Friday, June 24, 2016

Applying for Spanish nationality and other stories

Spanish flag

Applying for Spanish nationality
Those who wish to apply will have to have been legally and demonstrably resident in Spain for a continuous period of ten years, and must show what is called good citizenship and integration, which obviously includes being able to understand and speak Spanish. 

Tenerife Tourism: British visitor arrivals up by over 20 percent
The latest figures from the Tenerife Tourism Corporation indicate that over 800,000 visitors from the UK travelled to Tenerife between January to May 2016, representing an increase of 20.8% on the previous year. These statistics are all the more remarkable considering that 2015 saw a total of 1,765,216 visitors from the UK market, which already represented an uplift of 4.8% on the previous year.

Forest fire alert, advice and instructions to the public, for current heatwave
In addition to the Canarian Government’s forest fire risk alert, the Tenerife Cabildo has issued its own ban on all fires in the mountains and other areas at risk, e.g. forests, from 8am. The ban will remain in place while the heatwave lasts and the Government’s alert is in place.

Tenerife’s Virgen del Carmen summer fiesta season 2016
It’s midsummer, and Tenerife is pretty much on holiday from now through July and August, and over these next two months or so throughout the island there is a series of fiestas honouring the Virgen del Carmen – the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel who is the patron saint of fishermen. 

Ricky Martin to perform in Los Cristianos in September
As part of the Son Atlántico 2016 festival, Ricky Martin – world famous double-grammy award winner with multiple platinum sales – has confirmed that he will be giving a concert in Los Cristianos as part of his One World Tour. The concert will be held in the Antonio Domínguez stadium at 8.30pm on Saturday, 10 September, and tickets are expected to sell out quickly after they go on sale.

Rock Of Ages And Monster Fun In Garachico
Maybe the marina wasn’t floating as many boats as predicted but four years on from its opening it was a welcoming sight as the Buenavista bus brought me into Garachico. Icod de Los Vinos was still emerging from early morning low cloud but the coast was bathed in sunshine. Some 200 berths were supposed to kick start the local economy with pleasure craft and excursion boats, Garachico is resilient and has always come through in the past, this might take a little longer.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Taucho fiestas and Ethnographic Days – rural Tenerife as you’d dream it and other stories

Fields and terraces in the Anaga Mountains.

Taucho fiestas and Ethnographic Days – rural Tenerife as you’d dream it
This is rural Tenerife as you’d dream it. From 17 to 22 June Taucho, an Adeje village in the hills above Los Menores, celebrates the the VIII Taucho Ethnographic Days as a run up to the local fiestas in honour of the Virgen de Coromoto between 24 and 27 June. The theme this year is ‘walks, paths and landscapes’ and events are organised by the local fiestas committee and the Adeje department of heritage under Councillor Juan Desiderio Afonos Ruiz, who said that the entire programme of ethnographic days plus fiesta “has been put together by a team made up of the local fiesta committee, the neighbours of Taucho, the Asociación Cultural Imoque and the El Cardón group, who, together with the council, have made this event a reality”.

Demolition works on collapsed Los Cristianos building to start next Monday
Arona Ayuntamiento has announced that demolition works on the ruins of the building which collapsed in Los Cristianos on 14 April killing seven people (link) will start next Monday, 20 June, and are expected to last a fortnight. The council held meetings yesterday with residents and owners of the twenty four dwellings and nine commercial units in the four adjoining buildings of the processes involved, and advised them that the works will require their temporary evacuation for safety reasons, and because their accesses would in any case be blocked for the duration.

Arona en colores 2016
It’s become an established and popular annual event since it started five years ago, and this year’s Arona en Colores will be held in Las Galletas on Saturday 18 June, 10am to 10pm. The council calls it a multicolour urban fiesta which is intended to boost the area’s commerce, but apart from shopping, there will also be live music, four stages for performances, exhibitions, displays, prize draws, and competitions throughout the day.

Green Dogs And Corporate Cats In Los Cristianos
Everyone wants dog pooh taken in hand or stamped out, but not literally, so a few plastic walnut whips were scattered around for removal, some children were even shown how to pick them up without touching by using a plastic bag. It caused quite a bit of merriment, and some guilty looking parents may have been shamed to clean up after their dogs in future. The entertaining programme is touring the Arona municipality through June and there are even two open days at the Arona refuse depot on 25 and 30 June.

The band are back together
The Original Blues Brothers Band are the latest confirmed act for the Legends Live series of concerts. Most of the founding members have either retired or died, but a couple remain.

MARIANO Rajoy, acting Spanish Prime Minister, has warned that UK citizens could forfeit crucial rights – including free healthcare in Spain – to live and work across Europe, if the Brexit vote triumphs in this month’s UK referendum.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from to 13 to 19 June

Jacaranda in June

The outlook for the coming week is similar for all coastal parts of Tenerife. Generally speaking the first half of the week should be hot and sunny whilst the second half should be warm with a mix of sun and cloud and a chance of showers. The south west should see the most sunshine, followed by the north with only the south predicted to have a couple of sun free days. Although the north might see more sunshine, there’s also a greater likelihood of rain towards the end of the week. The week should start very hot everywhere, freshening up from Wednesday.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from to 13 to 19 June

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The Magical Night of San Juan on Tenerife and other stories

Tenerife Sunset

The Magical Night of San Juan on Tenerife
Celebrating San Juan is a big thing on Tenerife, especially in places where traditions are strongest and reach back centuries. Its origins lie with the island’s aboriginal people the Guanche who, like many primitive civilisations, believed that the sun cast powerful magic when it was at its midsummer peak. Another name for the San Juan celebrations is the Fiestas of the Sun.

Tráfico drink and drugs campaign this week
Tráfico will be carrying out one of its regular national drink and drugs campaigns this week, lasting until Sunday, 12 June. Readers regularly comment that it’s about time they did something about the issue, but of course they police this all year round, and these are just specific additional campaigns. Drivers can therefore expect to see extra control points in addition to normal policing of drink- and drug-affected motorists. Police say that some 25,000 control checks will be carried out daily, on all types of roads.

High Tide Of Fun At Fenautica
Whatever floats your boat, powers your jet ski, or paddles your board, they can all be found at the Marina del Sur in Las Galletas. For the first weekend of June it was packed with activity as the Fenautica marine fair showed off the many ways to experience the sea in Tenerife.

San Juan Bautista is Tenerife’s midsummer festival and bonfire night Thursday 23 June
Tenerife has its own bonfire night, on the eve of the annual midsummer festival of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist). On St John’s Eve, 23 June, Tenerife is lit up with bonfires, and with smoke swirling in the hills throughout the island, many visitors often think that an early summer fire has broken out. This year is certain to be no different.

Tenerife Webcams Don’t Lie
As everyone who is very familiar with Tenerife knows, webcams pointing towards mountains and hills will often show cloud, whereas those pointing out to sea will usually show blue skies. But this doesn’t necessarily mean when cloud is shown in the hills it’s overcast on the coast. Nor does it follow when there are blue skies out to sea it’s sunny at the coast.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 6 to 12 June

Teide National Park

The outlook for the coming week is much the same in all parts of Tenerife, mainly sunny and warm with a few clouds, especially over the weekend. The only difference could be in temperatures. In the north and east it should remain consistently hot throughout the week whereas in the south and south west the week could start very hot and end at being very warm.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 6 to 12 June

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Tenerife Fiestas in June 2016

Corpus Christi Flower Carpet in La Orotava

June begins with one of the loveliest events of the whole year: the día de las alfombras (day of the carpets), when the streets of La Orotava will be filled with ephemeral floral carpets - and the heady aromas of petals and foliage - on the "octava" (eighth day) of Corpus Christi, which this year takes place on Thursday, 2nd June 2016.

There are no national or regional public holidays in June.

There are the following municipal holidays in June:

- 2 June: Infraoctava del Corpus Christi in La Orotava.
- 13 June: Festivity of San Antonio de Padua in Granadilla de Abona.
 - 24 June: Celebration of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist) in Guía de Isora, Los Silos and San Juan de la Rambla.
- 29 June: Festivity of San Pedro Apóstol in El Sauzal and Güímar.

Fiestas being celebrated in June include:

- 13 June: San Antonio de Padua in Granadilla de Abona.
- 24 June: San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist) in Arico, Icod de los Vinos and in Puerto de La Cruz.
- 24 June: Nuestra Señora de los Reyes in Garachico.
- 29 June: San Pedro Apóstol in El Sauza.

And there's a pretty full programme of Romerías this month too:

- 5 June: Romería San Isidro Labrador y Santa María de la Cabeza in La Orotava.
- 5 June: Romería Guamasa in La Laguna.
- 12 June: Romería de la Mancha in Icod de los Vinos.
- 24 June: Romería de Igueste in Candelaria.
- 26 June: Romería Tacoronte in Tacoronte.
- 29 June: Romería San Pedro in El Sauzal.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Vineyards on Tenerife, Lunch, Wine and Sex at Bodega Monje

The most famous is Bodega Monje. Just about every visiting travel writer gets taken to Bodega Monje, subsequently it’s the Tenerife vineyard which gets most mentions in travel articles, especially as they also throw Wine & Sex nights (more of that later).

Vineyards on Tenerife, Lunch, Wine and Sex at Bodega Monje

Image: Bodegas Monje. El Sauzal © Aarón S. Ramos

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Stephen Hawking, Brian May - full Starmus Festival III program revealed!

One of Tenerife’s most long-awaited festivals, Starmus Festival III, has just unveiled its events program, including the presence of leading personalities including Prof. Stephen Hawking, Dr. Brian May and many Nobel Prize winners; the launch of the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication; and a ‘Sonic Universe’ concert by English artist Sarah Brightman and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.

The Starmus Festival III will take place between 27th June and 2nd July 2016 at the Mare Nostrum Resort complex in Playa de las Américas.

Stephen Hawking, Brian May - full Starmus Festival III program revealed!

Roger Penrose, Richard Dawkins, Jill Tarter, Brian Eno, Brian May, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Anathema, Sarah Brightman, Hans Zimmer, May-Britt Moser, Kip Thorne, Carol Greider, Col. Chris Hadfield, Brian Greene, Professor Brian Cox and many others at ‪#‎Starmus2016‬ to pay tribute to Stephen Hawking. Discover the full program here:

Monday, May 16, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 16 to 22 May

At last the pattern of the weather on Tenerife changes to an outlook which is mainly warm and sunny everywhere on the island with only some light cloud and a slight chance of the odd shower.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 16 to 22 May

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Many Milestones Of History In Santa Cruz and other stories

Streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Many Milestones Of History In Santa Cruz
The great and the good have all popped into Tenerife over the years, I knew of some like Agatha Christie who is honoured with a bust at La Paz in Puerto de la Cruz to recognize her stay when writing a short story. Leslie Charteris is another famous crime writer who called in, he penned a tale about Simon Templar chasing jewel smugglers through the Canary Islands, maybe with the upcoming TV revival of The Saint that yarn may yet be filmed. There were many surprises among the 24 Brits and 3 Irish figures from history immortalized in stone just a ferry hooter away from the shopping heart of Santa Cruz, each features a small biography in Spanish and English including the dates they passed through Tenerife.

Time out in Tenerife
Sequins, feathers and music fill the streets for three weeks with official parades, competitions and events but everyone can and does join in this fabulously non-commercial community fiesta.

Purple haze as 500-euro goes
THE 500-euro purple note, rarely seen in anyone’s pocket, will no longer be printed after this year, following fears that it is being used for financing by terrorists and criminals.

Population still dwindling as Spaniards go overseas
THE population of Spain continues to shrink, and there is a perfectly good reason: increasing numbers of natives are moving abroad, and there are fewer foreign residents.

Image By Mstyslav Chernov [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
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