Hola From Tenerife

Subscribe to our free newsletter to get an (ir)regular ray of Tenerife sunshine in your inbox. Just enter your email address below.

Delivered by FeedBurner

Close

Many of the carnival, traditional and cultural events we list here are repeated regularly, so why not subscribe to our RSS feed or Subscribe by email to stay up to date with what's on. For more news and events, please like and follow our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Comparsa Los Rumberos

Los Rumberos in the Carnival Main Parade 5 March 2019

One of my favourite components of carnival, comparsas in Santa Cruz de Tenerife are said to be similar to the Brazillian Carnival Blocks, but actually appear to have more in common with the dancing, marching and drumming Samba Schools that have a strong community basis and are traditionally associated with a particular neighborhood.

In 2018, the city of Santa Cruz paid homage to the Comparsa Los Rumberos Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the oldest troupe in the Canary Islands, and gave its name to a street.

Founded by Manuel Monzón and a group of friends from the Nuestra Señora de África Market on 14 December 1965, it was the following year when this group presented its own costume, repertoire and flag. Los Rumberos was the first comparsa to go abroad, visiting Cádiz, Madrid, Paris, Viareggio (Italy) and Havana (Cuba) and in its prize list is the privilege of being the first to have won four first consecutive prizes in Presentation.

The decree also recalled that in September 2012 Monzón received, posthumously, the recognition as Son of the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.



Los Rumberos | Comparsas adultas | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Find out more about Santa Cruz Carnival 2020which will take to the streets between Friday, 21st February 2020 and Sunday, 1st March 2020. 

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Romería de San Isidro in Tacoronte, Il Divo, Festival of Latin Jazz, +Q Rock Metal Festival, Tenerife Motorshow, 220th Anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt in Tenerife

Romería in Tacoronte Photo Tacoronte Town Hall

The star traditional event this weekend, on Sunday 16 June 2019, is the Romería de San Isidro in Tacoronte, about which, sadly, I can find no further details online, but suffice to say it will be a day filled with the usual measures of music, dancing, food and wine.



Video: Romería de Tacoronte 18.06.18


Costa Adeje has four big concerts taking place this summer at Golf Costa Adeje, the first of which is on Saturday 15 June 2019 with the 15th Anniversary "Timeless" concert of Il Divo. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are available here from 40 to 225 Euros.


From Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 June the Festival Internacional de Jazz Latino (International Festival of Latin Jazz) takes place also at Golf Costa Adeje. Details of the program and tickets can be found here.


Meanwhile in Los Realejos, at the Casa del Emprendedor . Calle los Molineros, on Saturday 15 June from 4pm, is the eighth edition of the festival + Q Rock, with melodic power metal band Masterplan and Canarian alternative bands. Tickets.

Tenerife Motor Show

At Siam Mall Shopping Centre, Av. Siam, 3, 38670, Costa Adeje, on 14, 15 and 16 June is the 5º FERIA DEL AUTOMÓVIL Y DEL VEHÍCULO DE OCASIÓN (5th Annual Tenerife Motorshow), an event where car lovers can get to know the latest and secondhand models.

Alexander von Humboldt in 1806

Alexander von Humboldt's visit to Tenerife in 1799

While in Germany, they're celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the birth of the Prussian polymath, geographer, naturalist and explorer, Alexander von Humboldt, there are several events to celebrate his visit to Tenerife 220 years ago in 1799.

On the way to the new world, Humboldt spent almost a week in Tenerife in June of 1799, climbing the Pico del Teide, with his expedition and a group of mules and, visiting places like La Orotava, La Laguna and Santa Cruz. He was particularly interested in the Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden) in Puerto de la Cruz, which was created in 1788. A happy thought, as Humboldt observed, to introduce useful plants to Europe. He liked the island very much: on his descent through the valley of La Orotava he praised the beauty of the island and described Tenerife as "a splendid land, until now I have not found anything more majestic". Humboldt was also enthusiastic about the orchid garden Sitio Litre in Puerto de la Cruz, which was created more than 230 years ago.

  • Monday 17 June - Conference "La estancia de Humboldt en Tenerife" (Humboldt's stay in Tenerife) with Isidoro Sánchez, in the Casino of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 
  • Wednesday 19 June - Various celebrations in honour of the 220th Anniversary of Humboldt's arrival in port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 
  • Thursday 20 June - There will be a Humboldt event in the Jardín Bótanico, Puerto de la Cruz.
  • Sunday 23 June - A floral offering in honour of Humboldt in the Orchid Garden Sitio Litre.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Carnival Queen Candidate in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Yanira Hernández García



Whether looking back once more at Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019, or forward towards Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2020 - which takes place between Friday, 21st February 2020 and Sunday, 1st March 2020 - we can't resist another look at the candidates who aspired to become carnival queens in 2019.

Yanira Hernández García appears with a costume entitled, "El Legado de la Gloria" (The Legacy of Glory), designed by David Hernández Páez and representing Damiroal Diseño Gráfico y Fotografía.

Yanira Hernández García | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Victory Monument in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Monumento a la Victoria

If you've approached the city from the north, you may have seen the Victory Monument, located in a space adjacent to the (Museo Histórico Militar de Canarias) Military History Museum of the Canary Islands, at the junction of the Rambla de Santa Cruz and Avenida de Anaga. Called variously Monumento a Su Excelencia el Jefe del Estado (The Monument to His Excellency the Head of State), "Monument to Franco", "Monument of the Angel" and "Monument to Victory", it is the work of Juan de Ávalos. The Juan de Ávalos Foundation refers to the sculpture as a Memorial Monument to Peace.

This monument to the dictator was inaugurated in 1966.



Video: Inauguración del monumento al dictador en Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1966)

The sculpture is made of patinated, cast bronze on an iron frame. The angel flying with outstretched wings, is said to represent the Dragon Rapide flight in which Francisco Franco left to initiate the military coup that would unleash the Spanish Civil War. On the back of the angel is a male figure representing Francisco Franco, holding a sword in the form of a Christian cross whose tip points downwards. The design resembles the Cerro de las Aguzaderas or Angel of Peace, a work Ávalos made two years earlier at Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real).

During 2010 the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife modified the name of the fountain to Monument to the Fallen Angel, although the work does not represent a fallen angel nor had it been considered as such previously. This generated the criticism of several political and social groups, who opine that the City Council resorted to this change of name to avoid the Ley de Memoria Histórica de España (Historical Memory Law). After the municipal elections of 2011, the new government eliminated the modification, calling it Monument to Victory and recognizing its Francoist origin and symbology.

See also: Santa Cruz Changes Names of City Streets

The work is in a poor state of maintenance and looks as if the city council is letting the ravages of time, elements and vandalism erase it rather than arranging it's demolition.

Monumento a la Victoria

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tenerife Anaga Mountains by drone



Amazing views of some usually hard-to-reach areas of the island.

Tenerife Anaga Mountains aerial views by drone

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Santa Cruz en Carnaval 1987

Carnival Queen Costume 'Tajaraste' from 1987, currently on display in the Casa del Carnaval

Carnival Poster 1987
Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1987 was a moment of crucial importance in the island's and the celebration's history for a variety of reasons.

It was the first year that the carnival festivities had a theme, which in 1987 was Roma (Rome), for which the perimeter of the Plaza de España was encircled by a colonnade, joined two by two, evoking the Ionic style and giving it the appearance of a circular Roman temple. The lintel of each pair of columns was adorned with two chicharros (Atlantic horse mackerels) crowned with laurels.

Most of all, 1987 was the year that the carnival made history by getting into the Guinness Book of Records, with the dance on Shrove Tuesday becoming the largest gathering of people in an outdoor plaza to attend a concert.

Carnival Queen in 1987 was Mónica Raquel Estévez Martín, then 16, in a costume entitled, 'Tajaraste' (currently on display at the Casa del Carnaval museum Calle Aguere, 17, 38005 S/C de Tenerife, Monday - Sunday 10am to 6:30pm), designed by Leo Martínez and inspired by the typical costume of Tenerife, representing Almacenes El Kilo.



Video: Coronación Reina del Carnaval de S/C de Tenerife 1987

The Carnival Queen Gala took place in  the Plaza de Toros (Santa Cruz Bullring). Further videos show the performances of the comparsas, Los Joroperos and Las Cariocas and a parade of all of the carnival personalities and vintage cars, also in the Plaza de Toros.

Mónica Estévez was interviewed 31 years later in 2018 and said that she had grown up in the next street from where designer Leo Martínez was located, surrounded with carnival from a young age. She would go there to see the girls and the costumes and was always saying she wanted to present herself as a candidate ... repeatedly.

It seems that Martínez agreed to present her, pretty much just to shut her up. She didn't ask anything about the costume and never saw it complete until three days before the gala.

Santa Cruz Carnival Dance 1987

The multitudinous dance that went down in history with Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz with the Sonora Matancera and Billo's Caracas Boys led the lineup of an unforgettable Carnival Tuesday night in 1987 for the more than 240,000 attendees.

On March 3 1987, the dance on Carnival Tuesday put Santa Cruz de Tenerife into the Guinness Book of Records after gathering the astonishing number of people (240,000 was the number officially recorded by the notarial deed) dancing in the street to the songs of Celia Cruz with Sonora Matancera, Billo's Caracas Boys and Tenerife orchestras Maracaibo and Guayaba, in a show never before seen on the islands with 40,000 watts of sound and spectacular lighting.

On the night of Monday to Tuesday of Carnival the last orchestra left the stage at 06.30 hours, but the audience, almost as numerous as at 11.00 at night, continued to dance to recorded music in the kiosks. Many partied on in various parts of the capital and others went to Las Teresitas to take a dip in the sea.



Video: Carnival Main Parade in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1987

Neither the strong heat nor the fatigue of the previous night prevented 200,000 people from concentrating to watch the cavalcade that began at 3:30 pm on the Tuesday afternoon. The number of spectators, facilitated by the Local Police, was significant, since the population census of the city at that time was 210,000 inhabitants. Some 25,000 people participated in the parade, in addition to 119 groups, 20 floats and more than 100 decorated cars.

The fireworks display finale was the prologue of the great dance. The City Council's intention was that this dance be the busiest in the world and with the Celia-Billo's duo, success was assured. Almost half the island of Tenerife met in Santa Cruz that Carnival Tuesday to experience an environment impossible to describe. The Plaza de España and Candelaria, the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena, and all the surrounding streets, were full to bursting.

Celia Cruz in Tenerife in 1987

Celia Cruz was already a living legend when she came to Tenerife

Her powerful voice opened the doors to the whole world with songs like Bemba colorá, Usted abuso, Nadie se salva de la rumba, Que le den candela, La vida es un carnaval… Until her death in 2003, Celia was the best ambassador of Tenerife's carnival. Her connection with the island became so strong that she confessed that she calmed her longing for Cuba among the islanders, and performed in a trance-like state, as if she had returned to dance and sing in her native island.

Celia passed like a whirlwind through Tenerife. She arrived on the island on February 27 and the Cuban Association of the Island was waiting for her at the South airport. Staying at the Hotel Botánico, Celia and her inseparable Pedro Knight, enjoyed the parade on Friday from the Town Hall, receiving the love and recognition of the carnival groups that noticed her presence. Thousands of people gave her a standing ovation at the two previous concerts held in the Plaza de Toros (Santa Cruz Bullring), and she continued in ecstasy singing Bemba colorá for 20 minutes. That double success attracted more anticipation for the performance of Carnival Tuesday. The queen of salsa continued in a trance and dedicated to the audience the Pasodoble Islas Canarias a cappella in one of the most memorable moments of an unbeatable[1] Carnival.

El multitudinario baile que pasó a la historia con Celia Cruz

[1] Daytime carnival in 2019 almost doubled the 1987 crowd, but was not officially noted.



Santa Cruz en Carnaval - Billo's Caracas Boys

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Tenerife Moving Arts Festival, Nautical Fair, Traditional Romerías, International Jazz, Tenerife Performing Arts Festival, Crafts and Canarian Gastronomy Fair, Tenerife Bluetrail, Armed Forces Exhibition

Tenerife International Moving Arts Festival

The Festival de las Artes del Movimiento (FAM) (Tenerife International Moving Arts Festival) is taking place from 5 to 9 June 2019, with many of the varied events taking place at the Auditorio de Tenerife in Santa Cruz. Details in English at the preceding link.

Fenáutica Nautical Fair

The fifth edition of Fenáutica will open its doors this weekend at the Marina del Sur in Las Galletas to offer the most ambitious program in its history. On 8th and 9th of June, the only nautical fair in Tenerife will include more than 70 activities dedicated to the marine world, robotics, the environment, sports and leisure for all ages as well as 45 exhibitors dedicated to the nautical, local crafts and Canarian cuisine. The fair had 13,000 visitors in 2018. Access to the great sea festival of Tenerife is completely free.

Events include the Canary Islands Underwater Photo Championship and the seventh edition of the Guanche CUP Regatta. The main stage will also host musical performances during the weekend. On Saturday, from 7:30 pm, there will be a tribute to Queen and on Sunday it will be the turn of the group Los Vandals, at 2:00 pm.

The full program is in both Spanish and English.

Festival Imoque (Photo Adeje Town Hall)

Traditions: In the Plaza de San Sebastián in La Caleta, Adeje from 12 midday on Saturday 8 June 2019 the Asociación Cultural Imoque (Folklore Club) are organising their annual, traditional, Imoque Festival. The program includes a crafts fair and tasting of local products; workshops of Salto de Pastor (Shepherd's Leap), chácaras and Gomeran drumming, folklore from La Graciosa; development and maintenance of instruments; display of different breeds of native dogs, cattle; Canarian wrestling, tasting of black pig, tasting of cheese from the islands, among others. The festival is open to all audiences and in this sixth edition there will also be musical performances by the "Parranda Los Toledo", soloist "Ciro Corujo" and the Imoque Cultural Association.

You can download a programe at this page (via)

Traditional Romerías this week, all on Sunday 9 June are:

On Friday 7 June 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín in Santa Cruz, Víctor Pablo Pérez directs the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Jorge Luis Prats (piano), in this program by Tchaikovsky and A. Ramos.

Jazz Week in La Laguna

La Laguna hosts its International Jazz Week with events on 6, 7 and 8 June. With 2019 being its seventh edition, this is consolidating itself as a date in the regional jazz calendar. Three days of programming featuring artists such as Jurandir Santana, Seamus Blake, Gabriela Suárez and Eliseo Lloreda, among others.

The Tenerife Artes Escénicas (Tenerife Performing Arts Festival) has 14 events taking place between 6 and 9 June in eight locations on the island; Candelaria, Granadilla de Abona, Guía de Isora, Güímar, La Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz and Santa Úrsula.

Saturday 8 June from 10 am in the centre of Granadilla de Abona are the Feria de Artesanía y Gastronomía Canaria (Crafts and Canarian Gastronomy Fair) along with a number of other events, including Canarian sports and running into DJs in the evening.

As part of Los Caprichos Musicales de la Isla Baja (Musical Caprices of the Isla Baja), on Saturday 8 June at 8 pm in the Former Convent of San Sebastián in Los Silos see performances by the Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife and Coro Infantil-Juvenil de la Escuela Comarcal de Música Daute (Junior Choirs).

And on Sunday 9 June from 12:30 pm in the Plaza La Libertad in Garachico, the Tom Sawyer Jazz Band will perform classics of pop, soul and funk of yesterday and today.

Tenerife Bluetrail 2019

The Fred. Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail 2019, event organized by the Cabildo (Island Corporation) is being held on June 8. It's an unique ultra running high-altitude race across the island of Tenerife from the south to the north coast, the hard way.

Armed Forces Exhibition

Saturday, June 8, After the raising of the flag, in the Avenida Marítima de Santa Cruz de Tenerife at 09:00 hours, in the presence of the Military Commander of Tenerife and head of the 5th General Sub Inspection of the Canarian Army, Brigadier General José Antonio Jarne San Martín, there will be a military exhibition from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Avenida Marítima de Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

IV MOTOR CONCENTRATION

Sunday, June 9. I'm reading this as a classic car meet and there are some beautiful ones on the island. Departure at 10:00 am from the Plaza de los Alisios next to the Adán Martín Auditorium. Route: Santa Cruz - La Laguna - Tegueste - Tacoronte - El Sauzal - La Esperanza - Candelaria - Santa Cruz (Hoya Fría).

Access to all events and exhibitions is free.



This weekend on the rally calendar, held from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June, is the 10th Guía de Isora Hillclimb. With more than 70 teams taking part this should prove exciting.

Subida Guía de Isora 2018

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Sixth Junior Maid of Honour in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Adriana García Cedrés



Whether looking back once more at Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019, or forward towards Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2020 - which takes place between Friday, 21st February 2020 and Sunday, 1st March 2020 - we can't resist another look at the candidates who aspired to become carnival queens in 2019.

Adriana García Cedrés who, at 5 years old, was sixth junior maid of honour at Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019, with the fantasy "Coloreando el Cielo" (Colouring the sky), by Ruymán Pérez Jorge and representing Plus Hogar Tenerife.

Adriana García Cedrés | Gala Reina Infantil | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Carne de Fiesta - Fiesta Meat Tenerife Style

Carne en adobo o de fiesta a la tinerfeña

A recipe from the island of Tenerife, that as the name suggests is typical for fiestas.

Ingredients:

1½ kg of pork
100 gr of oregano
2 bay leaves
100 gr of thyme
6 or 7 cloves of garlic
1 clove
1 tablespoon of salt
4 black peppercorns
1 teaspoon of paprika
Oil and vinegar

Method:

Chop the pork into cubes and place it in a bowl (porcelain, never aluminum). Mash the oregano, bay leaf, thyme, garlic, cloves, salt, black pepper and paprika in a mortar then mix with two parts of oil and one of vinegar (a quantity that will cover the meat). Pour the mixture over the pork, leaving it to marinade overnight (in a cool place or in the fridge).

The next day, fry the meat with the remains of the marinade.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Watering The Bananas in Buenavista



This video shows Montaña de Taco (photo). This 1055ft (322m) volcanic dome appears to stand guard over the farming region of Buenavista. Its ancient crater has been converted into a reservoir to supply the banana plantations that cover the coastal plain of northwestern Tenerife. Banana plantations, which thrive on the fertile volcanic soil and subtropical climate, account for a third of the Canaries’ agricultural produce.

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Printfriendly