Friday, October 21, 2016

5 Unexpected Adventures in Tenerife and other stories

Trekking the Teide National Park

5 Unexpected Adventures in Tenerife
U.S. travelers are discovering Tenerife’s secrets — such as lush mountains, vast hiking trails, 43 protected nature areas and more. 

Ten Highs and Lows of Living on Tenerife
After 13 years of living on Tenerife, it’s fair to say that the highs have outweighed the lows by quite some considerable margin, otherwise we wouldn’t still be living here. But it hasn’t all been plain sailing.

Celebrating the “medianías” – arts & craft and gastronomy fair in Vilaflor
Alongside the official act there will be a fair with local craft and agricultural produce from the nine different boroughs, children’s activities, guided walks in Vilaflor, theatre performances and different activities throughout the weekend. 

Good value doesn’t always mean cheap on Tenerife
For me a ‘Euro a pint’ sign translates in my head to ‘watery, poor quality lager’ and I walk on by. Similarly, a while ago I saw a sign on a café near us advertising burgers for €1. My first thought was ‘they’ll be garbage.’ Ironically, there’s not a great difference in price between those Euro burgers and the delicious beefy monsters served in my favourite burger joint on Tenerife, La Oficina near El Sauzal, which are around €2.75. But I’m willing to bet there was a Teide National Park sized crater of a difference when it came to quality.

VII Subida a Guía de Isora mountain racing rally hillclimb.
The VII Subida a Guía de Isora rally will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 29 and 30 October. The race, which will count towards next year’s Spanish national mountain race championships, will be held on the TF463 between Playa San Juan and Guía de Isora town. 

Laurel forest photography exhibition in Adeje Cultural Centre
Adeje Ayuntamiento has announced a fascinating photography exhibition about the wonderful laurel forests in the Canaries. The exhibition, of photos by José Juan Hernández, will be open to the public in the exhibition salon in the Adeje Cultural Centre on weekdays from 9am to 8pm until 25 October. Entry is free.

Why Playa Paraiso is and isn’t located in Costa Adeje
... things are about to change. The opening of the Hard Rock Hotel will be the catalyst which transforms Playa Paraiso. Already its name is being mentioned more and more in social media circles. People are increasingly asking where Playa Paraiso is. And that in itself is already causing confusion.

Charity Country Gospel Concert in aid of Adeje Foodbank and Noah’s Ark homeless association
Pastor Ken Cumming has announced the 2nd charity Country Gospel Concert, which will be held in the Adeje Cultural Centre on Sunday, 30 October at 7.30pm . Tickets for the event cost €1 plus 1kg of non perishable food (or more, if you like!), and all proceeds will be donated to the Adeje Foodbank and to the work of Noah’s Ark, an asociación (so a genuine charity) supporting the homeless living on the streets in the south of Tenerife. 

Waylaid By A Tenerife West Coast Wander
Seagulls packed the breakwater that was exposed by the low tide and a small group of kayaks tailed behind their leader like ducklings following their mother. Aah yes it was a delightful morning as I made Playa San Juan my kick off point for a stroll along the west coast of Tenerife.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Tenerife Weather Forecast From 17 to 23 October

West coast from Teno

The outlook for the next week is for sunshine on all coasts every day but some parts will see more cloudy spells than others with the north, east and west looking just a little bit sunnier than the south. Sunday looks as though it could be a grey day with rain just about everywhere. The start of the week should be very warm with temperatures dropping a degree a day as the week progresses.

Tenerife Weather Forecast From 17 to 23 October

Friday, October 14, 2016

The best Tenerife walking and other stories

Mountain path, Guajara, Teide National Park

From pine forests to volcanic plains, the best Tenerife walking
We normally only take to the Tenerife trail a couple of times over summer months. Mostly we wait until autumn arrives, bringing slightly less hot temperatures, before getting in any decent walking on the island. 

Third Charity Drag Gala in aid of breast cancer association Amate
The third Charity Drag Gala in aid of breast cancer association Amate will be held in Los Cristianos’ Infanta Leonor Auditorio at 9pm on Monday 31 October. Tickets will be available shortly from the Cultural Centre and the auditorium’s cafe.

La Laguna Noche en Blanco 2016
It’s now an established annual run-up-to-Christmas event that attracts people to La Laguna in their hundreds of thousands, and this year’s Noche en Blanco will take place on Saturday, 26 November. The previous occasions have been enormous successes, and this year looks set to be just as brilliant, with a wide range of activities including street theatre, live music in the open air, shops open all night, street stalls, food, drink, church recitals, cultural events in every historic building or museum with tour guides giving different sorts of guided tours at intervals throughout the night – it is a real experience not to be missed.

Amy Winehouse tribute show with original band members at Magma Centre in December
There will be any number of Amy Winehouse fans in Tenerife, and now FOREVER AMY can be seen at the Magma Centre at 9.30pm on Friday, 9 December. 

Five Great Tenerife Buffet Breakfasts
As breakfast buffets go it was a pretty good one. The experience got me thinking about other good Tenerife breakfast buffets, especially the ones which stood out for offering something a little bit different. These are five which have stuck in the memory.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Tenerife Weather Forecast From 10 to 16 October

Clouds over the north

The outlook is for weather that looks more in line with what we normally get on Tenerife towards the end of October when the season really changes. So, although the sun will shine most places every day, there could be a lot of cloud throughout the week, a chance of rain in the south and south west on Tuesday morning and more rain pretty much everywhere over the weekend.

Tenerife Weather Forecast From 10 to 16 October

Friday, October 07, 2016

Oktoberfest returns to Costa Adeje and other stories

Oktoberfest returns to the Costa Adeje
Beer will flow and the smells and sounds of traditional German food and music will fill the air next to the sea in the plaza next to CC Salytien in the Costa Adeje between 1 and 11pm next weekend, Friday to Sunday, 7-9 October.

Adeje Fiestas Patronales 2016
Adeje’s Fiestas Patronales in honour of the Virgen de la Encarnación start this Saturday, 1 October, with a whole range of events being held until 16 October. These patronal fiestas culminate with the romeria on Sunday, 16 October, a traditional procession of the virgin’s statue with the famous carts pulled by oxen along Calle Grande, and dancers, music, food, and many other cultural touches beingrounded off by the traditional fireworks and entertainment.

Scientists and authorities combine to reassure public about seismic cluster
The Instituto Geográfico Nacional for its part has concluded that the “micro-tremors” are of a volcanic nature, and that although their exact cause is unknown, their behaviour is within the range of “normal” for an active volcano.
- Tenerife slams 'irresponsible panic' amid Teide volcano eruption fears
- Don't panic: Tenerife insists volcano ISN'T about to erupt
- Tenerife volcano scare stories lambasted

Tipping? It’s such a poor habit in Spain
A survey carried out in August about Spain’s hospitality sector shows that nearly three-quarters of customers tip less than 5% of the bill, while just 3% express their gratitude for the service with tips of between 10% and 20%.

Two sides of the music scene on Tenerife
Over the years we’ve seen countless excellent Canarian bands and singers. But, despite their talent, their names are unlikely to ever appear on the list of nominees for the Tenerife Entertainment Awards as those are aimed at acts on the cabaret circuit rather than the island wide live music scene.

British Government unveils plans to give expats lifelong right to vote in UK elections
The British Government has published detailed plans on how it will deliver its commitment to return the right to vote in parliamentary elections to all expats. To what will be inevitable criticism that it comes too late to those who wished to vote against Brexit ...

Responsible whale and dolphin watching with the Blue Boat flag
When booking an excursion, Turismo says, look for boats bearing the “Blue Boat” flag.

All Ship Shape In Santa Cruz
Any excuse and I’m off to Santa Cruz, there’s so much going on, that was definitely the case as I called in for two big events and still ended up gazing at the ebb andd flow of the ships at the port. My first visit was for the Seatrade Cruise Med trade show at the Recinto Ferial, with 153 stalls and some interesting forums there was plenty for me to dive into.

Wine-growers hit by a harvest nightmare
WE have heard a few stories recently about the problems at Tenerife’s vineyards. And now, it seems, the full extent of their troubles are worse than first thought. The Island’s official regulator has confirmed that 2016 is now expected to be one of the worst harvests in years.

Arona beaches back to their best
As Arona’s mayor Mena promised, the municipality’s beaches have been treated as a priority, and not only have they recovered their precious Blue Flags, playa de Las Vistas has now also regained Aenor’s Universal Accessibility Certificate, a distinction that the council says guarantees equal opportunities for the use and enjoyment of the beach.

Christmas programmes 2016-2017
And the prize for this year’s first Christmas announcement goes to … the Magma Centre, which has announced that there will be a Christmas ice rink throughout November, December and January.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Tenerife Fiestas in October 2016

Christopher Columbus depicted landing in the West Indies, on October 12, 1492.

Hispanic Day (Día de la Hispanidad) or National Day (Fiesta Nacional de España) is an annual national public holiday in Spain on October 12th. It commemorates when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492.

The following Municipal Public Holidays are observed in individual districts:

- 3 October: Festivity of Santísimo Cristo de la Salud in Arona.
- 10 October: Festivity of Santa Úrsula, Patrona de la Villa in Adeje.
- 17 October: Festivity of Santísimo Cristo del Calvario in El Tanque.
- 21 October: Día de Santa Úrsula, Patrona del Municipio in Santa Úrsula.
- 25 October: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios in Buenavista del Norte.

The following fiestas are celebrated in October:

- Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación in Adeje.
- Fiestas de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios in Buenavista del Norte.
- Nuestra Señora del Rosario on 3rd October in Fasnia.
- Nuestra Señora del Rosario on 7th October in El Rosario.
- Fiestas del Pilar on 12th October in Granadilla.
- Fiestas of Cristo del Calvario from 15th to 20th October in El Tanque.
- Fiestas Patronales on 21st October in Santa Úrsula.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Summer Carnival In Puerto de la Cruz

Summer Carnival Poster
Thanks to Jack Montgomery for the head's up on this brand new event taking place in Puerto de la Cruz this year over the weekend of 16th, 17th and 18th September 2016: the Carnaval de Verano (Summer Carnival).

The idea behind the event is to provide a taster to tourists, visitors and folk from other parts of the islands, so they can discover what they would see even more of if they come to the carnival proper next  February.

Summer Carnival Programme of events:

Friday, 16th September 2016:

Inauguration of the event takes place at the Loro Parque at mid-day, along with the selection of the poster for the 2017 Carnival. At 4pm, there will be an exhibition of carnival costumes in the hotels Tenerife Playa, Valle Mar and Las Vegas, together with a carnival procession. The day will be completed with dancing in the Plaza de Europa from 9pm. 

Saturday, 17th September 2016:

From 11am in the area of San Telmo and the Avenida Colón, will be workshops in salsa and carnival make-up, accompanied by an orchestra and a DJ. At 6pm in the Martiánez area there will be performances by the choreographed dance troops. From 8pm there will be a sampling of the now infamous Mascarita Ponte Tacón (Men's High Heels Marathon) from the Avenida Colón to the Plaza de Europa. And from 10pm there will be a Fiesta del Flotador, which is a completely new event that's going to be a total surprise.

Sunday, 18th September 2016:

For the last day of this Summer Carnival, from 11am there will be kiddies activities in the
Avenida Colón, which will be complimented by a DJ performance in the Plaza de Europa. From 4pm is the trademark Carnaval Cavalcade leaving from the Avenida Colón and terminating in the Plaza de Europa, where, from 8pm, is La Chalana in concert.

El Carnaval de Verano llega a Puerto de la Cruz

Friday, September 09, 2016

Hats The Way We Like It For Virgen Del Carmen and other stories

Hat's off!

Hats The Way We Like It For Virgen Del Carmen
My school cap lasted five minutes before I deliberately lost it, never been keen on hats but the annual Fiesta del Sombrero (hat fiesta) as part of the Los Cristianos Virgen del Carmen celebrations has given me a new admiration for them. This Tenerife variety is much more jolly, inventive, and ingenious.

Adeje Hails The Slam Dunk Derby
Thundering down the court, plundering the baskets, and closing down shooting angles for their opposition, Iberostar Tenerife (black vests) and Herbalife Gran Canaria (yellow) brought a full bloodied pre season basketball friendly to Adeje. Top class basketball in the Canary Islands? Well of course there is ...

Unique school opens in Tenerife
Today saw the opening of a very special school in Tenerife. Synergy is an education and sports facility based in Chayofa that offers a flexible British-based curriculum which supports young athletes and allows them the time they need to train and to achieve excellent academic results. The school is fully authorised to teach in both British and Spanish systems, and is certified by the British Council.

XIV Subida Arona – La Escalona
Arona Ayuntamiento’s tourism and sports departments have announced the 14th Subida Arona – La Escalona rally [ed: actually, a hillclimb] to be held on 21 and 22 October. The race, organized by Escudería Zapatera Sport Arona, will be an international one this year, and aims to set Arona as the national capital of mountain rallying. Arona says that the race is the most important and prestigious rally held in Tenerife, and is recognized as such internationally.

WORLD megastar Ricky Martin will perform in Las Americas
WORLD megastar Ricky Martin will perform in Las Americas in what is certain to be one of the town’s biggest-ever gigs. The Puerto Rican artist started his European tour in Malaga last night (Thursday). he plays Las Palmas this evening then tomorrow, Saturday, it’s all systems go for the South of Tenerife at the Athletics Stadium.

Name that volcano, or even the cocktail
WHAT’S in a name? That has been asked a few times, and now local bars will try and explain – with cocktails! That’s because the latest “Volcanoes go to the bars” event was launched last Thursday. It runs until March and will feature bars in 22 local municipalities, offering their own bespoke cocktails that bear the names of Tenerife volcanoes, and other volcanic areas. The idea is to create a “local drink which captures the essence of our volcanic island”.

Guaza’s rain test for road workers
The Cabildo has given the green light for work on “Roads and Landscape”, on the Guaza road link, to avoid overflows occurring at this point near the South motorway whenever it rains heavily.

Flights of fancy, going for a song
Air Europa is this week running its Minimax campaign – a new promotional offer costing just 27 euros per flight, from the Canary Islands.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 5 to 11 September

Lago Martiánez, Puerto de la Cruz

The forecast is much the same as in recent weeks but hopefully minus calima. It should be a sunny week most places with shade temperatures hovering around the mid 20s. There’s a blip in the south and south west mid-week when temperatures jump by a few degrees before returning to mid 20s for the weekend. There could be some cloud over the weekend and a chance of showers with parts of the north being most likely to see some light rain at some point on Sunday.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 5 to 11 September

Friday, September 02, 2016

XXXI Feria de Artesanía de Pinolere 2016 and other stories

Valley between the slopes of Tigaiga and Pinolere

XXXI Feria de Artesanía de Pinolere 2016
The XXXI Pinolere Craft Fair takes place this weekend from 2nd to 4th September, from 10.00 to 21.00 each day, in the Ethnographic Park Pinolere, in the Orotava valley. This year, the traditional fair will feature 220 artisans from all of the Canary islands. Contemporary Canarian ceramics will be the theme for this year.

61st Cycling Tour of Tenerife will see traffic affected this weekend
The 61st Cycling Tour of Tenerife will be held this weekend, Friday to Sunday, 2-4 September. It will means some roads affected, specifically that roads will be closed to public traffic when the leading pack is due.

Waiting forever, it seems!
WAITING lists for public health care are staggering, according to the latest, official figures, which show that almost 92,000 people in the Canaries are either awaiting surgery or a specialist’s appointment.

South Hospital is such a big plus for patients
The opening of the first 49 hospital beds for acute, short-stay patients, along with the intensive-care activity, has relieved some of the burden on the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Candelaria. It has also eased the burden on patients having to travel to Santa Cruz for treatment.

Seven Seas Explorer Sizzles With Style In Tenerife
If your aspiring to be the World’s most luxurious cruise ship, being 54,000 tons, 223 metres long, and costing 450 million dollars is just a start. Seven Seas Explorer prides itself on attention to detail and those added flamboyant touches. As the 14 decks loomed over me on Santa Cruz dockside, its lower hull was being power sprayed and roller painted to ensure it looked as good as when it was launched in Monaco barely two months ago.
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