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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

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, August 04, 2021

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2009

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2009 Ana María Tavárez Mata

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2009 was Ana María Tavárez Mata, with a costume entitled "Embrujada" (Bewitched) designed by Leo Martínez and representing newspaper El Día.

In 2009, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Raquel de Ara Carballo, with a costume entitled "Vuelvo de La Guaira en correíllo cargada de loros stop besos Concha" (I return from La Guaira in a Correíllo loaded with parrots, stop, kisses Concha), representing Centro Comercial Santa Cruz Carrefour and designed by Santi Castro.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Leonor Barreto Fuentes, with a costume entitled "Aria de amor" (Aria of love), representing Centro Comercial Meridiano and designed by Saliarca Creativos.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: Gisela Dorta Melo, with a costume entitled "This is for you, I love you, Thank you", representing Centro Comercial Alcampo - La Laguna and designed by Juan Carlos Armas.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Nuria Niebla Plasencia, with a costume entitled "Nirvana", representing Tranvía de Tenerife and designed by Santi Castro.
The theme of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was El cine de Terror (Horror Cinema). 

Known as "The Anti-crisis Carnival", the main stage at the The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses, was scaled back and completely flat, without sculpted or modelled elements of scenery. Its decoration was based on large format prints, with traditional motifs from the first horror movies. 

The Official Carnival song that year was "Chicharrero de Corazón", by the Murga Ni Pico Ni Corto, becoming the first song by a carnival group to be the official song for these fiestas, and which had a tremendous reception at the Gala of the Carnival Queen, being danced and sung by all the carnival troupes of Tenerife. The "Ave Satani" (satanic hymn from the horror movie The Omen, could be heard several times in the introduction to the gala. 

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

30 small earthquakes in Las Cañadas del Teide

Mount Teide in the Teide National Park

Throughout the month of June, a total of 182 earthquakes were detected in the area of ​​the Canary Islands

The National Geographic Institute (IGN) detected, between 21:01 yesterday and 04:32 (UTC) this Tuesday, a total of 30 small earthquakes in Las Cañadas del Teide, of which 14 have been located mainly southwest of Pico Viejo and northeast of Guía de Isora.

The magnitudes of the earthquakes have been between 0.6 and 1.9 (mbLg) and the depths between 8 and 23 kilometres, the IGN has informed in a note.

The seismic activity of the last hours is located in an area with numerous micro seismic activity detected and located on a regular basis, does not pose any risk to the population and is within normal parameters in active volcanic areas, such as the island of Tenerife.

In fact, throughout the month of June a total of 182 earthquakes were located in the area of ​​the Canary Islands, with a maximum magnitude of 3.3 mbLg for the earthquake that occurred on the 12th at 19:10 (UTC) , 10 kilometres deep, with an epicentre located about 150 kilometres northwest of the island of Lanzarote.

On the 28th at 01:16 (UTC) an earthquake was located west of the island of Fuerteventura, about 35 kilometres from the coast, with a magnitude of 2.4 mbLg and a depth of 4 kilometres, which was felt with intensity II (EMS98) in the town of Pájara.

Between the islands of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, during that month, another 5 earthquakes of smaller magnitude were located, with a dispersed epicentral distribution.

Activity continued between the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, with 57 localized earthquakes, at depths between 1 and 35 kilometres and magnitudes between 0.3 and 2.1 mbLg.

In the interior of the island of Tenerife, seismic activity has continued, mainly in the areas near Icod de los Vinos, Vilaflor, Teide-Pico Viejo and Guía de Isora, with a total of 40 earthquakes located between magnitudes -0.1 and 1.6 mbLg and depths between 1 and 28 kilometres.

In the area of ​​the island of El Hierro, 20 earthquakes between magnitudes 1.4 and 2.5 mbLg and depths between 5 and 37 kilometres were located in June.

Nine of these earthquakes occurred on the night of the 10th, between 22:28 and 22:44, with magnitudes between 1.9 and 2.5 mbLg, depths between 32 and 37 kilometres and the epicentre west of Orchilla.

There is no news that these earthquakes have been felt by the island's population.

In La Palma, 39 earthquakes have been located with magnitudes between 1.0 and 2.2 mbLg and depths between 3 and 37 kilometres.

On the 25th, at 7:19 (UTC) a seismic series began, located to the south of the island, in the Cumbre Vieja area, with 320 detected earthquakes and 37 located with magnitudes between 1.1 and 2.2 mbLg and depths between 18 and 37 kilometres.

This series ended on the 27th and has the same characteristics as the rest that have been located in the area since October 2007.

The results obtained from the observations made by the Permanent GNSS Stations of the Canary Islands Volcanic Surveillance Network and through InSAR processing do not show any significant deformation that can be associated with volcanic activity.

Medicinal remedies used in Guanche medicine

Euphorbia canariensis, commonly known as the Canary Island spurge

The Guanches, like most of the peoples known in medical historiography as primitive or pre-technical, acted against disease with resources and practices that can be divided into two main groups: medical therapy (which includes animal and plant resources as medicinal remedies) and surgical therapy: trepanation, scarification, and cauterization. In this last section they developed some techniques that can be considered surgical if surgery is understood as any intentional manual intervention to restore the individual to health.

For the reconstruction of the medicine of indigenous peoples of Tenerife, the sources of information are archaeological findings, paleopathology (study of the disease in populations of the past), written documents (chronicles of the conquest and later general histories) and the scarce survivals that exist in folk medicine.

Plants used as medicinal remedies

There are some plants whose remains have been discovered in archaeological sites on the island or have been cited in chronicles and general histories that can be used for therapeutic purposes. Among them are the seedling (Pistacia atlantica) - a species of pistachio tree known by the English common name Mt. Atlas mastic tree - useful in oral infections; the cardón (Euphorbia canariensis) commonly known as the Canary Island spurge, which was dried and the powder obtained was used to burn hair and warts; the dragon tree (Dracena draco), whose resin or “dragon's blood” was used to heal wounds and burns; the rushes (Juncus) that was used in the containment of fractures and was also introduced into the wounds together with boiling goat butter, possibly for cautery purposes; the mocán (Visnea mocanera), one of the best known, from which a honey was obtained that was used to cure the so-called chamber disease (gastroenteritis) and pain in the ribs (possibly pneumonia) that were two of the more frequent pathologies among the Guanches; sweet tabaiba (Euphorbia balsamifera), chewed like gum in oral diseases; bitter tabaiba, which is toxic and was used as a poultice to cauterize, treat chronic arthritis and inflammation caused by old, poorly consolidated dislocations and fractures; and Aloe, which according to Torriani, was a good remedy against poison by smoking:
"... There is a very fragrant tree, whose smoke, in addition to being a mild smell, is medicinal and against poison, which they call ligno aloe ..."

Animal Products

The animal resources used were butter, goat milk and marrow or bone marrow.

Livestock butter (cream obtained from beating, kneading and later maturing the milk of goats and sheep) was used in the treatment of a large number of ailments, according to written sources. According to Abreu and Galindo: “… And they cut themselves with very sharp flints when it hurt them, and they burned with fire; and there they were smeared with livestock butter ... which is used for medicine " For Verneau (1891) there were two ways of using butter: old, generally used as an ointment in external ailments by means of friction and fresh that could be used topically, after boiling it, applying it on the injured part.

Another very common resource was goat's milk. Chil y Naranjo (1876) and Verneau (1891) mention its use as a laxative and for this it had to be taken on an empty stomach, with cream or mixed with mocán honey, palm or other herbs.

Bosch Millares (1961) states that acidic and "skimmed" milk was used as an adjunct in the treatment of dysentery (bloody diarrhoea) and in all kinds of haemorrhages.

Finally, there was marrow (bone marrow) that is found inside long animal bones. Its possible therapeutic use is not clear in the chronicles, which merely say, "Being sick, they were cured with goats' marrow ..." What is clear is its use as food due to its high nutritional value. 

La medicina guanche 

Monday, August 02, 2021

Town Hall of Puerto de la Cruz

Town Hall of Puerto de la Cruz HombreDHojalata, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Plaza de Europa, 1, 38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain. Tel: +34 922 37 84 00



Friday, July 30, 2021

Tenerife in August 2021

The 16 August 2021 is a national public holiday in lieu of Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption) on the 15th, which is a Sunday. Municipal holidays in August are: 

  • 2 August: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza in El Rosario
  • 5 August: Nuestra Señora de la Virgen del Amparo in Icod de los Vinos
  • 6 August: Festivity of El Salvador in La Matanza
  • 23 August: Fiestas for the Town's Patrons in Fasnia
  • 24 August: Festivity of San Bartolomé in Buenatista del Norte
  • 30 August: Festivity of San Bernardo in Arafo
  • 30 August: Festivity for the Municipality's Patrons in La Victoria
  • 31 August: Festividad Nuestra Señora de Buen Viaje in El Tanque
  • 30 August: Festivity of San Agustín y San Roque in Vilaflor

August is usually packed with fiestas and romerías, with the biggest being the fiestas in Candelaria and Peregrinación a Candelaria (pilgrimage) on the 14 and 15 of August, with the Ceremony of the discovery of the Virgin - which last year were suspended and, which again have been suspended and are not going to take place this year either.

Other major celebrations in a normal August would be the Romería de San Roque in Garachico on 16 August and the Corazones de Tejina around 24 August.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

City of La Laguna Rally 2021 Postponed

City of La Laguna Rally 2019

Postponement of the City of La Laguna Rally

The seventh edition of the Rallye Ciudad de La Laguna, which was scheduled for 30 and 31 of this month, has been postponed 'sine die' (with no new date) due to the rebound in Covid-19 infections on the island of Tenerife. The organizers, Sport Eventos Tenerife, have issued the following statement: The 7th Rally City of La Laguna is obliged to postpone its date of celebration given the extreme pandemic situation that is being experienced on the island of Tenerife, with the highest peak of infections since the beginning of it.

The event, is expected to be held within a few weeks, with all the social and health guarantees, and will maintain the same format, route, locations and schedules.

The organizers have opted for a 3x3 approach (three sections with triple pass) allowing an optimal development. The sections included in the new route are: 'Valle de Guerra' (7.2km), 'Tacoronte-El Rosario' (10.05 km) and 'Los Campitos-Los Valles' (8.08 km), the latter was already included in the 2018 season. The total route is 245.34 km, of which 81.78 km (30.13%) correspond to the nine special stages.


Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2008

Nauzet Celeste Cruz Melo Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2008

Nauzet Celeste Cruz Melo was crowned carnival queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2008 in a costume entitled, "La Edad de Oro" (The Golden Age), designed by Santi Castro and representing the (French owned) supermarket chain, Carrefour

In 2008, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Davinia Mendoza Hernández, with a costume entitled "Peccata Mundi" (The sins of the world), representing Grupo AC Bingo Colombófilo and designed by Juan Carlos Armas.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Alicia Retuerto Barrera, with a costume entitled "La fuente de la vida" (The source of life), representing newspaper "El Día" and designed by Leo Martínez.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: Tamarit Raimóndez González, with a costume entitled "Aquella por la que el sol brilla" (The one for which the sun shines), representing Centro Comercial Alcampo - La Laguna and designed by Juan Carlos Armas.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Gemma González Rodríguez, with a costume entitled "El mágico mundo de Picasso" (The magical world of Picasso), representing Barbacoa Tacoronte and designed by Expedita Hernández.
The theme of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2008 was "Magic". The stage moved to the esplanade of the Parque Marítimo César Manrique. The decoration was inspired by the fight between good and evil (white magic and black magic), incorporating motifs from The NeverEnding Story, The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. During this gala the Queen of 2007 was crowned again since the previous year, she wasn't crowned as is traditionally done. The 2008 gala, full of color and magic and directed by Jaime Azpilicueta, recovered the essence of Carnival, with all the Carnival groups participating and was presented by magician Jorge Blas and Tenerife journalist, Iván Bonales. 

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Fountains that quenched the thirst of the population in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The first public fountain - La Pila - in Santa Cruz Koppchen, CC BY 3.0

Originally, these fountains provided water to homes and quenched thirst of the population in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Those that survived have become an ornamental element of the city.

At the beginning of the 18th century, the 2,200 inhabitants of Santa Cruz were supplied with the water that ran through the ravines, that which they extracted with norias (machine used to lift water into a small aqueduct, either for the purpose of irrigation or to supply water to cities and villages) - the street to which they gave their name - and from the wells or cisterns in the orchards or patios of the houses whose owners could afford this luxury.

For this reason, in 1706, Captain General Agustín de Robles y Lorenzana ordered that water be brought from the source of Mount Aguirre, through 12 kilometres of wooden culverts that, upon reaching the town, passed through underground canals along Calle de las Canales Bajas (today Doctor Guigou), continued along Calle del Pilar, crossing San Roque (Suárez Guerra), Barranquillo (Imeldo Serís), until it reached the Casa del Agua (water house), located on Calle de las Canales (Ángel Guimerá). From here, it was taken to the garden of the Santo Domingo convent, current Guimerá Theater, and to the Pila that was placed in the square that would later bear his name, currently La Candelaria.

The first public fountain - La Pila - that Santa Cruz had so that its inhabitants could obtain water at any time of the year, made of volcanic stone from the country, had, in its centre, a spout through which the water came out and fell into a small circular pool, from where, in turn, it overflowed from the mouths of six masks, like gargoyles and on which there were two cartouches with the royal arms of Spain.

In 1802, with unknown cause, the pedestal that supported the cup that crowned the fountain broke and it fell to the ground. This pedestal would be replaced by a smaller one and the pieces were joined with metal bolts. In 1844 it was taken to the municipal warehouse, from where Anselmo J. Benítez rescued it and exhibited it in the gardens of his Museo Villa Benítez. When he remodelled the Plaza de La Candelaria, in 1886, he would return it to its place of origin, although not in the centre as it was at the beginning.

Fuente de Morales Koppchen, CC BY 3.0

As residents continued to draw water from the norias or had to queue up at the aforementioned source, a place where agglomerations, conflicts and disputes took place, especially in summer, due to the low flow, another captain general, Francisco Tomás Morales y Afonso, would inaugurate (1838) in the neighbourhood of El Cabo the second public fountain in Santa Cruz. In gratitude for having provided the population with abundant and permanent water, the City Council agreed to call it Fuente de Morales.

The basalt stone fountain is made up of the bowl with the arches, the cornice, the entablature, four pipes in the shape of human heads and a receptacle that collected the spills where the animals watered. In 1907, it would have twice the number of water sources, by placing pipes in between the existing ones. In 2010 it had to be moved a few meters due to the opening of the street that bears its name.

The Fountain of Isabel II Photograph by Mike Peel, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Fountain of Isabel II (Isabella II of Spain), in the Plaza de Isabel II, would be the third to be put into operation, at the beginning of La Marina street, on August 25, 1845.

Made of basaltic granite, bluish in color and with the characteristics of romantic classicism, it is made up of a receptacle, a body formed by six Tuscan columns that support the frieze, and a finial, crowned by the city's coat of arms. Between the columns there are five spaces in which the bronze heads of the lion stand out, which "throw" the water from their mouths that falls into the oblong basin, which is accessed by a staircase. At its back is the reservoir that supplied water, for the irrigation of the Alameda de la Marina and to supply the ships.

Fuente de Santo Domingo with La Aguadora (The Water Carrier) Frobles, CC BY-SA 4.0

As we said at the beginning, Captain General Agustín de Robles had granted (1706) to the friars of the Dominican convent of La Consolación the right of water to irrigate their garden but, after the Ecclesiastical confiscations of Mendizábal (1836), these assets passed to the municipality and the Guimerá Theater and the Old Recova (market) were built on the vacant site resulting from the convent's demolition.

The four-pipe jet that was in the aforementioned orchard, formed by a receptacle in the centre of which stood a square basalt stone pillar crowned by a large sphere, also made of stone, would become, in 1893, the Fuente de Santo Domingo. This work by the municipal architect Antonio Pintor y Ocete, carved in local stone, with four taps, was topped by a chandelier of streetlamps (now disappeared). It was used by residents of the neighbourhoods of Consolación (Puerta Canseco) and Vilaflor (Miraflores) because it was located in the square resulting from the confluence of La Luz (Imeldo Serís) and Canales (Ángel Guimerá) streets.

Next to it is, since 2000, the sculpture of La Aguadora (The Water Carrier) by the artist Medín Martín, commissioned by the City Council to pay tribute to one of the professions that the women of Santa Cruz carried out until the beginning of the 20th century, consisting of collecting jugs of water from public fountains and taking it, on their head, to the homes that requested it, in exchange for a remuneration. The role was very important, especially during periods of drought, since the water supply service was not regularized and many of the homes did not have this particular resource.

As in all these fountains and jets the water flowed continuously through the pipes, being lost through the streets and ravines, it was proposed to provide them with taps with keys that would allow them to be kept closed.

Although the fountains and jets that survived (La Pila, Morales, Isabel II and Santo Domingo) no longer have their original purpose, their centuries-old stones have turned them into an ornamental element of the city, forming part of the historical heritage of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Therefore, municipal officials, in order to recover these important items in the history of the City, have been carrying out a series of conservation and decoration actions, providing them with water and adequate lighting, while protecting their environment.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Town Hall of Los Silos

Town Hall of Los Silos

Plaza de la Luz, 9, 38470 El Casco, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Phone: +34 922 84 00 04

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Traditional Fiestas in Los Silos

Friday, July 23, 2021

Tenerife raises to Level 4 from July 26

Governing Council of the Canary Islands

The rate of infections continues to rise on the island of Tenerife, so the Government of the Canary Islands has raised the island to epidemiological alert level 4 this Thursday.

The effective date that the corresponding preventive measures are applicable will be from 00:00 on July 26 to August 5, 2021, inclusive, being subject to periodic revaluations.

The Minister of Health has explained that Level 4 will maintain the capacity of Level 3 in hospitality, sports or cultural activities in closed spaces, but all people (+18) will be asked for a vaccination certificate, to have already recovered from the disease or had a negative diagnostic test. These level changes mean that in Tenerife there may only be two people per table in restaurants, with a maximum capacity of 50% indoors and the COVID certificate will be required to access these.

There may be four diners on islands at level 3, six on level 2 and ten on El Hierro. Only in the latter will nightlife open and, in all of them, bars and restaurants must close at midnight.

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands on 22 July notified 914 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19. The total accumulated cases in the Canary Islands is 72,344 with 9,674 active, of which 60 are admitted to the ICU and 342 remain hospitalized. In the last hours there has been no death in the Archipelago linked to the coronavirus.

The Accumulated Incidence at 7 days in the Canary Islands stands at 220 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and at 14 days at 390.91 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.


New measures for level 4

According to the agreement approved 22 July, in order to reduce health risk and as a complementary measure to those that are already applicable in this sector, it will be necessary to present, for those over 18 years of age, the COVID-EU vaccination certificate, or present a Negative Active Infection Diagnostic Test (carried out in the last 72 hours) or having overcome the infection in the last six months to be able to access the interior of the restaurants and hotels on the islands that are at alert level 4. 


Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council adapts the use of public spaces to the new measures included in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC), as a result of the review of prevention measures, in which the island de Tenerife rises to alert level 4, highlighting the vaccination certificate to be able to access the interiors in restaurants, cultural activities and sports venues. [Other municipalities are taking similar measures.]

In spaces such as the Rastro, which from this Sunday will have a capacity limitation of 33%. While the children's and youth camps, both indoors and outdoors, can be carried out with a capacity of 33%, with a maximum of 20 people -including monitors-, in groups of maximum 4 people. The capital's playgrounds have also been closed.

Sports activity, as of Monday, July 26, only individual practice can be carried out, as long as the interpersonal distance of 2 meters is maintained. Activities that do not allow the maintenance of said distance will be prohibited. In indoor sports practice, the use of a mask will be mandatory and the vaccination certificate will be required, for the moment without exception of age, pending the consultation made to the Government of the Canary Islands.

Finally, in the municipal indoor swimming pools, two people per lane will be allowed, while in the open ones, such as the Acidalio Lorenzo, it will be four people per lane, at the times established by the Sports area of ​​the Santa Cruz City Council. 

Taxis: On the islands with the worst pandemic figures at levels 3 and 4, the restrictions that were already in force are maintained, that is, only two occupied places per row of seats and no one next to the driver, as a preventive measure. 

The Higher Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) has ratified the decision of the regional government to limit the maximum number of people who do not live together in family and social gatherings in both closed or outdoor public spaces. These are 10 people in alert level 1; 6 people on level 2; and a maximum of 4 people at levels 3 and 4. 

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