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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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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.


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.


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.

Carnival Main Parade in Santa Cruz 2015

The Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval Tenerife (Carnival Main Parade) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is usually held on Shrove Tuesday, which was Tuesday, February 17th, 2015.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Floods in the Canary Islands in 1968

Castle and area of San Felipe in Puerto de la Cruz
Oliver Abels, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In the floods of 24 November 1968, the most affected islands were those of El Hierro, La Gomera, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Through the Barranco de Las Goteras, in the east of Gran Canaria, the water ran after 20 years of total inactivity, and in the Guiniguada, the waters reached two meters in height as it passed through Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Likewise, the rains collected on the peaks caused the Caidero La Niña and Parralillo dams to overflow. But the town that suffered the greatest human and material damage was Puerto de la Cruz, in the north of Tenerife, since strong winds that descended down the slope were added to the intense rains, which at times acquired the character of torrential, from the summit towards the La Orotava valley. The flood in Puerto de La Cruz destroyed 40 homes, most of them on the banks of the San Felipe ravine. One person died. There was much damage in northern municipalities, with flooded streets and houses, blocked roads, landslides and power cuts. Access to Punta Brava was cut off, part of the Calzada de Martiánez and the Puerto de la Cruz beaches were under water.

In Gran Canaria, winds of 118 k per hour, a strong swell and a southerly storm were the causes that, on November 25, 1968, two ships anchored in the port broke their moorings and ended up at Las Alcaravaneras. The small boat, Dumbo and her companion Kallipateira, could not escape the fury of the sea on that winter night, where the first ended up on the shore of the capital's beach and the second, of Greek nationality, trapped in the reef. 

Efemérides meteorológicas en Canarias del siglo XX y XXI

(The video below shows flooding in the San Felipe ravine in 2009.)

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Festival Mueca 2021 in Puerto de la Cruz

Festival Mueca 2021

The International Festival of Street Art - Mueca - celebrates its 2021 edition between November 25 and 28, organized by the City Council with the support and involvement of collaborating entities and, especially, the public that supports the event every year.

More details from http://www.festivalmueca.com

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