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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter in Tenerife

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Latest reports indicate that Tenerife is the location to spend Easter this year, so we won’t mention that rain is forecast in Santa Cruz, while parts of Britain are basking in sunshine. When will they get properly organised and guarantee weather, eh? Smile

Anyway, come rain or shine, most towns will have mainly solemn and religious (they keep trying to bring that into Christmas too) Easter celebrations, however, as in previous years, two events stand out as worth seeing, even if you’re not:

The first, on Good Friday, starting at around mid-day in the town of Adeje, is The Passion play, or Vía Crucis (Way of the Cross), to give it it's Latin name. We’ve written about it before, so I won’t repeat myself, besides Tenerife Magazine do a much better job and have excellent photos. (More images)

Or, you might like to watch, or at least dip into highlights of the Passion Play from 2008, which comes in no less than 11 parts (like a mini-series), here.

Alternatively (or as well as, if you make a dash up the motorway), you could go to see one of the traditional processions in La Laguna, on Good Friday, which are the most important and reverent on the island. Again, we’ll turn to Tenerife Magazine for their explanation and superb photos of this event.

Alternatively, there is this documentary (in only 6 parts), which will both show and tell you the entire history of these Holy Week celebrations.

Both sets of videos have only Spanish commentary, but even if you don’t speak the lingo, you’ll be sure to grasp the concepts from the visuals.

Finally, since we’re no good at figuring out the phases of the moon and the date of Nisan, here’s a list we made earlier giving you the dates of Good Friday, right through to Friday 8 April 2050, should you have missed it this year.

(Easter procession at Garachico, Tenerife Photo by simonsimages)

Monday, April 04, 2011

Santa Cruz Carnaval Dates for 2012

All the fun of the fair at Carnival

With Carnaval 2011 in Tenerife now over, no doubt, it’s already time for the participants in next year’s festivities to start practicing their dance steps and sew the sequins on their costumes. If you missed this year’s events and want to make sure you don’t next year, or want to come again, here are the relevant dates for your diary so you can plan.

Carnaval 2012 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife


  • Wednesday, February 15th, 2012: Gala for the Election of the Carnaval Queen. This spectacular event is best seen on TV, from 9 p.m.
  • Friday, February 17th, 2012: Opening Parade, usually from 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 21st, 2012: Main Parade, from 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012: Burial of the Sardine 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 25th, 2012: Daytime Carnaval 1 p.m. onwards.
  • Sunday, February 26th, 2012: Parade of Vintage Cars 10 a.m. onwards.

(Always providing that things go according to the usual schedule, they usually do, but we cannot be held responsible for changes that are beyond our control.)

Tenerife Rally Program 2011

It seems we’ve missed a couple of hill climbs, which this year were programmed earlier than usual (the season does not usually kick off until May, as can be seen from previous year’s schedules) and the season finishes earlier too, with the last event in November. Nevertheless, here for your sporting pleasure (or so you can plan to avoid the affected roads), is a list of this year's fixtures:

Date Rallies Hill Climbs
March 12-13   San Miguel
April 2-3   El Tanque
May 7-8 Orvecame Norte  
June 18-19 Granadilla  
June 25-26   Guimar
July 16-17   Arona / La Escalona
September 10-11 Adeje  
October 1-2   Tamaimo
October 29-30 Isle of Tenerife  
November 5-6   Guia de Isora

Source: FIASCT - Federación Interinsular de Automovilismo de Tenerife (PDF)

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