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Friday, January 31, 2014

Have you seen this British man with learning difficulties, missing since lunchtime today

Paul Witcombe is 45 years old and has learning difficulties. He has been missing since lunchtime today, and was last seen at at Parque Santiago II in Playa de las Américas. His family and the police are searching for him. He was dressed exactly as in the photo above. If anyone has any information please […]

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The Ranilla District of Puerto de la Cruz

Known today as Puerto's restaurant district, with its characterful restaurants, tapas bars and candlelit tables and chairs spilling out onto the pedestrianised streets, the Ranilla District is picturesque and charming. But it wasn't always so.

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Weekend of fiesta in Alcalá for town’s patron saint, the Virgen de Candelaria

The main Virgen de Candelaria festivities are in August but the saint’s day itself is in February, hence the public holiday throughout Tenerife on Monday (link). The Virgen, however, is not just the patron saint of Tenerife, she is also the patron saint of Alcalá, on the west coast, and like Candelaria itself, the town […]


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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Unpaid workers get publicity from the most extraordinary football match

All too often in Tenerife we hear of people who are not paid for their work, but it’s a national phenomenon which has hit harder as the economic crisis has deepened. What was needed, people frequently said, was some sort of major publicity for these people who could not walk out of their jobs without […]


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Starmus returns to Tenerife in September

Last time (link), there were legendary astronauts present – the late Neil Armstrong himself attended among many others – and Starmus is back, this time with several Nobel prize winners. This is glitterati and stars in more than one sense! This second Starmus festival, whose theme is the origin of the modern world, is promoted […]


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

JA In Tenerife is now a recognized press site

Thanks to the Tenerife Cabildo, I am now a recognized press site, part of the official media in Tenerife. Thank you to everyone who has supported this blog!


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Be Safe and Stylish – Wear a Hat

We know to factor up when we hit the beach or pool, but living in South Tenerife, also makes you aware of the damage the sun can do to your hair or scalp - areas that burn easily. Can you stay safe and still look stylish?


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Monday, January 27, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 27th January to 2nd February 2014


There are signs of an improvement for the weather on Tenerife. There are still going to be showers in most parts, high winds and snow on Mount Teide and a dip in temperatures during the second part of the week. But the sun should shine every day and shine for longer and longer spells with any rain being more showers than prolonged spells.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 27th January to 2nd February 2014 | Walking Tenerife

Motorcyclist in hospital with serious injuries after accident in the Teide crater

A 33-year-old German motorcyclist is in hospital this evening with serious chest and stomach injuries after his motorbike left the road near the Teleférico in the Teide caldera just before 3pm. After being treated at the scene by paramedics, he was collected by a Canarian health service helicopter and transferred to HUC where he remains […]


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Look Up To La Pepa Food Market

Think of a market and it tends to conjure up an image of frantic shopping outdoors in cramped spaces with nowhere to relax but there’s a new more gentle approach at La Pepa Food Market up on the roof of Pasarela Oasis in Los Cristianos.


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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Bather missing off Playa de Benijos

Emergency teams are out tonight searching for a bather lost off Playa de Benijos, Taganana, on the north coast of Tenerife. Lifeboats, local and national police, and a search and rescue helicopter are all involved in looking for the missing man.


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Completing The Ruta de Tapas in Puerto de la Cruz

With four stamps on the 'passport' and needing ten to enter into the prize draw, last night we headed into town on the bus to see if we could manage to fill up our card and enjoy some more tapas and vino...


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Tenerife News & Events Roundup (weekly)

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Friday, January 24, 2014

These Boots Were Made for Walking on Tenerife

Living here we can chop and change our footwear to suit different terrain and also changing seasons. Whilst Tenerife is often promoted as the island of eternal spring, seasons do change. I always thought the ‘island of eternal spring’ tag didn’t do the climate justice as in reality it’s always an awful lot warmer than anyone from Britain is used to during spring.

As a general guide, here’s the sort of terrain and weather that walkers are likely to encounter walking on Tenerife.

These Boots Were Made for Walking on Tenerife | Walking Tenerife

Police seek thieves who robbed a La Estrella jewellers at gunpoint

Police are reporting a robbery in a jewellers yesterday morning in the La Estrella area, just before Las Galletas. One of the attackers, wearing a motorbike helmet, entered the shop shortly after it opened and threatened the assistant, who was on her own, with a gun, though whether this was real or a fake is […]


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A Great Selection of Tapas Bars in Puerto de la Cruz

Over the past 12 months or so there appears to have been a marked rise in the number of tapas menus appearing outside restaurants in Puerto de la Cruz.


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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tenerife Hard Rock Cafe joins the chain’s competition to find the next big rock group

The Hard Rock Cafe is looking for the next big rock group and is running a competition to find it. The winner will play in Rome in the summer to an audience of more than 40,000. If you think you have what it takes, click HERE and submit your entry: the rules are HERE, and […]


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Tapas and Wine, Review of El Templo del Vino in Puerto de la Cruz

El Templo del Vino sits snugly on a corner near the Plaza del Charco side of La Ranilla in an area that is jam packed with inviting restaurants...


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Three Podenco puppies saved, two dead, after being dumped in Los Cristianos basura

I’ve posted before about Podencos, how they are the most sensitive and intelligent dogs, stubborn, opinionated, but kindly and gentle … all qualities displayed in spades by our own Rosie before she was killed, another victim of the indiscriminate use of poison in these islands by individuals and councils alike. Now, another horrifying story about […]


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Puerto de la Cruz Ruta de Tapas

Late yesterday afternoon we gave ourselves an early work finish and headed down into town to check out what was on offer in the Puerto de la Cruz Ruta de Tapa...


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Vegetarian Restaurants on Tenerife

Whilst we still laugh that occasionally a sandwich vegetal on Tenerife can come with jamon, dining options for vegetarians has improved in leaps and bounds.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Tenerife News & Events 01/21/2014

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 20th to 26th January 2014


This weather front obviously likes the Canary Islands far too much. It’s more of the same for Tenerife for another week – sun, cloud, rainy spells, cool wind in parts, strong wind in others and snowfall on Mount Teide.


Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 20th to 26th January 2014 | Walking Tenerife

Circolandia, a big-top spectacular for all the family in Los Cristianos on 7 February

An artistic journey full of music, rhythm and humour that will transport the whole family into a magic world. That’s Circolandia, a, interactive spectacular show especially – but not only (!) – for children, and which will be performed for one night only in the Infanta Leonor auditorium in Los Cristianos on Friday 7 February […]


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Stand Up Paddle (SUP) in Tenerife

A simple glide around a calm bay, like El Médano is a relaxing delight, as I found out a few months back when I let my son paddle whilst I sat on front of the board, and admired the dramatic Montaña Roja and its surroundings...


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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Young Russian missing in Masca barranco

Search and rescue teams are currently in action in Masca barranco after a 17-year-old Russian youth was reported missing by his family earlier today. Presently involved are Guardia Civil, GES, Bomberos and guardias de caza (security and protection agents for hunting areas).


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Woman in hospital with serious head injuries after falling off horse in Chio romería

A 21-year-old woman has suffered serious head injuries after falling off a horse at a romería in Chio, in Guía de Isora. The accident happened in the plaza shortly after 1pm, with the horse appearing to cause further injury to the woman after she was on the floor. Emergency services, together with a doctor and […]


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Charity donations in Tenerife

To complement the Foodbanks item I posted the other day, here is one about Caritas, the principal charity in Spain – indeed the world – a part of the Catholic Church. Here in the Canaries, the regional branch is Caritas Canarias, and it has as its stated aim to help those in need in these […]


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Friday, January 17, 2014

The Price of Tenerife Wine

'Canary' wine has enjoyed something of a renaissance over the last 15 years and today has found its way onto the prize winners' platforms of international awards and onto the tables of wine connoisseurs worldwide.


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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Lighting Fires in Winter on Tenerife

Since we returned from a festive visit to Britain we've been lighting a fire in the house most nights. Lighting a fire? But this is Tenerife where it's warm...


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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Cyclist in critical condition in Candelaria hospital after collision with car in El Tanque

A 38-year-old cyclist is in hospital in critical condition tonight with head injuries after colliding with a car at 1pm this afternoon in El Tanque, the municipality next to Santiago del Teide. He was treated by a doctor and nurse from the El Tanque medical centre immediately after the accident and then transferred by helicopter […]


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The Botanical Gardens in Tenerife, a Tropical Paradise

The history of Tenerife's Botanical Gardens is fascinating, harking back to a time when the world was still shiny and new...


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Animal Magic on Tenerife in January

Exploring the old roads on Tenerife will throw up stunning scenery, historic towns and all manner of quirks. There is usually something missing from the scene though. Animals. Apart from the odd herd of goats, there's a distinct lack of animal life in Tenerife's landscapes


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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Have You Tried Pinchos on Tenerife?

If you haven't tried pinchos on Tenerife yet you've got a spicy, savoury treat in store. Unless you've got your reasons for not eating pork, you're missing out...


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Have You Tried Pinchos on Tenerife?

If you haven't tried pinchos on Tenerife yet you've got a spicy, savoury treat in store. Unless you've got your reasons for not eating pork, you're missing out...

Have You Tried Pinchos on Tenerife?

Monday, January 13, 2014

Windsurfer missing off El Médano

Search times are in operation this evening looking for a 34-year-old Ukranian windsurfer who disappeared while windsurfing in El Médano around 6pm. The alarm was raised by a lifeguard, and this coincided with the man’s family calling emergency services themselves to report his disappearance. Salvamento Marítimo has mobilised a helicopter and lifeboat, and the search […]


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Alcalá Gets A New Beach At Playa Jaquita

The whole area in front of the five star hotel was landscaped a few years back with wide concrete walkways, benches affording the best sea views, and liberal use of wooden decking. That theme has been extended to embrace the sandy coves and on either side the rock pools have been enclosed at each end to create safe natural bathing areas.


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No more minimum service in Arona as council locks lifeguards out of station and changes locks

Arona has locked the lifeguards out of their base station and changed the locks so that they cannot get access to what minimal vital equipment and supplies they have been utilising whilst providing minimum services. They are now no longer able even to comply with the legal requirement to provide those services, which means that […]


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Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 13th to 19th January 2014

The Weather Forecast for 13th to 19th January 2014
It looks like the second half of the week will be unsettled on Tenerife. Although we should see sunshine most days, there will be a lot of cloud around and the likelihood of rain increases from Wednesday with showers being almost a certainty over the weekend. Temperatures will be low this week, barely reaching above 20C in the shade anywhere, and it will be extremely cold in Teide National Park with -6C predicted. It also looks as though there could be snow most days on Mount Teide, so some interesting weather over the next few days.


Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 13th to 19th January 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

Winter Fashion on Tenerife

It's true that Tenerife has felt cooler than normal this winter but that's not necessarily the reason that the Santa Cruceros were in woolly winter gear...


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Thursday, January 09, 2014

Hidden Depths, Real Tenerife in Pictures

These six photos were taken from one of the driving routes we put together for the book which explores the nooks and crannies of the north west of Tenerife...


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Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Totally Traditional Tenerife, Review of Las Casitas in La Orotava

Starters and mains at Las Casitas consist of a sort of top twenty of Canarian gastronomy, featuring chesses, jamon iberico, salads, croquettes, churros de...


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The Hidden Delights of Tenerife Courtyards

Traditionally built in a square around a central courtyard, sometimes the most mundane of façades can lead to the loveliest discoveries. Here are just a few that are worth seeking out...


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Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Villa in Callao Salvaje

Stunning villa in Callao Salvaje with panoramic views, 2,500sq ft living space all on Escritura, 10m by 3m heated mosaic tiled pool, 4 terraces including private roof solarium, raised deck, barbecue terrace and poolside terrace, 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, library area, large open plan lounge, 700m from the new beach, 300m from indoor spa and […]


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The Best Fiestas, Festivals and Events on Tenerife in January 2014

January on Tenerife is often a sunny month even though we think of it as the true start of winter with the nights becoming quite chilly for the next 6 or 7 weeks.


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Monday, January 06, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 6th to 12th January 2014


The first full week of 2014 sees a warm and sunny start before cloud rolls in for the latter part of the week, lowering the temperature slightly bringing showers and possibly even snow to the slopes of Mount Teide. The start of the week also sees some spectacular Atlantic displays on Monday and Tuesday with wild seas battering Tenerife’s coastline. There is an orange weather alert for those days on the north coast and a yellow alert everywhere else. Don’t get too close to the wave action to try to take that ‘award winning’ photo, the sea can be dangerously unpredictable during these alerts.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 6th to 12th January 2014 | Walking Tenerife

Our Favourite Canary Islands Walks

We’re often asked to recommend our favourite walks on Tenerife and a few months ago someone asked us which Canary Island we thought was best for walking and which walks we recommended across them all. It got us thinking…

Our Favourite Canary Islands Walks | Walking Tenerife

Tenerife is all inclusive … even for all inclusive!

Jack Montgomery, travel writer and blogger on (among others) The Real Tenerife, has written THIS article about how Tenerife is for everyone, whether they want purpose-built resorts or 5* hotels, and how all-inclusive and the upmarket push are not killing tourism, but completing its offer. Have a read, because it encapsulates everything I’ve been banging […]


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Tenerife is For Everyone

Many of the people who come to Tenerife will end up staying at a purpose-built resort. That's a fact. There are a number of reasons for this...


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Santa Cruz, You’re Not That Far

Research information about Tenerife online and one of the first things you'll find out is that it's the biggest of the Canary Islands. But 'biggest' is relative. In reality Tenerife, like the other Canary Islands, is quite a small island. It doesn't take long to travel around and nowhere is really that far from anywhere.


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Wild seas alert for Canaries over next 36 hours

I have no idea how, or even whether, this is connected with the wild seas battering the UK which are themselves said to be connected to the “polar vortex” threatening the USA, but Aemet has issued a warning of huge waves here in the Canaries too. There is a yellow or orange alert for the […]


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Sunday, January 05, 2014

Bank holiday tomorrow, Monday 6 January

It’s Kings Eve today, with Los Reyes Magos in parades throughout Tenerife bringing presents for children to wake up to tomorrow morning, Kings Day (for details of the parades see HERE). Apart from Christmas Day itself, 6 January is the big day of the Spanish Christmas, and is always a bank holiday. For the full […]


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Saturday, January 04, 2014

House on Adeje Golf

House in Sunset Golf Villas on Adeje Golf, with outside BBQ and heated pool, direct alarm, air conditioning throughout, water purification system, and planted garden with irrigation system. The property has been energy rated G and has a certificate. The owner has provided more photos HERE. Price: to be confirmed.


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TF24 Teide access road via La Esperanza to reopen on Friday after collapse in recent storm

The Teide access road via La Esperanza, the TF2, will reopen on Friday, the Cabildo has announced. The road has been closed since 10 December first because of ice and snow during the recent storm, and then before it could be reopened there was a serious collapse of an entire carriageway near the Los Loros […]


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Friday, January 03, 2014

Villa in Tijoco Bajo for sale direct from owner

I’ve just added a four bedroomed villa in Tijoco Bajo to the properties for sale direct from owners – direct link HERE. The property is under the “Owning Property” tab at the top of the page: hover over that and you’ll see “Property for sale direct from owners” as one of the options in the […]


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Villa in Tijoco Bajo

4 bedroom villa set in a landscaped finca of 6,000 square metres (1.5 acres) in Tijoco Bajo and offering spectacular views out to sea. The house has a split dining room-kitchen, separate lounge, one en-suite bathroom, family bathroom and guest washroom. Outside is a separate one-bedroomed one-bathroom annex, a large terrace, lawned gardens, a swimming […]


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Try A Taste of Chile at Arlequin in Playa de San Juan

If you're looking for something a bit different where you can enjoy really tasty dishes at excellent value for money, head to the chic, west coast resort of Playa de San Juan and the Chilean fusion cuisine of Arlequín.


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Thursday, January 02, 2014

Meteor showers in the Canaries in 2014

The first meteor shower of 2014 will be the Quadrantids, which should be visible best between midnight on Thursday and dawn on Friday. Astronomers say that this shower might be the best of all those we can expect to see this year. The full list of this year’s meteor showers is: January 3, 2014 Quadrantids […]


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Christmas charity market in El Médano this Saturday evening – can you spare just one cent?

There will be a Mercadillo Navideño Benéfico in Plaza Galicia in El Médano this Saturday, 4 January, between 6 and 11pm. Apart from stalls, music, artisan products, wine and cheese tastings, and other attractions, the idea is that people bring toys and small change, particularly cents: such a tiny amount, and yet it will mount […]


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Barranco del Infierno to reopen in three months

The barranco del Infierno has been closed, officially anyway, to walkers since 2009 when a walker died in a rockfall. Since then, questions and rumours about when, or even whether, it would reopen have been plentiful. Now, however, Adeje Ayuntamiento finally approved the administrative contract for the service of information and public use of the […]


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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Arona without lifeguards, sunbeds, parasols … and now without a fair!

Arona Policía Local have confirmed that the Los Cristianos fair was closed early, before New Year’s Eve, for security failures, with some rides dangerously perched on blocks or planks of wood. Police say that when challenged, the fair owners were unable to provide any plan for safety measures and evacuation as required by bylaw. The […]


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A happy new year as the first Canarian baby born in 2014 is from south Tenerife

A happy story to start the year … long may it continue! The first Canarian baby of 2014 is a little girl from Tenerife. The baby weighed just under 4kg and was born at 00.21 last night in Candelaria hospital. Her parents live in south Tenerife and mum is said to have had an uncomplicated […]


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The Cost of Self Catering on Tenerife

When it comes to self catering and fending for yourself in the food and booze department, stick to brand supermarkets prices should be similar whether you're in Fañabe or Garachico. As a guide to the sort of prices you should expect to pay in a supermarket on Tenerife, here's a brief guide to some basics based from our last shopping bill.


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