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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

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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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. 

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

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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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Pork ribs with potatoes and corncobs

Costillas con papas y piñas (Pork ribs with potatoes and corncobs)

Costillas con papas y piñas (Pork ribs with potatoes and corncobs) is one of the most iconic Canarian dishes, typical of Tenerife. Here's how to make it yourself at home.

Ingredients:

1.5 kg fresh or salted rib of pork
3 corn cobs
6 black peppercorns (unmilled)
2 mint leaves
Half a lemon
Salt

Method:

If the ribs are fresh, add a little salt. If the ribs are salted, they must be previously desalted and then you will not need to add salt. To desalt the ribs, if needed, soak them in cold water for about 2 hours. After this time, drain off the strongly salty water and place them in clean water to soak for another 5 or 6 hours, then drain before cooking in fresh water.

Separate the ribs, to make individual portions. Put them in a large pan, with enough water to cover them generously. Add the peppercorns, the half lemon, the two mint leaves, and a little salt (if needed). Cut the corncobs into two or three pieces each, and place them in the pan with the meat. Place on a high heat until it starts to boil, and then turn the heat down to medium, leaving it at a rolling boil. The ribs will need to cook for between 1.5 and 2.5 hours, until tender enough that the meat will separate from from the bone without any effort, using just a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain, reserving the cooking water from the ribs.

Peel several large potatoes, cut them in half and cook them in a saucepan with a little salt, in the water from the ribs. Drain and allow to dry over low heat. Arrange on a platter and take to the table. Serve with mojo de cilantro (coriander sauce) and a good red wine.

Costillas con papas y piñas



COSTILLAS, PAPAS Y PIÑAS COMIDA CANARIA

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Travel to Tenerife: Conditions related to COVID-19 and information of interest

Promenade

Almost the entire Spanish territory and, therefore, Tenerife, has passed the transition phases to the so-called ‘new normality’, which entered into force on Sunday, June 21. From that day on, it is possible to travel to Tenerife, without having to carry out any type of quarantine, from another Canary Island, another part of the country (except from those areas that have regressed to any previous phase of de-escalation) and the rest of the countries of the European Union, with the exception of Portugal, whose border control remains active until June 30, at the request of the Portuguese country.

On the plane or at the airport:

  • The use of masks is mandatory, both in airport facilities and on airplanes, following the instructions of the airport authorities and airlines.
  • Each passenger will travel with a preassigned seat number and may be required to give information on personal, location, health and flight data on the island. This information must be stored by the company a minimum of four weeks after the trip.
  • Health authorities will monitor the temperature of all international passengers arriving at the island's airports with cameras.
  • There is the possibility that random temperature controls will carried out on passengers.
  • Online check-in is recommended, although it should be borne in mind that many airlines no longer allow carry-on luggage in the cabin, except for a personal bag that fits under the seat.

In general:

Masks are mandatory for people over six years of age on public roads, inside public places and on public transport (airplanes, buses, etc.), whenever the minimum distance of 1.5 cannot be respected. The exceptions are only while partaking in sports, while food is eaten and / or in case of disability or respiratory disease.

In establishments:

  • Different capacity regulations have been established to avoid crowding, increase disinfection, prevention and conditioning in all areas.
  • In common areas, the adoption of appropriate organizational measures is established to avoid crowds and ensure that customers and workers maintain a minimum interpersonal safety distance of 1.5 meters, carrying out other types of measures, if this is not possible.

In accommodation:

  • Each establishment is obliged to have a specific Contingency Plan to reduce and avoid contagion by COVID-19, in order to comply with all the hygiene and cleaning measures that have been reinforced, as well as the training of personnel.
  • In the rooms the textile elements have been reduced and the blankets and pillows that are stored in the cupboards must be protected.
  • Crowds should be avoided and the use of common areas should be carried out in compliance with the interpersonal distance measures, which have been established at 1.5 meters.
  • The entertainment will be carried out outdoors, keeping distances and without exchanging material, just like the use of swimming pools.
  • In the dining areas, hydroalcoholic gels will be installed at the entrance, the tables will be 1.5 meters apart and will be cleaned and disinfected between clients, eliminating shared elements, such as napkin or toothpick dispensers.
  • Buffets must be separated from customers through a protective screen, offering fresh or prepared products in individual dishes and single-dose units protected from the environment.

On transport:
  • In all public or private means of transport, if it is a rental car, companies are obliged to comply with specific sanitary and hygiene measures.
  • All must visibly expose the permitted capacity and the measures they have adopted to maintain social distancing.
  • On buses you will enter through the back door and you must follow the seat recommendations  if not previously assigned. Masks are mandatory.
  • Rental cars will be disinfected and rotated, being the first car to deliver will be the last to return to service.
On the beach:
  • It is mandatory to maintain the interpersonal security distance of one and a half meters, limiting the capacity to 4 square meters per person. Some beaches have prior reservation systems.
  • The sunbed service must comply with security measures, through its cleaning and disinfection between clients, the use of a towel being mandatory.
  • Groups of sunbeds must be separated by 2 meters, which ensures the distance from other people.
  • The use of showers and foot washes must be by only one person at a time.
Restaurants and gastronomy:
  • The distance between clients and staff of at least 1.5 meters will be maintained.
  • Hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will be at the entrance.
  • Between clients, the tables will be disinfected and the staff will indicate which one is ready to be used.
  • Tables will be separated from each other by at least 1.5 meters and waiters will wear a mask during the service.
  • The use of self-service items such as napkin dispensors, salt shakers or menus is not allowed.
Nature tourism:
  • Outdoor and nature activities are allowed: hiking, bicycle touring, paragliding, surfing, wind and kite surfing, diving, apnea, bird watching, whale watching, stargazing ….
  • Active Tourism companies are obliged to comply with all hygiene measures, disinfecting the materials after each use and respecting the safety distance between people and when it is not possible, masks will be used.
Culture:
  • At the moment, parties, festivals or popular events are suspended.
  • Guided tours are allowed, without the use of material such as audio guides or information brochures.
  • In theaters and auditoriums, the seats must always be previously assigned and only those who live together may be seated together.
  • In the rest, the safety distance will be kept.
Shopping:
  • Stores must take hygiene measures and have reduced their capacity to 75%.
  • It is mandatory to use a mask inside and the use of hydroalcoholic gel at the entrance.
Nightlife:
  • Leisure at outdoor tables is allowed, while the use of dance floors is still prohibited.
Remember:

For any symptoms that may lead to a suspicion of infection, such as cough, fever or respiratory distress, it is recommended that you:
  • Self-isolate: in a single-use room with a window, keeping the door closed, and, if possible, with an individual bathroom. If this is not possible, keep the safety distance of 2 meters from the rest of the people, and exercise extreme hygiene measures.
  • Call the information telephone number for COVID-19 enabled by the Government of the Canary Islands on 900 112 061 if you speak Spanish, or 112 so that they will attend you in English, where depending on your situation they will inform you how to proceed.
You can find more information on Tenerife Tourism (https://www.webtenerife.com/)

All events are liable to change beyond our control.

Rituals and Spells for the Night of Saint John according to your horoscope

Crowds on the Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz on the Eve of San Juan in other times

With no bonfires or mass gatherings on beaches this year, here's some alternative fun for the Noche de San Juan (Night of Saint John), one of the most magical nights of the year. It's celebrated on the night of June 23-24, and the first reason that makes it special is that it is the shortest night of the year, but the night of San Juan is magical for many other reasons. It's considered the official opening of summer, it's midsummer's eve, when we change season and it's the night of making wishes. Jumping over bonfires, bathing in the sea at midnight, etc., are just some of the rituals performed on this special night. The traditions and rites that revolve around the night of San Juan are very diverse and, are celebrated differently in various locations. Similarly, it is said, each astrological sign, with its own particular characteristics, experiences it in a different way and intensity.

How Does Each Sign Live the Night of Saint John?

Aries (21 Mar - 19 Apr)
Is a rather pragmatic and rational sign, however, this night is different. It's a night in which his melancholy awakens and his thoughts flow to remembering moments from the past.

Taurus (20 Apr - 20 May)
How could it be otherwise, one of the most romantic signs lives tonight with special intensity. He especially relates it to the partner and love, and performs rituals to attract love and have a relationship for life.

Gemini (21 May - 20 Jun)
Is a very superstitious sign. That night he jumps the bonfires, bathes at 00:00h, writes down his wishes on a piece of paper ... all the rites to prevent a year of bad luck from starting.

Cancer (21 Jun - 22 Jul)
He does not recognize that he is concerned because this is a sign that does not show what he feels. Timid and withdrawn, the Cancerians live the night of San Juan in silence, but without missing a detail and carrying out all the traditions.

Leo (23 Jul - 22 Aug)
The night of San Juan is a moment of purification for Leo. They believe that bad energies are leaving that night, and they are filled with hope and positivity to start a new season.

Virgo (23 Aug - 22 Sep)
They care about others a lot. On nights like that of San Juan, all their wishes are focused on the good for those around them. They are afraid of loneliness and worry about always having someone by their side. They live the night with those they love the most.

Libra (23 Sep - 22 Oct)
Especially tonight, Libras want to have a love for life. On the Night of Saint John, when it seems that everything is flowing and the wishes come true, the Libras focus their thoughts and rituals on this end.

Scorpio (23 Oct - 21 Nov)
Solstices are moments of reflection for this sign. They live the changes as a period. Like a change of stage. The night of San Juan for them is letting go of what they have lived through these months and new start, with optimism, for the following.

Sagittarius (22 Nov - 21 Dec)
Is one of those that follows the traditions and rites to the letter. He likes to organize everything in time and live the night of San Juan with great intensity. They prepare everything that's needed so that it goes as planned.

Capricorn (22 Dec - 19 Jan)
A night of nostalgia for this sign. They remember loved ones and believe that it is a night to enter into spiritual contact with them. They are family-orientated people who do not forget.

Aquarius (20 Jan - 18 Feb)
Water, how could it be otherwise, is the main element for them tonight. At 00:00h they bathe in the sea (or in a river or lake, wherever they are) to ask for their wishes to come true for the most magical night.

Pisces (19 Feb - 20 Mar)
Likes risk and lives this night with enthusiasm. Jumping bonfires, making wishes, and always having faith that what's coming will be better than what has gone before, viewing the change of season with optimism.

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Monday, June 22, 2020

Santa Cruz Council announces the contest for the official 2021 Carnival poster

Carnival 2020

The Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council has announced the contest to choose the official poster for the Carnival 2021. As soon as the national authorities decreed the lifting of the State of Alarm, the capital city council invites interested parties to submit their designs for next year's carnival poster, between the dates of June 23 and July 23, both inclusive. A jury will select from among 10 finalists, once all of the designs have been submitted. The theme of the poster, as is the next edition of the carnival, will be "Carnivals of the World".

I won't go into the details of the contest rules, but this does indicate that the authorities are expecting the Carnival 2021 to go ahead. Of course, there could still be changes in format or dates and safety considerations, but it is still something to look forward to.

El Ayuntamiento de Santa Cruz abre el plazo de entrega de obras para el concurso de elección del cartel oficial del Carnaval 2021

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In the South of Tenerife, the 'new normality' will take longer to arrive

Sunbeds at La Caleta

Thirty German tourists arrived yesterday afternoon at Reina Sofía. It was the first tourist flight after more than three months of the state of alarm. An insignificant figure, but that at least opens up air traffic to make the so-called 'new normal' a reality in the South of Tenerife, where everything suggests that it will arrive much later than other places on the island that do not depend so much on the economy generated by the hotel complexes.

Although those first flights have started arriving in Tenerife, the truth is that this summer, there will be very few hotels that open their doors and, in any case, they will do so at a lower capacity and as "training" for the winter season, in hope of making their reopening profitable, rescuing their furloughed workers, although the hoteliers' association, Ashotel, has requested that the furlough last, at least, until December.

While hoteliers and restaurateurs yearn for the English, German, Italian, Russian and Belgian visitors, the people of Tenerife take advantage of the weekends to settle, more comfortably, on the southern beaches, in some cases under capacity control (Candelaria, Güímar or Arona) and in others with freedom, as occurs in Granadilla de Abona.

Yesterday, the first day of the new normal, there was a exodus to the south by many residents from Santa Cruz and La Laguna, but it was not much different from the previous weekend. Despite the less restrictive measures, not many leisure or gastronomy venues in El Médano, Los Cristianos or Playa de Las Américas opened up, also despite the fact that many municipalities have prohibited bathers from bringing food to the beach.

Another Sunday, the caravans and motorhomes along the coast were also noted, especially those of Güímar, Arico, Granadilla and Guía de Isora, pending that there is ever an authentic regulation on this type of tourism.

The new normality, although it allows events of up to 1,000 people in open spaces and 300 in closed spaces, has not yet reached the southern pubs and discotheques with force, because the majority do not plan to open, “and less when they prohibit dancing” , said a well-known businessman from the San Telmo area, in Los Cristianos.

For now, as Mary Carmen Riverol, who has lived in Los Cristianos for more than 30 years, recalled, “nothing has changed, almost everything is still closed and it is sad to see empty streets, such as the Golden Mile, where the stores are still unopened." Siam Park is still closed, although they have already announced from the company that it will shortly be able to open its doors. That will bring us closer to normality.

HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS WAIT FOR FOREIGNERS

Although the presence of bathers is more noticeable in the southern coves, especially those that are accustomed to receiving domestic tourism, the truth is that the arrival of the 'new normality' has left few variations with respect to sectors such as hotels and restaurants, who are still reluctant to open, waiting for international tourists.

In places like Candelaria, El Médano or Los Cristianos, to give three examples, restaurants and terraces in the avenues and squares near the sea had a large movement of customers, not so in Playa de las Américas, where you can count on your fingers the number of businesses that have opened to the public, while the hotels, large and small, remain closed, waiting for the month of July in some cases and mostly after August.

Places that are normally crowded, such as the Golden Mile, continue as wastelands, while the only queues are in supermarkets or waiting for a table on a terrace to be free, despite the fact that capacity has been increased, because of maintaining the 1.5 meter distance.

En el Sur la ‘normalidad’ tardará más en llegar

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador

Romería en honor a San Isidro Labrador in La Orotava

Another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic is the Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador that should have been taking place today in the town of La Orotava. Probably the largest of these traditional fiestas in the islands and of National Tourist Interest, it's a sad, if inevitable, loss. The town hall cancelled their fiestas patronales entirely this year, along with all cultural, recreational and sports events right through until October. While there won't be any events in the streets, the town hall has organised various events online. So we bring you coverage of last year's festivities and the hope to see them restored next year.



Romería San isidro 2019 (La Orotava)

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