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Monday, September 30, 2013

Tenerife isn’t as Pretty as Mainland Spain

When a Canarian friend commented: 'Tenerife isn't as pretty as mainland Spain' a couple of years ago, we tried to defend the place. “What about Garachico...


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Chiringuito Las Salinas, Live And Unplugged

The neat, well appointed kiosk is low key and unobtrusive and offers good views of two popular surfing areas but a glance upward will reveal a very modern roof. Solar panels absorb nature’s rays and power a generator by the beach wall, if the weather forgets the script, it has power stored for three days.


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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Lost Dogs in Tenerife/Perros Perdidos en Tenerife

Check out this facebook page lost dogs please and see if you recognise any of these dogs that have been lost in Tenerife












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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Police arrest two Chio men for crimewave in Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide

The Guardia Civil has arrested two men for a spate of burglaries in the municipalities of Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide. The two, 19-year-old A.L.A.C. and 21–year-old J.A.E.D., were arrested after police received several denuncias concerning thefts of money, jewellery, video consoles, and other small and easily portable objects over the past few […]


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Friday, September 27, 2013

San Andrés, a Town Overshadowed by a Beach

Ever the bridesmaid, the little fishing town of San Andrés is constantly by-passed in favour of its seductive, exotic and golden appendage, Playa de las Teresitas.


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Adeje Fiestas Patronales 2013 start today

Adeje’s Fiestas Patronales start today, and from next week there will be a whole range of events on offer until 20 October. The full list of events is HERE from the Ayuntamiento, and has been translated into English by Clio O’Flynn of Radio Sur Adeje English Time HERE. The “big” night, for most, will be […]


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Adeje’s IV Feria Gastronómica Degusta.me

This Friday, 27 September, Adeje is hosting its fourth gastronomic fair, Degusta.me, from 5pm to midnight, with food, cooking demonstrations, ideas and advice, and there’ll be a children’s play area as well. The event is being held in the touristic development centre in El Galeón – map below. Entry is free.


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Tenerife Views From Distant Visitors

Just suppose you arrived in Tenerife with no preconceptions, would you be impressed? With Puerto Colon in Costa Adeje staging the 2013 World Waterski Racing Championships there was a large influx of participants and supporters from beyond out normal catchment area so what did they make of our island? Jeanette and Judy made the long [...]


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Monday, September 23, 2013

The Insider’s Guide to The Real Tenerife

Packed to its glossy cover with useful information about every town, village and resort on the island, The Real Tenerife gives you an insight into an island that can only come from years of interacting with the Tinerfeños and their way of life. Available from Amazon UK in paperback, priced £7.07 and delivered free in the UK with Super Saver Delivery, and on Kindle priced £3.81.


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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Arona mayor orders end to Guaza car boot sale

Arona’s Mayor Niño has ordered the closure of Guaza car boot sale from today, which was the last sale. I have no further information other than it was as a result of repeated pressure from the Guardia Civil concerning the illegality of the market and the lack of municipal licence.


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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Guía de Isora coastal environment being destroyed by Abama hotel’s desalination

It’s the pipe, it seems, that carries the salt from the hotel’s desalination plant … it broke three years ago and hasn’t been fixed. The “volcano of salt” that’s being pumped out is therefore not being carried out far enough, and is killing the seagrass area near the coast. This is the area of Tenerife’s […]


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Friday, September 20, 2013

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay on Tenerife

My favourite chilling out times on holiday don't involve lying on a beach watching my skin turn funny colours. They tend to involve a long cool beer with drips of condensation racing each other on their way to wet the table top.


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Winter flu vaccination campaign 2013-14

Sanidad has initiated its winter flu vaccination campaign 2013-2014. The health department stressed that anyone at risk from flu complications should see their doctor or call 012 as soon as possible after 23 September to arrange a vaccination appointment after the 30th when supplies will be available. These groups are the elderly, the chronically ill, […]


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Canarian oil prospecting off eastern islands

Update 18 September: Regardless of whether Spain explores or drills for oil off the eastern Canaries, Morocco is going ahead with exploitation of the parallel oil fields in any case. The scale of the whole thing is shown in the graphic above, taken from the website of Scottish firm Cairn Energy, who will be carrying […]


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Taking Tenerife’s Temperature

Why is it that the official temperatures given on weather stations rarely reflect the numbers you record on your patio? There's more to getting a temperature reading than meets the eye.


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II Campeonato de Pesca de Canarias 2013 – Canarian Fishing Championship in Las Galletas

The second Campeonato de Pesca de Canarias will be held in Las Galletas on 11, 12 and 13 October. A range of activities – see the poster above – will complement the various angling competitions, and there will be entertainments for children and live music in the evenings. Competitors need to register and pay the […]


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Monday, September 16, 2013

Bag thief nearly lynched in Los Cristianos

A street thief had to be rescued by Arona Policía Local after almost being lynched by angry passers-by in central Los Cristianos around 10am yesterday morning. The 20 year old had just made off with a handbag snatched off a woman’s shoulder when he was set upon by the public, and was in the middle […]


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Where is Playa de las Américas?

Just before we moved to Tenerife, a friend took us to a massive development to the south west of Playas de las Américas and told us it was going to be a new, upmarket area filled with luxury hotels. Costa Adeje was the posh bit on the end of las Américas.


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Tenerife’s new president, Carlos Alonso

Today is the final day for President Ricardo Melchior’s mandate at the head of the Tenerife Cabildo. Sr Melchior is standing down tomorrow after 14 years as president in favour of his hand-picked successor. Sr Melchior’s time in office has been productive for Tenerife, not least in terms of his avuncular image and multilingualism – […]


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Friday, September 13, 2013

Life’s a Gas in Tenerife

For anyone who's thinking of buying property on Tenerife and is keen on an older or traditional home, it might be useful to know about some of the ways energy use differs from what you're used to in the UK. Take gas for example...


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Canaries to feel indirect effects of edge of hurricane Humberto over next few days

A range of meteorologists, from Aemet to the National Hurricane Center, are forecasting a bit of a rough weekend for the Canaries as we feel the indirect effects of hurricane Humberto, the first hurricane of the 2013 season. Humberto has been forming as a tropical storm over the past five or so days off the […]


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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Nautica Nivaria Open A New Channel To Anaga

Nautica Nivaria have a 12 seater motor boat based half way between Santa Cruz and the large modern beach of Las Teresitas and they are ferrying walkers to two pick up points at Playa de Antequera and Roque Bermejo.


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Monday, September 09, 2013

10 Popular Questions About Tenerife

Here are ten common questions about holidays on Tenerife in one neat and easy to digest little package.


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Friday, September 06, 2013

El Médano says goodbye to Summer tomorrow

After a summer of constant and varied activities, El Médano is “Closing Summer” tomorrow, Saturday 7 September. There will be stalls, games, music, sports, fashion, special offers and much more in the plaza from midday to 1am Sunday morning. The event is being organized by the town’s Asociación de Empresarios y Comerciantes in collaboration with […]


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Walking the Caminos Reales of Tenerife

If you've been taking advantage of Britain's lovely summer to wander its picturesque country lanes, there's no need to pack the rucksack away for the next seven months before you can once again enjoy the hedgerows and cottage gardens. On Tenerife the summer never ends and the island's tapestry of cobbled 'caminos reales' are a joy to wander any time of the year.


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Thursday, September 05, 2013

Going Crazy in Puerto de la Cruz, Review of Restaurant Poco Loco

Poco Loco (a bit crazy) is one of those restaurant that proves you don't have to be in the perfect location to be successful...


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A message from Jordan Walchester’s mother

Update 5 September: I have received the following from Karen and will let it speak for itself. Many believe, others don’t, but I think we all have an innate and deep longing for justice, and for closure when tragedy strikes. I hope this brings both to Karen, for Jordan … A medium from out of […]


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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Experiencing Fiestas in the Real Tenerife

All we really knew about Benijos at that time was that it produced excellent cheese. When we headed off the main road to Mount Teide and into quiet, rural...


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Spain hits rock bottom – but the only way is up

Well, we’ve been waiting for this moment for a few years now, and at last the Spanish Government’s economy minister, Luis de Guindos, says it has arrived. Spain has hit the bottom. It’s a very bad place to be, said Sr de Guindos, but given the latest figures for the economy and, not least, for […]


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Getting From the Airport to Your Resort on Tenerife

What if someone's a new visitor to the island and aren't arriving on a package holiday with transfer included? How do they get from the airport to their resort at various times of the day?


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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Review of NH Hotel, Santa Cruz

A moderately priced city centre hotel offering contemporary style and comfort in one of the best locations for exploring Santa Cruz.


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Monday, September 02, 2013

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

September is a beaut of a month on Tenerife. The weather is usually perfect with all coasts enjoying temperatures of around 25 to upper 20s Celsius...


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Full Throttle For The World Waterski Racing Championships

The big beasts are coming to Costa Adeje. Powerboats with 1,300 horse power will be revving up to 180 km per hour as the world's best water skiers ride the waves behind them just outside Puerto Colon marina from 5th to 15th September.


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Sunday, September 01, 2013

The Cory’s Shearwater – “the wacka wacka bird”

If I get asked one question more than any other, I’d say it’s one connected with birds! And one bird in particular. I’ve heard them called “those noisy birds”, or even the “wacka wacka” birds, after the typical noise they make. So, the above video is of Calonectris diomedea, or Cory’s Shearwater, with lovely photos [...]


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An Historic Meal, Review of La Cuadra de San Diego in La Matanza

La Cuadra de San Diego, just off the old road through La Matanza, is one of those restaurants that is off the beaten tourist trail, yet is well known in Canarian...


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