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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 29 June to 5 July

It’s almost a re-run of last week’s forecast with a sunny week forecast everywhere with most places only seeing some cloud and a chance of showers on Thursday. The only exception is the north where there could be light cloud on more days than in other places. The week starts very hot before settling to only hot, But it looks like there could be another jump in temperatures by the end of the weekend.



Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 29 June to 5 July

Monday, June 29, 2015

Tenerife’s summer fiesta season is back with the return of the Virgen del Carmen

It’s midsummer, and Tenerife is pretty much on holiday from now through July and August, and over these next two months or so throughout the island there is a series of fiestas honouring the Virgen del Carmen – the Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel who is the patron saint of fishermen. Perhaps the biggest celebration is in Puerto de la Cruz where tens of thousands will congregate on 14 July, whereas Los Cristianos’ celebration is particularly popular in the south – this year’s is 1-7 September.



Tenerife’s summer fiesta season is back with the return of the Virgen del Carmen

Friday, June 26, 2015

Cabildo bans mountain fires and BBQs as heatwave expected from tomorrow

With meteorologists forecasting a sudden heatwave starting tomorrow and building up to temperatures which could reach 40º or so in the medianías on Monday, the Tenerife Cabildo has put in place a ban on all fires in the mountains from this Sunday, 28 June. No agricultural burn-offs will be permitted, nor work with machinery, and of course fireworks and BBQs in recreational areas are ruled out as well.



Cabildo bans mountain fires and BBQs as heatwave expected from tomorrow

Something for the weekend: Traditional day of harvesting and threshing in Tegueste


Come along and enjoy a traditional day of harvesting and threshing in tomorrow, Saturday 27th June, from 10:00 until 14:00 at the Casa de Los Zamorano in Tegueste. Enjoy the traditional harvest, milling workshops, lectures, threshing, plus breadmaking, tastings and the Farmer's Market.

Jornada de siega y trilla tradicional en Tegueste via: Tenerinfo

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Tenerife Resorts That Don’t Have a Decent Sandy Beach

Like most travel sites, we regularly feature lists made up of the best of something – best romantic restaurants on Tenerife, best hotel swimming pools on Tenerife, best beaches etc.

For a change, we’re turning that on its head and featuring, whilst not quite the worst of something as all Tenerife’s resorts have something to suit various holiday tastes, resorts which don’t actually have a decent beach to their name.

If a long sweeping sandy beach is one of your top priorities when choosing a holiday, these are the places to steer clear of to avoid having dreams of bumming it on the beach dashed against an uncomfortably rocky/pebbly coastline.



Tenerife Resorts That Don’t Have a Decent Sandy Beach

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tenerife's Bonfire Night, Noche de San Juan


The night of June 23rd, on the eve of the fiesta of San Juan (St John the Baptist) is Tenerife's answer to Bonfire Night, which Jack Montgomery describes as A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer sales start 1 July but some shops already making “pre-sale offers”

The official summer sales start on 1 July, though some shops have already jumped the gun and started pre-sales “offers”. These are mainly  multinational clothes and shoes businesses which want to get rid of existing stock ready for autumn collections, but their wide margins mean that prices can sometimes be discounted up to 75%. Sales last until 31 August.

Summer sales start 1 July but some shops already making “pre-sale offers”

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 22 to 28 June

Midsummer week should be mainly a sunny one everywhere on Tenerife, with only occasional cloud. It should be a perfect night for beach parties on Midsummer’s Eve. There is a slight chance of light rain everywhere towards the end of the week, but if they do arrive it’s likely to be the hills which enjoy the spring showers. There are signs there could be a heatwave at the weekend as temperatures are predicted to jump by a few degrees on Sunday.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 22 to 28 June

The Bizarre Bathing of the Goats in Puerto de la Cruz

From first light goats are driven from the Orotava Valley into the centre of Puerto de la Cruz old town (getting stuck in a goat traffic jam is somehow more bearable than the usual kind) and shown their spot on the harbour’s cobbled beach. Unlike sheep, the goats stick to their spot throughout making it relatively easy work for the dogs keeping a watchful eye over them whilst their compadres are dragged (kicking and bleating) one by one to be dunked in the calm harbour waters (blue at the start of the day, a sort of muddy brown after the goat bathing is over).



The Bizarre Bathing of the Goats in Puerto de la Cruz

Saturday, June 20, 2015

International Yoga Day in Adeje, Sunday 21st June

June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014, so this year for the first time the day is to be celebrated in the town of Adeje, at the Pabellón Polideportivo Municipal.

Celebrations will begin at 11.00 with a presentation of a yoga master class taught by participating yoga schools. Afterwards, there will be lectures, practical sessions and exhibitions by teachers and masters the different aspects of Yoga practiced on the island. Schools will also assemble some 20 information stands in the Avda. Palo Mayor, opposite the entrance of the Pavilion.

To close the event at 19:00 there will be a festival on the Enrramada beach echoing the traditional celebrations on the river Ganges with flowers and lamps.

ENTRANCE FREE

I Día Internacional del Yoga en Adeje 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Something for the weekend: Fiesta de la Música La Laguna 2015


This weekend in La Laguna, on Saturday, 20th June, 2015, is the Fiesta de la Músic, which Jack Montgomery describes as, "A bit of a musical free for all with all sorts of music styles". I can only imagine that to be a good thing with the possibility of finding something new and fun.

The Fiesta de la Música is an international celebration, usually celebrated on June 21st, the first day of summer. In French it's known as The Fête de la Musique, in English as Make Music Day or World Music Day. In La Laguna festivities (Facebook page) take place predominently in the Plaza de Santo Domingo, however, this map shows that there are many other stages throughout the city.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Learn to dance the Canarian way

How many times have we read about a Baile de Magos, or seen Canarians of all ages get up and dance in the myriad local fiestas throughout the island, and wished we could join in but felt inhibited because we didn’t know the traditional dances that the locals do as second nature? Well now we can learn!



Learn to dance the Canarian way

Summer solstice at Güímar Pyramids Sunday 21 June

The Tenerife Cabildo has announced that the Güímar pyramids ethnographic park will again play host for summer solstice celebrations this Sunday, 21 June. Doors will open at 6.45pm to allow the public access to the pyramids themselves. There, weather conditions hopefully permitting, they will be able to observe the orientation of the pyramids with the sunset on the horizon, and the famous “double sunset”.



Summer solstice at Güímar Pyramids Sunday 21 June

La Danza de los Enanos in La Palma: a once-every-five-year chance to see the dwarves dance! | Janet Anscombe

Tickets will go on sale at 10.30am on Thursday 18 June for an event in La Palma on 9 July that is traditional, rare, unusual and very puzzling – La Danza de los Enanos (the Dance of the Dwarves), part of La Palma’s fiesta in honour of the island’s patron saint, the Bajada de la Virgen de Las Nieves (the descent of our lady of the snows). The dwarves only dance once every five years – and 2015 is one such year. Interpretations of the dwarves and their dance vary. Some see it as connected with fertility and the summer solstice, while others see it more in line with the murga parodies and satire of the carnivals.



La Danza de los Enanos in La Palma: a once-every-five-year chance to see the dwarves dance!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Grand Day Out From South Tenerife, Classic Sights

Relatively speaking Tenerife is a small island, but it’s still far too big to do justice in one day of rally driving around the island to try to pack in all the best sights and attractions.

Additionally, different people have differing tastes. One person’s fascinating historic town is another’s dullsville. To help with ideas for sightseeing journeys by car, we’ll be publishing a series of suggested trips. First up is a classic sights itinerary from the main southern resorts.

You’ve got the car, slapped on the sun cream, adjusted the shades and negotiated your way out of the confusing maze of streets that is your resort. It’s time to hit that open road.



A Grand Day Out From South Tenerife, Classic Sights

Guided walk through Las Charcas de Erjos

The Camino de Las Moraditas. Erjos, Charcas de Erjos, Monte del Agua, Las Moraditas and Los Silos is a 12km walk, of average difficulty, and should take around 5-6 hours. It’s on 27 June, and leaves the Los Cristianos cultural centre at 8am, and places are limited to 35 so those interested need to register between now and this Friday, 19 June.



Guided walk through Las Charcas de Erjos

Monday, June 15, 2015

Enjoy National Picnic Week on Tenerife

Although Tenerife doesn’t do the same pomp and ceremony only the British are capable of, the Canary Islands are just as much a nation of picnic lovers as the Brits are and so, in recognition of National Picnic Week which runs from 13th to 20th June 2015 and just because it’s good, cheap, family fun, here’s a quick run down on how to get into the picnic spirit while on your Tenerife holiday.



Enjoy National Picnic Week on Tenerife

A taste of Canarian Soul

CANARIAN Soul, a new venture to Tenerife, presents its first event on 20th June, bringing together a selection of talented artists, craftsmen and designers, all based in the Canary Islands. Tradition and timeless materials, treated with the very latest techniques, result in truly unique designs: hugely-detailed pieces that stand out not only for their craftsmanship, but for the passion they convey as well.  Canarian Soul opens at 11am next Saturday, so come along and find out for yourself.

A taste of Canarian Soul

Friday, June 12, 2015

Something for the weekend: Livestock Fair and Romería de San Isidro in La Orotava


After yesterday's Día de las Alfombras - the day that the streets are covered with carpets of flowers and plant material in celebration of Corpus Christi (see gallery of photos of this year's carpets) in La Orotava, this weekend will see the town enlivened by celebrations once again, with the wonderfully colourful Romería de San Isidro (this video shows some of this celebration from 2013).

See this year's main carpet outside the town hall of La Orotava

The San Isidro festivities - this year on Sunday, 14th June, 2015, have been celebrated in La Orotava ever since the second half of the 17th century. The fiestas have changed profoundly since then, from being a tribute by field hands to their Patron Saint, to come under the control of the local aristocracy. The festivities are now held in June and the most popular events are the livestock fair - which takes place on Saturday morning, 13th June, 2015 - and the popular pilgrimage (the Romería on Sunday.) Carts are pulled by oxen, people wear traditional country costume and the women of the town decorate their balconies and windows with carpets, table cloths and shawls.

Romería de San Isidro (La Orotava)

Here are some lovely images from both the Romería and the Corpus Christi carpets from last year: La Romería de San Isidro y el Corpus en La Orotava

There’s More to Tenerife’s Music Scene Than You Might Think

It would be easy to believe entertainment on Tenerife consisted mainly of cabaret bars when there is a far greater choice of live music than many people realise.

There’s More to Tenerife’s Music Scene Than You Might Think

Cloud vortices off Canary Islands

 

Strong, steady trade winds blow past Portugal and off the coast of northwestern Africa. As these winds rush past the tall peaks of the Canary Islands, their flow is dramatically disrupted, causing a predictable pattern of swirls and eddies to form on the leeward side of each island. The patterns are called Von Karman vortices, after Theodore von Karman, co-founder of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who first described the phenomenon. Although the patterns appear to be somewhat random, the flow of air around the obstruction follows laws of fluid dynamics, and the patterns formed can be predicted by mathematical formulations.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASA’s Terra satellite captured this true-color image on May 20, 2015.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 5/20/2015
Resolutions: 1km (683.3 KB), 500m (2.3 MB), 250m (5.4 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

May 29, 2015 - Cloud vortices off Canary Islands

Via: Espectaculares remolinos de nubes en las Islas Canarias

Anaga, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Last

The announcement that Anaga in the north east of Tenerife has finally been awarded UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status is long overdue.

Every other Canary Island except Tenerife (until now) can boast Biosphere status. La Gomera with the focus on Garajonay; Fuerteventura and its western coastline; Lanzarote and the volcanic landscape; a third of Gran Canaria and the whole of La Palma and El Hierro.

Tenerife has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Teide National Park and the old centre of La Laguna. But it seems crazy that it was the only island without a Biosphere Reserve given its rich history and geographical characteristics.



Anaga, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve at Last

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Arona council benefit concert for Accion del Sol refuge Friday 12 June

Arona Ayuntamiento has announced a benefit concert this Friday, 12 June, in the Infanta Leonor auditorium in Los Cristianos in aid of Accion del Sol, the dog refuge run by Aktiontier which is near the windfarm by TFS. The centre, which was inaugurated in July 2006, is used by various councils in south Tenerife for stray and abandoned animals. All proceeds from the concert, given by young talent from the municipality, will go to food and medication for animals in the refuge.



Arona council benefit concert for Accion del Sol refuge Friday 12 June

San Juan Bautista is Tenerife’s midsummer festival and bonfire night Tuesday 23 June

Tenerife has its own bonfire night, on the eve of the annual midsummer festival of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist). On St John’s Eve, 23 June, Tenerife is lit up with bonfires, and with smoke swirling in the hills throughout the island, many visitors often think that an early summer fire has broken out. This year will be no different.



San Juan Bautista is Tenerife’s midsummer festival and bonfire night Tuesday 23 June

First International Yoga Day 21 June will end with Ganges celebrations at La Enramada beach

At the end of 2014, the United Nations established an International Yoga Day, which would be celebrated annually on 21 June. And on its first ever celebration on Sunday 21st, there will be a day of events including workshops and discussions starting at 11am in the El Galeon sports grounds followed by a Ganga Pooja in Playa la Enramada from 7pm.



First International Yoga Day 21 June will end with Ganges celebrations at La Enramada beach

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 8 to 14 June

In theory it should be a week with plenty of sunshine in most places, but also with cloudy spells during the second half of the week when there could also be light showers. Temperatures start the week warm enough but dip to low 20s for most of the week, a bit on the low side for this time of year. For anyone planning on making the trip to see the La Orotava Corpus Christi flower carpets on Thursday the outlook is for a sunny day.



Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 8 to 14 June

A Closer Look at Hotel La Quinta Roja in Garachcio

Possibly the friendliest hotel on Tenerife which, coupled with its perfect location, traditional style, good taste and comfort, makes it the sort of hotel you want to return to at every opportunity.



A Closer Look at Hotel La Quinta Roja in Garachcio

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Research Carefully Before Booking a Tenerife Holiday

From comments it was clear some guests expected the sort of facilities found in the average coastal resort hotel and were disappointed when these didn’t materialise. It wasn’t a hotel where you would spend two weeks lying around a pool. Basically, some people gave it a poor review because they hadn’t researched properly and had chosen somewhere that wasn’t suitable for them.



Research Carefully Before Booking a Tenerife Holiday

Friday, June 05, 2015

Something for the weekend: Corpus Christi, Tajinastes, Seven Hours of Salsa and Volunteer for the Oceans


This weekend on both Saturday 6th June and Sunday 7th June, Corpus Christi is being celebrated in the municipality of Santiago del Teide, with 15 of the traditional ephemeral carpets being made by various associations and volunteers, in various parts of the district; in the plazas of Santiago del Teide, Tamaimo, Arguayo and around the church in Puerto de Santiago.

The same is happening in Adeje, where work on these carpets made of coloured salt begins at 5pm on Saturday 6th June and carries on through the night and into Sunday. Make sure you see them before the procession, which follows the 6pm mass, destroys them forever.

On Saturday 6th June, starting at 8am, in  Las Cañadas del Teide is a Ruta del Tajinaste (Tajinaste Walk) to see the tajinastes in flower. Echium wildpretii is a species of flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae. It is an herbaceous biennial plant that grows up to 3 m (10 ft) in height. The nominal subspecies is endemic to the island of Tenerife, and is found mainly in Las Cañadas del Teide. And whether you join the organised walk or not, this does mean it's currently its flowering season.

For Saturday night, you could do a lot worse than the III Festival Latino 2015 in La Laguna. With free entrance, you get seven hours of salsa music and dancing from 9pm in the Plaza del Cristo.

Sunday 7th June is Día Mundial de los Océanos (World Oceans Day) and in Puerto de Santiago they're celebrating it by cleaning up the sea front and seabed at Playa Chica, a very worthwhile activity for which you can volunteer your time. Those who wish to participate simply need to turn up on the beach at 10:30am. After work, participants will enjoy a well deserved lunch and various activities, games and chats.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Fenautica 2015 in Las Galletas this weekend

The third “Guanche Cup” regatta, Fenautica 2015, will be held this weekend in Las Galletas. The previous two occasions have been great successes, and organizers say that this year will see the biggest marine fair in the Canaries, with some 30 exhibitor stalls, and more than 80 competing yachts. The fair will take place in the Marina del Sur and be open from 11am on Saturday until 8pm, and on Sunday from 11am to 7pm. There will also be additional events for children, food stalls, music … a great weekend for any sea-lovers!



Fenautica 2015 in Las Galletas this weekend

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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

June kicks off the start to a long dry (normally) summer. The Spanish mainlanders arrive towards the end of the month whilst in between are some of the most colourful events of the year.

It’s a fun month.



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

Monday, June 01, 2015

Tenerife in June

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

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