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Friday, March 16, 2018

Something for the weekend: Celebrate Saint Patrick in Tenerife

Adeje goes green for Saint Patrick

Fiestas of Saint Patrick in Adeje 

Over the weekend of 16, 17 and 19 March the Plaza de España in the centre of Adeje will, once again, ‘go green’ as part of the international greening of buildings and cultural spaces around the world for Saint Patrick's Day. The offical mass will be celebrated at midday on Saturday, 17 March at the Iglesia Parroquial Ntra. Sra. de Guadalupe (Parish Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe) Calle Siete Islas, Las Américas, Arona.

Fiestas de San Patricio en Adeje

Santa Cruz wears green for an Irish festival

The city celebrates St. Patrick's Day as an international act of homage to the historic Irish colony. The Rambla de Santa Cruz and the municipal market are decorated with Irish flags and the characteristic shamrock. In addition, performances of traditional Irish music and gastronomic tastings are programmed where the best beer will not be forgotten.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife se viste de verde en la fiesta irlandesa más internacional

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Guide to Romerías in Tenerife 2018

Romeria de Las Mercedes

As every year there is an ample programme of Romerías in Tenerife in 2018 - one of the most colourful and fun ways to enjoy the island's traditional fiestas and immerse yourself in some Canarian culture. January's have, of course, already taken place, but I'm including them for information. This still doesn't include every single Romería in every town and village, many of which take place over the summer months, so watch out for them.


  • 14/01/2018 – Romería in honour of San Antonio Abad – Tigaiga – Los Realejos
  • 14/01/2018– Romería in honour of San Antonio Abad – Arona
  • 28/01/2018 – Romería in honour of San Antonio Abad y Ntra. Sra. la Virgen de la Esperanza – La florida – La Orotava
  •  28/01/2018 – Romería in honour of San Antonio Abad – Buenavista del Norte


  • 29/04/2018 – Romería de San Marcos – Tegueste 


  • 13/05/2018 – Romería de la Virgen el Buen Viaje – Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • 13/05/2018 – Romería de Ntra. Sra. de Fátima – Valle San Lorenzo, Arona
  • 20/05/2018 – Romería de San Isidro – Guía de Isora
  • 20/05/2018 – Romería in honour of San Isidro y Santa María de la Cabeza – Valle de Guerra
  • 26/05/2018 – Baile de Magos – Los Silos – Trasera del Antiguo Convento de San Sebastián en el casco histórico.
  • 27/05/2018 – Romería San Isidro Labrador y Santa María de La Cabeza – Los Realejos 


  • 03/06/2018 – Romería de San Antonio de Padua – Granadilla de Abona
  • 08/06/2018 – Baile de Magos de Tacoronte
  • 10/06/2018 – Romería de San Isidro – La Orotava
  • 14/06/2018 – 01/07/2018 – Fiestas patronales in honour of San Pedro Apóstol – El Sauzal
  • 17/06/2018 – Romería de Tacoronte


  • 08/07/2018 – Romería San Benito de Abad – La Laguna
  • 10/07/2018 – Embarcación de La Virgen del Carmen – Puerto de la Cruz
  • 15/07/2018 – Paseo “romero” con carros (tractores agrícolas) engalanados – Barrio de Ravelo


  • 05/08/2018 – Romería in honour of la Virgen de La Esperanza – El Rosario
  • 14/08/2018 – Romería de la Candelaria
  • 15/08/2018 – Pilgrimage to the Basílica de Ntra. Sra. De Candelaria
  • 16/08/2018 – Romería in honour of San Roque – Garachico
  • 19/08/2018 – Romería Barquera in honour of San Casiano – Las Galletas – Arona
  • 24/08/2018 – Corazones de Tejina – Tejina
  • 25/08/2018 – Romería in honour of San Agustín y posterior Baile de Magos – Arafo


  • 02/09/2018 – Romería in honour of San Isidro – La Victoria de Acentejo
  • 07/09/2018 – Bajada de la Virgen del Socorro – Güímar

Guía de romerías 2018

Photo: Jose Mesa Some rights reserved

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Traditional Fiestas in Tegueste

Danza de las Flores de Tegueste

Follow the course of the year in Tegueste through its festive calendar, starting in April, with the pilgrimage of San Marcos, through until December, when it turns to Christmas.
  • San Marcos Evangelista - The romería is celebrated on the Sunday closest to 25 April. The fiesta is celebrated throughout the municipality, with activities such as the Romería, folklore festival, Gala election of the Queen of the Fiestas, Baile de Magos, livestock fair.
  • Fiesta de La Cruz - Celebrated 3 May in Las Toscas and El Calvario (El Socorro), with floral decoration on all of the crosses, in all parishes.
  • Corpus Christi - Popularly celebrated on different dates in different neighbourhoods, on the weekends closest to the liturgical commemoration. Celebrations usually include the making of floral carpets and religious processions.
  • San Antonio Abad and El Sagrado Corazón - At the end of June, El Portezuelo celebrates the joint fiestas of it's patrons, San Antonio Abad and the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús.
  • Sagrado Corazón de Jesús - The neighbourhood of Pedro Álvarez, celebrates their fiestas in honour of the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús, during the first half of August.
  • Nuestra Señora de los Remedios - 8 September. Celebrated throughout the municipality, activities include La Librea, every three years, as well as a complete liturgical programme and the election of the Queen of the Fiestas.
  • Nuestra Señora del Socorro - The grand fiestas of El Socorro, in honor of their parton, takes place at the end of September.
  • Christmas - The religious celebrations start with Christmas Eve, through to the representation of the visit of the Three Kings. Popular celebrations include a Christmas Card and Nativity display contests, as well as municipal carol singing.
Source: Fiestas Tradicionales 

Photo Jose Mesa   Some rights reserved

Friday, March 09, 2018

Something for the weekend: Sardines' Funerals and Daytime Carnivals, The Original Wailers and El Tanque Hillclimb

Daytime Carnival in Los Cristianos (Image: Tenerife Tourism Board)

This weekend you have a choice between Daytime Carnival in Los Cristianos or Daytime Carnival in Los Gigantes, both of which take place on Saturday, 10th March, after the carnival schedule in Los Gigantes had to be revised after bad weather had caused the suspension of the carnival on it's original dates. Los Cristianos also has it's Main Parade on Sunday and you can sandwich these events with a couple of sardines:

Los Gigantes Revised Carnival Events This Weekend

Friday, 9 March
7pm Velatorio - a traditional meeting or celebration of the relatives and friends of a deceased person in the hours following his death, and before the burial or cremation of the corpse - for the Sardine with musical performances with music from Old Dogs and Tío Franklin.
9pm Burial (actually, it will be a cremation) of the Sardine, followed by a fireworks display.
Midnight Widows' Ball with DJ Ray Castellano and Orchestra Arguayo Band.

Saturday, 10 March
Daytime Carnival in Los Gigantes 2018
12pm Inauguration of the Daytime Carnival with the batucada.
12pm - 2pm Kids' activities with bouncy castles and workshops.
12:30pm Performance by DJ Latino.
2pm Virginia Guantanamera with a tribute to Celia Cruz.
3:30pm Performance by group Clave de Son.
6pm Maquinaria Band
8:30pm Edwin Rivera.
10pm Groupo LD.
Midnight Finale of Daytime Carnival

Los Gigantes Carnival 2018 Revised

Los Cristianos Carnival Events This Weekend

Saturday 10 March
Daytime Carnival with two stages:
Midday Various family-oriented performances and workshops in the Plaza del Pescador (outside the Centro Cultural), Los Cristianos. National and international artists perform on the Los 40 Stage in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos
5pm Carnival Costume Contest in the Plaza del Pescador (outside the Centro Cultural), Los Cristianos.
8pm VI Ruta playera (fun run) in homage to the biggest carnival songs. From the Plaza del Pescador, via the Paseo Marítimo, Plaza de la Alpispa, c/ Valle Menéndez, c/ Juan Reverón Sierra, c/ Amalia Alayón and back to the Plaza de la Pescadora, Los Cristianos
10pm Dancing to the orchestras Armonía Show and Wamampy in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos
11pm Zona DJ with various local DJs in the Plaza del Pescador (outside the Centro Cultural), Los Cristianos

Sunday 11 March
11am Exhibition of vintage and classic cars in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos
Midday Pets' Carnival Costume Contest in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos
4pm Carnival Main Parade from Paloma Beach apartments, in the Avenida Juan Carlos I, to the Centro Cultural de Los Cristianos, after which, dancing to the orchestras Tropin and The Regueton Band in the Carnival Enclosure (opposite the Valdés Center), Los Cristianos

Monday 12 March
9pm Funeral of the Sardine from the Plaza del Pescador (Centro Cultural), to Los Cristianos beach, at the end of which Zona DJ with various local DJs in the Plaza del Pescador (outside the Centro Cultural), Los Cristianos

International Carnival Los Cristianos, Arona 2018 Programme 

The Original Wailers in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Also on Saturday, 10th March 2018, The Original Wailers are performing at the Ocean Club, Av la Constitución, 43, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Tickets from Ticketbell.com

El Tanque Hillclimb

And for sports fans, there's the first of this year's events from the Tenerife rally calendar 2018, the El Tanque Hillclimb on Saturday, 10th March. It's an amazing bit of road and it doesn't always go to plan, as you'll see early on in this video from the event last year.

Subida El Tanque 2017

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Traditional Fiestas in Tacoronte

Church of Santa Catalina, Tacoronte

Neighbourhood of Agua García:
  • Día de las Cruces, 3 May, in La Cruz de Fune.
  • Christmas Festival, 2nd half of December, Cine de Agua García
  • Nª Señora de Fátima, 13 May, Iglesia de Agua García
  • Corpus Christi, June, Streets of Agua García
  • OAP Dance, every Saturday, AAVV Agua García
Neighbourhood of Barranco Las Lajas:
  • Nª Señora de El Rosario, 1st week of October
  • Baile de Magos.
Neighbourhood of La Luz:
  • Nª Señora de La Luz, primera semana de septiembre, Plaza y alrededores
Neighbourhood of Camino La Cuesta:
  • Nª Señora de Candelaria, 1st half of August
Neighbourhood of Lomo Colorado:
  • Cristo del Lomo Colorado, 2nd week of August
Neighbourhood of La Caridad:
  • Nª Señora de La Caridad, end of May / beginning of June, campo de lucha La Caridad
  • Nativity, 24 December, Campo de Lucha La Caridad
  • Festival de Solistas, 1st week of May, Plaza La Caridad
  • Encuentro Guarache, 1st week of May, Iglesia La Caridad
  • Bailes de Magos, end of May, Plaza La Caridad
  • Christmas Festival, 24 December
Neighbourhood of El Cantillo:
  • Día de La Cruz, 3 May, Cruces del Barrio.
Neighbourhood of Puerto de la Madera-Juan Fernández:
  • La Cruz de Juan Fernández, 25 August, Cruz de Juan Fernández
Neighbourhood of Mesa del Mar:
  • Nª Señora de El Carmen, 2nd half of August, Mesa del Mar
Neighbourhood of El Pris:

  • Nuestra Señora del Carmen. Last weekend of August.
Neighbourhood of Tagoro:
  • La Cruz de Tagoro, 1st half of July, Tagoro
Neighbourhood of San Juan:
  • San Juan, 2nd half of June.
  • Corpus Christi, June
  • San Antonio, 2nd half of January
  • Christmas, 2nd half of December
  • Nativity, 24 December, Barranco de San Juan
Town Centre:
  • Carnival, February - March, Plaza de El Cristo and surrounding streets
  • Semana Santa, April
  • Corpus, June, Plaza de El Cristo and surrounding streets
  • Romería, June, Plaza Santa Catalina and Calle El Calvario
  • Fiestas de El Cristo, September, Plaza de El Cristo and surrounding streets
  • Fiestas de Santa Catalina, 25 November, Plaza de Santa Catalina
  • Christmas / Three Kings, December - January, Plaza de El Cristo and surrounding streets
  • OAP Dance, every Sunday, in the Hogar Taifa
Neighbourhood of A. M. Santa Cecilia:
  • Santa Cecilia, 22 November.
In all neighbourhoods:
  • Floral decoration of crosses, chapels and altars, 3 May
NOTE: The dates of festivities are appoximate

Source: Fiestas de Tacoronte

Photo By Koppchen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, March 05, 2018

Watch the clouds and starry sky of Tenerife

Grab yourself a cup of tea and take a break to watch this short timelapse film about the clouds and starry sky of Tenerife. It's almost as good as a holiday.

Tenerife Timelapse

Friday, March 02, 2018

Tenerife Rally Calendar 2018

For all you rally fans, here is the calendar of fixtures for this year:


  • 7 Apr - Rallyesprint Atogo
  • 12 May - 27th Villa de Adeje Rally
  • 2 Jun - 33rd Orvecame Norte Rally
  • 23 Jun - 26th Villa de Granadilla Rally
  • 28 Jul - City of La Laguna Rally 
  • 20 Oct - 43rd Isle of Tenerife Rally


  • 10 Mar - X El Tanque Hillclimb
  • 24 Mar - XIII Los Loros Hillclimb
  • 9 Jun - Guía de Isora Hillclimb
  • 7 Jul - 44th Mirador de Güímar Hillclimb
  • 5 Oct - 44th Tamaimo Hillclimb
  • 12 Oct - 16th Arona - La Escalona Hillclimb
  • 3 Nov - Icod - La Guancha Hillclimb
  • 24 Nov - 5th Arico Hillclimb

Source Calendario Deportivo Temporada 2018

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Something for the weekend: Los Gigantes Carnival 2018 Revised

Revised Carnival Programme for Los Gigantes 2018

The bad weather played havoc (again) with last weekend's schedule for Carnival in Los Gigantes, so the authorities have issued a revised programme (via):

Thursday, 1 March 
9:30pm Drag Queen Gala-Exhibition followed by concert by group "Ni Un Pelo de Tontos".

Friday, 2 March 
9pm Grand Gala for the election of the Adult Carnival Queen with performance by Comparsa Los Joroperos and singer, Jadel.  
11pm Carnival Dance with Orchestra Tropin and DJ Mario Bravo.

Saturday, 3 March
11am Junior Cross 2018.
5:30pm Gala Election of the Junior Carnival Queen with the participation of local coreographic groups and magic show.
11pm Carnival dance with Orchestras Sabrosa and Guaracha, during which the winners of the costume contest will be announced.

Sunday, 4 March
12pm Grand Carnival Parade with the participation of all the carnival groups; comparsas, floats with the carnival queens and her maids of honour, etc. Upon the procession's arrival in the square, dancing to the Orchestra Maraury.
8pm Mister Global Spain Gala

Carnival costumes will be on display in the Plaza Buganvilla in Los Gigantes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 5th to 7th March and from 4:30pm on Thursday, 8th March is the carnival afternoon of bouncy castles, workshops and musical performances for young children.

The Burial of the Sardine and the Daytime Carnival events in Los Gigantes have been postponed until next weekend on Friday, 9th March and Saturday, 10th March, respectively. We'll update with the details of those next week.

International Carnival Los Cristianos 2018 also begins today, Thursday, 1st March, with, amongst other events, the Carnival Opening Parade from 7:30pm on Saturday, 3rd March in Playa de Las Américas, from C.C. Gala, in the avda. Rafael Puig Lluvina, to C.C. Oasis, in the avda. Las Américas.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.  

"The Deep Sea" Theme of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019

Delving Deep into Santa Cruz Carnival 2019

Las profundidades marinas (The Marine Depths / The Deep Sea) is to be the theme of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019. This was the option chosen by 26.7% of carnival fans who voted online at the official carnival website up until 14th February. 

In a very close second place was 'Modern Japan (Manga)' with 26.5% of the vote. The other options suggested by the organisers were, 'Hell' which gained 17.3%, The Flirty 50's' with 13.4%, 'New York, the city that never sleeps' obtained 6.9% of votes, 'The African Savanna' got 4.2%, 'The Old West' 3.3%, and 'Exotic Thailand' trailed up the rear with just 1.8%.

Carnival organisers will begin the contest for the carnival poster at the end of this month.

Las profundidades marinas”, motivo del Carnaval 2019

Tenerife Fiestas in March 2018

Carnival Main Parade in Los Cristianos

The much awaited carnival in Los Cristianos begins on March 1st and runs to March 12th this year, with the Opening Parade on the 3rd and the Main Parade on the 11th. Go to the following link for the full International Carnival Los Cristianos, Arona 2018 Programme.

Monday, 19th March 2018 is Día del Padre (Father's Day) in Spain. In Catholic Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 (St. Joseph's Day) since the Middle Ages.

There are no local public holidays in individual municipalities this month.

Semana Santa (Holy Week) begins on Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) Sunday, 25th March and ends on Sunday, 31st March, so there are two public holidays at the end of the month: Thursday, 29th March for Easter Thursday and Friday, 30th March for Good Friday.

Photo By Daniel L Cetrulo for Ayuntamiento de Arona Some rights reserved

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