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Monday, March 31, 2014

A World of Volcanoes at El Portillo Visitor Centre, Teide National Park

The whole volcanic experience begins the minute you pick up your information leaflet and head into the centre. Constructed as a mock-up of a volcanic tube, complete with burning river of molten lava beneath your feet, the entrance is a dark cave lit only by the fiery red beneath your feet. With a video of ‘the real thing’ playing in front of you, walking along the glass floor in the dark is a weird sensation and a very effective introduction to the world of volcanoes.

A World of Volcanoes at El Portillo Visitor Centre, Teide National Park

Andy’s Five Favourite Things About Tenerife

I really thought I had made a big mistake waiting until last to pen my five Tenerife faves
but in fact, I find that I can not only easily come up with a selection
that doesn’t overlap, but I could just as easily have made it my top
twenty. Hmmm, maybe that’s one for a future date…


Andy’s Five Favourite Things About Tenerife

Poptastic Carnaval Day In Los Cristianos

There was a definite shift away from the old guard of crooners and spangly jacket singers, the main stage featured international artists from the 40 Principales hit parade. Most of the artists were DJ’s like Marien Baker from Valencia, the first act I saw. She had the crowd pumping up the jam and jamming up the pump but it seemed a bit of a waste of the massive stage to have one person basically operating a lap top, but I am an old fogey.

Poptastic Carnaval Day In Los Cristianos

Sunday, March 30, 2014

News Roundup (weekly)

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

Saturday, March 29, 2014

“Summer time” starts tonight

Just as in the UK, clocks in Spain go forward an hour at 2am tonight for
the start of summer time.

“Summer time” starts tonight

Oh Baby Santa Cruz Is Hard To Ignore

Come on how many
capital cities can you go to and be confronted by a huge babies head at
the entrance of a public park. Take a bow Santa Cruz, this bronze
sculpture Carmen Dormida (Carmen Sleeping) by Antonio Lopez and it is
rather haunting and worrying in equal measures.


Oh Baby Santa Cruz Is Hard To Ignore

Two girls found living in a cave in Tenerife

The tourist police in Arona, Tenerife, have found two German girls living in a cave with a German man.


The mother of the girls, 10 and 7, has been arrested after she left
the girls with an acquaintance who promised to take them to school every
day.

Two girls found living in a cave in Tenerife

Adeje Summer University photo competition

Adeje department of culture, under councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt, has released details of the Adeje Summer University’s photography competition. The competition’s central theme is knowledge, with entrants asked to present their personal interpretation of learning and the search for it. The winning photograph will win the first prize of €600 and also be used as the main poster for the XXII Summer University this year. 

Adeje Summer University photo competition

Friday, March 28, 2014

Miguel Poveda in La Orotava Suena, 29th March 2014

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There’s a real treat in store for anyone who wishes to venture to La Orotava tomorrow night, Saturday, 29th March, 2014 as award-winning flamenco singer, Miguel Poveda is performing at the Auditorio Teobaldo Power, Calle del Calvario, 1, La Orotava, Santa Cruz de Tenerife (map) as part of the Festival, La Orotava Suena 2014.

The concert starts at 21:00 hrs and the price is 20 Euros.

Just to wet your appetite, here is footage from Miguel Poveda’s performance at Sadler’s Wells  in London for the Flamenco Festival in March of this year:

El cantante Miguel Poveda vuelve a la Isla de la mano del festival La Orotava Suena

Butane prices, like electricity, have almost doubled, but are now frozen for the next year

Like electricity, butane gas bottle prices only ever seem to go up, and like electricity, this “poor man’s energy” has almost doubled over the past five years: the above chart from consumer association OCU (Organización de consumidores y usuarios) shows the steep rise. In 2010 I posted how a bottle cost €12.79, the legal maximum that had just been set by the Ministerio de Industria. That legal maximum is now €17.50, a price that has been frozen until March next year.

Butane prices, like electricity, have almost doubled, but are now frozen for the next year

Are the Pyramids of Guimar on Tenerife Worth a Visit?

Apart from the pyramids there is a museum dedicated
to ancient civilisations; an auditorium where a 15 minute documentary
throws some light on the park’s existence; an exhibition room about the
life and travels of Thor Heyerdahl with replicas of the reed boats he
used in his adventures; an Easter Island exhibition; a café, shop and
children’s area and 20,000 m2 of gardens with two walking routes (the
botanical route and the exportation route).


Are the Pyramids of Guimar on Tenerife Worth a Visit?

A plane has *not* crashed off Gran Canaria

Much ridicule has accompanied this afternoon’s mistaken identification by the Canarian Emergency Services of a “crane boat” for a downed Boeing 737 in waters off Gran Canaria. The mistake was rectified almost immediately, with confirmation in minutes, but that has not stopped Spanish and British press and public alike accusing 112 of everything from needing to go to Specsavers to being drunk on duty.

A plane has *not* crashed off Gran Canaria

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Save Canarias



The Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago located off the northwest coast of Africa, is a hotspot of biodiversity!


But the Spanish Ministry of Industry and oil company Repsol are pushing
for oil exploration around the islands of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura -
despite widespread opposition from locals and the regional government.

An oil spill would ruin the island’s rich marine biodiversity and its
main economic activities – fishing and tourism. On 1 April 2014, the
Spanish Supreme Court will decide whether or not Repsol can carry on
with its plans.

The Canarian people want an oil-free future,
powered by renewable energy. Please show them your support by SIGNING
and SHARING this pledge. http://bit.ly/1d2KQUp

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

British woman caught by police in Palm Mar driving on UK provisional licence

Arona Policía Local say that sanctions have been imposed on a British woman whose car was stopped last Sunday in Palm Mar. Police say that she was not able to show a licence valid for driving outside of the UK since she only had a UK provisional licence.

British woman caught by police in Palm Mar driving on UK provisional licence

Arona Book Fair 10-12 April, Los Cristianos

Arona Ayuntamiento’s Culture Department has announced the XXV Feria del
Libro. The 2014 book fair will be held in the Plaza del Pescador outside
the Cultural Centre, from 7.30pm Thursday 10 April to 9pm Saturday
12th. As usual, there will be musical and performance entertainments,
handicrafts workshops, and many other events. 

Arona Book Fair 10-12 April, Los Cristianos

Easter Flower Art in Guia de Isora, Tenerife

Less known, and a more recent, innovative tradition, is the Easter Floral Art of Guia de Isora, the small village which is the nucleus of the municipality of the same name and is in the hills above Playa San Juan and Alcalá. When I checked recently, there is nothing else like this display either on the islands or in mainland Spain.

Easter Flower Art in Guia de Isora, Tenerife

Pamela’s Five Favourite Things About Tenerife



Tenerife was my home for more than 16 years and, in many ways, will probably always be. From the many happy recollections, these are those which come to mind first, as those I most want to see or experience again.

Pamela’s Five Favourite Things About Tenerife

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tenerife Castles

They may not have the rich history of conflict which
has left such a legacy of fine fortresses across much of Europe, but
being at the crossroads to the New World 500 years ago put the Canary Islands at the heart of a frontier society. At the mercy of constant attacks from pirates and privateers (there’s a thin line between those two), Tenerife and
her neighbours had to be on constant alert and to have defences ready
for would-be assailants. These are what remains of the island’s
fortifications.


Tenerife Castles

Paedophile priest Francis Paul Cullen jailed for 15 years

Francis Paul Cullen, 85, pleaded guilty to 21 charges of indecent
assault and other sexual offences last month after being extradited to
the UK last year following 22 years on the run in Tenerife. The offences
were committed between 1957 and 1991 on children aged between six and
14.

Paedophile priest Francis Paul Cullen jailed for 15 years

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blustery weather forecast for next few days

The Tenerife Cabildo and Aemet have issued alerts for high winds and
high waves, advising people to take care when near the coast. Winds
gusting to 70km/h are expected. Meteorologists have been talking for
some days now about an approaching weather system that could have
brought torrential rains, but it does seem that we will just be settling
for some very blustery weather instead. The alert is active from
tomorrow.

Blustery weather forecast for next few days

Sunday, March 23, 2014

News Roundup (weekly)

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

Friday, March 21, 2014

This Tenerife Resort is NOT for You

“We’re coming to Tenerife for the first time, which resort would suit us best?”

This is a question I’ve seen asked online many, many times over the years.

How can anyone actually advise someone about which resort will suit them best when they know absolutely nothing about the person who posed the question or their likes, tastes and travelling preferences?

And yet people will invariably try to answer it, mostly telling the person who asked it where they like best which is clearly not only extremely subjective, it’s totally irrelevant.

This Tenerife Resort is NOT for You

Where to go After Arriving in Santa Cruz

Arrive in any city without having carried out any research at all and there’s a danger of missing all the best bits and finding instead only the seedy and unsightly parts.

The capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz, is no different.

Although Santa Cruz isn’t a big city and is easy to get around on foot; however, if you don’t know which direction to head when you step off the bus or ferry it can amount to playing the lottery.

Where to go After Arriving in Santa Cruz

Thursday, March 20, 2014

MP leads battle to find truth behind coma dad’s injury

THE family of the stag-party father left in a coma, mysteriously, in Las Americas on 31st January, are still searching for the truth.

And they have received some welcome support from Leigh MP Andy Burnham, who also wants to determine exactly what happened the night Andy Openshaw was found, half-dead, in an empty swimming pool in Las Americas.

MP leads battle to find truth behind coma dad’s injury

Facelift for our old hotels?

The general feeling was that the older hotels in Adeje and Arona, particularly those over 20 years old, were in need of major refurbishments.

Tour operators at the fair stressed that the older hotels were becoming far less desirable and, thus, proving much harder to sell to the public.

Many of these hotels, built in the late Eighties and early Nineties, are still rated as three or four-star establishments. But they have not been renovated and are becoming “obsolete”.

Facelift for our old hotels?

Shoppers gamble with food past ‘sell-by’ date

FOOD carrying an expired sell-by date is eaten regularly by one in three people, as a result of the recession.

A study by the Spanish Confederation of Housewives, Consumers and Users (Ceaccu) says that up to 61% of consumers have had to revise their food-shopping habits since the early recession days.

The association is concerned that so many people are prepared to risk their health, even if the sell-by date has passed by just a few days.

Shoppers gamble with food past ‘sell-by’ date

Graffiti artists won’t be painting this town red for much longer!

SANTA CRUZ Council has to fork out some 150,000 euros each year to combat the effects of vandalism in the city.

But not any more! Since November, a new regime introduced by the Town Hall means that those caught in the act of “anti-social” behaviour on the streets – especially graffiti artists – will be fined heavily.

Graffiti artists won’t be painting this town red for much longer!

Boozers kept Red Cross so busy at the Carnaval

THE Red Cross Mobile Carnaval Hospital has now closed, after treating 638 people during the Santa Cruz celebrations.

And, in keeping with last week’s findings, almost half of the cases were as a result of alcohol.

In all this year, 47% of the 570 adults and 68 under 18s were treated for booze-related related cases, although the number of youngsters needing help dropped from 80 in 2013.

Boozers kept Red Cross so busy at the Carnaval



Which, when put into perspective given the hundreds of thousands who attend each day's Carnaval events, that's pretty good behavour. 

Tram figures still falling

TENERIFE Tram service last year carried 70,000 fewer passengers than in 2012.

From its 2007 launch, the service grew steadily until slowing down five years later as the recession hit, and costs increased.

The second half of last year actually saw a slight recovery, but not enough to turn the deficit around.

Tram figures still falling

We’ve cut down on spending over here

A SURVEY by supermarket chain Eroski reveals that the average family spend in the Canaries has dropped by 36% in the past six years.

The company, investigating the recession’s effect on household outlay, studied spending between 2006 and 2012 – from pre-recession to the extremely difficult times two years ago.

It took into account items such as expenses, food, clothing and footwear, utilities, education, transport and communication.

We’ve cut down on spending over here

Workers in Cabildo plea to keep their casino open

A GROUP from the Las Americas Casino have urged Cabildo President Carlos Alonso to reject a proposed privatisation plan. If it comes about, three of the Island’s casinos could be sold off to private enterprise. Casino workers met last week and unanimously opposed the proposal, even though it has already being passed at a higher level. 

Workers in Cabildo plea to keep their casino open

Tenerife skools rule…

WINGATE School and Luther King are among the top private education centres in Spain, and Tenerife also boasts four others on an elite list. Avanzatucarrera.com, employment agency Infoempleo.com and the Vocento Group (with over 30 years of experience in employment and training), have collaborated to form the “best of” chart. It can be downloaded free from the three companies’ websites and includes six schools and colleges on the Island. 

Tenerife skools rule… 

Adeje introduces free sexual health information service including HIV testing service

The regional director general for public health José Díaz-Flores Estévez and Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga have presented a pilot sexual health project which includes a sexual information service and rapid HIV tests for Adeje. The service  is intended among other things to improve sexual health awareness and reduce unwanted pregnancies and HIV, and will be available in Adeje’s health promotion department in the Centre for Tourism Development Costa Adeje (CDTCA). 

Adeje introduces free sexual health information service including HIV testing service

Costa Adeje Market Gets A Facelift

A stroll was called for to check out what was on offer, everything you thought you needed and a few things you hadn’t yet thought of. Bags, shoes, jewelry, clothes, watches, and fabrics were the standard items but there were plenty of novelty items like health bracelets, toys, games, and whistles. I even spotted a demonstration of an all purpose food chopper – memories of K Tel and Ronco, ask your Gran. Some of the rock bottom prices on brand name football and T shirts seemed too good to be true, make your own judgment.

Costa Adeje Market Gets A Facelift

Have You Tried Chestnut Honey on Tenerife?

No other Canary Island can match the range of sweet flavours Tenerife has to offer. You can even pick up a jar of tajinaste honey here. Being latecomers to appreciating just how dreamy honey actually is, we’re still working our way through them. I knew it was a wonder product with magical medicinal properties but, being more of a savoury than a sweet person, had never really tuned into how it could transform a piece of toast.

Have You Tried Chestnut Honey on Tenerife?

Adeje Passion Play, Good Friday, 18 April 2014

The event is now famed worldwide, and tens of thousands attend, a great
number of them tourists in the area. It is televised live
internationally, too. Adeje Ayuntamiento’s culture department says that
such coverage allows those who cannot attend in person to watch, but
that the best way to experience the passion of the Pasión is as an actor
involved in the production itself.

Adeje Passion Play, Good Friday, 18 April 2014

Overseas passports applications to be 35% cheaper from 7 April

Applications for renewals of British passports from abroad will be 35% cheaper from next month. James Brokenshire, Immigration and Security Minister, has announced that from 7 April fee for British citizens applying for a UK passport from overseas will be reduced by £45 for adults and £28.50 for children.

Overseas passports applications to be 35% cheaper from 7 April

Canarian government’s new website presents in one place all available business finance help

The Canarian government has developed a website to centralise all
financial resources available to entrepreneurs and businesses. Whether
you are a sole trader who is after microcredit, a small business seeking
an investment loan, a medium-sized business with grand designs, or even
a loan for energy saving installations in existing premises, everything
is now collected together HERE.

Canarian government’s new website presents in one place all available business finance help

Moscow Ballet’s Swan Lake in Los Cristianos

In what is now an annual event, the Moscow Ballet is returning to Tenerife to present its Swan Lake, which will be staged on 27 April at the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos.

Moscow Ballet’s Swan Lake in Los Cristianos

Turn it off! Adeje joins WWF’s Earth Hour between 8.30 and 9.30pm on Saturday 29 March

Adeje’s environment councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas, has said that Adeje will again be taking part in the world-wide Earth Hour initiative, organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), with the aim of encouraging moves to reduce CO2 emissions around the planet. 

Turn it off! Adeje joins WWF’s Earth Hour between 8.30 and 9.30pm on Saturday 29 March

Full Back Stop To Tenerife Run Of Form

The omens weren’t good, Aitor Sanz suspended, Ricardo and Ayoze Perez down with flu, and just before the game Loro pulled out injured. Even with those odds stacked against them, CD Tenerife looked pretty comfortable in the first half. Self inflicted defensive howlers gifted Mallorca a 2-0 home win, full backs Moyano and Raul Camara both had a mare.

Full Back Stop To Tenerife Run Of Form

La Ranilla Espacio Artesano, the Best of Canarian Craftwork in Tenerife

Apart from being one of the most charming parts of the town, a mini explosion of stylish restaurants a few years ago meant La Ranilla was also one of the tastiest places on the island to enjoy food that ranged from high quality traditional food to tapas and contemporary cuisine to stylish vegetarian.

La Ranilla Espacio Artesano, the Best of Canarian Craftwork in Tenerife

El Médano Feria del Saldo 12-13 April

The Plaza Príncipes de España (Plaza de El Médano) will be home on 12 and 13 April for the VIII Feria del Saldo, an annual market for local businesses to offer at sale prices all the stock they wish to liquidate, or ends of lines, and so on. The organizers, Granadilla’s Concejalía de Empleo y Desarrollo Local, say that they hope that it will help local commerce, and the fair, between 11am and 8pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 April, will certainly see incredible bargains for products ranging from fashion, jewellery, children’s toys, and sport and IT equipment.

El Médano Feria del Saldo 12-13 April

Guided Walk in Buenavista del Norte

The Town Hall of Buenavista del Norte is arranging a guided walk on Saturday, 29th March 2014 from the historic town center, down to the coast, which will take in local landmarks on the way. As they say, "A different approach that guarantees an unforgettable experience ..." Booking is necessary: contact the Tourist Office on 922 128080 or email them on turismo@buenavistadelnorte.com

The duration of the walk will be roughly 3 hours. Difficulty is low. Price 5 Euros.

Tenerife restaurants

Enjoying something of a culinary regeneration, Tenerife leads the Canary
Islands in terms of gastronomic creativity and quality. Here are some
of the island’s best restaurants.

Tenerife restaurants - Telegraph

El Mojón outpatients departments closed because of fumes which affected breathing

El Mojón outpatients departments have been closed today after the appearance just before 9am of a smell, described as “unbearable”, which caused throat irritation and difficulties in breathing for staff and patients alike. Authorities say that it appears to be a solvent, and the Canarian health department, Sanidad, has confirmed that the hospital has been completely evacuated, and all activity there has been suspended. The cause of the smell is being investigated.

El Mojón outpatients departments closed because of fumes which affected breathing

Five Reasons I Choose to Live in the North of Tenerife

By Andrea Montgomery
Ten years ago when we were looking for somewhere to relocate to, a friend who lives on La Gomera told us:

“Don’t dismiss Tenerife until you’ve been to the north.”

Taking her advice, we headed to Puerto de la Cruz where we found an island a million miles away from the purpose built resorts of the south. We haven’t looked back since. 


Five Reasons I Choose to Live in the North of Tenerife

Arona culture department offers Pilates classes

Arona Ayuntamiento’s culture department is offering a series of Pilates
workshops. The exercises, supposed to be excellent for core strength,
are physically manageable by all. Classes will be held between 2 April
to 28 May on Mondays and Wednesdays between 12 noon and 1pm, and since
places are limited, inscription is now open for those who would like to
take part. 

Arona culture department offers Pilates classes

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Heroes Behind Tenerife’s Monuments

They get photographed by literally millions of
people every year. They stand defiant against the Atlantic Ocean spray
and the searing sun of a midsummer’s day. But who are these bronze
heroes who grace the promenades, plazas and viewpoints of Tenerife?


The Heroes Behind Tenerife’s Monuments

Monday, March 17, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 17th to 23rd March 2014

On the whole, it’s looking like it should be a another sunny week most places on Tenerife.
There will be some cloud during the second half of the week with rain
looking more or less certain at some point over the weekend in the north
and north east with a possibility of some rainfall in south and south
westerly parts as well. There should be sunshine every day in the south,
north and south west with only far eastern parts of Tenerife
experiencing a couple of cloudy days. The week should start lovely and
warm but temperatures will drop during the second half of the week so
that it could feel cool out of the sun.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 17th to 23rd March 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

News Roundup (weekly)

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

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Six Tenerife schools among best in Spain

Much has been made, from various perspectives, of how good or how bad education is in Tenerife, but now six of our schools are listed among the best in the whole of Spain by Avanzaentucarrera.com, the portal for agency Infoempleo.com, a business with more than thirty years experience in training and employment.

Six Tenerife schools among best in Spain

The Early Tajinaste in Tenerife

It’s not uncommon to stumble across the odd early tajinaste in Vilaflor. The image of the one in our Island Drives guidebook (in the exact same spot as it happens) was in bloom long before its Teide relatives. But when I say early, I mean April. Finding a tajinaste rojo in early February was unheard of; it is a late spring, early summer visitor.

The Early Tajinaste in Tenerife

Granadilla to make El Médano surf schools provide their own lifeguard service

2014 has started with a spate of accidents for those involved in sports, not least, of course, two tragic deaths of Ukranian and British windsurfers off El Médano. Now, Granadilla de Abona’s environment councillor, Jacob Donate,  has said that the council will require surf schools in the town to provide their own lifeguard service.

Granadilla to make El Médano surf schools provide their own lifeguard service

Renewing the Residencia in Tenerife, Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión

This isn’t meant as a step by step guide on how to renew residencia as even with the final process there can be regional variations. The modelo 790 and €10.50 fee seem set, but friends on a neighbouring island had to produce photos where we didn’t. It’s more about making people aware that the green paper residencia is only valid for 5 years.

Renewing the Residencia in Tenerife, Certificado de Registro de Ciudadano de la Unión

Canarian Food Fair Los Cristianos 12-13 April



Canarian food artesans will be putting on the tenth Feria de Alimentos Canarios on Los Cristianos’ Casa del Mar terrace near the harbour next month. The event will take place over 12 and 13 April, and will comprise displays, exhibitions and offers of all sorts of Canarian foods, including cheeses, gofio, wines, honey, sweets, even fruits and vegetables, and herbs. Stalls will be open between 10am and 8pm both days.

Canarian Food Fair Los Cristianos 12-13 April

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stranded Wetherby rower rescued by Belgian ship

Wetherby rower, Lauren Morton, and her sailing partner Hannah Lawton have had to give up on their dream of rowing across the Atlantic, from Tenerife to Antigua - after over 90 days at sea with a broken rudder and dwindling supplies, while dealing with unusually bad storms.
Stranded Wetherby rower rescued by Belgian ship

Monday, March 10, 2014

CD Tenerife Cats Get The Carnaval Cream

Neither rain, third placed Recreativo, or a lost soul of a ref could stop the charge of CD Tenerife on the closing day of Carnaval in Santa Cruz. The 1-0 score didn’t reflect the superiority of the home team, it could easily have been a landslide.

CD Tenerife Cats Get The Carnaval Cream

Behind the Scenes of the Carnival Parade on Tenerife

For a number of reasons I prefer the Coso in Puerto de la Cruz. It’s a smaller affair with less murga and comparsa groups, but because it really does mark the end of carnival, there’s a last blast vibe that gives the whole shebang an electric atmosphere that can be absent from the Coso in Santa Cruz.

Behind the Scenes of the Carnival Parade on Tenerife

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

On the whole, it’s looking like it should be a very sunny week most places on Tenerife with the north forecast to see the most sunshine and the east the least. There should be some rain in most parts at some point this afternoon but nothing serious. We’ve said this before and no doubt we’ll say it again but when rain is forecast, it is forecast for somewhere within a municipality and those stretch all the way into the mountains. So if you’re lying on a beach and haven’t felt a drop, it doesn’t mean the Spanish Met Office was wrong.

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

Five Reasons I Prefer to Live in the South of Tenerife

It’s ironic that in travelling around the Canary Islands I seek the quieter places, the more genuinely Canarian experiences, but when it comes to day to day living, I thrive on the variety of the south. The rest of the island, after all, the  forests, the lunar landscapes and the dramatic coastlines of the north are not that far away.

Five Reasons I Prefer to Live in the South of Tenerife

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Death in Spain

Sometimes, sadly, we have to deal with tragedy, and the time when someone dies is no time to be at a loss as to what to do for the best. Here, hopefully, is a fairly straightforward ready reckoner on what to do in the saddest of circumstances.

Death in Spain

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it’s … an “oil rig” …

Probably not many people expected to see an oil rig just off the coast of south west Tenerife, but that’s exactly what has been seen over the last several days. The top photo above is from Canarian Life, and explanations have ranged from the amusing (it’s a carnaval “float”), to the sensible (it’s on its way to the eastern islands for Repsol to start explorations), to the logical (there’s a storm coming and it’s sheltering leewards) … but no-one really knows.

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it’s … an “oil rig” …

News Roundup (weekly)

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

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Seven men missing in Tenerife: can you help?

Below are the details of six men who are still missing in Tenerife. To these, sadly, must be added Victor Teni (photo above), the athlete who disappeared on New Year’s Day, see HERE. If anyone knows anything about any of these men, please click the links in the text for details of how to contact their family, friends or the authorities.

Seven men missing in Tenerife: can you help?

Los Cristianos to have sunbeds back on its beaches within a month

The contract will bring €250,000 per annum into the council coffers, and will see some 300 sunbeds and 150 umbrellas in place over four years. From the expected approval on Monday, UTE will have ten days to provide the aval (financial guarantee) required, and the service should start within a month.

Los Cristianos to have sunbeds back on its beaches within a month

Friday, March 07, 2014

AN air of mystery hangs over a stag-party reveller who was left in a coma after a night out with his pals in Playa de Las Americas.

Police insist that 31-year-old Andy Openshaw and a friend, who had been drinking with the group, became separated from them and dived into an empty swimming pool on their way to back to where they were staying.

AN air of mystery hangs over a stag-party reveller who was left in a coma after a night out with his pals in Playa de Las Americas.

Bravo Bistro Opens in the Tenerife Auditorium in Santa Cruz

I have always thought what a shame it is that Santa Cruz has that fabulous Auditorio de Adán Martín, an icon of the city, and it’s only ever open for performances so thousands of visitors to the city only ever get to walk around the outside. With the opening of Bravo! café bistro, all that has changed.

Bravo Bistro Opens in the Tenerife Auditorium in Santa Cruz

All Canarian bars, cafes and restaurants to comply with EU food allergy regulations

The 14,290 bars, cafes and restaurants in the Canaries will have to inform their clients about the allergenic content of foods being served. The measure is the result of EU directive 1169/2011, and regional establishments have until the end of 2014 to come into line. The announcement was made by the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce. which confirmed that the health department, Sanidad, through the Agencia Española de Consumo, Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición, is already implementing the requirements.

All Canarian bars, cafes and restaurants to comply with EU food allergy regulations

Unstable weather front arriving this weekend

A new weather front will be arriving over Saturday from the southwest. At the moment, meteorologists say, it’s difficult to know if it will just bring general  instability with some light rain, or whether it will develop into something nastier. They are monitoring the new borrasca and will no doubt advise in due course. Some rain on Sunday and Monday, however, does seem likely.

Unstable weather front arriving this weekend

Search underway for windsurfer missing off El Medano coast

A search is underway this evening for a windsurfer who has disappeared off the coast of El Medano. Involved in the operation are a search and rescue helicopter, Protección Civil, Guardia Civil and the lifeboat Salvamar Alpheratz.

Search underway for windsurfer missing off El Medano coast

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Spotting the Stars in Santa Cruz

Opposite the Auditorio is the Black Fort, an historic contrast that’s more than 350 years younger. Above the fort is the lush curve of the Palmetum whose palms are framed by snow clad mountains on a warm February afternoon in Tenerife. Off to one side are the colourful circular tanks at the refinery, not the most aesthetic of vistas but at least they’ve made an effort.

Most curious of all are the rocks of a hundred faces.

Spotting the Stars in Santa Cruz

Buzzing With Confidence As CD Tenerife Shine In The Rain

Cristo tried his luck with a curling shot but with Ayoze breaking, Aridane found him with the sweetest pass and the young striker roasted the defence and side footed into the net. Tenerife looked the most likely to snatch a winner, Suso shot just wide, in the closing seconds a dangerous home free kick could have proved costly but Roberto smothered the ball perfectly. Four points from two away games is top form, losing Suso and Ruiz through bookings for the Recreativo home game isn’t ideal but there’s plenty of competition in the squad.  

Buzzing With Confidence As CD Tenerife Shine In The Rain

Los Hermanos Bowled Over By The Carnaval Spirit

All this dressing up and having fun is not just a young persons game. This week the Santa Cruz bus stop has been knee deep in revelers in all manner of costumes but down near Las Tarajales beach in Los Cristianos nations were throwing, or more accurately bowling their own fancy dress party.

Los Hermanos Bowled Over By The Carnaval Spirit

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Religious Tourism Destinations in Tenerife

Where comes to mind if you hear the words religious tourism? Rome? The Holy Land? Lourdes? The temples of Thailand? Wherever it is, I’ll bet that it isn’t the Canary Islands, but Tenerife has a surprising number of reasons to make it your destination, if this niche market is your tourist style.

Religious Tourism Destinations in Tenerife

Designer Vegetables Fit For Tenerife's Gourmet Renaissance

In the hills above the turreted, North African splendour of the Abama Golf and Spa Resort, a father and son team are getting their hands dirty trying to bring about a quiet, agricultural revolution.

Designer Vegetables Fit For Tenerife’s Gourmet Renaissance

EMMA concerts in Adeje this month

EMMA, the Escuela Municipal de Música y Danza de Adeje (Adeje School of Music and Dance), is holding a series of concerts in the municipality this month under the title Adeje Live Music. Councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera said that the initiative “is designed to liven up the borough, offer the local public a series a concerts and at the same time give them the opportunity to get to know the quality of the work of the students and professors of the school and of the Municipal Band”.

EMMA concerts in Adeje this month

Arona police close “classic English pub” for illegal gambling

Arona Policía Local have confirmed a report in today’s Diario de Avisos that they have closed an illegal betting shop in the municipality. The shop took bets on horse races, and during the raid, some €2,000 was seized: police say that they think the business moves around €10,000 daily. Police say that the owner of the property had ignored repeated warnings because betting activity was a good sideline to his official business, which is a “classic English pub”.

Arona police close “classic English pub” for illegal gambling

Lush and Lovely, Walking on Tenerife in March

Some people on Tenerife bemoan the lack of seasons on an island somewhat misleadingly known as the Island of Eternal Spring. What that reveals is that they haven’t done much exploring of the island’s countryside.

The switch of seasons might not be as dramatic as in parts of Northern Europe but the landscape and plants change quite radically over the course of a year, giving some areas a different appearance depending on what time of year you walk.

Lush and Lovely, Walking on Tenerife in March

Guía de Isora now has two agricultural markets with new one opening in Guía de Isora town

To add to the “farmers’ market” in Playa San Juan, Guía de Isora has announced the opening of a new agricultural market in Guía de Isora town itself. The new market will start this coming Friday in Plaza de Garachico, which is on the main road through the town, on the left in front of the sports and cultural centres. The existing Playa San Juan market is held in Church Square on Wednesdays. Both markets will be open between 8am and 1pm, every week. The council says that the markets offer agricultural produce as well as crafts and artisan works, cakes and sweets, and other products from the municipality.

Guía de Isora now has two agricultural markets with new one opening in Guía de Isora town

Monday, March 03, 2014

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

The forecast is for more of a mixed week weather wise with the south and south west of Tenerife enjoying most of the sunshine and midweek probably seeing rain in the north and the east. Thankfully it doesn’t look as though any of the main carnival events will be affected. Temperatures will still be on the low side, creeping in to the low 20s in the shade and, par for the course in March, a weather alert for wild seas has been issued for the north coast for the start of the week. There might even be some snow showers on Mount Teide on Thursday.

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

Things To Make You Smile In Tenerife

A sense of humour, a bit of boldness, and the element of surprise; expect the unexpected in Tenerife. Here are five sights that always fill me with delight.

Things To Make You Smile In Tenerife

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

March is the month there’s a real feel of spring being in the air on Tenerife. The Northern European season is nearly at an end as temperatures start to rise and wild flowers burst into beautiful bloom. Rainfall is still possible and there’s no guarantee winter won’t throw a final tantrum, but the most noticeable weather phenomena in March are the wild seas that pound the northern coast as the seasons change. It’s also one of the prettiest times to go walking in Tenerife.

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

Now 'cursed' cruise ship hit by vomiting bug


FIRST their luxury voyage around the Canary Islands was cut short by three days when a propeller broke. But when cruise ship Oriana returned early to Southampton, disappointed passengers saw their dream holiday go from bad to worse – with the outbreak of a winter vomiting bug.

Oriana returns to Southampton early with propeller problems - now passengers are sick

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Woman critically injured after being knocked down in El Médano

A 50-year-old woman has been seriously injured after being knocked down on the TF-643 El Médano to Los Abrigos road this evening. The accident happened just before 8pm and the woman is said to have suffered multiple injuries. Paramedics provided assistance at the scene and immobilized her, and she was then transferred to Candelaria hospital where she remains in critical condition.

Woman critically injured after being knocked down in El Médano

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