Monday, July 25, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from to 25 to 31 July

Las Galletas

The week starts with a yellow level hot weather alert for south, east and west Tenerife with temperatures expected to peak at around 34C. In the north it will just be hot. Midweek should be sunny but a bit less oppressive before temperatures rise again for the weekend when there may be some cloud and even showers in parts.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from to 25 to 31 July

Friday, July 22, 2016

New Tenerife Terminal and other stories

Cruise ship in Santa Cruz

New Tenerife Terminal Nearing Completion
“We’ll have our new cruise terminal finished in August,” said Airam Díaz Pastor, commercial director for the Port of Tenerife in an interview with Cruise Industry News. He said the terminal was a 10 million euro investment that the port would recover in eight years.

Forest fires break out across islands
A series of forest fires broke out over the weekend, with roads in Tenerife closed whilst firefighters tacked 2 blazes. Across the islands, local governments have brought in measures to prevent fires, with authorities in La Gomera also banning activities that could lead to forest fires.

Art Meets Magic In Santa Cruz
Sat in a dark room watching a 1902 fantasy film and chuckling like a drain. Not how I had expected to start my art and culture trip to Santa Cruz but I wasn’t moaning. My how I chortled as a space rocket landed in the eye of the man in the moon! Maybe I should rewind a little before you think I’ve lost my marbles.

Green light given for Tenerife motor racing circuit
The €23m project, which has been delayed by a year, received the final consent this week, after Cabildo president Carlos Alonso signed the approval papers. The track should open in the next 2 years, with works expected to start in the next few months.

Gospel choir concert this Friday in Adeje
The Latonius with his Gospel Choir will be performing in Adeje cultural centre this Friday, 22 July, at 8.30pm. Entry is free. The performance is billed as a special tribute to Prince and will also feature special guests.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from to 18 to 24 July

Puerto de la Cruz

Overall it looks like it should be mainly a very hot and sunny week across Tenerife. There could be blip midweek when there’s a rise in temperatures on Wednesday which could lead to thunderclaps and even showers in some areas.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from to 18 to 24 July

Image: Oniblis photography

Friday, July 15, 2016

Brighter outlook for Las Teresitas beach and other stories

Las Teresitas beach

Brighter outlook for Las Teresitas beach
PLANS for the controversial Las Teresitas beach are coming along nicely, and the latest information really catches the eye. The Gestur company’s new vision for the urban, Santa Cruz beach – which has remained virtually unchanged over the last 20 years – reveals some interesting details.

Tenerife’s first Outlet centre to open in Adeje
The press was given a preview of the new CC Galeón Outlet centre this morning ahead of the public opening at 10am on Saturday, 16 July. Located in the heart of El Galeón, in Adeje, the new centre will have 25 shops, a large Hiperdino and 465 parking places. 

Tenerife Has A Passion For Fashion And Cars
It was enough to make Jeremy Clarkson and Chris Evans flip their bonnets, a multitude of cars spread over two parties. For me it was the fashion models at Parque Santiago 6 that revved my engine but for all who attended it was the overall glamour of a Saturday night in the west end of Los Cristianos that made it special.

VII Subida a Guía de Isora delayed because of new law
It’s around this time of year that Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento presents the Subida Guía de Isora, a motor race which normally takes place on the TF463 from Playa de San Juan to Guía de Isora, and which the organizers have sought to preinscribe into the Spanish mountain racing championships. This year, however, the race has been delayed while a solution is sought to new regulations this year ...

Reggae Reigns At Mumes Festival In Arona
What a lucky lot we are in Tenerife, there’s always plenty of music to make our days and nights brighter. Arona has a particularly good record in staging diverse concerts and festivals,most of them free, such was the case with MUMES, a rousing blend of African and Canarian vibes.

Tenerife confident that Brexit won’t stop Brits visiting
Tenerife Tourism Corporation is to launch a new campaign in the UK next week to solidify the relationship between Tenerife and the British market, using the idea of extending a “#BigWarmHug” to British tourists and the trade, including a travel agent incentive to win a holiday to Tenerife.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

A hot and windy week in store

Canary Islands on yellow alert.

Aemet has raised a yellow alert for high winds and rough seas in Tenerife from tomorrow, and meteorologists are forecasting the arrival from Wednesday of a mass of hot air followed closely by a calima. Winds are expected to gust to around 80km/h, and temperatures should reach around 35º, up to 40º in the southern medianías, though it will feel much hotter in direct sunlight. The conditions are expected to last all this week and part of next.

Please be aware of some safety advice always issued by the authorities in this type of weather.

More: A hot and windy week in store

Graphic: Aemet.

Friday, July 08, 2016

A Midsummer Night’s Dream and other stories in Tenerife

Playa Jardin

El sueño de una noche de verano (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) in Adeje to mark Shakespeare 400 anniversary
It’s the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and apart from Adeje council celebrating the bard during April’s Ferio de Libro, the Adeje Municipal Theatre Group are staging a performance this Friday, 8 July, of El sueño de una noche de verano (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). The performance starts at 8.30 in the Cultural Centre auditorium (where the recent Brexit info event was held), and entrance is free. Please note that it will be performed in Spanish.

All Ship Shape On The Danmark In Santa Cruz
I was scared to stand still in case I was oiled, polished, varnished, knotted, or stowed away in a locker. They’re a hard working and cheerful bunch aboard the Danmark training ship. This was a few days port call in Santa Cruz for the triple mast sailing vessel, on a 9,000 mile voyage from Denmark to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil but there was no slacking for the 80 young trainees.

Taking a Break on Tenerife
 It’s the beginning of July and the start of the Spanish holiday season. Lots of islanders will be taking a break. A few years ago I read a statistic which stated at least 33% of Canarios spent their holidays on a Canary Island. One hot September day we got talking to a man outside a bar in a remote part of Anaga (a place which is remote enough in itself). He was from La Gomera and chose to spend his visits in the one area of Tenerife which is not unlike the island he lived on. It was a home from home for him.

Sansofé 2016 in El Médano and Los Abrigos
Granadilla has unveiled Sansofé 2016, the summer schedule of cultural and leisure events in July and August in El Médano and Los Abrigos. It’s the 23rd time the event has been held, and as always, will include entertainments for residents and visitors alike from a wide programme of music, workshops, concerts, cinema, theatre, sports and games, and arts and crafts, all of which are free and held in the open. 

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from to 4 to 10 July

Sea of clouds

Overall it looks like it should be a hot and sunny week across Tenerife although this is the time of the year when the belly of the donkey (panza de burro) often visits northern parts. There looks like there could be an odd weather front hitting Tenerife next weekend when temperatures are predicted to rise and there’s also a chance of showers in places.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from to 4 to 10 July

Friday, July 01, 2016

He Aint Heavy He’s Our Brother Pedro and other stories

Statue of Hermano Pedro in Vilaflor

He Aint Heavy He’s Our Brother Pedro
Vilaflor couldn’t be prouder of Hermano Pedro, the great man was always their favourite son even before he became the Canary Island’s first Saint in a 2002 ceremony in Guatamala. It’s no wonder he is everywhere in the charming Tenerife village on the road to Mount Teide.

Hawking shining the brightest at Starmus
THE third Starmus festival, held in Las Americas, has proved to be another massive hit. More than 1,000 people, from all over the world, have enjoyed the most important science festival on earth.

Chirche Day of traditions 8-10 July
Guía de Isora has announced the XVI edition of its Day of Traditions, held in Chirche not on one day this year, but over a weekend, Friday to Sunday, 8-10 July. There will be a huge range of demonstrations and exhibitions in the village’s courtyards, houses, streets and square, including wheat toasting, openwork, needlework, dance with singing groups “parrandas”, ironing, coffee roasting, basketry, “bofio” grinding, healer, kneaded and baked bread, wine pressing, goat milking, threshing, everything, in fact, concerning traditional life in a Canarian village.

Canarians are still spending the least
SPENDING in the Canaries continues to be far below the national average, and also below the figures given before the onset of the economic crisis in 2008.

Red Cross new plea for families in need
ANOTHER week and another call for help from the Red Cross. The decline in food donations, and the high demand for basic aid, has left the Red Cross with virtually no reserve stock for needy families here in the South.

Adeje beaches earn a high-five accolade
ADEJE Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez and Ricardo Redondas, the regional Department of Health’s Director-General along with representatives of those in charge of the borough’s beaches, raised Blue Flags over the beaches of Troya I and II, Fañabe, El Duque and Torviscas.

Hotel Mencey boss on ‘new-look’ Santa Cruz
A DAY-TRIP to Santa Cruz is something enjoyed by many people, both residents and holiday-makers alike because the Island’s capital retains a quaintness and an old-world charm. But it also has the same, old-time views, which many people feel is holding the area back.

Tenerife Fiestas in July 2016


The biggest events of July are the Fiesta del Carmen and July fiestas in Puerto de la Cruz, which takes place each year on the on the Tuesday before the 16th - this year the 12th - here are some Tips to See the Best of the Fiestas del Carmen in Puerto de la Cruz.

The celebrations in honour of the Virgen del Carmen are the most important festivals in Puerto de la Cruz. Thousands of people gather on the fishing dock to watch the arrival of the Virgin as she is carried by fishermen onto one of the boats before setting sail on an maritime procession.

Embarcación Virgen del Carmen Puerto de La Cruz

There are no national or regional public holidays in July. However, at municipal level, the following fiestas are public holidays in the districts listed:
  • 12th July - Fiestas of the Virgen del Carmen in Puerto de la Cruz.
  • 25th July - Fiesta of Santiago Apóstol in Santiago del Teide.
  • 26th July - Fiesta of Santa Ana in Candelaria, Garachico and Santiago del Teide.
 You'll also be able to join in the following celebrations:
  • 10th July - Romería San Benito de Abad in La Laguna.
  • 16th July - Fiestas of Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Los Realejos.
  • 25th July - Fiesta of Santiago Apóstol in Los Realejos.
  • 25th July - Fiestas of Santa Ana in Candelaria.
  • 25th July - Commemorations of the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife - see How Lord Nelson Lost His Arm - with a re-enactment of the naval battle performed by locals and actors.
  • 31st July - Romería Finca España in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Applying for Spanish nationality and other stories

Spanish flag

Applying for Spanish nationality
Those who wish to apply will have to have been legally and demonstrably resident in Spain for a continuous period of ten years, and must show what is called good citizenship and integration, which obviously includes being able to understand and speak Spanish. 

Tenerife Tourism: British visitor arrivals up by over 20 percent
The latest figures from the Tenerife Tourism Corporation indicate that over 800,000 visitors from the UK travelled to Tenerife between January to May 2016, representing an increase of 20.8% on the previous year. These statistics are all the more remarkable considering that 2015 saw a total of 1,765,216 visitors from the UK market, which already represented an uplift of 4.8% on the previous year.

Forest fire alert, advice and instructions to the public, for current heatwave
In addition to the Canarian Government’s forest fire risk alert, the Tenerife Cabildo has issued its own ban on all fires in the mountains and other areas at risk, e.g. forests, from 8am. The ban will remain in place while the heatwave lasts and the Government’s alert is in place.

Tenerife’s Virgen del Carmen summer fiesta season 2016
It’s midsummer, and Tenerife is pretty much on holiday from now through July and August, and over these next two months or so throughout the island there is a series of fiestas honouring the Virgen del Carmen – the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel who is the patron saint of fishermen. 

Ricky Martin to perform in Los Cristianos in September
As part of the Son Atlántico 2016 festival, Ricky Martin – world famous double-grammy award winner with multiple platinum sales – has confirmed that he will be giving a concert in Los Cristianos as part of his One World Tour. The concert will be held in the Antonio Domínguez stadium at 8.30pm on Saturday, 10 September, and tickets are expected to sell out quickly after they go on sale.

Rock Of Ages And Monster Fun In Garachico
Maybe the marina wasn’t floating as many boats as predicted but four years on from its opening it was a welcoming sight as the Buenavista bus brought me into Garachico. Icod de Los Vinos was still emerging from early morning low cloud but the coast was bathed in sunshine. Some 200 berths were supposed to kick start the local economy with pleasure craft and excursion boats, Garachico is resilient and has always come through in the past, this might take a little longer.
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