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Saturday, February 28, 2015

The Doctor is in ... Garachico

The Doctor Who crew are filming in Tenerife this week, and an interesting tweet from on-location work looks to reveal an alien from the opening Series 9 two-parter, but just where is filming taking place on the island? Several of the reports have mentioned filming in the Teide National Park (it's a tad obvious), but where are the urban shots taken, shown at the bottom of this report?

Well, I can reveal that it's the nothern town of Garachico, which I know like the proverbial back of my hand, so recognising the architecture was as easy as indentifying an El Aderno desert! :-)

In the first of those three images, the "men in black" are located on the steps of the former convent and Town Hall (we wonder if there is any significance in this latter?).

The distinctive pillars on the front of the building in the second image gave it away (for me) as the Casa Palacio of the Counts of La Gomera, also known as the Casa de la Piedra (Stone House).

Whist the outdoor cafe scene in the third image is taking place in the plaza Glorieta San Francisco in front of the church of Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles (founded 1524). 

You can see more clearly in the original report and images (along with short videos) in this report from DrWhoTV, Series 9 Filming in Spain.

There, you heard it first here and now you can totally amaze your friends with your in-depth knowledge of the location when you watch Dr Who (Series 9) in the Autumn.

Spend a Night With the Stars in Teide National Park

The main thing that you gain from spending the night is that you have the place all to yourself (well, almost). The National Park is Tenerife’s most popular excursion which means, during the day, it’s constantly busy with visitors, from the endless queues at the Parador café for a coffee or to use the public toilets, to the crowds milling around Roques de Garcia. Even if you leave the tour buses behind and go walking, the trails are becoming more and more popular.

But once all the tour buses and the rental cars go home, silence falls over the crater and it becomes an entirely different place. No queues, no crowds, no constant noise. Just you and this extraordinary landscape with its surreal shapes and shadows.

Spend a Night With the Stars in Teide National Park

Staggering ideas from the traffic authorities

DRUNKEN tourists staggering down Spanish streets at night are in danger of more than just taking a tumble.

Spain’s Directorate General of Traffic, which is planning to stamp out “dangerous” walking, also hopes to introduce breathalyser tests for pedestrians involved in car accidents.

In addition, the Government department suggests introducing an off-road speed limit for joggers.

Staggering ideas from the traffic authorities

Relax, Review of the Hotel Spa Villalba in Vilaflor

It’s a family run hotel (Reverón) and feels like it; small enough to feel intimate and personal, big enough so that it’s not claustrophobic. The lounge area doubles as a bar – a cosy, comfortable one with armchairs and a roaring fire (in winter). There’s a TV lounge with cinema-sized flat screen TV and, a contrasting nod to a different era, a bridge room.

Relax, Review of the Hotel Spa Villalba in Vilaflor

Confirmation of Los Gigantes Carnaval Programme

Los Gigantes Carnaval events began yesterday and also yesterday, for the first time, I got sight of the carnaval poster and programme to confirm what we had previously speculated. (I won't comment on Tenerife's idea of "advance notice" again. It's too despairing.)

"Space" (as if you couldn't tell from the cute little rocket) is the theme of this year's carnaval in Los Gigantes.

Last night, February 27th, Los Gigantes held their Gala for the Election of the Carnaval Queen 2015. Today, February 28th, is Día del Niño (Kid's Day) with workshops and the obligatory bouncy castles, with a Kid's Gala being held from 5pm. There's dancing to various bands for the adults from 9pm.

Sunday, March 1st, from 5pm is the Gran Coso Apoteósico del Carnaval de Los Gigantes 2015 (their main parade), which this year has several well-known troupes taking part. I certainly recognise the names of Comparsa Bahía Bahitiare, Comparsa Los Rumberos and Comparsa Joroperos from Santa Cruz carnaval (and the TV galas), so the standard is going to be very high.

Should be well worth getting to see this parade.

Then on Monday, March 2nd, from 9pm, is the carnaval's end with the Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine), and all it's mournful, wailing widows (in drag.) The cremation of the sardine will be followed by a spectacular fireworks display.

Both nights again culminate in the usual street party with dancing to salsa orchestras.

Programa del Carnaval de Los Gigantes 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Doctor Who Season 9 News: filming in Tenerife, alien revealed?

Filming for series nine is currently taking place in the Teide National Park in Tenerife, home to a volcanic landscape and the third largest volcano in the world. This snap of Freeman with Capaldi and Coleman over there has prompted some to ask what the deal is with the charred-looking red-eyed chap on the left. Is he a new Doctor Who volcano-related alien or just a passer-by in dire need of an exfoliating facial?

Click through for image ...

Doctor Who Season 9 News: filming in Tenerife, alien revealed?

Something for the weekend: Las Burras de Güímar

2Las Burras de Güímar0 Las Burras Entierro de la Sardina 2012

This weekend, on Saturday, 28th February 2015, you can see an unique carnaval event, Las Burras de Güímar, in, not surprisingly, the town of Güímar in Tenerife.

Legend has it that during a funeral, strange donkeys suddenly began to appear and accompany the funeral procession. Upon arrival in the town square, the local people thought they weren't really donkeys, because there was something very "fishy" about them.

Local farmers then came up with the idea of poking them with a knife and indeed, when pierced, the alleged donkeys become terrible and disgusting witches who begin to invoke Satan. The witches start dancing until the bishop arrives and holds an exorcism, calling upon the Archangel Michael for help, who comes down from heaven to fight with the Devil.

When San Miguel manages to kill the Devil after a grueling fight, the Bishop also mandates that the donkeys be burned at the stake to restore tranquility back to the town.

These days the funeral in question is the Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine) that marks the carnaval's end and events begin with the appearance of strange women in various balconies and windows. Once the Sardine procession passes them, they become donkeys and join the party. When they reach the square, the donkeys face a group of farmers who fret about their strange appearance and decide to find out if they are the famous Burras.

That's when the donkeys regain their appearance as witches. The witches then dance with devils, until religious music indicates the presence of the Inquisition. A group of friars, accompanied by a bishop appears. Arriving at the door of the church the bishop then holds an exorcism, hailing the help of Archangel Michael who appears in the sky accompanied by several angels. Battle ensues; the demon is killed and then the bishop orders the burning of witches at the stake, whose flames also serve to consume the sardine.

This struggle between good and evil takes place in the Plaza de San Pedro, Güímar, from 9pm and is followed at 10:30pm by dancing to the Orquesta Tropin until the small hours.

Image of Las Burras Entierro de la Sardina 2012 by Jose Mesa.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Los Gigantes Carnaval 1995

How fast 20 years passes since the Los Gigantes Carnaval of 1995 and I wonder what these participants, especially the kids, are doing now? Anyway, I'm posting these now as a reminder that Los Gigantes carnaval is about to start for this year, on Friday, 27th February, 2015. We've linked to Los Gigantes carnaval dates, before, but it's one that people ask about frequently, so just to make sure nobody misses it, the main carnaval parade - Coso Apoteosis - in Los Gigantes is expected to take place on Sunday, 1st March, 2015 from 5pm.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Chill Out Surprise at Bahia Beach Bar, Palm Mar

Palm Mar is one of Tenerife’s oddities, a pretty spot with enormous potential which various entrepreneurs have tried to harness over the years. Whether it’s been bad luck or the rumoured bad management which has stalled most attempts I don’t know, but as the recession begins to lift, the area is showing signs of life again.

A Chill Out Surprise at Bahia Beach Bar, Palm Mar

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

In Defence of All Inclusive Hotels on Tenerife

The news from Greece about proposals to limit or ban all inclusive (AI) hotels prompted discussion about the impact of AI in other areas, including Tenerife.

Should they be limited or banned because they have a detrimental impact on whichever destination they’re located?

As is the case when it comes to AI, the usual ‘off the shelf ‘criticisms were rolled out – loss of local business, AI means poor quality, AI guests don’t spend as much as other visitors resulting in less money coming into the local economy.

The debate about AI being good or evil isn’t a simplistic one.

In Defence of All Inclusive Hotels on Tenerife

Second Salon Gastronómico de Canarias

The first Salon Gastronómico de Canarias last year was a great hit and organizers are hoping this year’s will be equally as successful. The fair will be held between 13 and 15 May in the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz. The fair’s objective is the promotion of Canarian gastronomy and as such it’s sponsored and organized jointly by the Tenerife Cabildo and private initiatives.

Second Salon Gastronómico de Canarias

Climbing The Walls to Montaña Guajara

Stepping out of the Teide Parador at 8.30am, our feet crunch on the frosty surface where the sun has not yet crept to warm the earth. Behind us, Mount Teide blazons in the afterglow of her golden sunrise, and the only noise to break the silence is our footfalls and the gentle buzz of a distant bee.

Climbing The Walls to Montaña Guajara

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 23 February to 1 March

The outlook for the coming week looks good, with a mainly sunny week in southern parts and a mix of sun and cloud in the north. Only the east looks gloomy for much of the week. Temperatures should increase by a couple of degrees this week. But we are coming into a period when there’s ‘change of seasons’ weather so there is still the chance of rain in some parts plus a weather alert for high winds and choppy seas affecting all of the island until Thursday at least.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 23 February to 1 March

Monday, February 23, 2015

How to Eat Local on Tenerife by Eating Familiar Food

Not everyone gets excited about seeing that a menu has ant salad or silkworms on skewers on it when they travel – not that you get either on Tenerife, but you might be faced with half a rabbit or a whole octopus.

However, there’s a way to impress folks back home by telling them that you tried lots of authentic local dishes on Tenerife without ever having to set foot outside of your culinary comfort zone.

Here are a few local favourites which will be familiar to any British visitor to the island.

How to Eat Local on Tenerife by Eating Familiar Food

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Does All Inclusive on Tenerife Offer Good Value for Money

Despite the fact that I am undeniably opposed to the whole concept of all-inclusive (AI), I have always understood and appreciated its value to those on a fixed budget and those with small children where endless coca cola and ice creams can stress even the most buoyant bank account. So when I was recently asked to recommend the best all-inclusive hotels on Tenerife for a travel journal, it was with some trepidation that I set out to join the wristband brigade.

Does All Inclusive on Tenerife Offer Good Value for Money

Official answers from Canary officials

THE British Consulate, the Healthcare Team and representatives from local authorities are staging public meetings throughout the Canary Islands, with answers to all those niggling questions.

These will almost certainly include healthcare queries, how to register on the “padron”, lost or stolen passports, and many more.

Officials will be installed at the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos on Wednesday (25th Feb) in time for a 6.30pm start.

Those official answers from Canary officials

Vintage Car Show and Parade in Santa Cruz

Today, Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 from 10 a.m. onwards in the Parque Gracía Sanabria, one of Santa Cruz' Carnaval's final events takes place; the traditional vintage car show, followed by their parade around the streets at mid-day, ending in the Avenida Francisco La Roche (Avenida de Anaga). Here is a snippet of the event from a few years ago.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Carnaval Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, 2014

When you've had enough of the Daytime Carnaval events in Santa Cruz this afternoon, hop on the guagua (bus number 103) to Puerto de la Cruz for the main Carnaval Parade that takes place there today, Saturday, 21st February, 2015, from around 4pm. Here's a taste from last year.

Daytime Carnaval Santa Cruz 2014

Carnaval de Día (Daytime Carnaval) brings live acts, DJs, World Record Flashmobs, noisy mascletas (daytime noise fireworks), but above all, people; young and old, groups or individuals and families to enjoy all of this wonderful street theatre. This year, one of the Carnaval de Día events take place from 1 pm, today, Saturday, 21st February 2015.

Friday, February 20, 2015

High Heels Drag Marathon Puerto de la Cruz 2014

If Wednesday's events of the Burial of the Sardine didn't contain quite enough cross-dressing for your taste, then tonight, Friday, 20th February, 2015, you're in for a treat! (And we don't mean the Drag Queen Gala in Gran Canaria either.) For it is today that the Mascarita Ponte Tacón takes place in Puerto de la Cruz; a curious obstacle race, which sees blokes falling arse over (false) tit in 15 centimeter heels (that's the rule). Anyway, don't take my word for it, watch these 34 minutes of spectacular entertainment from the event last year.

Gala Drag Queen de las Palmas de Gran Canaria 2014

If there's one thing about Carnaval that Las Palmas de Gran Canaria does better, it pains me to say, it's the Drag Queen Gala, which this year will be held tonight, Friday, 20th February, 2015 from 21:00 hrs and broadcast from the Parque Santa Catalina.

Here, by way of introduction, is part one of the gala from 2014. I'll almost guarantee you've not seen anything like this before; as contestant number three asserts, Spain is Different!

Probably not for maiden aunts, but if you aren't a maiden aunt, here's part two too!

Something for the weekend: Carnival Puerto de la Cruz

Coso Puerto de la Cruz 2008

This Saturday, 21st February 2015, sees the Main Parade of Carnaval in Puerto de la Cruz, starting from around 4pm. If you're new to Carnaval, this is a bit smaller and less intimidating than the one in Santa Cruz and is more international and family-orientated.

Still loads of fun, especially if you dress up and join in, however old you are.

But before that, make a date for this afternoon, Friday, 20th February, in Santa Cruz at 6 p.m. for the Coso Infantil (Kid's Parade), and later on in the evening, be back in Puerto de la Cruz for the Mascarita ponte tacón: Men´s Marathon in High Heels. 

Also on Saturday in Santa Cruz, from 1pm, are more Carnaval del Dia (Daytime Carnaval events, then on Sunday morning, from 10 am, is the exhibition and parade of Vintage Cars.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thomas Cook holidaymakers flown to Tenerife by first father and daughter pilot team

The pair became the first father-and-daughter team to fly for Thomas Cook Airlines after taking holidaymakers to Tenerife on an Airbus A321.

But it was only coincidence that Mr Elliott, one of the airline’s most senior pilots based at Birmingham, and his daughter, based at East Midlands, were paired behind the controls.

Thomas Cook holidaymakers flown to Tenerife by first father and daughter pilot team - Birmingham Mail

Nature Finds Many Ways To Please On The Almond Blossom Walk

The weather, the terrain, and the views are constantly changing on the Almendro en Flor (also known as the almond blossom walk) but one thing remains constant, the beauty of nature as it unlocks its secrets.

Nature Finds Many Ways To Please On The Almond Blossom Walk

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Review of the Parador de Cañadas del Teide in Tenerife

Unique is an overused word. But as the Parador de Cañadas del Teide sits in the centre of a manic, volcanic landscape at the foot of Spain’s highest mountain and the third largest volcano in the world then yes, unique seems the right word to describe it. Staying here is an experience and then some.

Review of the Parador de Cañadas del Teide in Tenerife

1st Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 21 March

Guía de Isora has announced a new event – the first Tapas and Wine Night. It will be held on the Avda. El Emigrante, at the entrance to Playa San Juan harbour on Saturday, 21 March, from 7.30 to midnight. The public will be able to enjoy tapas and wine from just €1, and there’ll be live music to bring the night alive as well.

Guía de Isora introduces new event – 1st Noche de tapas y vino in Playa San Juan on 21 March

Multicultural arts and crafts fair in Los Cristianos

Arona ayuntamiento has announced a multicultural arts and crafts fair which will be held outside the cultural centre in Los Cristianos on 21 February and 28 March between 10am and 6pm.

Multicultural arts and crafts fair in Los Cristianos

Dial 112 For A Quick, Efficient Response To Your Tenerife Emergency

Don’t worry about cost, don’t worry about the language barrier, and don’t doubt their excellent response, a call to 112 Canarias will access fire, ambulance and police in the unlikely event you have an emergency while in the Canary Islands. For extra peace of mind in advance of your visit you can even download the FRESS app to your smart phone or tablet and extend that reassurance to world wide destinations.

Dial 112 For A Quick, Efficient Response To Your Tenerife Emergency

Burial of the Sardine 2014

To mark the passing of the Carnaval for another year - don't worry, it isn't over yet - tonight, Ash Wednesday, 18th February, 2015, in both Santa Cruz and Puerto de la Cruz, a funeral will be held for giant effigy of a sardine, mourned by slutty, wailing widows. Does it need to make sense? As you will see from this video from last year's, er, wake in Santa Cruz, it's basically a a huge vicars and tarts party, only with much more blasphemy and lots more dildos!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Five Fun Tenerife Museums

Admittedly, when I was a kid I would have looked at that title and declared it an oxymoronic statement, except that I didn’t know fancy words like oxymoronic back then so I probably would just have rolled my eyes, shrugged my shoulders and sulked. But museums have come a long way since they were the dusty, depressing destination for a rainy day on holidays and now the emphasis is as much on entertainment and fun as it is on learning.

Five Fun Tenerife Museums

Santa Cruz Carnaval Main Parade 2014

Today, Shrove Tuesday, 17th February 2015, from around 4pm, sees the Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval, the Main Parade along the seafront avenue in Santa Cruz and, by way of enticement, here's a short video of this parade from last year, El Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval 2014.

It takes great skill indeed to condense about three-and-a-half hours of parade down to less than four-and-a-half minutes, set it to entirely the wrong sort of music and yet, still perfectly convey the flavour and emotion of carnaval, but the folks from TuSantaCruz have pulled off this minor miracle. Watch it, you'll be very glad you did.

If you wish, you can also watch the entire parade as was televised by the Canarian television. The videos come in four parts, part one, part two, part three and part four.

Even better is to be there and if you can't make it this year, make a date.

Monday, February 16, 2015

High winds and wild seas today and tomorrow

The met office ‎AEMET‬ has issued a yellow alert for strong winds throughout Tenerife tomorrow and Wednesday. In Tenerife, gusts to 70 km/h are expected, especially in the north west and south east. Wild seas are also forecast with a force 7 swell, so the public has been asked to take great care near the coast.

High winds and wild seas today and tomorrow

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 16 to 22 February

But it is carnival in the north and it’s rare the weather doesn’t try to rain on the carnival parade at some point so it’s no real surprise the forecast this week includes not only rain but a weather alert for high winds (gusts up to 70kph Tuesday and Wednesday) and wild seas (Tuesday only). The pattern for the week looks boringly familiar – warm start to the week with temperatures dropping and an increased chance of rain as the week progresses. However, as the forecast shows sunshine as well there’s a chance most of the rain will be a) at higher levels and b) during early morning or overnight (not so good for the all night street parties). Recent weeks has showed that whilst it’s been cool, the predicted drop in temperatures at weekends hasn’t really materialised.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 16 to 22 February

Where Do All Those Tenerife Ferries Go?

If you’re planning a trip around the islands the ferries, for me, are a great way to travel and observe slices of island life at the same time, like watching the huge lorries which carry supplies to the smaller islands, or groups of revellers returning from a fiesta on a neighbouring island. Only two of the routes are practical for day trips, those are the roughly one hour trip from Los Cristianos to La Gomera, and the 80 minute journey from Santa Cruz to Gran Canaria.

Where Do All Those Tenerife Ferries Go?

Los Indianos 2014 Carnaval Santa Cruz de La Palma

The Monday of Carnaval and we need to pop over to the island of La Palma, to the capital Santa Cruz for Los Indianos. Cuban rhythms, dressing in white and tons (literally) of talcum powder are the order of the day. See for yourself in this short video.

For more, here's the whole fiesta that was televised in 2013.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Struck By Lightning In Santa Cruz

Back at the ferry terminal a stream of well healed cruise ship passengers shuttled in and out of the city centre, the pre Carnaval activities must have impressed them. As well as the giant stage in Plaza de La Candelaria there was another whopper near the port in Avenida Anaga and they were doing sound checks ahead of a reggae evening. As always Santa Cruz had delivered more than I had expected.

Struck By Lightning In Santa Cruz

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Annual Miracle of La Servita

Facade of the Santa Catalina Convent in La Laguna. Photo by Koppchen

Once again, on 15th February, the doors of the Santa Catalina convent in La Laguna will be opened (usually from 5am) for the faithful and the curious to queue around the block (~ 15,000 visit every year) for the chance to view the incorrupted body of Sor María de Jesús (Sister Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado) (1643 - 1731), popularly known as La Siervita.

De León died on 15th February 1731; Three years later her body was exhumed and was found incorrupt, whole and flexible. Still preserved in the convent, every 15th February (the anniversary of her death), her body is placed on public display in a luxurious glass-covered coffin, which was donated by by La Laguna born pirate, Amaro Pargo, her friend in life and benefactor of the convent, who was present at her exhumation in January 1734 and her remains found to be intact, with wet clothes, flexible and a natural colour, it was said.

María de León Bello y Delgado was born in El Sauzal on March 23rd, 1643 and entered the convent in February of 1668. She spent a year as a novice, then took up the habit full-time for the rest of her life. Contemporary texts apparently claim that shortly before she died, she "fell into ecstasy", while retaining a pulse for more than 24 hours.

However, we learn that the body is located ten meters away from where viewers are able to pass and the lighting isn't too good. And despite numerous claims, there are no scientifically verified cases of genuine incorruptibility. But as this post points out, "to be able to spend almost 300 years right next door to La Laguna town hall and still remain "uncorrupted" is a worthy miracle." :)

The Miraculous Sister María de Jesús

Convento de Santa Catalina de Siena
Calle Dean Palahi, 1, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Friday, February 13, 2015

Five Surprising Scenes of Tenerife

Many travel articles aimed at bringing more people to Tenerife’s shores focus on the resort areas, painting a picture of an island that seems to have been developed purely for tourism and with a predominately British audience in mind.

Subsequently the island that exists away from the main resorts can come as quite a surprise.

Here are five scenes of Tenerife where if someone was parachuted in blindfolded they wouldn’t have a clue where they’d landed.

Five Surprising Scenes of Tenerife

Carnaval Opening Parade 2014

Tonight, Friday, 13th February 2015 (which isn't considered an unlucky day in Spain), is time for the Cabalgata Anunciadora (Opening Parade) that brings the Carnaval to the streets now that all the contests are finished and the Carnaval Queen has been chosen.

This short video shows edited highlights from the Cabalgata Anunciadora 2014, set to Chicago's 25 or 6 to 4. Wait ... Nope that's not typical Carnaval music. And it shouldn't work, but thanks to some fantastic editing it does and some and is utterly brilliant. This video should win awards. Oh and look out for the snotty kid at five minutes in. Priceless!

Should you prefer to see - as well as or instead - the whole two-and-a-half hours of the parade, with commentary and everything from the Canarian tele, here you go.

Something for the weekend: Carnaval Parade Santa Cruz

Here Comes The Parade

Coming up this week are the main events of Carnaval in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, starting with the opening parade tonight, Friday, 13th February, from 8pm. New this year, on Sunday, 15th February, is an extra Daytime Carnaval in the Plaza del Príncipe, Plaza España and Plaza de la Candelaria. This is as well as the Daytime Carnaval events held, as in previous years, on the final Saturday of Carnaval (in this case, Saturday, 21st February.) And the main event of Santa Cruz Carnaval 2015, the Coso Apoteosis takes place on Shrove Tuesday, 17th February 2015.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz 2015

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz 2015

In last night's gala, Adtemexi Cruz Hernández was elected Carnival Queen of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2015 with a costume entitled 'Aurea', designed by Jorge González Santana and representing Fuente Alta bottled water brand and the association 'Tu Santa Cruz'.

Not everyone is enthusiastic about this whole carnaval spectacle, as comments on this report from Diario de Avisos reveal, calling it outdated and "Rubbish. Opium for the people. Mindless entertainment. Show maintained by corrupt politicians so that the people do not take care of other things. Media garbage." Even if that were so, I feel that the world would be a so much less colourful place without it.

Video: Tenerife ya tiene reina del carnaval, Adtemexi Cruz con la fantasía 'Aúrea'

Reports in Spanish:
- Adtemexi Cruz Hernández, Reina del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife
- Adtemexi Cruz Hernández, nueva Reina del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife
- ¡Santa Cruz de Tenerife ya tiene Reina del Carnaval! 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Six of the Best Tenerife Romantic Hotels for Valentine’s Day

I know it’s going to cost you an arm and a leg but special experiences leave lasting memories that are priceless. So if you plan on whisking your beloved somewhere extra special in order to pop the question this Valentine’s Day or it’s a special anniversary year, here are my suggestions for one Tenerife night to remember.

Six of the Best Tenerife Romantic Hotels for Valentine’s Day

Carnaval Queen Gala 2014

With the Gala for the Selection of the Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz taking place tonight, Wednesday, 11th February, 2015 from 9:30 pm, here's a reminder and a look at the first part of the Carnaval Queen Gala 2014. If that's not enough for you, here are the second, third and final parts that make up the three-and-half hour spectacular. Enjoy!

Friday, February 06, 2015

Choosing a Fancy Dress outfit for Carnival on Tenerife

As a general rule, you don’t wear fancy dress costume to watch parades. The time to really go to town with the costume is for the carnival street parties. You don’t have to dress up, but if you don’t you’ll end up feeling like someone wearing a shell suit at a party where every one else is in DJs and glitzy cocktail dresses.

Choosing a Fancy Dress outfit for Carnival on Tenerife

Carnival Princess crowned, and so is the Senior Queen

SANTA Cruz Carnival is in full flow, and this week saw the start of the beauty pageants, with young Idaira Afonso beating off stiff competition to be crowned  Carnival Princess.

Fifteen girls made the final, and the auditorium was packed to the rafters. The standard was high, with all the girls showing an amazing amount of confidence as they dazzled on stage.

Carnival Princess crowned, and so is the Senior Queen

Crowds pay homage to Canaries’ Patron Saint

MORE than 20,000 people flocked to honour the Virgin of Candelaria, Patron Saint of the Canary Islands, last Monday as part of a day of celebrations.

The traditional midday Mass at the packed Basilica, hosted by the Bishop of Tenerife, Bernardo Alvarez, was followed by the procession of the Virgin of Candelaria around the square.

Crowds pay homage to Canaries’ Patron Saint

Something for the weekend: Carnaval Queen Santa Cruz

Contestant Angeles Hernández Paez during the Carnival Queen 2009 contest in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Photo epsos.de

On Wednesday night, 11th February 2015, Santa Cruz will choose their new Carnaval Queen for 2015, in a grand Gala that will be televised on Radio Television Canaria (RTVC) from 9.30 p.m.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Tenerife Laces Up its Boots for its Inaugural Walking Festival

Based in the traditional northern resort of Puerto de la Cruz so that participants have access to all the amenities of a resort and to some of the island’s finest restaurants, as well as being perfectly positioned for all the best walking trails, the Tenerife Walking Festival will run from 10th to 14th March 2015 and is expected to attract around 700 participants.

Tenerife Laces Up its Boots for its Inaugural Walking Festival

Why Don’t We Agree About Food on Tenerife?

Opinions when it comes to food vary wildly which makes one-off food reviews difficult to judge. We don’t always know where the person is coming from and how their food preferences compare to our own.

Why Don't We Agree About Food on Tenerife?

Carnival Puerto de la Cruz

Coso Puerto de la Cruz 2008This year's schedule of Calendar events in Puerto de la Cruz, according to the folks at Todo Tenerife (an official site of the Tenerife Island Corporation):

2015 Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz (Main Events)

12th  February: Gala for the Election of the Carnival Queen
14th  February: Proclamatory Parade
18th  February: Funeral of the Sardine
20th  February: Men´s Marathon in High Heels
21st  February: Coso - Main Parade (4 pm)

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Walking into the Past in the Barranco de San Blas

The trail through the Barranco San Blas beside the Sandos San Blas Resort in San Miguel de Abona has to be one of the most unusual walking routes in Tenerife.

It’s also one of the most enjoyable and surprising routes we’ve experienced in the south of Tenerife.

Walking into the Past in the Barranco de San Blas

Monday, February 02, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 2 to 8 February

Whilst it has actually been pretty good weather for walking, it’s not been good for sunbathing. That isn’t going to get any better this week. Again the north looks as though it will see more sunny spells than other parts, but temperatures remain low, possibly even slightly lower than in recent weeks. Once again the possibility of rain is forecast but most coastal areas should only see light showers if anything at all.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 2 to 8 February

The Best Fiestas, Festivals and Events on Tenerife in February 2015

Carnival dominates the Tenerife scene this month. Northern towns and cities buzz with the anticipation of carnival as food stalls appear, stages are built, funfairs spring up and people burst into spontaneous salsa moves in the street.

In February carnival is everything, although there are still events for those who don’t fancy slipping into costume and letting their hair (wig obviously) down.

The Best Fiestas, Festivals and Events on Tenerife in February 2015

Strike Up The Bands At The Arona Music Festival

There’s more than one soundtrack to life in Tenerife and it’s not just the big venues of Santa Cruz in the north that have the biggest musical ambitions. The Arona International Music Festival is tuning up for its sixth year with performances and artists’ workshops featuring the classical end of the spectrum. Los Cristianos Centro Cultural and the adjoining 800 seat Auditorio Infanta Leonor will be the main focus but extra venues have been added this year.

Strike Up The Bands At The Arona Music Festival

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Tenerife in February

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Find out what's on in Tenerife in February, what the weather averages are and grab a free copy of our exclusive image of the month.

Tenerife in February
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