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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. 

Friday, October 15, 2021

Free Tour of La Laguna, Tenerife's UNESCO World Heritage Site city, in English

La Laguna Free Tour

This two hour 'pay as you feel' tour starts at the Plaza del Adelantado, in the heart of the historic centre of La Laguna, Tenerife's UNESCO World Heritage Site city.

Highlights of the tour include many of the city's emblematic buildings:

One of the stops will also be the Cathedral of San Cristóbal de La Laguna or Catedral de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, which has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest. After finding out about its history, the free tour will end in front of the Teatro Leal.

To book, choose the date and complete the form on the following page:

Third time lucky for Palo Blanco Hillclimb

'A la tercera va la vencida' (third time lucky), as the Escudería Daute Realejos, reactivated, for the third time so far this year, the registration period for the popular 𝟗ª 𝐒𝐮𝐛𝐢𝐝𝐚 𝐚 𝐏𝐚𝐥𝐨 𝐁𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐨 (9th Palo Blanco Hillclimb), now scheduled for 15 and 16 October, after it was postponed in both March and July, due to COVID. 

This reorganization of the calendar has led to the two climbs in the north of Tenerife, Palo Blanco and La Guancha, being placed consecutively in the program, which undoubtedly may have affected the first of those, however there are 54 drivers registered in Speed, 8 teams in Sport Regularity and 9 in Formula Rally.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Carne de Cabra (Goat Meat Stew)

Carne de Cabra (Goat Meat Stew)


  • 1 kg goat meat, diced
  • 250 gr chopped onion
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • pimentón / paprika
  • thyme
  • clove
  • cumin
  • water
  • salt


  1. Season the meat.
  2. Sautéed the onion in a frying pan with oil, add the meat and fry until golden brown.
  3. Then add the pepper, paprika, thyme, clove, cumin, and wine, and leave it over heat for about 15 minutes.
  4. Finally, the water is added until the meat is covered and leave to cook for approximately 1 hour and a half.
  5. Serve with wrinkled potatoes. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2019, Priscila Medina Quintero

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2019 was Priscila Medina Quintero, with a costume entitled "La Nuit" (The Night), designed by Sedomir Rodríguez de la Sierra and representing Autoinsular Citroën.

In 2019, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of HonourSusana Conde Alba, with a costume entitled “Bésame” (Kiss Me), designed by Santi Castro, representing Centro Comercial Añaza-Carrefour.
  2. 2nd Maid of HonourViviane Cordobés Ramos, with a costume entitled “Mandala”, designed by Juan Carlos Armas Febles, representing Centro Comercial Alcampo La Laguna.
  3. 3rd Maid of HonourInma Afonso Darias, with a costume entitled “Llegó bailando” (Arrived Dancing), designed by Daniel Pages, representing Dimurol SL.
  4. 4th Maid of HonourRaquel Iboleón Laynez, with a costume entitled “Al alba venceré” (At dawn I will conquer), designed by Daniel Pages, representing McDonald’s and La Opinión de Tenerife.
The theme of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2019 was "The Deep Sea". The main stage of the carnival on this occasion is presided over by a six meter high bust of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea. This sculpture is made by Valencian Fallas masters and was transferred to the island of Tenerife from Valencia by sea along with other sets that made up the scene, such as a large wrecked ship ten meters long and six meters high. 

The six meter high bust of Poseidon was moved to the stage in the
Plaza de la Candelaria once the carnival party took to the streets.

In addition, 140 corals were moulded with striking colours, of orange, green and pink. Several films, including Finding Nemo, also served as inspiration for the sets. In total, the stage measured 15 meters and with giant screens that simulated the bottom of the sea with fish. The Queen's Election Gala was directed, once more, by Enrique Camacho. The introduction allowed the public to enter the depths of the sea, where countless aquatic animals danced among the public. The host of the gala was the journalist Laura Afonso, who throughout the event was accompanied by other presenters, including the last three carnival queens; María Rozman, Elvis Sanfiel and K-Narias. Guest artists were Carlos Baute and Marta Sánchez. The gala was broadcast live on Televisión Española and on the International Channel, as well as on Televisión Canaria

During the Daytime Carnival, the record set in 1987 with Celia Cruz was surpassed, because in 2019, local police figures estimated that more than 400,000 people danced to the rhythm of Juan Luis Guerra and with Celia Cruz there had been 250,000. This was unexpected and, due to the lack of a notary, could not be included in the Guinness Book of Records. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Hispanic Day Celebrations Around the World

Municipal Band of San Carlos in celebration of Culture Day in Costa Rica

Día de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Day), is known in almost all of Latin America as Columbus Day, and although it is a holiday on the calendar, it is losing relevance in Latin countries, where even the Discovery of America has a negative connotation, charged with controversy. Columbus Day commemorates the historic anniversary of the Discovery of America by Spain and the birth of the Spanish Empire. The celebration takes place every October 12 and, in it, each Spanish-speaking country celebrates it in a different way.

In Spain the official term at present is the Fiesta Nacional de España (National Holiday of Spain). However, there are other terms used to designate this holiday: National Day of Spain, Day of the Fatherland, Fiesta de la HispanidadDía de la Raza (in most Latin American countries) or Day of Indigenous Resistance (in Venezuela).

At the same time, October 12, is the Día del Pilar (La Virgen del Pilar / Our Lady of the Pillar), "Mother of the Hispanic Peoples", when the Aragon city of Zaragoza dresses up to commemorate the festivities of its patron saint.

Floral offering in Mexico

In Mexico the date has been officially decreed, since 1928, at the initiative of José Vasconcelos, who alluded to what he called the Ibero-American race. It is a national holiday, but it is not a very relevant date on the calendar. In Mexico City there is a monument to the race where people can present their floral offerings.

Carnivals in Costa Rica

Costa Rica, officially since 1968, created the Day of Discovery and Race, but since 1994 this holiday was officially transformed into the Day of Cultures in order to jointly highlight both the cultural contributions of the Spanish, indigenous and Afro-Caribbean people. In some Caribbean places they have carnivals on October 12. However, the party that they truly celebrate in Costa Rica is Independence Day, on September 15. In it there are student parades and if any dignitary arrives in the country, it is the schoolchildren who receive them with flags in a formal ceremony.

School representations in Colombia

Columbus Day in Colombia is celebrated mainly from schools, with events where students represent the history and meaning of this day in history. At the governmental level, this holiday has less relevance, and small ceremonies with floral offerings are simply carried out. 

Counter-festivities in Argentina

Columbus Day was established in Argentina in 1917 by decree of President Hipólito Yrigoyen, as a reaffirmation of the Hispanic-American identity against the United States and the Monroe Doctrine. The events were celebrated at first, but the aboriginal communities have repudiated them and have denounced the death of some 90 million indigenous people in American territory. Thus, October 12 has been designated by many as the Day of Resistance of the Indigenous Peoples.

Indigenous Resistance Day in Venezuela

It was in 2002 when then president Hugo Chávez and, Minister of Higher Education, Samuel Moncada, called this date the Day of Indigenous Resistance, since they assert that it was not a discovery, but a genocide where the aborigines resisted the domination of the Spanish forces until the last breath.

Columbus Day in the United States

Columbus Day is celebrated in the United States to honor Christopher Columbus, who is credited with the discovery of America on his first voyage in 1492. It is celebrated on the second Monday in October and on each State is celebrated in a different way. This day stands out in the State of New York, with a great parade through the streets of the Big Apple; government offices are closed, as are public schools. In Denver, Colorado, there is also a parade each year, which has been the object of protest by Native American groups and their supporters for nearly two decades. The city of Berkeley, in California, has substituted Columbus Day for Indigenous People's Day since 1992. 

Fiesta Nacional de España (Spain's National Day)

Día de la Hispanidad Desfile Patrulla Águila, 12 Oct 2020 Thomas Holbach, CC BY-SA 4.0

On 12 October each year, which is a national public holiday, the Fiesta Nacional de España (National Day of Spain), also known as Dia de la Hispanidad (Hispanic Day) is celebrated throughout Spain, the Canary Islands and the Hispanic world. 

The traditional events are to be held again for the National Holiday Day after the 2020 ‘break’ due to the pandemic, where they were replaced by a brief act in the Patio de la Armería of the Palacio Real (Royal Palace). This year the Armed Forces will once again parade through the centre of Madrid, presided over by King Felipe and Queen Letiza. It is expected to be held in a somewhat smaller format, to avoid crowds, because although currently the incidence of infections has dropped considerably, the pandemic has not yet ended.

According to the website of the Madrid City Council, the parade will begin at 10:00 am (an hour earlier in the Canary Islands) with the incorporation of the Royal Guard Honours Battalion in the Plaza de Lima. At 10.30 am, the King and Queen will arrive in this same square and the military parade will begin. When the flag flies, a tribute is usually made to those who gave their lives for Spain, at the conclusion of which, the aerial and terrestrial parades begin. The starting point of the parade is usually the Plaza de Cuzco

Then there is the farewell to the monarchs, and finally, the lowering of the flag. 

In 1997, the most significant events of the Día de las Fuerzas Armadas (Armed Forces Day) were transferred to the National Holiday on October 12. The celebration traditionally includes a parade of the Spanish Armed forces, usually held in Madrid. Tribute is paid to soldiers who gave their lives for Spain, followed by a civil-military parade, which usually includes a display by the Spanish Air Force's aerobatics team, the Patrulla Águila.

The Eagle Patrol returned once more to fly over the city of Madrid for the Fiesta Nacional de España 2020. This is a small summary of how they have prepared at the Getafe air base for this special day. Their mission is to represent Spain and the Air Force at events, proudly displaying the colours of the national flag. One chief, seven regular pilots and reserve pilots, all flight teachers in the 793 squadron of the General Air Academy.

Monday, October 11, 2021

The six most paradisiacal beaches in Tenerife

A list brings together the six most paradisiacal and beautiful beaches in Tenerife

For those who seek to discover each of the spectacular volcanic landscapes that this island hides or simply spend a few days relaxing enjoying the best beaches and the best beach bars, this selection includes some of the most beautiful and paradisiacal beaches on the island. Some secluded and wild beaches, others more accessible, of volcanic origin and with crystal clear waters, perfect for those who prefer all the comforts and the best accesses. 


Punta Roja and Playa Tejita rene boulay, CC BY-SA 3.0

If you're looking for a wild, remote beach and one of the most beautiful in Tenerife, then La Tejita beach is perfect for you. A beach that you will find in the south of the island and next to the Montaña Roja Nature Reserve. An old reddish volcanic crater, to which you will have spectacular views from this beach. A quiet, wild beach with golden sand, ideal for those looking for a place away from the tourist centres and especially for fans of sports such as surfing or windsurfing as the wind is another of the great protagonists in this sandy area.


Las Teresitas Beach

Playa de Las Teresitas is one of the best known beaches in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. A beach of golden sand and palm trees that you will find located in the town of San Andrés and that will transport you without a doubt to any paradisiacal beach you've dreamed of. It is also one of the favourite beaches for families, thanks to the tranquillity of its waves. All this, together with how close it is to the city centre, make it one of the favourite beaches on the island.


Roques en Benijo Josefir InstantesCC BY-SA 4.0

Benijo beach is another of those completely wild and beautiful beaches that you can find on the island of Tenerife and specifically on its north coast. A perfect black sand beach for those who want to escape the overcrowding of other well-known beaches, since in summer it has a medium occupation and low the rest of the year. Its access is another reason why this beach does not have many tourists and is that to get to it you will have to access it through a path with steps that you will have to go down for about fifteen minutes, but on the way back you it will need more time to go up. It is also advisable to be especially careful with the swell, as it is usually quite strong. The environment of nature and the landscape from it deserves at least one visit, as well as for its spectacular sunsets.


Masca Beach

A wild, isolated environment, with volcanic sand, surrounded by cliffs and with crystal clear waters. This is how we could define this small and beautiful beach of Masca located at the end of the riverbed of the Barranco de Masca. Another of its characteristics is its difficult access, for which you will have to approach either by boat or going down the ravine, which may take you between 2 and 4 hours of walking. An effort that will undoubtedly be worth it for its paradisiacal beach, but also for the impressive landscape that you will be able to see throughout the journey.


El Duque Beach

For those who prefer something more accessible and with all the comforts, El Duque Beach is another favourite. A beach with Blue Flag, which is located in the tourist area of ​​Costa Adeje and in front of some of the most exclusive and luxurious hotels on the island. With golden sand, crystal clear, clean and calm waters and with all the necessary services, which makes it one of the favourite options for tourists.


El Médano Beach
Another heavenly Blue Flag beach that you can find in Tenerife is El Médano Beach. A beach where you can also enjoy all the services and that you will find located in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona. From there you can also enjoy the majestic view of the Montaña Roja volcanic cone, as well as the practice of sports such as surfing or windsurfing, among others. Another of its peculiarities is its sand with different shades of light brown and the many tourists who decide to visit it, especially for its easy access and its beauty. 

Sunday, October 10, 2021

10th Anniversary of the birth of the Tagoro volcano on the island of El Hierro

Tagoro submarine volcano in formation. Source: Municipal Council of El Hierro.

The volcano was born upon an eruption that started on 10 October 2011

On the morning of October 10, 2011, a whole generation of Canary Islanders heard for the first time a word that they would eventually get used to: tremor. The islands were facing a volcanic emergency for the first time in 50 years, but not where most expected: not Teide, nor Cumbre Vieja, but under the sea, a kilometre and a half from El Hierro.

Tagoro violently devastated the Mar de las Calmas, one of the most important marine reserves in Europe, and shocked the geologically youngest island in the archipelago, plagued with volcanic cones but without any historical eruption. The [news of the] birth of the volcano went around the world and its footprint in the sea was visible from space.

Tagoro, which caused a deformation of the terrain that raised the island 20 centimetres that has been maintained over time, has a diameter at its base of one kilometre and is 370 meters high from its base, like a skyscraper of 90 stories, a very high cone, because it arose at the bottom of a valley and its walls helped it to grow, although it suffered landslides during the five months of eruption, from October 10, 2011 to March 5, 2012. 

Since 2011 there have been around thirty oceanographic expeditions on the volcano, most of them commanded by the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) and in which researchers from national and international scientific centers have participated, such as, among many others, the two Canarian public universities, the German Geomar institute or the National Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"The eruption of El Hierro is an unprecedented event for science," explains Eugenio Fraile, principal investigator of the Vulcana project of the IEO of underwater volcanology in the Canary Islands, initiated with Tagoro. "The data from our investigations have served as a world reference to see how a system like this evolves, ships, researchers and instruments have been at the volcano from minute zero until today," adds the oceanographer.

The scientific history of Tagoro continues to be built, and many aspects remain to be studied from the physical or biological point of view. The volcano continues to emit heat and has increased the temperature in its surroundings by almost two degrees, a reason that has helped, along with the nutrients “to increase the biomass of zooplankton in the area affected by Tagoro compared to nearby reference waters, but also a decrease in the diversity of species on the volcano has been verified,” says Fraile. 

"Today we have a richer and more productive Mar de las Calmas (Sea of ​​Calms), with the volcano emitting an enormous amount of nitrites, phosphates, many silicates and bioassimilable iron that fertilize the water in a natural way", sums up the scientist.

The enormous dimensions of the eruption that is currently underway on La Palma and, above all, its terrible consequences for those who have lost homes, farmland or their work under the lava flows have almost relegated the tenth anniversary of the Tagoro volcano to the background, when, in fact, much of the scientific and emergency deployment of the last three weeks in Cumbre Vieja was tested for the first time in El Hierro. 

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