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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Illegal letting situation in a nutshell

I’ve just had to close the Update on Illegal Letting Situation post to comments because it reached 150 replies, and that affects formatting. I was just posting a comment to that effect when it occurred to me that there was something new that I could post that would reopen the issue, and therefore the ability [...]


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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Woman dies in Guaza motorway crash

A 19-year-old woman died after a car crash on the northbound TF1 near the Guaza junction in the early hours of this morning. The accident happened at 4.30, and involved two cars, one of which seems to have run into the other and then overturned. Emergency services received several calls about the accident, and were [...]


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Friday, March 29, 2013

Say No to Norovirus on Tenerife

This year norovirus has been rife in the UK with over 1.1 million people contracting the virus by January; an increase of 72% on 2012. It seems even the Queen couldn't avoid it.


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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Walk Through Sleepy Villages

It was early Spring and our way was marked with almond blossoms, meadows full of wild lavender and margaritas, vineyards yet to bud, the occasional finca where a dusty dog barked at our passing, and stunning views at every turn.


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Spring and Wild Flowers on Tenerife

The return of the November rains and the handful of showers since has resulted in a spring display that has come back with a vengeance...


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A Family Treat At The Camel Park

A camel ride is something that has to be tried when visiting Tenerife and it’s good to find somewhere that’s not a long trek away from your resort and doesn’t stick you in the middle of a long train of bad tempered mounts.


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Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 25th to 31st March

It should be a mainly sunny week across all of Tenerife with the outside chance of showers midweek. With the breeze coming from the north, the week will start...


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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Police search for thieves after armed hold-up in Playa de las Américas rent-a-car agency

A couple, said to be between 30 and 40 years of age and well dressed, carried out an armed attack on a rent-a-car agency in Playa de las Américas around 11am yesterday morning. After asking to speak to the owner, they threatened the staff with a revolver. Police say they don’t know whether it was [...]


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Friday, March 22, 2013

Tenerife Shopping At Recinto Ferial

Anyone who enjoys browsing the local markets on Tenerife for bargains hasn't seen anything until they've experienced the mega-market that is Exposaldo at the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz from the 9th to 13th May 2013.


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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Alerts for high seas and windy unsettled weather this weekend

An atmospheric front is approaching, and although it appears at present that it won’t bring too much in the way of problems, there might be some unsettled weather and a bit of rain over the weekend. What is clearer, however, is that it will bring very heavy seas with it, and Tenerife, along with the [...]


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Long term lets available and wanted page

Could I just remind everyone of THIS page from the Useful Stuff tab, for long term lets available and wanted. Apart from reminding everyone of its existence, could anyone with an advert on there just check that it’s still correct, and let me know if they are already suited, either with an apartment or a [...]


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

El Médano Feria del Saldo this weekend

The main plaza in El Médano will be converted into a bargain basement area this weekend for the VII Feria del Saldo. The fair, on Saturday and Sunday, 23 and 24 March, between 11am and 8pm will be selling the goods of some 30 local businesses. Organizers, the Concejalía de Empleo y Desarrollo Local, say [...]


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Fine Food And Fabulous Views at El Mirador Restaurant in Benijo

Beautiful fresh fish and seafood, creatively prepared and presented in a romantic ocean-side setting in the stunning Anaga Mountains...definitely one to try.


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Taganana

Taganana is one of Tenerife's true hidden delights and taking an hour or so out to enjoy a coffee or a traditional Canarian lunch in the presence of all that simple beauty is a tonic for the soul.


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Monday, March 18, 2013

Why The Real Tenerife Guidebook is Different

The Real Tenerife is full of unique information that comes from first hand experience of living, working and playing amongst the Canarios...


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Explore The Wonders Of The Deep With Submarine Safaris

From the moment a large shoal of sparkling silver sardines swept past my viewing port I felt in awe of the sheer scale and variety of fish and sea creatures passing before me.


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Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 18th to 24th March

It should be a mainly sunny week across all of Tenerife with only the slight chance of showers at the start of the week. However, winter doesn't want to...


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Friday, March 15, 2013

Regularly updated pages reminder

Just a reminder of pages available from the Useful Stuff tab at the top – both the following have recent updates. Jobs available Long term lets available and wanted


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Local Easter programmes of events in Tenerife

Easter will be upon us soon, and several Ayuntamientos have released details of their municipal Easter programmes. I’ve listed the ones I’ve come across below, each name is a link so just click on it. I’ll update with further links as and when I come across them. Adeje Granadilla Güimar La Orotava Santiago del Teide


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ECJ says Spain’s eviction laws are illegal

The European Court of Justice has this morning ruled that Spanish law contravenes EU law by refusing judges the freedom to stop an eviction even where a judge deems a mortgage contains abusive clauses. According to the EU Court, judges must be free to determine that a mortgage is abusive, and that an eviction may [...]


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Time for Thai, Review of Ruen Thai Restaurant in Puerto de la Cruz

First impressions of the Ruen Thai near the Puerto Palace was that it wasn't quite like any other Thai restaurant we'd been to.


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Triple killing in Piedra Hincada

A 42-year-old Adeje man, originally from Cape Verde, is under arrest tonight after killing three members of his family in their home in Calle Basalto in Piedra Hincada, Guía de Isora. One of the victims was his 4-year-old son, while the other two are said to be his partner’s parents, a woman of 50 and [...]


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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spring Fever in Tenerife

You won’t find consistent extremes of temperature here, but if you want to swap scarlet hibiscus for gentle, pink blossoms or wild lavender, here are a few ideas for excursions, because it’s all a matter of knowing where to go.


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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Canarian bananas on sale in the UK

As tourism numbers fluctuate, with some sources saying they’ve increased and others that they’ve plummeted, and certainly as Tenerife suffers from excessive air charges, Iberia strikes, and the general economic woes of Europe, let alone Spain, there are some here who fortell that the Canarian economy will have to diversify. Some say that oil will [...]


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A Different Scene in Puerto de la Cruz

I've got a zillion shots of Puerto de la Cruz, so I set myself the task of trying to look at it slightly differently.


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Monday, March 11, 2013

Aena introduces trolley charge in TFS

TFS is to charge €1 for the use of luggage trolleys. A date for the measure to be implemented is yet to be announced, but Tenerife’s south airport will join Madrid’s Barajas, where charging machines are already being installed. Aena says that it expects to save €3.2 million annually from the new trolley charge in [...]


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Roadworks to disrupt TF4 and TF5 this week

The Tenerife Cabildo has started resurfacing and improvement works on the TF4 (road from the TF1 down to the Santa Cruz auditorium) and the TF5 at its approach to Santa Cruz. Works started yesterday and are expected to continue for the whole of the week. They are to be carried out at night between 10pm [...]


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A Peek Into The Past In Tenerife’s Anaga Mountains

Spanning two climate zones, the Anaga Mountains spread across the hot, arid and windy eastern side of San Andrés and the island's capital city of Santa Cruz, to the rain forest strewn north western face of the island where ancient laurel forests pre-date the ice age.


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Take a Trip From Tenerife to La Palma

If you're a regular to Tenerife and her sunny shores, why not expand your horizons just that little bit further with a couple of nights on the lesser known island of La Palma for a taste of a different Canary Island?


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Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 11th to 17th March

It looks like normal service has been resumed this week with sunny, calm weather smiling everywhere across the island...


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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Guía de Isora holds wine with chocolate tasting

It sounds intriguing to me. As part of the XXIV Concurso Comarcal de Vinos de Guía de Isora, there is a “sensations workshop” with a tasting of wines with chocolate on Saturday, 16 March, at 11am in the Chirche Cultural Centre. Places are limited, so those wanting to attend need to sign up. The application [...]


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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Spanish police advice on internet bullying

Inevitably since we are non-Canarians interested in the Canaries, and by definition given that those who are reading this are using the internet to gain access to information about the Canaries, the internet can be a godsend to anyone who is distant from the subject in which they are interested. It does not come without [...]


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Friday, March 08, 2013

Don’t ring 11866 in Spain

It seems that there’s a scam around at present involving a 11866 Spanish phone number. If you are ever asked to ring 11866 by an advertising call, or by responding to an advert that promises something inexpensive, don’t call it. It’s a premium scam line, which carries a €3,77 connection charge and a cost of [...]


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Red Cross/Once draw for Mercedes

It seems that many people bought tickets for a Red Cross draw, in combination with the Once lottery, with the prize of a Mercedes car. The draw was on 28 February, and it transpires that there is no easy way to check which number won. On the ticket, however, it says that one must call [...]


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Playa De La Arena Pride Of The West

With 50 years of bathing service and uninterrupted European Union blue flags for quality since 1988, Playa de la Arena is loud and proud in its claim as best beach on the west coast of Tenerife


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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Let’s think about our purses and wallets

Crime is, sadly, rocketing, and one area of crime that is rocketing more than any other seems to be opportunistic pickpocketing, so can I suggest that we all, residents and visitors, think about our purses and wallets? I normally carry a couple of much-loved photos, and two or three really quite irreplaceable things – not [...]


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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Beautiful Tenerife

I’ve been talking in the storm post about Teide being snow covered, and how increasingly rare a sight it is, and last evening I saw the above photo which just summed up Tenerife so much for me: palm trees and snow – where else in the world … ?! I decided to start a new [...]


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A Photo Guide to La Orotava

Sophisticated La Orotava in north Tenerife isn't a tourist town but, like Garachico, during daylight hours it attracts bus loads of visitors. It has a noble history and some of the best colonial architecture on Tenerife.


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Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Storm of Confusion Hits Tenerife

By now a lot of people will know that a huge Atlantic storm mixed things up a bit on the Canary Islands over the last few days...


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Monday, March 04, 2013

Storms Batter the Canary Islands

On Tenerife the worst of the storm hit late on Sunday afternoon when high winds and heavy rain lashed the south, south west and eastern coasts and trapping hundreds of passengers on board a Fred Olsen ferry which had left Los Cristianos at 2pm to travel to La Palma for an excruciating 10 hours - a journey which normally takes two and a half hours


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Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 4th to 10th March

The week gets off to a wild start as a huge Atlantic storm passes over the Canary Islands on its way to Madeira and North Africa beyond...


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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Waiting for the Storm

The pictures were taken yesterday. This morning the sky met the ocean in endless grey, and Trixy and I were drenched on our morning walk. You read that with a shrug of the shoulders perhaps? It’s a common occurence in some climates of course, but not so much in south Tenerife. The last time I [...]


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The Best Fiestas, Festivals and Events on Tenerife in March 2013

In fiesta terms, traditional Tenerife in March is quiet with locals recovering from the excesses of carnival whereas the resorts see a boost in numbers with...


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Friday, March 01, 2013

Eastern Delights, Review of Al Amir in Puerto de la Cruz

As soon as we had a gander at Al Amir's menu, the first thing that came into my head was 'why haven't we eaten here before?'


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Mental illness behind assault yesterday on policeman in Los Cristianos

At some point the authorities are going to have to face up to the problem of mental illness in the community, not least since it seems to be increasing with the rise in numbers of people suffering economic difficulties and even homelessness. We have an all-too-vivid instance of the horrors such mental problems can cause [...]


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Los Cristianos Changing With The Tides

Los Cristianos
From fishing village to busy port and marina, Los Cristianos is constantly evolving but always keeps its respect for the Atlantic Ocean and nature’s ways. Cruise ships are set to become a key part of the future and the harbour wall is bracing itself for a new look.

Los Cristianos Changing With The Tides
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