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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Night walk in Teide national park 10 August

Güímar has organized a night walk in the Teide national park on 10 August. The walk is of “low” difficulty and will last around three hours in the Corral del Niño area. If meteorological conditions permit, it will also be a perfect occasion to see the Perseid meteor shower. Those who would like to take [...]


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Feel And Taste The Sea At El Timon

They have a fast turnover even though they are surrounded on three sides by other bar restaurants. The food was great value at seven euros for the menu of the day and my sticky hands were only kept away from a pastry finish by the need to get my bus.


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fantasy Island, the Story of the Other Battle of Santa Cruz

On 20 April 1657, during the Anglo-Spanish war, Admiral Robert Blake launched an attack on the Spanish fleet in Santa Cruz harbour...


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Monday, July 29, 2013

To the end of the Road and Beyond, Review of Restaurant El Mirador in Benijo

Restaurant El Mirador was unmissable – a shocking yellow façade was as blinding as the sunlight. A row of rickety chairs painted in primary colours and a red-tiled roof contrasted...


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Apartment in Tijoco Bajo

Update 29 July: The owners have just reduced the price on this apartment to €75,000. Please just contact me to be put in touch with them directly if you’re interested in knowing more or having a viewing. The apartment also now has the newly-required energy certificate. Update 18 March 2013: This apartment has now been [...]


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Chris Froome Rides From Tenerife to Triumph in Tour de France

Just like last year's winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, the roads of Teide National Park have proved once again to be the ideal training ground for the crème de la crème of British cyclists on their journey from Tenerife to the Arc de Triomphe.


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Arona expresses concern about abandoned animal increase but removes weekend service

It was only a week or so ago that Arona Ayuntamiento announced that due to the increase of abandoned animals on the municipality’s streets, the refuge centres were overflowing, and that it had participated in a meeting with the the Cabildo and the neighbouring ayuntamientos of Adeje, Arona, Granadilla de Abona, Guía de Isora and [...]


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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Fashion Show

Title: Fashion ShowLocation: Plaza El MedanoDescription: Two evenings of fashion modeled by local models. Starts at 6pm and is free to enjoy. On 9th & 10 th August.Start Date: 2013-08-09Start Time: 18.00End Date: 2013-08-10


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Acuatlon Playa San Juan

Title: Acuatlon Playa San JuanLocation: Playa SanJuanDescription: A smaller form of triathlon featuring 2.5 km run, 1 km swim, and another 2.5 km run. Starts at 4 pm. Start Time: 16.00Date: 2013-08-03


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Friday, July 26, 2013

AlCampo and Carrefour in trouble over false labelling and non-existent savings packs

Farmers association COAG has denounced AlCampo for labelling normal olive oil as “extra virgin”. The company has said there was a labelling error and that it will ensure all such products are removed from the shelves. Analyses will be carried out in the next few days to determine whether oil on sale is now complies [...]


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Liverpool man in coma in Candelaria hospital after being found with head wounds in TFS

A 45-year-old British tourist identified as Sean Breigdeman from Liverpool is in hospital after being found in the bathrooms at Tenerife Sur airport with head injuries. The incident took place shortly before 6pm on Tuesday just after Mr Breigdeman arrived in Tenerife off a Ryanair flight, apparently to attend a family wedding: he was to [...]


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Optica Downes

Update 26 July: I’m not on commission, I promise! But once again a huge thank you to Adal in Optica Downes, from both me and my husband. I’ve had something wrong with one of my eyes for the last couple of weeks, wasn’t sure what it was, just like there was something in it. Nothing [...]


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Building Bridges on Tenerife

Before the bridges were built, travel between Santa Cruz and Adeje was a dangerous and tortuous affair involving scaling and descending barrancos on old, Camino Real trails that were prone to erosion and landslide. For the people who inhabit the medianías – the midlands between north and south - it meant a life of isolation, even from their nearest neighbours.


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Thursday, July 25, 2013

How to Deal with a Swarm of Bees on Tenerife

Living on Tenerife can involve having to deal with all sorts of unexpected situations, like last week when a swarm of bees decided to set up home in our garden.


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Meeting concerning problems of stray animals.

There was a meeting on the 23rd July in the Cultural center of Los Cristianos council. Representatives of the boroughs of Granadilla, Guia de Isora and San Miguel de Abona attended.

The meeting concerned the problem of the ever increasing abandonment of pets, mostly dogs. Each of the municipales set out actions to respond to this problem, by improving more public awareness and more effective use of finances.


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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Outrage in Palm Mar over beach constructions

The last week or so has seen outrage in Palm Mar with a JCB clearing rocks on the beach – even within inches of locals sunbathing, as can be seen in the above videos – and the construction of various edifices on the beach itself. While some residents have seen the “development” of the beach [...]


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Health authorities issue widespread water restrictions in north Tenerife

There are wide-ranging water restrictions in place in fourteen municipalities throughout north Tenerife because of excessive levels of fluoride in the water. Residents are advised not only not to drink the water, but also not to cook nor prepare food with it. In some areas the restriction applies only to children under eight years of [...]


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Will Columbus Return to Puerto de la Cruz?

Ever since moving to Puerto de la Cruz nearly a decade ago, I've regularly heard people grumbling about the state of Playa Martiánez at the eastern end of the town.


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Monday, July 22, 2013

Why Are They Releasing Turtles on Tenerife Beaches?

If you dive or snorkel when you visit Tenerife, you may spot a turtle, often around La Caleta in Costa Adeje or Las Galletas close to Costa del Silencio.


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Friday, July 19, 2013

From Sugar to Sunshine, Tenerife’s Economy.

Other than the architectural outputs of the wealth it created, few vestiges of the sugar trade remain today, save for a sugar mill in Los Silos which is now used as a banana storage depot and the rum factory in Tejina where one of the offshoots of the industry still hangs on in there.


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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tenerife’s official public holidays for 2014

The Government has announced the draft decree for next year’s calendar of public holidays in the Canaries. The following are the official fiestas (bank holidays) for Tenerife in 2014: 1 January, New Year’s Day 6 January, Epiphany 3 February, Virgen de la Candelaria 17 & 18 April, Easter 1 May, Fiesta del Trabajo 30 May, [...]

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Adeje considers closure of Bahía del Duque after tests find public health risk contamination



Government health technicians carrying out routine checks have found raised levels of microrganisms which could be a public health hazard in Bahía del Duque. Adeje Ayuntamiento will be meeting later today to consider further analysis currently being undertaken, and will decide at that point whether to close the beach. The reason for the contamination is [...]

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Image: Wouter Hagens 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fest Costa San Miguel every Saturday in August

San Miguel Ayuntamiento’s tourism department has organized the second “Fest Costa San Miguel”, an event which aims to promote the area’s cultural heritage and familiarise residents and tourists with local folklore and traditions. Entry is free, and the above poster has the detail of the events on offer, which will be held every Saturday throughout [...]


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Tenerife’s Summer Rooftop Bars

Here in Tenerife when the thermometer threatens to blow its bulb, there's only one place to go - up on the roof. Here's a run down of my favourite cool, rooftop bars in which to spend hot summer nights...


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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Guía de Isora Craft Fair 8 September

Guía de Isora will be holding a Crafts Fair in the Plaza Nuestra Señora de la Luz in front of the church on Sunday 8 September between 10am and 6pm. There will be loads of local arts and crafts, and foods, on display and for purchase. These are always great fun, and Guía de Isora [...]


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Monday, July 15, 2013

A Photo Guide to Icod de los Vinos

Just about everyone knows Icod de los Vinos in the north west of Tenerife because of its famous Millennium Drago Tree which, like many stars, is coy about how old it actually is. But there's a lot more to this traditional town than an ancient tree.


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Friday, July 12, 2013

Baby’s body found in freezer in La Camella

Details are sketchy at the moment, and the police were only called out at 6.30 this evening, but it seems that the body of a newborn baby has been found in the freezer of a rented apartment in La Camella. The Guardia Civil are at the scene at present.


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Arona must pay €2,000,000 to Zentral Centre owners for seven years’ unpaid rent and services

Santa Cruz Court 4 has confirmed the compensation that Arona Ayuntamiento must pay for having used a 1,200 square metre office suite in the Zentral Centre in Playa de las Américas without paying any rent or services for seven years between 2004 and 2012 when it was finally evicted. For rent alone, the council has [...]


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A Guide to Tenerife’s Quiet Resorts

Puerto de Santiago, Tenerife, Spain

People looking to book a holiday to Tenerife often ask about resorts that aren't too lively and that have a bit of local character. To help anyone trying to make a decision about which of Tenerife's more tranquil resorts would suit them, here's our brief guide.

A Guide to Tenerife’s Quiet Resorts

Image: Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons, License CC-BY-SA 3.0

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Time to Try Tenerife’s Wines

Every so often we write about wine on Tenerife. Linda recently wrote about a visit to Bodega Comarca Valle de Güimar which produces a light and flirty vino blanco afrutado (fruity white). However, a question on a travel advisory sight made me realise that there are still a lot of people out there who don't realise that Tenerife produces its own wines.


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Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Rescue services including helicopters search for missing German tourist in Guía de Isora barranco

There have been helicopters flying around the medianías of Guía de Isora for several hours now and we feared a fire, but it seems that they are searching for a German tourist who has been lost in a barranco in the municipality since yesterday. Apart from search and rescue helicopter teams, a wide range of [...]


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Battersea Dogs and Cats home - educational animation

Literary Tenerife

I set up a page in April called Literary Tenerife, and anchored it in the Useful Stuff menu. It was for those books that weren’t information as such, but which were set in or based on Tenerife. I went to add one the other day and found it had disappeared. No idea why, and there’s [...]


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Literary Tenerife

I’ve had emails now and then, or seen adverts, about books which aren’t information, as such, about Tenerife, but which are stories in which Tenerife is a major, sometimes the main, player. I’m happy now to set up a page for authors who write stories based on or set in Tenerife to have another outlet [...]


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Monday, July 08, 2013

So Sweet Puts the Cherry On The Top Of The Baking Boom

At So Sweet in Playa de las Americas they don’t just sell the cup cakes, muffins, and brownies to inspire you, they also have all the gadgets and equipment you need to get busy in your kitchen.


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Saturday, July 06, 2013

Tenerife Hiking Guide – new English version

My husband is a keen walker and was recently asked to review a walking guide. It is such a good book that I thought I should reproduce the review here too because I know some readers are themselves keen walkers. The review speaks for itself, so here it is, and I’ve put just a few [...]


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Friday, July 05, 2013

A Visit to Casas de Los Balcones in La Orotava

Long considered the finest and most important example of traditional, hand carved wooden balconies in the Canary Islands, the Casas de Los Balconies in La Orotava are a popular day trip from the resorts of the south. But what exactly are they, and are they worth visiting?


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Thursday, July 04, 2013

Baile Moderno (Modern Dance)

Title: Baile Moderno (Modern Dance)Location: Auditorio Infanta Leonor, Los CristianosDescription: A free show of modern dance in the Los Cristianos auditorium in the centre of town from 8.30pm.Start Time: 20.30Date: 2013-07-13


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Arona Latin Fest

Title: Arona Latin FestLocation: Auditorio Infanta Leonor, Los CristianosDescription: Two day music festival. More details soon.Start Date: 2013-08-23Start Time: 21.00End Date: 2013-08-24


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Heatwave bringing very hot summer weather

I know it’s summer and we can expect it to be hot, but a particular Saharan weather front is heading our way making temperatures rise above 35º from Tuesday, with the increase noticeable as early as this Sunday. No doubt there will be varios coloured alerts in due course from Aemet, but all we need [...]


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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Pirates and Tenerife

Five hundred years ago, when the New World had not long been discovered, Tenerife and the Canary Islands were a hunting ground for all manner of dodgy sea dogs. This was pirate country.


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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Unnecessary food policy in Siam Park makes some visitors feel very unwelcome

I really do dislike making negative posts on this blog. Ideally, everything I post would contribute to Tenerife’s wellbeing, and promote the island as the wonderful place it is … or could be. Evidently this isn’t always possible, Arona’s beaches being a case in point, but sometimes it’s necessary to draw attention to things that [...]


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Monday, July 01, 2013

Oh the irony …

Just three days ago, Arona released the above promotional video, joining the upmarket trend, but stressing the municipality’s award-winning “accessibility” for disabled visitors. Sadly, the video includes lifeguard services – and specifically disabled bathing services supplied by the lifeguards – which are no longer available. As is well known to everyone here, but unfortunately not [...]


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Happy Days At Mary Ann’s Cake N Burgers

There’s a time warp in Santa Cruz; a taste of 1950s America has come to Tenerife and it knocks the bobby socks off the corporate fast food joints. The gang's all here; Elvis, James Dean, and Joe Di Maggio adorn the walls and Bogart holds court at the entrance to the toilets


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