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Saturday, August 15, 2015

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)

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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