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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Carnival Queen Gala Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2015

This week, on Wednesday, February 3rd, the huge Gala to elect this year's Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz, will take place at International Fairs and Congress Centre.

Earlier information had suggested that this would take place earlier in the day, but the official program (PDF) confirms that it's from 9 pm and TelevisiónCanaria will be transmitting it live from that time as usual.

In the meantime, either to wet your appetite or so you can get up to speed on what these galas are all about, here's the entire three and a quarter hour long gala from last year.

Gala de la Reina del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2015

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Canción del Carnaval 2016 - Official Carnival Song 2016

The now annual Cerveza Dorada beer ad / carnival song - entitled "1,2,3, Vacilón Otra Vez" - for the Carnaval de Santa Cruz is available for your er, enjoyment. Not sure if "presenter" Nayra Gomez Que? got inspiration for her costume from Dynasty or Cupid Stunt.

You can even download the carnival song here (MP3). Aren't you excited now?

Friday, January 29, 2016

Something for the weekend: Fiestas de San Antonio Abad in Buenavista del Norte and La Florida, Orotava

Goats at the San Antonio Abad Livestock Fair in Buenavista del Norte

This final weekend of of the month, on Sunday, January 31st, sees the celebration of the Fiestas de San Antonio Abad in Buenavista del Norte with it's traditional Feria de Ganado (Livestock Fair) and Romería.

The Livestock Fair takes place from 11 am at the Urbanización Las Marinas in the Triana district of the town, whilst at the same time, mass is said in honour of the saint at the church of Ntra. Sra. de Los Remedios, after which the icon is taken in procession to the livestock enclosure, where the animals will be blessed at 1 pm.

At 2 pm the Romería of San Antonio Abad leaves from Triana and processes, through the streets of the town to reach the Plaza de Los Remedios where the awards ceremony will take place.  Events of the day are rounded off with dancing to the music of the Malibu Band Orchestra.

Fiestas de San Antonio Abad 2016

Meanwhile, in the district of La Florida in La Orotava, as the culmination of their 10 day long program of fiestas for San Antonio Abad y la Virgen de La Esperanza 2016, there the 35th Romería of San Antonio Abad and the Virgen de La Esperanza also begins at 2 pm, with the participation of street musicians, carts, wagons, etc.

Fiestas de San Antonio Abad 2016 en La Florida

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Animal crackers and other stories this week in Tenerife

The old lady and her turkey on a lead, at San Antonio Abad in Los Silos in 2008.

Animal Crackers, Strange Sights on Tenerife
San [Antonio] Abad is when animals are blessed at livestock gatherings across the island. Mostly the furry party goers are made up of oxen, goats and horses. But a medley crew of creatures can turn up at these fiestas. These are ten of the strangest sights we’ve at San Abad seen over the years.

The British Guild of Travel Writers on Tenerife
Last week, 88 members of the BGTW (British Guild of Travel Writers) arrived on Tenerife for their AGM (Annual General Meeting). Travel writers, photographers, editors and broadcasters whose publications cover the gamut from guide books and glossy magazines to national press and the BBC, this was Tenerife’s opportunity to impress.

Do You Need to Hire a Car if Staying in Puerto de la Cruz?
There’s much to keep visitors occupied in the town itself. But the north coast is full of historic towns, eye-popping scenery, dramatic coastlines, fishing villages, atmospheric restaurants and endless walking trails. Some you can walk to, most require some mode of transport.

CRUISE to Tenerife: In the footsteps of crime author Agatha Christie 
A cruise that immerses you in the world of Agatha Christie—the woman who for many is still the undisputed ‘queen of crime’—follows the crime-writer’s visit to Tenerife in the late 1920s. It is one of the themed cruises the travel trade offers, tested by travel writer and Christie fan Allis Moss.

Adeje Rally and Tenerife Motor Week – a March for car lovers in south Tenerife
Adeje Ayuntamiento has announced that Tenerife Motor Week will take place in the Magma centre between 23 and 27 March, dates chosen to follow on from the 26th Adeje Rally being held here on 18, 19 & 20 March, and now part of the Spanish Rally Championships. The organizers thus hope to create a “grand motor week” in south Tenerife, and exhibitors – importers, dealers, second-hand showrooms, leasing companies, car services and finance companies – are already signing up.

A Closer Look at Tigaiga Hotel in Puerto de la Cruz
 If you like small, friendly hotels in tranquil, leafy surroundings away from the bustle of resort centres, then you’ll go a long way to find one nicer than the family run Tigaiga Hotel. With good food, nice rooms, stunning views and superb service, this hotel really is that cliché – a hidden gem.

Pretty Fishing Villages on Tenerife
Some Greek coastal towns date back to the days of Ancient Greece. The best Tenerife can do is the end of the 15th century. Most date from the 20th century and with good reason. Few people lived on the coast, especially on the southern side of the island. It was too dangerous; corsairs and Barbary pirates made regular raids. Subsequently only a few coastal settlements on Tenerife have any sort of historical pedigree and it makes a difference.

Five Things to Instagram on Tenerife
For anyone who isn’t familiar with Instagram, it has become an extremely popular online social networking platform or, as Instagram themselves put it, “…a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures…” – think facebook made up solely of your own highly stylised, square-shaped smartphone photographs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Traditional Fiestas in Arico

San José Obrero: 1st May
Fiesta de la Cruz in La Sabinita: 3rd May
Virgen de la “O” El Río: 31st May
San Juan Bautista: 24th June
Nuestra Señora de la Luz in Arico El Nuevo: 15th August
Virgen de Tajo in Arico: 16th August
Romería de San Bartolomé in El Río: 3rd Sunday of August
Santa María de Abona: 8th September
Bajada a la Ermita de la Virgen de Abona. Every 5 years on the 2nd Sunday in September
Virgen de Las Mercedes in Porís de Abona: 24th September
San Miguel de Tajao: 29th September

The Weather in Arico, Tenerife

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Almond Flower Routes in Santiago del Teide

Two routes this year, with the event organised by Santiago del Teide on Saturday, 30th January and a second one, arranged by the Tenerife Cabildo, on Sunday, 31st.

On Saturday, 30th January, the XIX Ruta del Almendro en Flor (19th Almond Flower Route) consists a 4.5 hour high difficulty "long route" or a 3 hour medium to low difficulty "short route", both of which leave the plaza in Santiago del Teide at 08:30 hrs.

Previous inscription (and payment) is required to go on these walks (which have limited places), which can be done via the Santiago del Teide Town Hall website.

More: Santiago del Teide Almond Blossom Route

Alongside the walks, Santiago del Teide is also holding their XIX Concurso de Fotografía “Almendro en Flor” (Almond Flower Photographic Contest), which they say is open to anyone over 18 of any nationality and country of residence. There are prizes too.

There is also the Muestra gastronómica de la Ruta del Almendro en Flor  - linked gastronomic event - in which 13 bars and restaurants in the municipality are offering special breakfasts (from €2.00 to €2.50) and menus (from €12.00 to €18.00) between January 23rd and February 20th, where the principal ingredient is the almond.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, 31st January, the Tenerife Cabildo and the Tenerife Rural Fundación have organised a 9km average-difficulty walk with a specialist guide, details at Tenerife Cabildo’s Almond Blossom Route in Santiago del Teide. Inscription for this walk needs to be made by Thursday, 28th January.

And even if you don't wish to join one of these organised walks, this signals that now is probably the right time to take a trip up to Santiago del Teide and particularly the Arguayo valley to see this spectacular natural landscape while the almonds are in blossom.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 25 to 31 January

Los Gigantes cliffs with cloud to the north.
"I’m starting to think the weather people have just got to the point where they’re saying ‘it’s got to change this week’; I know we feel a bit like that. This has been an incredible January, but is this the week it’s going to go back to normal? It looks like it will remain sunny everywhere through to Wednesday. After that the south and south west could be very cloudy whilst the north and east could see sun, with some cloudy spells, for a day longer. From Friday it might be thick cloud across the island. There’s a strong possibility of rain on Friday and Saturday. Even so, there still should be sunny spells over the weekend. Any takers for snow on Teide this week?"

Friday, January 22, 2016

Something for the weekend: Romería de San Antonio Abad in Gúímar

This weekend, on Sunday, 24th January, the town of Güímar celebrates its Romería de San Antonio Abad. As is tradition, this pilgrimage will include the exhibition of farm animals, pets and exotic species, and the participation of folk groups from the municipality and other parts of the island.

Events begin on Sunday, from 9:00 am, with the arrival and gathering of all the animals for the shows. At 11:00 am, in the church of Santo Domingo, there will be a Mass in honor of San Antonio followed by the pilgrimage, involving folk groups, clergy and municipal authorities. The Romería will proceed the blessing of all the attending animals. There will also be the Craft Fair with 37 stalls.

Este fin de semana, el municipio de Güímar, celebrará las fiestas en honor de San Antonio Abad

Meanwhile, La Matanza de Acentejo, is also holding their livestock fair in honour of San Antonio Abad, also on Sunday, 24th January. There, animals will gather from 8:00 am and the fair will open at 10:00 am with the procession of the image of San Antonio around the fair ground and the blessing of the animals at around 1:00 pm.

Feria Ganadera de San Antonio Abad 2016 de La Matanza de Acentejo

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Five Tenerife Coastal Paths to Escape the Crowds and other stories this week in Tenerife

Tenerife coast at Candelaria

Tenerife Has Been Invaded by Cat Tails
The irony is that in Britain rabo de gato is popular as an ornamental plant, which is how it arrived in the Canary Islands. Gardening websites describe it as a ‘tender perennial’. On Tenerife it is anything but tender, here it’s a wild party animal sowing its seeds like there’s no tomorrow.

Five Tenerife Coastal Paths to Escape the Crowds
With the island in the thick of its peak season, resorts and beaches are buzzing with visitors and sometimes, it’s nice to escape the crowds and enjoy some solitude. Blessed with 238km (148 miles) of coastline, Tenerife has a wealth of lovely coastal walks on which to stroll with just a handful of other people and the sound of the ocean for company. Here are five paths to take you off the beaten track, each one of them offering something special.

Families going on holiday to Tenerife aren't to blame for climate change
We all have our part to play, but too often when I hear this debate, what I hear is that the anger about climate change and the destruction of the economy is directed against my constituents who take one family holiday a year to somewhere like Tenerife , when we completely ignore the fact there are businesses who structure their companies and their way of doing things so that their staff are taking two or three short haul flights every single week.

Tenerife Walking Festival 2016
Over the past few years, as activity holidays have grown in popularity with a wider British market, more people have discovered that although Tenerife is considerably more developed for tourism than its neighbour, it also has a vast network of hiking trails covering terrain more varied than any other island, simply by virtue of the presence of Teide National Park. As most of the island’s best walking is located in the north, central and mid zones of the island, a hiking holiday can also keep you far away from the busy tourist developments of the south and south west.

Winter is Coming on Tenerife
Mid 20C in January might not sound like winter, but whatever any guidebook says about the weather varying by only a couple of degrees throughout the year, there is a winter on Tenerife.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Traditional Fiestas in Arafo

Iglesia de San Juan Degollado en Arafo

Fiestas patronales in honour of San Juan  Degollado, San Agustín and San Bernardo: during the month of August.
Romería de San Agustín: celebrated the Saturday before the last Sunday of August.
Fiestas de La Cruz in Aserradero or La Cruz: beginning of May.
Fiestas in honour of San Juanito: in the Playa de Lima
Fiestas a Nuestra Señora del Carmen
Fiestas a San Andrés: in La Hidalga and El Carretón at the end of November.
Feria Regional de Artesanía: coinciding with the Fiesta de San José.
Santa Cecilia: is commemorated by various musical groups from the town of Arafo.
Romería in honour of San Isidro: May

Photo: De Noemi M. M. - Trabajo propio, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Weather in Arafo, Tenerife

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Carnaval Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2016

Whilst the various contests that precede carnaval have been going on since 13th January, the core events of this year’s carnaval in Santa Cruz de Tenerife take place between the 3rd and 14th February 2016.

Those events begin on Wednesday,
3rd February with the Gala de Elección de la Reina (Gala Election of the Carnaval Queen), earlier than in past years, from 17:30 from 9 pm as usual in the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos (International Fairs and Congress Centre) and will be televised by Televisión Canaria and should again be available to watch live via the internet.

Other of the main events include:

Friday, 5th February: Cabalgata Anunciadora (Opening Parade) from 20:00 hrs, starting in the Avenida Bélgica.

Sunday, 7th February: Carnaval de día (Daytime Carnaval), from 13:00 hrs in the Plaza del Príncipe, Plaza España and Plaza de la Candelaria.

Tuesday, 9th February: Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval (Main Parade), from 16:00 hrs with the parade route along the Avenidas de Francisco La Roche and Marítima.

Wednesday, 10th February: Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine) - even if the effigy is cremated - from 21:00 hrs in Ramón y Cajal.

Friday, 12th February: Coso Infantil (Kid's Parade), from 18:00 hrs in the Parque García Sanabria.

Saturday, 13th February: Carnaval de día (Daytime Carnaval), from 13:00 hrs in the Plazas del Príncipe, Plaza de La Candelaria y Avenida Francisco La Roche.

Sunday, 14th February: Gran Fin de Fiesta del Carnaval 2016 (End Of Carnaval Parties) with different shows and activities in various locations around the city.

Programa del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2016


Monday, January 18, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife 18 to 24 January

Is this the week the weather is going to change back to normal January weather? Possibly… and just in time to welcome an army of British travel writers. The British Guild of Travel Writers hold their AGM in Tenerife during the coming week. The outlook isn’t bad, just not as good as it has been. Monday should start quite cloudy, but after that it should be a mainly sunny week everywhere with some cloud towards the end of the week. Whilst the weekend should also be sunny across Tenerife, there could be high cloud which might make skies hazy. As far as temperatures go, it should be less hot than in recent weeks with shade temperatures in the low 20sC. Once again some snow is predicted for Teide. Maybe this time it will happen.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 18 to 24 January

While the skies over the north of the island currently seem to be completely without a cloud in sight, just in case, here's a few Things to do on a Cloudy Day in the South of Tenerife.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Something for the weekend: Fiestas of San Antonio Abad

This weekend many towns and villages on the island will celebrate the Fiestas of San Antonio Abad (Saint Anthony the Abbot) and my pick would be the Feria Artesanía y Ganado San Antonio Abad 2016 – Los Silos (Crafts and Livestock Fair in Los Silos).

The main activities are on Sunday, 17th January, starting at 10:00 hours with the Craft Fair taking place, until 19:00 pm in the Plaza de la Luz, courtyard of the former Convent of San Sebastian and the streets Olivo and Felix Benitez Lugo with the participation of 80 craftspeople. At the same time, in the grounds at the rear of the Convent of San Sebastian, the Exhibition of Livestock and pets participating in the celebration of San Antonio Abad in Los Silos will gather.

San Antonio Abad is the main protagonist also in the Fiestas Patronales y Romería de San Antonio Abad 2016 (Festivities for the town's patron) in Arona, which culminate on Sunday, 17th January, with the traditional Romería that begins at 12:30 hrs.

There the activities will be centered around the Plaza del Cristo, in the centre of Arona and the streets; Calle El Calvario, Calle Domínguez Alfonso, Calle La Luna, Calle Duque de la Torre.

Arona – Feast of San Antonio Abad
There is an assumption that to see the ‘real’ Tenerife visitors have to go north, but not so. January kicks off with several Romerias the first of which is the Feast of San Antonio Abad and anyone staying in Los Cristianos or Playa de las Americas is less than twenty minutes from the happenings, which take place in the narrow streets of Arona.

On a possibly much smaller scale, there is also the Romeria San Antonio Abad 2016 Chio on Sunday, 17th January, from mid-day, in the village of Chio.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Los Gigantes Carnaval 2016

UPDATED: New Dates for Los Gigantes Carnival 2016

If you can't wait for Los Cristianos' carnaval in March, then a trip up the coast to Los Gigantes might well be the answer for you, with the dates for Los Gigantes Carnaval 2016 confirmed for the 19th to the 22nd February.

The “any year” program for Los Gigantes Carnaval events follows (roughly) the following format: 
  • Friday: Election of the Queens
  • Saturday: Kid’s activities
  • Sunday: Main parade from 5pm
  • Monday: Burial of the Sardine from 9pm
Programa del Carnaval de Los Gigantes 2016
The theme, for any of you contemplating going along (you don't have to follow it), in Los Gigantes this year is Urban Tribes. If you already identify as part of any given subculture, then it's probably a "come as you are" party, but for those of you who need some inspiration, here's a handy list (in Spanish).

Los Cristianos (Arona) Carnaval 2016

The Los Cristianos (Arona) Carnaval is notoriously difficult to pin down. Last year, confirmation of the dates came just 2 days before it began, however, on getting an email from a reader today, I thought I'd check with the town hall anyway, expecting nothing and nearly fainted when I discovered a timetable for their fiestas for the entire year!

Los Cristianos Carnaval events run from the 4th to 14th of March 2016.

This is the longest gap, in relation to the "proper" carnaval date (Shrove Tuesday) that it has ever been there. Los Cristianos' main parade mostly used to take place 12 days after Shrove Tuesday, then it nudged up to 19 days and sometimes 26. This year the event is 33 days after Shrove Tuesday and therefore takes place only two weeks before Easter and only a week before the start of Holy Week, which seems very weird indeed when you consider that carnaval was originally supposed to end before lent begins.

No doubt they have their reasons, but I do wish Arona would stick to a regular, predictable schedule like all the other carnivals in other municipalities, most importantly so that visitors could plan ahead. Is Arona completely oblivious to visitors at carnaval events, or could they care less as enough of them "just happen" to be there are the right time?

They still don't give any further details of the program, but (crossing fingers) that it will otherwise follow the usual pattern that will mean the main parade (beginning alongside the Arona Gran Hotel) will take place on Sunday, 13th March, 2016 from 4pm.

Their Burial of the Sardine should take place on the final day, Monday, 14th March.

UPDATE: Los Cristianos International Carnival Programme 2016

Image: ©DANIEL L. CETRULO for Ayuntamiento de Arona (Arona Town Hall)

Let's Dance and other stories this week in Tenerife

The TF5 poster tribute to David Bowie
There is always a message written 20 metres high on the north TF5 motorway. It’s anonymous, and its intention is to make people think, or to smile, or to dream … to give ideas, always with a positive stroke to make people feel optimistic. Today, how very appropriate, a David Bowie tribute. 

Let the Land Tell You What the Weather is Like on Tenerife
Nature is very good at providing information which is difficult to spin. Green means there’s rain, or water of some sort getting to the land. Brown and a generally lack of plant life means there isn’t. That’s a very simplistic way of putting it, but you get the picture. What helps put the meat on the bones or, in this case, the leaves on the stem is what the greenness consists of.

Bad Lands Are Good Lands At Malpais De Rasca
Coaxing the morning sun to spread down from the mountains I set off from Las Galletas with another neglected walk stretching ahead of me. Malpais (badlands) de Rasca is a hike I have done several times in large groups but not for about five years. The bus into Las Galletas was full of German walkers heading up the east coast of Tenerife but I bailed out on them and got a coffee near the pebble beach before setting off.

Walking the Costa Acentejo Coastal Path
At the Mirador de Las Breñas in El Sauzal there’s a sculpture dedicated to the fishermen who played an heroic part in an incident which took place off the coast below on 16th September 1966. A DC-3 aircraft belonging to Spantax airline left Los Rodeos airport en route to Las Palmas. Over the north coast its left engine failed and the pilot was forced to land in the ocean just above Los Angeles Bay. Local fishermen rescued all but one of the 23 passengers and 4 crew on board. One man, a 62yr old lawyer, refused to leave the aircraft and went down with the plane. The wreckage still lies in 33 meters of water off the coast below.

A Perfect Venue, Review of Terrazas del Sauzal in El Sauzal
It’s one of those places we’ve wanted to try ever since it opened around three years ago but just never seemed to find the opportunity to do so. It seems ridiculous considering how close it is to where we live. But when Jack’s birthday dawned with another endless blue sky and toasty temperatures more befitting of September than the end of December, we set off to explore the Acentejo coastal path and then headed to Terrazas del Sauzal for lunch.

Polar Bears And Building Blocks In Santa Cruz
Let’s get one thing clear, I didn’t lose my beach camara during the festive celebrations, I sort of mislaid it, maybe it fell off the back of my beer scooter. Thankfully the sale season quickly followed so I headed for the Tenerife capital, Santa Cruz, to buy a new box brownie or something similar. Of course there are always other things going on to supplement my visits, this time a couple of exhibitions caught my attention.

Los Organos Walking Route Still Closed
After more than a year it would have been nice to be able to report the walking route in the Orotava Valley which skirts the upper valley above Los Organos was finally open once again, especially as the second Tenerife Walking Festival draws near. However, although there has been an update from La Orotava’s council, the news isn’t looking promising. The route remains closed and the local authorities claim it will need a company who specialises in explosives to blast the landslide of fallen boulders which are causing some of the problem.

San Sebastian blessing of goats, sheep and horses in the sea in La Caleta next week
As every year, the first of Adeje’s two local public holidays gives an opportunity to see some real Canarian tradition in the heart of the tourist area. The fiesta of one of the town’s patrons, San Sebastian, in La Caleta next week involves horsemen riding into the sea, and pastoral farmers dragging their goats and sheep into the water for the animals to be blessed.

10 Scenes of Teide National Park
It’s the undisputed star of the scenic show. Spain’s highest mountain draws modern day pilgrims (aka tourists) to worship on its slopes (i.e. take selfies and post them on facebook). Being surrounded by a manic volcanic landscape only adds to its unique beauty whilst being a slumbering volcano lends it that dangerous yet irresistible bad boy element. But turn the camera away from Mount Teide and there’s a huge volcanic world full of  magic, wonder and rock formations formed when M. Nature was clearly on drugs.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

San Sebastian Festival 2016 in Adeje

A celebration that dates back to the late nineteenth century and attracts thousands of pilgrims. As every year, there's an interesting program of activities amongst which is the procession of horsemen accompanying the image on the morning of January 20th.

19th January
20:00 hrs.
Ermita de San Sebastián (La Enramada beach)
Mass sung by the Parranda El Mesturao in honour of San Sebastián Mártir (Saint Sebastian).

21:00 hrs.
Procession with the image of San Sebastián, accompanied by the Banda del Patronato Musical de la Histórica Villa de Adeje (Town Band). At the return to the church, there will be a firework display, or as they put it, "an offering of fireworks".

20th January
12:00 hrs.
Eucharist in honour of San Sebastián Mártir, sung by the Coro Parroquial Santa Úrsula de Adeje (Choir), followed by the customary procession, accompanied by the Banda del Patronato Musical de la Histórica Villa de Adeje (Town Band), at the end of which will be the traditional blessing of the animals.

Fiesta de San Sebastián 2016 en Adeje

Traditional Fiestas in Adeje

Ermita de San Sebastián

San Sebastián: 20th January

It was on the La Enramada beach, where there was the first apparition of the Virgen de La Encarnación, the devotional patroness of Adeje and is where the first church was built on the south of Tenerife.

Farmers and country folk profess a great devotion to San Sebastián. Many miracles have been attributed to the image of the patron saint and men and women of all ages come to the old hermitage in the hope of regaining their health or to request or keep a promise.

The events of the Fiestas of San Sebastián are celebrated on the La Enramada beach and also offer the numerous colony of Gomeran residents in the south of the island an occasion to honour a replica of the Virgen de Guadalupe, patroness of La Gomera that is kept in the La Enramada church.

Fiesta of San Sebastian in Adeje, Tenerife
Every January 20th, people of Adeje celebrate the fiesta of San Sebastian. They bring their horses and pets to be blessed and then take them to swim at the beach of La Enramada in La Caleta.

Festival of San Sebastian – La Caleta, Costa Adeje
The festival of San Sebastian in the Costa Adeje resort of La Caleta is a tradition that dates back to long before the arrival of tourists. Similar to a lot of Spanish countries, a traditional mass is followed with the blessing of the animals, however, those who live in Adeje have a more dramatic way of combining the two.

Holy Week: Representation of the Passion of Christ

The representation of the Vía Crucis (The Stations of the Cross) is central to the celebrations of Semana Santa (Holy Week) in Adeje. More than 300 amateur actors, directed by the local Theatre School, bring to life the most relevant scenes in the last hours of the life of Christ, in the town's main street, the Calle Grande.

Held on Good Friday, starting at 12:00 hrs mid-day, the two hour spectacle is televised by Televisión Canaria.

Corpus Christi

The celebrations of Corpus Christi allow residents and visitors alike to enjoy the carpets of salt made along the processional route in the Calle Grande in Adeje. Tons of salt, and on occasions earth, give colour to these ephemeral artworks, elaborated by different groups within the municipality.

Fiestas Patronales Ntra. Sra. de la Encarnación y Santa Úrsula: October

The Romería is celebrated in the Calle Grande in honour of the patrons of Adeje: Santa Úrsula, the Virgen de la Encarnación and San Sebastián. Residents and visitors come together on the second or third Sunday of the month of October to partake in Canarian folklore and gastronomy.

Ntra. Sra. de Fátima: 13th May
Ntra. Sra. de Las Nieves: 1st week of July in Las Nieves
Ntra. Sra. de Coromoto: Last week of July in Taucho
Ntra. Sra. del Carmen: 1st week of July in Tijoco; 2nd week of July in Los Olivos; 2nd week of August in La Caleta.
Ntra. Sra. de Candelaria: Last week of July in Armeñime
Virgen del Campo: 2nd week of September in Fañabé

Source: Fiestas de Adeje
Image: Wouter Hagens

The Weather in Adeje, Tenerife

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Tenerife Municipal Public Holidays in 2016

Fiestas patronales del caserío de Las Carboneras, Anaga (Tenerife)

As well as national, regional and island-specific public holidays, each municipality in Tenerife also has its own local public holidays, when town halls and businesses will be closed. Below is a list of those holidays throughout 2016 for each of the 31 municipalities. These dates will also give you a clue to the dates of fiestas held in each district:

- 20 January. Festivity of San Sebastián.
- 10 October: Festivity of Santa Úrsula, Patrona de la Villa.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 29 August: Festivity of San Bernardo.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 3 October: Festivity of Santísimo Cristo de la Salud.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de Abona.
- 24 August: Festivity of San Bartolomé.
- 25 October: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 26 July: Festivity of Santa Ana.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 8 August: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 29 June: Festivity of San Pedro Apóstol.
- 31 August: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de Buen Viaje.
- 17 October: Festivity of Santísimo Cristo del Calvario.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 22 August: Fiesta Patronal de San Joaquín.
- 26 July: Festivity of Santa Ana.
- 16 August: Festivity of San Roque.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 13 June: Festivity of San Antonio de Padua, patron of the municipality.
- 24 June: Celebration of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist).
- 19 September: Celebration of the Santísimo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte.
- 29 June: Festivity of San Pedro Apóstol.
- 7 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora del Socorro.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 25 April: Festivity of San Marcos Evangelista, patron of the city.
- 18 January: Día de Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza.
- 22 August: Monday of the Fiestas Patronales.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 6 August: Día de El Salvador.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 2 June: Infraoctava del Corpus Christi.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 5 September: Fiesta of the municipality's patron.
- 22 January: Festivity of San Vicente.
- 3 May: Exaltación of the Santa Cruz (Holy Cross).
- 24 June: Festivity of San Juan.
- 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de la Luz.
- 3 May: Fiesta de la Exaltación de la Santa Cruz y Conmemoración de la Fundación de la Ciudad (Exhaltation of the Holy Cross and Commemoration of the Founding of the City).
- 12 July: Festivity of the Virgen del Carmen.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 14 September: Fiesta of the Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna.
- 24 June: Fiesta of San Juan Bautista.
- 12 September: Fiesta of San José.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 29 September: Festivity of San Miguel Arcángel.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 3 May: Día de la Cruz (Fiesta fundacional).
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 21 October: Día de Santa Úrsula, Patrona del Municipio.
- 25July: Festivity of Santiago Apóstol.
- 26 July: Festivity of Santa Ana.
- 9 February: Carnival Tuesday.
- 25 November: Festivity of Santa Catalina.
- 25 April: Festivity of San Marcos Evangelista.
- 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.
- 25 April: Festivity of Hermano Pedro.
- 29 August: Festivity of San Roque y San Agustín.

Image: By Beneharo Hdez. (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Monday, January 11, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 10 to 17 January

The forecast might not look perfect but it isn’t bad for winter. It seems as though it will be similar to the week just gone with sunshine every day, some cloud cover now and again, and a chance of showers. Temperatures should be decent as well with shade temperatures in the low 20sC on all coasts which means in the sunshine it will feel more like the mid 20s. It’s common for Mount Teide to slip into winter clothing in January and it’s looking like this could be the week the mountain slips into its white coat.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 10 to 17 January

Friday, January 08, 2016

Something for the weekend: International Music Festival of the Canary Islands

From today, January 8th until February 12th 2016 the whole Archipelago celebrates the 32nd International Music Festival of the Canary Islands. A total of forty-five concerts make up one of the most important classical music festivals in Spain. Many of the concerts take place at the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín in Santa Cruz. The first is this Sunday, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra performing Mahler and Rachmaninov. The full programme can be seen on the festival’s website.

Via: 32nd International Music Festival of the Canaries

If classical music ain't your thing, then Garachico are holding a Día de la Bicicleta Garachiquense (Bike Day) on Sunday, January 10th; in El Sauzal, until January 24th, there's an exhibition entitled Los volcanes salen a la calle (Volcanoes Go Out) by the The Volcanology Institute of Canarias and in the Plaza del Cristo in La Laguna, there's El Parque Jurásico, which probably needs no translation and is described as "the largest exhibition of dinosaurs in Europe", a traveling exhibition that has traveled more than a dozen European countries (Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Norway, Poland and Romania, among others) with around 20 life-sized models, some animatronic, which simulate the appearance and behavior of dinosaurs.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

A Guide to Going Vegetarian in Puerto de la Cruz and other stories this week in Tenerife

Ten Tasty Tenerife Restaurants to Try in 2016
Way back in 2012 I wrote a blog about my 10 favourite restaurants on Tenerife. Looking back at that list now, two of them have either closed or changed hands, one was disappointing the last time I went, and two more have long been surpassed. So I thought it might be timely for those planning their Tenerife holiday this year, to give some more up to date recommendations. As always, these are completely subjective choices so feel free to add your own.

A Guide to Going Vegetarian in Puerto de la Cruz
Whilst there are still some locations in the Canary Islands where vegetarians struggle for choice –  ‘you can always eat an omelette’ doesn’t count as choice – Puerto de la Cruz in the north of Tenerife isn’t one of them.

A Christmas Walk in Barranco de Ruiz in the North of Tenerife
We hadn’t been to Barranco de Ruiz on Tenerife’s north west coast for a while so, as it’s relatively nearby, it won the privilege of hosting the first of our festive walks. The funny thing about Barranco de Ruiz is the last time we were there it was packed with locals picnicking at the zona recreativa. This time there were more walkers than we’d ever seen previously. In fact every bus that stopped disgorged more of them.

El Medano Is Going Up In The World
Resolutions, like china shops near bull rings, are destined to be smashed, so it was just a need to revive my more healthy activities that drove me to the top of Montaña Roja in El Medano two days into 2016. It’s a good job I checked, there are a lot of changes going on along the Granadilla coast of Tenerife.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

Carnaval 2016 in Puerto de la Cruz

Events of the Carnaval in Puerto de la Cruz this year - the theme is The World Of Cinema - run from 31st January to 14th February 2016.

The provisional program is as follows:
  • 31st January - Selection of the Junior Carnaval Queen
  • 4th February - Selection fo the Carnaval Queen
  • 6th February - Opening Parade
  • 9th February - Rally of the Valley (classic cars)
  • 10th February - Burial of the Sardine
  • 12th February - Men's High Heels Marathon
  • 13th February - Carnaval Main Parade
  • 14th February - End of Carnaval party
 Carnaval del Puerto de la Cruz

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

The Three Kings Arrive in Tenerife Tonight

As they do every year, the Three Magi from the East will be arriving in various locations in Tenerife tonight as part of their busy schedule delivering gifts to both children and adults alike. The well-behaved ones anyway. :)

In Santa Cruz, once again, they will be arriving to the Heliodoro Rodríguez López football stadium at around 5pm, then their procession takes place from the Avenida Bélgica ending in the Plaza de La Candelaria, between 7pm and 9pm. Reyes Magos 2016: Horario y recorrido de la cabalgata de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

My favourite is, as ever, Los Reyes visit to Garachico, where the fun starts in the district of Las Cruces at around 6:30pm, with the procession descending through the district of San Pedro where they dismount to visit the Virgen de Los Reyes and later arrives in the town itself to visit King Herod's Castle then follows the star to The Glorieta de San Francisco, where Baby Jesus and his parents await. Los Reyes Magos llegan a Garachico

In Adeje, The Three Kings will arrive at Adeje Football Pitch in a helicopter, at around 5pm after which there's children's entertainments and the grand cavalcade around the streets of the town. Llegada del Helicóptero de SSMM Los Reyes Magos de Oriente

Almost all towns on the island will get a visit from Their Majesties. Should be easy to find: just aim for the centre of town and follow the [other] screaming kids!

Here are just some of those on offer:

Monday, January 04, 2016

Tenerife Fiestas in January 2016

The night of January 5th sees the much awaited arrival of Los Reyes (The Three Kings) each year and January 6th is a public holiday everywhere in Spain and the Canary Islands as Epiphany is the biggest family day of the holiday season.

As well as national, regional and island-specific public holidays, each municipality in Tenerife also has its own local public holidays, when town halls and businesses will be closed. Those falling in January 2016 are as follows:

  • LA GUANCHA: 18th January - Día de Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza
  • ADEJE: 20th January - Festival of San Sebastián
  • LOS REALEJOS: 22nd January - Festival of San Vicente

As for celebrations, the following fiestas will be taking place on the island this month:

  • 17th January - Fiestas of San Antonio Abad in Arona, Buenavista del Norte [1], Güímar, La Florida (La Orotava) and Los Silos.
  • 21st January - Fiestas of San Sebastián in Adeje
  • 22nd January - Fiestas of San Antonio Abad in Icod de Los Vinos
  • 22nd January - Fiestas of San Sebastián in Los Realejos
[1] Although the saint's day is January 17th, the main events of the fiesta: the livestock fair and processions are most likely to take place in Buenavista del Norte on the following weekend, on Sunday, 31st January 2016.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 4 to 10 January

With the change of the month and year comes a change in the weather. Tenerife enters its version of winter for the next seven weeks or so. There should be more clouds than in recent weeks and Tuesday/Wednesday look like a certainty for some rain – unfortunately coinciding with the arrival of los Reyes Magos. Temperatures will also drop so that it might feel on the cool side in the shade. Saying that, sun is also forecast for most days and it will still be warm in the sunshine.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife 4 to 10 January

Weather graphic courtessy of AEMET

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Kings Crafts Fair 2016 in Santa Cruz and La Laguna

Santa Cruz and La Laguna host their Kings Crafts Fairs from 2nd to 5th January.
The Plaza del Príncipe in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and the Plaza del Adelantado, La Laguna, are hosting, from 2nd to 5th January, the traditional Los Reyes (Kings) Crafts Fair, with stalls from a total of 79 artisans.  

In both Santa Cruz and La Laguna, the extended opening hours are from 11.00hrs to 22.00hrs.

Feria de Artesanía en Reyes 2016 en Santa Cruz y La Laguna
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