

In 2020, the court was made up as follows:

  1. First Maid of HonourMaría José Chinea Cabrera, with the costume ‘Un nuevo amanecer’ (A new dawn), designed by Jorge González Santana, sponsored by bottled water brand Fuentealta.
  2. Second Maid of HonourLaura García Repo with the design ‘El secreto de Lola’ (Lola's Secret) by Borja Abreu, representing distiller, Ron la Indiana.
  3. Third Maid of HonourJudith Miguélez Díaz, with ‘Mararía’ (Mararía (1973) is the most famous novel by the Spanish Canarian writer Rafael Arozarena) by Daniel Pages sponsored by McDonald’s and newspaper El Día.
  4. Fourth Maid of HonourElisabeth Ledesma Laker con el diseño ‘Estas cuatro palabras’ (These four words) by Santi Castro, representing Centro Comercial Añaza Carrefour.
The theme of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2020 was The Flirty Fifties. Also known as "The Calima Carnival", due to the suspended dust from the Sahara desert that covered the entire Canary archipelago during the first days of the street carnival celebration. 

During the gala, directed by designers Marcos Marrero and María Díaz, which began with an overture based on the popular song "Santa Cruz en Carnaval", the 16 candidates each paraded on stage twice. In the final moment, only eight finalists took to the stage, because despite the large size of the stage, it was too small to host all of the candidates at the same time. The gala featured performances by Paulina Rubio and Soraya Arnelas, who, in addition to singing, served as master of ceremonies with Alexis Hernández and Pedro Rodríguez.  

And, of course, the 2020 carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was [for now] the last one celebrated in the streets before the coronavirus pandemic hit, causing the cancellation of many other carnivals throughout the rest of the island.

“Islamérica” Festival to revitalize links between the Canary Islands and Latin America

Arona Council, through its Department of Historical-Artistic and Ethnographic Heritage, led by José Alberto Delgado, initiates a new cultural project, baptized as Islamérica, which has as its  purpose recover the memory of the historical relations between the Canary Islands and Latin America, which constitute an indisputable sign of identity in the symbolic imaginary of the Canaries and which is part of the intangible heritage of the archipelago's culture. The first edition of this has been subtitled as Cuba. El Reencuentro (Cuba. Reunion).

This program, of cultural significance, comes at a very opportune moment to value a territory so appreciated by the Canaries as is the Caribbean island, which is going through a difficult economic and social moment as a result of the effects of the COVID pandemic, which has seriously accentuated its historical gap caused by the US blockade. This production also has the support of the Canarian Institute for Cultural Development of the Government of the Canary Islands and the Foreign Action area of ​​the Cabildo de Tenerife. Invitations to access all activities, free of charge, can be obtained at www.arona.org

The Islamérica calendar of activities begins on Wednesday the 20th, at 7pm, at the Los Cristianos Cultural Center, coinciding with the commemoration of the Day of Cuban National Culture, having been sung, on October 20, 1868, for the first time, the Cuban national anthem, La Bayamesa, in Bayamo. For this reason, several researchers will intervene in person and from Cuba, via streaming [the coronavirus prevented their transfer to Tenerife]. 

Arona residents emigrated to Cuba in 1885

The choice of Arona to rescue the centuries-old memory of the Canarian-Cuban connection is no coincidence since, as Galván Tudela himself collects in the work he co-authored with the historian Guillermo Sierra Torres, entitled La migración de Arona a Cuba. Una visión transnacional [1895-1930]  (The migration of Arona to Cuba. A transnational vision [1895-1930]), in that historical period there was an intense migratory flow of residents of Arona to the Manzanillo area in Cuba, where they worked in the sugarcane fields of the Santa Teresa de Campechuela sugar mill [today Enidio Diaz].

The cycle has other activities related to history and literature planned: On October 22 and November 3, the presentation of bibliographic premieres such as Canarias en Cuba-Cuba en Canarias [Tribute to Julio Hernández García] will be held at the Los Cristianos Cultural Center, and also at 7pm, a volume of Le Canarien Ediciones in recognition of the valuable legacy of the brilliant Canarian Americanist and a doublet, Interviews with Gastón Baquero and The mythical city called La Habana, with Arona writer Alberto Linares as master of ceremonies and the spirit of the controversial writer and Cuban poet of the 20th century as the protagonist of the literary evening, respectively.

Islamérica will dedicate a special section to cinema at the Infanta Leonor de Los Cristianos Auditorium, with a billboard that begins on Tuesday, October 26 with the documentary Mujeres de sal. Hombres de humo (Women of salt. Men of smoke), directed by the social educator and researcher from Gran Canaria, Iris Carballo, who will make an introduction to the film. On November 8 and 9 there will be two double sessions, José Martí: el ojo del canario [Fernando Pérez Valdés [Feature film] - Cabaiguán, the Canarian capital of Cuba [Producciones Ibora. Documentary] and Entre perro y lobo (Between Dog and Wolf) [José Ángel Alayón. Feature film] - Canarios en la guerra de Cuba 1895-1898 (Canarians in the war in Cuba 1895-1898) [Producciones Ibora. Documentary], respectively.

Music from the two shores with Abakuá and Yeray Rodríguez

The music of the two shores will be twinned with Cuban and Canarian resonances on Wednesday, November 10 at the Infanta Leonor de Los Cristianos Auditorium with a double offer of the traditional Cuban repertoire in which the Abakuá sextet is specialized, under the direction of Fernando Cruz, and the prestigious Yeray Rodríguez, accompanied by his band of musicians.

The next day, the Casa de la Bodega, in the town of Arona, will be the setting for the opening of an exhibition, 'Manuel Martín González in Havana 1920-1930', with unpublished photographic work of the artist, a native of Guía de Isora, considered one of the great masters of Canarian landscaping. The festival will culminate on November 19 with a tasting of Canarian-Cuban cuisine.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

VIII Annual Craft Show in La Laguna

Handicraft Exhibition in La Laguna

This traditional annual event returns with 40 stalls in the Plaza de La Concepción after the cancellation of the 2020 edition due to the pandemic

The Council of La Laguna recently announced the eighth edition of the Handicraft Exhibition of the municipality that returns after its postponement in 2020 due to the pandemic. The initiative, one of the main showcases of local crafts, will be held over three days, from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 October, and will feature 40 individual covered stands distributed around the Plaza de La Concepción in accordance with the current health security protocols.


Monday, October 18, 2021

Feboda Wedding Fair returns in 2021

The XVI Edition of the Feboda Wedding Fair 2021 returns to the Tenerife Fairs and Congress Centre from October 22 to 24, 2021. During these three days, visitors to the fair will be able to see all that is on offer on the island in terms of weddings and celebrations.

After a year without the fair in face-to-face format due to the pandemic, Feboda 2021 returns with renewed illusions and with several novelties that will make this edition a very special event.

The Feboda fair has established itself as an annual event due to the great importance it has for the sector. Couples who are going to get married in 2022 will undoubtedly visit our facilities to prepare the details of such a special day, as well as those people who in the future are thinking of holding a special celebration.

This 2021 edition will be very special because in the last year many celebrations were prevented from taking place, so the expectations are very high. Likewise, for visitors, Feboda is an event that they have been waiting for months due to its usefulness and variety of offer, especially in these times when it is necessary, more than ever, to be in the hands of professionals who make their celebration a unique moment. 

The participation of a hundred companies, distributed on 140 stands, in an exhibition space of 8,000 square meters is planned.

It is planned to simultaneously hold Feboda 2021 and Tenerife Volcanic Fashion, with the aim of seeking synergies between two sectors as close as fashion and celebrations, but each maintaining its own identity and specificities. The two events will share common spaces, the most important being the bridal fashion runway.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Canary Islands suspend the need for COVID certificate to access tourist accommodation


The Government of the Canary Islands has agreed this Thursday [14 Oct], at its Council meeting, to suspend, at least until January 31, 2022 the obligation to present a COVID certificate to access tourist accommodation, announced spokesman, Antonio Olivera.

In the press conference after the Governing Council, the spokesperson indicated that this suspension of sections 1 and 3 of the Decree Law on extraordinary measures in tourism to face the effects of the health and economic crisis produced by the pandemic.

This means that it will not be necessary to prove that you are free of the disease to stay in tourist accommodation (and will take effect on the same day of its publication in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands), until January 31, without prejudice to successive extensions. The agreement is the most convenient legal route for the progressive return to normality, taking into account that the advance of vaccination in Europe and the Canary Islands, as well as the existence of a procedure to control foreign travellers at airports (where a vaccination certificate or COVID diagnostic test with a negative result is still required).

The spokesperson for the Executive stressed that, as the Ministry of Tourism had agreed with the four main Canarian employers in the sector, it was necessary to eliminate the existing double control (airport and accommodation) and relax the rules that were established in the tourist establishments of Canary Islands accommodation for protection against disease and as a measure that helps to strengthen the image of the Canary Islands as a safe destination and guarantor of high standards of protection of its visitors.

Antonio Olivera also highlighted that the advance of the vaccination program continues to be "very positive" in the Canary Islands and is allowing the number of infections to be reduced, which has allowed Fuerteventura to pass to level 1, so all eight islands are at low risk.

This is good news for the arrival of the high tourist season, reflected in good hotel occupancy figures and signs that the winter season will be positive for the Canary Islands. 

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