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Friday, November 30, 2012

The Traditional Tenerife Belén, or Nativity Scene

You're under starter's orders for the great Christmas shopping rush. Santa Cruz offers the biggest choice of department stores and plenty of cafes and restaurants to punctuate the joyful routine. From the first week of December the capital city has an array of beléns barely a credit cards thrust from the nearest till.


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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Holiday Breakfasts in South Tenerife

On your Canary Islands holiday how nice to indulge and make your breakfast the start of a relaxing day...


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Monday, November 26, 2012

Palm Mar, An Unfinished Dream

The archway spanning the road into Palm Mar hints at grand things to come but the empty apartment complex alongside and another uncompleted block beyond give a clue to a less than smooth evolution.


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Trial starts of Irish couple held after death of Poris man in 2010

Update 26 November 2012: The trial of this couple starts today. As often with murder hearings, it is a jury trial, and is expected to last the week. Update 4 May 2010: The Irish couple has now been named as Keyth Burke and Sara Stuart. Both have been “imputed” for murder, which means that they [...]


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Friday, November 23, 2012

Go Spanish on Tenerife

Anyone staying in one of the traditional towns like Puerto, La Orotava, La Laguna or Santa Cruz who wants to go native will have to change their eating and drinking habits a bit.


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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Ruta vitivinícola Guía de Isora-Chirche

A cultural wine tour is on offer this Saturday, 24 November, from Guía de Isora to Chirche. The tour starts at 9.30am in the Plaza de Garachico in Guía de Isora outside the Cultural Centre, and ends at 2pm in Chirche, taking in a traditional bodega and the Llanitos de Chirche vineyards. Anyone wishing to [...]


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tasting the Freshness in Tenerife

One of the fun things about self-catering holidays is trying out new foods, and enjoying them with a glass of local wine whilst watching a gorgeous island sunset. In fact, if you like food as much as I do, you can even make it a focus of your vacation.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Highlights of Tenerife Tour

We never tire of visiting La Orotava, there are endless things to discover in Tenerife's most noble of towns.


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Parque Maritimo, Family Swimming For Santa Cruz

Just a musket shot from where Nelson was repelled and within earshot of the Santa Cruz auditorium, Parque Maritimo is a serene collection of vast pools to satisfy the swimming needs of Tenerife’s capital city.


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Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 19th to 25th November

It looks like a better week all round for sunshine on Tenerife. The default setting for everywhere will be sun. There will be some cloud around during midweek...


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Friday, November 16, 2012

British Airways to Introduce Tenerife Flights from April 2013

One of the nicest things about the BA service is that it brings back that element of civilized flying that went out the window with low cost, no frills airlines. Firstly, your fare includes all taxes and charges plus one checked piece of baggage up to a sensible 23 kilos.


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The end for Cho Vito

Update 16 November 2012: The remaining residents of Cho Vito knew this was coming yesterday or today, and had set up their last stand, on hunger strike, but the “firme” judgement of the Courts is unstoppable, as were the 30 or so Guardia Civil and National Police officers who descended on the little settlement at [...]


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Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Little Cockney Warmth on a Cold Day

Chestnut season is approaching here in Tenerife. It’s a time which usually makes me nostalgic, remembering the sellers on the streets of London and Manchester in the England of my youth. This year, however, my nostalgia is sated, and in all of London’s hustle and bustle I have a lovely memory of Gus, who is [...]


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Meteor showers in the Canaries

Update 15 November: It’s the Leonids this time, starting now and lasting until 21 November, peaking this weekend. And hopefully it will be quite a peak, because these are moonless nights. If they’re cloudless too, we could be in for a real treat. The best time for viewing is just before dawn, so it’ll be [...]


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bored Sunbathing? Try Something Different on Tenerife’s Beaches

I like to get prone on the beach and to soak up a few rays. However, after about an hour I get fidgety. If I've got a good book then I'm sorted, but if not the boredom soon creeps in. Luckily, for people like me, there's more happening on the beaches on Tenerife beaches than just rows of comatose people turning different shades of red and brown.


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Monday, November 12, 2012

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 12th to 18th November

This is turning out to be one of those dreary Tenerife Novembers that comes along every few years. Although the rain is much needed, it's a drag for visitors...


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An Outrageously Good Night Out At Decades

You don’t have to dig very deep to find comedy gold at Treasure Island in Playa de Las Americas. There’s musical mayhem and shocks in frocks as Bitter & Twisted go on a musical rampage through some of the great female singers' big numbers.


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Friday, November 09, 2012

Hiking with Tenerife’s History

Opinion has it that all the good walks in Tenerife are in the north, and the south is only good for its beaches. True the north is greener, but there are some fascinating hikes within minutes of those sun-kissed southern beaches, which will take you back to another age.


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Canaries to lose British Consulate

The Canaries are to lose their full-time Consul status. The Consulate is to be merged with Malaga as part of a “restructuring process” which is almost certainly a euphemism for “cost cutting exercise”. This is a huge blow for British residents and holidaymakers in the islands who, despite occasional complaints, rely heavily on the permanent [...]


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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Aeroflot links Moscow Sheremetyevo with Tenerife South

Aeroflot links Moscow Sheremetyevo with Tenerife South | anna.aero: Aeroflot, which last week added six new routes from its Moscow Sheremetevo (SVO) base, continued to expand its network from the Russian airport with services to Tenerife South (TFS) in the Spanish Canary Islands, which commenced on 30 October.

BA to fly Gatwick to TFS from March 2013

Excellent news for travellers has come out of the World Travel Market in London, where the Canaries has a stand. British Airways will be flying from Gatwick to TFS as of 31 March next year, offering five flights a week, with some 30 business class seats available on each flight, a move intended to offer [...]


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Huge fire in bread factory in Las Chafiras

A huge fire broke out shortly after 5pm this afternoon in a bread factory in Llano de Camello Industrial Estate in Las Chafiras. At present, the causes of the fire are unknown, but the massive blaze has been fought by over 40 bomberos with 10 fire engines. National Police and Guardia Civil have also been [...]


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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Traditional Hotels on Tenerife

Where do you go if you want to find some authentic Tinerfeño character where the styles, building materials and spirit of colonialism on which Tenerife was founded are very much in evidence and you can still find a trouser press in your room?


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Friday, November 02, 2012

Ten Picturesque Plazas on Tenerife

One of my favourite things to do on holiday is to find a pretty square which has at least one café or bar where I can sit with a beer or a coffee and a cake and watch the world go by. What do I mean when I'm on holiday? I like to do it any time and here on Tenerife I've got plenty of picturesque plazas to choose from. These are my top ten.


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The Best Fiestas, Festivals and Events on Tenerife in November 2012

The big fiestas this month are something to be toasted as they involve the launching of the season's new wines. Wine lovers should definitely head to...


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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Spanish public calls for Ryanair boycott after police remove woman for excess baggage

The Spanish press and social network sites are ablaze after an incident in Valencia when Ryanair called the Guardia Civil to remove a woman from a flight because she had a parchment scroll and a book that didn’t fit into her hand luggage. The news reports say her credit card didn’t work to pay the [...]


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New Canarian Touristic Law

Below are the sections of the new Ley de Renovación y Modernización Turística de Canarias that I’ve identified as most significant in terms of the various issues that have been discussed here previously. I am working through a translation of this and will post it as soon as I have it finished: I’ll also post [...]


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