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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wake Up Tenerife, it’s a Different Century

It might be 2014, but travelling around Tenerife’s resorts you could be mistaken for thinking it was somewhere between 1964 and 1984. Walking along the promenade at Playa Fañabe I heard The Beatles, Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan and A-ha. I’ve noticed this in other resort areas. Some bars look and sound as though they’re stuck in a time warp town where people still eat the sort of bar food that went out with padded shoulders and perms, and clap-along to Neil Diamond. I’m no spring chicken in a basket, but most of the sounds I heard coming from bars were dated when I was in my late teens.

Wake Up Tenerife, it's a Different Century

Walking The Guanche Way in La Orotava

Up until 2012 , this hillside was as heavily forested as the one we’ve just emerged from but hurricane force winds hit this side of the island badly that year, snapping the trunks of pine trees as if they were spent matches. Where once there was only forest to be seen, now the whole coast has been opened up and you can see all the way from La Quinta to Punta Brava. All credit to the Cabildo (Island Government) who have turned adversity to advantage and have constructed a shiny new mirador (viewpoint) here to make the most of the panorama.

Walking The Guanche Way in La Orotava

Adeje Fiestas Patronales 2014

Adeje’s Fiestas Patronales start this Saturday, 4 October, and from next week there will be a whole range of events on offer until 19 October. The “big” night, for most, will be Monday, 13 October, when there will be the traditional fiesta parade of the town’s icon of the Virgin Mary, followed by fireworks and entertainment. Adeje’s fiestas patronales end on the 19th with the local romería in Calle Grande, a traditional procession not to be missed.

Adeje Fiestas Patronales 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 29 September to 5 October

If the forecast is correct, the end of September could see more cloudy spells, especially in the south of Tenerife. All other areas should have more sunshine with the north probably enjoying most. As with recent weeks, there’s a slight chance of showers during the week. Apart from a slight dip midweek, temps will remain stable most of the week – hot.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 29 September to 5 October

Tenerife for Fish and Seafood Fans

Mention Tenerife to anyone in the UK and the chances are they aren’t going to imagine a wonderland of marine inspired gastronomy.

Yet here we are, a subtropical island surrounded by the Atlantic near the coast of Africa. The fact that there’s an abundance of fish and seafood is often overlooked.

For lovers of fruits of the sea, Tenerife is a treasure chest filled with all sorts of goodies.

Tenerife for Fish and Seafood Fans

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Wonderful North Coast of Tenerife

We’re as guilty as many people of looking inwards when we get the urge to go for a hike, temporarily forgetting that some parts of Tenerife’s coastline are an absolute joy to explore.

The north coast especially has some great short(ish) coastal routes. If plans are ever seen through to the end, those might become one long route (again) some day…

The Wonderful North Coast of Tenerife

Tenerife, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

We often talk of an island of contrasts and, travel writing cliché though it may be, in the case of Tenerife it also happens to be accurate, and not just in geographic terms. In my opinion, sometimes this island gets it just right and sometimes it gets it very wrong. This is a personal view. I’m sure you’ll have your own.

Tenerife, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Carnaval poster controversy

During the year there are various events which act as a countdown – and the historic unveiling of the official poster is eagerly anticipated.

Over the years, there have been some memorable efforts – and next year’s will certainly be remembered. But perhaps for all the wrong reasons.

Carnaval poster controversy

Stephen storms Starmus!

THE Starmus Festival has been an out-of-this-world, mega-hit this week with lots of memorable talks, legends and images.

And few will forget the 45 minutes Stephen Hawking spent in the Magma Centre on Tuesday. For the near 700-strong crowd it was a genuine “I was there” experience.

Stephen storms Starmus!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Adeje unveils 5* plans for El Puertito

Adeje Ayuntamiento has unveiled a 5* project for El Puertito, on the coast below Armeñime. The council says that the plan will fully respect the natural value and environment of the area, protect the residential zone and underwater reserve, but will create up to 1,000 jobs while bringing 21st century tourism to this part of the borough.

Adeje unveils 5* plans for El Puertito

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Art of Strolling in Puerto de la Cruz

The fishermen’s district has long been known for its diverse choice of quality restaurants, but recently it has taken on somewhat of a bohemian personality as well.

First it was an innovative little artisan shop and workshop, La Ranilla Espacio Artesano, opening up and then, during the Mueca art in the street festival, it was vibrant murals transforming bland gable ends around the district.

The Art of Strolling in Puerto de la Cruz

All Roads Lead To The Boulevard Motor Show

Whether you like loitering on the tight mountain roads of Anaga, skirting the scenic coast of Garachico, or yearn for the promised 2015 opening of the Adeje to Icod ring road, the Boulevard Motor Show is for you.

Boulevard Motor Show, Recinto Ferial, Avenida de la Constitucion, Santa Cruz; 2 to 5 October, 11 am to 9 pm; €4 entrance at the door.

All Roads Lead To The Boulevard Motor Show

Monday, September 22, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 22 to 28 September

The outlook is for more of the same over the coming week. Sun is forecast for every day, although there will be some cloud and a chance of rain from Tuesday, when temps will also drop a couple of degrees. We’ll see.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 22 to 28 September

Review of Jin Shi Jie Japanese Restaurant in El Médano

Much as we love local food, living in the Canary Islands is a different lifestyle to coming on vacation. We enjoy recommending the best places to eat fish, tapas or gofio, but here 365 days a year, we like to vary our cuisine in the same way we would if we lived in London or Glasgow.

Review of Jin Shi Jie Japanese Restaurant in El Médano

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Etiquette of Eating Out in Traditional Tenerife

In traditional restaurants on Tenerife there is no chance of feeling as though you’re eating in a church or in a place where the slightest noise brings a disapproving look from other diners, possibly over the top of horn-rimmed spectacles.

The Etiquette of Eating Out in Traditional Tenerife

Dancing the night away in honour of Our Lady!

EL MEDANO celebrates its fiesta in honour of Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes de Roja (Our Lady of Mercy) over the next few days.

(Thursday), the central square hosted the election of the Fiesta Queen.

On Saturday, the festivities get underway at 8.30pm. The group Las Vegas will do a set before the procession through the traditional route, which is followed by the Jose Reyes Martin band and finishing with a fireworks display!

Dancing the night away in honour of Our Lady!

Tapas competition weekend in Garachico

This Saturday, 20 September, Garachico will host the III Certamen de Tapas de Canarias – Canarian tapas competition. Seven chefs, one from each of the Canary Islands, will prepare a tapa to be voted on. Tapas will be accompanied by wine from the bodega La Palmera. The competition is part of the Paisaje Gastronómico 2014 event, and starts at 9pm in the glorieta de San Francisco.

Tapas competition weekend in Garachico

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Perfect Pizzas at Pizzeria Rugantino in Garachico

Rugantino is no run of the mill pizzeria. There are original paintings for sale on the wall (a not uncommon feature); also for sale was a water fountain (not so common). More curious though was that a group of children crowded around a window looking into the kitchen. At first we figured they were fascinated by the pizza making process, then we spotted some were wearing aprons. They were rolling pizza dough; a little innovation to keep younger diners amused. It’s a great idea that goes down a storm with both children and parents.

Perfect Pizzas at Pizzeria Rugantino in Garachico

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sweeten Your Life with Miel de Palma

Literally translated as palm honey, Miel de Palma comes from the island of La Gomera and is not actually a honey at all but is derived from Guarapo – sap taken from the island’s distinctive date palm trees  – which has been cleaned, filtered and distilled to produce a rich, sweet syrup which tastes a bit like molasses. Used for centuries, Guarapo has strong medicinal properties and high energy content which made it a valuable food and medicine for the Guanche, original inhabitants of the islands. Today its production methods have improved but the product itself remains in its purest form.

Sweeten Your Life with Miel de Palma

3rd Feria Tricontinental de Artesanía in Playa de las Américas 27 September to 5 October

The artisan fair brings together arts and crafts from three continents – Africa, America and Europe, particularly Spain and Portugal. The previous two fairs have attracted over 100,000 visitors, and organizers say that they hope this time will be even better for the more than 200 artisans who will be displaying at the fair. Entry is free, and doors open between 10am and 9pm.

3rd Feria Tricontinental de Artesanía in Playa de las Américas 27 September to 5 October

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 15 to 21 September

Things on Tenerife look a bit unsettled for September. The week starts hot and sunny but temperatures take a downward turn from Tuesday. Nothing serious, it will still be warm, just not sweltering. However, it looks as cloud rolling in during the second half of the week will bring showers everywhere, including Mount Teide. But even with this, most days will have sunshine.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 15 to 21 September

Ten Events For Tenerife’s Ten Years Of Walk For Life

You may have caught the pink parade linking Adeje with Arona as the Walk For Life has raised funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. You’ve always had just a one off chance of joining in the journey from Playa de Las Americas to Los Cristianos but 2014 is the 10th anniversary so there are ten events and everyone is invited to join in.

Ten Events For Tenerife’s Ten Years Of Walk For Life

A Colonial Moment in Tenerife

The Canary Islands are not a colony of Spain, they’re a part of Spain.

I’m reclining in a wicker chair in the cobbled courtyard of a colonial mansion that dates back to a time when Spanish, British, Italians and Portuguese settled or passed through this part of Tenerife on their way to a brave new land, the Americas.

The house is surrounded by a green carpet of bananas stretching to waters that roar defiantly as they crash against the low cliffs; the Atlantic. There’s not a lot of land between this spot and the New World.

A Colonial Moment in Tenerife

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Days of cheese and honey, and gofio and wine – Adeje’s Degustame offers a ruta de tapas 2014

Between 15 and 28 September, Adeje ayuntamiento and FECAO (Federación de Empresarial Canaria de Osteleria Ocio Servicio y Comercio) are staging “La Ruta de La Tapa por Adeje 2014″ to celebrate the area’s gastrotourism featuring local cuisine centreing on cheese, honey and gofio. Various local establishments and public spaces will be host to a range of activities, including food and cookery demonstrations, wine tastings, and of course tapas with wine! 

Days of cheese and honey, and gofio and wine – Adeje’s Degustame offers a ruta de tapas 2014

Friday, September 12, 2014

How to Get Off the Beaten Track on Tenerife

The ironic thing about Tenerife is that despite the island welcoming millions of tourists each year, much of it remains ‘off the beaten track’.

Because much of the publicity relating to Tenerife tends to focus on the most popular holiday resorts, there can be a misconception that most of the island is a tourist resort when the reality is that, geographically speaking, only a small area consists of resorts.

All of which means getting off the beaten track on Tenerife is easy wherever you stay.

How to Get Off the Beaten Track on Tenerife

Hawking sails into Tenerife

THE Starmus Festival is just around the corner, and its star attraction is already on his way.

When Professor Stephen Hawking agreed to come to Tenerife to speak at Starmus, his doctor had other ideas. He would not let the Nobel Prize winner undergo what would be a gruelling five-hour flight, and everything else that goes with a plane journey.

With Hawking adamant he wanted to attend the event, Plan B was launched after someone suggested he could come by ship.

Hawking sails into Tenerife

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Simple and Unsophisticated World of Traditional Canarian Cuisine

Traditional Canarian cuisine just isn’t sexy to look at. It’s simple peasant food with no airs and graces.

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t good food. It’s just not going to win any beauty contests.

The Simple and Unsophisticated World of Traditional Canarian Cuisine

Just Tenerife Desserts

Tenerife produces some of the most delicious exotic fruits you’re likely to find anywhere on the planet but that wasn’t always the case. Until irrigation methods found ways to bring water up from underground galleries, water was precious and rarely used for anything so frivolous as fruit. Consequently, traditional desserts had to rely on basic ingredients which were plentiful, and Tinerfeño housewives learned how to make the most of eggs, sugar, lemon, cinnamon, gofio and almonds. So much so, that you could fill an entire recipe book with the traditional postres or puddings, all of which use the same half dozen ingredients, give or take an addition or two.

Just Tenerife Desserts

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Walking on Tenerife, What is a Choza?

This week one appeared in front of us with impeccaple timing, almost within a minute of us deciding we’d stop at the first suitable place to eat our bocadillos. Normally the first suitable place is a rock with a flattish top, or a flat embankment. But on this occasion we turned a corner in the hillside as the path snaked into a shallow ravine and there was a choza.

Walking on Tenerife, What is a Choza?

Monday, September 08, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 8 to 14 September

Although it’s still going to be a hot and sunny week there might be more cloud around and a greater possibility of showers. But this is September, it would be highly unusual if either amounted to much.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 8 to 14 September

After Dark, Ten Scenes of Tenerife by Night

... after dark in Tenerife’s towns and cities is a very different scene than during daylight hours. Even the island’s cities feel small and intimate thanks to lighting that is a) extremely dim and b) turns everything gold. It’s always interesting to explore places at night to get a fully rounded feel for a location.

Here are ten snapshots of some Tenerife locations after the sun has headed to bed.

After Dark, Ten Scenes of Tenerife by Night

Walking Amongst The Pines in Vilaflor

An abundance of spring water helped to establish Vilaflor so the steep walk to El Mirador above the old lavadero washing point seemed an appropriate and tactical start. The hike up, past emerging black grapes and heavily laden almond trees, brought us to the football ground which offers plenty of parking for those driving up. An early decision was needed on the rough, dusty path, but heading past the neatly terraced fields and green-topped potatoes brought us to a rising path bordered by chunky water pipes gurgling past an old pumping station.

Walking Amongst The Pines in Vilaflor

Starmus Festival and Stephen Hawking Launch the Book "Starmus, 50 Years of Man in Space"

Just two weeks before the Starmus Festival 2014, the organisers launch Starmus, 50 years of man in space, a book about the first Starmus festival. During the launch, held in the British city of Southampton, Garik Israelian, the festival's founder, had introduced Stephen Hawking, the author of the foreword, presenting the first book copy, before Hawking set sail to Tenerife.

Starmus Festival and Stephen Hawking Launch the Book 'Starmus, 50...

Saturday, September 06, 2014

The Simple Task of Parking on Tenerife

Tenerife’s landscapes range from dense pine forest to ‘out of this world’ volcanic plains. Its towns and resorts cover a spectrum from new purpose built resorts to historic towns that have existed for five centuries. Its restaurants dish up everything from some of the most basic food you’re likely to see on a plate to gastronomic creations that seem more art than food.

It’s an island of striking diversity… and that applies to finding parking places as well.

This is our guide to where to park in various locations across Tenerife.

The Simple Task of Parking on Tenerife « Tenerife Holidays Blog

Los Abrigos fiestas patronales de San Blas start this weekend

Granadilla Ayunamiento has released its schedule HERE of its fiestas patronales de San Blas. They begin this weekend with a baile de magos on Saturday 6th at 8pm in church square. The big day, with the procession of the religious statue from the church to the harbour and the fireworks afterwards is Saturday 13th from 8pm. Sunday, too, will see a religious mass together with another embarkation and a fiesta palmera de blanco from 7pm in the church square.

Los Abrigos fiestas patronales de San Blas start this weekend

Friday, September 05, 2014

Farewell to a legend

THIS week, the British community said goodbye to Ian Lennard, one of the most popular entertainers on the Island.

Ian passed away a couple of weeks ago, and a large crowd paid their respects at a memorial service at the Christian Fellowship in Los Cristianos.

He produced many a backing track for the Island’s entertainers, and was still busy and in demand right up to his passing at the age of 62.

Farewell to a legend | Canarian Weekly in Tenerife

Thursday, September 04, 2014

40 photos that make you want to isolate yourself in Tenerife

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Condé Nast Traveller bring together this stunning collection of Instagram photos that bring out some of Tenerife's best features. As they say, "The island of Tenerife is three in one: the north reveals the true face with its green landscapes and small towns; the South has the best beaches, dotted with luxury hotels; and the capital, Santa Cruz, boasts culture and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Tenerife is the perfect destination to get lost and disconnected from the world." We say yay to that!

Las 40 fotos que harán que quieras aislarte en Tenerife

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Always Respect the Ocean

The ocean can be deceptive, even on a sunny, windless day. The Canarian archipelago lies in the North Atlantic, and the year-round warm sun and soft breezes sometimes lull even locals into forgetting how huge waves can sometimes be. In a moderate swell there can be just one, freak wave, and it can happen at any time of year. For those unaccustomed to the sea, there is more danger in underestimating a calm day than when a gale blows.

Always Respect the Ocean « Tenerife Holidays Blog

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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

September – the month of beautiful visibility and perfect weather on Tenerife with all coasts enjoying temperatures of around 25+ Celsius. It’s also the month of the vendimia (grape picking) in the north of Tenerife which means big fiestas in the main wine growing areas around La Laguna, Tacoronte and Tegueste. In tourism terms it’s a bit of a crossover month with Spanish mainlanders being replaced by Northern Europeans as the month progresses.

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

Monday, September 01, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 1 to 7 September

Not much change, it will be hot and sunny everywhere with temperatures in the upper 20s. A forecast of rain on Mount Teide next weekend seems interesting and unusual for September.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 1 to 7 September

The Tricky Business of the Tenerife Weather

For centuries the Canary Islands have had the reputation of enjoying an almost perfect climate. The Canary Islands – not a corner of Tenerife, or a promontory on Gran Canaria, or a particular cove on Lanzarote.

It’s a point which often gets overlooked, left out possibly, during the many, many debates there are about the weather on Tenerife.

The Tricky Business of the Tenerife Weather

Terrific Tapas at Bodeguita Algarrobo, Puerto de la Cruz

The La Paz area of Puerto de la Cruz has been experiencing something of a quiet renaissance over the past 12 months. On the border with La Orotava, and the place where you’ll find the Botanical Gardens, the area is taking on a different aspect and is increasingly attracting a Spanish clientele.
Terrific Tapas at Bodeguita Algarrobo, Puerto de la Cruz
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