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Friday, October 31, 2014

Tenerife wins bid to host international golf’s most important tourism fair in 2015

The Cabildo has announced that Tenerife will be the host of 2015′s International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), the world’s most important golf tourism fair. The event will be attended by over a thousand delegates and several hundred specialist journalists.

Tenerife president Carlos Alonso said that “it’s one of the best news we could get. To be the host for the IGTM is sought by major destinations around the world because of the economic and promotional benefits it can bring”.

Tenerife wins bid to host international golf’s most important tourism fair in 2015

Greenpeace full-steam ahead to halt oil plans

ACTIVISTS from Greenpeace, firmly against Repsol’s plan for more oil exploration off the Canary Islands, have stressed their point in no uncertain manner.

They have placed a 6m-high replica of an extraction tower that simulates extracting oil off the Lanzarote coast, and have also  unfurled  a banner on the environmental ship Arctic Sunrise with the slogan “Renewable YES”.

It is a warning from the organisation to Repsol about the dangers it will expose to the coastlines of Lanzarote and Fuerteventura.

Greenpeace full-steam ahead to halt oil plans

Winter fuel payments for ex-pats

TENERIFE, as we all know, abounds with rumours and scaremongers, but it’s always easy to sort out fiction from fact. Recently there have been some scare stories on social media which have claimed as fact that ex-pats in Tenerife are not entitled to claim the Winter Fuel Payment. The Canarian Weekly can assure you that is rubbish.

There has been no change to the WFP for 2014-15 and no changes are planned for the foreseeable future.

Winter fuel payments for ex-pats

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tenerife’s motor racing circuit finally gets complete go-ahead from Canarian government

The track will be able to provide facilities for all sorts of motor racing on up to nine track formations allowing for everything from carcross to motor cycling to Formula One. The project is forecast for 2017, and the Cabildo sees enormous tourism advantages for Tenerife from the circuit, not least because it is near the island’s main international airport and its principal tourism infrastructure.

Tenerife’s motor racing circuit finally gets complete go-ahead from Canarian government

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Banana Tortilla at Restaurant Cañada de Garachico

As Cañada de Garachico is a gourmet picotea (a bit like tapas) the dishes, ranging from a couple of euros to around €12, are meant to be shared. We opted for three, accompanied by warm bread with olive oil and honey. The dishes we chose were tortilla, steak pies and meat and potatoes. Not very adventurous; however, I did say things were prepared a wee bit differently at Cañada de Garachico.

Banana Tortilla at Restaurant Cañada de Garachico

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Stunning Good Looks and Friendly, the Tenerife We Love

We’d reached a viewpoint with a sheer drop overlooking one of the best vistas in the Canary Islands, in a remote part of what is a remote area, Anaga. Whilst we all made ooh and aah noises, the cat lay down in the cool shade of a rock. A cat that likes to join hikers; bizarre. We’ve had that happen with a dog before, but never a cat.

Rural parts of Tenerife are so friendly that even the cats are sociable.

Stunning Good Looks and Friendly, the Tenerife We Love

Monday, October 27, 2014

Guia de Isora Surprising Cultural Centre of South Tenerife

Even after many years in Tenerife, Guia de Isora is one of those places that surprises me. Some say it was named for a blind, Guanche princess, others that the name refers to its badlands. Today it sits at the heart of the municipality that includes the once-fishing village, now tranquil resort of Playa San Juan, and the modest village of Alcalá, home to the prestigious Palacio de Isora Hotel, and its amazing infinity pool.

Despite these high-end destinations, Guia de Isora (or simply Isora) is true to its agricultural roots, and host to cultural events aimed both at the local population and tourists.

Guia de Isora Surprising Cultural Centre of South Tenerife

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 27 October to 2 November

The last week in October can often be unsettled as summer definitely comes to an end. This year is no different with the elements battling each other all week. The bad news is that cloud and some rain might be unavoidable, the good news is that the sun will shine every day as well. The week starts and ends hot everywhere, but there will be midweek dip of a few degrees.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 27 October to 2 November

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Winter Weather Warnings in Tenerife

Weather warnings in winter in Tenerife are generally for very high winds and heavy rainfall, as was seen in the island's capital last Sunday. Risks are from rock falls and landslides in mountainous areas or gorges, or from things falling off building sites.

You're advised to keep out of the sea and to stay away from sea walls. Four meter waves crashing may be an amazing sight, but they'd grab you and have you tumbling towards the bottom of the Atlantic, long before you could catch your breath!

If in doubt, don't. For medical attention, call 112.

Tenerife is the perfect family-friendly destination for parents with babies or young children

Few things underline how much your life has changed since the arrival of a new baby than going on holiday.

When even a day trip can involve more planning and equipment than your average Arctic expedition, the idea of going overseas for the first time with our 7-month-old was a little daunting.

Tenerife is the perfect family-friendly destination for parents with babies or young children

Friday, October 24, 2014

Severe floods in the North, not our fault, says Cabildo

LAST Sunday’s storms were nothing out of the ordinary, but they have started a massive argument which could have far reaching implications.

The first real storm of the season may have seen nothing more than heavy rain here in the South. But in Santa Cruz, there were some real horror stories.

A 56-year-old women died from a heart attack after being swept under a car in fast-moving flood water. That this was the only fatality is nothing short of a miracle.

Severe floods in the North, not our fault, says Cabildo

Folk Festival returns

THE seventh edition of the Canarias Folk Festival is back, and it promises to be the biggest and best yet, running, until  27th March next year.

The Plaza de Los Cristianos had the honour of hosting the opening night, initiated by Arona Tourist Board Arona, chaired by Evelin Santos.

The Folk Fest will be held every Thursday in the Plaza de La Pescadora (along the Los Cristianos seafront), every Friday at City Centre Square Mall (Playa de Las Americas) and the second Saturday of each month at the Rambla de Las Galletas.

Folk Festival returns

Cheers! Santa Cruz beer festival is here

SANTA CRUZ hosts its third annual Beer Festival this weekend, with lots of events taking place.

The extravaganza begins tonight (Friday) at 9pm and coincides with the 75th anniversary of the Canary Islands Brewing Company (Compañía Cervecera de Canarias).

It is organised by the Autonomous Organisation of Events and Recreation (OAFAR) City Hall, and is expected to be the biggest and best yet in the Island’s capital.

Cheers! Santa Cruz beer festival is here

Tourists just can’t stay away!

TOURISM is booming in the Canary Islands, with visitors pouring in all the time – and that is official!

A record number of foreign tourists arrived in the first nine months of 2014, and there is no suggestion that the flood is drying up.

A total of 8,363,317 foreign tourists checked in from 1st January  to the end of September, which was a massive 11.4% more than a year ago, and 2013’s figures were 10% higher than the year before.

Tourists just can’t stay away!

Walking in Teide National Park, the route to La Fortaleza

The path winds through a desert-like landscape with Teide, as always, dominating the scenery. Dominating that is until you climb a ridge to be faced with a wide sandy plain where the sheer volcanic wall that is La Fortaleza steals your gaze away from the volcano.

It is one of my favourite views in the National Park and one time when I like to see other people ahead when taking photos as their ant-sized forms really shows of the epic scale of the vista.

Walking in Teide National Park, the route to La Fortaleza

A Closer Look at Hotel San Roque in Garachico

If you’re looking for an authentic Tenerife hotel, somewhere luxurious, romantic and away from the beach, burger and karaoke crowd, then this is the hotel for you. It just might be my absolute favourite hotel on Tenerife.

A Closer Look at Hotel San Roque in Garachico « Tenerife Holidays Blog

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pasta in Peace, Restaurant Capri in Playa Fañabe

I hold my hands up now, I don’t particularly like eating out in Playa Fañabe in Costa Adeje. That’s partly because of restaurant touts. I like to stroll, to browse menus at will without having a jabbering parrot on my shoulder pretending he’s my best friend. An overdose of over enthusiastic touts turns me off before I start. It’s not so bad on the promenade, but the streets leading away from the prom can be too in your face.

Pasta in Peace, Restaurant Capri in Playa Fañabe

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Watching for Weather Alerts in Tenerife

Many visitors get their weather forecasts from sources that reduce Tenerife to north and south. Most sources are like an abridged, woolly version of weather forecasting and don’t accurately reflect what’s happening in different locations on Tenerife.

The Spanish Meteorological Office, whilst not perfect, break their forecasts into municipalities. This is the source we use for accurate forecasts, especially as they also issue weather alerts.

Watching for Weather Alerts in Tenerife

New robotic telescope revolutionizes the study of stars

In the last 8 months a fully robotic telescope in Tenerife has been carrying out high-precision observations of the motion of stellar surfaces. The telescope is the first in the SONG telescope network and a milestone in a new global stellar research project, aiming at making it possible to follow the stars twenty-four seven.

New robotic telescope revolutionizes the study of stars

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

10 Easy Ways to Experience the Real Tenerife

Simplest of all. The minute you explore the world away from the resorts you open the doors to all sorts of spontaneous experiences.

10 Easy Ways to Experience the Real Tenerife

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 20 to 26 October

The gloomy weather lingers about for a couple of days more and Tuesday especially looks like it will rain. With snow, wind and rain on el Teide the National Park doesn’t look the most inviting place to visit before Wednesday anyway. From then on it’s sunshine everywhere. In fact don’t be surprised to see a weather alert for a heatwave midweek. By the weekend it should be almost perfect weather – sunshine and with temperatures in the mid to upper 20s.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 20 to 26 October

7 Reasons to Get Up Early on Your Tenerife Holiday

Even on holiday my internal alarm goes off around the same time, 7am, which, even in summer, means it’s barely light. The Canary Islands, close to the Tropic of Cancer, have more daylight in winter than the UK. In summer we get less, despite being in the same time zone. Midsummer sunrise is around 7 am, so the “crack of dawn” isn’t so terrible.

7 Reasons to Get Up Early on Your Tenerife Holiday

Tenerife Storm 19th October 2014



This video shows some of the effects of the torrential rains that fell in Tenerife yesterday. Another is here, which explains that, in Santa Cruz, 106mm (just over 4 inches in old money) of rain fell in an hour and there were more than 5,000 lightening bolts over the island.

The day ended with one fatality, it is reported, when a 56-year-old woman died after suffering a heart attack as she was swept along by flood water then became trapped under a parked car in Santa Cruz.

A state of emergency was declared in the city, where emergency services received more 500 calls.

There is a history of this ocurring in the capital city of Santa Cruz, in large part because of the way in which natural watercourses have been overbuilt.

In other parts of the island, the weather was either relatively fine or had far less effect. Whilst precaution is still wise, most tourists will not have been anywhere near the area of the floods and therefore almost certainly won't have been caught in them, as this headline Thousands of holidaying Brits caught in Tenerife flash-floods that left one dead in The Mirror suggests.

[Edit] ... and Auntie Beeb was caught with her knickers down again as the BBC wrongly reports 5 deaths in yesterday’s rain

Shame on the fear-mongering British press media once again.

On the positive side, this morning the storm has left Teide with a dusting of possibly the earliest known October show.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Granadilla’s VIII Mándate una tapa 15 Nov-15 Dec

Granadilla will be holding its VIII edition of Mándate una tapa between 15 November and 15 December at participating establishments throughout the municipality. The annual event sees tapas and drinks on offer at very special prices, and at present, bars and restaurants which will be involved will be signing up over the next week – the full list will be available shortly afterwards.

Granadilla’s VIII Mándate una tapa 15 Nov-15 Dec

The Best Webcams on Tenerife

In Puerto de la Cruz, the Skyline webcam looks right down the nose of the harbour area, showing people enjoying the harbour beach (generally preferred by locals and not the town’s main beach), drinking from the old fountain, selling fruit and lottery tickets. I live here and love the harbour area, so it’s fascinating to see what’s going on there without leaving the house. For potential holidaymakers it’s perfect for seeing exactly what the weather is doing.

The Best Webcams on Tenerife

Have You Tried Moray Eel on Tenerife?

The next time I saw morena on a menu it was in Bajamar, said to be the one of the best places on the island for morena, and we were in the Cofradia de Pescadores. There was also a fisherman on the jetty right outside the Cofradia who just happened to be clubbing a moray eel. It’s a bit hypocritical I know, but it sort of put me off the idea.

Have You Tried Moray Eel on Tenerife?

Bells for bags – the winter thieves are back

Now, the South Tenerife British Lions have produced anti theft bells which apparently have a very firm fan base! They are being sold for €1 in their shops in the Apolo Centre, Los Cristianos, and Las Gaviotas, Costa del Silencio. Bells or not, take extra care right now with personal belongings: this is an annual occurrence and the thieving misery-makers are back in force.

Bells for bags – the winter thieves are back

Ten Panoramic Cafés on Tenerife

Few things say “I’ve arrived on my holidays” better than drinking in a sun soaked view along with your morning shot of caffeine. Whether it’s mountains, ocean or crater, the landscapes on Tenerife are a tonic for the eyes. These are just a few of my personal favourite places to get coffee with a view.

Ten Panoramic Cafés on Tenerife

Watch out, there’s a phone thief about…

THE Guardia Civil have been busy this week, busting gangs in Tenerife who have been targeting trusting or lazy phone-owners.

In the last few days alone, they have had success in Granadilla and Santa Cruz, dismantled gangs who steal the latest phones and send them to the mainland.

Watch out, there’s a phone thief about…

Hartlepool holidaymaker ‘safe’ after Ebola case in Tenerife

Mr Riddle, a former sports editor of an English language newspaper on the island, said Mail readers should be assured that there is currently no outbreak in Tenerife and no panic.

Hartlepool holidaymaker ‘safe’ after Ebola case in Tenerife

All four new suspected Ebola cases test negative for virus

Waves Of Tapas At The Willows

Finding a good selection of the iconic Spanish snacks isn’t always easy in the southern holiday resorts of Tenerife so I had been looking forward to the one hour tapas sample menu.

Waves Of Tapas At The Willows

Shopping in Tenerife, What’s Different in Our Kitchen Cupboards?

One we were prepared for was that the contents of our kitchen cupboards and fridge might have to change quite radically in a new world. I’d totally forgotten about that until it popped back into my head recently.

It made me wonder just how much the contents of the cupboards, shelves and fridge had actually changed over the years.

Shopping in Tenerife, What's Different in Our Kitchen Cupboards?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Jet2 Engine Fail at 35,000ft Forces Pilot to Announce Mayday Emergency on Way to Tenerife

Jet2 was mired in an emergency midair after one of its aircraft engines failed at 35,000ft while travelling from Glasgow to Tenerife with 197 passengers on board.

The pilot of the Boeing 737-800 was forced to make a Mayday emergency on Monday 13 October three-quarters of the way through the three-and-a-half-hour flight.

Jet2 Engine Fail at 35,000ft Forces Pilot to Announce Mayday Emergency on Way to Tenerife

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 13 to 19 October

The week could start quite cloudy in most places, but from Tuesday onwards there should be plenty of sunshine most places with the north enjoying most of it in coastal areas and the east around Santa Cruz seeing most cloud. There’s a likelihood of rain today and a very slight chance of showers during most of the rest of the week, but the sun should shine at some point every day everywhere on Tenerife.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 13 to 19 October

Friday, October 10, 2014

Fun Fiesta still going strong

OCTOBER’S Adeje Fiesta is in full swing, and here are the dates and the events for the coming week.

Fun Fiesta still going strong

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Fibre-optic connections at last in South Tenerife

Individuals or businesses who want to find out more details, including whether and when they will be able to benefit from the new technology in homes or businesses can do so in Movistar centres, by calling 1004 or online at www.movistar.es/reservafibra

Fibre-optic connections at last in South Tenerife

Ten Favourite Fountains on Tenerife

From simple stone sculptures with a soothing tinkle, to all-singing, all-dancing, flashing lights extravaganzas, Tenerife has something of a fountain obsession. These are my personal favourites.

Ten Favourite Fountains on Tenerife

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Entertainers get together for “charity” event in Los Gigantes this Saturday in aid of mental illness

The event in Los Gigantes on 11 October is a collaborative effort between entertainers giving their time for free in a wonderful location. It’s free, and includes other activities like a thrilling-sounding clifftop jumping acrobatics paragliding display! There’ll also be a raffle. It starts at 1pm … and finishes late, details are on the following poster ...

Entertainers get together for “charity” event in Los Gigantes this Saturday in aid of mental illness

Monday, October 06, 2014

Oceana explores the water world of Canary Islands, Spain – in pictures

From spookfish to vampire squid, and alive deep-sea white coral, the ocean conservation organisation’s ranger expedition documents the rich biodiversity of the Atlantic seamounts

Oceana explores the water world of Canary Islands, Spain – in pictures

Noche en Blanco, White Nights on Tenerife

As if the zillion fiestas that take place on Tenerife throughout the year wasn’t enough fun for one island to have, there are loads of other events that have the same sort of exuberance and, to a certain extent, ingredients as the average fiesta.

A lot of these you’ll never hear about as they’re often only advertised locally just before they take place. One of my favourites is Noche en Blanco – white night.

Noche en Blanco, White Nights on Tenerife

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Canarian bodega in imported wine scandal

Bodegas Insulares de Tenerife is the most significant producer of quality Canarian wine in the archipelago, and whether it will be found to have committed a legally defined “fraud” or not, will surely be found at least to have undermined the industry which, recently, has become an increasingly important motor in the Canarian economy.

Canarian bodega in imported wine scandal

Friday, October 03, 2014

Isla de Tenerife Rally 2014

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JOSE MARIA PONCE EN EL RALLY ISLA DE TENERIFE 2013

Coming up on Saturday, 18th October 2014, is the biggest date on Tenerife's annual rally calendar, the Rallye Isla de Tenerife 2014 (See: Calendario Deportivo Temporada 2014 (pdf))

Rallies on the island are great spectator events with roads and scenery adding much to the excitement - not to mention the often total lack of those annoyingly stiffling 'elf and safety considerations. Competitors leave Santa Cruz (Avenida Maritima) from 8.30 in the morning and the rally goes on all day in various stages until around 10.30pm. Routes and timetables can be downloaded (in Spanish) from the rally's official site here (under the drop down marked Participantes.)

Image: Canarias Racing World TF

Oktoberfest 2014

The Oktoberfest was a great success a couple of years ago in the Costa Adeje, and it’s being repeated this year on Saturday and Sunday, 11 and 12 October, but in Arona this time. The traditional German beer festival will have Canarian and German food, Canarian wines and, of course, German beers, as well as traditional music and dancing ...

Oktoberfest 2014

Visitors should check that their travel insurance policies specifically cover private treatment

It appears that some people who buy travel insurance are not getting what they think they’re paying for. One visitor from the UK was recently taken ill and transferred by ambulance to Hospitén Sur in Playa de las Americas. On arrival, she was asked for insurance details but when these were provided, was told that the insurance was invalid because the policy’s small print covered only state care.

Visitors should check that their travel insurance policies specifically cover private treatment

Walking The Camino Real From Santiago Del Teide to Los Gigantes

Want to go?

From Santiago del Teide the signs say 6.7kms but from Puerto Santiago they say 8kms, but who’s counting; the basic route is a little over 3 hours, add an hour for each of the extra choices; the 460 Titsa bus from Las Americas bus station (Costa Adeje on timetable) stops in Santiago del Teide, €3 one way with a bono ticket or €4.55 single without. The 473 & 477 Titsa buses serve the southern resorts from Los Gigantes.

Walking The Camino Real From Santiago Del Teide to Los Gigantes

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

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

The summer heat finally cools down during this month on Tenerife, leaving perfect temperatures as the seasons change. The sizzling summer music scene morphs into a gastro and music scene as a few events feature both. The fiesta scene eases off with the south of the island mainly holding any fiestas of note. Elsewhere, it’s all about food and there are some cracking culinary offerings to digest. As the month progresses, more and more Northern Europeans arrive and the personality in some of Tenerife’s resort areas changes to reflect this. Outside of the resorts, things go on much the same as they always do.

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

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