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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Have You Tried Churros de Pescado on Tenerife?

Ironically, on an island that is sometimes mistakenly dismissed in the UK media as being Britain in the sun, one of the tastiest tapas dishes on traditional menus on Tenerife is… battered fish.

Have You Tried Churros de Pescado on Tenerife?

Aeroflot awarded record $28,000 in compensation after inflight brawl

The Moscow City Court has awarded Aeroflot a record-large compensation of about 1 million rubles ($28,000), to be collected from Vladimir Rakhimov for a drunken brawl on a Tenerife-Moscow flight, Kommersant newspaper writes on Wednesday.

Aeroflot awarded record $28,000 in compensation after inflight brawl

Get Your Tenerife Mojo Working

The first time I saw papas arrugadas con mojo on a menu I immediately heard the treacle vocals of Muddy Waters in my head singing: “Got my mojo workin’ but it just won’t work on you.” I quickly learned that it’s actually pronounced mo-ho and that although it has nothing  to do with dating prowess, it is about getting saucy.

Get Your Tenerife Mojo Working

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Too Hot to Walk in the Anaga Mountains?

All along the coast beside us people are setting up mini camps; Laguneros from the city preparing for a day in the sun. Bronzed locals are lazing in rock pools, constructing barbecues and necking cervezas. It’s the smart thing to do on Tenerife on a hot Sunday in July.

Too Hot to Walk in the Anaga Mountains?

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 28 July to 3 August

The forecast looks mainly sunny everywhere with the only serious cloudy spells being over the weekend when there will be the chance of showers. Temperature seem to be quite stable and perfect – hot, but not too hot. Looking at what’s happening on high reveals a jump in temperature is expected midweek accompanied by high winds on Mount Teide. This isn’t reflected by the forecast for the coast, so we’ll have to wait and see whether it does have an impact.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 28 July to 3 August

First Maratón Internacional Santa Cruz de Tenerife 16 November

The first Maratón Internacional Santa Cruz de Tenerife will be run on 16 November in Santa Cruz itself. The race will be divided into three different length courses, of 8, 21 and 42 km, all passing through or by the city’s main squares and monuments.

First Maratón Internacional Santa Cruz de Tenerife 16 November

Lots of Sunshine but not Many Tourists in East Tenerife

The question of whether this has to do with a lack of accommodation is a bit chicken and egg.

Do people not stay in the east because there is a lack of choice, or is there a lack of choice because  visitors don’t go east?  Maybe it’s a bit of both. However, evidence tends to point to the east being largely ignored by North European visitors.

Lots of Sunshine but not Many Tourists in East Tenerife

Ten Secret Scenes of Tenerife

At the moment it’s too hot to concentrate on anything serious, so here’s a bit of whimsy instead.

Wander off the beaten track on Tenerife and there are loads of surprises to be found. We’ve walked hill and dale, towns and cities for over ten years and are still discovering things that we didn’t know or hadn’t seen before.

These are ten places that are a bit different from the Tenerife of sun, sea, sand and Euro a pint fame.

How many can you recognise?

Ten Secret Scenes of Tenerife

Friday, July 25, 2014

Arona to cull bird pest population

There is no information as to how these culls are going to be carried out, but it doesn’t take a great deal of imagination. Councils in Tenerife are not renowned for excessiveness of care when treating with chemicals, and many pets and strays have been affected by careless poisonings in public spaces. I would expect this problem to increase in Arona over the next year. Be careful with animals …

Arona to cull bird pest population

What do Expats Really Think About Tourists?

There is, let’s be honest, a certain kind of snobbery in some parts when you mention the word tourist.

British tourists in particular aren’t getting a very good press just now, as Jack mentioned, and so ably rebutted, last week. British OAPs (and I am one!) may now be infamous in the Canary Islands, and the younger crowd may have damaged their own reputations more than that of the island of Mallorca.

Yes, as a British expat, I am sometimes embarrassed by these tales, yet, as a friend (not British) pointed out to me, these stories become newsworthy precisely because they are not the norm.

What do Expats Really Think About Tourists?

Now, Adeje really is Clean and Healthy!

ADEJE’S “Clean and Health” campaign has finished and, thanks to many willing volunteers, the town is gleaming!

Adeje Mayor José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga and Environment Councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, with responsibility for the campaign, met the groups who have worked on various aspects of scheme for the past six months.

The Mayor told them: “The campaign has been well-received. It has served to mobilise and encourage a lot of people to think about how they treat their animals and their environment, thanks to the collaboration of volunteers and professionals.

Now, Adeje really is Clean and Healthy!

More home-owner heartache

THE price of homes fell 5.9% in the Canaries in the second quarter of 2014, against the same period last year. It also means that prices have decreased an alarming 39.2% compared with the last quarter of 2007.

By provinces, Santa Cruz de Tenerife saw prices down 5.4%, and Las Palmas 6.8%.

In Spain, the prices recorded a decrease of 3.9% in the second quarter of the year, against a fall of 6.7% in the first quarter and 8.3% in the whole of 2013.

More home-owner heartache

Spain still tops with tourists

IT seems that everyone loves the Spanish sun as tourism records were smashed again in the first six months of the year.

Official Government figures show that a record 28 million foreign tourists came to Spain during that period – and again British and German holiday-makers led the way.

... the Canary Islands continue to be the main draw in Spain, with Catalonia and Andalusia completing the top-three destinations.

Spain still tops with tourists

Peder And Oscar, Men Of Extraordinary Vision In Tenerife

TEA is a fantastic place to visit, just across from the “African Market” of La Recova, just the look of the building is enough to tweak your appreciation and it houses the huge library, a café, and a cinema. The work above is a self portrait of Oscar, well we have all felt like that in the morning, and one of many interesting pieces. Tenerife is very good at preserving the memory of those who have contributed to its culture, I was pleased to have found out more about just a few of them.

Peder And Oscar, Men Of Extraordinary Vision In Tenerife

Oil Rigs Photo Bomb Santa Cruz

There’s a big protest movement to resist the drillings and Canary Island government calls for a referendum. The vote would have no legal power but it’s hoped a show of the strength of feeling may force a change of mind from Madrid, the Balaerics succeeded in seeing off the oil prospectors in their waters. For now though visitors will have to be more creative to find camera angles that show off the beauty of Santa Cruz without unsightly intruders.

Oil Rigs Photo Bomb Santa Cruz

Spanish Highway Code

There are always heated discussions, arguments and debates about Spanish traffic law, and driving skills, and whether they have the first idea of what Tenerife’s roads are like or whether anyone who wrote the law ever tried to get around Los Cristianos roundabout … but there is a Spanish “Highway Code” [...] it can be downloaded ....

Spanish Highway Code

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tenerife’s Worst Disasters

The Canary Islands are actually a remarkably safe place to live and due to their beautiful climate, throughout the centuries, millions of people have come here for the benefit of their health. Blissfully free from typhoons, tornadoes and hurricanes, although Atlantic storms are semi-regular visitors, the islands don’t usually suffer too many ill effects from meteorological conditions. But that’s not to say they haven’t witnessed some terrible disasters in their time. These are amongst the worst.

Tenerife’s Worst Disasters

Sweet Doughnuts, Review of Öko in La Orotava

I don’t even have a sweet tooth, but there’s something about the bright yet cosy café with its chunky, modern stools and tables – small enough to prevent over indulging (i.e. a pigging out frenzy) – aroma of freshly brewed coffee and baked bread, and army of multi-coloured doughnuts that has me veering toward it every time we pass.

Sweet Doughnuts, Review of Öko in La Orotava

Third La Caleta Bay Swim Saturday, 2 August

The third La Caleta Bay Swim takes place on Saturday, 2 August. The event, which is organised by Adeje Ayuntamiento and the Anima2 Association, promotes healthy leisure activities and at the same time brings business and people to this coastal part of the borough. The 1,300m swim starts at 4.30pm and is part of La Caleta’s fiesta programme.

Third La Caleta Bay Swim Saturday, 2 August

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guía de Isora Craft Fair 14 September

Guía de Isora will be holding a Crafts Fair in the Plaza Nuestra Señora de la Luz in front of the church on Sunday 14 September between 10am and 6pm. There will be loads of local arts and crafts, and foods, on display and for purchase.

Guía de Isora Craft Fair 14 September

Monday, July 21, 2014

Alcalá’s August Virgen de Candelaria fiesta, with the famous Toste Brothers fireworks

Apart from being the patron saint of Tenerife and of the town of Candelaria itself, the Virgen de Candelaria is also the patron saint of Alcalá on the west coast. Every August, therefore, on the final day of the town’s fiesta, there is a fireworks display that has become known as the place to see fireworks in south Tenerife. The fireworks are organized by the Los Realejos Toste brothers, who have put on the exhibition now for over 80 years.

Alcalá’s August Virgen de Candelaria fiesta, with the famous Toste Brothers fireworks

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 21 to 27 July

The south and south west should see the best of the sunshine this week with most days being sunny, although there will be cloudy spells on a couple of days. The north and east will see a mix of sun and cloud with the possibility of light showers (probably on higher ground) which is excellent news as we enter the period when the risk of forest fires increases. There could be a mini heatwave at the start of the week in southern parts before temperatures stabilise at around the mid 20 mark (in the shade).

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 21 to 27 July

Behaving Badly or Having Holiday Fun on Tenerife?

Even people who don’t watch Channel 5 must have spotted headlines in the British tabloids about OAPs behaving badly on Tenerife. The Canary Island has been portrayed as a holiday hell where you’re as likely to have a septuagenarian in a thong as a sun-scorched teenager, who’s had too many shots, throwing up over your shoes. It’s all on film so, despite the shocked outrage from Tenerife fans, it must be a true representation of  Tenerife. Mustn’t it?

Behaving Badly or Having Holiday Fun on Tenerife?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

News Roundup (weekly)

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

Saturday, July 19, 2014

PWA Windsurfing World Cup Breezes in to El Medano

Gripping a surfboard with your bare feet and flipping a flimsy sail in a 42 knot wind above the waves is a tough call. Thankfully the best professional windsurfers in the world will be in El Medano from 4 to 10 August to show how to do it with grace and flair. The PWA World Cup returns to El Cabezo beach (beyond the swimming beaches and pier, a few minutes walk around the headland) on the Granadilla coast, and the 32 men and 16 women have plenty of tricks to wow the public.

PWA Windsurfing World Cup Breezes in to El Medano

Inflation kept in check

THE Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by just 0.1% year-on-year in June – one tenth of a point less than in May.

That’s the figure according to data published by the Spanish National Statistics Institute (INE).

This slight moderation in the rate of inflation corresponds mainly to foodstuffs and energy products.

Inflation kept in check | Canarian Weekly in Tenerife

Friday, July 18, 2014

In praise of the humble banana

THE banana industry remains vitally important to the health of the Canarian economy, a new study has revealed this week.

Right now, it’s the most important agricultural activity, both economically and socially, in the Canary Archipelago.

Tens of thousands of people are employed either in the primary sector, via growing and packing of produce, or via local markets and, indirectly, via the mainland.

In praise of the humble banana

Thursday, July 17, 2014

St Petersburg Ballet in Teatro Guimerá

The St Petersburg Ballet will be performing a selection of classical and modern dance in Santa Cruz’ Teatro Guimerá on 22 and 23 July. The performance, entitled Virtuosos de la danza, is part of a regular provision of Russian ballet in Tenerife, and will include Rimskiy-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, Saint-Saens’ Dying Swan, Pugni’s Esmeralda, and Aubuer’s Grand pas de deux.

St Petersburg Ballet in Teatro Guimerá

Over €6 million to improve water system

As part of a joint Adeje and Arona project with the Tenerife Cabildo, over €6.5m has been invested in the desalination and purification plant in Playa de las Américas next to the main police station. This will significantly increase the amount of water processed daily. According to Adeje’s environment councillor Gonzalo Delgado Díaz, at present “81% of the water consumed in Adeje is desalinated”.

Over €6 million to improve water system

Oil slick in Gran Canaria reignites fury over oil prospecting proposals

A half-kilometre oil slick that appeared yesterday in Gran Canaria at the El Cabrón beach in Agüimes has reignited fury over oil prospecting off the eastern islands. Campaigners say that this slick, which saw the Canarian president himself make an inspection this morning, shows the damage such oil can cause to these islands and their beaches – and so their tourism.

Oil slick in Gran Canaria reignites fury over oil prospecting proposals

Collision and “rubbernecking” accident on TF1

There were major tailbacks on the TF1 between Guaza and Parque de la Reina aroundn 7am this morning after a collision on the northbound carriageway left bomberos needing to cut people out of both cars involved. Within twenty minutes, someone travelling on the southbound carriageway had driven into the central reservation while trying to see what was happening on the other side of  the motorway.

Collision and “rubbernecking” accident on TF1

The Guachinches of Tenerife

Visitors to Tenerife looking for restaurant recommendations, particularly budget restaurants, often ask “where do the locals eat?”. Almost without exception, the answer they’ll be given by ex-pats is the name of a restaurant that’s popular with fellow ex-pats. But if you want to know where the real locals, ie the Canarios eat, follow the signs to a guachinche.

The Guachinches of Tenerife

TripAdvisor: Siam Park world’s best water park

TripAdvisor has just named Siam Park the best water park in the world. The award for the park which was opened in 2008 by Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, of Thailand, and which is part of the Loro Parque company, comes via the Travellers’ Choice Attractions section, created by the travel webpage TripAdvisor, and based on the opinions and recommendations of holiday makers and users. The prizes and awards are given as a result of remarks and opinions posted by millions of holidaymakers world wide, and Siam Park has quickly risen in the ranks of the world’s top aquatic parks, now firmly in top spot.

TripAdvisor: Siam Park world’s best water park

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 14 to 20 July

In theory it should be a hot and sunny week most places with only the north coast experiencing any noteable cloudy spells. But recent weeks have shown that the Spanish Met Office haven’t been quite right when it comes to localised patterns. One thing that’s for sure, it will be hot.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 14 to 20 July

Sardines and Salsa, Sounds and Smells of the Real Tenerife

In Plaza Charco the smells of grilled fish were replaced by sizzling chorizos, candy floss and hot, sugary almonds. As well as aromas that would drive you delirious, the air was filled with the sound of chatter; happy Spanish chatter. Puerto de la Cruz might be the north’s main tourist resort but its heart and character are unmistakeably and overwhelmingly Canarian.

Sardines and Salsa, Sounds and Smells of the Real Tenerife

International Water Polo Comes To Puerto Colon Beach 18th – 20th July

Most visitors to Tenerife plunge into the sea to cool down but when the international water polo players take to their floating sea court in Puerto Colon, things will really hot up. Adeje prides itself on showcasing different sports; last year the worlds best water ski racers tore through the waves beyond the harbour wall but this year 13 male and female teams will compete for the fourth Tenerife International Beach Water Polo championship from 18 to 20 July.

International Water Polo Comes To Puerto Colon Beach 18th – 20th July

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tráfico controls for drink and drugs campaign

Tráfico has announced an alcohol and drugs campaign with checkpoints throughout the country for drunk or drugged drivers. The campaign will last until next Sunday and will see 25,000 checks a day.

Tráfico controls for drink and drugs campaign

Sunday, July 13, 2014

News Roundup (weekly)

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

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Ten Ways to Stay Cool on Tenerife in Summer

Why is Tenerife known for having one of the best climates in the world? Because it’s warm in winter and rarely gets oppressively hot in summer.

Saying that, the other night we fled our back patio to seek a triangle of shade at the front of our house to get out of the sun. When it’s hot every day you sometimes have to escape the heat.

Here are ten ways to stay cool on Tenerife during the summer months.

Ten Ways to Stay Cool on Tenerife in Summer

OAPs Behaving Badly in Tenerife, but not as Badly as British TV Companies

It’s insulting to Tinerfeños (or would be if they knew how it was viewed in Britain) that their island is defined by a small area that has little in common with most of the island. And that refers to most of the south of Tenerife as well. In truth it’s also insulting to Playa de las Américas. The resort might be as Canarian as Las Vegas, but much of it doesn’t bear any resemblance to the one that is often portrayed.

OAPs Behaving Badly in Tenerife, but not as Badly as British TV Companies

House prices on the slide

A NEW report from the Evaluation Society makes grim reading for home-owners.

It suggests that the average price of accommodation fell 6.5% in the second quarter of 2014 in the Canaries compared with the same period last year.

However, there is better news nationally. In Spain, the average land price stood at 1,328 euros per square metre at the end of the second quarter, representing a 4.5% increase from the previous quarter, when the house prices stood at 1,270 euros per/sqm.

House prices on the slide

Canarians are getting older

THE average age of the Canary population is now 40, which is a rise of four more years than at the beginning of the Millennium.

Sociologically, this upward trend means that if the ageing continues long-term, the sustainability of the pension system may be jeopardised.

However, the situation on each of the islands is completely different. The figures paint a demographic map, clearly divided into two parts: East and West.

Canarians are getting older

Warship sailors enjoy the peace

THE warship HMS Iron Duke has been in Santa Cruz this week, making a first port visit on her six-month operational deployment in the Atlantic.

The 4,200 tonne ship docked in the capital for four days, prior to embarking on her operations off West Africa.

The ship’s company of over 190 sailors enjoyed a few days of rest and relaxation, but sports and adventurous training were high on the agenda for some.

Warship sailors enjoy the peace

DEGUSTA.ME in Adeje’s Plaza de España

Cheese, honey and gofio are the featured products during July and August for Degusta.Me (Try Me), and as is now customary on the second Saturday of every month, 15 stands take over the Plaza de España this Saturday from 6pm. The plaza is the beautiful redesigned square top of the old town on Calle Grande next to the Ayuntamiento.

DEGUSTA.ME in Adeje’s Plaza de España

Arona Town, Where Nature Is In The Driving Seat

Hermano Pedro didn’t blink a stoney eyelid as his Arona town hall forecourt slowly began filling up with fired up rally cars. The church of San Antonio Abad remained majestic and unmoved as marshals cordoned off the Plaza del Cristo de La Salud. It takes more than the advent of the Subida Arona to La Escalona uphill race to ruffle this proud old town that is the spoke at the centre of the municipality’s administrative wheel.

Arona Town, Where Nature Is In The Driving Seat

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Adeje’s Spanish for Foreigners courses

Those interested in signing up for the one of the courses, taught by Graciela Dávila González, can opt for a level that suits their current ability (beginner, basic, intermediate, advanced). Classes are limited to 25 per session and given the high demand for the classes throughout the year, people should sign up in advance.

Adeje’s Spanish for Foreigners courses

Penelope Cruz shooting in Tenerife

Starring as the location for this major production has been a major coup for the island of Tenerife as it has been trying to promote itself as a movie site.

Penelope Cruz shooting in Tenerife

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Why Choose Tenerife?

Let me list what Tenerife is for me: lush forest; world-class accommodation – from 5-star hotels to rural; beaches – from spectacular to secluded; from Santa Cruz to Costa Adeje there is great shopping even in villages like Icod de los Vinos; breathtaking volcanic landscapes; international and traditional eateries; and facilities for all sorts of sports. Why would I want to be anywhere else?

Why Choose Tenerife?

El Corte Inglés to close C/. El Pilar branch

El Corte Inglés is to close its store in Calle El Pilar near the Plaza del Príncipe in Santa Cruz. The “second shop” for El Corte Inglés has been in the centre of the city since the late 90s, but from 23 August, it will close and all staff transfer to its Tres de Mayo main centre. The company stressed that no jobs would be lost and said that the consolidation, which will be completed by 25 August, was needed to utilise the huge store’s modern facilities to improve its customer offer and service. In the management-speak, however, many will almost certainly discern yet another sign of the unremitting economic crisis.

El Corte Inglés to close C/. El Pilar branch

Protection measures for forest fires

The Dirección General de Protección Civil y Emergencias has issued the following advice and information about forest fires, how to prevent them, and how to stay safe if caught up in them.

Protection measures for forest fires

Monday, July 07, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 7 to 13 July

The weather doesn’t change much at this time of year. It’s all a matter of degrees of hotness or whether the panza del burro (belly of the donkey) will affect the north. There is a slight chance of showers in the north but it should only be drops. There is a yellow weather alert for strong winds in place for Tenerife on Monday (lasting a bit longer on some other Canary Islands) but at the moment there’s is hardly a breath in the north of the island.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 7 to 13 July

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Los Gigantes beach, where two women died, closed again after new cracks seen in cliff face

Playa de los Guíos has been closed again “as a preventative measure” after cracks became visible in the cliff wall, and the council’s plans for second phase restoration, approved in April, have now been postponed until after September, with a statement expected in the near future as to the situation of the beach over the summer.

Los Gigantes beach where two women died closed again after new cracks seen in cliff face | Janet Anscombe

News Roundup (weekly)

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

Saturday, July 05, 2014

It’s sales time, and traders bank on the big-spenders!

THE Sales season began this week, with high hopes that shoppers will continue to empty their pockets for bargains.

Recent sales’ periods have picked up, and traders expect to see a further increase in spending – but not necessarily by the island’s residents.

Gustavo Matos, Trade secretary of the Canary Islands’ Government, anticipates that foreign visitors will be more responsible for bumping-up sales figures than the slow exit from the recession.

It’s sales time, and traders bank on the big-spenders!

Canaries to feel the power

AN investment of 917.5 million euros has been passed by the Industry Ministry, with provision for wind-power production in the Canary Islands.

And new power lines between Tenerife and La Gomera will also be installed, as well as between Fuerteventura and Lanzarote

Submarine links between the mainland and Ceuta – one of two permanently-inhabited Spanish territories in mainland Africa – and others between islands of both archipelagos are also included.

Canaries to feel the power

Musical festival back in tune

AFTER a 10-year legal battle, the Las Vistas beach music festival will return at the end of next month.

Following a complaint from an ecological group, Son Latinos was banned by the Department for Coasts.

At the time, it was considered to be one of the largest Latin-music festivals in Europe.

Musical festival back in tune

Canaries saddled with the most repossessions

THE Canary Islands registered a total of 1,456 foreclosures on homes during the first quarter of the year, and 2,656 properties have been affected overall.

Of the total, 80 were on passed down to agricultural land, 70 for other plots, and 1,050 were in urban areas. But not all foreclosures resulted in repossessions.

These new statistics were published on Monday by the National Statistics Institute (INE).

Canaries saddled with the most repossessions

Spain’s mass exodus

MORE than half-a-million people left Spain in 2013, many of them foreigners, with 79,306 Spanish nationals making up the numbers.

But the Canary Islands actually showed a slight increase in population of 0.46%.

Figures from the Migration Study, conducted by the National Statistics Institute (INE), reveal that 547,890 people left the country last year.

This means Spain’s population has dropped for the second year running. In 2013, the drop stood at 220,130, closing the year with a total population of just over 46½ million.

Spain’s mass exodus

Dangerous dog adoptions will be made much easier

ANIMAL protection agency Dogs Welfare Trust, and sponsors Tenerife Office Headmasters and Pinkies, have joined forces with Adeje’s Domestic Animal Refuge.

They have agreed, jointly, to finance the cost of licences for those who wish to adopt those dogs listed under the “dangerous breeds” category.

Adeje Municipal Services Councillor Gonzalo Delgado Diaz praised their generosity, saying: “The idea behind this initiative is to give animals which fall under this label the possibility of being adopted, having been abandoned by their original owners.

Dangerous dog adoptions will be made much easier

Scooters, The Little Bar With A Lot Of Soul

I thought maybe Los Cristianos had been twinned with Brighton when I first saw a couple of Vespa scooters outside this bar in Funchal. I thought it might be a slice of Quadrophenia just for dedicated converts but visiting on a busy Friday night I found that the music, memorabilia, and company are not just for My Generation.

Scooters, The Little Bar With A Lot Of Soul

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Adeje’s beaches now flying their blue flags

Adeje is the borough with the most blue flags in the province of Tenerife, and this morning, Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodriguez Fraga and tourism councillor Rafael Dolado García joined representatives from the department of beach safety and protection in Adeje’s beaches, local police, and those who hold the concessions for Troya I, II and Fañabe and el Duque to hoist the blue flags the beaches have been awarded this year.

Adeje’s beaches now flying their blue flags

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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

Summer hits Tenerife big time with temperatures soaring (but not excessively), Spanish mainlanders filling the streets (in some places) and open air concerts and fiestas galore.

For the next couple of months, the Canarios concentrate on really enjoying life outdoors. Best thing to do is to join in.

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

Tacoronte Wines Win Gold at San Francisco International Wine Awards 2014

The San Francisco International Wine Competition is said to be the largest and most respected competition in the Unites States so getting a medal there is a BIG DEAL and getting a gold medal there is a REALLY BIG DEAL. So when it came to our attention that a local, Tacaronte-Acentejo wine had notched itself up as a double gold medallist at this year’s competition, there was only one thing to do…

Tacoronte Wines Win Gold at San Francisco International Wine Awards 2014

Parties that Last for a Month on Tenerife

There are so many fiestas and public holidays on Tenerife that we sometimes wonder when the local Canario population find the time to fit in work.

Most last from a couple of days to a week. However, the bigger traditional towns and cities (Santa Cruz, La Laguna, La Orotava, Los Realejos, Tacoronte etc.) throw shindigs that can last for almost a whole month. These are normally their ‘Fiestas Patronales’ where loads of events are laid on under the guise of celebrating the patron saint.

Puerto de la Cruz celebrates theirs in July, calling the whole shebang, quite simply, the July Fiestas.

Parties that Last for a Month on Tenerife

Is Tenerife a Friendly Place?

Recently the Tenerife Tourism Corporation launched a new initiative called Tenerife Buena Gente which loosely translated means that the folk on Tenerife are nice, friendly souls. A few years ago the campaign was Tenerife Amable, which isn’t a million miles away from the same sentiment.

Basically, it’s all about encouraging locals to go the extra mile to make sure visitors feel the warm cosy glow of friendly, island love.

The thing that puzzled me was why feel the need to tell already friendly people to be friendly?

Is Tenerife a Friendly Place?

Enjoy your leisure time by the sea in the Canary Islands

Common sense, but there have been enough events in recent years to suggest that this advice - given here in an official Canary Islands' government video - needs to be repeated. Via: Janet Anscombe

Guía de Isora reduces municipal traffic fines

Well, how often can we say the price of something has gone down? In Guía de Isora, however, something has. The entire municipal traffic bylaw has been brought up to date, and part of the socialist borough’s modernisation has involved recognizing the financial constraints people are living under. Concejal de Seguridad Ciudadana Cristina García said that in today’s economic climate, a council should not be considering using fines as a means of generating revenue – as so many are doing, see HERE - but rather to dissuade people from uncivic behaviour, including breaking traffic rules. The council has therefore reduced fines for “light” offences, making them “more moderate”, and more in keeping with that ethos.

Guía de Isora reduces municipal traffic fines

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