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Friday, November 29, 2013

A Closer Look at Hotel Jardines de Nivaria in Costa Adeje

This is the sort of breakfast buffet you leap out of bed for and with romantic tables on the outside terrace overlooking the gardens, try to make it last until lunch time.


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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Arona puts 12 plain-clothes police on the streets to curb “uncivic actions”

Arona Ayuntamiento is putting a dozen plain-clothes Policía Local officers on the street to ensure that the public obeys local bylaws. The agents will control street vendors, PRs, littering and rubbish dumping, illegal taxis, thefts, animal ownership infractions, and other “uncivic actions”. The council says that it has authority to do this from the Canarian […]


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Amazing Variety that is Tenerife

Visitors often ask me what the “speciality” of each of the Canary Islands is. I have standard responses, e.g. Fuerteventura for its beaches, El Hierro if you’re a diver, etc etc, and inevitably I leave Tenerife to last because – Tenerife is the island that has it all.


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Simulation air crash at TFS

Rumours and fears have already started, so it’s worth posting that a huge emergency operation is in place for an air crash at TFS Reina Sofía airport. Ambulances, fire engines, police, the full emergency plan is in operation … but it’s an exercise. At least we can be reassured that everything will be in place […]


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Granadilla Christmas for the needy campaign

Granadilla Ayuntamiento has announced a Circuito Solidario for Christmas, a collaboration between the counncil, Red Cross and the charity Cáritas. Everyone is invited to participate in the campaign, which runs between 1 and 22 December to collect food, games and other donations for the most needy families in the municipality, and to give them the […]


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Monday, November 25, 2013

Have You Tried Ropa Vieja on Tenerife?

Ropa Vieja is probably the Canarian dish whose name I like the most. In Spanish it rolls of the tongue nicely and even sounds vaguely exotic.


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The Life of the Plaza in Towns on Tenerife

The plaza (square) is usually the central hub of a town on Tenerife. It's the place where local families gather at the end of a working day and during the weekend; the setting for fiestas and often the venue for live music concerts.


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tremor off Los Cristianos could be connected with ongoing El Hierro eruption says IGN

IGN recorded a tremor of 2 on the Richter scale at a depth of 30km yesterday at 4pm. Of itself, this would be quite normal and unremarkable other than it took place just off the coast of Los Cristianos, and together with one of 2 degrees in the morning a couple of days ago off […]


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Friday, November 22, 2013

November is My Least Favourite Month on Tenerife

November is my least favourite month on Tenerife. It has been since our first November on the island ten years ago when it seemed to rain for nearly...


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Be Pink And Proud For The Walk Of Life

Be prepared to be raised from your Tenerife sun bed on the morning of Sunday 15th December by the rhythm of drums and the cheers of a large crowd. It’s the annual Walk For Life in aid of breast cancer and it will be threading its way past the hotels and apartments of Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos.


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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Risk of poverty in Canaries highest in Spain with almost 40% in danger of social exclusion

We have to hope that the experts and politicians are right when they say that Spain’s economy is leaving recession, that the Canaries will flourish next year, and that the bottom has well and truly been reached, leaving up the only way to go. We have to hope because things have never been worse here […]


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tenerife Is Officially Declared a Stargazing Destination

This month Teide National Park has been officially declared a Starlight Tourist Destination and a Starlight Reserve by the Starlight Foundation, the UNESCO supported body set up to protect the world's 'Right to Starlight'. So now the rest of the world knows what we who regularly visit or live on Tenerife have known for years – this is a brilliant place to see the stars.


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Best Views of Mount Teide on Tenerife

Whatever your opinion, whatever island you champion, it's difficult to argue with the fact that Mount Teide on Tenerife is the biggest thing in the Canary Islands.


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Monday, November 18, 2013

Have You Tried Chicharrones on Tenerife?

Like most places, Chicharrones on Tenerife are fried pork fat and or skin. But where Tenerife's (and the other Canary Islands) differ is that they're...


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A Day Exploring La Gomera

The ferry from Los Cristianos takes around an hour to cross to the second smallest of the Canary Islands, which is around the same time it takes to get to Santa Cruz or Icod de los Vinos, but there is no doubting that you arrive in a different world.


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Friday, November 15, 2013

La Laguna Noche en Blanco 30 November

Update 15 November 2013: It’s now an established run-up-to-Christmas event that attracts hundreds of thousands of people to La Laguna. The annual Noche en Blanco will take place next Saturday, 30 November. The previous four occasions have been enormous successes, and this year looks set to be just as, if not more, successful, with a […]


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Getting to Know Tenerife’s Municipalities, Icod de los Vinos to Vilaflor

In the second part of our quide to the municipalities on Tenerife we cover the biggest, smallest and the one with the gruesome name.


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Thursday, November 14, 2013

New ferry service between Los Cristianos and El Hierro will start this coming Monday

From Monday a new ferry service will unite Los Cristianos and La Estaca in El Hierro. The new ferry, the Alcántara Dos, is already in El Hierro having passed its technical tests in Santa Cruz having made a perfect test crossing. The route should have commenced tomorrow, but with a few last minute hitches in […]


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Parque García Sanábria, the Best Park on Tenerife

It doesn't matter whether the sun is shining (most of the time), it's raining or night has fallen, Parque García Sanábria in Santa Cruz is always dressed to thrill.


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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Dinner With Michelin Star Chef Yolanda León

The invitation says eight o’clock, so why are we alone, surrounded by empty tables set for dinner and staring at a pristine, show cooking kitchen? As we check the invitation for the fourth time in as many minutes, the double doors to the elegant dining room swing open and in walk a trio of chefs [...]


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Arona’s St Cecilia week – performances by dance and music students throughout municipality

Each year, Arona’s Music and Dance School puts on a real show in various parts of the municipality in honour of the patron saint of music, Saint Cecilia. This year’s performances, organized by the council’s culture department, will involve over 600 students and take place between 18 and 23 November. Monday 18, 6.30pm: “Un paseo […]


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Discovering the Delights of El Puertito

Beyond the visibility of the motorway, small coves lie sequestered amongst the rocks where you'll find little fishing communities, natural rock pools and nice places to enjoy a good fish lunch. One such place is El Puertito.


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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Properties for sale direct from owner

Just a reminder of these properties for sale direct from owner on my page HERE. If anyone is looking for a good buy and a private purchase, let me know and I’ll put you in touch with the vendors. Townhouse in San Isidro Spectacular Lanzarote villa with integral apartments Canarian village house at rough construction […]


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Woman dies while paragliding in Ifonche

A woman died this afternoon after falling while paragliding in the Ifonche area. More details will be released later, no doubt, but the tragedy happened just before 1pm. A search and rescue helicopter was needed to recover the poor woman’s body, and transfer her to the Adeje helipad where the judicial authorities took charge of […]


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Monday, November 11, 2013

Lucky escape in Parque de la Reina road collapse

The collapse of a wall of natural rock at the entrance to Parque de La Reina at 3.45pm not only closed the road itself but also caused long tailbacks on the TF1. Thankfully only one car was damaged, and no people were hurt, but it was a lucky escape for one bus full of children. […]


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Love on the Rocks, Review of Restaurant Los Roques in Los Abrigos

Near the harbour is the sophisticated king of the row of restaurants, Los Roques. Los Roques is generally recognised as one of the best restaurants on Tenerife...


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Friday, November 08, 2013

Man under arrest after Las Galletas killing

A 29-year-old Las Galletas man was arrested late last night for the murder of his girlfriend’s ex-husband. The arrest was made at 11.30pm by the Guardia Civil, who were responding to an alert raised by a couple of off-duty National Police officers who had found the body of the 45-year-old man inside a vehicle in […]


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Days of Food and Wine on Tenerife

If you're on a diet don't visit Tenerife in November. I don't know whether it's because it's the end of summer and the nights are getting a bit cooler, but there's a plague of food related events across the island over the next few weeks.


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Thursday, November 07, 2013

Have You Tried Rancho Canario on Tenerife?

It sounds like something to do with horses but the only connection rancho Canario has with horses is you need an appetite like one to eat it.


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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Alotca announcement – looking to the future

More cases have now been heard, and the same verdict is being given for them all: these are, of course, just those where the evidence for the fine was based on internet inspection alone. The verdict is being given even where the ostensible reason for the fine is the lack of a complaints book and […]


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Getting to Know Tenerife’s Municipalities, Adeje to Guimar

Most people will know the name Playa de las Américas, but how many people actually know the name of the municipality where it's located? There are thirty one different municipalities (boroughs) on Tenerife...


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Monday, November 04, 2013

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

November arrives and the Canarios want to eat a lot. That's how it feels on Tenerife anyway as there are gastronomic offerings galore this month with chestnuts...


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Aiming To Please At Tenerife Green Bowls

It’s not just about experienced players who can coax the woods to curl like a Beckham free kick, although Teide Bowls Club regularly shines against visiting teams, the complex is a perfect setting to take up the sport at any age. Every Wednesday they have a fun two hour starter's session including coaching, a game, bowls and shoe hire; plus lunch and a glass of sangria, all for just 20 euros.


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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Rainfall brings first snow of winter 2013

Yesterday, Aemet issued a yellow alert for rain in Tenerife today, and although they now issue yellow alerts at the drop of a hat, it did at least mean that rainfall, albeit not heavy, seemed assured. And true to forecast, it came … and with it came the first snow of winter on Teide. The […]


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Saturday, November 02, 2013

Two injured in kite-surf accident in El Médano

A man has been seriously injured in a multiple kite-surf accident in El Médano. The accident happened on Playa Los Balos just after midday, and emergency services report several phone calls requesting assistance. Paramedics found a 30-year-old man with serious head injuries who was transferred by helicopter to Los Rodeos airport, from where he was […]


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Friday, November 01, 2013

Twitchers on Tenerife

Although the vast majority of people who annually fly to Tenerife do so to catch some sun and a bit of rest and recreation, there are a dedicated number of twitchers who visit these shores to try to catch sight of some of its beautiful, feathered residents and visitors. Being just off the coast of Africa and on the flight path of migratory birds, Tenerife and the Canary Islands offer good birdwatching opportunities.


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The Colourful Canary Islands in Santiago del Teide

I've had a soft spot for Santiago del Teide since the very first time we drove through it. For me it was the place where Tenerife changed from being a sunny...


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