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Monday, December 30, 2013

Bar Café Hesperides , Icod de Los Vinos

You couldn’t ask for a more central or more convenient stop off point when calling into Icod de Los Vinos than Bar Café Hesperides. It’s situated just below the Ayuntamiento (council) building at the main shopping crossroads just a few moments walk from the Drago tree and visitor's centre.


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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Hard Rock Cafe is now open


Just in time for the new year, the Hard Rock Cafe has announced this evening that it is now open!

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Electricity to rise between 1.5% and a maximum of 3% in the new year, not the 11% reported

There was a huge fanfare a week or so ago about huge electricity price rises in the new year, with the press creating outrage by saying that hikes of 11% were going to be imposed on impoverished consumers. It is true that the power companies were planning this rise, but it was never going to […]


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What The Locals Eat in a Tenerife Winter

You may wonder when we eat the dishes seen on menus in Canarian bars and restaurants, things like soups and stews, which are cold weather foods. The answer to that is, unsurprisingly, winter...


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Día de los Santos Inocentes – Spain’s “April Fool’s Day” – 28 December

Don’t believe everything you read in the papers or hear on the radio tomorrow, because 28 December is the Día de los Santos Inocentes, Holy Innocents’ Day. On this day, practical jokes are played in a way familiar from April Fool’s Day in the UK. The tradition is rooted in King Herod’s biblical massacre of […]


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Dressing Up for New Year on Tenerife

If you enjoy immersing yourself in local traditions when you travel there's something you need to know about New Year's Eve on Tenerife. The locals behave as though it won't be pavements they're walking on during the evening, they dress as though they're strutting their stuff down the catwalk.


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Monday, December 23, 2013

El Gordo Lottery Second Prize in Tenerife


Jesus Lorente, who bought his second prize ticket at a petrol station in Granadilla de Abona on the Canary Island of Tenerife.

Spain: Joy For 2bn El Gordo Lottery Winners

A Closer Look at Iberostar Grand Hotel El Mirador

A deluxe, romantic, couples-only hotel set in extensive grounds right on the beautiful Playa Del Duque beach. One to book for a honeymoon or special anniversary.


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

A merry Christmas and a happy New Year – feliz Navidad y Año Nuevo a todos

Today is the winter solstice, or Yule for some, and so it feels like the right time to wish everyone who reads and visits this blog a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thank you all for your support over the past year, and I hope that 2014 will be a wonderful, peaceful, […]


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Friday, December 20, 2013

A Green Christmas on Tenerife

The snowmen were made of plastic wrapping, their log cabin was pieced together from cardboard boxes and even the snowflakes were made from compacted paper.


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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Have You Tried Choco on Tenerife?

Mostly on Tenerife choco comes a la plancha (grilled), sometimes helped by a bit of garlic. The tastiest chocos I've eaten have benefited from the addition of...


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Two cases of meningitis in Arona area

A 9-year-old Valle San Lorenzo girl is in intensive care in Candelaria Hospital at the moment with meningitis, and another was diagnosed with the same on Tuesday night, though she has now been able to be released. This is viral meningitis, thankfully the least severe type which usually clears up with only specifically symptomatic treatment […]


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Tenerife reservoirs at 30% capacity after last week’s rains, enough to guarantee summer crops

Tenerife’s reservoirs are 30% full after last week’s rains, technicians say. Things could be better, they claim, but 30% is a positive figure at this stage given both the very dry Autumn we’ve had, and that we can reasonably expect more rain before the season is over, particularly in February. The water that is already […]


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New Places To Eat in El Médano

One of the nice things about El Médano, compared to most resorts, like, say Los Cristianos is that you don’t have to wander its side streets, away from the beach, to find delicious and reasonably-priced food. My new favourite bar is right there in the town’s main square.


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Can you help Óptica Downes help us all even more with a retinography machine?

I’ve posted before about Óptica Downes in Calle Grande, Adeje, (see HERE too), saying how superb Adal is – infinite patience, infinite understanding, incredibly good English – but this time, I’m posting for a different reason. As we have had personal reason lately to discover, it is one thing to get one’s vision tested, but […]


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Tragedy avoided as tourist excursion boat sinks trying to enter Los Gigantes harbour

A pleasure boat with nine Danish tourists sank earlier today as it was trying to get into Los Gigantes harbour in heavy seas. According to Diario de Avisos, it was only thanks to the rapid action of lifeguards that an utter tragedy was avoided, and all on board were transferred to Puerto Santiago medical centre. […]


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Power cuts announced for tomorrow in San Miguel de Abona municipality

San Miguel has announced power cuts in the municipality tomorrow for maintenance works. The cuts, which will be widespread, will be in effect between 9.30am and 2.30pm and will primarily affect the Golf del Sur, Los Abrigos, Las Zocas, and San Miguel town and surrounding areas. The telephone numbers 902 519 519 and 900 770 […]


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Making Plans For Puerto de la Cruz

Now there are plans afoot for Puerto which include the renovation of 7,833 hotel beds, that's almost 37% of all the beds in the resort, and the creation of 329 additional beds. Over the next three years, 30 hotels will be involved in major renovations and improvements to help to reposition the town and to give it the profile it deserves.


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Saturday, December 14, 2013

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” today in Adeje

It’s late news, I know, but if anyone is looking for something entertaining and warm today as opposed to going up Teide for the snow, they could do worse than going to see the musical El Traje Nuevo del Emperador (The Emperor’s New Clothes). It’s being stated this afternoon at 5.30pm in the Centro Cultural […]


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Have You Tried Cherne on Tenerife?

If a Canarian restaurant doesn't have cherne on the menu, the chances are it's not a bona fide Canarian restaurant. Cherne is one of the most popular fish...


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Living a Life of Luxury on Tenerife

Over the last decade or so, Tenerife has taken huge strides in developing unique and beautiful looking, high quality luxury hotels of the sort we often associate with long haul destinations.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Callao Salvaje Offers Fine art And A Fine Beach

There are always new reasons to revisit Tenerife resorts, Callao Salvaje has won many new friends since the Playa Ajabo beach was upgraded in 2012. Now there is a major art exhibition to enjoy, featuring eight diversely talented painters, photographers, and sculptors.


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Monday, December 09, 2013

Tráfico’s annual Christmas drink driving campaign starts today

As every Christmas, Tráfico has started an awareness campaign to avoid drink (and drug)-driving over the holiday period. The campaign, involving some 20,000 checks per day throughout Spain on drivers, started today to coincide with the week in which most Christmas parties take place between friends and colleagues before everyone returns to their families to […]


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Discovering the Belenes of Tenerife

Each year we go on a belen hunt on Tenerife. Hunt is maybe a bit of an exaggeration as there are hundreds of them across the island...


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There is an Aroma in Arona

It says a lot for an establishment when you can see the gleaming kitchens beyond the interior, and staff sashay from kitchen to shop front with staggeringly mouth-watering cakes. This is no place to count calories!


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Saturday, December 07, 2013

Another paraglider seriously injured in Adeje

Yet again a paraglider has been seriously injured in the Adeje area. The accident happened shortly before 3pm in an area of very difficult access in the Montaña del Conde area, and the 34-year-old man had to be rescued by helicopter and after being transferred to the Adeje helipad, he was stabilized and then taken […]


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Friday, December 06, 2013

Six Of The Best Spa Hotels on Tenerife

For many years I was a spa bystander. Then I was obliged to undertake a spa treatment in a hotel as research and suddenly I got it, I understood the allure and the addictiveness of those temples to indulgence and pampering...


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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

A Photo Guide to La Laguna

Incredibly La Laguna's charms remain somewhat of a secret to most visitors to Tenerife despite the fact that, with Santa Cruz, it's where the greatest concentration of Canarios live; it used to be the capital of the island; it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its preserved historical streets and its street layout was used in the design of many a South American city.


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Teleférico closed until Wednesday 11 December

The Teleférico, the cable car that goes to the top of Teide, is a traditional part of many visitors’ plans around the Christmas period, and this year will be no exception, I’m sure. It’s worth noting, however, that the cable car closed the day before yesterday as a result of the stormy conditions and it […]


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Monday, December 02, 2013

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

December and Christmas on Tenerife means different things to different people. In the resorts it's Xmas party time in the sun whereas in traditional towns...


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Events To Make Your Tenerife Christmas Special

The festive season can be anything you want in Tenerife but here are a few showpiece events around the island that you might like to pencil in your diary.


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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Who guards the guardians?

The Policía Nacional is investigating claims that two Adeje Policia Local officers kept 30 grams of cocaine seized during a search on a couple of youths in the municipality. One of the men, descriibed as Asian, says that the cocaine was “confiscated” from a suitcase in their vehicle in the Costa Adeje on 13 November. […]


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