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Monday, December 29, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 29 December to 4 January

Although it’s mainly looking like another lovely week (without calima) there will be a bit of a cloudy glitch for the New Year’s Eve celebrations before the sunshine returns for the weekend. Rain is most likely on Tuesday afternoon and whilst New Year’s Eve should hopefully be rain free on the coast (there’s a 15% chance across the island), cloud cover might make it feel a bit warmer for wearing that little black number. New Year’s Day is looking cloudy most places, ideal for staying inside recovering from the celebrations.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 29 December to 4 January

Reyes arts and crafts fair in Santa Cruz and La Laguna 2-5 January

The Cabildo [Tenerife Island Corporation] has announced an arts and crafts fair for Reyes which will be held between 2 and 5 January in both the Plaza del Príncipe in Santa Cruz and the Plaza del Adelantado in La Laguna. Both venues for the fair will be open between 11am and 10pm each day and will count on some 79 artisans’ stalls – 48 in Santa Cruz and 31 in La Laguna. Evidently, this is a chance for those celebrating Reyes on 6 January to do some last minute gift shopping, but for those who just like traditional Canarian arts and crafts for their own sake, it’s a gift in its own right!

Reyes arts and crafts fair in Santa Cruz and La Laguna 2-5 January

New Vegetarian Eating in Los Cristianos

No sooner do I post a piece to this blog saying that there are no vegetarian restaurants worth recommending in South Tenerife than one opens in the heart of Los Cristianos. Murphy’s Law, I guess, and of course it meant that I had no option but to try it out.

New Vegetarian Eating in Los Cristianos

Sunday, December 28, 2014

From the vaults: Day of the Innocent Saints

El Día de Los Santos Inocentes, falls on the 28th December. What does it mean? Well, it is the Spanish equivalent of April Fool's Day.

Day of the Innocent Saints

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Tenerife, Cancun and Lanzarote 'best-value' winter destinations for Brits

Lanzarote, Tenerife and Cancun in Mexico are offering British holidaymakers some of the best bargains for a post-holiday break thanks to a stronger pound, research has revealed.

The pound is making top winter sun destinations more affordable for UK tourists with those visiting resorts such as Tenerife, Lanzarote and Paphos in Cyprus now getting five percent more for their money than a year ago.

Tenerife, Cancun and Lanzarote 'best-value' winter destinations for Brits

Friday, December 26, 2014

Los Reyes Magos in parades throughout Tenerife for Kings’ Eve on 5 January

In Spain, it is not just Father Christmas who delivers presents to all good Spanish girls and boys, it is also, indeed primarily, Sus Majestades Los Reyes Magos, their Majesties the three Wise Kings of the traditional and familiar nativity story who brought gifts to the baby Jesus. In recent years, Father Christmas has become increasingly popular, with many Spanish children now asking for, and expecting, presents from both sources, but the arrival of Los Reyes Magos is still the most special of occasions.

Los Reyes Magos in parades throughout Tenerife for Kings’ Eve on 5 January

30th Anniversary of 'Back to the Future' to be Featured at 9th Edition of Fimucite

The Tenerife International Film Music Festival (Fimucite), which will be held on July 3rd - 11th, 2015, sponsored by Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Canary Islands Government and Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, will pay tribute to the release of the 30th anniversary of emblematic works such as Back to the Future or Silverado, as well as to the French film composers.

30th Anniversary of 'Back to the Future' to be Featured at 9th Edition of Fimucite

Christmas calima to start to clear from tomorrow

Christmas has been marked by a particularly dense calima with a very high particulate concentration making breathing difficult for many with respiratory conditions. It settled in around a week ago and has seemed very unwilling to move on, but the forecast for the next few days is positive, with it starting to clear away from tomorrow.

Christmas calima to start to clear from tomorrow

Harbourside Tapas at Pantalan in Las Galletas

You won’t find any hotels or holiday apartments in the pretty coastal village of Las Galletas that hugs the coastline between Los Cristianos and Costa Del Silencio. Instead you’ll find a pretty marina set against the dramatic backcloth of the mountains; a sheltered black sand beach and a small but select choice of fish and seafood restaurants.

Harbourside Tapas at Pantalan in Las Galletas

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A Walk in the Forest on Tenerife

A huge forty five percent of Tenerife is national park land; the Canary Islands have more protected natural areas than any other region of Spain. A lot of that is covered in forest.

For those who enjoy a dreamy stroll in the forest, Tenerife has some wonderfully sun-dappled options no matter where they might be based.

A Walk in the Forest on Tenerife

Free gift wrapping for last-minute presents bought in Los Cristianos and Las Galletas

Last minute Christmas shopping? No time left to wrap your presents? No problem! As part of Arona’s Christmas business impulse programme, shoppers in Los Cristianos and Las Galletas can have their presents wrapped for free just by showing the till receipt for the gift being wrapped. Council tents will be in C/Central, Las Galletas and in Church Square, Los Cristianos, today between 10am and 6pm, and for those celebrating Reyes, again on 4 and 5 January between 10am and 9pm.

Free gift wrapping for last-minute presents bought in Los Cristianos and Las Galletas

Monday, December 22, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 22 to 28 December

It’s looking like it could be the perfect Christmas week on Tenerife with sunshine forecast for all parts of the island. Shade temperatures will be a bit on the cool side but nobody is going to notice when they’re basking in festive sunshine. The most perfect weather for walking on Tenerife.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 22 to 28 December

How the Conquistadors Changed the Landscape of South East Tenerife

As we set off on our hike from the zona recreativa, El Contador, above Arico, mists shifted through the graceful Canary Pines, even though on the coast below we had left behind a warm, June morning. Through the fog a haunting sound emerged, one of our guides had brought along a bucio, a conch shell, used by the aboriginal Guanche as a means of contact. It seemed fitting, and it seemed like a million miles away from the glamour of Costa Adeje or the discos of Playa de Las Americas.

How the Conquistadors Changed the Landscape of South East Tenerife

Friday, December 19, 2014

Admiring The Sand Sculptures

The kids’ buckets and spades will have to go some to match the new breed of large, extravagant sand sculptures that adorn many of the main Tenerife resorts. Some visitors are not keen on what they see as a form of begging but the authorities have tried to regulate these impressive artists. Arona and Adeje councils have led the way by making the sculptors register and pay a pre-arranged percentage in the form of a tax. If you look closely you should see a laminated copy of a certificate displayed by the artworks.

Admiring The Sand Sculptures

Hard Rock International Announces Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife

Following its successful European debut with Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza earlier this year, Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world's most iconic and recognized brands – announces plans for the beachfront Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, set to open in mid-2016. The upcoming property is Hard Rock's second project in collaboration with leading operators, Palladium Hotel Group, who recently opened the Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, the brand's first European hotel.

Situated on Tenerife's sunny southern coast near Adeje, the resort will feature 637 rooms, including 236 suites, spread across two towers – offering both a family-friendly and adults-only experience. Catering to the distinctive needs of the leisure traveler, the property will boast a variety of amenities, including three pools and access to a natural saltwater lagoon and recreation area located just steps from the property. Additionally, it will feature four dining establishments, multiple outdoor terraces and entertainment venues.

"Tenerife's superb climate, wide variety of cultural activities and strong accessibility for international travelers, makes it an ideal choice for the hotel brand's global fan base," said Josh Littman, vice president of EMEA development – Hotels & Casinos at Hard Rock International. "As we continue to strengthen our relationship with Palladium Hotel Group, we look forward to introducing the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife to the Canary Islands."

"We're thrilled to introduce the Hard Rock brand to Tenerife and bring a unique experience fusing luxury accommodations and lavish amenities with electrifying entertainment," says Abel Matutes Prats, chief executive officer at Palladium Hotel Group. "We're certain the distinct beauty and dynamic appeal of the area will exceed expectations and continue to intrigue fans and travelers worldwide."

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife will entice travelers with world-class entertainment and music-infused programs exclusive to the Hard Rock brand, such as The Sound of Your Stay® amenity program, free for guests of the hotel allowing for in-room guitar jam sessions, playlist download upon check-in and in-room delivery of professional DJ equipment. Additionally, the property will feature brand-wide amenities, such as a Rock Spa®, Body Rock® workout facility and a Rock Shop®, located in the lobby and featuring Hard Rock's iconic merchandise.

Internationally recognized as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock Hotels offer stylish and contemporary design, unparalleled service and the thread that unites them all – music. Hard Rock's current Hotel portfolio is located in the world's most desirable resort destinations, as well as urban gateway cities. The dynamic properties cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of today's cosmopolitan, modern travelers, who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable accommodations, whether for business or leisure travel, and who connect with the authentic and powerful Hard Rock vibe.

For more information or to book a stay at any of the Hard Rock Hotels, please visit www.hardrockhotels.com.

Hard Rock International Announces Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife

Thursday, December 18, 2014

This Was 2014, a Year on Tenerife in Pictures

At the end of the year it’s quite interesting for us to look back at some of the things we’ve seen and where we’ve been on Tenerife over the previous twelve months.

Chunks of the year have been spent walking on pastures away from these shores, but there’s still been plenty of time for continuing to explore our adopted home.

These are some snapshots of 2014

This Was 2014, a Year on Tenerife in Pictures

Away In A Manger In La Laguna And Santa Cruz

Whether you call him Santa Claus or Papa Noel, the big jolly chap in the red suit is everywhere but there are more traditional figures to look out for as my pre Christmas tour of La Laguna and Santa Cruz revealed.

Away In A Manger In La Laguna And Santa Cruz

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Best Foot Forward for Tenerife’s Walking Festival

Regular readers have often heard us singing the praises of a Tenerife walking holiday on here and are very conversant with the types of terrain they are likely to encounter on the island, from caminos reales to coastal paths. If our waxing lyrical about the island’s paths has tempted you, 2015 is the perfect time to dump the dithering, pick up some nice walking boots in the January sales and take part in the island’s first ever Walking Festival.

Best Foot Forward for Tenerife’s Walking Festival

Boxing Day piano concert in Los Cristianos

Hungarian concert pianist Krisztina Fejes will be performing in the Infanta Leonor auditorium in Los Cristianos on Boxing Day, Friday 26 December. Tickets for the concert, which starts at 8.30pm, cost €8 and are available Monday to Friday between 9am and 2pm from the Los Cristianos Centro Cultural, or from the auditorium box office from two hours before the concert on the day itself.

Boxing Day piano concert in Los Cristianos

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Going on a Whale and Dolphin Safari in Tenerife

Maybe it’s because whale and dolphin watching trips on Tenerife is just one of a long list of things for tourists can do that it didn’t quite have the same exclusive, exciting ring to it.

And yet being able to see dolphins and whales within a short distance from shore is a massive deal – the location might be part of Spain, but geographically this is really another type of African safari.

Going on a Whale and Dolphin Safari in Tenerife

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 15 to 21 December

Still much the same weather as we’ve experienced over the last few weeks – a mix of cloud, sun and rain with temperatures starting the week warm but dropping as the week progresses. It looks as though Mount Teide will be piling on the white layers in preparation for a white Christmas as there will be snow during most of the week. With any luck, the week should end on a bright, sunny note.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 15 to 21 December

Where to go Camel Riding on Tenerife

The idea of going on a camel ride on Tenerife might seem a bit odd at first. What has Tenerife got to do with camels?

The answer is quite a lot. For a start, the Canary Islands are not far from North Africa where jumping on a camel is considered the norm. Also the arid climate of the south of wasn’t really suited to using cattle so, before mass tourism changed their world, it was common for local farmers to use an animal more suited to a water deprived terrain; the camel.

Where to go Camel Riding on Tenerife

Christmas carol concert in Church Square church, Los Cristianos, 8.30pm this Friday

A multi-national and multi-lingual choir which belongs to the Arona School of Music and Dance will be holding its Christmas concert this Friday, 19 December at 8.30pm in the Nuestra Señora del Carmen church in the main square, Los Cristianos. The female choir has members from Tenerife, mainland Spain, England, France, Germany, Italy, Rumania, Argentina and Brazil, and led by director and professional soprano Candelaria Gónzalez Torres, will be performing Christmas carols in the various languages of the group.

Christmas carol concert in Church Square church, Los Cristianos, 8.30pm this Friday

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Searching South Tenerife for the Place to Sip a Mojito

For me a mojito is the quintessential holiday drink, synonymous with sunshine. Stroll along Geranium Walk or any street lined with bars in south Tenerife and you see them advertised between €2.50 and €5, which set me to wondering just how ‘real’ a mojito you get for such a low price.

Searching South Tenerife for the Place to Sip a Mojito

Friday, December 12, 2014

GeoTenerife Earth Science 2015 internships announced

Sharon Backhouse, Director of GeoTenerife, said, “It’s natural to associate Tenerife with sun, sea and hotels, but it also has considerable educational potential, particularly in the area of volcanology.

“We’re delighted to be working with leading research organisation INVOLCAN, who share our passion for investing in tomorrow’s earth scientists.

“These internships allow students to get up close and personal with science in a way that enthuses them and gives them a unique insight into the natural sciences, whether it be volcanology, geology or environmental science.

GeoTenerife Earth Science 2015 internships announced

Whale of a problem

THERE are plenty of unanswered questions surrounding the shock discovery of a whale on a Canarian beach this week.

Tenerife Cabildo’s Environment Department has confirmed that a a pygmy sperm whale was found on a beach at Barranco de La Torre, just three weeks after another whale washed up on another beach.

It is unclear what caused the beaching, but fingers are being pointed at the oil exploration off the coasts of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

Whale of a problem | Canarian Weekly in Tenerife

Recycling With A Kick For Christmas In Adeje

The Cacharros Exhibition features the work of infant and primary school children from the Adeje municipality, recycling household rubbish to make some wondrously imaginative toy designs. The exhibition is on until 19 December.

Recycling With A Kick For Christmas In Adeje

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

New Shopping Outlets in South Tenerife

Whether your shopping is functional or for pleasure, you can find it all in Tenerife and two big pre-Christmas openings are catering for the extremes of the spectrum.

New Shopping Outlets in South Tenerife

Friday, December 05, 2014

The Best New Year’s Eve Firework Displays on Tenerife

There’s something special about seeing the old year off by popping Champagne corks (or cava in this case) and watching a spectacular firework display.

It’s a thrilling and colourful combination that fills the air with happiness and hope. No matter how many times we’ve seen firework displays, they still hold the power to unlock childlike emotions of delight. On Tenerife good ones reduce a multi-national audience to the same language consisting of a couple of words – ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’.

The Best New Year’s Eve Firework Displays on Tenerife

Thursday, December 04, 2014

MAKE YOUR voice heard, register TO VOTE

If you are a European Union national, you can vote in the upcoming municipal elections on 24th May 2015. To exercise your right, you must register on the electoral roll. Registration in the municipal census and formal statements shall be made not later than the 30th of December 2014.

More details (in English) Via: PSOE

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

In the purpose built resorts it’s Xmas party time in the sun over the festive season whereas in traditional towns there’s more of an old fashioned Christmas atmosphere with concerts, carol singers and nativity scenes.

The week before Christmas can be very quiet before the party starts in earnest from Christmas onwards with the New Year’s Eve street parties in Tenerife’s traditional areas being THE places to put on the glad rags and party all night.

The Best Fiestas, Festivals and Events on Tenerife in December 2013

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Double bank holiday weekend coming up

Just a reminder that two bank holidays are coming up, the Día de la Constitución on 6 December and Immaculate Conception on the 8th, the last two holidays of 2014 apart from Christmas Day itself. The 6th is a Saturday anyway, but on the 8th banks, and most offices and many shops will be closed.

Double bank holiday weekend coming up

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 1 to 7 December

Unfortunately the pattern for the first week of December on Tenerife looks much the same as what we experienced during November – a mix of cloud, sun and rain with temperatures starting the week warm but dropping as the week progresses. There should still be plenty of sunshine about but the weekend could end on a grey note, apart from on Mount Teide where there could be more snow.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 1 to 7 December

Pack Your Stocking With December Events

Despite your best intentions you are now humming festive tunes and yearning for mince pies. It’s nearly Christmas and Tenerife loves a party so expect plenty of events throughout December, here are some of the best, the ones without price details are free.

Pack Your Stocking With December Events

Something Special, Review of Lucas Maes in La Orotava

There are some things we’re reluctant to share. Some places we want to keep to ourselves. Lucas Maes in La Orotava is one such place.

Despite being known around the island as being one of the best restaurants on Tenerife, Lucas Maes isn’t on the populist radar and that keeps it a bit of a delicious secret. However, it’s too good not to share so, despite selfish temptations to leave it out, Lucas is finally being added to our list of restaurant reviews.

Something Special, Review of Lucas Maes in La Orotava

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