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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, December 03, 2021

Los Loros (Arafo) Hillclimb

The XVI Subida Los Loros (16th Los Loros Hillclimb) takes place this weekend with the main events on Saturday, 4 December 2021 in the municipality of Arafo, an event that returns to the calendar after the 2020 parenthesis. 

There are 55 drivers in Speed, highlighting the return of Félix Brito with the Ford Fiesta R5 and the reappearance of Víctor Martín with a spectacular Leon TCR Cupra. In Regular Sport, 11 teams will compete and 14 in Fórmuula Rallye.

"For our municipality it is the most important event," said Jonathan Gutiérrez, Councilor for Sports. "It is an honor to host an event of these characteristics," he stressed, thanking the ProGT Arafo Club for promoting the area's identity. The Los Loros Hillclimb coincides "with the most beautiful ascent towards Mount Teide" he added. 

La Palma, no child without toys

As has been tradition, the ProGT Arafo Club is taking advantage of the celebration of the Los Loros Hillclimb for charitable purposes. This year, on the occasion of the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the island of La Palma, and in collaboration with Obra Social "la Caixa" as partner in this adventure, and with Naviera Armas as logistics operator, there will be a collection of toys that will go to the Isla Bonita. This event will take place on December 3 during the verifications and on the 4th during the event.

Thursday, December 02, 2021

Plenilunio (Full Moon Festival) with 100 activities in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Almost twenty open and closed spaces will host the twelfth edition of Plenilunio (Full Moon Festival), which will take place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 December, with about a hundred activities and with the longest hours in its history. On this occasion, the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council has worked to offer a program of activities for all audiences that ranges from 11 in the morning to 12 at night on both days, in the urban area from the García Sanabria Park to Francisco La Roche Avenue, and from the Maritime Park to the Almeida barracks.

The program includes some activities such as the Chicharrock Fest, the sustainable urban sociocultural sports festival that will combine sport, music and art and that will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days, the concert of Los 40 Sonidos Sostenibles (Sustainable Sounds), which will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday and that will feature artists such as Ruts and La Isla Music among others, or the Alisios Pop Festival, which will start on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. All these musical activities can be witnessed in the area of ​​the esplanade of Avenida Marítima.

As is usual, this edition will also have a gastronomic space, located in the García Sanabria Park that will be open to the public from 11 in the morning to 12 at night. This area, in which some establishments such as La Esquina de Gamonal, Soko, Aiko Restaurante, Crepería Le Monde and Gourmet Pizza Party are participating, as well as food trucks such as La Pendeja or Frida, will coexist with a fashion market where local designers, boutiques, decoration stores, natural cosmetics, children's fashion, jewellery, beauty and furniture will be present, as well as some varied musical performances that will take place throughout the day.

Circus performances and concerts will take place in the Plaza del Príncipe from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., divided into two sections: the first from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a focus on the circus world show, and the second in the afternoon, starting at 5:00 p.m., focused on musical programming, which will feature performances by Los Vándalos, Syntagma and Fran Baraja, among others.

There will be activities for the enjoyment and fun of the little ones in the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena area, which will feature theatrical performances during the two days: Habemus Teatro, Komba Producciones or Timaginas Teatro, are among some of the companies that will present works aimed at a more adult audience. Also in the Plaza de la Candelaria area there will be a children's play area with a Christmas theme and musical and puppet shows aimed at the youngest members of the family.

The Plaza de España will have a traditional market and an area dedicated to Canarian traditions. In it you will be able to witness musical performances of Canarian parrandas, as well as exhibitions of traditional games. Antonio Domínguez Alfonso Street will feature acoustic and classical music performances in the space alongside the Church of La Concepción. These musical activities will go from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Plaza de San Francisco and the Plaza del Chicharro, places where musical performances will coexist to generate an atmosphere in the restaurant areas, among which stand out the performance of the 'Musician Tribe of Tenerife', the group of musicians and street artists who have come together promoting the cultural movement of the city, and who will be together with other artists promoting the festive atmosphere of the city.

In addition to the open spaces will be delimited areas, with capacity and security limitations, there will also be a series of itinerant performances that will run through various streets in the downtown area of ​​Santa Cruz. Animation activities will be carried out in movement through the main pedestrian streets: Castillo street to Plaza de la Candelaria; Pérez Galdós street - Valentín Sanz street - Castillo street - Plaza de la Candelaria; Imeldo Serís Street (from Pza. Victims of Terrorism) - Valentín Sanz Street - Castillo Street; Francisco La Roche Avenue.

This twelfth edition of Plenilunio Santa Cruz also includes activities in some closed venues that will have their own programming, such as the Casa del Carnaval, the La Recova Art Center, the Market of Our Lady of Africa, the Museum of Nature and Archeology, the Museum Military History of the Canary Islands, Capitanía Palace and the TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes. All kinds of activities will take place in all these places, such as workshops, guided tours, concerts, theatrical activities or retrogaming activities.

It should be noted that all venues comply with current regulations against the spread of Covid-19, which is why some areas are delimited and have limited capacity. The information signs, workers and security managers will ensure compliance with the recommendations in order to avoid crowds and that everything runs normally and in compliance with current health regulations.

Un centenar de actos y 16 espacios para el Plenilunio más largo de la historia

Full details and program available at the Plenilunio website

Christmas Solidarity Market La Laguna 2021

Associations and volunteer collectives in the city of La Laguna, coordinated by the La Laguna Solidaria network platform, with the support of the La Laguna City Council, have organized for December 3 and 4, 2021 their traditional Christmas Solidarity Market, in the Plaza del Adelantado.

Hours are from 11am to 8pm on Friday and from 10am to 8pm on Saturday.

A proportion of the funds collected by the participating entities will be to support those affected by the eruption in La Palma, which will be channelled through the Red Cross.

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Tenerife in December 2021

Teide with snow and Canary Pines

December in 2021 has three public holidays: Monday, 6 December for Día de la Constitución Española (Spanish Constitution Day); Wednesday, 8 December for the Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception) - plenty of people will connect the two with an extra day on the Tuesday and take a puente (short break) - and, of course, Saturday, 25 December for Natividad del Señor (Christmas Day). This latter is still listed as one of the public holidays and there is no weekday off in lieu, because Saturday still counts as a normal working day in Spain, which still operates a six day working week.

As in previous years, there are no municipal holidays in December.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Carnival Main Parade in Santa Cruz 2016


The Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval Tenerife (Carnival Main Parade) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is usually held on Shrove Tuesday, which was Tuesday, February 9th, 2016.

Monday, November 29, 2021

The wineries open for San Andrés in Tenerife

Wine tasting, Icod de los Vinos, Tenerife. Photo: Viktor Kirilko Some rights reserved

This Monday, November 29, Tenerife celebrates the eve of the feast of San Andrés (Saint Andrew's Day). And on the eve the wineries open in a traditional festival, that, at least in principle, has nothing to do with wine. We know that he's the Patron Saint of Scotland, land of whiskey, whose flag, it shares with Tenerife.

Correr los Cacharro (Run the Pots) on the eve of San Andrés: Part of the festivities in honor of San Andrés held in the La Orotava Valley and other towns in the north of the island of Tenerife, but mainly in Icod de los Vinos and Puerto de la Cruz, children and young people, after spending days collecting scrap (cans, even appliances, bathtubs, scrap metal and any old object that makes noise) string them up and at nightfall on November 29, go out to the streets, and make as much noise as possible. This festival is closely related to the opening of the wineries, and it is traditional to accompany the new wine with roasted chestnuts and sardines or other salty fish.

The real origin of this practice is lost in time and most explanations are the fruit of legend. It is said that the object of running pots was to make noise to drive away plagues of locusts, or witches; also that since San Andrés was lame, he arrived "drunk" and loaded with pots days late to his party; or that San Andrés fell asleep and had to be awakened by the noise of the pots ... But the one that has the most weight and reported by researchers is that on the eve of the day of San Andrés, the owners of the wineries, in order to be able to bring in the new wine, would go down to the coast to clean the barrels with salt water, and the noise of the barrels on the cobbled streets as they were rolled down the slopes to the seashore, is the characteristic noise that the children later reproduce with their cacharros.

This festival was most popular at the end of the 70s and in the 80s, but had been lost in many towns, although some neighbourhood associations, with the support of city councils are trying to preserve it. Currently the Ministry of Education of the Canary Islands, offers information about these festivals to that those who wish to celebrate it. They carry out this activity in many schools throughout the island of Tenerife, with the students going out into the streets and encouraging the residents to participate in such an unique event.

In Puerto de la Cruz, the fiesta focus is in the Plaza del Charco, where you can also taste delicious roasted chestnuts with salted fish, sweet potatoes and 'new wine that makes you forget the night cold'.


Tablas de San Andrés are back in the streets of Icod and La Guancha, with limitations

Arrastre de las tablas in Icod de los Vinos Photo: Revista BienMeSabe Some rights reserved

Tradition accompanied by regulations that guarantee health safety, such as the prohibition of installing kiosks and barbecue pits on public roads

Gone is 2020, the year in which Icod de los Vinos and La Guancha were unable to celebrate one of the most anticipated festivalsLas Tablas de San Andrés - the dragging of the boards down the steep streets of the municipalities where San Andrés and the opening of the wineries is a tradition that remains alive and that congregates hundreds of people every year, thousands in the City of the Drago. With the exception of San Juan de la Rambla, which decided not to authorize it again as a precaution due to the increase in cases of COVID-19, the other two municipalities in the region have opted to recover this festival. 

In the Icod it will only be enjoyed on November 29 and 30, on the eve and festivity of the saint, while in La Guancha it will last four days, with a festival of wines and tapas in the Plaza de la Iglesia, with limited capacity and in which a large representation of wineries from the Ycoden Daute Isora and Canary Islands will participate.

In specific roads, such as El Plano, preferred by the youngest due to its steep slope, limited capacity will be established, which will ensure social distancing and the mandatory use of masks, controlled by the members of the Local Police, Civil Protection and private security, confirms the mayor. Los Franceses, San Sebastián and El Sol streets also have their specific plans with a series of specific measures and in all of them the side prohibits the installation of barbecue pits and hot dog stands and the sale of chestnuts and new wine with music in the streets. "This year what is necessary is to defend tradition, so we ask that the consumption of traditional products of our gastronomy be done within bars and restaurants and not in the spontaneous way as in the past", emphasizes the president.

Francis González is not afraid that the situation will get out of control. Until Wednesday there were only seven active cases in the municipality. Even so, he asks for prudence and that the sanitary norms and the criteria established are met.

In La Guancha, a score of streets will be closed to traffic in the old town (La Palmita, El Agua, El Sol, La Caldera, Los Alfareros, La Hoya de Arcos, Las Colmenitas, El Pinalete, San Antonio, Lanzarote, Icod de los Vinos y El Risco), Santo Domingo (La Mayorina, San Felipe and Las Sabinas) and in Santa Catalina (Cañada Baja and Paseo El Parque).

This year residents will be able to shout, louder than ever: “Viva San Andrés”.

Friday, November 26, 2021

Christmas begins in the rain in Santa Cruz

Christmas lights switch on in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Plaza del Príncipe was the stage, last night, as the Christmas lights were turned on.

It had not struck seven in the afternoon when the rain made an appearance in the Plaza del Príncipe de Santa Cruz, where switching on the Christmas lights was taking place. With a capacity limited to 750 people, the same rain made it far from full. Umbrellas were the protagonists in an event that began with the Gospel Shine Voices choir singing Hallelujah. The mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, advocated a "quiet Christmas" in which "prevention and precaution" must prevail, "and from the City Council we are going to help to achieve it."

Accompanied by the Children's Queen of Carnival 2020, Violeta García, and the Santa Cruz artist Ariann Music, to the rhythm of 'All want for Christmas is You', the mayor pressed the switch that filled the Plaza del Príncipe with light, while the rain continued to fall, this time mixed with the confetti that fell after the ignition occurred.

After the event in the Plaza del Príncipe, the mayor, together with the first deputy mayor, Guillermo Díaz Guerra, the councillor for fiestas, Alfonso Cabello and other members of the government, made the traditional tour of the streets already decked out for Christmas.

ILLUMINATION

As for the lighting, with a total of 3.5 million LED bulbs, for this Christmas campaign the City Council, through the Department of Public Services and the offices of the five districts, will light 162 streets of the city, 22 more than last year; the installation of 207 arches, while in 2020 there were 176; 908  Christmas motifs on the street lamps; the city will have 29,000 meters of garlands and 90 meters of tunnels, with approximately 30,000 LEDs.

For the last week the five districts of the city have already been adorned with about 50,000 poinsettias, in the traditional Christmas planting campaign. On this occasion, some 28,000 red and 9,000 white poinsettias have been planted, and, in addition, 2,000 red units, 1,500 fuchsia, 4,700 white, 1,000 pink and 1,300 variegated poinsettias will be planted of the princetia variety.

With last night's event, the Christmas period is considered inaugurated, and it does so coinciding today with the celebration of the day of Black Friday (although in Santa Cruz it's Black Week), which is the starting gun, commercially speaking, for Christmas.

In the coming weeks, depending on how the pandemic evolves, Santa Cruz has prepared a fortnight of events distributed throughout the city, which include from Christmas markets, parades with Christmas carols, or the placement of real mailboxes in schools that the little ones can send their letters to the Magi.

The reception of Their Majesties at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López stadium and the Parade through the streets of Santa Cruz (usually Jan 5) are still on the air, awaiting a decision on authorization from Public Health for their celebration. It is hoped that it will be next week when it is known, if finally, these mass events can be held in the capital.

Tenerife Sur RallySprint 2021 Suspended


The Organizing Committee of the RallySprint Tenerife Sur and the Escudería Villa de Adeje deeply regret to announce the SUSPENSION OF THE 2021 EDITION of the RallySprint Tenerife Sur, originally scheduled for November 27 and 28.

After intense weeks of negotiation and search for alternatives to holding the event, considering, among others, going from a single section to the combination of several specials around the municipality of Santiago del Teide (although without exceeding the kilometres allowed for the championship) and even change the scene to another area in the south of the island, it has been impossible, to guarantee that the event could go ahead.

2022: A NEW RALLY IS BORN

However, all this work has resulted in the confirmation that, for the 2022 season, the municipality of Santiago del Teide, will host a newly created rally competition.

Poli Delgado, president of the Organizing Committee, stated that “it is a great shame for us to have the obligation to announce the suspension of the Tenerife South RallySprint, but, at the same time, we are excited to confirm that we have very a new rally that will be added to the island calendar in the municipality of Santiago del Teide next season”.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Arona launches its Popular Fair during the Christmas holidays in Los Cristianos

Arona Council has inaugurated its Popular Fair, located next to the municipal swimming pool in Los Cristianos, which will be open until January 9, with limited capacity measures in place to guarantee COVID security.

Since last weekend, residents and visitors to Arona have been able to enjoy the Popular Fair, a large area of ​​2,000 square meters of leisure and entertainment for the whole family during the Christmas holidays, with children's and adult's attractions of all kinds; shooting galleries, toy and candy stalls, and 'the typical restaurant stalls of any fair worth its salt'.

The opening hours are Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and from Sunday to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., except for December 24, 25 and 31, and on January 5 and 6, which will open from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., while on January 1 the schedule will be from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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