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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Two Faced Tenerife

Earlier this year Tenerife Tourism Corporation decided to drop the ‘Enjoy It All’ slogan that has graced the cover of leaflets and advertising campaigns for over a decade, in favour of ’100% Life’. Whilst I have nothing against the new slogan, I think Enoy It All works better for letting visitors know that there’s a great deal more to Tenerife than the face they usually see. So instead of going back to the same resort year on year, why not split your week or fortnight in half and get twice the Tenerife? Here are my suggestions for a two faced Tenerife holiday.



Two Faced Tenerife

Adeje and Walk For Life invitation to inauguration of the Sala Rosa/Pink Room in Adeje

The Sala Rosa’s opening in October coincides with World Breast Cancer Month, and Carrera por la Vida will be holding a range of activities in the Adeje area to raise awareness and aid prevention of one of the most frequent cancers for women in the west. To date, the Carrera por la Vida collective has focused on organizing fund-raising events to support sufferers and their families, but now, after ten years, and with the support of Adeje Ayuntamiento, there is to be a permanent centre in the borough.



Adeje and Walk For Life invitation to inauguration of the Sala Rosa/Pink Room in Adeje

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Stephen Hawking Presents the Third Edition of Starmus Festival in Tenerife

Stephen Hawking presented the Starmus Festival III at The Canary Islands (PRNewsFoto/Calibri 12 Starmus Festival)
The third edition, "Beyond the horizon - A tribute to Stephen Hawking", catapults this festival as the most ambitious one in science dissemination. 

The theoretical physicist returns to the Canary Islands to announce a star panel of speakers, including twelve Nobel laureates and renowned participants in the space race, who will headline the international festival from 27 June to 2 July 2016
Eminent British physicist Stephen Hawking returned to the Canary Islands to present the third edition of Starmus Festival, the largest international science event to combine music, art and science, which is to be held in the archipelago once again.

Prof. Hawking revealed the panel of attendees who will pay tribute to him at the next edition, under the tagline "Beyond the horizon - A tribute to Stephen Hawking". Also on stage at the press conference were Cristóbal de la Rosa, Deputy Minister for Tourism in the Canary Islands Government; Carlos Alonso, President of the Tenerife Island Government; Anselmo Pestana, President of La Palma Island Government; Manuel Cendagorta, General Manager of ITER; and Iván Lozano, CEO of ATOS Iberia, the latter two being co-sponsors of the festival.

This edition will bring together no less than twelve Nobel prize-winners which exemplifies the event's aim of bridging the gap between the general public and the exciting world of science through these inspiring figures. Another of the highlights will be the 'Ask Hawking' unique competition which, as in the previous edition, will enable members of the public to pose questions to the scientist.

In the words of Professor Hawking: "Starmus is Spain's unique science festival and with this next edition confirms its position as a unique debating chamber for the future of the human race"
Stephen Hawking has expressed enthusiasm for this edition. The festival "will continue to pursue the aim of bringing together some of the best scientists, musicians and artists under one roof: the starry sky of the Canary Islands"

Garik Israelian, founder and director of Starmus, said that the festival "carries a powerful message inspired by the Canary skies, by Mount Teide and the pretty island of La Palma", and expressed pride that the event's values are "spreading around the planet, from amateurs through scientists to some of the world's leading artists".

Via: PRNewswire

Charity hike down Masca gorge and kayak back to Los Gigantes

"I’ve written before about the problem of mental illness here, and how so much more needs to be done about the problems, often on the street and in public, that mental health issues cause. I’m happy, therefore, to help publicise a charity hike down the Masca gorge to the sea, then kayak back to Los Gigantes, on Saturday, 10 October."



Charity hike down Masca gorge and kayak back to Los Gigantes

Monday, September 28, 2015

Tenerife Culture On A Concrete Canvas

The Paseo Rincon del Puerto links the old and new areas of Los Cristianos, so what better place to extol the virtues of Tenerife’s cultural and natural heritage? A series of giant murals have splashed onto the walls around the tunnel entrance on the old beach and port side and will soon be complimented by an equally colourful display on the Las Vistas beach side. These are the latest examples of specially commissioned murals with a message in Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje.



Tenerife Culture On A Concrete Canvas 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Something for the weekend: Day of Traditons in El Palmar


Perhaps because I lived in the beautiful El Palmar valley for almost a decade and within walking distance of the Finca Los Pedregales where this takes place, but the Día de las Tradiciones (Day of Traditions) in El Palmar has to be one of my favourite traditional Tenerife events, which this year is taking place this weekend, on Sunday, 27th September, coinciding with the celebrations for the Día Mundial del Turismo (World Tourism Day).

La Trilla, the threshing of the wheat using traditional methods involving horses, oxen and LOTS of audience participation from adults and children alike is just a part of the festivities where the rural work gets done and everyone is rewarded with a party at the end of it - the way agriculture used to be done. There are also farm implements on display, demonstrations of other rural activities, such as making charcoal and often pony rides.

The day's activities start at around 10:30 and carry on into the afternoon with a free lunch for all and the chance to try local products and dancing to a local band in the open air next to the Farmers' Market building.

La Trilla y Día del Turismo en Buenavista



South Tenerife for People with Reduced Mobility

I injured my knee a while back. Walking was painful, and it made me aware of how difficult a simple stroll can become. Suddenly more aware of my surroundings, I wondered about how friendly Tenerife’s thoroughfares are for wheelchairs, prams, or those with reduced mobility for any reason. Not intended as a commentary on hotels or complexes, but on the towns which host them, these were my observations.



South Tenerife for People with Reduced Mobility

Hawking promotes 2016 Starmus show

PHYSICIST Stephen Hawking is in Tenerife to officially launch next year’s third annual Starmus Festival.

Organiser Garik Israelian said the Professor, who will tour the Island and also visit the Canary Islands’ Astrophysics Institute (IAC), may give a speech during his three-week stay.

The trip from England was a lengthy affair for him, and Prof Hawking stopped off in Lanzarote and Gran Canaria before arriving here.



Hawking promotes 2016 Starmus show

World of Tourism at their command

ARONA and Adeje are jointly celebrating a weekend of events to mark Sunday’s World Tourism Day on Troya beach.

That’s a point where the two boroughs meet, geographically and, in the presence of the international community, the objective is to emphasise the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.

And, of course, to discover who make the best sandcastles!



World of Tourism at their command

Friday, September 25, 2015

Tamaimo Hillclimb 2015

One of the most well-known fixtures on the Tenerife Rally calendar takes place this weekend on Saturday, 26th September, in the shape of the Subida a Tamaimo (Tamaimo Hillclimb). It's the 41st edition this year, with more than 100 vehicles registerred.

The TF454 Puerto Santiago-Tamaimo road will be closed from 8:30am and the action should begin from around 10:00am.

Subida a Tamaimo rally 25 and 26 September


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Choosing the Right Fiesta on Tenerife

Fiestas come in many shapes and sizes on Tenerife. Some are serious, some are frivolous, some are odd. The traditional fiestas have one thing in common, the community spirit on show is one of the things that makes experiencing them so compelling and often emotionally moving.

But different fiestas will appeal to different people, depending on personal taste.

This is a brief guide to the best of the fests.

Choosing the Right Fiesta on Tenerife

The Different Faces of Tenerife at Night

We’ve written before about Tenerife after dark and that to get to know a town, you have to experience what it’s like when the sun toddles off to bed. Places have a very different character when lit by street lamps rather than sunshine.

Nightlife isn’t necessarily a big factor for everyone when choosing where to stay but, if you’re like us, it’s good to know you’re not confined to barracks (hotel room) each night, unless a complete get-away-from-it-all experience is the objective.



The Different Faces of Tenerife at Night

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Problem With Cyclists and Cairns on Tenerife

The climb was steep and the path was narrow. The hillside rose up sharply on one side and dropped away on the other. Blocking my way right at the top of the incline was a girl on a mountain bike. There was no place for either of us to go. I had to carefully inch my way around her on the side where the path fell away. It was a relatively dangerous manoeuvre and I wasn’t a happy bunny at having to do it. The narrow walking trail wasn’t big enough to accommodate both hikers and bikers.

The Problem With Cyclists and Cairns on Tenerife

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Tenerife to Showcase the Total Eclipse of the Super Moon on 28th September

It all sounds very complicated to me but the bottom line is that at 11 minutes past 3am on the morning of 28th September and over the course of 1hr 11 minutes, we will see a total eclipse featuring a big, bright, red moon and if we’re lucky, the shadow of Mount Teide rising above the horizon at sunset. In short, it will be spectacular.



Tenerife to Showcase the Total Eclipse of the Super Moon on 28th September

Monday, September 21, 2015

The Most Picturesque Plazas on Tenerife

How can you easily spot the difference between a Tenerife town,  or any Canary Island town, which has a strong local community and one which doesn’t?

By the plaza… or lack of.

There are lots of other ways of course, but the presence of a bustling plaza where families meet, greet and have a good time is a sure-fire way to tell you the town you’re in is a traditional one.



The Most Picturesque Plazas on Tenerife

Watching the Wildlife on Tenerife

Despite being close to the land of safaris, Tenerife and the Canary Islands aren’t exactly blessed with an exotic array of wildlife.

But there are some colourful creatures to be seen roaming free(ish) in Tenerife’s countryside and even in some urban areas.

These are some of the places where you can get close to Tenerife’s non-human residents.



Watching the Wildlife on Tenerife

El Sauzal, the Little Town with the Big History

The cruise season begins later this month, and thousands of cruise passengers will be disembarking almost weekly in Santa Cruz to spend the day in the capital or take to tour buses for island tours. Amongst them, a good number of those buses will be heading to a surprising destination, to the little town of El Sauzal on the north west coast whose history is nothing short of miraculous.



El Sauzal, the Little Town with the Big History

Take the Potato Challenge on Tenerife

Tenerife is famous for its potatoes. They’ve been grown on the island since they were first brought to Europe from the Americas. Basically, potatoes on Tenerife are as good as you’ll find anywhere. They come in all sizes and are prepared in many different ways.



Take the Potato Challenge on Tenerife

Supermoon eclipse to be broadcast live from top of Teleférico

The Tenerife Cabildo has said that the forthcoming “super lunar eclipse” overnight a week on Sunday, 27/28 September, will be broadcast to the world from the upper cable car station live on www.telefericoteide.com. The supermoon eclipse occurs when the moon reaches its closest approach to Earth and is eclipsed by the Earth’s shadow. The eclipse will be seen with the moon 14% larger and 30% brighter, an astronomical event that will not happen again until 2025. It will last for 1h.11m between 03.11am and 04.23am on 28 September.



Supermoon eclipse to be broadcast live from top of Teleférico

How to Have an Authentic Tenerife Experience

We were asked a question on Twitter this week that got me thinking.

It was along the lines of ‘any suggestions for an authentic Tenerife experience?’

I metaphorically scratched my head and wondered how to answer and whether it was better to focus on the cuisine, restaurants where mostly locals go, a place to visit that was uniquely Tenerife, an activity that mostly Canarios do?



How to Have an Authentic Tenerife Experience

The Changing Names Of Tenerife

Adapting with the times has maintained Tenerife’s place as one of the top year round holiday destinations but sometimes little tweaks to well known names of venues can catch holiday makers on the hop. Here are a few to look out for…



The Changing Names Of Tenerife

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 21 to 27 September

The forecast isn’t very different from last week with a mix of cloud, sun and showers predicted across Tenerife on most days. Thursday looks gloomiest, although Saturday and Sunday look most likely for rain. The chances are that most showers will be at higher levels where weather stations are usually located.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 21 to 27 September

Friday, September 18, 2015

Baile de Las Libreas, El Palmar



On the second day (that's the Saturday-week before the 4th Sunday of September, usually - by my calculations therefore, on Saturday, 19th September 2015) of the fiestas of the Virgen de la Consolación (Our Lady of the Consolation) in El Palmar, Buenavista del Norte you should really make the effort, even if just once, to go and see the ancient Baile de Las Libreas (Livery Dance). Having said ancient - it's highly venerated as important - it is actually a very curious satirical piece involving cross dressing, sarcastic gestures and Dusty Bin's Canarian Cousin showering the crowd with fireworks attached to his back. Honestly, unmissable.

And, unless things have changed drastically, from a time way before 'Elf and Safety existed! 

Processing around the village streets to the church square, three male pairs of dancers, half of them dressed as women, dance to the sound of flutes and drums. The dance symbolizes the struggle between good, represented by dancers, and evil, embodied by the figures of the male devil and the female devil. The origin of the dance (and the purifying smoke) was ward off evil spirits to prevent a bad harvest. It finishes as they set light to the fuse setting off the fireworks that are strapped to the back of the devil costumes.

BAILE DE LAS LIBREAS DE EL PALMAR BUENASIATA DEL NORTE

Something for the weekend: Atogo Sprint Rally

 

Saturday, 19th September sees the 10th edition of the Mini Rallye Sprint de Atogo (Atogo Sprint Rally). The Centro Multifuncional San Isidro Espacio Cívico SIEC in San Isidro, will be the focal point of the test, with the departure, arrival and awards ceremony in the Plaza de la Cultura in San Isidro. Video: Rallysprint Atogo 2014

 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 14 to 20 September

The forecast is for a quite cloudy week in the south and south west with some sunny spells. The north and east should see more sunshine and less cloud. Everywhere should experience some rainfall, especially on Friday and possibly over the weekend. Again the forecast shows a hot start to the week before temperatures settle down from Wednesday.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 14 to 20 September

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Fiestas del Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna 2015



Celebrations of the Holy Christ of La Laguna is one of the most important religious and festive celebrations with Canarian traditions and history rooted in the distant past. As with every year, music, children's activities, theater and devotion will be the main protagonists. The long list of festivities take place between 3rd to 27th September, but the big day is Monday, September 14th, with  religious processions from 7pm. Then from 11pm (approx.) the famous FUEGOS DEL RISCO Y LA TRACA: a monumental and noisy fireworks display from the mountain of San Roque. 

Jack Montgomery tells us a bit more about what's on in this fiesta in The Best Fiestas, Festivals and Events on Tenerife in September 2015, and the full program (in Spanish) can be seen here Fiestas del Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna 2015. Worth taking a look even if you don't understand the lingo, because half of the music and most of the sports will be pretty obvious anyway.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Something for the weekend: La Guancha Hillclimb


On Saturday, 12th September the 20th Anniversary edition of the Subida La Guancha (Icod to La Guancha Hillclimb) is taking place. The road will be closed from 9am, with the first legs beginning at 10am. The trophies will be awarded to the winners in La Guancha at 4pm.

Subida La Guancha 2014

Guía de Isora Arts & Craft Fair Sunday, 13 September



Guía de Isora will be holding their XXXIV Feria de Artesanía de Guía de Isora (34th Crafts Fair) in the Plaza Nuestra Señora de la Luz in front of the church on Sunday, 13th September between 10am and 6pm. There will be loads of local arts, crafts and foods on display and for purchase. These are always great fun, and Guía de Isora is a lovely old town, so this is definitely one not to be missed.

Guía de Isora Arts & Craft Fair Sunday, 13 September

Monday, September 07, 2015

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 7 to 13 September

The forecast is for another sunny week but with cloudy spells during the second half of the week and with a possibility of showers. The north looks best bet for most sunshine whilst the south looks most likely for showers on Sunday. But this is September, it would be a surprise if anywhere wasn’t hot and sunny for most of the week.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 7 to 13 September

Fiestas de La Luz 2015, Los Silos

 

September 8th each year is the Día Grande (Big Day) of the fiestas in honour of the Virgen de La Luz in Los Silos. Accodring to the programme, there will be a mass for pilgrims at 10am, Eucharist at 11:30am, with a procession to follow and another, Coso de Flores (floral procession) at 6pm.

PROGRAMA DE ACTOS FIESTAS DE NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA LUZ - VILLA DE LOS SILOS 2015

What doesn't seem to be included now is the Ofrenda floral submarina (Underwater floral cffering) - to an icon of the Virgen de la Luz situated under water off the Los Slios coast. It still has to go down as one of the more unsual acts of fiestas in Tenerife, even by Tenerife standards!
 

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Romería in Honor of the Virgen del Socorro


The Romería de la Bajada de la Virgen del Socorro takes place every year on 7th September. Declared to be of tourist interest, it is thought to be the oldest romería in the Canary Islands, as well as one of the most popular. This pilgrimage, held in Güímar, runs from the Church of San Pedro in the centre of the village to the hermitage of the Virgin in the Playa del Socorro. In the afternoon, the apparition of Nuestra Señora del Socorro to the Guanches, is commemorated on the beach of Chimisay. The following day, on 8th September, the image of the Virgin goes back to the village to return to the Church of San Pedro.

Fiestas de la Virgen de El Socorro 2015 en Güímar

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Something for the weekend: 30th Anniversary Pinolere Crafts Fair


The big event of this weekend, being held on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th, September, from 10am to 9pm daily, is the Feria de Artesanía Pinolere (Pinolere Craft Fair), which this year is celebrating it's 30th Anniversary. This popular craft fair is held every year around the first weekend of September at the Pinolere Ethnographic Park. This 3-day fair is packed with stalls featuring over 200 artisans and their hand-made goods. Visitors will also be kept entertained with various demonstrations, workshops, music and theatre performances. Entrance €2.50.

Pinolere Ethnographic Park, 38310 La Orotava, Tenerife.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Teno Alto Wooden Chariot Race



Apparently, this goes on all over the island and there's even a Campeonato Isla de Tenerife de Bajada de Carros de Madera (Island of Tenerife Wooden Charriot Championship), of which the edition in 2012 was the XXXI (31st, by my count). That year, it had taken place in Teno Alto (a tiny hamlet in the municipality of Buenavista del Norte) in early September, so look out for it again around now. Or just watch from the safely of your own armchair.

Bajada being the opposite of subida, which in rally parlance translates to hillclimb, so this is a hilldrop, more or less - the cars apparently being merely gravity and willpower driven. This has surely got to hurt one day. Have you seen that drop at the sides of the road?

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

September is the month of almost perfect weather (usually) on Tenerife when the sun is hot but not too hot and visibility is as sharp as a razor blade. I think of this as one of the Canarian months, that period between seasons when the Spanish mainlanders return home before the Northern Europeans arrive. There are plenty of events this month but many are in places visitors don’t normally spend a lot of time.



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

A Tour of Tenerife’s White Elephants

Often when I read about a Tenerife alcalde (mayor) announcing some grand plan, I wince. After reading about the re-branding of El Médano and Los Abrigos as Costa Magallanes, I sighed when the mayor of Granadillo de Abona declared that what the coast needed to complete it as a tourist magnet were two luxury hotels. The laid back surf scene in El Médano just doesn’t seem suited to luxury hotels. But, thanks to the success of Costa Adeje, nearly every mayor seems to want a luxury hotel or two in their municipality.

Grand plans going wrong are not uncommon on Tenerife. There are quite a few examples of anti-attractions around the island. Some were doomed from the start, others should have been successful.

These are some of the island’s white elephants.



A Tour of Tenerife’s White Elephants

New Rules Won't Make Guachinches Authentic

And here’s the thing. A shiny new V sign doesn’t make a guachinche authentic. An authentic guachinche is an authentic guachinche with or without a sign. In fact, the more a place conforms the more it becomes just like any other restaurant.

Whatever official sounding noises come out of Tenerife’s capital, I don’t expect our ‘authentic’ guachinche experiences to change much.



New Rules Won't Make Guachinches Authentic

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Guachinches to become a brand to ensure quality and control

It was almost exactly two years ago that the Canarian Government passed legislation regulating guachinches. The law was designed to control the proliferation of rural establishments which claimed to offer home-grown produce but which had really bought in supplies cheaply to entice those who wanted an authentic experience (see HERE). Many will be unsurprised that the measure didn’t work, not least because the plaque that was supposed to be issued upon registration – either annual or by harvest – was sold in certain outlets, and so an illegal guachinche could pass as authorised even to visual inspection.



Guachinches to become a brand to ensure quality and control

Tenerife in September

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