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Friday, August 28, 2015

Hearts of Tejina, Fiestas in Vilaflor & Arafo, Virgen del Carmen in Puerto Santiago

Corazones de Tejina

Corazones de Tejina

On Sunday 30th August at midday make your way to Tejina (the village is a district of La Laguna see map) for the Corazones de Tejina, which Jack Montgomery describes as "One of Tenerife’s ‘quirky’ fiestas with three beautiful, giant hearts made from fruit and pastries depicting local life and scenes being paraded through the towns streets before they are erected outside of the church and abused by the creators of the other hearts."

Fiestas Patronales in Vilaflor

Meanwhile Vilaflor are celebrating their Fiestas Patronales, en Honor a San Roque y San Agustín 2015. As part of these fiestas, Vilaflor's annual Feria de Artesanía de Vilaflor 2015 (Crafts Fair) is taking place on Saturday, 29th August 2015 from 10am to 7pm in the Plaza Obispo Pérez Cáceres, Vilaflor (see map). At 1pm in the Plaza de San Pedro there's a Wine and Tapas Tasting. Whilst on Sunday, 30th August 2015 from 12:30pm there is the Mass and Romería in Honor of San Roque.

Fiestas Patronales in Arafo

The town of Arafo are also celebrating their fiestas in honour of patrons, San Juan Degollado, San Agustín y San Bernardo currently, the high spot of which, on Saturday, 29th August 2015 from 6:30pm is their Romería de San Agustín, where the parade will be led by the image of St. Augustine, followed by clergy, officials, carts, cars, partying, folk groups and bands, though this is just one event in a huge programme.








Fiestas de la Virgen del Carmen in Puerto Santiago

And finally, in Puerto de Santiago on Tenerife's west coast (see map), there the coastal village is holding its traditional party with a varied program of events. 

There is certainly lots going on this weekend (which is NOT a Bank Holiday in Spain as it is in the UK), so there should be something traditional being celebrated in an area close to you, or you could easily hop around the island and take in some of each of these events.  

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Friday, August 21, 2015

Buenavista del Norte Craft Fair

Plaza de Los Remedios

This Sunday, 23rd August 2015 is the date for the annual Feria de Artesanía (Craft Fair) in honour of the town's patron, San Bartolomé, in Buenavista del Norte. It will open from 10 am until 7 pm in the Plaza de Los Remedios (pictured above). More than 60 craftspeople will be gathered in the town to showcase their products and will be accompanied by traditional Canarian music.


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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Romería de San Roque Garachico 2015



Even Lonely Planet know about this, about which they say:
"This is Garachico’s most important annual festival when the town fills with pilgrims (and partygoers) from throughout the island. San Roque (St Roch), the town’s patron, was credited with saving the town from the Black Death, which arrived in 1601."
The Romería; part of the festivities for the town's patron, which in 2011 attracted around 20,000, is held annually on 16th August (tomorrow, Sunday), with processions of faithful, oxen and carts starting from the Plaza Ramón Arocha (see map) at 2pm más o menos.

Fiesta Romería de San Roque, Garachico

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Fireworks Night in Alcalá 2015

Fireworks Night in Alcalá 2015

The justly famous Alcalá fireworks take place tonight, Saturday, 15th August, from midnight. Part of the town's Fiestas in honour of the Virgen de Candelaria, the Toste Brothers have been putting on this display - one of Tenerife's, if not the Canary Islands', biggest - for almost a century, with interruptions only for the Spanish Civil War and WWII.

Half a ton of explosives will be used during the 25 minute display, which says Celedonio Toste in La historia de los Fuegos de Alcalá de Guía de Isora (The History of the Alcalá Fireworks) are one of the most difficult to set up technically as most of the explosives must be loaded into boatsin addition to carrying over 2,000 sandbags between 20 and 30 kilos each, to make safe housings for the explosives on the rocks around Alcalá bay. This represents about two or three days of work.

Alcala Fireworks 2012 Tenerife

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Discovery of the Virgin of Candelaria

Ceremony of the discovery of the Virgin of Candelaria

August 15th, Assumption, is the patronal feast of the Canary Islands, celebrated in the town of Candelaria where the patron of the Canary Islands, Nuestra Señora de Candelaria (The Virgin of Candelaria or Our Lady of Candelaria) resides in her Basilica of Candelaria.

Many will be making a pilgrimage to the shrine today and tomorrow and the actual veneration takes the form of various processions and floral offerings on Saturday (Romería y Ofrenda Floral - Virgen de Candelaria), but the most popular part of the annual celebrations is the reenactment of the discovery of the figure, which takes place in the Plaza outside the Basilica on Friday, 14th August from 7:30pm to 8:30pm.

According to a legend recorded by Alonso de Espinosa in 1594, a statue of the Virgin Mary, bearing a child in one hand and a green candle in the other (hence "Candelaria"), was discovered on the beach of Chimisay (Güímar) by two Guanche goatherds in 1392. This was before the Castilian conquest of the island (the island was not fully conquered until 1496). One of the shepherds tried to throw a stone at the statue, but his arm became paralyzed; the other tried to stab the statue with a knife but ended up stabbing himself. The statue was taken by the local Guanche mencey, Acaymo, to the cave of Chinguaro. The more than 200 year old reenactment ceremony is very, very popular though, so you'd be advised to expect total bedlam.


Legend and appearance

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Creative Tapas Route in Güímar

On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for the three weeks between the 6th and 22nd of August, a total of 22 establishments throughout the town of Güímar have been offering their finest creations in order to delight customers and win the prize for best tapasParticipating establishments are:
  • El Chiringuito de San Juan.
  • El Parral-Casa Lola.
  • Alma de Café.
  • El Puente.
  • La Chimenea.
  • La Tasca Tony.
  • Casino de Güímar.
  • La Plaza.
  • Don Pomodoro.
  • El Patio Güimarero.
  • Hong Kong.
  • Cooffee&Work.
  • Bar Tasca X.
  • Tsunami.
  • Sega Rally.
  • Gourmet Entreana’s.
  • Parada.
  • Finca Pepe.
  • La Carreta del Carretón.
  • El Perenquén Glotón.
  • El Timón.
  • El Bucio.

Pick up one of the brochures along the route for more information on the bars and restaurants, as well as the tapas, and for a chance to vote for your favourites. 

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Tasting workshop on Canarian figs

If you don't know your brebas from your higos - and would like to (obviously, a pretty good working knowledge of Spanish would be quite handy too) - then this tasting and identification workshop on Canarian figs, organized by the Town Hall of Tegueste, the Tenerife Corporation, the Agency for Agricultural Extension and Rural Development of La Laguna, the Tegueste Farmers' Market and the Center for Conservation of Agricultural Biodiversity of Tenerife, might be for you.

Figs grow wild all over the north of the island and, when in season, so plentifully that people hardly know what to do with them. You will also see lots of locally dried figs for sale, fig conserves and fig cakes at Christmas, among other products - all of which make excellent properly local souvenirs. The workshop is from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, August 22nd at the Farmers' Market in Tegueste. More info by calling 922 25 71 53.

Breba or fig? All brebas are figs, but not all figs are brebas.

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Monday, August 10, 2015

Perseid Meteor Shower in 2015

A multicolored Perseid meteor striking the sky just to the right from Milky Way.

Amongst 5 actividades que no puedes dejar de hacer este verano (5 activities you shouldn't miss this summer), ¿A dónde vamos hoy? (Where shall we go today?) remind us that one of the most magical nights of summer is the Perseids meteor shower (popularly known in Spanish as the Lágrimas de San Lorenzo (Tears of St. Lawrence), which you may - weather permitting - be able to see on the night of Tuesday, 11th August from the Teide National Park, where they are organising a guided walk to contemplate the night sky.

International Business Times inform us that this year's Perseid meteor shower is forecast to be "rather impressive", a planetary scientist has said. The annual shooting star display will peak between 11th and 14th August, with most meteors visible between midnight and dawn. The 2015 Perseid meteor shower will peak on August 11th, 12th and 13th. A new moon on August 14th, 2015 will create perfect conditions for watching the meteor shower.

EDIT: If you want to take pictures of the Perseids, then you'll need to read this article by Sheila Crosby in La Palma, How to photograph meteors, including the Perseids

Image of a Perseid meteor shower in 2007, Brocken Inaglory

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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Fiestas del Carmen 2015 in La Caleta de Adeje

Fiestas del Carmen 2015 in La Caleta de Adeje

Tonight from 11pm, there's dancing to Orquesta Maracaibo and the Arguayo Band in La Caleta, Adeje as the fiestas there reach their climax.

Tomorrow, Sunday, 9th August, is the big finale to their Fiestas del Carmen with the procession of the Virgen de Nuestra Señora del Carmen from the church to the dockside, starting at mid-day, and then at 1 pm, the maritime procession followed by "paella for all" and enlivening the music from Santi Aurelio Cano Jr. to  dance till you drop

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Friday, August 07, 2015

Los Abrigos Beer Festival

Los Abrigos Beer Festival

This Saturday, 8th August, 2015, Los Abrigos celebrates it's sixth annual Beer Festival. Starting at 11 am and running until 11 pm, during the event you can sample tapas and beer, at the price of 1 euro. There are also live musical performances scheduled.

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Arona Summer Festival 2015

Arona Summer Festival 2015

This year's Arona Summer Festival - billed as the Canary Islands’ best electronic music event - kicks off today at the Antonio Domínguez stadium in Playa de las Américas. "For this 5th edition of the Arona Summer Festival the very best of international DJs will bring music to your ears. With names such as Oliver Heldens, Rudimental, Don Diablo, Matthias Tanzmann and Nicky Romero running around we can already expect a great outcome. For all clubbing fans and all the beach babes out there, this is the perfect opportunity to fly to the island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, to spend an incredible time."


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