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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Fiestas and large gatherings are still prohibited with social distancing and other restrictions still in force. Events listed here, therefore, are subject to cancellation or change and we will update, when and if any new information is made available.

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018, Carmen Laura Lourido Pérez

With the announcement that the one carnival gala in 2021 will choose Guardians of the Sceptre until Carnival 2022, from among carnival queens of the last 20 years of the Santa Cruz Carnival, we took that as a perfect excuse to take another look at them.

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2018 was Carmen Laura Lourido Pérez, with a costume entitled "Renacida" (Reborn), designed by Jorge González Santana and representing FuenteAlta (bottled water).

Sunday, January 17, 2021

COVID: Tenerife regains the freedom to enter and leave the island as restrictions ease

Sailing Ship in Tenerife. Photo: Piotr Konieczny, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Government of the Canary Islands reduces the island's level of risk on Monday, which delays the start of curfew until 11:00 p.m., will resume visits to hospitals and care homes and will allow the interior of restaurants to be reopened

Tenerife regains the freedom to enter and leave the island from Monday. After a month at the highest alert level, red, the Government of the Canary Islands has decided to lower the alert level of the island given the "favorable" evolution of its indicators in the last two weeks. 

Tenerife residents will not only be able to travel again without justification, but they will also be able to enjoy one more hour of freedom - the curfew will begin at 23:00 hours - they will be able to sit in the interior areas of the restaurants, visit their relatives - with limitations - in hospitals and care homes and exercise again in gyms and sports centres on the island.

The new measures (Level 2) come into force in Tenerife from 00:00 on Sunday night and are slightly less restrictive than those of level 3, since social encounters will still be limited to four people. However, the caveat at this level of risk is that the groups may once again be made up of non-cohabitants both in private and public spaces, and not only on terraces.

At this new level, in addition to being able to reopen the interior of bars and restaurants – with a maximum of four diners per table – gyms, casinos and gambling establishments that were completely closed will also be able to reopen. Sports activities, however, the restriction of groups of a maximum four people, including the monitor, will remain when it is not possible to maintain safety distances of two meters, both indoors and outdoors.

Visits to hospitals and care homes will be re-enabled after a full month of isolation from patients and users. However, as the risk remains at a medium level, they should be made with caution and security. For this reason, visits will be limited and supervised at all times by the centre staff. In addition, the use of FFP2-type masks and face shields is recommended by personnel who have direct care with patients, as well as reinforcing ventilation.

Finally, the capacity of land public transport – that is, buses and trams – will remain limited as it is at the moment, allowing a maximum of 50% of its capacity.


[Whilst this means that those resident in Tenerife will be able to enter and leave again, Spain is still restricting the arrival of tourists from outside the country and the UK still isn't letting people out for leisure, so this should NOT be taken as a reason to book a holiday.]

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017, Judit López García

With the announcement that the one carnival gala in 2021 will choose Guardians of the Sceptre until Carnival 2022, from among carnival queens of the last 20 years of the Santa Cruz Carnival, we took that as a perfect excuse to take another look at them.

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2017 was Judit López García, in a costume entitled "Madame Soleil" (Madam Sun), designed by Jorge González Santana and sponsored by bottled water company, Fuentealta.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2016

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2016, Cecilia Navarro Arteaga

With the announcement that the one carnival gala in 2021 will choose Guardians of the Sceptre until Carnival 2022, from among carnival queens of the last 20 years of the Santa Cruz Carnival, we took that as a perfect excuse to take another look at them.

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2016 was Cecilia Navarro Arteaga in a costume entitled, "Arena blanca del desierto" (White Desert Sand), designed by Daniel Pages and representing McDonald´s and La Opinión de Tenerife.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Almond Blossom Routes 2021

Great news is that the Rutas de Almendros en Flor (Almond Blossom Walks) are planned to take place between 23 January and 14 February, part of the cultural program of the Santiago del Teide Council, who say that they have the official poster and the dates for the celebration of a new edition of the Almond Blossom 2021 in Santiago del Teide and that soon they will upload in detail all the scheduled programming, as long as the health and safety guidelines allow us to carry them out

GENERAL CONDITIONS:
- It is essential to have a reservation to participate. There are a limited number of places for each route.
- The price of each route is € 5 / person
- For all routes you generally need sports clothing and shoes (preferably mountain boots), a coat, a raincoat, a picnic and water. The use of hiking poles is recommended due to the uneven terrain.
- Bad weather will not be an impediment to carrying out the activity, although the organization reserves the right to suspend it or modify its route if it deems it appropriate, especially if it considers that the physical integrity of the participants may be harmed.
- The image rights derived from the routes will be exclusive to the organization of the activity that reserves their use, so any use of them by third parties must be approved by the organization.
- You can get more information by calling 922 86 31 27 extension 234. Department of Culture of the Santiago del Teide Council.

This year, of course, you'll need a mask and to socially distance from other participants.


Inauguration of Carnival in Santa Cruz

From the Inauguration Gala 2020

The Inauguration of Carnival 2021 should have taken place today, Friday 15 January 2021, but of course, because of the COVID pandemic, carnival will not be taking place. Instead, we bring you coverage of the inauguration gala from last year. This is the first in a series of posts that aim to keep the spirit of carnival alive. Or keep the flame burning, so the torch can be passed to the next carnival, whenever we can get back to gathering normally.

Tenerife Rally Calendar for 2021

Adeje Rally in 2020 was posponed until Spring 2021

We don't have a full calendar yet, but there are potentially some motor sports to look forward to this year. So far, the Rallye Villa de Adeje (Adeje Rally) is planned to take place on 15 May 2021. This is one of three events at national level that have been announced by the Federación Interinsular de Automovilismo de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife Motor Sports Federation), along with the Subida Guía de Isora (Guía de Isora Hillclimb) planned for 5 Jun 2021 and the Rallye Isla Tenerife (Isle of Tenerife Rally) on 30 October 2021. Details of any other events in the 2021 season will be added as and when


RALLIES
  • 10 April - RallySprint Atogo
  • 24 April - Orvecame Norte
  • 15 May - Villa de Adeje
  • 19 June - Granadilla
  • 31 July - City of La Laguna
  • 30 October - Isle of Tenerife
  • 4 December - RallySprint Tenerife Sur
HILL CLIMBS
  • 6 March - Palo Blanco
  • 27 March - Los Loros
  • 5 June - Guía de Isora
  • 3 July - Güímar (to be confirmed)
  • 11 September - San Miguel
  • 2 October - Tamaimo
  • 16 October - Arona
  • 6 November - Icod-La Guancha

A reminder that this is very much a draft calendar that indicates the will and intention for the various clubs to organise the foregoing events and is very much dependent upon the evolution of the pandemic and any restrictions applicable at the relevant times.

Of course, it will also depend on the continued evolution of the pandemic whether any of these events will be able to be celebrated with a public presence.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

COVID-19 takes a huge toll on tourism in Tenerife: Less than 36% of beds and only 83 hotels in operation + very low occupation

Tenerife, Playa de las Américas Aerial View Wouter Hagens, CC BY-SA 4.0

Hoteliers' association Ashotel has reported this Thursday that only 35.9% of tourist beds are operational on the island, a total of 32,579, and with very low occupations, in many cases below 20%, so many establishments are not sure of staying open in the coming weeks.

By zones, the metropolitan area (Santa Cruz, La Laguna) is the most active, with 67.9% of open beds (2,011), followed by the south, with 35.7% (26,768) and the north, where 30.1% is reached (3,800), so that the island has almost 58,000 beds off the market. In addition, there are only 83 open tourist complexes on the island, 40.2% of the total.

The improvement in the metropolitan area is due to the fact that its business model is not vacation tourism, the one most affected by the great restrictions on the travel market of the main issuing markets, with a high incidence of the COVID pandemic. On the contrary, it mainly provides services to business professionals, companies, port activities and sports delegations, among others, who maintain, although notably reduced, their activity.

Both in the north and the south of Tenerife, the accommodation industry is highly dependent on European tourism, mainly British and German, whose countries currently apply significant restrictions on mobility. Along with these, other winter season markets such as Scandinavia have also applied restrictions on the mobility of their nationals to the Canary Islands due to accumulated incidence data. In addition, the instability of the market caused by this health crisis has led 34 establishments to close again in recent months in Tenerife, after reopening when the first state of alarm waned at the end of June.

During the summer, some establishments were encouraged to open their facilities and began to receive customers, however, the market situation did not improve as expected due to the poor evolution of the pandemic and as of September they began to close again.

With the start of the high tourist season in the islands, at the beginning of November, many companies decided to open, after more than six months closed.

A HOTEL ONLY OPENED ONE WEEK

The decree issued by the Government of the Canary Islands at the end of October that regulated the arrival of tourists with negative diagnostic tests for COVID-19 opened a more hopeful scenario. However, the increased restrictions in Germany and the United Kingdom that occurred almost daily as early as December forced the closure of some hotels within just a month. There was even a case of a hotel establishment in the south of Tenerife that was only open for a week. Tourist establishments that have opted to stay open, even with very low occupancies, are currently making enormous efforts to stay open.

THE WINTER SEASON, LOST

"The winter season, usually the strongest in the Canary Islands, has practically been given up for lost, despite the fact that we had put a lot of hope in it." "Now we are mainly looking at the next winter, although from summer we can start the recovery process", explains the president of Ashotel, Jorge Marichal, who trusts that the vaccination process throughout Europe will be completed as soon as possible and that this herd immunity can be counted on to provide security to residents and tourists.

For those who consider that a recovery is possible before Easter or around those dates, it must be borne in mind that the cold is an ally for the spread of the virus and that the opening of a hotel - with what this implies - cannot be done given the fluctuations of the evolution of contagion. Thus, he emphasizes that "it is necessary to start the recovery as soon as possible but to be stable and growing, not in the form of a roller coaster".

Appealing to San Antonio Abad in 2021

Spectators would gather in front of the former Bernadine convent of San Sebastián

Christmas, New Year and Los Reyes have come and gone. At the end of January, Spring will begin to arrive with almond blossoms, then the celebration of Candlemas ... and in-between, in better times, there have been the delightful fiestas of San Antonio Abad (Anthony the Abbot) to enjoy, when animals of all shapes and sizes are brought to be blessed. Originally it was just livestock, but has grown to include every variety of domestic animal too from dogs and snakes and lizardy things and turkeys on leads and even tiny turtles in baskets ...

In Arona, this festival is often the start of the year's calendar of Romerías and they are celebrated in some way or another in Chio, GüímarLos Silos (3rd Sunday), Buenavista del Norte (4th Sunday), La Matanza de Acentejo, Tigaiga and in La Florida (La Orotava), where a massive cook-out feeds around 5,000 with puchero. Not this year, of course, because of COVID, so we offer you these links to more articles and photos of this lovely tradition.

Anthony is also appealed to against infectious diseases. Worth a try?


Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2015

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2015, Adtemexi Cruz Hernández

With the announcement that the one carnival gala in 2021 will choose Guardians of the Sceptre until Carnival 2022, from among carnival queens of the last 20 years of the Santa Cruz Carnival, we took that as a perfect excuse to take another look at them.

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2015 was Adtemexi Cruz Hernández, with a costume entitled "Aurea" (Golden), designed by Jorge González Santana and representing Fuente Alta bottled water brand and the association 'Tu Santa Cruz'.

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