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Friday, July 31, 2015

Something for the weekend: Garachico tyre burning fiesta


We have to thank for prompting me to research this weekend's star event. Of course it isn't really called the Garachico tyre burning fiesta, which she coined, but we think it's a brilliantly accurately descriptive, attention grabbing title and don't understand why that isn't yet official. Actually called the Fuegos del Risco (Cliff Face Fires), which, as is explained in this article in El Dia, Una erupción festiva cada cinco años, these have evolved from pineapples in wooden barrels through dried corncobs soaked in petrol and diesel; sackcloth balls and on occasion, burning tyres

They point out that a small group of people is responsible for setting the lava slopes of Garachico aglow once again at a point close to where the ancient port was located. With logistical support from the town council, they reactivate the fury of the Trevejo volcano (or Montaña Negra - Black Mountain), which destroyed the port of Garachico in 1706, with the help of fireworks and glowing balls rolling down the slope. In the dark of night, the incandescent objects falling down the hillside recreate the effect of a volcanic eruption.

It promises to be a spectacular display and this is on Sunday night, 2nd August at 10pm.

But get there early, because last time, in 2010, it apparently expected a crowd of 35,000.  

Los Fuegos del Risco 2010 or the Night Garachico Burned



What I don't understand is why these are celebrated every 5 years on the 0s and 5s, when the volcanic eruption was in 1706 - i.e. they can never fall on an anniversary and, indeed, why it takes place in August, when the eruption was in May. No doubt someone, has an explanation for these seeming anomalies, but does it matter? Do you really need a valid excuse to "celebrate" a 309 year old disaster by rolling burning tyres down a hillside? I think not! 

It's just part of the Fiestas Lustrales y de San Roque 2015 in honour of the Santísimo Cristo de la Misericordia (Holy Christ of Mercy) and San Roque, which are being held from July 23rd to August 2nd (and actually on to the Romería de San Roque on August 16th, of which more later.) The origins of the fiestas date back to 1659; the first time the firework spectacular appeared under the name of the Fuegos del Risco was in 1922, although it was already celebrated in some form in 1881.

Other attractions this weekend include the DESFILE DE CARROZAS ALEGÓRICAS (Parades of Allegorical Floats) that take place on Saturday, 1st August at 10pm and on Sunday, 2nd August at 6pm. These are six floats, authentic works of art that require months of work. Residents of all ages work on these making hundreds of thousands of paper flowers, and elements in wood, cork or paper. And as pictures are worth thousands of words, take a look here Desfile de carrozas y Fuegos del Risco en Garachico at the images of the floats from 2010 to see what's in store.

The program for these fiestas runs to 36 pages and is well worth a download (PDF) as it's a work of art in itself and contains many more images of the fireworks, the floats and more.

Fiestas Lustrales y de San Roque 2015 en Garachico

Reggae Can Festival, Garachico, 13th August


Fiestas in Tenerife are most usually associated with the traditional Canarian folk music of the parandas (wandering minstels, more or less) or the Latin carnaval rhythms of Salsa, but at almost all, somewhere, there's also likely to be a sound system, or at the very least a market stall selling the familiarly coloured green, gold and red, Bob Marley merchandise; sometimes I got the impression that Bob had been adopted as an honorary Canarian son. Reggae had found a real home-from-home in the Canaries and a multitude of avid fans.

Neighbours in the village I used to live in used to ask me to translate the lyrics of Bob Marley songs and I had to explain that whilst my Spanish might have up to it, my patois wasn't quite!

In Birmingham I'd lived in the street where the Campbells of Oooo-Bay-Kwarenta (to give it the Spanish pronunciation) had grown up and used to hang out with one of the former members of Steel Pulse, I even saw The Wailers in Tenerife (back in the 1990s), minus Bob Marley on that occasion, clearly. (I did see him at the Live at the Lyceum concert in London, in 1975.) You get the idea that I know and like my reggae. And the Canaries have their own reggae music industry - I'm currently listening to KANARIAS REGGAE MIXTAPE 2014 and it's not at all bad. 

If you also like reggae music, then there's a real treat in store for you on the evening of Thursday, 13th August, 2015 from 8pm in the Plaza de la Ermita de San Roque in Garachico, with the first edition of the Reggae Can Festival, with artists including Ruts & La Isla Music, Dactah Chando, Stereoman, Omar Xerach, Fernikhan, DJ Magek Selekta and the wonderfully named MC Dadda Wanche.

For once, I think this is something really likely to live up to the promotional blurb: "The sound of the drums make this summer's event an attraction without equal, surrounded by the infectious sounds of reggae music.

Oh and ENTRANCE IS FREE!



Garachico acoge la I edición del Reggae Can Festival
Primer Reggae Can Festival en Canarias

Via: Garachico Town Hall

El Tanque Crafts Fair, 2nd August


The Town Hall of El Tanque, in collaboration with the Tenerife Island Corporation, have organised their 4th annual Crafts Fair. This date, which unites tradition, gastronomy and crafts is taking place on Sunday, 2nd August, 2015, from 10am in the Avenida Príncipes de España, El Tanque.

Via: IV Feria de Artesanía de El Tanque 2015

Dances and Rituals, Candelaria


The 1º Encuentro de Danzas y Rituales (1st "Encounter" of Dances and Rituals) is taking place on Wednesday, 5th August, 2015 from 8pm in the Plaza de la Libertad, Igueste, Candelaria.

As is so beautifully depicted by the image on the poster, this includes a traditional Danza de Cintas - think Maypole Dancing - as well as a Floral Dance, amongst others.

Wonderful opportunity to see something of the real Tenerife; something very different and yet, vaguely familiar.

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A Whistle-stop Tour of Santa Cruz

You’ve got a couple of hours to kill whilst passing through Tenerife’s capital, Santa Cruz. It’s not enough time to explore the city in full, but it’s too much time to kill with a cup of coffee in the bus station.

What to do?

As we’ve only got a couple of hours to spare we don’t like to stray too far from the bus station. That’s not a problem as there are plenty of interesting things to see and do quite close by.



A Whistle-stop Tour of Santa Cruz

El Médano to host World Windsurf Championships for 5th consecutive year

El Médano will host the Professional Windsurfers Association (PWA) World Windsurf Championships for the fifth consecutive year between 3 and 9 August in playa de El Cabezo. Granarilla mayor Jaime González said that El Médano’s was of the utmost importance as a tourist destination for watersports, and that the event gave the seal of distinction to the Granadilla coastline, and to Tenerife and the Canaries.



El Médano to host World Windsurf Championships for 5th consecutive year

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

La Marea: Los Abrigos Best Kept Secret

Regular readers of the blog will know that all of us are big fans of the fishing village of Los Abrigos. Along with Tajao and La Caleta, it’s one of the south of the island’s “musts” for lovers of the fresh fish and seafood in which the island specializes.



La Marea: Los Abrigos Best Kept Secret

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Favourite Tenerife Hotel Breakfasts

Whether you’re a fresh fruit fan, a cereal cruncher or a bacon buff, kicking the day off with a good breakfast is an essential part of the Tenerife holiday experience. Having notched up a not-inconsiderable number of Tenerife hotel stays over the past couple of years, these are some of the breakfast buffet choices that have stood out for me. Feel free to add your own.



My Favourite Tenerife Hotel Breakfasts 

TF445 Punta de Teno road reopened at long last

The Tenerife Cabildo has reopened the TF445 to Punta de Teno. As of this afternoon, the road is again open to traffic after technicians gave the go-ahead following extensive and extended works. Tenerife president Carlos Alonso thanked locals for their patience and said that the main objective was safety. The risk of rockfalls, which were a frquent danger, is estimated to have been reduced from 70% to 30%, with some four or five incidences a year now expected following heavy winds or rain. Some works are still continuing, and the carriageway still has to be tarmacked, but from now, this iconic route in the north west tip of Tenerife, with its tunnels and archways, sheer cliffs and stunning views from what seems to be the end of the world, is open to the public once again.

TF445 Punta de Teno road reopened at long last

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weather for the South of Tenerife


This week we'll have a look at the forecast for Tenerife Sur (or South to you). This is actually the forecast using weather data from the Tenerife South, Reina Sofia, airport, where it's generally a tiny bit cooler and quite a bit more windy than it is just around the corner in the resorts.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife Sur - 27th July - 2nd August

Today should be sunny and windy with a high 29C.Tomorrow, Tuesday, sunny and windy with the temperature rising to 30C, with exactly the same on Wednesday and Thursday. Still sunny on Friday, but less windy and the temperature will drop a degree again back to 29C. For the weekend, expect Saturday to be sunny and 28C, while Sunday is forecast to be mainly sunny and again 28C.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

British tourists name Tenerife and Majorca top summer destinations

Spain and its islands are the most popular holiday destinations for Britons this season, with Majorca and Tenerife emerging as the favorites, new research has revealed.

Those sunny destinations were followed by Portugal’s Algarve region and the Spanish islands of Ibiza and Lanzarote.

With schools breaking up and the great British getaway now underway, many holidaymakers are making a dash to the beach.



British tourists name Tenerife and Majorca top summer destinations

Friday, July 24, 2015

My Favourite Places for Eating Out in Puerto de la Cruz

Whenever we eat out, which is a lot as eating out on Tenerife isn’t an expensive business, we generally like to try restaurants where we haven’t eaten before.

Generally, but not always. There are favourite places we return to again and again, especially when we have friends or family visiting and we want a guaranteed good experience.

These are my top spots for eating out in Puerto de la Cruz.



My Favourite Places for Eating Out in Puerto de la Cruz

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnaval of the 1980s in 2016

It's time to dig out those old legwarmers, add a pink tutu, wear a huge bow in your big blonde hair, (maybe even add a Madonna bra for extra authenticity) ... especially if you're a bloke, because "The 1980s" is going to be the theme for Santa Cruz Carnaval in 2016.

Apparently the theme, chosen by the public, marginally beat “The Caribbean”.

There's also confirmation that the 2016 Santa Cruz Carnaval is to be held between 3rd to the 14th February, so (subject to further confirmation or alteration), the order of events should follow those we already published for Tenerife Carnaval 2016.

The main events of which are:

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

Great Wines and Potato Festival in Los Realejos


Over in the north of the island, tomorrow, Saturday, 25th July, the City of Los Realejos, Turismo de Tenerife and the Regulatory Council of the Denomination of Origin Valle de La Orotava, are combining to promote both these sectors that stand out for their unique products.
In the Plaza de San Agustin, Los Realejos, from 19:00 hrs, there's the chance to taste wines from the Orotava Valley along with creative and delicious tapas of potatoes with mojo, offered by the Association of Potato Growers and traditional cultures Icod del Alto, for 1 or 2 Euros.






Along with the food and wine, there will also be a variety of music, from brass bands to pop.

For the sweet tooth, an hour earlier, at 18:00, there's a competition for the best confectionary. 


Gran Fiesta de Vinos y Papas en Los Realejos

Something for the weekend: Guía de Isora Hillclimb


This weekend, on Saturday, 25th July, sees the sixth annual Guía de Isora Hillclimb from Playa de San Juan to the centre of the district's capital town and it promises to be a spectacular day. You can also keep up with the event online at IsoraMotorSport. Via: VI Subida a Guía de Isora

Thursday, July 23, 2015

From Bradley Of Boro To Mills Of Marino

Most teenagers on their first flight to Tenerife would be thinking of beaches and clubbing but for Bradley Mills it was all about boots and circuit training. The 19 year old from Middlesborough has joined CD Marino’s young pool of Tenerife talent as they prepare to make a mark on their Tercera Division group – and he is eager to embrace everything about his new adventure.



From Bradley Of Boro To Mills Of Marino

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Changes to Tenerife Bus Services from July 2015

The wheels are in motion for the biggest shake up of Tenerife’s public bus service for decades. The south of the island is the main beneficiary with the green Titsa bus service introducing 16 new routes, changes to 14 more, and a few number alterations on old favourites. As of 25 July 2015 the 868 bus stops around Tenerife become better linked for those wanting an easy and cheap way to explore.



Changes to Tenerife Bus Services from July 2015

Tales of Tenerife: why it’s time to rediscover this Spanish island paradise

There’s an island in Europe many think of only as swimming pools, booze and endless nights in crowded clubs.

But I found an island where stunning landscapes welcomed and embraced me, a gentle breeze cooled my stay, green forests enchanted my eyes and even a minke whale emerged from the sea, calling me like a mermaid.



Tales of Tenerife: why it’s time to rediscover this Spanish island paradise

Monday, July 20, 2015

Canarian Wrestling an Authentic Tenerife Experience

Looking for a genuine Canary Islands experience, one to go home and brag about, sure that none of your mates have done the same? May I suggest Lucha Canaria (Canarian Wrestling)? This sport never makes the island’s English press but its following locally is huge – and vociferous.



Canarian Wrestling an Authentic Tenerife Experience

Weather for the week ahead


Having plugged in my digital crystal ball, I'm having a go at weather forecasting this week with the forecast for Puerto de la Cruz for the next seven days.

We'll see how this compares to the forecast from those lovely people over at Walking Tenerife and indeed, how well it does when they report on the actual weather next week.

Weather Forecast for Puerto de la Cruz 20th July - 26th July

Today, Monday 20th July there should be lots of sunshine and a high of 27C. Tomorrow, abundant sunshine again and 28C, with more of the same and rising to 29C on Wednesday. Mainly sunny and 29C on Thursday and sunny skies and back to 27C on Friday. A few clouds and a little cooler at 26C on Saturday, but it should be mostly sunny again and 27C on Sunday.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Something for the weekend: Fiestas del Carmen 2015 in Los Abrigos


Los Abrigos is a lovely place to visit at any time, but where better than a fishing port to celebrate the fiestas that honour the patron of sailors, the Virgen del Carmen.

This afternoon, Friday, 17th July, from 6 pm, there's fun for the kids with bouncy castles, games and other forms of children's entertainment. For the grown ups, from 10:30 pm, there's dancing in the village's small plaza to the group, ‘Sensación Gomera’.

Los Abrigos ends the festivities on Saturday, 18th July, from 6:30 pm, with a performance of zumba in the square and entertainment from the group 'Los Ideales'.

Fiestas del Carmen 2015 en Los Abrigos

A Closer Look at Hotel Rural San Miguel

A fabulous rural hotel, hidden away in the heart of San Miguel but still in easy driving distance of El Médano and the southern resorts. Friendly and unusual, this is the ideal hotel for anyone who wants to get away from the busy resorts and who likes character and authenticity with their home comforts.



A Closer Look at Hotel Rural San Miguel

“The best tribute band in the world” – God Save the QUEEN in concert at the Magma Centre this Saturday

Freddie is irreplaceable, of course, even though Adam Lambert is just about perfect as his replacement in the continuing Queen, but one group was called by no less than Rolling Stone magazine “the best tribute group in the world”. That group, appropriately enough for a Queen tribute band, is called God Save The Queen, and it’s in Tenerife this Saturday, 18 July, at the Magma Centre to round off a world tour. The concert starts at 9.30pm, and tickets priced at €25 and €27.



“The best tribute band in the world” – God Save the QUEEN in concert at the Magma Centre this Saturday

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Where To Watch Live Football In Tenerife

The days of gravel pitches and playground quality football are long gone in Tenerife. There is plenty of football to be seen and of a good standard. Grounds have had money lavished on them and boast well tended grass and strong floodlights. In many villages and small towns they are the hub of the community. The island is producing some world class players and scouts are flocking to spot the next Pedro (Barcelona) or Ayoze Perez (Newcastle).



Where To Watch Live Football In Tenerife

Monday, July 13, 2015

French Connection In Nelson’s Santa Cruz Defeat

There’s an important but overlooked matter of honour to be addressed at this year’s 218th anniversary of Admiral Horatio Nelson’s failed attack on Santa Cruz. The Asociación Histórico Cultural Gesta 25 de Julio will re-enact key battle scenes in the Tenerife capital on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July. As well as celebrating local fortitude it also recognises a deep respect for Nelson which saw him leave Tenerife minus his shattered right arm but with supplies and gifts from the victors.



French Connection In Nelson’s Santa Cruz Defeat 

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 6 to 12 July

Everywhere is going to be hot and sunny this week with only the north experiencing any serious cloud on Monday, which keeps it free from the hot weather alert which affects the island from Monday. The alert applies everywhere from Tuesday. Although it’s only in place till Wednesday at the moment (they only ever do three days at a time), as temperatures are predicted to rise even more on Thursday and Friday, there’s a good chance it will be in place all week. Top shade temperatures of 34C are forecast, but there’s a chance those could be higher. Treat it as you would any weather alert, with respect.



Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 6 to 12 July

Friday, July 10, 2015

Something for the weekend: Romería de San Benito Abad 2015


This Sunday, 12th July, 2015 make a date for one of the biggest Romerías of the Tenerife calendar, that of San Benito Abad in La Laguna. The festivities begin at 12:00 mid-day and are followed at 16:00 by a Verbena (open air dancing). Starting from San Benito, the procession passes through many of the main streets and squares in the centre of the old city, returning back to San Benito where the verbena takes place in the Calle Marqués de Celada.

Fiestas y Romería de San Benito Abad 2015

Keep up with the fiesta's announcements (in Spanish) via the Amigos y romeros de San Benito Facebook page.

Read about (and view some wonderful images) the Romeria de San Benito from 2011 and again here from 2013.

Meanwhile, alongside the festivities there's also the VIII Ruta de la Tapa por San Benito 2015 with 87 restaurants, tascas, bars and cafeterias all over La Laguna participating. 

Ten More Popular Questions About Tenerife

Travel forums are wonderful things, real holidaymakers answer real questions about their favourite destinations. Most of the time the information provided is invaluable. Most, but not always. I’ve seen misinformation relating to all the following questions on various advisory sites.

Ten More Popular Questions About Tenerife 

Traffic disruption this afternoon and evening in Playa de las Américas

There will be considerable disruption this afternoon and evening in the area of the Antonio Domínguez stadium in Playa de las Américas because of a concert being given tonight by the American singer Marc Anthony. Anyone using the tax office, the Green Hospital, or even the main police station or the Golden Mile could find diversions and parking restrictions in place.

Traffic disruption this afternoon and evening in Playa de las Américas

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Volcanoes Explained In Santiago Del Teide Visitor Centre

Where better to put a free visitors centre devoted to volcanic eruptions than Santiago del Teide, the west coast town close to the path of Tenerife’s last big eruption in 1909? The flow stopped just short of Chinyero and several walking routes through the lava fields can be accessed from here.



Volcanoes Explained In Santiago Del Teide Visitor Centre

Monday, July 06, 2015

Ban on mountain fires of all types while heatwave lasts

From 6pm this evening, the Tenerife Cabildo will reinstate the ban on all fires in the mountains as a result of the second heatwave in a matter of weeks. It’s just five days since the authorities lifted the ban put in place for the first hot spell. As before, 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. The ban will remain in place while conditions persist: at present temperatures in the mid-to high-30ºs are expected for much of this week.



Ban on mountain fires of all types while heatwave lasts 

Hunt on for Tenerife meteor

The hunt is on in Tenerife to find a small fragment of a meteor that scientists believe fell to earth in the Vilaflor area over a month ago.

Telescopes across the Canaries detected a bright object falling to the ground in May, and now the hunt is on for any fragments that could have survived entry into the atmosphere.

Scientists have narrowed the point where the fragment landed to an area of 200 metres in Vilaflor, although hopes of finding anything of the meteor remain slim.



Hunt on for Tenerife meteor

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 6 to 12 July

Everywhere is going to be hot and sunny this week with only the north experiencing any serious cloud on Monday, which keeps it free from the hot weather alert which affects the island from Monday. The alert applies everywhere from Tuesday. Although it’s only in place till Wednesday at the moment (they only ever do three days at a time), as temperatures are predicted to rise even more on Thursday and Friday, there’s a good chance it will be in place all week. Top shade temperatures of 34C are forecast, but there’s a chance those could be higher. Treat it as you would any weather alert, with respect.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 6 to 12 July

Sunday, July 05, 2015

A Typical Saturday Night in North Tenerife

... it’s a crystal clear night. So clear we can see Mount Teide and the cumbre even though it’s after midnight. As we look up the hill toward the island’s spine we hear Latino music from another fiesta in La Orotava. Then the sky lights up with explosions of colour as the town up the hill throws a small firework display (commonplace around the Orotava Valley at this time of year).

It’s a fitting end to a special Saturday night. Special, but not uncommon.

A typical Saturday night in the north is that there’s no such a thing as a typical Saturday night.

A Typical Saturday Night in North Tenerife

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Carnival theme up to public

"THE Santa Cruz Autonomous Body of Festivals and Recreation (OAFAR) will this weekend submit a provisional list of themes for next year’s Carnival, which will then be offered to the public for an online vote. “The 80s”, “The Caribbean” and “Disco” are among the proposals announced by Santa Cruz Mayor Jose Manuel Bermudez, at the end of the meeting with Parties’ Councillor Gladis de León. The vote will take place between Monday and Thursday, through the official Carnival web platform (www.carnavaltenerife.com), in which the public, individually, may choose the theme they like and participate in the vote."

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Carnival theme up to public

More four-hour strikes by airport staff on way

"SPANISH air traffic controllers are introducing another batch of four-hour strikes next month. They are continuing their protest about the Enaire airport authority’s decision to sanction 61 controllers over a wildcat strike, which led to the complete closure of Spanish airspace in December 2010. They will come to a halt again on 11th, 12th, 25th and 26th July, having held similar strikes in June."

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More four-hour strikes by airport staff on way

Open Days today and tomorrow at the Teide Observatory

"The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias is holding open days at the Teide Observatory today and tomorrow, the tours to include the new facilities opened by King Felipe the other day (link). These are always popular events, and allow the public not only to see the telescopes, but to use them, as well as learning about the work the observatory does. The observatory will be open to the public between 10am and 3pm, and entry is free."

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Open Days today and tomorrow at the Teide Observatory

Friday, July 03, 2015

Something for the weekend: A Cliff of Flavours 2015 in Playa de la Arena


Un Acantilado de Sabores (A Cliff Flavors) 2015 will allow visitors and residents enjoy the finest wines of Tenerife accompanied by delicious tapas. It's a gastronomic and tapas route being held in the Avenida Marítima, Playa de La Arena on Saturday, 4th July, from 8 pm to midnight.  

Eight restaurants and twelve wineries are participating:
  • Tasca Juanito.
  • Restaurante Pancho.
  • Tasca Donde Tato.
  • Pizza Taxi.
  • Delirio Tenerife.
  • Royal Sun Resort.
  • Bar Restaurante Asturias .
  • Kiosko Villa Histórica El Valle.
  • Bodega Juan Dios (Despunte).
  • Bodega Tabaibal- Agryenca.
  • Bodega La Hijuela.
  • Bodega Secadero.
  • Bodega Valleoro.
  • Marcelo González Viña Engracia.
  • Bodega Vento.
  • Bodega Hermanos Mesa.
  • Bodega El Lomo.
  • Bodega C.A.S.M.I.
  • Bodega Mencey Chasna.
  • Bodega Cumbres de Abona.
There will also be several stalls along the seafront of Playa de La Arena where you can sample a variety of tapas for €1.00 or €2.00, while the glass of wine will cost just €1.00.

Un Acantilado de Sabores 2015

Tenerife’s Illusive Mouflon

"For as long as I’ve lived on Tenerife, I’ve heard about the mouflon that live in Teide National Park. Despite the fact that they are obviously very real, and friends have even seen them, I have never seen sight nor sound of one, and they have remained in my mind, a sort of Tenerife legend. Ironic then that I should find myself strolling a lakeside path in the Austrian Tyrol two weeks ago, only to stumble across several mouflon. So illusive are these island inhabitants that I had to travel half way across Europe to see one."

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Tenerife’s Illusive Mouflon

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Summer’s second, “much more significant”, heatwave forecast from this weekend

The first summer heatwave is only just receding as forecasters now say we can expect a second, much more significant, one next week. Again it is the mainland that will get the worst of it, with temperatures expected easily to reach if not exceed 40º, whereas again the Canaries will thankfully be on the margin of it. None the less, we are to anticipate temperatures well into the 30ºs, and unlike the short ola de calor just going, the next one, starting to make itself felt from tomorrow, should be with us for the whole of next week.



Summer’s second, “much more significant”, heatwave forecast from this weekend

The infamous Gag Law


Spain's repressive Gag Law finally came into effect this week. Proving that the government has a sense of humour, it's really called The Citizen Safety Law.

The press has lists of what you can only do now at risk of a humongous police fine and here's a selection of these:-
  • Taking photos of the police.
  • Referring to a demonstration on Twitter or any other social network.
  • Consuming drugs in the street, including a reefer.
  • Taking part in a botellón, or a booze-up, in the street.
  • Abandoning furniture in the street, even next to the rubbish containers.
  • Losing your ID thrice in a year. Or if you can't produce it when asked and you haven't reported theft/loss.
  • Using laser pointers.
  • Demonstrating at the entrance to Congress or the Senate, even if no one's in there.
  • Impeding an eviction.
  • Occupying empty houses.
  • Showing "lack of respect" to those in uniform or failing to assist security forces in the prevention of public disturbances.
I'm sure I share Colin Davis' sentiments (if those include disbelief) regarding the chances of even this curbing the botellón phenomenon, but in general though, it makes me shudder to see the reintroduction of repressions that I thought had been seen for the very last time after the end of the Franco era.

Reblogged from Thoughts from Galicia

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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

July is a hot month in both temperature terms and events on Tenerife. You could lie on the beach and soak up the sun, but you’ll be missing out on a lot of good stuff ranging from open air concerts to fiestas and a music from the movies festival.

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

Easy Driving from South to North West Tenerife on the New Ring Road

The anillo insular has been an ongoing project for years now, a wide new road to link the south west and north west of Tenerife, creating a road network which would enable visiting drivers to circumnavigate the island without having to negotiate any narrow, winding roads.



Easy Driving from South to North West Tenerife on the New Ring Road

Tenerife in July

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