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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Snow needed and other stories in Tenerife this week

El Medano Sea View

It’s been roasting!
The highest temperature in Spain was recorded here in Tenerife at an amazing 30º – only the second time this Millennium that January has hit that mark – on 15th January at Tenerife South airport. Thus, it comes as no surprise to locals that January 2016 was the warmest opening month of the year ever in Tenerife.

Snow needed to help ease the water crisis
OUR dry winter is starting to cause some real problems. And the big concern is that it will not be a one-off event. This week, the Canary Islands Government began a testing phase for new desalination plants in Guia de Isora and Granadilla, which has been welcomed widely, especially by the agricultural and livestock sector.

(I think their prayers were probably answered in full and some!)

First Canarian underwater photo competition
Are you a photographer? An underwater photographer? If so, this very first Canary Islands Dive Photo Challenge run by the tourism authorities of photos taken in Canarian waters could be for you! The competition, with prizes of up to €6,000, is for professionals and amateurs, and will be open to online entries until 19 May. 

Happy ending to Tenerife holiday theft saga thanks to kindness of strangers from Finland
One of our favourite places to visit is Masca, where the road into the village is a series of hairpin bends. On our way out, we stopped at a viewing area while my wife went to take some photos. During the few minutes we were there my wife’s purse was stolen from inside her handbag which was in the locked car, while I was never more than 10 yards from the car.

Arona Builds For The Future With Lego
Back in the age of Stickle Bricks and jigsaws, Lego was king, kids could knock up an impressive house complete with a vaulted roof before you could say planning permission. My efforts would have been a source of amusement to the little pig that thought straw was a sturdy basis for a construction project. The First Lego League, now an annual fixture in Arona makes me feel like a dinosaur but the enthusiasm, imagination, and skill of the budding builders augers well for the future of the Canary Islands.

Improved EHIC service for British pensioner expats
The Healthcare in Spain team have announced an improved service for British pensioner expats, who are entitled to a UK EHIC. They can now call 0044 191 279 0575 to renew their EHIC, whether it has just expired, or if stolen or lost. It is also the number to call to get an application forms for the first EHIC.

Third Maratón Internacional Santa Cruz de Tenerife 6 November
It has been a resounding success on its first two runs, and this year’s Maratón Internacional Santa Cruz de Tenerife has now been announced for Sunday, 6 November. As in previous years, the race will be divided into three different length courses, of 8, 21 and 42 km, all passing through or by the city’s main squares and monuments.

Tasteful Tapas, Review of El Ayanto in La Orotava
El Ayanto is one of the new breed of Canarian restaurants; the décor is modern and sleek with stylishly tasteful calming colour schemes. There’s also enough traditional tasca ingredients and personal touches so as to not feel cool and over stylised. It’s chic and contemporary but still has that particularly friendly casual Canarian vibe we love in restaurants in traditional areas of Tenerife.

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