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Even with the start of the 'new normality' on 21 June 2020, popular fiestas and most large gatherings and events are still prohibited and social distancing guidelines still in force. Dates listed on this site, therefore, are still subject to cancellation or change and we will update, where we can, when any new information is made available.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Puerto de la Cruz is missing out on the Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen

Embarcación de la Virgen in days gone by. ElPuertoProject Some Rights Reserved

It would be very difficult to hold the Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen in Puerto de la Cruz and maintain social distance when this attracts tens of thousands and is possibly the town's biggest event of the year. Normally held on the Tuesday before 16 July, it would, in better circumstances, therefore, have been taking place today, Tuesday 14 July.

But this year, there are very different Grandes Fiestas that are actually not so big and grand: the only events listed for today (download program PDF - in Spanish, but LOTS of pretty pictures) being the celebrations of the Eucharist, although the one at 7pm is going to be transmitted direct via Facebook, as are popular items looking back on the fiestas.

The mayor has added that "we hoped to announce the celebration in 2021 of the centenary of the first Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen and perhaps fate will put us back in the position that the last procession was that of her 99th birthday."

Virgen del Carmen 2019 Puerto de La Cruz Tenerife

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival Scenery 2021

Scenery design for Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2021

“No specific Carnival is recreated. The design uses the universal emblem of the festival: the mask”, says its creator Javier Torres Franquis

During the presentation of the 2021 carnival scenery, the theme of which is "Carnivals of the World", designer, Javier Torres, said that the design is the result of teamwork. Accompanied by the mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Patricia Hernández, and the councilor for Fiestas, Andrés Martín, the stage designer indicated that the space has been conceived differently and the cost has been reduced, but without sacrificing quality.

The carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife next year has a provisional start on January 15 with the inaugural gala, but everything will depend on the health situation as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The set-up of the stage is scheduled to start next January 7.

Así es el escenario del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2021

🎭 ¡Ya tenemos escenario! 🎭

Este sábado ha sido presentada la escenografía del Carnaval 2021, obra de Javier Torres Franquis, en la Casa del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

#Carnaval #CarnavalSC21 #CarnavaldeTenerife #SCTFE #SC #SCTF #SantaCruz #SantaCruzdeTenerife Patricia Hernández Gutiérrez Andrés Martín Casanova
Posted by Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Saturday, 11 July 2020

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Friday, July 10, 2020

No Romería de San Benito Abad in 2020

Romería de San Benito Abad

This year there will be no Romería Regional de San Benito Abadthe only one that holds the title of Regional in the Archipelago - in La Laguna. Inevitable, but a sad loss as the Fiestas de San Benito Abad in La Laguna date from 1532 and historian, Viera y Clavijo (1731-1813) wrote of the importance of this festivity: "Among the most notable festivals celebrated in La Laguna, in addition to those of Corpus Christi, are three processions to San Benito." This year the only celebrations will be from balconies and windows, however, the town hall says that, "we will continue working with the same force so that in 2021 we will have one of the biggest celebrations." We live in hope.

Romería de San Benito Abad | 2019

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Thursday, July 09, 2020

Comparsa Los Rumberos 2020

Comparsa Los Rumberos 2020

The comparsa groups epitomise the spirit of carnival with all they impart in their 'colour, joy and rhythm [...] with exuberant costumes and sonorous drums.' This is Comparsa Los Rumberos and their performance at the Comparsas Contest in 2020.

A reminder that Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2021 begins with the Inauguration Gala on Friday 15 January and takes to the streets, with the various parades and parties, between Friday, 12 February 2021 and Sunday, 21 February 2021.

Los Rumberos | Comparsas Adultas | S/C Tenerife 2020

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Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Major epidemics in Tenerife: Typhoid

El Lazareto Hospital in the El Cabo neighbourhood of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Real Academia Nacional de Medicina. Members of the Benemérita (Civil Guard) and Red Cross, nurses and pacient on a stretcher, 1918.

The year 1906 was a very turbulent and unfortunate one for Santa Cruz de Tenerife - then capital of the Archipelago - because the provisional status in the mayor's office and in the civil government, some incumbents and others accidental or interim, would give rise to a social environment beset by poverty and unemployment, due to lack of investments.

To all this would be added the dramatic situation experienced in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the last months of the aforementioned year, due to the epidemic that some believed was typhus and others bubonic plague.

The discord began in October, when a large number of dead rats appeared in the area of ​​the docks, ravines and sewers in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and two members of a humble family who lived in a shack in the Cuesta de los Melones district - today Residencial Anaga - died, which was diagnosed by the doctors as "petechial typhus", isolating the rest of the relatives in the Lazareto (maritime quarantine station turned Isolation Hospital); however, as no official statement was provided, nor was the population informed, the fact would cause alarm to spread and the authorities to be reproached for their silence.

Once fears of an epidemic were confirmed, the situation became so chaotic that uncertainty and terror paralyzed citizen life, to which the indecision of the authorities would contribute.

Many people, mostly port workers and those in small industries who remained unemployed, were in such a distressing situation that despite the fact that cheap kitchens had been set up, large street protests took place to protest isolation, hunger and lack of work.

Mayor Pedro Schwartz returned to his post, creating the health commission, in charge of carrying out cleaning and hygiene in neighborhoods, disinfecting drinking water, proceeding with the repair of sewers, burning the houses where the first cases had appeared, and taking the pigs out of town, even if they were not to blame.

Because basic necessities began to be scarce and the prices of sugar, soap, salted fish, etc., rose, the new mayor, Carlos Calzadilla, acknowledging his impotence to solve the problem, telegraphed the Ministry of the Interior, exposing the critical state of the situation, at the same time that he asked the Ministries of Development and War to promote the works that were paralyzed, before the desperation of the workers caused serious disturbances as they were suffering from hunger and misery.

When it seemed that everything was under control, the authorities in Las Palmas requested Madrid to place Santa Cruz de Tenerife incommunicado to avoid contagion, attaching the statements of eighteen doctors who certified that the disease in Tenerife was not typhus but bubonic plague.

The Count of Romanones, Minister of the Interior, replied that neither national nor sanitary laws authorized the isolation of cities and regions, because it would mean sentencing them to death.

La Laguna also asked Madrid to completely isolate itself from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which would give rise to a climate of tension and insecurity, when the people of La Laguna took to the streets and destroyed a section of the tram tracks and, at kilometer 8 of the general highway, they established a checkpoint to fumigate and disinfect the goods that arrived from the capital, prohibiting the passage of anything that offered the least doubt.

In the same way, the island of La Palma joined this nonsense, and a crowd armed with sticks and stones prevented the passengers of the León y Castillo steamer who had arrived from the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife from disembarking.

Due to the insecurity and tension existing in the islands, and given the alarm that had been unleashed, the Government sent Dr. Luis Comenge, director of Urban Hygiene of Barcelona, ​​to take charge of the sanitary measures and report on the reality of the epidemic; which, after making a detailed study, would communicate to Madrid that the news was unfounded since the disease suffered in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was not the plague. Even, in a meeting held in the civil government, when asked if he was in favor of the isolations and sanitary cordons, he answered: "who can cordon off and isolate the rats, fleas and flies, the conductors of the diseases".

We consider that this statement was for political reasons, since a study carried out by Dr. Gumersindo Robayna Galván shows that the disease was pestile in nature, since it was especially spread by the Oriental rat flea (Xenopsylla cheopis), the flea of ​​the gray rat that transmits the plague, which appeared in 80 percent of the people studied; therefore it was a bubonic plague, and no cases of the pneumonic variety were found.

Dr. Comenge, given the regrettable state and lack of hygiene of many tenements in the El Toscal neighborhood and caves in the Santos ravine, would ensure that Don Juan Febles Campos made the premises of the asylum available to the City Council so that its residents could stay there, and the Captain General vacated the El Bufadero battery to welcome families in need.

Also, in order to attend to those most in need, he handed over the 5,000 pesetas that the Government had granted him for carrying out this Commission, created the Breastfeeding Institute, in the former convent of San Francisco, and donated his gold watch for a raffle that he had organized to raise funds. For this reason, on February 9, 1907, the City Council granted him the title of Adoptive Son and gave his name to Calle de San Francisco, a designation that fortunately was recovered again in 1936.

When the normality and the activity of the population were restored, the mayor published an edict authorizing the carnivals, which was an unequivocal sign that the city had overcome the crisis and that the chicharreros had not lost their adventurous spirit, and on May 3 the religious function of the Fiestas de La Cruz were celebrated, although the population would take months to recover from the psychological damage it had suffered.

During this epidemic the doctors again set an example of service to the community, carrying out sacrificial, commendable and priceless work. Of these we will highlight Agustín Pisaca Fernández, who, being a municipal doctor, was confined in the Isolation Hospital - The Lazareto - during the five months that the epidemic lasted, organizing, assisting and living with 83 patients, managing to reduce mortality from 37 to 9%. Upon returning home, his two daughters ran out to hug him, becoming infected and dying days later.

During this time, home service was provided by Dr. José Naveiras Zamorano and Dr. Luis García Ramos. Dr. Diego Costa e Izquierdo, upon learning that his homeland was suffering from a contagious disease, hastened his return from Paris and made himself available to the authorities. Dr. Costa played an important role in the cholera epidemic of 1893.

Five people died in this epidemic.

* Official Chronicler of Santa Cruz of Tenerife

Grandes epidemias en Tenerife

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Monday, July 06, 2020

Spanish goverment relaxes COVID-19 restrictions for the leisure industry

Live concert (stock image)

The Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOE) on Saturday, July 4, publishes an agreement updating preventive measures for COVID-19 that relaxes restrictions for nightclubs and nightlife venues, accommodation establishments and public shows.

According to the agreement, the shared use of accommodation units by non-cohabitants is now allowed and groups of sunbeds must be separated by at least 1.5 meters from the next group or individual sunbed.

As for recreational, leisure and recreation activities, including sports, which are carried out sporadically and in places other than establishments intended for the habitual exercise of said activity and those carried out in removable or open-air facilities, they can be celebrated as long as the public remains seated or in sectors of groups of up to 15 people from their social or family environment and that it does not exceed 75% of the permitted capacity, with a maximum limit of 300 people for closed places and 1,000 people outdoors.

Nightclubs and nightlife

Nightclubs may open to the public exclusively for sitting or standing consumption, always in spaces previously reserved by the client.

The capacity in outdoor terraces will be 100% and in closed premises, 70%, with a maximum limit of 300 people for closed places and 1,000 outdoors, always maintaining the interpersonal distance or, failing that, with the use of a mask.

The access to discotheques will be in reserved groups of up to 8 people from their social or family environment, sitting or standing, and consumption will be directly served in each reserved area. In premises with a dance floor, this space will be occupied with tables or reserved areas, and it is forbidden to dedicate said space to its habitual use.

The agreement establishes that the security personnel of each location will be in charge of ensuring compliance with the interpersonal security distance and to avoid the formation of large groups and agglomerations.

Nightclubs must have frequent natural ventilation or, in case of air conditioning, a sufficient renewal of the air to be guaranteed, capturing the outside air in an appropriate place.

The objective of these measures is so that the social and economic activities carried out while this situation lasts are carried out with the appropriate guarantees for the protection of public health. Therefore, individual and collective commitment to compliance is essential, taking into account that in case of non-compliance, the sanctioning regime of Royal Decree-Law 21/2020, of June 9, will apply.

El Gobierno modifica las restricciones de las medidas preventivas ante la COVID-19 durante la nueva normalidad

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Thursday, July 02, 2020

Candidate for Junior Carnival Queen 2020

Candidate for Junior Carnival Queen Paula Mallorquín Díaz

The focus usually is on the winners, but we want to show you all the candidates for the carnival queens in Santa Cruz in 2020, who all deserve recognition for taking part.

A reminder that Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2021 begins with the Inauguration Gala on Friday 15 January and takes to the streets, with the various parades and parties, between Friday, 12 February 2021 and Sunday, 21 February 2021.

Paula Mallorquín Díaz | Gala Reina Infantil | S/C Tenerife 2020

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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Tenerife Fiestas in July 2020

Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen in Puerto de la Cruz in other times

July does not have any national public holidays, but there are a few public holidays at municipal level this month, which are as follows:

  • 14 July: Festivity of the Virgen del Carmen in Puerto de la Cruz
  • 16 July: Festivity of Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Santiago del Teide
  • 27 July: Monday following the Festivity of Santa Ana in Candelaria

With councils, understandably, diverting the cash that would have been spent on fiestas to vulnerable residents and those in most need in their districts, these, at best, just tell you when to expect shops and town halls in those areas to be closed for the day.

And even if the state of alarm has come to an end, the so-called new normality still requires social distancing and prohibits attendance numbers such as these, so we can merely point out what events are NOT taking place this July that we hope will be back in 2021.

  • More than 11,000 people attended the Romería de San Benito Abad last year in La Laguna. Said to be the most representative romería of the Canary Islands, it is usually held on the second Sunday of July. 
  • More than 130,000 people have been known to attend the Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen in Puerto de la Cruz that usually takes place on the Tuesday before 16 July and thus would have been on the 14th. 
  • Chirche's Traditions Day has been celebrated in July for almost two decades with local residents and volunteers recreating what daily life was like during the 40-50s of the 20th century. All the participants and places are characterised down to the last detail. Last year more than 6,000 visitors arrived.
  • And on 25 July, Santa Cruz usually reenacts the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1797) to celebrate its proud victory over that dastardly English Admiral, Horatio Nelson, whose failed attempt on the city cost him his right arm. This year, just one battle is to be recreated, without public in attendance, however, this will be recorded so it can be shown online. 

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Friday, June 26, 2020

The Lago Martiánez complex in Puerto de la Cruz reopens on Friday 26 June 2020

Lago Martiánez in Puerto de Cruz. Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

Puerto de la Cruz Council is reopening the Lago Martiánez on Friday 26 June, after undertaking improvements that guarantee safety in this period of new normality. With the introduction of a public address system and a dataphone to pay by card, demanded for years by pool users, the complex aims to offer its best image for reopening.

In addition, adaptation and improvement works have been carried out within the complex, with landscaping, painting and enhancement of the work of César Manrique by the César Manrique Foundation. Among these works, were repairs to the swimming pool of the Monumento al Mar (Monument to the Sea) and to the ship installation that suffered damage after the storm last February.

Cleaning and disinfection work within the complex will be reinforced to offer the best standards to guarantee the safety of users. "We are in a position to open these magnificent facilities offering a sanitary guarantee so that our visitors can enjoy in complete tranquility."

The mayor also announced that the César Manrique Foundation has given its approval for the replacement of the Juguete del Viento El Róbalo (Wind Toy), a mobile sculpture that was lost a few years ago in Playa Jardín. "We are very satisfied with this great news for the image of the city and we will redouble our efforts to continue on this path of work, sharing the values ​​that the Foundation defends and with which we are fully identified." The mayor wanted to remember the debt that the municipality maintains with the legacy of the artist from Lanzarote and which is one of the hallmarks of the municipality and which will continue to work intensively to recover them in all their splendor.

Puerto de la Cruz anuncia para este viernes la reapertura del Lago Martiánez

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Candidate for Carnival Queen in 2020

Amanda Hernández Álvarez

The focus usually is on the winners, but we want to show you all the candidates for the carnival queens in Santa Cruz in 2020, who all deserve recognition for taking part. This candidate is Amanda Hernández Álvarez in a costume entitled, Áuril (Golden), designed by RP Diseños and representing DRA Instalaciones Eléctricas.

A reminder that Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2021 begins with the Inauguration Gala on Friday 15 January and takes to the streets, with the various parades and parties, between Friday, 12 February 2021 and Sunday, 21 February 2021.

Amanda Hernández Álvarez | Gala Reina del Carnaval | S/C Tenerife 2020

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