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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Traditional Fiestas in Fasnia

Old Church in Fasnia, Tenerife

San Valentín: February country fiestas in Fuente Nueva La Zarza
Mª Auxiliadora or Fiesta de Los Faroles: 3rd week of May in Plaza la Zarza
Día de La Cruz: 3rd May in Plaza de La Cruz del Roque
San Isidro and Sta. María de la Cabeza: 2nd week of May.
San Antonio: 13th June country fiesta in Monte de Fasnia
Nuestra Señora del Carmen: 3rd week of July in the Plaza de La Zarza
San Joaquín and Santa Ana: 3rd week in August
San Roque: 3rd week in September in the Plaza del Roque
Nuestra Señora del Carmen: 4th week of September in Las Eras
Nuestra Señora del Rosario: 2nd week of October
San Andrés: November country fiesta in Monte de la Zarza
San Silvestre and Hermano Pedro: 4th week of December in La Sombrera

During the fiestas in honour of San Joaquín (in August) and in honour of the Virgen del Rosario (in October) the ancestral Danza de las Cintas takes place, with colorful ribbons attached to a central pole while dancing to the sound of drum and flute.

By Paweł 'pbm' Szubert (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


The Weather in Fasnia, Tenerife



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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Charity lunch to benefit Oliver Garcia

Oliver Garcia in the Murga Ni Pa Tanto.

Oliver Garcia is a young man, aged 23, from Santa Barbara (Icod de los Vinos) who was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when aged 7.

Formerly, he was a well known rally driver, but has been forced to swap his rally car for a wheelchair. He attended Adeje Rally recently, maintaining an interest and a smile. He also forms part of the group of murgas Ni Pa Tanto in Icod.

Oliver needs to get to the municipal pool in Icod 2-3 times a week for rehabilitation, but cannot afford the taxi to get there, therefore, Ann Goulden is organising a lunch at an Italian Restaurante in Playa San Marcos on Saturday, 23rd April at 1.30pm. Tickets are 23€ for a fabulous Italian meal with wine and music and a draw of lucky numbered tickets.

More details and to book, contact Ann Goulden on the numbers shown on the poster below.


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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Tenerife’s Easter Programmes 2016

Representación de la Pasión de Jesucristo de Adeje

Passion of Christ in Adeje


One of the biggest events of Easter each year in Tenerife is the Representación de la Pasión de Jesucristo de Adeje (Adeje’s Passion Play), which takes place on Good Friday, 25th March 2016. The performance will be staged as usual along the town’s Calle Grande – the road going up from the post office to the Town Hall. The performance, recreating the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth, will begin at 12 noon and last for two hours, culminating in the crucifixion in the Plaza de España at the top of Calle Grande between the Town Hall and the church. The event will be broadcast live on Televisión Canaria.

The Pasión 2016 – Adeje’s Passion Play on Good Friday



Video: La Pasión de Adeje 2015

Adeje is not the only place in Tenerife where the Vía Crucis is reenacted, however. It may well be on a smaller scale (and that could be an advantage), but there is also the XIII Vía Crucis “Pasión y Muerte de Jesús” taking place in the north of Tenerife, in San Juan de la Rambla. This also starts at mid-day.


Holy Week in La Laguna


If you wish to see the processions involving the brotherhoods in Klu Klux Klan-like garb, then head to La Laguna. See: Programa de Semana Santa de La Laguna 2016.


Pascua Florida in Guía de Isora

Arelatively recent Easter tradition is the Pascua Florida (Floral Easter) in Guía de Isora, now in it's eighth year, which features some quite fantastic and avant-garde floral art, until March 26th. VIII Pascua Florida y Semana Santa 2016 de Guía de Isora

There are many more details about Tenerife’s Easter programmes 2016 (in English) and even more under Semana Santa (in Spanish.)

El Médano Feria del Saldo

Also this week is the tenth Feria del Saldo (Bargain Fair) being held in El Médano’s main square today and tomorrow, 24th and 25th March. The annual market is an opportunity for the 30 or so local businesses who will have stalls to offer all the stock they wish to liquidate, or ends of lines, at bargain basement prices.

El Médano Feria del Saldo 24-25 March

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Anniversary of the Birth of Hermano Pedro

Iglesia de San Pedro Apostol (Church of St Peter the Apostle) in Vilaflor, Tenerife

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Hermano Pedro, the first Central American and Canarian Saint. Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur (or Betancourt) y Gonzáles was born in Vilaflor on 21st March 1626 and lived in Tenerife until the age of 23, dedicating his life to shepherding goats between the peaks and the coast, close to where his cave is to be found. In the last half of his life, he lived in La Antigua, Guatemala, where he became a missionary. Through his charitable works, Brother Peter became one of the pioneers of providing medial assistance to convalescents as well as bringing education to the indigenous population and to the poor. His extreme dedication and his works in providing for the most needy made Hermano Pedro a very popular figure amongst Christians in Guatemala, resulting in his canonization by Pope John Paul II in 2002.

Tenerife’s Most Famous Goatherd, Saint Hermano Pedro

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Villa de Adeje Rally

Image: Escudería Villa de Adeje

The big event of this weekend is the XXVI Rallye Villa de Adeje (26th Villa de Adeje Rally). With 70 teams taking part it should prove to be a fun packed weekend for rally fans.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Climax of Los Cristianos Carnival

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

The final weekend of Los Cristianos Carnival seems to have come around so quickly, but here it is, with the Carnaval de Día (Daytime Carnival) events on Saturday, 12th March and the Gran Coso Apoteósico del Carnaval (Carnival Main Parade) on Sunday, 13th March, from 4pm. For more details, see: Los Cristianos International Carnival Programme 2016. Here's a video from last year's parade to whet your appetite:



Monday, 14th March from 8:30 pm is the Entierro de la Sardina (Burial of the Sardine) and the end of carnival party, which really will be the last of carnival in 2016. Missed it all, want more? Then take a look at our Tenerife Carnival Dates for 2017.

If for some strange reason, carnival isn't your thing, here are some other things you could be doing with your weekend:

Wine and Tapas

La Matanza de Acentejo is holding it's 14th Wine and tapas Fair in the Mercadillo del Agricultor (Farmer's Market), featuring the best wines from the area. On Sunday, 13th March, from 10 am to 3 pm, you can enjoy wines and tapas in a musical atmosphere. 

Icod Discount Fair

Meanwhile the 19th annual Discount Fair on Saturday, 12th March, from 10 am to 9 pm, in Icod de los Vinos offers "articles of high quality at unbeatable prices" via 100 stalls on the streets Calle San Agustín and San Sebastián. 

Arafo Crafts Fair
And finally, the 21st Arafo Crafts Fair takes place, in the Plaza San Juan Degollado, in the town of Arafo, on both Saturday, 12th March and Sunday, 13th March, alongside a program of kids' workshops, religious processions and  performances by folk musicians. Via: Artesanía de Tenerife.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Adeje

Clio O’Flynn, Adeje Communications Officer, is herself Irish, and as she says, Thursday, 17 March, is the day when the wearing of the green is practically obligatory – if you’re Irish that is. And according to the experts, over 80 million people worldwide claim to be – in part at least, and more than a few are living in Adeje. However the celebration of St Patrick is for everyone – it’s probably the most internationally celebrated national saint’s day in the world. And given the fact that the man himself was Welsh, not Irish, he is also a symbol of integration through emigration. So where better to celebrate this year that in the town that is also a celebration of multi-culturalism and integration – Adeje?

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Adeje

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Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Traditional Fiestas in El Tanque

Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua, El Tanque (Tenerife)

San Antonio Abad, the nearest weekend after 17th January.
San José, 19th March.
Fiestas de San Alejo, the final days of April and 1st May.
San Antonio de Padua, 13th June.
Virgen del Buen Viaje, 31st August.
Nuestra Señora del Coromoto, a festivity that's popular with those who have at some point had to abandon their homes to go to live and work in Venezuela.
Santísimo Cristo del Calvario, third weekend in October.
San Isidro Labrador, in the middle of the month of May.
Nuestra Señora de la Begoña, first week of June.
San José, third weekend in September.
Nuestra Señora de la Milagrosa, second week of October.

Photo By Liam Moloney [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


The Weather in El Tanque, Tenerife


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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Guide to Romerías in Tenerife in 2016

Guide to Romerías in Tenerife in 2016

"Paganism, religion, jubilation, tradition, history, culture and identity all roll into one in the island’s great celebrations known as romerías -- a kind of procession with folk dressed in traditional attire, accompanied by traditional singing and dancing, in honour of a saint." Attending any of the romerías in Tenerife is a chance to enjoy what are by far the island’s most popular festivals. The year started with several romerías in honour of San Antonio Abad (St. Anthony Abbot) on 17th, 24th and 31st January, in Los Realejos, Los Silos, Arona, Chio, Güímar, Buenavista del Norte and La Florida. Other romerías taking place this year are as follows:

  • Sunday, 24th April: Romería de San Marcos in Tegueste
  • Friday, 13th May: Romería de La Virgen del Buen Viaje y San Telmo in Santa Cruz
  • Sunday, 15th May: Romería de San Isidro in Guía de Isora
  • Sunday, 29th May: Romería de San Isidro in Los Realejos
  • Sunday, 5th June: Romería de San Antonio de Padua in Granadilla de Abona
  • Sunday, 5th June: Romería de San Isidro in La Orotava
  • Sunday, 10th July: Romería de San Benito Abad in La Laguna
  • Sunday, 7th August: Romería de la Esperanza in El Rosario
  • Sunday, 14th August: Romería de la Candelaria in Candelaria
  • Tuesday, 16th August: Romería de San Roque in Garachico
  • Saturday, 27th August: Romería de San Agustín in Arafo
  • Wednesday, 7th September: Romería de la Bajada de la Virgen del Socorro in Güímar

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Friday, March 04, 2016

More carnival capers and other events

Kids at Los Gigantes Carnival in 1995


Los Gigantes Carnival 2016

As previously reported, Los Gigantes Carnival that had to be postponed, for everyone's safety, because of the bad weather, is now taking place this weekend, starting with the Carnival Queen Gala tonight; kid's activities all day tomorrow; the Main Parade from 5 pm on Sunday, 6th March and the Burial of the Sardine on Monday evening.

For more details: New Dates for Los Gigantes Carnival 2016

Carnival in Buenavista del Norte

Buenavista del Norte posponed their carnival too with the Children's Costume Parade this afternoon, Friday, 4th March, from 5 pm in the Municipal Theatre on Calle la Alhóndiga.

The Main Carnival Parade and Costume Contest in Buenavista del Norte also takes place tonight, Friday, 4th March, from 7 pm and the blurb states that it includes "all persons or groups who wish to join in", so there's your invite! There'll be music and entertainment in the Plaza Ntra. Sra. De Los Remedios.

Buenavista lays the sardine to rest quite quickly with the Burial of the Sardine taking place on Saturday, 5th March, from 8:30 pm, but to ease the pain, there'll be dancing afterwards to Orquesta Corinto and music provided by Dj Cristo Corona.

For real carnival devotees Buenavista are also holding a Murga Contest on Sunday, 6th March, from 6 pm, again in the Municipal Theatre.

Los Cristianos Carnival Kicks Off

While Los Cristianos International Carnival 2016 also kicks off this weekend, with the presentation of the candidates for Carnival Queen tonight and several events tomorrow, Saturday, 5th March, most notably the Cabalgata Anunciadora del Carnaval (Carnival Opening Parade) in Playa de Las Américas from 7 pm and the Wig Party (Fiesta del Pelucón) from 10 pm in Los Cristianos. There will be DJs, go-go dancers and Tenerife singer, Nalaya Brown, plus a couple of thousand euros in prizes to be distributed to the best (possibly meaning most outlandish) wigs. More details: Los Cristianos International Carnival Programme 2016

But if you don't want to do carnival events, these two might be more to your taste:


Tapas and Wine Night

Playa San Juan are holding their 2nd Tapas and Wine Night on Saturday, 5th March, in and around the Avenida del Emigrante, by the fishing port. Various bars and restaurants are taking part in the initiative that has been organised by Guía de Isora town hall. Tapas will be priced at €1 or €2 and wines at €1 per glass. There will also be live music and a DJ to set the ambiance.

Crafts Market in San Juan de la Rambla

On Sunday, 6th March, you may like to pop along to ArteSano 2016 in San Juan de la Rambla, a happy marrige between art, craft and organic farming, in a setting recognised worldwide for the quality of its historical heritageThroughout the morning, local artisans will offer goods in raffia, straw, wicker, jewelry, woodwork, dolls, handmade soaps and other items on a score of stalls in the central plaza of the historic centre of the town, alongside artists offering paintings and other media, while local farmers sell their ecological harvests. You will also find food stalls selling items such as handmade pastries, as well as a Vintage section with textiles and details at competitive prices. The Mercado ArteSano in San Juan de la Rambla is open from 10 am to 2 pm and takes place on the first Sunday of every month.



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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Traditional Fiestas in El Sauzal

Iglesia de San Pedro Apóstol (El Sauzal)

San José: A week around 19th March, in the neighbourhood of San José.
Virgen de La Piedad: End of April / beginning of May in the neighbourhood of El Calvario.
Nuestra Señora la Virgen de Fátima: A week around the 13th May in the neighbourhood of El Hayal.
San Pedro Apóstol: The last two weeks of June in the centre of El Sauzal.
Santa Cruz: 2nd and 3rd weeks of July in the neighbourhood of Ravelo.
Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles: 2nd August.
San Nicolás: 10th September in the neighbourhood of San Nicolás.

Fiestas en el municipio de El Sauzal

Photo by Koppchen - Trabajo propio, CC BY 3.0, Commons Wikimedia


The Weather in El Sauzal, Tenerife


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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Tenerife Fiestas in March 2016

Buenavista del Norte Carnival in 2007

March 2016 starts off with some unexpected bonus carnival events from carnivals that had to be postponed owing to the bad weather a couple of weeks ago, in particular Los Gigantes Carnival, which will now will take place on the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th of March. Also the carnival in Buenavista del Norte, the main events of which are now being held from the 3rd to the 6th of March (which we'll post more about later in the week).

Los Cristianos International Carnival runs from March 4th to the 14th.

March 19th, San José (Saint Joseph's Day) is also Father's Day in Spain and the Canary Islands. Some places celebrate this fiesta, among them El Tanque and La Guancha.

There are two public holidays in March: 24th March (Jueves Santo/Easter Thursday) and 25th March (Viernes Santo/Good Friday) as Easter falls in March this year.

There are no Municipal Public Holidays in March.

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