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Friday, February 28, 2014

PERVERT PRIEST GUILTY!

CATHOLIC priest Francis Paul Cullen, the paedophile who hid out in Tenerife for more than 20 years, has admitted 21 counts of indecent assault on seven children. The incidents, involving boys and girls aged six to 16, happened from 1957 to 1991- the year he retired – around the Derbyshire area. And the local police authority believes there are definitely more of his victims out there.

PERVERT PRIEST GUILTY!

Adeje Market gets a sparkling facelift

COSTA Adeje Market, opposite the El Duque Commercial Centre, has had a facelift for the benefit of traders and the public alike. Adeje Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga recently called into the market to see the changes, accompanied by the borough’s Tourism Councillor, Rafael Dolado García.

Adeje Market gets a sparkling facelift

Las Palmas demands 6.5m over ‘fraud’ by Santa Cruz

LAS PALMAS councillors have voted unanimously to demand 6.5m euros from the Canary Islands Government. It is, they say, compensation for the alleged “fraud” committed by Santa Cruz Council, which, they say, submitted incorrect population figures to the Government’s Municipal Register to secure higher municipal funding from the budget.

Las Palmas demands 6.5m over ‘fraud’ by Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Police smarten up!

BETTER late than never! Local Police in Santa Cruz, along with all other forces, were given permission to change their style of uniform as long ago as 2003. But the Council there has only just got round to it, and, today (Friday), the new uniforms will be unveiled in the capital city.

Santa Cruz Police smarten up!

Energy costs down

ENERGY and industrial costs for the whole of Spain went down by 1.3% in January from the previous month. The annual decrease in the Canaries was 3.6%, attributed to lower energy production costs, along with reduced costs in transport and distribution, and the lower cost of oil refining.

Energy costs down

Adeje’s cost-cutting planning chief

JOSÉ María Álvarez Acosta, Adeje’s Urban Planning Councillor, wants to modify the town’s building regulations by introducing a series of energy-saving measures. These should cut domestic bills, and he also wants to regulate of liquid gas installations. Both proposals will be discussed at the Council meeting today (Friday).

Adeje’s cost-cutting planning chief

Slot machines running wild

SLOT machines are meant to be checked every four years, unless they break down sooner, according to the applicable regulations. But since the order was made, the four-yearly checks have not been carried out in the Canaries. It means up to 12,000 machines could be running outside the “win” parameters set by the internal chips.

Slot machines running wild

Amanda is the new Carnaval Queen

AMANDA Perdomo San Juan was a popular choice among a crowd of nearly 5,500 on Wednesday night as she was crowned Santa Cruz Carnaval Queen. The four-hour, Grand Election Gala extravaganza, was the biggest and most glamorous ever, and the judges had a hard task choosing from the 16 finalists.

Amanda is the new Carnaval Queen

Oh What A Lovely War With The Tenerife Swallows

In case it slipped your mind it’s 100 years since the First World War began, the Swallows Drama Group from Los Cristianos hasn’t forgotten. They staged two performances of the musical Oh What A Lovely War and after seeing the first night I can vouch that the message is as powerful as ever.

Oh What A Lovely War With The Tenerife Swallows

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Cabildo announces international Tenerife Walking Festival in 2015

Tenerife will be the European walking capital between 10 and 15 March next year when some 700 hikers arrive for the Tenerife Walking Festival. The festival is being organized by the Cabildo through Turismo de Tenerife,  and the walkers will be based in Puerto de la Cruz where they will enjoy some  of the most beautiful hiking routes Tenerife can offer. 


Cabildo announces international Tenerife Walking Festival in 2015

Semana grande in Tenerife next week

Just a reminder that next week is Semana Grande – the “big week” of the
Santa Cruz carnaval. Many businesses will be operating partial hours,
and banks may be closing earlier than usual. Quite a few municipalities
have 4 March – Carnival Tuesday – as one of their two public fiesta days
: Arona, San Miguel, and Granadilla do, for example, though Adeje does
not – the full list of municipal, and regional public holidays is HERE.

Semana grande in Tenerife next week

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Cabildo encourages public to use bus and tram special services for Santa Cruz carnival

The Tenerife Cabildo is encouraging the public to use buses and trams for the Santa Cruz carnival period to ease traffic use in the capital. Titsa and Metropolitano de Tenerife will have carnival services between 28 February and 9 March, both providing not just increased frequency, but additional security and parking discounts at the intercambiador.

Cabildo encourages public to use bus and tram special services for Santa Cruz carnival

Saida Prieto Confirms Her Attendance at Carnaval Gala

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Saida Prieto, the candidate for Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, who last year was severely burned after her costume caught fire as a consequence of pyrotechnics from another candidate’s costume, has confirmed that she will attend tonight’s gala, report La Opinion.

The selection of 2014’s carnaval queen takes place this evening with 16 hopeful candidates for the title. The three-hour gala begins at 21:30 and will be televised by TelevisiónCanaria.

To wet your appetite here’s a short video of highlights from last year’s event:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Former priest, 85, admits multiple sex offences after 20 years on the run

Francis Paul Cullen was extradited back to the UK last year to face the
charges after being traced to Tenerife. The Catholic Church and its
safeguarding board helped police to trace Cullen, who was found to have
attended mass at a church in Playa de las Americas every Sunday.

Former priest, 85, admits multiple sex offences after 20 years on the run

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 24th February to 2nd March 2014

The good news is that it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful and mainly sunny week across Tenerife. The bad news is that Carnival in the north of Tenerife starts at the end of the week and guess what, rain is forecast for the weekend. Actually, it doesn’t look as though it’s serious rain so even if it does fall it won’t dampen the party spirit. 


Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 24th February to 2nd March 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Posts Roundup (weekly)

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

Man knocked down and killed on TF5

A 36-year-old man was killed this evening after being knocked down on the TF5. The accident happened shortly after 8pm near San Benito. Emergency services were called to the scene, but they were unable to do anything other than confirm the poor man’s death at the scene ...

Man knocked down and killed on TF5

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Upgrades at the Costa Adeje Market

Costa Adeje Market – Mercado del Atlantico – opposite the El Duque Commercial Centre has been upgraded, benefiting traders and public alike. Recently, Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, accompanied by Adeje’s tourism councillor Rafael Dolado García, called into the market to see the changes for himself, and joined in welcoming and praising the results of the works.

Upgrades at the Costa Adeje Market

First prison sentence ever in the Canaries for “planning irregularities” given in Santa Cruz

The first verdict in the Canaries that will see politicians and local government employees go to prison for planning corruption has been given in Santa Cruz over the so-called Caso Mamotreto, the monstrous and controversial building that was constructed in 2008 – completely illegally and corruptly, it has now been judged – and which came to be called a mamotreto, a “white elephant”. Of the seven defendants, six have been sentenced to prison (between two and three years), demolition of the illegal buliding at their own personal expense, and a ban on holding office.

First prison sentence ever in the Canaries for “planning irregularities” given in Santa Cruz

Can you help find this missing man?

The family of Domingo Pérez Ramos is desperate for help to find him. Domingo is 79 years old and went missing on Sunday from his home with his daughter and her husband in the Tejina area of La Laguna. He suffers from dementia and is said to be disoriented and in need of his medication. The above poster has contact details if anyone knows anything and can help. Domingo has a walking stick and a white hat.

Can you help find this missing man?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Cinderella, the musical, comes to Los Cristianos

Tempus Producciones is bringing Cinderella, the musical, to Los Cristianos’ Auditorio Infanta Leonor. Two performances will be given on 16 March, one at midday and another at 5.30pm. Tickets, already on sale, cost €10 for children under 12, and €12 for everyone else, and can be bought from the auditorium box office or the Cultural Centre.

Cinderella, the musical, comes to Los Cristianos

Dad due home after Tenerife stag do accident

FAMILY and friends of a man injured on a stag weekend in Tenerife are hoping he will be home in the next few days. An appeal was launched after Andy Openshaw fractured his skull and his family were told they would need £30,000 to pay for an air ambulance to fly him home.

Dad due home after Tenerife stag do accident

Walk for Life chief honoured by Adeje

BRIGITTE GYPEN, who has organised the annual cancer charity fund-raiser Walk for Life, throughout its 10-year span, is to be honoured with Adeje Council’s 2014 Abinque prize. It is given in recognition of a woman (or women) for her work inpromoting equal opportunities and enhancing the life of Adeje people.

Walk for Life chief honoured by Adeje

Adeje’s animal adoption deal

ADEJE Council has signed an agreement with two animal protections agencies regarding adoption of abandoned animals. It will be working hand in hand with MADAT, the Dogs’ Welfare Trust and vet Nahum García del Río, to rehome animals cared for at the Adeje Animal Refuge. The associations will take preference when it comes to adopting those from the centre who have stayed beyond the normal legal limit, with no financial benefit to either side.

Adeje’s animal adoption deal

Ring road and schools to cost a mighty 500m

IT will cost about 500 million euros to complete the Island ring road – and build 15 new schools. That’s the prediction of José Luis Delgado, Tenerife’s Minister for Roads and Landscapes, who says the investment would, potentially, create 1,500 jobs directly, and a further 2,200 indirectly.

Ring road and schools to cost a mighty 500m

Favourite baby names are Valeria and Hugo

FORGET Amelia and Harry, the top baby names in the Canaries in 2012 were Valeria and Hugo. For the second year running, Valeria has topped the list of most-popular baby names for girls born in the Canary Islands, notching up 193 instances. Lucía, Daniela, Paula and Carla were also in the picture. For the boys, Hugo was followed by Diego, Daniel and Pablo, according to data supplied by the Canary Islands’ Statistics Institute (ISTAC).

Favourite baby names are Valeria and Hugo

Ashotel’s mighty tourism dreams

THE vice-president of Ashotel, Tenerife’s Hotel Association, is making a push to develop tourism in the North. Gabriel Wolgeschaffen is mainly targeting Santa Cruz and La Laguna and hopes his ideas will be taken seriously, because, he says, development will aid the economy’s recovery. “Not all tourists want sun and sand when on holiday,” he adds. “Santa Cruz and La Laguna “offer a different, yet complementary option to the stereotypical Tenerife holiday.”

Ashotel’s mighty tourism dreams

Budget airlines still flying high

THE Canary Islands last month welcomed 302,841 international passengers on budget airlines. It added up to a 21.7% rise against the same period last year and put the Islands second on a national level, behind Madrid. Brits again topped the list of travellers with 40.2% (up 14.1% on January 2013) and German visitors were second (up 16.6% from 16.4%).

Budget airlines still flying high

Jack’s Five Favourite Things About Tenerife

There are so many surprises and wonders on Tenerife that my chin is a smooth as the proverbial baby’s bum with all the chin-rubbing pondering I’ve been doing. These are the things that still bring a wide-eyed smile after 10 years of seeing, or experiencing them over and over again.

Jack’s Five Favourite Things About Tenerife

Miles of smiles from the Junior Carnaval Queen

AMANDA Sánchez Suárez is Tenerife’s junior Carnaval Queen, chosen from 21 entrants … and she’s lovely! The eight-year-old has hardly stopped smiling since being crowned on Sunday night in Santa Cruz.

Miles of smiles from the Junior Carnaval Queen

Finally! Primark opens, 50 shades shoots

The long-awaited Primark store finally opens in Santa Cruz on Thursday (27th Feb) and, over the weekend, the 50 Shades of Grey movie will be filming in El Medano. The Primark opening has been a year in the making, but the doors will open to the public at 11am.

Finally! Primark opens, 50 shades shoots

Thursday, February 20, 2014

El Hierro science ship in port in Los Cristianos on 24 March for public open door day

The Ángeles Alvariño
The Ángeles Alvariño is said to be the most sophisticated and modern science ship that the Institute has, and it is to celebrate the Institute’s centenary (1914-2014) that the open day is being held – in Los Cristianos on 24 March.

María de los Ángeles Alvariño González
El Hierro science ship in port in Los Cristianos on 24 March for public open door day | Janet Anscombe

The ship, which was launched from Vigo in February 2012, was named in honour of María de los Ángeles Alvariño González (October 3, 1916 – May 29, 2005), who was a Spanish oceanographer. She was the first female scientist to work on British and Spanish exploration ships.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2.8 earthquake registered off Puerto de la Cruz

An earth tremor of 2.8 was registered just off the coast of north Tenerife at 4.50pm. IGN says that the epicentre was in the sea near to Puerto de la Cruz at a depth of around 28 km.



2.8 earthquake registered off Puerto de la Cruz

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Tenerife News & Events Roundup (weekly)

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

Friday, February 14, 2014

Woman dies after being knocked down on Buzanada to La Camella road

It now appears that this was a tragic accident after an unattended van which was parked at the side of the road started moving after its handbrake failed. The vehicle crossed the road and ran into a wall just where the woman happened to be.

Woman dies after being knocked down on Buzanada to La Camella road

Man found dead on TF1

A man has been arrested in Santa Cruz for knocking down and killing the man found dead on the TF1 this morning. Gruesomely, police say that remains of the dead man’s organs were found underneath his car. He has been tested for alcohol and drugs and the results are awaited. There is no news at present as to whether the detainee was also responsible for the second accident on the Avenida Marítima.

Man found dead on TF1

House prices still falling

THE average price of a Canary Island home fell by 6.9% from January 2013 to last month. Figures from Real Estate Appraisals (Tinsa) show that, nationally, the fall was 7.2% year-on-year.

House prices still falling

Government ‘abandons’ San Andres

SANTA CRUZ Mayor José Manuel Bermúdez believes the Spanish Government has turned its back on the possible plight of San Andrés residents. Their sea wall is in desperate need of repair – and has been for a long time – despite a commitment made last September by Development Minister Ana Pastor.


Government ‘abandons’ San Andres

Air cargo traffic halved

AIR cargo traffic coming into the Canaries has dropped by 52% since 2007, with textiles, footwear and accessories suffering the most. A new study reveals that the decline coincides with the start of the recession, while on the other side of the coin, exports of plants and flowers have been hardest hit. 

Air cargo traffic halved

Stadium upgrade underway

TENERIFE Cabildo has started work on a major redevelopment of one of the south’s main football areas. Refurbishment of the green area opposite the Arona football field in central Las Americas is underway. A budget of more than 200,000 euros is in place for the scheme, which is part of the Tourism Convention Regeneration project.

Stadium upgrade underway

Brits go all-out for All-Inclusives

MORE than three million people opted for all-inclusive holidays in the Canary Islands last year. But the 3,212,050 figure – 28.8% of the overall total – supplied by the Canary Islands Statistics Institute (Istac), was 51,419 fewer than in 2012. Despite the drop, it was still the most popular option for visitors, ahead of flight and accommodation (2,804,407) and half-board (2,121,183).


Brits go all-out for All-Inclusives

Don’t drink dodgy water!

ELEVEN municipalities in the north have been warned that is is unsafe to drink tap water. Even the Puerto de la Cruz supply is off-limits because of an excess of fluoride in the domestic supply. The Public Health Department, which issued the warning, also advised that tap water in the affected areas should not be used for cooking or preparing food.


Don’t drink dodgy water!

Lunch Off The Beaten Track in Tasquita El Pimenton

 There are few places in the south of Tenerife more off the beaten track than Arico Nuevo. Built in the 18th century by wealthy landowners who wanted to be close to the water sources of nearby barrancos Atalaya and Los Caballos, the village is practically walled. A stone gateway on the old TF28 Carretera Sur road between Arico and Granadilla leads to a picturesque settlement of uniformly white houses and narrow, cobbled streets.


Lunch Off The Beaten Track in Tasquita El Pimenton

A cold and wild weekend in Tenerife forecast

It’s going to be a cool weekend as the wild weather continues. Aemet says that the storm system over the UK and Ireland, together with an anti-cyclone to the west of the Azores will cause a sharp drop in temperatures here over the weekend as a mass of cold north-westerly air is pushed down to the Canaries. Along with this cold weather ...


A cold and wild weekend in Tenerife forecast | Janet Anscombe

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Adeje hosts Canaries’ first Mapping Party

Adeje Ayuntamiento held a press conference earlier today to announce that it will be host this Saturday to the Canaries’ first ever ‘mapping party’, which will see up to 45 people in groups of three virtually mapping Adeje town, creating an online data base of places in the municipality for residents and visitors to access online with ease and accuracy. Each group of three will comprise experts in geo-localisation (i.e pinpointing your location), social networks fans, and in fact anyone who would like to sign up to the project.

Adeje hosts Canaries’ first Mapping Party

Trafico controls over next week as part of campaign to improve safety for vans and lorries

Over the next week, Trafico will be carrying out a national campaign of control points to monitor commercial vehicles. The DGT says that although 67% of the vehicles in Spain are cars, vans and lorries represent the second largest type of vehicle on Spanish roads – 15% – and involve 14% of accidents resulting in injuries. Checks will include speed, driving hours, tachographs ...



Trafico controls over next week as part of campaign to improve safety for vans and lorries

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tenerife, A Little Bit of Ireland in the Sun

It’s common for people to view Tenerife as a place where Brits flock to for a little bit of familiarity in the sun. But that shows an ignorance of the island’s history, and of the British and Irish who have lived on the island for centuries, integrating with other settlers rather than living apart.


Tenerife, A Little Bit of Ireland in the Sun

Linda’s Five Favourite Things About Tenerife

Tenerife has been my home for over 25 years, but I was born with wanderlust, and I have roamed away. Every time, this island has drawn me back, and every time it happens, I take stock. Here are my top five reasons to make Tenerife my home.

Linda’s Five Favourite Things About Tenerife - Tenerife Holidays Blog

Return of Starmus is out of this world

THE second Starmus Festival will be also staged in Tenerife, from 22nd-28th September, and it is sure to be another triumph for the organisers.

It will address astronomy, science and the arts under the title Beginnings: the making of the modern cosmos.

The event follows the huge success of the first Starmus Festival, 50 years in space, held here in June, 2011, which featured keynote presentations from the likes of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Jim Lovell and Richard Dawkins.


Return of Starmus is out of this world

Carnival of Santa Cruz 2014


The Carnival of the capital, this year dedicated to cartoons, starts on January 31 with the presentation of the candidates to the Queen of the Carnival. Thereafter, all is colour, rhythm and fun in Santa Cruz. Contests set the mood for the entire month of February and finally, on Friday 28, the opening parade, the first major event of the Carnival with hundreds of thousands of participants taking the streets of the city to announce that once again the Tenerife Carnival is a great participatory party. That's just the beginning of a week of masked balls until dawn, the daytime carnival and parades full of colour and joy.


Carnival of Santa Cruz 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 10th to 16th February 2014


The warm, sunny weather is going to continue on Tenerife until the weekend when unfortunately the cloud, rain and cool temperatures will return and it looks like we will experience the coldest weather of the winter so far. Even in the southern resorts temps could drop to 15C. On Teide, temperatures could feel as low as an incredible -22C thanks to the wind chill factor. It looks like Teide National Park could be out of bounds by next weekend.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 10th to 16th February 2014 | Walking Tenerife

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Arona’s beaches finally have lifeguards again

Arona’s lifeguards are saying that the beaches are now manned. That is to say, Arona’s old lifeguards are saying that the beaches are now manned … and not by them. After the entire saga, resulting in a year’s worth of posts HERE, of 18 months of being forced to provide minimum services without being paid, and of finally being locked out of their own work station, Arona’s beaches finally have lifeguards again. New ones.

Arona’s beaches finally have lifeguards again

Man seriously injured after falling down stairs in Playa de las Americas

A 43-year-old man is in Hospiten Sur with serious head injuries this morning after falling down some stairs on the Avenida Rafael Puig in Playa de las Americas last night. The accident happened shortly after 2am, and emergency services helped at the scene before transferring the man to hospital, where he remains in serious condition. National Police are processing the paperwork, which may suggest that the man was a foreigner in Spain.

Man seriously injured after falling down stairs in Playa de las Americas

The Changing Coastal Face Of West Tenerife

Any excuse for a stroll, with big waves battering some parts of Tenerife and a storm on the way in, I leapt through the window of opportunity to revisit my west coast roots. First stop was to have been Alcala but the weather was so gloriously sunny and the sea relatively well behaved so I hoped off he bus at Playa San Juan to take the coastal path.

The Changing Coastal Face Of West Tenerife

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Thieves steal €3,000 worth of dog food from Cabildo’s Tierra Blanca refuge in Fasnia

The Tenerife Cabildo’s dog refuge in Fasnia, the Centro de Proteccion Animal Tierra Blanca, has had €3,000 euros worth of dog food stolen, which the centre says is equivalent to about a week’s worth of food. As a result of the theft, money allocated for medical supplies now has to be diverted to try and keep the dogs from starving. The refuge would welcome donations of money or food: to donate money, the bank account number is 2100 9169 07 2200022538 in La Caixa; food can be donated direct to Tierra Blanca at the refuge. If anyone were thinking of helping, now would be a really good time.


Thieves steal €3,000 worth of dog food from Cabildo’s Tierra Blanca refuge in Fasnia

Saturday Is The Time To Flock To Los Cristianos Beach

Have you ever been storked by a long legged bird? I reckon I might have been. It started as a fairly relaxed Saturday morning so I took my camera for a little wander down into Los Cristianos, stopping on the way to snap some weeds. They may be seen as weeds but growing wild on the waste land besides the pavement they had a certain charm and pleasing colours. I can’t really tell the difference, never ask me to tidy up your garden.


Saturday Is The Time To Flock To Los Cristianos Beach

Charity in Spain

Something frequently overlooked when we talk about charities in Spain is the actual word “charity”, in the sense of an organization. Despite constant use of the word in fund raising activities, there is actually no direct equivalent in Spain to that which we understand as a charity in the UK. Rather, there are two types of charitable organizations: a fundacion (foundation) and an asociacion (association). There is a large difference between the two, since a fundacion must have an asset base of €30,000 and a board of trustees as basic legal requirements, whereas an asociacion is far simpler and virtually free to set up.

Charity in Spain

Row in Adeje over council’s weedkiller use

There is an argument going on in Adeje over the use of glyphosate, a broad-spectrum systemic weedkiller. The Coalicion Canaria (CC) group has denounced its use, arguing that it is damaging to the endocrine systems of both humans and animals, not least because it contaminates the borough’s water supply. They say that glyphosate is considered so dangerous to health and environment that it is banned in many European countries along with other very dangerous toxins.

Row in Adeje over council’s weedkiller use

Friday, February 07, 2014

Bustling or Centres of Tranquillity? Hill Towns on Tenerife

"A question on Tripadvisor about a rural hotel in Realejos Baja got me thinking about the perception of the towns that hug the hills on Tenerife. One reviewer had advised that it was a ghost town in winter, evidence that they hadn’t explored the area maybe as extensively as they might have done. Geography and history have fashioned quite a difference in the characters of the hill towns in the south and north sides on Tenerife."

Bustling or Centres of Tranquillity? Hill Towns on Tenerife

Carnaval organisers spell out safety rules

"SANTA CRUZ Carnaval Organisers were embroiled in a tense meeting on Tuesday over this year’s increased security measures The new regulations, as reported in last week’s Canarian Weekly, makes it imperative that there is no overcrowding in the main indoor Festival Hall (Recinto Ferial) venue at the Fairground.. "

Carnaval organisers spell out safety rules

Cruisers’ cabbie complaints

"SANTA CRUZ Port officials, along with business owners in the capital city, have received complaints from cruise passengers about taxi drivers. Their main beef seems to be about the unwillingness of some cabbies to take passengers short distances into the city. They would obviously prefer an Island tour, or something more lucrative."

Cruisers’ cabbie complaints

Tourist jobs on the up

"EMPLOYMENT in the Canaries’ tourist sector rose by 5.1% in 2013, which helped lower Spain’s jobless figures slightly. This sector on the mainland ended the year with 18.9% unemployment, down from 19.8% the previous year. In fact, tourism hit a record high in 2013, with 60.6 million visitors (up 5.6% on 2012), and spending up 5.6% to 59,080 million euros."

Tourist jobs on the up

Gamble by Carnaval stall-holders is costly

 OF the 85 kiosk sites available for the Santa Cruz Carnaval, only 31 secured bids in the recent “auction”. In previous years, sites not secured in the first round have been offered up again, with many of them then selling for lower prices. This year, though, it was decided to have one round of bidding only, leaving many potential stall-holders without pitches for the festivities.


Gamble by Carnaval stall-holders is costly

Frigate is such a big noise, but only just!

THE magnificent frigate nestling in the San Miguel Marina really is a sight to behold. And we were led to expect an explosive few minutes on Saturday as the crew on the Russian-built ship Standard – a replica of the one the Tsar, Peter the Great, had built in 1703 – rewound time to the 18th Century. In those far-off days, in the absence of timekeepers such as clocks or watches, The Noon Day Gun, as it was known, was originally fired to allow ships to check the accuracy of their marine chronometers – an instrument necessary for the accurate calculation of longitude.


Frigate is such a big noise, but only just!

Russian swimming team in Tenerife to train for 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics

The Tenerife Cabildo says that it is delighted that the island’s increasing reputation as an international top level training venue has been consolidated by the presence here over the last fortnight of the Russian swimming team, already in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Russian swimming team in Tenerife to train for 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Not all Canarian Cuisine is a True Taste of the Canary Islands

This week we had one of the most disappointing eating experiences to date on Tenerife.

Read more Not all Canarian Cuisine is a True Taste of the Canary Islands

Shtandart Offers A Different Life On The Tenerife Waves

It may have been a dummy load but the explosion and smoke from the canon of the Shtandart triple mast frigate felt real enough as the bundle of spare rope was propelled two miles across the sea. Our barefoot Captain Vladimir Martus chuckled at our reactions, it’s all part of the daily life for him [...]

Read more Shtandart Offers A Different Life On The Tenerife Waves

All signs suggest Santa Cruz refinery will close and be replaced by leisure park

Some might think that this has been a long time in the planning. First there was the replacement of the distinctive red Cepsa petrol station hoardings with the yellow and blue of Disa. Then there were the reports of “unacceptable levels” of pollution from the refinery. Then the refinery was closed “temporarily”, on at least […]

Read more All signs suggest Santa Cruz refinery will close and be replaced by leisure park

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

One owner’s experience of being blackmailed for illegal letting – by her own holidaymakers

I’m reproducing in full the following letter which I received yesterday. It is a warning to those who are letting out their properties privately, and I hope it will also be read by at least some of those responsible for the current legislation to see what effects it is having. Naturally, I am publishing this […]

Read more One owner’s experience of being blackmailed for illegal letting – by her own holidaymakers

Getting from Tenerife North Airport to your Resort

Plenty of travellers do arrive at Tenerife North Airport. Apart from some flights from other European countries, anyone arriving via the Spanish mainland or from one of the other Canary Islands is likely to enter Tenerife by the airport at Los Rodeos in La Laguna.

Read more Getting from Tenerife North Airport to your Resort

Pensions, benefits, healthcare newsletter from the Foreign Office

This quarter’s edition includes information on how Facebook can keep you up to date with important issues affecting Brits living in Spain or how you can become a volunteer in Spain and help others.

Pensions, benefits, healthcare newsletter from the Foreign Office

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Los Cristianos resident arrested at TFS for smuggling cocaine in capsules inside his body

Guardia Civil officers based at TFS have arrested a 39-year-old resident of Los Cristianos for drug trafficking. The man was detained in the arrivals hall after his nervousness aroused police suspicion. His luggage was searched, but it was inside his body that he was carrying the drugs, the confession he made being subsequently proven by […]

Read more Los Cristianos resident arrested at TFS for smuggling cocaine in capsules inside his body

Relief for cancer victims in Spain and here as well

TUESDAY was World Cancer Day 2014, so it’s hardly surprising that figures relating to the disease have been showing up in press articles all over the globe.

The annual day (always 4th February) was founded by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and its primary goal is to reduce illness and death from the disease significantly by 2020.

Relief for cancer victims in Spain and here as well

Monday, February 03, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 3rd to 9th February 2014


It looks as though the weather is going to continue to get better with more sunshine, fewer clouds and less of a chance of rain although the wet stuff might fall somewhere on Tenerife at some point. There’s not much of a change in temperatures though which means nice and warm in the sunshine and on the cool side in the shade – typical for February.


Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 3rd to 9th February 2014 | Walking Tenerife

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

February; the unpredictable month on Tenerife in so many ways. Carnival (carnaval here) totally dominates the northern scene.

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Official Carnaval Song 2014

The main carnival parade is just a month away, on March 4th, meanwhile, here for your delectation is this year's official carnival song from Cerveza Dorada - the official carnival beer supplier.

La Laguna Cathedral Re-Opens

The 15 million euro renovation has given Tenerife a new religious heart and a major tourist attraction.

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A Tribute to the Banana Workers of Tenerife

When you live on Tenerife, the sight of banana plants becomes something you take for granted and you quickly forget that, to many people, seeing bananas growing by the side of the road is an exotic novelty and a fascination.

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Sunday, February 02, 2014

Candelaria all aglow again for Candlemas

JESUS MENDOZA, the Vicar of Candelaria who died last October, was remembered in the numerous events held on Sunday in celebration of the Candlemas fiesta. Prior to the celebrations, held annually on 2nd February in Candelaria in honour of the Virgin Mary (the Virgin of Candelaria), patron saint of Tenerife and the other Canary Islands, there was the usual, well-attended procession of candles.

Candelaria all aglow again for Candlemas

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Another motorcyclist fighting for life after coming off his bike in Vera de Erques

A 32-year-old motorcyclist has suffered serious head injuries after coming off his motorbike around 12.30 this lunchtime in Vera de Erques, Guía de Isora. Emergency services were called out and paramedics stabilized and immobilized him at the scene before transferring him to Candelaria hospital, where he remains in a very serious condition. It was only […]

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