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Monday, March 30, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 30 March to 5 April

It’s looking good for the week between Palm Sunday and Easter weekend with mainly sunny days and warm weather across Tenerife. The week will start with high temperatures, especially in the south west where it could be a few degrees warmer than everywhere else. Some cloud could roll in over the weekend bringing lower temperatures and a slight chance of rain in parts, but it should still be mainly sunny, especially at the coast.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 30 March to 5 April

Easter Events in Tenerife

School’s out for Easter. Families are heading to Tenerife and there’s plenty for all to do around the island. Live music and sport is aimed at all ages and the religious significance of Easter is brought to life in the most dramatic way.

Easter Events in Tenerife

The World of the Tenerife Bocadillo

What’s in an especial? Good question and it’s worth asking at any place that has it on the menu. Two things you can be sure of, ingredients will include everything but the kitchen sink and it will be very messy.

The World of the Tenerife Bocadillo

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Walking In Sunshine in the Anaga Mountains

We knew it was going to be an unsettled few days weather-wise.

The week before had been wall to wall sunshine for the inaugural Tenerife Walking Festival but two weeks later, when we were meeting up with a colleague from the UK to check out walking routes, was promising to be considerably less accommodating. Typical.

Walking In Sunshine in the Anaga Mountains

San Blas Environmental Reserve, South Tenerife’s Secret Valley

For anyone who wants to see the majesty of a volcanic landscape, but doesn’t want to spend an hour  travelling to Teide National Park; or for anyone who wants to know something of the island’s history, but doesn’t want to miss the sunshine visiting a museum; this is the alternative, and it’s only about 20 minutes from Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos. The San Blas Environmental Reserve, hosted by the Sandos San Blas Hotel, close to Golf del Sur, neatly combines history, geology, and nature study, in an entertaining way.

San Blas Environmental Reserve, South Tenerife’s Secret Valley

Friday, March 27, 2015

Something for the weekend: Earth Hour

Atardecer desde el Parque Nacional del Teide.Tenerife 

Tomorrow, Saturday 28th March, between 8:30pm and 9:30pm, is Earth Hour, a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

You can stay at home and turn off all your non-essential lights for an hour (a very good thing to do, by the way), or you can pop along to Garachico, where Earth Hour celebrations are beig held as part of preparations for International Environmental Film Festival Canarias

There will be an afternoon of activities related to the environment and sport. From 4pm until 6pm in the Glorieta de San Fransisco, you can watch the sun thanks to the Museum of Science and the Cosmos' solar telescope. Anyone who wishes may see the sun's surface with its sunspots and solar flares

That's followed by story competition where students from 6th grade of Garachico schools describe experience with the environment and what it means for them. Then, you can enjoy 'lively FICMEC' with the screening of various short films of the International Environmental Film Festival Canarias.

The Garachico Earth Hour celebrations reach their climax at 8:30pm, when the lights in the main streets of Garachico, and all residents who want to collaborate and join the initiative, will go out.

Also, the start of the race Garachico 8KM race joins the FICMEC initiative and will run through the streets of the town with the lights off

La Hora del Planeta en Garachico

Image: Sunset from the Teide National Park by El Coleccionista de Instantes

Arona’s Easter Ruta del Dulce to 5 April

Forget Easter eggs, try Easter cakes! That’s Arona’s offer, with five pastelerias in the municipality offering the cakes below until Sunday 5 April for just €1 each!

Arona’s Easter Ruta del Dulce to 5 April

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 25 to 29 March

It should be a mainly sunny week everywhere. The south and south west are particularly looking good, whereas the north and east should experience some cloudy spells, moreso in the east. Temperatures are also more stable with not a great difference on any coast, although the south and east will experience a brief dip midweek.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 25 to 29 March

A Closer Look at Hotel Alta Montaña

A quirky and friendly little boutique, rural hotel set on a hill with expansive views to the south coast. The perfect base for lovers of quiet and tranquillity and for walkers who want to explore Vilaflor and Teide National Park. It’s also a good place to stay if you want to get to the Teide cable car ahead of the crowds.

A Closer Look at Hotel Alta Montaña

The Wonderful World of the Tenerife Weather

If there’s one comment guaranteed to bring on a bout of me head-butting my screen, it’s this.

‘There’s no point looking at Tenerife weather forecasts. They’re always wrong.’

Anything that involves predicting what Mother Nature is going to do is never going to be an exact science, but the weather forecasters here on Tenerife generally do a pretty impressive job.

The Wonderful World of the Tenerife Weather

Monday, March 23, 2015

Guía de Isora’s Pascua Florida: Easter Floral Festival


This year, the seventh for the Pascua Florida, the displays will be on view between 2 and 5 April in the casco, the oldest central part of Guía de Isora town. The Ayuntamiento says that this Easter floral tribute is unique in Spain, and certainly in thematic and artistic terms, Guía de Isora’s Pascua Florida is becoming almost as well known in Spain as Adeje’s Pasión.

Via: Janet Anscombe 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

XX Annual El Médano triathlon 14 June

Participants can now register for the annual El Médano triathlon, which takes place on 14 June from 9am. Several hundred are expected to take part and, no doubt, just as many if not more will be lining the routes to watch the 1.5 km swim, followed by a 40 km cycle race, and ending with a 10 km foot race. Gruelling is not the word! As usual the TF643 El Médano to Los Abrigos will be closed between 8.30 and 12.30, and there will be prizes of €800, €500 and €200 for the top three competitors.

XX Annual El Médano triathlon 14 June

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Best Tenerife Resorts for Strolling Along the Promenade

There is something about strolling along a seaside promenade with the sun on your face and the smell of the sea in the air that is hard to beat. It simply has an ‘off the scale’ feel good factor.

The Best Tenerife Resorts for Strolling Along the Promenade

Underwater volcano study

THE Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) this week confirmed a major, three-year survey of a submarine volcano between Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

Seismic data recorded over the last couple of years has led to the action as activity in the region increases.

The submarine volcano is located in an area of deep water, almost 3,000ft in size.

Underwater volcano study

Tenerife Carnaval Dates for 2016

2016 Carnaval Dates

With Los Cristianos ending their carnaval events earlier this week, that about wraps up Carnaval 2015, so it's time to take stock and decide if there's stuff you really must do again or stuff you didn't get to do this year that you would like to do next year and mark your diary with dates of Carnaval 2016, which by our calculations should be as follows:

Santa Cruz
  • Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 - Election of the Carnaval Queen
  • Friday, February 5th, 2016 - Carnaval Opening Parade
  • Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 - Main Parade
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 - Burial of the Sardine
  • Saturday, February 13th, 2016 - Daytime Carnaval
  • Sunday, February 14th, 2016 - Parade of Vintage Cars

Puerto de la Cruz
  • Thursday, February 4th, 2016 - Election of the Carnival Queen
  • Saturday, February 6th, 2016 - Proclamatory Parade
  • Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 - Burial of the Sardine
  • Friday, February 12th, 2016 - Men´s Marathon in High Heels
  • Saturday, February 13th, 2016 - Main Parade

Los Gigantes

We calculate that the 4 main days of the Los Gigantes Carnaval 2016 should run from Friday, 19th February 2016 to Monday, 22nd February 2016, thus: 
  • Friday, February 19th, 2016: Election of the Queen, Infant and/or Adult. 
  • Saturday, February 20th, 2016: Kid’s activities
  • Sunday, February 21st, 2016: Main parade from 5pm.
  • Monday, February 22nd, 2016: Burial of the Sardine from 9pm.

Güímar 
  • Friday, February 12th, 2016 - Las Burras de Güímar

Los Cristianos (Arona)


We've attempted to come up with a way of predicting the dates of the Los Cristianos (Arona) carnaval before and been unable to do so because it does not publish information in advance and it doesn't stick to a regular program either. Until 2008, the main parade of carnaval in Los Cristianos had 'usually' happened on the Sunday, 12 days after Shrove Tuesday. Then in 2009, it was 19 days after.

We've tried again now we have more years to calculate with, but still no regular pattern emerges, with some years that gap being as much as 26 days after Shrove Tuesday.

Confirmation of details for 2015 came just 2 days before events began, so for 2016, we can't even guess. Los Cristianos Carnaval events run from the 4th to 14th of March 2016. See detials. Los Cristianos International Carnival Programme 2016

NB: We provide these dates so you can plan ahead, with the usual disclaimer that they follow the usual schedule, but we cannot be held responsible for changes made that are beyond our control.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

El Médano and Costa del Silencio, as different as Red and Yellow

Mid march and there’s not a cloud in the Tenerife sky, neither is there a breath of air. It’s beautiful weather for a coastal walk. Initially we pass plenty of other people, some dressed as though heading to the beach rather than a walk through arid malpaís. The yellow-tinged terrain is broken by splashes of pink-red orchilla and bulbous prickly pear balanced on the edge of cactus paddles like tin ducks in a shooting gallery.

El Médano and Costa del Silencio, as different as Red and Yellow

Chill Out At Montaña Amarilla

... as we rounded the corner of the mountain to arrive at the sea, my eyes saw another side to Costa del Silencio. At the top of the rocks was a small bar that looked as if it had decided that being a garden shed was simply not in its blood and had bought itself a cane roof and relocated to the seaside where it now stood, bathed in glorious sunshine, looking out across the ocean.  I’d like to tell you what it’s name is but I have no idea. Presumably it wishes to remain anonymous in case a group of garden gnomes whose shed has gone missing, come looking for it.

Chill Out At Montaña Amarilla

Partial eclipse visible from Tenerife on Friday

... although the Canaries will only have a partial eclipse of around 50%, it will still be something to see as the sky dims, even if cloud cover blocks sight of the actual eclipse itself. It’s going to be the last total solar eclipse visible in Europe until 2026, and in Tenerife, the phenomenon will last just under a couple of hours, from 7.45 to 9.39am.

Partial eclipse visible from Tenerife on Friday

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Local Thoughts on North and South Tenerife

Spend some time on any English language travel forum concerning Tenerife and the same perceptions of parts of the island will raise their misguided heads at some point.

The north of Tenerife is  usually cool, cloudy and damp. The south of Tenerife is Britain in the sun with Playa de las Américas a tacky hell hole of drunken young bucks (clearly if you’re a young buck who likes to drink it won’t be a hell hole at all, it will be Nirvana).

Generally speaking, these perceptions often come from people who don’t regularly spend a lot of time outside of the parts of the island they know.

Local Thoughts on North and South Tenerife | therealtenerife.com

Real Tenerife Island Walks in Pictures



These images are from Jack & Andrea Montgomery's "Northern Exposure Routes" walking in the upper Orotava Valley. More information about walking on Tenerife can be found at their specialist website, Walking Tenerife.(Via: TheRealTenerife)


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 16 to 22 March

The week starts sunny and warm across Tenerife and although cloud rolls in everywhere from Wednesday afternoon, bringing a good chance of rain (especially over the weekend), the sun should still shine every day at some point. Unfortunately, the recent warm temperatures will be affected and there will be a drop from Wednesday afternoon onwards. It’s March, so there’s often a little wobble before spring kicks in properly.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 16 to 22 March

Getting Under The Skin Of Tenerife At Cueva Del Viento

Sampling just 200 of the 17,000 metres of volcanic tubes at Icod is always a privilege, it’s like lifting the bonnet on the engine of Tenerife. Outside the lush green plants, trees, and a dusting of snow on Mount Teide painted a picture of natures calm beauty but a few metres underground layers of history had been ripped open by a violent eruption dating back 20 million years.

Getting Under The Skin Of Tenerife At Cueva Del Viento

Rancho De Nino, More Than Just a Restaurant

Regular readers of this blog know that Tenerife bulges with great places to eat, traditional and modern. So when I find somewhere new and different, I am thrilled.

Rancho de Nino is a typical, Canarian restaurant, but with different twists. Finding it, just off the Guaragacho road is something of a magical mystery tour for starters, yet it’s only about 20 minutes from Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas, and even less from Costa del Silencio or Golf del Sur.

Rancho De Nino, More Than Just a Restaurant

The New San Telmo Promenade in Puerto de la Cruz

The opening was a bit of PR. It’s no surprise. There have been a few similar cases around Tenerife in the last couple of weeks – theme parks announced; a visitor centre officially opened… and then closed after the press had departed; tunnels on the Santiago del Teide/Guia de Isora ring road to be opened at the end of the month despite mysterious cracks being found near one, and the Barranco del Infierno to open again in April after being closed for six years.

There are elections coming up and suddenly projects are being completed… even when they aren’t.

The New San Telmo Promenade in Puerto de la Cruz

Arona Day Carnaval Flows In The Streets

Have you ever seen locusts dressed as superheroes, drag queens, cowboys, and cartoon characters? The supermarkets in the centre of Los Cristianos saw plenty as the young party crowd for the Day Carnaval in Arona stocked up on every conceivable type of alcohol they could buy. As the dance music kicked in at noon the stage DJ was not the only one doing some mixing.

Arona Day Carnaval Flows In The Streets

Supreme Court gives final judgment that Hotel Médano must be demolished

Costas has been seeking the demolition of the hotel Médano since 2005, and now a Supreme Court judgment clears the way for the entire building to be knocked down. Back in 2010, there was talk that only the terraces might have to be demolished, or that the building might have a public social role, but now the Supreme Court has ruled that the building is illegal because the hotel’s concession to occupy public land is defunct, and the original project approved by Costas was altered without permission, being built one storey too high and with illegal terraces that jut into the sea like the prow of a ship.

Supreme Court gives final judgment that Hotel Médano must be demolished

Monday, March 16, 2015

Adeje is going Green!

This year, for the first time, Adeje Ayuntamiento says, it will be joining in the celebrations for tomorrow’s St Patrick’s Day by lighing the town’s Plaza de España green between 8pm this evening, 16 March, and the morning of the 18th. This sees Adeje join the Global Greening, the Green Wave which has grown in popularity over the years with over 120 international, national and regional monuments worldwide joining the wave.

Adeje is going Green!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Birdwatching on Tenerife Part 2, Birds in the Wild

As we write walking routes for Tenerife, as well as other Canary Islands and parts of Europe, we spend a lot of time yomping around the countryside and wandering along coastal trails. As a result we regularly ‘bump into’ birds that we wouldn’t normally see hanging around the house (see Bird Watching on Tenerife Part 1 – Domestic Visitors).

Usually there’s an element of surprise on the parts of both parties when this happens, so whilst I’m scrabbling for my camera, the bird in question is either taking off like the Roadrunner into the undergrowth or breaking the sound barrier to fly off to peaople free pastures new.

These are some of the birds we see whilst exploring the wilder corners of Tenerife.

Birdwatching on Tenerife Part 2 – Birds in the Wild

Something for the weekend: Los Cristianos Carnaval

CARNAVAL DE ARONA 2014-COSO-©DANIEL L. CETRULO -9N7G0583

This weekend it's the turn of Los Cristianos to be the focus of carnaval events. It's officially the Carnaval of Arona - Los Cristianos being a port and town in the district of Arona - but events do take place mostly in Los Cristianos. A pedantic destinction you might think, but I mention it because, if you were searching for information about it online, you would probably want to include both names to ensure you found everything. The Main Parade of carnaval in Los Cristianos (beginning alongside the Arona Gran Hotel) will take place on Sunday, 15th March, 2015 from 4pm.

For more details: Gods And Mortals Ready For Fun At Arona Carnaval

Photo DANIEL L. CETRULO for the Ayuntamiento de Arona (Arona Town Hall).

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Behind the Screens on Walking Tenerife

Fed up with facing dead ends and potentially dangerous obstacles, we resolved to produce our own guides, which is how Island Walks came about. Over the course of years, we mapped our favourite routes, many of them well trodden paths which, as the Cabildo (island government) have woken up to the rising popularity of walking holidays to Tenerife, have become better signed and waymarked.

Finding New Routes for Walking on Tenerife

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Strolling around Fishing Harbours in Tenerife’s Resorts

There are some resorts where an early morning stroll around a sunny Tenerife harbour bustling with fishers of men going about their daily business evokes the sort of emotions you’d find wandering about a fishing village in the Aegean.

For anyone who fancies staying close to a working harbour, these are my top choices.

Strolling around Fishing Harbours in Tenerife’s Resorts

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 9 to 15 March

At the moment the forecast is for a sunny week across Tenerife. It will start lovely and warm although temperatures will take a slight dip over the weekend. It looks as though it could be perfect for the Tenerife Walking Festival which starts this week.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 9 to 15 March

Tráfico seatbelt and childseat campaign

The Dir. Gral. Tráfico ‏has announced a seatbelt and childseat campaign for this week. Checkpoint controls will be set throughout the country from today until 15 March. They’ll be checking documents of people who are stopped as well as that their seatbelts work and are being worn, and that any children are correctly seated in child or booster seats.

Tráfico seatbelt and childseat campaign

Culinary Delights at La Bodega de San Miguel

The last time we ate at this place it was called La Vieja Bodega, was owned by an extremely affable chap named Jorge and had an amazing rum ‘corner’ with over 50 types of rum, many of which we sampled at Jorge’s insistence. In April 2014 the restaurant changed management and dropped the ‘vieja’ from its name. Jorge may be gone, but our ability to be easily persuaded by the staff was still very much in evidence.

Culinary Delights at La Bodega de San Miguel

Bird Watching on Tenerife Part 1, Domestic Visitors

Our house is actually a decent ‘hide’ for spotting a quite wide range of Tenerife birds. A metal bowl filled with water – until enthusiastic blackbirds empty it – acts as a sort of watering hole. The birds queue for their twice or thrice daily bath whilst the roof tiles are a good vantage point for our birds of prey on the lookout for sunbathing lizards.

These are some of the Tenerife bird varieties we commonly see without leaving the house.

Bird Watching on Tenerife Part 1, Domestic Visitors

Friday, March 06, 2015

Pop into a Panaderia for Coffee and a Chat

It’s been fascinating to observe the changes over 28 years living in the Canary Islands. None have been more interesting than the changes in the food and restaurant sector. 

In Tenerife, the changes came in waves. In the early 90s fast food arrived. McDonalds and Burger King opened in Playa de las Americas and in Santa Cruz; mid 90s it was Chinese restaurants popping up all over the place. There followed Thai, chill-out bars, Lebanese, et al. We’ve come a long way from the family restaurants and steak houses which predominated back in the day.

Pop into a Panaderia for Coffee and a Chat

Following Waymarks When Walking on Tenerife

With the island enjoying a burgeoning interest in hiking and the Tenerife Walking Festival about to take its inaugural steps, Tenerife has seen a massive increase in the number of information boards and the official waymarking of routes. But many routes have yet to be upgraded. From cairns to Elvis, these are some of the waymarks you’ll encounter when walking on Tenerife

Following Waymarks When Walking on Tenerife

Something for the weekend: Tenerife Women's Race 2015



This Sunday, March 8th 2015, is International Women's Day, when the sixth edition of the Tenerife Women's Race 2015, which this year takes place in the town of Los Realejos, takes place. Start time is 10:00am from the Plaza de la Cruz Santa. Inscription closed on March 3rd, but we're sure there will be other acivities and more ways to support the event.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Gods And Mortals Ready For Fun At Arona Carnaval

Mount Olympus will pull rank on Mount Teide from 6 to 16 March as Arona Carnaval celebrates an Olympus theme in Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas. It’s an easy theme to latch onto, suddenly those dodgy holiday sandals will look a wise investment and hotel and apartment owners will be making sure their bed sheets don’t morph into togas. Efforts to join in are always appreciated, the many Chinese “Todo” shops are a good source for cheap silly hats, masks, and wigs.

Gods And Mortals Ready For Fun At Arona Carnaval

Guide to Eating Tapas on Tenerife

In truth, you can find good tapas dishes all over Tenerife. However, for me, part of the attraction of eating tapas is the surroundings. It might be psychological, but tapas seems to taste better in an atmospheric historic courtyard, converted fisherman’s cottage overlooking the sea, finca on a hillside or trendified town house that wouldn’t look out of place in Barcelona. Basically, the traditional as opposed to the purpose built.

Guide to Eating Tapas on Tenerife

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Carnaval Los Cristianos, Arona, Tenerife

Carnaval in Los Cristianos this year takes place from Friday, 6th March to Monday, 16th March, 2015, inclusive. Here's a short video of their Gran Coso Apoteósico del Carnaval en Los Cristianos (main carnaval parade) from 2013, which if it follows the programme as in previous years, is likely to take place this year on Sunday, 15th March 2015.

Monday, March 02, 2015

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

In fiesta and festival terms, carnival still dominates in Tenerife during early March with some southern municipalities holding their versions now that the bigger northern carnivals are over.  Most are over by the end of the first week in March this year but the most popular carnival in the south, Los Cristianos, has yet to hit its stride.

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

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 2 to 8 March

It looks like it’s going to feel like a spring week across Tenerife with temperatures at the coast mostly between 20/24C in the shade and most days being sunny. We heard our first hoopoe of the year at the end of the week. A sure sign that the seasons are changing.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 2 to 8 March

Signs of Spring on Tenerife

By Tenerife standards it’s been a long and unusually cool winter in the Canary Islands. I know visitors are used to expats and locals telling them ‘it’s not usually like this’ when the weather isn’t behaving. But in this case it really isn’t usually like this. The Spanish Meteorological Office rolled out statistics about it being the coolest winter for a decade or more.

Signs of Spring on Tenerife

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Extra hand-luggage checks

From 1 March, travellers to and from all Spanish airports including those in the Canaries will have to expect further inspections of hand luggage to comply with Spain’s adoption of EU directive 2015/187. This requires Aena to impose controls for trace explosives throughout its network, and any electrical items, including irons, hair dryers, cameras and any battery-operated objects including toys will be subject to specific inspection.

Extra hand-luggage checks

Tenerife in March

Teide from Teno Alto

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

Tenerife in March
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