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Monday, December 31, 2012

Where to Find Spanish Restaurants in Puerto de la Cruz

Like the other big Tenerife towns including La Orotava, Los Realejos, Tacoronte, La Laguna and Santa Cruz, many restaurants aren't actually Spanish, they're Canarian and that can mean quite a difference regarding what ends up on the plate in front of you.


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Sunday, December 30, 2012

New Year’s Eve celebrations in Tenerife

There will be parties throughout Tenerife to celebrate the New Year, one of the foremost being in the Plaza de San Sebastián in La Caleta, Adeje. Most other towns, though, will themselves have music and dance to welcome in 2013, with El Médano this year promising two spectacular parties, one in the town plaza and [...]


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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Living Beneath the Volcano is Dormant

It's been a busy and exciting year. In the depths of this economic abyss we've been fortunate enough to find ourselves busier than ever.


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Friday, December 28, 2012

Ozone hole caused by Teide gaseous emissions

Somewhat worrying news from the Canarian Met Association (Acanmet) … direct link HERE. A hole in the ozone layer has been found directly over Teide as result of gaseous volcanic emissions. The discovery was accidental, a few weeks ago. The Tenerife Cabildo, in accordance with the PEO (Special Ozone Plan), has activated a series of [...]


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New Year’s Traditions on Tenerife

If you're planning on abandoning the frost and snow in favour of sun and sand on Tenerife to welcome in 2013, there are a few New Year's traditions that you need to be aware of lest you temp the demon bad luck to stalk you throughout the coming year.


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Día de los Santos Inocentes – Spain’s “April Fool’s Day” – 28 December

Don’t believe everything you read in the papers or hear on the radio tomorrow, because 28 December is the Día de los Santos Inocentes, Holy Innocents’ Day. On this day, practical jokes are played in a way familiar from April Fool’s Day in the UK. The tradition is rooted in King Herod’s biblical massacre of [...]


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Spain introduces “a tax on justice”

It’s something that hopefully few, if any, of us will ever need to encounter, but it’s something we need to be aware of, I think. The Spanish Government has introduced a “justice tax”, additional to existing legal costs, and to be paid in advance by anyone taking legal action. The charge has existed in some [...]


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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Getting Close To Nature At Monkey Park

Something soft and furry brushed my face, as I looked up the owner of the long black and white tail was gazing down with bright inquisitive eyes and perky ears. The Ring Tailed Lemur had just captured another heart ...


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Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 24th to 30th December

The rest of the week should be sunny and, although it won't be as hot as it has been recently, the mercury should rise as we fiesta through the week.


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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

How Does Travel Fit with Friendship?

I’ve been meaning to write a post about friendships for at least six months now. If you love travel or if you’re an emigrant then your life can be bittersweet when it comes to friends and family, especially around Xmas time. Whilst my life is blessed with a variety of friends I never could have [...]


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Monday, December 24, 2012

Cafeteria Mi Jardin, Nature’s Garden In Los Cristianos

I had been meaning to try Cafeteria Mi Jardin in Los Cristianos for a while but the special offer of Chicken in Garlic and Lemon with Canarian Potatoes finally pulled me in.


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Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Posts That Never Were

Like many folk, at the end of the year I like to tidy up a bit, my house, my wardrobe, my computer, my life in general, get rid of the deadwood, so it doesn’t weigh me down for the shiny new year. Doing this last year I came across some intended posts which had never [...]


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Friday, December 21, 2012

A merry Christmas and a happy New Year

Well today is the solstice, and we escaped the Mayan catastrophe that could have caused the end of the world, so it feels like the right time to wish everyone who reads this blog, whether as an occasional or regular visitor, a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you all for your [...]


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Empire, The New Restaurant in Town

Venture has four restaurants in the Safari Center which straddles the border between Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos; the chic Bianco, the oriental Imperial Tai-Pan, the delicious Thai Botanico and the new addition Empire, described by owner Rob, as “upmarket pub grub.”


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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Best Places to See a Show on Tenerife

Most of the time when you read about Tenerife's great nightlife, the focus will be on the bars and clubs around Playa de las Américas and Costa Adeje. But there's much, much more to Tenerife's lively nocturnal scene.


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Playa San Juan Christmas market this morning

Just a reminder that the ever popular Playa San Juan Christmas market, part of the Guía de Isora Christmas programme (link) is being held this morning until 1pm in the Plaza.


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Granadilla de abona Christmas programme 2012

Slightly later than the others, but HERE is Granadilla’s Christmas programme.


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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

EU Transport Commission includes Tenerife in Transeuropean Transport Network

Update 18 December: The EU Transport Commission has approved the inclusion of Tenerife’s airport and port infrastructure into the Basic Transeuropean Network, which means that the island will now have “priority” when presenting projects for finance. The decision was made after almost three horus of voting, and places Santa Cruz as the principal port, along [...]


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Woman critically ill after being knocked down in Playa San Juan

A 50-year-old woman is critically ill tonight in Hospitén Sur after being knocked down on the Avda Marítima in Playa San Juan around 8.30am this morning. The woman received serious head injuries in the accident and emergency services attended after receiving several calls from eye witnesses. After being stabilized at the scene she was transferred [...]


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Monday, December 17, 2012

Earthquake registered off coast of Tenerife

Update 17 December 2012: After a few emails in quick succession asking about an earthquake off Tenerife’s coast I thought I’d better check! Yes, there was an earthquake of 4.7 on the Richter scale at 10am this morning in the sea off the top north east spur of Tenerife at a depth of 40 km. [...]


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Beach Snacks at Chiringo Atlanticus in Los Cristianos

Pick a typically sunny Tenerife day and you can hardly drag yourself away from the beach even if hunger is calling. Chiringo Atlanticus solves that problem.


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Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 17th to 23rd December

The week before Christmas looks like it will be a cracker whether you want to lie on the beach, explore the countryside or seek out some of the great events...


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Loro Parque is 40 years old today

Loro Parque, which opened on 17 December 1972, is 40 years old today. Below are just a selection of the stories I’ve posted about this wonderful place since I started this blog – not just a tourist attraction, but a world class environmental resource of the first order, and a specialist parrot centre whose breeding [...]


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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fatal accident off Los Gigantes coast

Update 6pm: The yacht was called Lorreine, and belonged to a 70-year-old Belgian Ben Louis Braekewelt, who had lived in Adeje for several years. First indications are that he had sailed from Puerto Colon with three others aboard and had been surprised by bad weather. The craft sank almost immediately after it was holed. The [...]


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Apartment in Los Cristianos

Update 15 December: this apartment has just been reduced even further, with the owner needing to sell. It is now €189,000. I have actually been in this apartment and can confirm how lovely it is … and that view is something else, really. There’s a beauty and a cosiness about the perspective, looking back over [...]


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Fatal accident in Las Chafiras

A 49-year-old woman died and two others were injured in a crash in Las Chafiras shortly before 8am this morning. The collision involved two vehicles on the TF65 San Miguel to Los Abrigos road, and the force of the impact overturned the poor woman’s car. Emergency services at the scene attempted to save her life [...]


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Friday, December 14, 2012

Almost 75% reduction in Canarian national parks budget being proposed for 2013

Some are using words like “brutal mutilation”, others are saying that the national parks themselves will effectively disappear, the figures are hard to pin down definitively … but whichever way you look at it, the current budget being proposed for the Canaries next year by the region’s own Government is devastating for the national parks. [...]


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A Photo Guide to Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz – The capital of Tenerife is also the cultural capital of the island. Like any city it has areas that are unattractive concrete jungles but it also boasts treasures galore to reward those who pound its sunny streets.


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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Guide to Tenerife Restaurant Reviews

If it was food to die for we'll wax lyrical, if it was simply just good honest fare we'll say so and if the service was poor, the food was dire and the owner's dog was ugly, we'll tell you that as well in our Tenerife restaurant reviews.


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The Humble Potato, A Taste of Tenerife History

When new varieties of the so-called 'short cycle' potatoes arrived from Europe, the poor farmers of Tenerife's central lowlands couldn't afford to experiment lest their crops failed and hunger ensued so they continued to farm their original varieties and have done so to this day.


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Monday, December 10, 2012

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 10th to 16th December

This week looks as though everywhere on Tenerife will enjoy plenty of sunshine although the second half of the week will see cloud roll in...


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Beach Art in South Tenerife

Beach art uses the materials found naturally on beaches; sand, stones and rocks and occasionally driftwood or seaweed, and perhaps its most famous form is the sandcastle, something most of us did as kids. Sand sculptors, however, take our childhood fantasy to whole new levels.


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Sunday, December 09, 2012

New cookies law ….

Some of you may have noticed a new message about “cookies” when coming onto this blog over the last 24 hours, and a new little symbol in the top right of the page. This is because EU law now requires websites to ask permission before “cookies” are used – there’s more info HERE if anyone [...]


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Saturday, December 08, 2012

Endesa turns off Santa Cruz’ Christmas lighting for “lack of correct paperwork”

Endesa says that it has cut off Santa Cruz’ Christmas lighting a day after it was turned on because it doesn’t have a contract, essential for billing purposes, and because the connection was illegal since it lacked a boletín. The electricity company said it was similar to the case of La Laguna’s ice rink and [...]


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Friday, December 07, 2012

Isla Baja, the Secret Area of Tenerife

Situated on the north west of Tenerife, Isla Baja consists of an area of relatively flat lands (for Tenerife) backed by the ancient Teno Massif. Towns are traditional and, apart from the tourist magnet of Garachico, have stayed off the tourist trail.


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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Santiago del Teide Christmas programme 2012

And for those in the Santiago del Teide municipality, perhaps like Puerto de la Cruz with a disproportionately high number of wintering holidaymakers, HERE is the Christmas programme.


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One Thousand Flavours, Review of Mil Sabores in Puerto de la Cruz

When anyone asks for ideas for a special place to have dinner in Puerto de la Cruz, Mil Sabores is number one on the list of suggestions.


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Primark coming to Tenerife

Update 6 December: Perhaps because it’s coming up to Christmas, but I’ve suddenly had several emails asking about the opening of this new Primark in Tenerife. The last I heard was on 5 September, when they announced that there was some structural issue with the adjacent Zara store due to the works being done to [...]


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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

San Miguel de Abona Christmas programme 2012

San Miguel has now announced its Christmas-New Year 2012 programme, and like Adeje, Arona and Guía de Isora, it all starts now! I’ve just posted about these programmes in south Tenerife since I think that the majority of my readers are physically based in, or have interests in, the south. If I’m wrong, or if [...]


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Where to Stay for a Merry Christmas on Tenerife

On Tenerife you can enjoy Christmas on the beach, stroll through quaint streets illuminated by magical Christmas lights, have a right old British Christmas Eve knees up, get teary eyed at Christmas carol concerts and even build a snowman.


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Monday, December 03, 2012

Santiago del Teide to allow IBIs to be paid by instalments

Santiago del Teide is to allow residents in the area to pay their IBIs (rates) by instalments. Payments will be able to be made in months 2, 4, 7, and 10 of 2013, and the Ayuntamiento says that the payments will not attract interest. The only thing those who want to take up the offer [...]


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

The early part of the month can be quite quiet in tourist terms although the bigger traditional towns hustle and bustle with locals preparing for the festive season...


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Tajao, The New Los Abrigos in South Tenerife

“Have you tried the new Los Abrigos?” a colleague asked a couple of years back. It took me three attempts before I found the right place, but I have to admit that it was worth the wait, and my high expectations were eventually fulfilled.


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Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 3rd to 9th December

This week looks as though everywhere on Tenerife will enjoy plenty of sunshine although the second half of the week will see cloud roll in and the possibility...


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