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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Tapas on Tenerife, the Many Flavours of the Humble Croquette

Just about every time we go out for tapas on Tenerife, you can bet croquetas (croquettes) are going to figure. They’re one of the crowdpleasers of the tapas scene. Just about everyone likes them, they’re tasty without being adventurous.

Tapas on Tenerife, the Many Flavours of the Humble Croquette

Starmus III announced for 2016

Starmus III has been announced for 27 June to 2 July next year: the festival is now a biennial event. With the tagline “Beyond the horizon – tribute to Stephen Hawking”, Starmus 2016 was introduced today by Tenerife president Carlos Alonso in the company of Brian May, Garik Israelian, and Hawking himself. Much more to come on this, I’m sure, but for the moment, HERE is Starmus III’s website, with a list of confirmed speakers including Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Starmus III announced for 2016

Tom Jones in Tenerife

Tom Jones, the legend from The Voice … in Tenerife on 28 August. The concert will be performed in the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz at 10.30pm, and tickets will go on sale soon from www.entradas.muchoviaje.com and other outlets yet to be  announced. They will be priced from €65 up to €200, the top price including a free bar.

Tom Jones in Tenerife

El Médano’s Lesser Known Beaches

The wind aside, the negative is that, at high tide, the main beach almost disappears, sending everyone scurrying for a patch of dry sand, or to slake their thirsts in the bars nearby. The good news is that El Médano extends further than most realize. It curves around to the point where Montaña Roja stands guard, the territory of wind surfers and kite boarders. Over the other side of Montaña Roja there is La Tejita, which I love – except for the parking problems on the holidays! Easter was super busy, and it made me think about other alternatives. There are several.

El Médano’s Lesser Known Beaches

Monday, April 27, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 27 April to 3 May

There could be some cloud and even showers in some places on Monday morning. After that it should be mostly hot and sunny across Tenerife with a slight rise in temperatures during the second half of the week making it look like we’re in for a very hot weekend.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 27 April to 3 May

Canary Island oil slick threatens Tenerife and La Gomera

AN OIL slick of several kilometres wide is spreading out of control towards other islands in the Canaries, warns the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The fuel spillage from the Oleg Naydenov, a Russian fishing vessel which caught fire in the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and was towed out to sea to prevent damage to other ships in the harbour, was said to be moving south-west away from the islands, but other patches have been seen in the last 48 hours.

Initially threatening Maspalomas beach in Gran Canaria, the oil slick is now spreading towards Tenerife and La Gomera.

Canary Island oil slick threatens Tenerife and La Gomera 

Sunset Scene, Review of El Calderito de la Abuela in Santa Ursula

There were two things we learned during our last visit to El Calderito de la Abuela in the municipality of Santa Ursula. The first was that it has some quite special views along the north west coast of Tenerife, especially at sunset. The second was, if you wanted to enjoy those views, it’s wise to book in advance. El Calderito is an extremely popular restaurant at the weekend.

Sunset Scene, Review of El Calderito de la Abuela in Santa Ursula

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Remembering Dan-Air Flight 1008 Thirty-Five Years On



Whilst most of us remember the fateful accident which occurred on March 27, 1977, in which 583 people died when KLM and Pan Am 747s collided on a foggy runway in Tenerife, not so often mentioned is the island's second air disaster that took place some three years later, 35 years ago today.

Dan-Air Flight 1008 was a fatal accident involving a Boeing 727-46 jet aircraft operated by Dan Air Services Limited on a non-scheduled international passenger service from Manchester to Tenerife.

The crash, which occurred on 25th April 1980 in the forest in La Esperanza while the aircraft's flight deck crew wrongly executed an unpublished holding pattern in an area of very high ground, resulted in the aircraft's destruction and the deaths of all 146 on board (138 passengers and eight crew). Flight 1008 also marked the greatest loss of life in an air disaster involving a British-registered aircraft.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Something for the weekend: Romería de San Marcos (Tegueste)


This Sunday, April 26th sees the XLVII (I make that the 47th) Romería de San Marcos, which as Jack Montgomery points out, is one of the biggest, yet it takes place "in a town that most visitors don't even know exists."

The fiestas for the town's co-patron began on Thursday and will run until May 9th, but the Romeria is the biggest event. Tegueste town hall's website has more information (in Spanish) and a PDF program to download.

It's certain that the local wine will be flowing - April is also wine month in Tegueste - during the procession of floats decorated with natural produce, carts, livestock, yoked oxen, dancers, etc., accompanied by crowds of people in traditional dress. Like all romeria's, it promises to be a fun, lively and colourful day out.

Image: Iglesia de San Marcos (Tegueste) by

Whale & dolphin watching with the annual Live Arico catamaran charter for animal welfare

Pet welfare group Live Arico Paws is holding its annual MustCat charter on 13 June, a three-hour whale and dolphin watching event on a catamaran. Tickets are available now, €20 each to include drinks on board. The money goes to animal causes. Live Arico Paws is a registered asociación with a Facebook page HERE and a website HERE.

Whale & dolphin watching with the annual Live Arico catamaran charter for animal welfare

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The People of PuebloChico, Tenerife’s Model Village, Need Some Love

The model village set in lush gardens and featuring the best of the Canary Islands in miniature completely changed my mind. The detail in the model historic buildings that I’d seen first hand on Tenerife and the other islands was amazing – almost brick perfect. But the thing that captivated me most of all was that the street scenes were full of life.

The People of PuebloChico, Tenerife's Model Village, Need Some Love

Walking and Wine in Vilaflor

Lying 1300 metres above sea level, the vines of the Bodega Reverón are amongst the highest in Spain. A thriving family vineyard since 1947, Listán Blanco grapes dominate the annual harvest, perfectly suited as they are to the altitude and climate and to the growing conditions where the family employ organic farming methods. Following a tour of the bodega, we gathered in the small shop and tasting room to sample this year’s stable of wines. Working our way through a repertoire of predominantly white wines along with a rosé and a couple of reds, we all agreed that our favourite was a mellow Los Quemados moscatel.

Walking and Wine in Vilaflor

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 20 to 26 April

After a Tuesday where there’s a mix of cloud, sun and possibly showers in most parts, it should be a sunny and warm week. Some areas might see more cloud than others over the weekend.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 20 to 26 April

What You Can Expect From A Rural Hotel on Tenerife

Opting out of the traditional fly and flop appeal of destinations in favour of a tranquil, rural retreat is a trend that is rapidly gaining new followers across the holiday globe, and Tenerife is no exception. Good quality rural hotels are springing up all over the island and offer a real alternative to the accepted face of Tenerife tourism. But when you book rural accommodation, what are you likely to find?

What You Can Expect From A Rural Hotel on Tenerife

Friday, April 17, 2015

Something for the weekend: El Camino del Hermano Pedro



This weekend, on Saturday, 18th April 2015, is the annual Camino del Hermano Pedro - a pilgrimage route originally taken by goatherd Hermano Pedro (Brother Peter), Tenerife's first saint.

According to the town hall of Granadilla de Abona, this year more than a thousand people have signed up to take part in the 19km hike, a figure that's expected to exceed those recorded in previous years.

For about five hours, walkers can enjoy natural and cultural elements, lots of terraces and orchards and a unique flora; scrub, pine, and fauna of great interest can be seen along the entire route .

Inscription closed on April 10th, so this is definitely one to put in your diary for next year.

Terracotta Army Of Peace In Santa Cruz

The ill informed often bemoan the lack of culture and art in Tenerife but the truth is the island likes to celebrate not only it’s home grown works but also large international works. La Mujer de Terracota (Woman of Terracotta) is a “female army of peace” created by renowned sculptor Marian Heyerdahl that has reached across the world from the shadow of the iconic 210 BC Terracotta Army created for Emperor of China Qin Shi Huang at Shaanxi province.

Terracotta Army Of Peace In Santa Cruz

Sunday pilgrimage in Adeje will see thousands follow the virgin’s statue to La Caleta

It might not be one’s thing, but it’s a sight to behold all the same. And for the Adeje faithful, walking the statue of the Virgin Mary along the old path from the top of Adeje town to La Caleta is the fulfillment of a promise made generations ago, as well as a modern opportunity to celebrate the coming together of the people of the town.

Sunday pilgrimage in Adeje will see thousands follow the virgin’s statue to La Caleta

Monday, April 13, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 13 to 19 April

It’s looking like it might be a bit of a rerun of last week with plenty of sunshine across Tenerife and temperatures feeling lovely and warm in the sun. It looks perfect walking weather. There is a slight chance of rain on Monday and over the weekend but nothing serious.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 13 to 19 April

Elegant Dining in a Picturesque Plaza at El Patio

El Patio is a small restaurant in an historic building, located in the picturesque little Plaza Benito Pérez Galdos in the Ranilla District of Puerto de la Cruz. One of Puerto’s many perfect, people watching plazas, La Placeta, as it’s known locally, also plays host to an Italian restaurant and a laid back, bar café bordering a small fountain and a handful of elegant palm trees.

Elegant Dining in a Picturesque Plaza at El Patio

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Tenerife’s Most Famous Goatherd, Saint Hermano Pedro

Amongst the many sculptures and statues in plazas and in front of churches across Tenerife, it would be easy to write off the ones of Hermano Pedro as just another religious figure. But Pedro is quite different. His story is a reminder that even the smallest person can change the course of the future. (No points for guessing where that line came from.)

Tenerife's Most Famous Goatherd, Saint Hermano Pedro

Friday, April 10, 2015

Something for the weekend: Las Galletas Half Marathon



This weekend, on Sunday, 12th April 2015, from 9am, is the anual Las Galletas Half Marathon. The 10.8k course takes you round El Fraile, Palm Mar and Guargacho.

More information from the race's official site. Via: MyDestination

The Tenerife Resorts with the Best Views

If you’ve got sunshine, a beach and the sea then you’ve got a resort with a good view. However, there are some Tenerife resorts with little ‘extras’ that make the view a little bit more special.

These are resorts on Tenerife with the best stand out views.

The Tenerife Resorts with the Best Views

Something for the weekend: Rally Villa de Adeje 2014



With the Rally Villa de Adeje 2015 coming up on Saturday, 11th April 2015, here as a reminder and to wet your appetite is a short video report of the Rally Villa de Adeje 2014.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Hermano Pedro Pilgrimage, Walking in the Footsteps of a Saint

Each August tens of thousands of Canarios take to the trails to make their way to Tenerife’s east coast to honour the Virgen de Candelaria. But there’s more than one pilgrimage on the island.

Wanting to walk one of these when it’s not the actual pilgrimage can bemuse some locals though.

Hermano Pedro Pilgrimage, Walking in the Footsteps of a Saint

Monday, April 06, 2015

The Mystery of the Stone Buildings in Teide National Park

Why are there a collection of small stone buildings in the centre of the volcanic plains in Teide National Park?

It’s the question we asked ourselves when we first wandered along the path dissecting the volcanic terrain to arrive at an unexpected small encampment of cottages.

The Mystery of the Stone Buildings in Teide National Park

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 6 to 12 April

The good news is that there should be plenty of sunny spells every day next week, whichever coast you’re staying on Tenerife. The not so good news is that there will be more cloud, especially on Monday and Tuesday when there’s a good chance it will rain – hopefully only April showers. Temperatures will also drop a few degrees from last week with the mercury struggling to reach much more than 20C in the shade anywhere.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 6 to 12 April

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Adeje In Awe Of The Passion

Roman soldiers shuffled their boots, goats bells jangled, and an air of expectancy hung over Calle Grande in Adeje. It was Good Friday in Tenerife and around 20,000 people had flocked to see the annual performance of The Passion with a cast of hundreds and an eye for detail that transformed the main street into a highly charged canvas for this colourful masterpiece.

Adeje In Awe Of The Passion

The Queens of Tenerife

We often talk about how the Canary Islands feel as if they still belong to a different era, somewhere around the 1960s before the micro chip and social values revolutionised lifestyles in the UK. One example of what that retro lifestyle looks like is the emphasis the islands still place on old fashioned glamour. The Miss World competition may have fallen from grace in the UK in the 1970s and 1980s but that’s not the case in much of the rest of the world, and here in Tenerife, the beauty contest is alive and well.

The Queens of Tenerife

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

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

Easter marks a change on Tenerife in many ways. Long term winter visitors depart these shores, spring perks the weather up and there seems to be more things happening after the post carnival lull. April starts on a sombre note with the Semana Santa (Easter) events.

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

Can You Recognise Tenerife from 1969?

A few years ago I came across a guidebook for Tenerife published in 1969 when parts of the island were unrecognisable compared to now and some popular resorts were still to be built. On the other hand, some of the images in the book look as though they might have been taken yesterday.

Can You Recognise Tenerife from 1969?

Tenerife in April

In my dreams alone, I imagined such a place

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

Tenerife in April
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