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Monday, August 31, 2015

The Re-Branding of Tenerife

It began just over a decade ago with the announcement that the extensive planned coastal developments of the south coast were to be known in future as Costa Adeje. Four years ago it was the turn of Golf del Sur to get the re-branding treatment. Now it seems Tenerife’s marketing departments have been at it again, and this time, it’s El Médano that’s in for the Mad Men treatment.



The Re-Branding of Tenerife

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 31 August to 6 September

The first week of September looks like it should be a sunny one with the south west and the north enjoying most sunshine; although there will be some cloudy spells everywhere. There is a slight chance of rain during the second half of the week, with the south of the island looking most likely for a light dampening down as the forecast stands.



Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 31 August to 6 September

Friday, August 28, 2015

Something for the weekend: Fiestas in Tejina, Vilaflor, Arafo and Puerto Santiago

Corazones de Tejina

This weekend, 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."

More images and the history of this festival (in Spanish) at Los Corazones de Tejina 2015

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 2015


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.

This is just one event in a huge programme, which can be found here: Fiestas patronales 2015 de Arafo







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. 

Programa de las Fiestas del Carmen 2015 en Puerto Santiago 

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.  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Taste of Argentina, Review of Casa Mediterrania in Puerto de la Cruz

The empanadas (little pies) and the queso provolone were the show stealers though. The provolone was a cheesy feast, with a soft mound of savoury melted cheese which we scooped up with thin, fried cheesy triangles. Don’t have your cholesterol checked after this one. The empanadas were bigger than the usual tomato and tuna ones you tend to find in restaurants on Tenerife. Bigger and far, far better. These Argentinian empanadas had more in common with Cornish pasties, wonderfully spicy Cornish pasties. Just writing about them makes me want another encounter… pronto.

 

A Taste of Argentina, Review of Casa Mediterrania in Puerto de la Cruz

Ten Trips to Discover Authentic Tenerife

There’s a way to get a taste of authentic Tenerife that mirrors journeys from coast to hill that locals have been making for centuries. It’s cheap and what’s more the experience will be a personal and unique one.

Here are ten suggestions for swapping life at the beach for life in the hills for a day.



Ten Trips to Discover Authentic Tenerife

Monday, August 24, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 24 to 30 August

It looks like more of a typically August week with mostly sunshine predicted, although temperatures look as though they might be a bit lower than is usual for the hottest month of the year. That’s no bad thing, 25C in the shade is an almost perfect temperature.



Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 24 to 30 August

Where The Celebrities Stay on Tenerife

Participants in the ITV fly on the wall travel soap, Travel Guides, may have chosen a three star, all-inclusive hotel in Playa de Las Américas in which to base their holiday guinea pigs, but where do the real celebrities go when they travel to Tenerife?



Where The Celebrities Stay on Tenerife

Friday, August 21, 2015

Something for the weekend: Buenavista del Norte Craft Fair


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.

Feria de Artesanía en Buenavista del Norte, 2015 

Agenda cultural de Buenavista del Norte

Las Galletas’ celebrates San Casiano fiesta

Las Galletas has just started its fiesta in honour of San Casiano, the town’s second major fiesta each year. Events really kick off this evening with the election of the fiesta queen, and the fiesta will take over the town, especially the Rambla, until Monday 24th. Each day and night there will be something on, usually loud, and on Saturday evening, the town will be open as shops remain open until late for a fiesta sale – since we’re still in the official summer sales period, there will be offers on offers! Sunday 23rd is the fiesta’s main day, centred around the harbour, with fireworks, and there will be a public paella and more music and dancing until the early hours on Monday 24th for the Fin de Fiesta.



Las Galletas’ celebrates San Casiano fiesta

The Places in Between Los Cristianos and Vilaflor

This is not a long journey, about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on how quickly you drive, but along the way you will find a world very different from the resorts you left behind, with many photo ops.



The Places in Between Los Cristianos and Vilaflor

Will You Have to Pay to Visit Teide National Park?

A bit of a hornet’s nest has been stirred up after it was announced there could be some ‘charges’ introduced for visiting Teide National Park from 2016.

Mount Teide, Teide National Park, Tenerife

The catalyst for this is the fact that the Tenerife Cabildo (government) take control of management of the park from 2016.

What exactly these charges will be is still being debated and there are bound to be a lot of tweaks before any charges are actually implemented, depending on the response to some proposal and also, hopefully, when the powers that be actually stop to think about logistics.

However, this is how things currently stand.



Will You Have to Pay to Visit Teide National Park?

Adeje celebrates Fiestas Lustrales de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación throughout September

Adeje will be celebrating its Fiestas Lustrales de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación throughout September this year. The fiesta is a five-yearly one, and there is a wide programme of events from 28 August to 4 October which will see the virgin’s statue visit all the towns and villages of the municipality, ending up in Adeje town itself to coincide with the beginning of the fiestas patronales in October.



Adeje celebrates Fiestas Lustrales de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación throughout September

Why You Shouldn't Put Your Bag on the Ground in Spain

“Don’t leave your bag on the ground,” the waitress lifted Andy’s handbag and placed it on an empty chair.

“Ah, in case someone might steal it?”

“No,” the waitress looked shocked at the suggestion. “It’s bad luck. If you put your bag on the ground, all the money will run away.”



Why You Shouldn't Put Your Bag on the Ground in Spain

Monday, August 17, 2015

Top 10 Alternative Things to do on Tenerife

Ask the question ‘what are the top things to do on Tenerife?’ and the answers you get are going to include, visit Mount Teide, go to Masca, see the rock pools at Garachico, have thrills in Siam Park, gaze upon the cliffs at Los Gigantes… and so on.

These are all good answers and Tenerife ‘musts’. But everyone knows about them. People who write travel articles from their desk in London could, and regularly do, put together lists which include this lot.

Their fame and popularity also means you will encounter big crowds and possibly even queues when you visit these tourist magnets.

If you’re someone who likes to avoid the crowds whilst still seeing some uniquely Tenerife attractions, here’s our alternative list of the top 10 things to do on Tenerife.



Top 10 Alternative Things to do on Tenerife

Aer Lingus doubles Cork Airport services to Tenerife for winter

Aer Lingus currently operates a weekly flight to the popular Spanish island every Sunday. The additional service, which will operate every Thursday, will commence from 29th October until end of March 2016. The announcement will mean an additional 7,000 seats are available for holidaymakers in Munster.



Aer Lingus doubles Cork Airport services to Tenerife for winter

Behind the Scenes with the People of the Orotava Valley

... the very nature of truly authentic guachinches mean that there is no ‘phoning ahead’ to arrange things. Guachinches come and go and you never know if one’s going to be open or not.

We had one day in which to gather enough material and photographs for six mini interviews with local people who were involved with traditional food and guachinches.

Andy and I hatched a plan, met the photographer Tim and off we went, fingers crossed that enough people in the right place at the right time would agree to talk to us and be photographed.



Behind the Scenes with the People of the Orotava Valley

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 17 to 23 August

At the moment it’s looking like we have a far better, and more, settled week in store. There’s still going to be cloudy spells and a chance of showers, especially during the first half of the week. But it should be mostly sunny and warm, with the oppressive heat calming down to leave us with the sort of temperatures that has Spanish mainlanders swapping their towns for these shores at this time of year.



Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 17 to 23 August

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Something else for the weekend: Romería de San Roque Garachico 2015


Garachico :: Romería de San Roque 2009

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.

Fiestas Lustrales y de San Roque 2015 en Garachico

Fiesta Romería de San Roque, Garachico

Something for the weekend: 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.


Alcala Fireworks 2012 Tenerife

Half a ton of explosive material will be used during the roughly 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 boats, in 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.

August 15th, night of fireworks in Alcalá 2015 

Brochure fireworks of Alcalá 2015 (English)

New Date For Reggae Can Festival in Garachico


The Reggae Can Festival scheduled to have taken place in Garachico on Thursday that was posponed due to the inclement weather, is now has a new date and is due to take place on Friday, 21st August. Same location, the Plaza de la Ermita de San Roque in Garachico, from 8pm.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

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 2014), 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.

The ceremony is televised each year by TelevisiónCanaria and here is a video from last year:



Legend and appearance

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, as Jack Montgomery advises in Celebrating the Virgin of Candelaria on Tenerife. If you read his account, however, I'm sure you'll agree that it will be worth it.

You can download the program for these fiestas here and will see that the reenactment ceremony is followed by a nocturnal procession of the icon from 8:30pm to 11:30pm and the ubiquitous firework display.

Via: Fiestas Patronales of the Lady of Candelaria

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 tapas.

Participating 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. 


Ruta de la Tapa Creativa en Güímar

Tasting and identification 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, amongst other products - all of which make excellent properly local souvenirs, by the way.

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.

Cata y taller de identificación de higos de Canarias



Traditional dancing in the streets in El Médano

Granadilla Ayuntamiento has announced the 22nd Muestra Folclórica de los Pueblos, a very popular annual event that sees El Médano’s streets, plazas and the harbour area full of dancing and entertainment. The full programme for this year’s event between 17 and 23 August is [at the link] below.



XXII Muestra Folclórica de los Pueblos – summer’s traditional dancing in the streets in El Médano

The Best of the Beaches in North Tenerife

Every year it’s the same. Every year we make a resolution that we’re going to take time out to go to the beach once a month. We live on an island famed for its year round sunbathing weather and all we’ve got to show for it are hikers’ tans. Face and arms are lightly tanned, but underneath the clothes the rest is bordering on milk bottle white, or was until a week ago.

Until a week ago the last time we’d enjoyed prone time on the beach was June 2014. It’s positively criminal.


The Best of the Beaches in North Tenerife

Elegance and Fresh Pasta, Review of La Rosa di Bari in Puerto de la Cruz

... being an Italian restaurant, La Rosa di Bari has plenty of vegetarian options. Being located in the heart of the Ranilla district in Puerto de la Cruz, it’s in the most interesting area in both cultural and gastronomic terms. It’s also an intimately elegant and stylish restaurant whose décor seduces from the moment you step through its perfectly designed foyer. A tasteful colour scheme manages to be both rich and relaxing at the same time (don’t you hate the Italians for their effortless style) whilst furnishings bridge the gap between the classic and the contemporary (don’t you hate the Italians for their effortless style part two).

Its Italian good looks sets the bar of expectation very, very high.



Elegance and Fresh Pasta, Review of La Rosa di Bari in Puerto de la Cruz

The Gofio Mill and the Energy Bar

Gofio is an ingredient every Tinerfeño grows up with, yet many of the millions of visitors who pass through Tenerife are totally unaware of its existence. Every supermarket stocks packs of the stuff, but still it remains invisible.

We first became aware of gofio at our first romería when we found ourselves with lots of little packets of aluminium foil wrapped around a dense brown cake. Later we found out it was gofio amasado.



The Gofio Mill and the Energy Bar

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A Saturday Night Out in La Orotava

It was the first time we’d visited Parque Doña Chana, and it is a small park – the sort of place ideal for quiet reflection… but maybe not whilst there’s a rock festival taking place. As it was only 9pm, there weren’t many people around, even though the festival had started and one of the bands, Moriran Todos (or it could have been Jon Snow and mates) was giving it their all, appreciated by a couple of neo-hippy female fans who danced enthusiastically in the evening sunshine.



A Saturday Night Out in La Orotava

A Seagulls View Of Los Cristianos

Searing summer temperatures have put my high mountain walks on hold but it wont stop me from visiting a few shorter routes where I wont need a fully stocked fridge and a hosing down every few minutes. So there I was a trifle sweaty and on top of Montaña Chayofita overlooking my favourite sizzle spots on the beaches of Los Cristianos.



A Seagulls View Of Los Cristianos

Dining On the Water, Review of Restaurant Pantalan in Las Galletas

Las Galletas isn’t the prettiest of coastal towns, but it has an attractive harbour area and a Canarian working town bustle about it that gives it an authentic charm you don’t always find in resort towns. Plus, I’ve always wanted to eat in one of the restaurants on stilts over the harbour.



Dining On the Water, Review of Restaurant Pantalan in Las Galletas

Size Doesn't Matter, but Dates do with Fiestas on Tenerife

One way of spotting the difference between a bona-fide traditional event and one that might not have the same roots is to look at the dates any fiesta takes place. The truly traditional ones are generally chained to dates in the religious calender. These dates mean something. Carnival is a hedonistic blow out before the abstinence and spiritual purification of Lent. Take the date out of the equation and it loses its symbolism and just becomes a party or a colourful parade.



Size Doesn't Matter, but Dates do with Fiestas on Tenerife

Arona beaches return to priority concern under new mayor

New mayor Mena has already made his presence felt by banning two-wheeled electric scooters and bikes from promenades and pedestrian areas, a situation that was giving rise to numerous daily complaints, and now he is turning his attention to another – the lifeguards. Mena has announced that after three years under the old regime where there was no firm contract for lifeguard services on the Arona coastline, the council considers it essential to recover the prestige of its beaches, and of course, it’s blue flags.



Arona beaches return to priority concern under new mayor

Santa Cruz’ Pancho Camurria shanty town

Janet Anscombe says, "I first posted about Santa Cruz’ shanty town near the
Pancho Camurria sports centre three years ago, and if anything, it is
now bigger and certainly better established than when it first came into
being, and into the news. And now it is in the news again with the
death of a 53-year-old British woman, said to be vulnerable and under
social services care."



Santa Cruz’ Pancho Camurria shanty town

Strasse Park Café Lounge In The Green Heart Of Santa Cruz

Like any bustling capital city worth it’s salt, Santa Cruz has a wealth of bars and restaurants so any new arrival needs to offer something different. Strasse Park has taken over the abandoned art exhibition hall on the north side of Parque Garcia Sanabria, an oasis of beauty and calm blessed with fountains, ponds, and sculptures.



Strasse Park Café Lounge In The Green Heart Of Santa Cruz

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Family Fun and Fine Pizzas at Rugantino in Garachico

Look at Tripadviser reviews for Pizzería Rugantino in Garachico and you’ll see a few people marking it down for being ‘quite dark’, ‘basic’ and ‘not very well decorated’. Honestly, who goes to a pizzeria expecting sophisticated ambience, state of the art décor and romantic, candle-lit atmosphere? Rugantino does what you need it to do best, it delivers great pizzas, at good value, in a fun atmosphere.

Family Fun and Fine Pizzas at Rugantino in Garachico

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.

Those other four unmissable summer activities are snorkelling with turtles on Saturdays, contemplating the Milky Way from the Teide National Park on Fridays, discovering scuba diving on Mondays and discovering the virgin black sand beach Playa de Antequera on the Anaga coast.

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 on August 14th

Image of a Perseid meteor shower in 2007, Brocken Inaglory

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 10 to 16 August

Unfortunately it looks like an even more bizarre week with a yellow weather alert for heavy rain on Monday affecting all of Tenerife as well as Gran Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. The alert lasts from 6am on Monday until midnight, although meteorologists still aren’t entirely sure how much the islands will be affected. From then on it’s going to be a week with a lot of cloudy spells and a chance of rain every day, with Friday looking most likely candidate for any decent spells of rain. Whilst this isn’t good news for holidaymakers, it would serve to keep the countryside damp whilst pilgrims are making their way across the island to Candelaria this week. On the plus side, there should still be plenty of sunshine and it will be hot.



Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 10 to 16 August

Why Tenerife Won’t Suffer the Magaluf Effect

Some British newspapers recently picked up on an interview with the newly elected President of the Canary Islands, Fernando Clavijo from La Laguna, in which he was quoted as suggesting the number of tourists visiting the Canary Islands could be limited and that the rising number of all inclusive packages should be controlled.

There was also a warning that if the Canary Islands continued to pursue mass market tourism they would suffer from the ‘Magaluf Effect’.

Before anyone starts worrying there could be a danger of being told ‘sorry amigo, we’ve reached our limit of holidaymakers for this month on Tenerife’, the British press reports are all a bit of a non story.



Why Tenerife Won’t Suffer the Magaluf Effect

Saturday, August 08, 2015

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

Fiestas del Carmen 2015 en La Caleta de Adeje
Comisión de Fiestas La Caleta 2015

Friday, August 07, 2015

Something for the weekend: 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.

VI edición del Festival de la Cerveza de Los Abrigos

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.

DestinationClubbing say that, "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." They're probably right.



Janet Anscombe tells us that this will come with lots of traffic disruption this Friday and Saturday in Playa de las Américas and warns that, "Anyone using the tax office, the Green Hospital, the Golden Mile, or even the main police station could find diversions and parking restrictions in place." Always a price, I guess!

Thursday, August 06, 2015

El Porton A Gateway To History In Costa Adeje

It took the jolly sculpture of a banana farmer to make me revisit one of the shortest but historically important walks in the south of Tenerife. Some ten years ago I last passed under the stone archway of El Porton on the TF1 slip road below Adeje old town but a decades absence of my feet was hardly a blip in the ancient scheme of things.



El Porton A Gateway To History In Costa Adeje

Welcome to Summer, Sansofé in El Médano and Los Abrigos

The word Sansofé is borrowed from the Guanche, the aboriginal Canary Islands inhabitants pre-Spanish conquest. A word it’s fun to whisper, even before you know its meaning, surely, it can only be something good – and it is. In the Guanche language it meant ‘you are welcome.’



Welcome to Summer, Sansofé in El Médano and Los Abrigos

Monday, August 03, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 3 to 9 August

It looks like it should be a hot week with plenty of sunshine but also cloudy spells most days and a chance of showers from Tuesday all across Tenerife. Any drizzle (because that’s the ‘rain’ we experienced on La Gomera last week) will be extremely welcome in the week before pilgrims take to the mountain and forest trails to make their way to Candelaria. Hottest spot on the island this week looks like the south west by a couple of degrees.



Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 3 to 9 August

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Tenerife in August

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

Tenerife in August

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

Summer really hits top gear on Tenerife in August with locals enjoying a head-spinning amount of fiestas, festivals and fun outdoors.

It’s a real fun in the sun month.


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