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Friday, September 17, 2021

The Canary Islands offer a telephone service for tourists who test positive for covid

Image by Gundula Vogel from Pixabay

The Ministry of Tourism of the Government of the Canary Islands has launched a telephone service called Covid Tourism Managers (GCT), which offers constant support to visitors, who have tested positive, during their stay in a regulated tourist establishment in the archipelago.

Councillor, Yaiza Castilla, explained, "with this service we intend to facilitate the process for tourists during the prolongation of their stay caused by having tested positive for covid, minimizing language barriers and offering close support and treatment at every moment".

Yaiza Castilla stressed that this new tool, which is added to the travel assistance policy that covers the quarantine of tourists on the islands, "is a very relevant step in the work carried out by the Ministry to improve the health security of the destination".

A team of people has been managing cases of positive tourists for the last two weeks, through the Coronavirus Assistance Line (900 112 061 from national phones or +34 922 842 279 / +34 928 846 579 from foreign phones). "We guarantee that the visitor feels supported during the isolation process that they must undergo and we offer them access to all the resources that the destination puts at their disposal to face this contingency", explains the managing director of Promotur Turismo de Islas Canarias, José Juan Lorenzo.

The managers will refer tourists to the travel insurance they have contracted or to the AXA policy contracted by the Government, provided that the established requirements are met. "Once these visitors are housed to comply with the quarantine, the managers will maintain contact with them until the end of the isolation in order to make them feel supported at all times," said Lorenzo. Canary Islands Tourism will coordinate with the General Directorate of Public Health in the event that it is necessary to ensure compliance with health protocols.

The service, which was launched on August 30, is managed by Promotur's technological partner, Atos Consulting Canarias. This telephone support line is operational from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is carried out by a team of people located on the islands who serve tourists in four languages: Spanish, English, French and German. 

The Fiestas del Cristo de Tacoronte return with a tribute to the queens of the harvest of the past decade as well as a Craft Fair

The Plaza del Cristo will be transformed into an open-air stage, with all the security measures for the Covid, and in which all the events will be limited with a capacity for 500 people for each show.

In the month of September, the town of Tacoronte is dressed again for a party, creating a space for meeting and devotion around the figure of Cristo de Los Dolores, in whose honor a wide program of cultural and religious events will be held. They will apply the control and sanitary measures against Covid 19.

Mayor, José Daniel Díaz Armas, presented both the program of the festivities and the poster for the current edition, a work by local photographer Beatriz Castillo.

Díaz Armas explained that after the suspension of the festivities last year, when only some liturgical acts and the proclamation were celebrated as a symbol, “in this year 2021 we have not wanted to lose that common thread of the Fiestas del Cristo for our city”.

The festive program began on Sunday, September 5, with the reading of the Proclamation of the Festivities by Juan Fajardo, the artist responsible for making Tacoronte's traditional Corpus Christi carpet for more than 30 years. The rest of the program will run until October 2, although one of the highlights of it will be the Octava del Cristo, on September 26, a Sunday in which the traditional procession will not be held, following indications of the Diocese, to avoid crowds. However, there will be a liturgy for the Eighth day, the Craft Fair and a closing of the festivities by Los Sabandeños on this same Sunday.

Permanent and safe space

The rest of the musical acts and galas will take place in the venue that will be created in the Plaza del Cristo, which will have a capacity for 500 seated people, with free tickets, but with prior acquisition of the QR code online, generating a large open-air auditorium, in accordance with all security, control and capacity protocols.

The two main galas of the festivities will be coordinated by Geni Afonso, who pointed out that "this is an atypical year in which we will not have queens." For this reason, previous queens will be remembered, "beautiful and intelligent women from Tacoronte who deserve to be admired again." At the Art Festival, to be held on September 17, there is a recognition of the queens of the last 10 years. At the Grape Harvest Gala, which will take place on September 24, the queens of the last decade will also be honoured, with a performance by the Añate group and a parade of typical costumes worn by the last queens.

The program

The craft fair will return on Sunday of the Octava del Cristo (September 26). Both the Proclamation and the two Eucharists will be broadcast by Canal 4 Television. The Eucharist on Saturdays, September 18 and 25, will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m., with the display of fireworks at the end of the subsequent sacred concerts. On Saturday 18, La noche del humor (A night of humour), after the fireworks and La Noche Joven (Youth Night), on September 22, as well as a children's show on September 23. On Saturday 25, after the fireworks display, there will be a tribute concert to Queen and the next day, a performance by Los Sabandeños, to close the cultural program.

Guía de Isora resumes the cultural program to coincide with its Patron Saint Festivities

Alongside the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Luz in Guía de Isora

The cultural programming for the month of September in Guía de Isora has been designed to coincide with what would have been the main events of the Patron Saint Festivities, which will not be able to be celebrated as in the past, due to the current pandemic.

Music, theatre, art, cinema and activities for family audiences are planned during the month of September. The religious program will also celebrate the most important dates of the festivities in honor of Nuestra Señora de la Luz y al Cristo de la Dulce Muerte (Our Lady of Light and Christ of the Sweet Death), all respecting sanitary measures.

On Friday 17th, the Isora Art Award will take place, which celebrates its XXIII edition. It will be at the Cultural Centre at 6:00 p.m. and the selected works will remain on display for your visit throughout the month. Also on Friday 17, the Burka Teatro company will tour the streets of the historic centre with its play ‘Hypothesis of Eden’, starting at 8:00 pm.

Literature will be the protagonist of the cultural agenda with the presentation of two collections of poems: 'La vida o nada' (Life or nothing), by Ana Hernández, on Saturday 18 and 'Diario de una R-evolution' (Diary of a R-evolution) by Cristina Perdomo on Monday 20, both events in the Municipal Auditorium, at 7:00 p.m.

The Plaza de Nuestra Señora de la Luz will host, on Saturday 18 at 9:30 p.m., the concert of the group The Stanislawsky Method. Music will also be present on Sunday morning with the usual Parade, this year by the Virgen de la Luz Band on the streets of La Entrada, de Arriba and de Abajo, starting at 11.00 am.

The Council has also scheduled family cinema and children's activities for the 19th and 20th (a public holiday in the municipality), as well as the 21st and 22nd in two sessions in the afternoon: at 5:00 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., all music and cinema activities are subject to the evolution of the health situation.


The events organized by the Virgen de La Luz Parish can be found on their Facebook page. Among them are the Eucharists on Sunday 12, Sunday 19 and Monday 20 September, dedicated to the Virgen de la Luz and the Santísimo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte, all of them at 11:30 am in the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Luz (Church of Our Lady of Light). 

San Miguel Hillclimb

San Miguel de Abona cortto, CC BY 2.0

The Tenerife Rally Calendar for 2021 lists the San Miguel Hillclimb for 18 Sep 2021, however, there has been no news in the motor sports press, nor on the Escudería Motor Abona (organisers) website either with details of the event or of it's suspension. 

Last year the organizing committee decided not to celebrate what would be the 27th edition that had been due to take place on 12 Sep 2020 and instead gave their sponsorship money to be allocated to the most vulnerable people in the municipality, saying that there are more important things that the residents of the municipality depend on.

At that time, it was intended for the 27th Edition of the Ascent to San Miguel de Abona to take place in 2021, but it very much looks like this is not happening either.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Potaje de berros (Watercress Pottage)

Many and varied are the recipes for Potaje de berros (Watercress Pottage), today we bring you a watercress soup in the style of the populous neighbourhood of Taco.

500 g of watercress
250 g of beans soaked for 12 hours 
½ kg of potatoes
1 corn cob
1 onion
1 tomato
2 or 3 cloves of garlic
1 green pepper


1. Put water on to boil in a large pan and add the soaked beans. When they start to boil, “frighten” them with cold water. (To quickly bring the pan down to a simmer?)

2. Add the well-chopped watercress and the corn cob, which is usually cut into slices.

3. Let cook for 1 hour and then add the potatoes, in not too small pieces so that they do not fall apart. Add the onion, pepper and tomato, all cut up. Finally add the crushed or sliced ​​garlic cloves, along with a drizzle of oil and a little saffron and salt.

4. Leave it on the heat for about 30 minutes more until all the ingredients are well cooked.

5. Remove from the heat and rest a little before serving. Serve with Escaldón de gofio.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

As long as there's a pandemic there will be no dances, festivals ... nor Carnival

From the television-only carnival gala held in Santa Cruz in 2021

The decree of law recently approved by the Government of the Canary Islands and which came into force last Monday does not allow for any margin in the celebration of popular festivals in the islands as long as the pandemic is not eradicated.

While waiting for the regional Parliament to decide whether or not this rule is validated (for which it has a period of one month), point 9 of article 25 of chapter II, which is reserved for 'Measures applicable at different levels of alert', it could not be more clear and concise: even at level one, "parties, festivals and other popular events cannot be celebrated", a sentence that is repeated in the aforementioned legal text - as is logical - in the rest of the levels planned for scenarios with a higher incidence of virus among the population.

Although it is true that the aforementioned Decree of Law may be amended during its passage through the regional Chamber (provided that it is processed as a bill by the emergency procedure, as is the case), the rule has caused consternation and not gone unnoticed by the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council either, where Carnivals are held that celebrate being the best in the world (after those in Rio de Janeiro).

Santa Cruz town hall have limited themselves to stating that it will be October when the Consistory decides whether, in 2022, carnival can take place.

For now, oblivious to the controversy, the Government of the Canary Islands announces meetings with different sectors to explain the content of said decree, which aims to be a regional legal compendium of all regulations related to COVID-19, while the Canary Islands Coalition and the Popular Party have already shown their disagreement with it. 

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2015

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2015, Adtemexi Cruz Hernández

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2015 was Adtemexi Cruz Hernández, with a costume entitled "Aurea" (Golden), designed by Jorge González Santana and representing Fuente Alta bottled water brand and the association 'Tu Santa Cruz'.

In 2015, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Lucía González Ortega, with a costume entitled "Desde el cielo" (From heaven), designed by Antonio Santos Arteaga.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Sonia Lechón Hernández, with a costume entitled "Resurgir" (Resurgence), designed by the Inmates of the Tenerife Penitentiary.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: Teresa Pitti Barquero, with a costume entitled "Always Forever", designed by Santi Castro.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Naomi Álvarez Fajardo, with a costume entitled "Enia, guardiana de una leyenda" (Enia, guardian of a legend), designed by Cavi-Lladó.
The theme of the carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2015 was "The Future". Almost 7000 spectators at the carnival queen gala enjoyed an overture that recreated planet Earth in the future and in which robots, dancers, galactic stilt walkers and beings from other planets paraded on stage. Several trapeze artists flew over the Recinto Ferial and a giant human figure moved among the spectators until it reached the stage, in the style of La Fura dels Baus. Everything was surrounded by the light and the images projected by the large LED screen of more than 50 meters wide that surrounded the stage. 

One of the most emotional moments of the gala took place when the Guinness record of 1987 was revived on stage. That year more than 200 thousand people had danced to the rhythm of the queen of salsa, Celia Cruz. The stage was filled with dancers from the carnival groups and the voices of six singers reviewed the hits of the Cuban artist. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

La Rambla de Santa Cruz

Rambla de Santa Cruz Koppchen, CC BY 3.0

La Rambla was ordered to be built by Captain General Gerónimo de Benavente y Quiñones, to show off his brand new horse carriage, the first to arrive in Tenerife.

The Rambla de Santa Cruz had its origin in the section between the Camino de los Campos (Jose Naveiras street) and Santa Rita street (Viera y Clavijo) when, in 1661, it was ordered to be built by Captain General Gerónimo de Benavente and Quiñones, in order for him to be able to show off his brand new horse carriage, the first to arrive in Tenerife, which is why it was known as Paseo de los Coches (literally Ride of Cars).

Captain General Jaime Ortega expanded it in 1854, resulting in a beautiful three-lane avenue, in which 336 trees were planted in its central part. The City Council, in gratitude, then named it Paseo de Ortega.

Plaza de la Paz Santa Cruz de Tenerife Mataparda, CC BY 3.0

In 1917 the section called Rambla XI de Febrero was inaugurated, which ran from the Mandillo bridge Plaza de Toros (Santa Cruz Bullring) to the Cuatro Caminos Plaza de la Paz. Starting from the Plaza de la Paz, a name that commemorates the end of the Great War, the Rambla continued south, along the so-called Camino de la Costa, where the current avenues of La Asunción (1924) and Reyes Católicos would be formed (1932).

On June 23, 1924, the section that ran from Viera y Clavijo Street to the Plaza de Toros, the City Council agreed to name it Marcos PerazaMayor of Santa Cruz in 1912– and Rambla de Isabel II, from Viera y Clavijo to Almeyda.

It would be on October 5, 1936 when the route that runs from the Plaza de la Paz to Calle Doctor Naveiras, was called Rambla del General Franco.

In April 1940, the section that runs from Calle Doctor Naveiras to Calle San Isidro was added and, the following year, it would continue to link it with the San Andrés highway, now Avenida Francisco La Roche. The Rambla de Santa Cruz, as it has been named since 2008 (in accordance with the Ley de la Memoria Histórica (Historical Memory Law), is the city's diagonal road for two kilometers. It has four lanes for traffic, two in each direction, and a central pedestrian promenade, lined with Indian laurels, Lebanese bananas, flamboyants (Framboyán de Madagascar Delonix regia) and palm trees, as well as flower beds adorned with seasonal flowers.

Strolling through it we can enjoy the sculptures that were on display after the 1973 International Exhibition of Outdoor Sculpture in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, as well as the palaces in the district of Los Hoteles, luxurious hotels, etc.

The place chosen by the families to stroll on Sundays and holidays and as a place of social gatherings of retirees Koppchen, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Each section of La Rambla has its own characteristics, such as the space that goes from the Plaza de la Paz to the Plaza de Toros, as it has always been the place chosen by the families to stroll on Sundays and holidays and as a place of social gatherings of retirees.

Emblematic places such as the path that runs parallel to the Parque García Sanabria (García Sanabria park), from José Naveiras street to Numancia street, where eighteen huge clay pots were placed to be used as pots for climbing plants and the popular slang has called Rambla de las Tinajas (Tinajas = Jars).

A place for couples in love to walk Koppchen, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Others, due to their calm and peaceful nature, have been a place for couples in love to walk, as well as for rest and relaxation.

La Rambla also has its meeting point, located at the intersection with Viera y Clavijo street. This place is known as La Estatua (The Statue), because it was the first public representation of a person who settled in the streets of this city, and for many years it would be the only one. The Statue pays tribute to the heroic Infantry Captain Diego Fernández Ortega, a native of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, who died on January 5, 1915, in the war in Africa. His heroic behaviour was so admired by his comrades in arms that to immortalize his figure they opened a subscription and erected this monument, giving it to his hometown on July 25, 1915. Made by the sculptor Enrique Cuartero y Huerta, on its pedestal there are inscriptions with the feats that led to successive promotions and decorations because, at the time of his death, at 26 years of age, he was in possession of seven medals, including the First Class Cross of Military Merit with a red badge and the First Class Cross of the Order of María Cristina, awarded posthumously. 

Goslar Warrior - Henry Moore with La Estatua (The Statue)

Monday, September 13, 2021

Town Hall of Tacoronte

Town Hall of Tacoronte

Plaza del Cristo, 1, 38350 Tacoronte, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Phone: +34 922 56 13 50

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Traditional Fiestas in Tacoronte

Friday, September 10, 2021

Town Hall of Santiago del Teide

Town Hall of Santiago del Teide

Calle la Placeta, 10, 38690 Santiago del Teide, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Phone: +34 922 86 31 27

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Traditional Fiestas in Santiago del Teide

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