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Friday, May 29, 2015

Something for the weekend: Día de Canarias

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This Saturday, 30th May 2015, the islands celebrate Día de Canarias (Canaries Day), an annual event that commemorates the anniversary of first session of the Canarian Parliament, which took place on this date in 1983. The day is a great opportunity to experience the islands' traditions.

There will be all sorts of events taking place all over the islands, but to cherry-pick just a few examples:

In the Plaza del Llano in Alcalá, there will be a traditional festival with music, dancing and lots of colourful typical costumes to be seen. From 10am until 6pm, there'll be a crafts fair in the plaza with 24 stalls offering gastronomy and traditions of the area, among them pastry, bakery, liquor, soap, cheese, raffia, straw, toys, dolls (rag dolls), honey, etc.

Then move up to the Plaza Pública in Santiago del Teide, where there's another crafts fair taking place from 10am to 8pm and various performances taking place from 4.30 pm.

Over in the north, in Los Realejos, they're celebrating Canaries Day with a livestock fair including ox driving. Throughout the morning there will be exhibitions of cattle and goats, with a demonstration of milking, dog shows, pigeon exhibition with release of doves and an exhibition of canaries (birds).

Los Realejos also has it's Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador y Santa María de la Cabezaon Sunday, 31st May, 2015, in which many traditional folk groups are also taking part.

Photo By Koppchen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Adeje’s Feria del Saldo 2015, 13 & 14 June

Adeje’s annual June Feria de Saldo will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 13 and 14 June, between 10am and 9pm in the car park of the Adeje Music School in Las Torres, on the fountain roundabout near Mercadona. This market helps local businesses to offer at sale prices all the stock they wish to liquidate, or ends of lines, and so on. The organizers hope that it will generate local commerce, and it will certainly see quite a few bargains for shoppers.



Adeje’s Feria del Saldo 2015, 13 & 14 June

Five Ways to Try Gofio on Tenerife

What’s the most authentically Canarian food on Tenerife? It’s not goat, it’s not rabbit, it’s not bananas. It’s toasted flour called gofio; an ingredient that was beefing up the cave-dwelling locals long before the Spanish conquistadors ever set their eyes on these paradisiacal lands.

We’ve written about gofio before but if you want to go local and try some you need to know what to look for. Gofio flavoured dishes can be an acquired taste. I’ve learnt from past experience not to start gofio virgins on the hard stuff, but to ease them in.

Here’s the pathway to gofio fulfilment.



Five Ways to Try Gofio on Tenerife

Four days of stoppages next month announced by Spanish ATCs

Spanish air traffic controllers’ union USCA has issued a strike notice for next month as a response to fines and temporary suspensions of ATC operatives for calling wildcat strikes in 2010. The industrial action is likely to have some effect on travellers to and from the Canaries, mainly delays rather than cancellations because the “strike” is actually a series of short stoppages on 8, 10, 12 and 14 June for just two hours at a time. None the less, travellers will hope that, as often happens, the summer strikes will be called off at the last minute.



Four days of stoppages next month announced by Spanish ATCs

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Anthem Of The Seas Hits The High Notes On Tenerife Visit

Talk about making a grand entrance, the newest quantum class cruise liner from Royal Caribbean glided majestically into Santa Cruz dwarfing a Fred Olsen ferry and almost causing the mountains of Anaga to wolf whistle. The Anthem Of The Seas is something special, and it knows it, the Tenerife capital is used to naval giants but at 168,367 tons, and 16 decks high this ship is the second biggest in the world and boasts state of the art technology that puts everything at the 5,000 passengers finger tips.



Anthem Of The Seas Hits The High Notes On Tenerife Visit

Top Tips For Avoiding The Holiday Crowds on Tenerife

With this week’s mid-term holidays in mind, here are some top tips for family fun on Tenerife without having to spend half your holiday standing in lines.



Top Tips For Avoiding The Holiday Crowds on Tenerife

Monday, May 25, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 25 to 31 May

The north and east look like they’ll enjoy the lion’s share of the sunshine with only a few cloudy spells. The south and south west will have sunshine every day but with some cloudy spells as well; midweek could see some grey clouds about. There’s a slight chance of light showers in most parts of Tenerife with the south being most likely, although if it happens it will probably be higher up the slopes. Temperatures will follow a similar pattern to recent weeks with a hot start to the week followed by a dip and a rise for the weekend.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 25 to 31 May

Canaries, Tenerife and municipal election results 2015

After yesterday’s elections, the nationalist Coalición Canaria party continues in power in the regional Government, but only just! The CC won 17 seats with the PSOE (socialists) very close behind with 16, the PP (conservatives) with 12, and Podemos – the new Spanish indignado force – 7, better than anyone might have expected.

Canaries, Tenerife and municipal election results 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Something for the weekend: Africa Day


This Saturday, 23rd May, there will be various activities for kids taking place in Calle de la Noria in Santa Cruz, in the patio of the El Bulan restaurant, including storytelling, dance and performances.

Entrance is just 3 Euros and all funds will be going to the Emalaikat Andode Foundation (Ethiopia). 

Día de África

My Five Favourite Hotel Swimming Pools on Tenerife

I’m not the biggest fan of swimming in hotel pools (too tame) but I do enjoy lying in the hot Tenerife sun beside cool pools with imaginative designs and distracting views. Stretching out around a stylishly, inviting pool with an engrossing book is one of my ultimate battery re-chargers.

Although there are oodles of good looking hotel pools around Tenerife, there are some that particularly stand out for me as being a little bit special.

These are my five favourites.

My Five Favourite Hotel Swimming Pools on Tenerife

Race track gets the green light

IT’S all systems go for Tenerife’s long-awaited motor-racing track. The Cabildo confirmed on Tuesday that it had awarded Italian company Ronda Ross the 30-million-euro contract to build the track and infrastructure in Atogo, Granadilla.

The building work, which will take 21 months, begins shortly. Onda Rossa has also been awarded the administrative and management contract for the next 35 years.

Cabildo President Carlos Alonso said the company had considerable experience in Italy, constructing roads, airports and car parks, and has worked on the Monza circuit.

Race track gets the green light

A brand-new beetle group!

THE Entomology Research Group of Tenerife (GIET) has discovered a new species of beetle!

The GIET is funded by the Canary Islands Government and, thanks to this grant, they study the wildlife inhabiting Teide National Park’s underground.

The group’s recent findings have thrown up some exciting results. Along with the confirmed beetle species, researchers believe they have also found another three new species: a cockroach, a spider and a centipede.

A brand-new beetle group!

South airport will soon be facing overcrowding

TENERIFE South airport could hit its passenger limit in just a few years, according to research conducted by the University of La Laguna (ULL) at the request of the Cabildo.

The Reina Sofia airport could soon he handling 10 million passengers a year, which is maximum set out by AENA, the Spanish airports’ authority.

The report concludes that growth of visitors, and air routes covered by the airfield, could see the maximum reached as early as 2018 – and in the worst case, in 2021.

South airport will soon be facing overcrowding

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Six Of The Best Tenerife Hotel Gardens

For me, the fact that a hotel has a nice garden in which to take a pre-dinner stroll or soak up the shade after a hard day’s sunbathing is just as important as having an alluring swimming pool and a good restaurant. It’s also an opportunity for Tenerife hotels to showcase the amazing selection of botanical plants that thrive in this balmy climate. Of the many hotels I’ve been lucky enough to stay in over my years living on Tenerife, these are some of my favourite gardens.

Six Of The Best Tenerife Hotel Gardens

Review Of Hotel San Roque in Garachico, Tenerife

Hotel San Roque is tucked away behind the sea front in picturesque Garachico, just far enough away from the daytime visitors to retain its tranquillity but in easy strolling distance of the plaza, the rock pools and the town’s restaurants. A good base for walking in the fabulous Teno Mountains, for exploring the north and west coasts or for playing golf at Buenavista del Norte.

Review Of Hotel San Roque in Garachico, Tenerife

Monday, May 18, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 18 to 24 May

The south and south west should be mostly sunny with only an outside chance of showers. In the north and east there will be sun every day (except Wednesday in the capital) but there will be cloudy spells during the second half of the week. There’s also a good chance we’ll see some May showers at some point. Not uncommon for this time of year and a last chance to dampen things down before summer starts. The week will start hot everywhere before cooling down to a more spring-like 20C in the shade.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 18 to 24 May

Cheers For Local Brews In Tenerife

Much as I enjoy my Dorada, I do miss British style ales but a visit to the new Mercado Parque La Reina tweaked my taste buds with a stall full of bottled craft beers brewed mainly in Tenerife. It would have been rude not to try them so I took two samples home (2.50 euros each) for a mini tasting session.

Cheers For Local Brews In Tenerife

Traditional romerias in Tenerife

It doesn’t much matter what the origins of a romeria are, whether they’re pre-Christian, pagan, or Catholic – certainly they are always now associated with a saint – what actually matters is that they are an occasion for a town to come together to share traditions: religion, music, dance … and food! “Platitos” are handed out liberally, and walking along the street one can find a “little plate” of carne fiesta with hard boiled egg, papas arrugadas with mojo, a bread roll, and, of course, a cup of wine, thrust into your hand, all provided throughout the summer by the ayuntamiento of whichever borough’s saint is enjoying its seasonal romeria.

Traditional romerias in Tenerife

Blue Flag Beaches on Tenerife 2015

The Blue Flag awards are mildly interesting, but how much they affect people’s choice is questionable. I can’t really see people giving Playa del Camison in Las Américas a miss and trekking all the way to the nearest blue flag beach in neighbouring Costa Adeje instead.

Blue Flag Beaches on Tenerife 2015

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Tenerife to host Seatrade Cruise Med 2016

As a leading platform for discussion and debate on issues confronting the Mediterranean's burgeoning cruise market, the largest cruise industry event focusing on the Mediterranean and its adjoining seas – Seatrade Cruise Med (previously known as the Seatrade Med Cruise Convention) will be held in Tenefire in 2016.

Hosted by the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the three-day event, will take place from 21-23 September 2016 at the International Trade Fair and Congress Centre in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Tenerife to host Seatrade Cruise Med 2016

Barranco Del Infierno Puts Adeje Back On The Walking Map

An eight year closure is just a blink of an eye to the four million year old Barranco del Infierno at the top of Adeje town. Always in the top five tourist attractions for Tenerife, “hells gorge” was closed over safety concerns so I was keen to reintroduce my legs to this old friend.

Barranco Del Infierno Puts Adeje Back On The Walking Map

Friday, May 15, 2015

Something for the weekend: Fiestas de San Isidro Labrador in Arguayo


The season of summer fiestas is hotting up and this weekend sees those in honour of San Isidro Labrador (Isidore the Laborer) also known as Isidore the Farmer. The Spanish word labrador means someone who works the land, not a worker in general, which in Spanish would be obrero, or trabajador. His real name was Isidro de Merlo y Quintana. (c. 1070 – 15 May 1130), who was a Spanish farmworker known for his piety toward the poor and animals. He's the patron saint of farmers and his feast day is celebrated on 15th May. [Wikipedia]

Fiestas for San Isidro take place in Granadilla, San Isidro (hardly surprisingly), Valle de San Lorenzo, Las Mercedes, Valle Guerra, Los Realejos and in Arguayo a delightful village in the mountains above Santiago del Teide, which is only a short hop from Los Gigantes and very accessible from the resorts of the south of the island.

Among the fiesta's numerous events, will be the traditional romeria procession to be held on Sunday 17th May, from 12:30 hours, with many ox carts and local folk groups participating. Afterwards will be a street party / open air dance with a couple of local salsa orchestras. 

Expect lots of wine, food, music and fun. 

Fiestas de San Isidro Labrador en Arguayo

Staying in Rural Hotels on Tenerife

We love staying in hotels. It doesn’t matter whether they’re luxury hotels or small pensions; if they’re run well, attractive to look at, have nice décor and friendly, enthusiastic staff or passionate owners then we love them all.

But we’re particularly fond of small, rural hotels with bags of character.

Staying in Rural Hotels on Tenerife

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tenerife blue flag beaches for 2015

Tenerife itself is down two as well, with 13 blue flags for beaches or coastal facilities this year. They are:

El Médano in Granadilla de Abona; Troya I & II, Torviscas, Fañabé, and El Duque in Adeje; Playa La Arena and the Los Gigantes sports harbour in Santiago del Teide; the Bajamar pools in La Laguna; El Socorro in Los Realejos; San Telmo and Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz; Playa San Juan in Guía de Isora; and the Real Club Náutico in Santa Cruz. Playa La Arena’s award makes it the 28th consecutive year that the beach has won the distinction, an outstanding distinction in its own right.

The continued absence of Arona, however, with not a single beach awarded yet again points strongly to all that’s wrong with the borough’s management.

Tenerife blue flag beaches for 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Going Off the Beaten Track in Tegueste

When I see a travel article with a title like ‘the prettiest Spanish village nobody has ever heard of’ I instantly think what about the people who live there? They’ve heard about it. And then there’s the next village along, surely they know it as well?

Using ‘off the beaten track’ isn’t quite the same. But when the streets of a town are filled with  40,000 fiesta goers in vibrantly coloured traditional costume, it doesn’t exactly feel like it’s a place that’s off the beaten track.

Going Off the Beaten Track in Tegueste

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Closer Look at Parador de Las Cañadas de Teide

My opinion: A unique place to spend a night or two and the highlight to any Tenerife holiday. The Parador is a very special hotel and worth pushing the boat out a little to enjoy at least once in a lifetime.

A Closer Look at Parador de Las Cañadas de Teide

Friday, May 08, 2015

Mini-heatwave arriving this weekend

Following on from the Canarian government’s fire-risk alert, the Tenerife Cabildo has introduced a ban on all fires in mountain areas from 5pm tomorrow, Saturday 9 May, as a result of the high temperatures anticipated combined with low humidity. The ban relates to agricultural burnings-off and bonfires, machinery operation, fireworks, and recreation area BBQs as well as any other activities likely to pose a fire risk. The Cabildo says that the ban will remain in place until conditions return to normal levels, and asks the public to avoid forest areas in the meantime.

Mini-heatwave arriving this weekend

I’ll rest my bones in Tenerife, says bright star May

LEGENDARY Queen guitarist Brian May describes Tenerife as “close to heaven”, so it is hardly any wonder that he has chosen the Island to be his final resting place.

May, who knows Tenerife well through his association with Starmus and his role as an astrophysicist, says: “Teide National Park has a kind of pull on my spirit. It’s a feeling of being close to heaven up there in the national park, and it’s very spiritual to me. It’s probably where I would like my ashes to be scattered,”

I’ll rest my bones in Tenerife, says bright star May

Something for the weekend: Day of Traditions in Granadilla de Abona

Arrastre de Ganado, Día de las Tradiciones en Granadilla de Abona
This Saturday, 9th May 2015 come along and enjoy a Día de las Tradiciones (Day of Traditions) in Granadilla de Abona, which takes place at the Terrero de lucha (Canarian Wrestling "fighting ground") in San Isidro.

Organized by the Department of Culture, the Day of Traditions provides a representative sample of local culture with; exhibition of animals, cattle driving, crafts, games and native sports, finishing with a tasting of Canarian products.


The day's activities begin at 10 am. (Get directions.)


Thursday, May 07, 2015

Tenerife Patchwork Fair in La Laguna

Convento de Santo Domingo, La Laguna
This weekend, from Friday, 8th May to Sunday, 10th May 2015, the first Tenerife Patchwork Fair takes place in the Plaza del Adelantado and the Convento de Santo Domingo in La Laguna and includes an exhibition of works, workshops and informative talks on patchwork aimed at the general public, in addition to presenting the latest developments in the sector.

The exhibition will open in the former convent of Santo Domingo from this Friday, May 8th, from 11 am to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00 hours, while Saturday the visiting hours will be from 10:00 to 14:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00 hours and Sunday, 10:00 to 13:00 hours. Several rooms and the cloister will host a major exhibition of works of patchwork.

At the same time, the fair will be located in the Plaza del Adelantado, where a dozen stores from Tenerife and other parts of the archipelago will show their work and materials, while offering workshops and lectures. The hours of the fair in the Plaza del Adelantado will be on Saturday from 10:00-19:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00-14:00 hours. 

I Feria de Patchwork de Tenerife 

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Los Cristianos Market Is Home And Grown

After a year’s exile in nearby Avenida de Londres the Los Cristianos market is back at its improved home next to the Arona Gran Hotel and is now open on Sundays and Tuesdays from 9am to 2 pm.

Los Cristianos Market Is Home And Grown

Arico Honey Walk Sunday, 10th May 2015


Cripta de La Cruz (Arico viejo) Photo:
This Sunday, 10th May 2015, the X Ruta de la Miel de Arico (10th Honey Walk) takes place in Arico on the south east of Tenerife.

In collaboration with beekeepers from across the island, Arico shows off it's mountainous landscapes where this traditional activity is part of it's natural and cultural heritage. Honey has been a part of the diet of ariqueros and canarios in general since ancient times and every year hundreds of visitors participate in this walk that combines nature, culture and sweetens the palate.

The FREE guided walk starts from the former cinema of La Degollada in Arico Viejo at 08:30 hrs. The route covers around 9.5 kms, with a change in level of between 400 to 900 meters above sea level. It's described as being of very high difficulty. Only over 16s permitted.

Inscription is open until 8th May and you can download the necessary forms - you'll need to understand Spanish - from here.

Photos from a previous edition. X Ruta de la Miel de Arico

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 4 to 10 May

Much of the same as last week with cloud affecting some areas at the start of the week, which may even result in rainfall on higher ground. But mostly it should be hot and sunny. Signs from the mountain suggest a bit of a hike in temperatures at the end of the week, so it could a very hot weekend.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 4 to 10 May

Stephen Hawking starring again at Starmus Festival

THE successful Starmus Festival returns to Tenerife in 2016, promising to be the biggest and best one yet. Following the phenomenal success of last year’s conference, the third event will be in honour of 2014 keynote speaker Stephen Hawking.

The theoretical physicist dazzled during the Las Americas extravaganza during a month-long stay.

And this week, at London’s Royal Astronomical Society HQ, it was confirmed that Tenerife will host the Starmus Festival for the third time.

Stephen Hawking starring again at Starmus Festival

An Easy Walk to a Different View of Roques de Garcia

Everyone who visits Teide National Park must have that same shot of Roque Cinchado at Roques de Garcia, the one where the giant, shillelagh shaped rock fronts the peak of El Teide. There’s no doubt it’s an iconic Tenerife image and, let’s be honest, if it was good enough to feature on the old 1000 peseta bank note it’s certainly good enough for the average memory stick. But with just a little effort, you can get yourself a whole different view of the emblematic rock formations, lose the crowds and enjoy a bit of exercise into the bargain.

An Easy Walk to a Different View of Roques de Garcia

Thirty Years Of Partying At Arona Gran Hotel

You know it’s going to be a good party when within a few minutes of arriving you are watching female synchronized swimmers with a glass of champers in your hand. This was the first time I had such a welcome but this was no ordinary party, Spring Hoteles were combining their 4th annual music celebration with a lavish bash to mark 30 years of welcoming guests to Tenerife.

Thirty Years Of Partying At Arona Gran Hotel

The Barranco del Infierno in Adeje is Open Again

I’m being a bit premature here as the Barranco del Infierno isn’t actually due to open to the public until Wednesday 6 May. And here on Tenerife, there’s no such thing as a sure bet.

But, if everything goes to plan, one of Tenerife’s most popular walking routes should once again be back in business after being officially closed for eight years.

That’s the good news.

The Barranco del Infierno in Adeje is Open Again

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

There’s a real feel of summer being well on its way in May. It’s a quiet season for tourists but there are fiestas and events galore this month.

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

New Shopping Centres, Theme Parks and a Waterfall on Tenerife

The temperatures are rising, the wild flowers are blooming spectacularly and there’s a distinct feeling of newness in the air. This spring nature on Tenerife is being matched by man (and woman) as a list of projects which have been simmering slowly for years have suddenly reached near completion.

There are elections this May in Spain and the closer they get, the greater the impetus seems to be to tick ‘little’ jobs off  lists that have been gathering dust since the last elections.

These are some of the projects that could have an impact on your holiday experience on Tenerife.

New Shopping Centres, Theme Parks and a Waterfall on Tenerife

Sexy Tapas, Review of Bodeguita Algarrobo in Puerto de la Cruz

The La Paz area of Puerto de la Cruz is only a few minutes drive away. La Paz has seen a bit of a gastronomic transformation in recent years. There are a few places we like to eat, including a far too cosy vinoteca, a fantastic vegetarian restaurant, a couple of pasta and pizza places and a handful of restaurants where you can get good Spanish/Canarian/tapas. One such place is Bodeguita Algarrobo on the main street opposite the Hotel Botanico. Bodeguita Algarrobo is one of the new breed of Canarian restaurants whose menu consists of many familiar names and ingredients, but what arrives on the plate is more chic cuisine than the sometimes haphazardly placed food you often find in traditional restaurants.

Sexy Tapas, Review of Bodeguita Algarrobo in Puerto de la Cruz

Friday, May 01, 2015

Something for the weekend: Crosses and Fireworks



This weekend, on May 3rd, Día de la Cruz – Day of the Cross, is celebrated throughout Tenerife with the biggest fiestas in Santa Cruz and Los Realejos and where crosses are decorated in many towns, perhaps most notably in  Güimar and Puerto de La Cruz.
"In Tenerife the holiday has an additional meaning, as the date coincides with the founding of the city Santa Cruz in 1494. In this year, on May 3, the then Governor Fernandez de Lugo erected a wooden cross during a ceremony on the beach of Santa Cruz in order to officially establish the emerging metropolis.", explain Tenerife Guide.

For certain though, "the biggest bang for your buck" will be the fireworks battle in Los Realejos, held on the night of May 3rd. Battle has been fought between the streets of El Sol and El Medio since around 1770 and today this translates to a three hour firework display - one of the largest in Europe - that uses three tonnes of gunpowder as one side tries to outdo the other. 

On 30th March 2015, the Spanish Tourism Ministry declared these "Cruces y Fuegos de Mayo" in Los Realejos to be of national tourist interest.

You can read more here - with lots of photos & videos - about the Das größte Feuerwerk auf den kanarischen Inseln (in German).

This year's display is to be transmitted live via www.losrealejos.travel

Fiestas de Mayo 2015 de Los Realejos

Tenerife in May

Looking Over Garachico

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

Tenerife in May
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