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Thursday, October 31, 2013

New marriage and divorce laws in Spain

Spain’s Justice minister, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, has announced that the Spanish cabinet has approved today a modification to the Civil Code which will allow marriages to be celebrated in front of notaries. Notaries will also be able to process divorces, a measure which deputy PM Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría said would free up the Courts. The […]


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Saborea San Miguel: tapas and a glass of wine for €2.50 in San Miguel until 16 November

In a promotion that’s running until 16 November, Turismo San Miguel is suggesting that everyone takes advantage of this bank holiday weekend to visit the town and enjoy a tapas and a glass of local wine for just €2.50. And why not!


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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Canaries at night

I just thought I’d share this beautiful image from Google Maps of the Canaries, taken at night. Isn’t it just lovely?!


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New Hard Rock Cafe offers 100 jobs in the south

 
It’s been known for some time now that the Hard Rock Cafe is to open a branch in the “Golden Mile” of Playa de las Américas, but the company has now put out a call for employes. Some 100 jobs are on offer, in the restaurant, kitchen, and behind the bar, as well as for […]
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Taxi drivers get Cabildo backing for immediate clampdown on “airport runs” in tourist areas

The Tenerife Cabildo has committed itself today to helping the taxi sector, and in a meeting held in Santa Cruz has agreed an action plan, to be put into place immediately, against “unfair competition”. After the meeting, between the Cabildo and representatives of taxi drivers from the main tourist municipalities, the Cabildo said that it […]


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A Closer Look at the Abama Golf Resort and Spa in Playa San Juan

Like a palatial Moorish citadel sitting proudly above Playa San Juan, the Abama Golf Resort and Spa has a reverse Tardus effect when you step through its North African styled portal.


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Monday, October 28, 2013

Palmetum, Where You Can See The World For The Trees

All around me was a green expanse of 3,000 plants and the crown jewels of the palm tree world; Palmetum botanical gardens are an amazing testament to the vision of the Tenerife capital and the Fundacion Santa Cruz Sostenible.


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Chilean Tapas, Review of Arlequin in Playa San Juan

I'm not even sure I knew there was such a thing as Chilean tapas. After trying some at the Arlequin restaurant in Playa San Juan, I'm kicking myself...


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Canarian Food Fair Los Cristianos 9-10 November

Canarian food artesans will be putting on the IX Feria de Alimentos Canarios on Los Cristianos’ Casa del Mar terrace near the harbour next month. The event will take place over 9 and 10 November, and will comprise displays, exhibitions and offers of all sorts of Canarian foods, including cheeses, gofio, wines, honey, sweets, even […]


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Friday, October 25, 2013

December’s Jamie Magazine to feature Tenerife

Tenerife’s cuisine will be the star of December’s issue of Jamie Magazine, with 11 pages in the famous chef Jamie Oliver’s food publication. The island’s gastronomy will be brought to a whole new audience, says president of the Cabildo Carlos Alonso, who confirmed that a journalist and photographer have been in Tenerife for several days, […]


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Tenerife Street Food

Depending on the time of year and the date, Tenerife has a distinctive and delicious aroma as street food vendors ply their trade. Here are just a few of my personal favourite street foods and the times I get to indulge in them.


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Fright Night in Llano del Camello 15 November

I don’t know what it’s about, but it looks highly appropriate considering Halloween is just around the corner! San Miguel de Abona is holding a Noche del Miedo – “Fright Night” – on Friday, 15 November, in the Llano del Camello Cultural Centre. The event starts at 8pm, and since space is limited, those interested […]


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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Walk for Life 2013

Last year, some 2,300 took part and raised €16,000 – see HERE for photos – and it will certainly be as well supported this year. This year’s Walk for Life in aid of the fight against breast cancer is on Sunday 15 December, and walkers will meet at 10.30 am at the Magma Centre to […]


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Experts say recession is ending but local associations say more are going hungry than ever

Today came the news that Spain is “out of recession”, with a growth of 0.1% between July and September. This is “growth” in the sense that it represents a positive figure, but hardly a statistic to encourage more than a flicker of hope, particularly since this is peak season for Spain, with the most visitors […]


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The Lighthouses of Tenerife

There's something old school travel about lighthouses. They speak of danger and excitement and voyages into the unknown. I tend to look on them with a sense of wonder whenever I stumble across one. On Tenerife, there are a few to stumble cross.


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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Man arrested at Tenerife Sur for smuggling kilo of heroin inside his body

The Guardia Civil has arrested a 24-year-old man at Tenerife Sur airport for trying to smuggle over a kilo of heroin which he had swallowed. The man arrived off a flight from the mainland and is said to come originally from Guinea. The police’s suspicions were aroused when he became nervous at being asked for […]


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Monday, October 21, 2013

The War of the Walls at San Telmo in Puerto de la Cruz

I was baffled after reading reports about plans to destroy an historic wall in Puerto de la Cruz and the outrage they had caused...


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Eaten Alive in Playa de las Americas

O.K. the title is a little dramatic, and has nothing whatsoever to do with sharks, and yet it’s a reasonably accurate way of describing the way I spent a recent afternoon in Playa de las Americas!


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Friday, October 18, 2013

Four Quirky Corners Off the Beaten Track in Tenerife

But for those who know Tenerife very well and think they've seen it all, here are four quirky corners you just might not have come across before.


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Almighty row in Puerto de la Cruz as protesters seek to save “historic” San Telmo sea wall

An almighty row is brewing in Puerto de la Cruz. There was already some bad feeling arising from the Ayuntamiento’s upmarket push (link), with new bylaws to outlaw plastic terrace furniture in restaurants, hotels and bars, and to enforce colour branding in the town. Further irritation was caused by the council’s attempt to enforce street […]


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Best Entertainers on Tenerife 2013

The outcome of the TEA each year acts as a good guide to knowing who the cream of the crop are when it comes to deciding to who to go and see and which resort bars are best for live entertainment.


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Monday, October 14, 2013

Why We Love All Inclusive Puerto de la Cruz

We finish our cava (an accompaniment to the tapas) and drag ourselves away from nature's grasp to immerse ourselves once again in the warm embrace of Noche en Blanco


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Fun And Games in Los Cristianos

A walk along the promenade at Los Cristianos will provide some reasonably priced fun for all the family...


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Friday, October 11, 2013

Essential Information for Hiring A Car On Tenerife

If you're planning exploring Tenerife, the option that gives you the most freedom and flexibility is undoubtedly hiring a car and with over 100 rental companies operating across the island, it's a popular choice for many visitors.


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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Discovering Tapas Routes on Tenerife

One of the most fun ways to try tapas on Tenerife is to follow a ruta de la tapa, or tapas route.


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A Photo Guide to El Médano

Despite being close to the south airport, having a fun and funky, home-grown personality and boasting some of the best beaches on Tenerife, El Médano has avoided falling victim to the developers. It remains free from mass tourism for the same reason that many independent travellers love it – the wind.


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Monday, October 07, 2013

Ten-Diez hosting international art event 26 October – 2 November in Magma Centre

The Ten-Diez Movement of Tenerife-based artists and photographers will be hosting an international art event involving 65 artists and 650 works of art in the Magma Centre between 26 October and 2 November. The programme includes live music, lectures, art exhibitions, film projections, training sessions, as well as photo competitions, prizes and gifts. The inauguration […]


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Taking A Blanket Trip

Referred to by locals as 'blanket trips', the Miller Travel tours are a nine hour coach excursion around the rural extremities of Tenerife, including a meal, for just 12 euros. Is there a catch? Of course there is, but as I found out, it’s not much of one.


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Sunday, October 06, 2013

Woman’s body found in sea off Palm Mar

The body of a woman was found earlier today floating in the sea off Palm Mar. The poor woman was discovered by a leisure craft in the area, and the crew alerted emergency services. Little is known at present other than she was around 50 years of age and since she was in swimwear, had […]


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Friday, October 04, 2013

Donate button

People sometimes ask how I manage to produce all the info and advice on this site. People sometimes ask why I do it! The fact is that it does take a lot of time and effort, and it’s really gratifying when people say thank you. Sometimes, people want, or might want, to do more, and […]


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Six of the Best Rooms With a View

If you're like me, having a wow factor with your hotel room is a huge bonus when you arrive at a place for the first time. And if I don't get that wow simply on opening the door, the first thing I do is go to the window and open the curtains.


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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Autumn rains arrive in Tenerife

Autumn has hit the ground running over the past 24 hours, with downpours throughout Tenerife, and several areas flooding. Arico was reporting steady rainfall for 24 hours solid, while streets in Las Chafiras were said to be running like rivers. In Puerto de la Cruz, residents are up in arms because forty minutes of torrential […]


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A Secret in a Tenerife Church

It was a Dan Brown moment. Why was there the crypt of a pirate in a church in La Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage Site? There must be a story.


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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Could your daughter be Eponine?

Stage Entertainment, the producers of Los Miserables, which is being performed in the Santa Cruz auditorium between 30 December and 5 January (link), are holding auditions for the part of the young Eponine. The auditions will be held on 11 November in the auditorium itself, and girls between 6 and 9 years of age who […]


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Sixth Tenerife man now missing

Yet another man has gone missing in Tenerife. I’ll post a photo as soon as I can get one, but the family of 45-year-old Juan Pedro Pérez García has reported his disappearance from the Guaza area of Güímar municipality. The Guardia Civil were informed that he has not been seen since 25 September. Police are […]


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Five Unusual Dishes to Try on Tenerife

A lot of Canarian food isn't a million miles away from what many Brits are used to – basically meat and potatoes. But if you want to impress friends and family back home with your knowledge of local cuisine that is a bit different, look for these on traditional menus.


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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

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

There are loads of interesting things going on in Tenerife in October with food, shopping, music and... err... clowns being the theme of the month.


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