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Thursday, December 01, 2016

Tenerife Fiestas in December 2016

A plethora of Christmas hams.

Every December begins with two National public holidays: on 6th December for Día de la Constitución Española (Constitution Day) and 8th December for Inmaculada Concepción (The Immaculate Conception).

It's often customary for people to take additional days off and tack these on to the nearest weekend and take what's known as un puente (translates to bridge). With these holidays being on a Tuesday and Thursday this year, I wouldn't mind betting there will be equal numbers taking the weekend of 3rd and 4th as there are taking the 10th and 11th.

As Christmas Day falls on a Sunday this year, Monday, 26th December will be a Public holiday in leiu. Boxing Day isn't a tradition or holiday in Spain or the Canaries.

There are no municipal public holidays in December.

If you're looking for something typically and traditionally local to see during December - apart from all the ususal Tenerife Christmas traditions - on Christmas Eve, 24th December, after the end of the Misa del Gallo (Midnight Mass), in La Matanza de Acentejo and in Taganana, the Baile del Niño is performed as part of the Fiestas del Niño.

Groups of eight in the Santa Cruz district of Taganana and twenty-two in La Matanza; young men dressed in traditional costumes, dressed as shepherds wearing a white shirt, black pants and red sash, perform a dance in procession in front of the newborn inside the church. They are accompanied by drum, flute, tambourine, castanets and tambourine.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Tenerife's Public Holidays for 2017


The Canarian Government have agreed the calendar for 2017 with 14 public holidays:

6 January (Epifanía del Señor/Epihany)
2 February (Tenerife’s “island day” for patron saint Virgen de la Candelaria)
13 April (Jueves Santo/Easter Thursday)
14 April (Viernes Santo/Easter Friday)
1 May (Monday in lieu of Fiesta del Trabajo/Workers’ Day)
30 May (Día de Canarias/Canaries Day)
15 August (Asunción de la Virgen/Assumption)
12 October (Fiesta Nacional de España/Spain Day)
1 November (Todos los Santos/All Saints Day)
6 December (Día de la Constitución Española/Constitution Day)
8 December (Inmaculada Concepción/Immaculate Conception)
- 25 December (Natividad del Señor/Christmas Day)

Nine of those are "fixed" National Fiestas, two are decided at the the level of the whole Canary Islands, then each island also has an additional day of it’s own, which in Tenerife’s case is 2 February (Candlemass – the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple a.k.a. Feast of the Purification of the Virgin) for the island’s patron saint’s day, the Virgen de la Candelaria, bringing the total number of public holidays in 2017 to 12.

In addition to this, each municipality has a further 2 local days. 

Calendario Laboral Tenerife 2017 (Download PDF)
Via: 2017 public holidays and local fiestas

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Tenerife Fiestas in November 2016

Sparkling clear November sunlight.

A little late with this, but the month of November, started with a National Public Holiday on the 1st for Todos los Santos/All Saints Day. The Dia de todos los Santos is celebrated each year as a ritual holiday of remembrance and honor of deceased relatives.

"Observed nationwide, many families, especially those of the older generations who are more akin to following traditions, gather in the cemeteries to regale their deceased loved ones with a visit as a reminder that they are not forgotten. Some even visit a few days prior to November 1st to clean the graves and have them ready for the big day. The traditional thing to do on November 1st is to purchase flowers, especially chrysanthemums and present them as gifts to their loved ones. It is the day of the year when the most flowers are sold, and the cemeteries are filled with colour from every type of flower imaginable."

All Saints' Day in Spain

The only Municipal Public Holiday in Tenerife in November is on the 25 November: the Festivity of Santa Catalina in Tacoronte.

The biggest celebration in November is for San Andrés on 29 November - the Eve of Saint Andrew's Day - most notably in Icod de los Vinos with the Tablas de San Andrés (see video) or read the explanation in Riding the Boards for San Andrés in Icod de Los Vinos, while Puerto de la Cruz has it's Fiesta del Cacharro y la Castaña - basially Scrap Metal and Chestnut Festival, which is all made clear in Chestnuts, Wine and Sleds for San Andrés.

The Fiesta of San Andrés in Tenerife


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Secret Tenerife On Hiatus

If only!

The regular reader may begin to notice shortly that this blog is on something of a hiatus. This is unfortunately necessary, due to ill health and other priorities. Whilst original blog posts will be reduced to a more occasional basis, news, weather and articles from other sources will continue to be shared, but via our Secret Tenerife Facebook Page.

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Meanwhile, I’ve been working behind the scenes to consolidate and cross-refer existing information; to make the current material more easily accessible and ensure that information I’ve already produced on regular events will be made available at the appropriate times. You can keep up with that too, via Facebook.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Ten local dishes to try on Tenerife and other stories

The famous, salty, papas arrugadas Canarian wrinkly potatoes.

Ten local dishes to try on Tenerife
... if it’s authentic dining experiences which get your juices flowing, it’s easy to tuck into and tick off the most popular Canarian dishes anywhere on the island where there are traditional restaurants… which is most of it. Here are ten traditional Canarian dishes to look out for.

La Laguna Soul and Funk Night
La Laguna will host a night of soul and funk with Twinyi, Ricca, Ni Funk ni Funk and Esteban Pérez, and Amy Lives, a recreation of Amy Winehouse’s music with members of her original band. The Funk&Soul Night is at 7pm on Saturday, 19 November, in the Plaza del Cristo.

London Community Gospel Choir concert in Los Cristianos auditorium 16 December
If you like gospel music, then a concert on Friday, 16 December, at 9pm in the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos by the London Community Gospel Choir is not to be missed. The choir was formed in 1982 by Reverend Bazil Meade, known as the father of British gospel music, and is now in its third decade, having performed with some of the biggest show business names including George Michael, Jessye Norman, Sting, Elton John, Diana Ross, Paul McCartney, Celine Dion and Tina Turner.

Mercado de Artesanía de Icod de los Vinos 2016
Crafts market in the streets San Sebastián and San Agustín in Icod de los Vinos, is sheduled to be taking place this weekend on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November.

Filming in the Canary Islands
The islands have some of the greatest commercial hits of recent years to their credit including Clash of the Titans which was shot in Tenerife and the gripping car chases of Fast and Furious 6 ... Prominent TV productions have included the dystopian anthology drama Black Mirror and the BBC's Doctor Who, which used landscapes on Tenerife as stand-ins for the moon.

Spray it again, Fran
YOU know what it’s like with painting – there are always those last bits of tricky corners and edges to finish off. And Francisco Prainz  knows better than most. The artist began his seascape mural at Rincon del Puerto, Los Cristianos in June 2015, and he has just returned to add the final touches. What a wonderful transformation! The old, grey, concrete walkway between the two beaches is now a real head-turner, with its depiction of Tenerife sights like Masca, Los Gigantes, whales, and turtles.

Ben bags bronze in Tenerife marathon
BRIDPORT Runner Ben Renshaw finished 3rd in Sunday’s III Internacional Maratón Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Ben crossed the finish line in a time of 2 hours 57 minutes 7 seconds behind winner Miguel Angel Vaquero Agama and runner-up Alejandro García Torres.

Hard Rock to boost 18-34s in Tenerife
Palladium Hotel Group has said the opening of its new Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife property will enable the company to bring a younger client base to the Canary Island.

Tenerife casinos to be released to private sector investment
An appraisal report for three casinos on Spain‘s Canary Island of Tenerife has been received by the President of the Council of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso who said that the report will soon be made public and available to investors so that the properties can begin accepting bids.

Tenerife sees 20% boost in Brit visitors
Tenerife has reported a 20% growth in the number of UK visitors it has received this year to date.

A Galaxy Of Sport And Science In Tenerife
Sleepy little Playa San Juan was having an out of body experience when I called by on Saturday morning as the Tenerife International Water Ski Racing tournament was getting underway. The small harbour adjoining the gently shelving beach had a bizarre mix of huge throbbing speed boats, small training yachts, and paint peeling old fishing boats.


Monday, November 07, 2016

Tenerife Weather Forecast From 7 to 13 November

Fertile farm land in the El Palmar Valley, Buenavista del Norte

It looks like one of those November weeks which has prompted us over the years to advise friends and family “If you’re coming to Tenerife for just a week, don’t come north in November, you might get unlucky.” Where the south and south west looks as though it should be dry with cloudy spells and possibly only a light shower or two, the forecast is for rain at some point every day in the north and east. However, sunshine is predicted as well so it might be one of those weeks which pleases both farmers and visitors. The rain extends to Teide which could see light snowfall on the summit but it doesn’t look like anything to write home about at this point. Temperatures everywhere could be a few degrees lower than of late.

Tenerife Weather Forecast From 7 to 13 November

Friday, November 04, 2016

Hot chestnuts are on the go and other stories

Chestnuts in the El Palmar Valley. We won't reveal the exact location!

Hot chestnuts are on the go
ORGANISED gangs are stealing chestnuts in Arafo in the north-east of Tenerife. The tasty treats, now in season, are brimming over in baskets on supermarket shelves all over the Island. It seems that some people prefer to do their shopping out of hours, because police patrols have stopped several gangs near Arafo, and confiscated 40 kilos of the little brown nuts.

Third Maratón Internacional Santa Cruz de Tenerife 6 November
Just a reminder, though runners won’t need it, that this weekend sees the Santa Cruz marathon. Thousands will turn out to watch it, and knowing a couple of the runners taking part, I wish them all the very best of luck!

Eating good food on a budget on Tenerife
Many people who don’t know the island well still scoff at the suggestion Tenerife is an ideal destination for travellers who enjoy immersing themselves in local gastronomy. There is a massive culture of dining out in Tenerife, an island where the average wage is very low compared to the likes of Britain and Germany. What that means is that in order to keep that culture of eating out thriving, the cost of dining out is low. And what that also means is visitors can enjoy quality food at remarkably low prices.

Autumnal Tenerife – November is chestnut month
Just as in the UK it’s conker time, November in Tenerife is a cosy and autumnal month with chestnuts roasting over many a live coal in braziers in the streets. The reason is a series of fairs in honour of San Andrés, the saint whose namesake St Andrew’s feast day in Scotland is on 30 November. Here in Tenerife, though, it’s celebrated on the 29th, though the fairs can take place several days either side of this.

Window on the universe
Tenerife has 280-300 clear days a year, and early star-gazers became aware of this and flocked to the Island. Today, they would be staggered to see the mammoth, high-tech, internationally-consulted telescopes adorning the Teide Observatory site at Izana.

Looking at Tenerife online travel advice
Tripadvisor reviews can be incredibly useful or they can be misleading. If you know how to decipher reviews, they tell you a lot. Tripadvisor’s forums are similar. There’s good advice and there’s bad advice. Other travel forums, including Lonely Planet’s, are no different.

Costa Adeje improvements include El Beril beach renovations
Adeje Ayuntamiento has announced that up to €2m is to be spent on works to improve the swimming zone along the strand that flanks El Duque beach by the Hotel Bahía del Duque. El Beril beach will also get a facelift as part of the plan, given its location in part of the tourist zone that continues to grow in popularity.

Borealis Aurora here in Tenerife
Fifty years ago, Sanchez – also the first professor of Astrophysics in Spain – saw a light from El Teide which, he first believed, was  his research equipment breaking down. In fact, to his astonishment, it was a Borealis Aurora.

Taking a peek at our walking routes in Teide National Park
The ultimate Tenerife walking route is to climb to its peak 3718m above sea level. Best of all is to reach it just in time to witness sunrise break across the archipelago. That is a quite special travel moment.

Adeje Farmers Market – change in Wednesday opening hours
Adeje Ayuntamiento has announced that from Wednesday, 2 November, Adeje Farmers Market will operate new Wednesday hours and open from 3pm to 7pm.  The change, with full agreement of all the produce suppliers in the market, has been made to better meet the demands of the buying public.

Adeje’s Degusta.me annual foodies’ month
It’s a regular November event now, and Adeje’s eighth Degusta.me starts this Wednesday, 2 November, and will run until Sunday, 27 November, almost a whole month for the area’s foodies to enjoy some traditional foods and wines, savouring all the local tastes, aromas and sights in a range of demonstrations, presentations, markets, workshops, tapas offers, and much more. 

Tenerife declares anti-migrant PEGIDA founder persona non grata
"Those who don't love Germany should leave Germany," PEGIDA co-founder Lutz Bachmann once said. Now, one month after moving to Tenerife, local officials have told him he is not welcome.

“Wine to port” at Las Galletas’ Marina del Sur 12 November
The Tenerife Cabildo has announced a wine fiesta – Vino a Babor (wine to the port side) – on Saturday, 12 November in the Marina del Sur in Las Galletas. There will be Abona wines, tapas, music, cooking demonstrations, and much more, for all the family between 12 midday and 10pm. This is the first event of this kind in a Tenerife sporting harbour, and the authorities are sure it won’t be the last. Hopefully there’ll be a great turnout to encourage them to hold it again next year. Entry is free.

Bare facts, about a nudist eaterie!
Your minds (and pulses) will no doubt be racing already as obvious questions pop up. Where do you keep your small change? What about crumbs? Is unfolding a napkin seen as casual dressing? If the Tenerife experience matches the London success, it could lead to burgers in the buff, potatoes without jackets … and some very perky puddings!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Tenerife Weather Forecast From 31 October to 6 November

Puerto de la Cruz, looking inland from the seawater pools at the Lago Martiánez

Whenever I read comments which say things like ‘I’ve been coming to Tenerife in November for years and never seen rain’ I automatically think ‘you’ve been bloody lucky’. The forecast for the coming week is exactly the sort of forecast we expect at some point in November. There should be a lot of sun during the first half of the week but a storm in the North Atlantic passing to the west of the archipelago will bring unstable weather from Wednesday night which means temperatures will drop slightly and rain which will probably affect everywhere on the island over the weekend. I say probably because the path of these Atlantic storms can shift which can result in changes to the forecast. Once again it looks like there will be snow on Teide this week.

Tenerife Weather Forecast From 31 October to 6 November

Friday, October 28, 2016

My ten favourite Tenerife sculptures and other stories

Fishing boat sculpture, Homenaje al chicharrero, outside the Nuestra Señora de África market in Santa Cruz.

Feria Tricontinental de Artesanía in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz’s Recinto Ferial will be host to this year’s Feria Tricontinental de Artesanía, which will be held between 29 October and 6 November. The artisan fair brings together arts and crafts from three continents – Africa, America and Europe. On previous occasions, this fair has attracted over 100,000 visitors, and organizers say that they again expect to have some 180 artisans from 25 countries displaying their arts and crafts at the fair, as well as providing activities, displays and exhibitions.

Feria Tricontinental de Artesanía

Tuesday, 1 November, is a public holiday
Just a reminder that next Tuesday, 1 November, is a public holiday for Todos los Santos (All Saints Day). Banks, most offices and many shops will be closed. Do bear in mind, too, that with the day being a Tuesday, many will take a puente, i.e. take the Monday off too to make a long weekend, so some businesses will be closed on the Monday as well.

My ten favourite Tenerife sculptures
We’re big fans of getting to know sculptures in the places we visit. As well as usually being visually interesting, they often provide an insight into a location. I’m not talking about the grand monuments to famous historical figures. I’m talking about the ones which relate to obscure events, local heroes nobody knows about outside of their own town, or sculptures which are just downright bizarre.

Understanding Tenerife weather alerts, costeros
There is one weather alert on Tenerife which regularly confuses people. As a result this can result in weather conditions being misreported in English. It’s when there is an alert for costeros. Translated it means coastal and its full title is fenómenos costeros.

Teide Sunset & Stars excursion now offers Michelin-level dining experience
The excursion includes a return ticket for the Cable Car outside its normal operating hours and a glass of sparkling wine from the Altos de Trevejos winery, one of the highest in Spain, and drunk at one of the highest possible venues within Spain, at an altitude of 3,555m. The accompanying gourmet-style Canarian dinner will itself then be accompanied by the best volcanic wines, all rounded off by stargazing with long-range telescopes and expert guides  to Tenerife’s night sky.

The great escape, review of the Meliá Hacienda del Conde
This is one of the areas on Tenerife where noblemen were given choice lands following the conquest of the island and the Meliá Hacienda del Conde fits in perfectly with the grand haciendas which are common in these parts. It’s not for people seeking purpose-built resorts with all the facilities, this is a hotel for people who love culture, nature, scenery, tranquillity and a touch of class.

Puerto de la Cruz’s Noche en Blanco rescheduled for 10 December
Puerto de la Cruz’s Noche en Blanco, which was suspended on Saturday night because of the weather was not cancelled and will take place after all. The Ayuntamiento has announced that it will now take place on Saturday, 10 December. As in the case of La Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz’s Noche en Blanco is an event that will fill the town with entertainment and activities as well as open shops, in an attempt to boost the area’s economy, and give shoppers a chance to get ready for Christmas.

XIX Festival of Theatre and Dance in Adeje
Adeje’s annual Festival de Teatro y Danza returns for another season of performances ranging from the classical to the avant garde between 4 and 26 November, with tickets available from this Wednesday at the town’s Cultural Centre. Perhaps not to be missed is the free street theatre version of Romeo and Juliet which will be performed in the streets of Adeje town starting from the plaza de España, in memory of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Tenerife Weather Forecast From 24 to 30 October

Cloudy over Puerto de la Cruz

It looks like it is going to be a wet and gloomy week across Tenerife with a yellow level weather for rain in the south and south west on Monday and Tuesday and in the east on Tuesday whilst the north has a yellow alert for high waves on Monday and Tuesday. There could be thunder and lightning at times and Teide looks as though it’s going to have its first white coating of the season. Although there will be sunny spells as well, it mostly looks as though the only difference between areas will be the intensity of the rain. Things should brighten up for the second half of the week but it could be Saturday before we see normal service resumed.

Tenerife Weather Forecast From 24 to 30 October
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