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Friday, November 28, 2014

The Rebirth of Rural Tenerife

Today, the vast majority of Tenerife’s tourists flock to the island’s coasts and beaches to soak up the winter sunshine, only venturing into Vilaflor on day trips and en route to Teide National Park. But head into the hills and you’ll discover a growing sector of the tourism market which is rediscovering the rural Tenerife so loved by the Victorians. Younger Dutch, French, Scandinavian and British visitors are heading to La Orotava, La Laguna and Vilaflor and staying in one of the island’s burgeoning boutique rural and spa hotels from which they’re striking out to explore hiking trails and enjoy the serenity and traditionalism of an island whose rural tourism is about to come full circle.

The Rebirth of Rural Tenerife

Christmas & New Year programmes 2014-15

This Christmas is already underway with Adeje’s announcement – first again! – of its Christmas and New Year 2014-15 programme of events. These start next weekend with the Christmas market postponed because of the winds from today, in the Las Torres car park by the fountain roundabout just down the road from Mercadona. Apart from this and several other mercadillos, the main Christmas market in Calle Grande takes place on Saturday, 13 December, between 5pm and midnight. For the rest of the programme, see ...

Christmas & New Year programmes 2014-15

Carnival preparations take shape

We may still be a few weeks away from Christmas but attention has already turned to next year’s carnival. This week Santa Cruz mayor Jose Manuel Bermudez visited a number of Carnival groups as preparations stepped up a level.

Carnival preparations take shape

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Chestnuts, Wine and Sleds for San Andrés on Tenerife

The Fiesta de San Andrés (Saint Andrew) is celebrated across Tenerife on the nights of 29 and 30 November, but the tradition is strongest in Puerto de la Cruz and Icod de los Vinos. Any authentic San Andrés celebration on Tenerife should involve new wine and roasted chestnuts, but both Icod and Puerto spice up the wine and chestnuts with slightly mad extras.

Chestnuts, Wine and Sleds for San Andrés on Tenerife

New weather front approaching with high winds will be apparent from tomorrow

Aemet has now issued an orange alert for winds on Friday gusting to 100 km/h throughout Tenerife. The alert is for 24 hours from midnight Thursday, and could be extended through Saturday in due course. The high winds will be westerly-north westerly, and primarily affect medianías and altitude, where gusts of up to 120 km/h  are likely; at coastal level, they are expected to be around 75 km/h. As well as high winds, there’s an orange alert for very rough seas (costeros) in north Tenerife. Rain is also forecast, heavy in parts, but the main protagonist of this temporal will be the winds.

New weather front approaching with high winds will be apparent from tomorrow

Monday, November 24, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 24 to 30 November

The week starts promising enough with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Unfortunately that will start to change from Wednesday afternoon as another poor weather front rolls in bringing cloud, rain, wind and snow on El Teide. Temperatures will also experience a dip before starting to rise for the weekend. It doesn’t look as though anywhere will escape the bad weather but it does looks as though the sun should make an appearance most days despite the rainy forecast. Friday looks like it will be the worst day.

Unfortunately, and not for the first time, the glum weather coincides with the San Andrés celebrations planned for next weekend.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 24 to 30 November

Hay Lo Que Hay, a Vegetarian Restaurant on Tenerife for Non-Vegetarians

I’m not vegetarian and I’ll enthusiastically eat anything… within reason. I’m not vegetarian, but on average about five days out of seven we don’t eat meat or fish in our house. The reason for this is a long time ago I discovered good vegetarian food is as tasty, if not tastier, than your average meat dish.

Which brings me to Restaurant Hay Lo Que Hay in the La Paz district of Puerto de la Cruz.

Hay Lo Que Hay, a Vegetarian Restaurant on Tenerife for Non-Vegetarians

Climb To A View At Roque del Condé in Adeje

It’s not the highest peak in the arid, volcanic terrain of the south of Tenerife but the distinctive, table top outline of Roque del Condé dominates its landscape. Lying alongside the impressive Barranco del Rey which marks the boundary between Arona and Adeje, the top of the mountain sits 1000 metres above sea level and was once terraced and farmed, its height ensuring regular moisture from the clouds that regularly bank up over it.

Climb To A View At Roque del Condé in Adeje

Friday, November 21, 2014

Is Tourism Killing Traditions in The South of Tenerife?

You could be excused for being unaware of Tenerife’s traditions. All-inclusive holidays mean you don’t need to stir from your modern hotel. You can dine on fish and chips, lunch on burgers and not even try Canarian food. Looking at the endless development along some shorelines you might wonder if the Canary Islands are only hotels and apartment blocks.

Is Tourism Killing Traditions in The South of Tenerife?

Thumbs-up for marathon

THE first Santa Cruz marathon. held last weekend, attracted more than 2,500 people – and everyone agreed it was a great success.

Mayor José Manuel Bermúdez said: “The streets were filled with people who wanted to enjoy a special Sunday.

“I want to thank the organisers for all the effort, which has resulted in a fine example of what we can achieve.

“The people of Santa Cruz responded to make the race so special. Hundreds of cruise passengers were also enjoying a model marathon, especially bearing in mind this was its first year. This will get bigger and bigger.”

Thumbs-up for marathon

ALMONEDA:VII Antiques, Vintage and Collectors Fair, 19-23 November - Extended Hours

Owing to bad weather, Carmen & Sophie, the organisers of the ALMONEDA:VII Antiques, Vintage and Collectors Fair, have announced the following extensions to the days and hours that the fair will be open:

On Sunday they're open from 10 am to 2 pm, as previously mentioned, and now also from 4 pm to 9 pm.

They will also now be opening on Monday, 24th November, from 12 noon  to 9 pm, with another fashion show taking place on Monday at 7 pm.

Photo by Toby Baillon is one of several from the first day of the fair, which definately looks very well worth a mooch round.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Riding the Boards for the November Fiesta of San Andrés

Have you ever watched an episode of Jackass and thought you might quite like to have a go at something as mad as that? If so, get yourself one of those wooden tea trays with handles, wax the bottom so it’s as slippery as an eel dipped in oil, and get yourself along to Icod de los Vinos on the nights of 29th or 30th November. Then, launch yourself, atop your tray, down a street so steep you have to lean to stand upright, and gather enough breakneck speed to leave the ground at the slightest bump and return to earth in a blaze of sparks before finally coming to a flying halt at a mound of old tyres.

Riding the Boards for the November Fiesta of San Andrés

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ALMONEDA:VII Antiques, Vintage and Collectors Fair, 19-23 November

The seventh edition of the ALMONEDA: Antiques, Vintage and Collectors Fair will, once again, be taking place in the Centro de Arte La Recova (next to the TeatroGuimerá) from Wednesday, 19th November to Sunday, 23rd November in Santa Cruz.

Entrance to the fair is free, however a donation is suggested (of €2), which will go to charity.

There will be a collection of non-perishable foodstuffs (tinned food, rice, pasta, etc.) and personal hygine articles (shower gel, shampoo, detergent, fabric softener, etc.) in which you can collaborate, at the tables situated at the entrance of the fair, in aid of the Comedor "La Milagrosa" of the Hermanas de la Caridad (Sisters of Charity) in Calle La Noria. The fair also aims to promote AFATE, the Association of Families of those with Alzheimers and other forms of dementia in Tenerife.

As well as the exhibition and sale of antiques and collectables, there will be opportunities to learn about picture restoration, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and porcelain, as well as furniture.

During the fair there will be various activities, such as musical performances, talks, cultural exhibitions, retro fashion shows, an auction, etc. Up-to-date information on the activities is available (in Spanish) at the ALMONEDAS Collective Blog or their Facebook page.

Doors open on Wednesday, 19th November at 12:00, although at 19:00 there will be a surprise performance, followed by a small toast, to which all are invited.  

Timetable for the VII Feria ALMONEDA:

Wednesday 19th to Saturday 22nd November from 12:00 to 21:00 and Sunday 23rd from 10:00 to 14:00.
On Friday 21st at 19.00 there will be a retro fashion show.
On Saturday at 17:00 there will be a mock auction, followed by an authentic one on the Sunday at 12:00.

Kid's workshops will be taking place within the old Recova building during the weekend; on Saturday from 12:00 to 18:00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00.

How to Spot a Working Town on Tenerife

It’s the weekend buzz you get anywhere where the working population outnumbers the visiting one.

And it’s one way to tell when you’re in a working town. No different atmosphere at the weekend  means no substantial local population.

It’s just another of the factors that makes Tenerife attractive to people with varying tastes.

How to Spot a Working Town on Tenerife

Monday, November 17, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 17 to 23 November

Once again it will be a mix of sun, cloud and rain with the forecast looking the most unsettled it has been so far this November. Thursday could be unusually cool and there might be quite a bit of snow on Mount Teide where temperatures will plummet to an icy -8C. With any luck it will be similar to this week when the rain was minimal and there was plenty of sun as well, but we’ll have to see as there’s a stormy weather front nearby.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 17 to 23 November

The Cost Of Hiring Sun Loungers On Tenerife Beaches

If you’re looking for that extra level of comfort as you soak up the Tenerife sunshine, and you want to put your feet up and lay back for a shade-fueled rest, it will cost a little more. Most services are put out to private tender by the local councils, hence the contrast in quality and cost. Here’s the latest prices around the main resorts.

The Cost Of Hiring Sun Loungers On Tenerife Beaches

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review Of Hotel Rural El Patio in Garachico, Tenerife

In 1507, El Patio was given to Cristobal Del Ponte, the Genoese merchant credited with being the founder of Garachico, and it has been in the family hands ever since. A beautiful, 16th century manor house comprising a series of outbuildings and the manor house itself set around a magnificent garden patio, the construction is in typical traditional Canarian design incorporating tea wood floors, ceilings, galleries and balconies. El Patio exemplifies the elegance of aristocratic colonial living and style.

Review Of Hotel Rural El Patio in Garachico, Tenerife

Adeje’s Mercadillo de Navidad in Las Torres

The annual mercadillo de Navidad de Las Torres starts the Christmas period off in the car park by the fountain roundabout near Mercadona. Christmas gifts and decorations, seasonal food, chestnuts, children’s games, and of course Christmas carols, will all be on offer between Friday 28 and Sunday 30 November.

Adeje’s Mercadillo de Navidad in Las Torres

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cat Faces 2015 (Cats of Lanzarote Edition) Calendar


OK, so Lanzarote isn’t Tenerife, but it’s close enough, isn’t it?

More importantly, sales of this calendar will contribute to a very good cause, namely 9 Lives Lanzarote, who work tirelessly to to raise the living standards of the cat colonies living on tourist complexes and to cut down the number of unwanted kittens born every year, via their spay/neuter programme.

With images by my good friend Barbarella, some of which are of pet cats in Lanzarote, and other photos are of those gorgeous feral street cats, as she quite rightly says, “The calendar makes a great Christmas gift for your cat lover friends or family, or for yourself to keep, of course.”

:: CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR GORGEOUS CAT FACES 2015 CALENDAR ::

Preview all of the images below:

Review of the Grand Hotel Mencey in Santa Cruz

Think Don Draper. Rooms have a Mad Men sleekness to them. Clean lines, big comfy beds, good wifi, monochrome Tenerife prints on the walls, mahogany furnishings – simply super cool good looks. I felt as though I should be wearing a sharp suit and clutching a single malt in my hand to do the room justice.

Review of the Grand Hotel Mencey in Santa Cruz

Cabildo-run Tierra Blanca animal protection refuge Christmas fund-raising party

A Christmas party is being held to help raise money for the 464 dogs of the Centro de Proteccion Animal Tierra Blanca, and a celebration of a successful 3 three years for the centre and its hardworking staff and volunteers. CPA Tierra Blanca is Cabildo managed and funded by Cabildo and Tragsa, a national company comprising specialist emergency services businesses, and those involved in rural development and nature conservation. 

Cabildo-run Tierra Blanca animal protection refuge Christmas fund-raising party

Beheading of gran in Tenerife supermarket could have been prevented, according to damning report

A report into the brutal murder and beheading of grandmother, Jennifer Mills-Westley in Tenerife in 2011 is expected to criticise mental health
services in north Wales for a catalogue of failures over the treatment of her attacker, Bulgarian drifter, Deyan Deyanov

Beheading of gran in Tenerife supermarket could have been prevented, according to damning report

Blundell wants to test Tenerife racing circuit

Following the recent story about the proposed building of a new racing circuit on the island of Tenerife, ex-racing driver Mark Blundell has told president of Tenerife Carlos Alonso that he would like to be the first person to drive on the Tenerife Island Circuit – before construction even begins.

Blundell spent nearly 20 years competing at the very top level of world motorsport and is best known for his success in Formula One and at Le Mans.

Blundell wants to test Tenerife racing circuit

A Time To Remember In Tenerife

The years passed and the miles traveled focused the memories at the British Legion remembrance service at Westhaven Bay, Costa del Silencio. Uniforms, medals, and flags reflected conflicts around the globe involving British servicemen, it’s 100 years since the outbreak of World War One but the determination to remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice is as strong as ever.

A Time To Remember In Tenerife

Spicing It Up At Habibi Restaurant in Los Cristianos

When it comes to choosing somewhere to eat in Los Cristianos, we invariably head to the little row of restaurants and bars known as San Telmo. With large dining terraces overlooking Las Vistas beach, this eclectic row of eateries includes the ever popular Watermelon and Sal Negra, and in comparison to the ubiquitous, bland offerings of chicken, pizza and burgers on offer in much of the resort, is as welcome as a breeze on a hot day. As big fans of Lebanese and Middle Eastern food we have long wanted to try Habibi to see how it compared to our local Lebanese restaurant of Al-Amir in Puerto de la Cruz.

Spicing It Up At Habibi Restaurant in Los Cristianos

From Hotel to Mountain Top, Montaña Guaza

For most good walks on Tenerife you have to head into the countryside. As a general rule, the best walking is found in the most remote corners of the island.

But it’s not always the case. There are some decent walks where you can almost step straight from hotel and on to the route.

Montaña Guaza in Los Cristianos is like that. A path leads from one end of the resort up the slope of the volcanic cone and cliff that adds a dramatic bookend to the southern side of the resort.

From Hotel to Mountain Top, Montaña Guaza

Tenerife can emulate Monaco

Ex-touring car racer Patrick Watts, who now races his Allard J2 in historic races, thinks that the planned Tenerife Island Circuit has the potential to be mentioned in the same breath as prestigious events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Monaco Historic.

Patrick, a British Historic Rally champion, draws a parallel with Monaco in particular: “Monaco is not only attractive because of the race, but because of the great food, hotels and shopping. It’s the atmosphere as much as the race that makes it special.

Tenerife can emulate Monaco

Don’t lose your voice: make sure you’re on the electoral register!

Adeje Ayuntamiento says that foreign nationals who wish to vote in the 2015 local elections need to make sure they are on the census. Often people think that if they are registered on the padron they are automatically also on the census, but this is not the case. It is sufficient to be on the padron for most purposes, but to vote, residents also need to have been entered on the census.

Please note that this concerns local elections only, so this doesn’t bestow a right to vote in national or regional government elections, and to allay some other fears, it will have absolutely no effect on any entitlement to vote in the UK. The following information, though released by Adeje, is applicable to each and every Ayuntamiento in Tenerife.

Don’t lose your voice: make sure you’re on the electoral register!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 10 to 16 November

More or less a rerun of last week with the sun showing up most days in most parts of Tenerife but with a fair amount of cloud and a possibility of rain as well. At this time of year the pattern can be sunny mornings/cloudy afternoons with the sun appearing again later in the day. Do the sunbathing early and the exploring in the afternoon.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 10 to 16 November

Friday, November 07, 2014

Santa Cruz welcomes its first marathon

THE streets of  Santa Cruz will be awash with runners next Sunday (16th Nov) as the first marathon to grace the Tenerife capital gets underway.

There will be separate events of varying distances: the 8km race, half-marathon (21km), and the full 42km distance.

More than 2,500 people will pound the course, which is well above the number of entries initially expected by organisers.

Santa Cruz welcomes its first marathon men

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Autumnal Tenerife – November’s chestnut fairs

Just as in the UK it’s conker time, November in Tenerife is a cosy and wintry month with chestnuts roasting over live coals in the streets in a series of autumnal fairs in honour of San Andrés.

Autumnal Tenerife – November’s chestnut fairs

Third annual Ten Diez exhibition in FIT, Adeje, 29 November – 5 December 2014

The third annual Ten Diez exhibition will be held between 29 November and 5 December 2014 in FIT Canarias, El Galeon. Organizers say that this year’s exhibition will include painters, sculptors, photographers, illustrators and even musicians ...

Third annual Ten Diez exhibition in FIT, Adeje, 29 November – 5 December 2014

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Between a Hard Rock and the Hard Rock Café in Tenerife

From ground level it appears the resorts have totally engulfed the land, marching west to conquer the strip between Callao Salvaje and Playa San Juan. However, from above you realise they don’t stretch far inland. Cross the TF1 autopista and before you know it you’ll be halfway up a volcanic crater.

In some people’s eyes, Las Américas IS Tenerife; a huge and hedonistic resort you want to avoid unless you’re a sun-seeking party animal. The reality isn’t quite like that.

Between a Hard Rock and the Hard Rock Café in Tenerife

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Exposaldo Invierno – Winter Bargain Fair 2014

The Tenerife Cabildo’s economy and employment councillor Efraín Medina has announced the winter Exposaldo in the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz. The summer fair in May (link) was a great success and Medina said that this early festive season fair is one of Tenerife’s most successful. Once again it is hoped that shoppers and those planning early for Christmas will be keen to pick up some bargains to give a much needed boost to local businesses. The fair will take place between Thursday 6 and Monday 10 November ...

Exposaldo Invierno – Winter Bargain Fair 2014

Have You Tried Membrillo on Tenerife?

Membrillo, also known as dulce de membrillo, is basically a type of quince jam that just happens to get on extremely well with any cheese that has a decent personality. It even manages to squeeze some personality out of bland queso fresco. It’s excellent for calming down the wild spirit of curado cheese from Teno, an anarchic cheese with flavours that explode almost painfully in the mouth.

Have You Tried Membrillo on Tenerife?

Dates for your diary: Tenerife Carnaval 2015

Carnaval, as we may have mentioned here before, is Tenerife's biggest event of the year. Great fun and with something going on day and night to appeal to all ages that, in my opinion, it's simply unmissable.

So for all you forward planners out there, especially if you need to book flights and hotels, here's a run down of the most prominent dates for the upcoming Carnaval 2015 in Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz.

Carnaval 2015 in Santa Cruz & Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife

With the usual disclaimer that these dates mostly follow the usual schedule, but we cannot be held responsible for changes that are beyond our control. UPDATED 12/1/15 with additional information from the offical Carnaval Program for Santa Cruz.

Monday, November 03, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 3 to 9 November

A quite typical November week with this spell of mixed weather continuing for the moment. The north should see most cloud and rain, especially during the second half of the week, but the pattern is more or less the same everywhere – a mainly sunny start and an unsettled second half to the week with a mix of cloud, showers and sunshine most places. The weekend is looking particularly cloudy at the moment but there are signs that things might start to brighten up again from Sunday.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 3 to 9 November

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

November is the month of wine, chestnuts and tapas routes on Tenerife. It’s also one of the ‘rainy’ months, so finding things to do indoors, like eating and drinking wonderful tapas, isn’t a bad idea to have as plan B. Summer is definitely at an end and with it comes a different vibe as the main Northern European season starts and winter residents return to the island.

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

Tenerife Pond Life At Erjos Pools

As the clocks turn back to wave adios to the long, hot summer and hola to the autumn, the first of the winter rains have already arrived, soaking the parched earth and bringing surface water back to barrancos and ponds. For twitchers, this is one of the best times to see many of the wonderful birds that pause here on their migratory routes from Africa, North America and Asia. And as the rains replenish falling levels, it’s the perfect time to visit the tranquil nature spot and valuable ecosystem of the Erjos Pools.

Tenerife Pond Life At Erjos Pools

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Secret Canaries: Explore these warm volcanic islands all year round

These volcanic islands are warm all year round and close at hand. And, as direct flights to La Palma start today, it’s even easier to get off the beaten track, says Simon Calder

Secret Canaries: Explore these warm volcanic islands all year round

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