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Friday, August 30, 2013

Busy Bees on Tenerife

In the middle of a heatwave, despite the suffocating heat, we stayed inside with all the doors and windows closed and watched with dismay as the bees moved in a black cloud to the back terrace and then to the garden where they began to cluster around a branch of the peach tree


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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The English Library in Puerto de la Cruz

The first thing that strikes you when you arrive at The English Library, with its pretty garden and its outside terrace, is that it's like no other library you've ever been in.


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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

If you would like to see a typical, traditional and authentic Canarian fiesta …

Update 27 August 2013: Tejina de Isora’s fiesta is increasingly popular but retains all its traditional and authentic Canarian characteristics. It is taking place again this week, and lasts until a week today, Tuesday 3 September. The programme is above – the firework display by Hermanos Toste is Saturday at 10pm – and the directions [...]


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Monday, August 26, 2013

Choosing the Right Accommodation on Tenerife

Planning the family holiday can be like planning a military operation. Apart from deciding on a destination that has something for all the family, there's the question of deciding whether to stay in a hotel or an apartment and whether to go for all inclusive or room only.


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Meteor lights up north Tenerife sky

Los Rodeos air traffic control’s twitter account exploded late last night after multiple reports from pilots of a light, lasting three or so seconds, so bright that it turned the night sky to day. Various theories have been put forward to explain the phenomenon, ranging from lightning to fireworks to UFOs, but ATC said that [...]


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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Diesel spill closes Playa San Juan’s Playa Chica

Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento has closed the small Playa Chica in Playa San Juan because of a diesel spill, thought to have resulted from the cleaning of a boat. The Ayuntamiento is investigating, and hopes to have some answers this weekend: the authority says that it will take firm action against whoever is responsible for [...]


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Friday, August 23, 2013

British priest arrested in Tenerife being extradited for multiple sexual abuse offences

Spanish Courts are processing the extradition of an 85-year-old priest who was detained in Tenerife under the terms of a European Arrest Warrent requested by Leicestershire on 16 charges of sexual abuse, one of sodomy, and another ten serious offences against altar boys in Southern Derbyshire. He is expected to be back in the UK [...]


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Kikirki For Picking More Than Chicken

The bad news is Kikiriki has moved. The good news is they have only shuffled one door down in the Apolo Centre in Los Cristianos. That move, the recommendation of friends, and the 40 % discount Sunday special all ganged up to make sure I gave it a well overdue visit.


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Man’s body found washed ashore in Anaga area

A body has been washed up in the Anaga area in north Tenerife. It is said to be that of a man, though it had clearly been in the sea for some time, and inevitably some are speculating that it could be one of the men who have been missing in Tenerife for some time [...]


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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Finding Water on Tenerife

It never ceases to amaze me how, despite not seeing a drop of rain for months on end and heatwaves wafting across the island like it's being blasted by a demented, oversized hair dryer with a broken thermostat, in the 10 years I've lived here we have never known there to be a hosepipe ban.


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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Best Restaurants on Tenerife According to Tripadvisor

The recommendations for the best restaurants around Tenerife provide a perfect example of why Tripadvisor doesn't always work as a good source of reliable information.


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Monday, August 19, 2013

You Don’t Need to Leave the Coast to Explore Tenerife

The sun is shining and it's hot. Everything is perfect... apart from one thing. You discover the Tenerife Government has closed the roads to Mount Teide and prohibited all leisure activities in the mountains.


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Canarian Government starts procedure to collect unappealed illegal letting fines

Those who have been fined for illegal letting and who have neither appealed nor paid may already have had letters from Rita Hernández, the Turismo minister responsible for inspections and fines, setting out the fine recovery procedures. Some will not have received anything, however, and anyone in this group needs to check urgently if they [...]


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Friday, August 16, 2013

Pinolere Craft Fair, Where Nature Puts On a Lavish Spread

Cestoria is the art of weaving and you can see it in all it’s glory at the 28th annual arts and crafts show along with a wide range of traditions, crafts, skills and foods at this mammoth gathering of 200 artisans.


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The Abandoned Leper Village of Tenerife

When you get closer to curious town and notice the breeze blocks are jablé you realise that this ghost town has stood empty for a lot longer than it might at first seem.


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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Keep Living Statues on Tenerife Alive

Living statues add colour and interest to some of the resorts on Tenerife. In Puerto de la Cruz there is usually an interesting selection along Calle Quintana


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What a Heatwave on Tenerife Means

This week, there has been an orange level weather alert for high temperatures across Tenerife. Weather alerts aren't good things.


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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Crafts Amongst the Pines at Pinolere 2013

Tenerife has a rich cultural inheritance of handicrafts practised and honed through generations which today produces world class goods in exquisite designs.


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Monday, August 12, 2013

Celebrating the Virgin of Candelaria on Tenerife

Candelaria on the evening of the 14 August is mental. I knew it was going to be busy, these big fiestas always are, I just didn't expect it to be as busy.


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Aloe Park Shows Nature At Its Healthiest

A morning tipple of aloe vera is a great set up for the day as it eases digestion, helps to fight inflammation, muscle and tendon problems and generally keeps the body in tip top condition.


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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Forest fires 2013

After 20-odd fires this year so far, all of them quickly put out, they’re saying it’s now only a matter of time before there’s a large fire. As a result, emergency services have issued a request for anyone living in fire-risk areas to keep any BBQ wood and fuel away from their properties, and to [...]


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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Fifth man now missing in Tenerife

There are already four men missing for some considerable time in Tenerife (see HERE), and now there’s a fifth. National police are searching for 37-year-old Marcos Castellano Doble, who has been missing now for five days. His disappearance was reported by his sister in the La Victoria area of central Santa Cruz (as opposed to [...]


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Staying safe in Tenerife heatwaves

It’s obvious that Tenerife is hot. It’s why people come here. And yet there are times when it can get too hot, most especially when there’s a calima or scirocco – dust storms from Africa – which bring incredibly hot air to the Canaries causing a “ola de calor”, a heatwave. The above satellite image [...]


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Friday, August 09, 2013

Robin Hood Hits The Target In Adeje

It may have only been a circular target but to me it was a huge challenge, looking directly down the arrow as instructed I pulled back the bow and unleashed my arrow. It was nowhere near the bulls-eye but it hit the target and I felt magnificent.


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Thursday, August 08, 2013

Rubbish times …

Arona Ayuntamiento has announced an investment of some €12m in the borough’s pulic roads and refuse collection points to ensure the area is kept clean. The council says, however, that for the money to be most effective, the public needs to use the basura points properly, and analysis shows that this is often not the [...]


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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Stick to the Beaches on Tenerife in August

Temperatures in the high 20s and no rain all summer sounds like paradise to anyone from a country where you can't plan a BBQ or camping trip even a couple of days ahead and be sure you won't be waterlogged.


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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Güímar Ayuntamiento is the first in Tenerife to create a beach for dogs

Güímar Ayuntamiento inaugurated Tenerife’s first beach for dogs last Friday, the 200m playa del Puertito to the side of the Club Náutico Puertito de Güímar. It is only the second such beach in the Canaries, the first being allowed in Gran Canaria in May as I posted HERE. Alcaldesa de Güímar Carmen Luisa Castro Dorta [...]


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Monday, August 05, 2013

Shark washes up on Playa del Duque

Bathers had quite a shock last Friday morning when a 3m white shark was washed up on the Playa del Duque: the above photo has been confirmed as genuine even though it was thought at first to be a hoax because the shark had been put on a sunbed. The animal was dead when it [...]


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Get to Know Your Shellfish and Molluscs in Tenerife and the Canary Islands

This is second part of our series about helping seafood lovers make sure they know exactly what sea creature is going to end up on their plate when they order...


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Aemet yellow alert for “costeros”

Aemet has raised a yellow alert for “costeros” – adverse coastal conditions. The culprit is apparently a major storm in the mid Atlantic in the southern hemisphere which will result in high tides and choppy seas from the south. Aemet says that this is unusual on south Canarian beaches and so bathers may be taken [...]


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Does Playa de las Americas Deserve Its Press?

Playa de las Americas is Tenerife’s most famous town. It’s undeniably a lively place for hen parties and celebrations, but if you enjoy a quieter life, should you allow the press to put you off vacationing there?


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Saturday, August 03, 2013

Los Abrigos beer festival 10 August

It’s been a resounding success on previous occasions so it should be great once again. Los Abrigos is hosting its annual beer festival in Calle La Marina, the walkway around the harbour, on 10 August from 11am to 11pm. Beer will cost €1, and there will also be tapas available, also at €1, all to [...]


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Elderly San Isidro resident seriously injured in gas bottle explosion

An 82-year-old woman is seriously ill in hospital after being burnt when a gas bottle exploded inside her home in San Isidro around 8am this morning. The house wall was also damaged in the explosion, requiring bomberos to secure the area. Paramedics gave the woman preliminary assistance at the scene but due to the severity [...]


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Friday, August 02, 2013

Jobs: latest is chef’s postion in Callao Salvaje

Just a reminder of the Jobs Available page HERE, and an opportunity to post to mention the following new position. Established resort in Adeje is looking to employ a further chef to work in its busy restaurants. Applicants must have a NIE and social security number, and should be a team player. An understanding of [...]


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Surf’s Up in El Médano with the PWA Tenerife World Cup

If you're heading to Tenerife this weekend or already enjoying the sizzling summer sun, El Médano is the place to be next week as the PWA Tenerife World Cup takes to the waves to witness some truly spectacular windsurfing.


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Thursday, August 01, 2013

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

Culturally there is a great mix of events that show the yin and yang of what's going on with the pilgrimage to Candelaria dating back to an event that...


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