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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Our 10 Favourite Viewpoints and other stories this week on Tenerife

From the mirador (viewpoint) Cruz del Carmen.

Our 10 Favourite Viewpoints on Tenerife
There is a wonderful network of miradores across Tenerife. These are specially constructed viewpoints which open up the landscape and wow scenery to anyone who goes exploring on four wheels. Some of these are on coach excursion routes, so not being able to drive doesn’t mean you have to completely miss out. However, many are off the excursion trail.

Santa Cruz food fair – Salon Gastronómico de Canarias 2016
It has been a great success in its first two years, and the third Salon Gastronómico de Canarias will be held between 24 and 26 May in the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz, on the road leading from the TF1 to the auditorium – it’s on the left at the first main junction. Even though the fair is designed for professionals in the food industry, it is also open to the general public, and there’ll be 150 stands, with cookery demonstrations, equipment displays, interactive sessions, cocktail making workshops, ham cutting classes, wine tasting … you name it.

Pascua Florida Brings Flowers And The Glory To Easter In Guia De Isora
As the instrument of Jesus’s death, what beauty can there possibly be in the cross? The answer in Tenerife is a whole world of beauty, as The Passion was being played out down in Adeje, I joined a stream of fascinated visitors on a stroll through the back streets of Guia de Isora on the west coast to see the 17 Pascua Florida flower sculptures.

Simply Sumptuous, Review of Royal Garden Villas and Spa in Costa Adeje
There are luxury hotels on Tenerife and then there are the Royal Garden Villas and Spa. Staying at the Royal Garden Villas is like dipping your toes into the lifestyle of the rich and famous, unless you already are rich and famous of course.

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

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.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 28 March to 3 April

Rocky hillside on a cloudy day in the Anaga Mountains

It’s looking like it might be quite an unsettled week with a mix of sun, cloud and rain forecast for just about everywhere. There could be showers in all parts every day although the higher up the hillside you are the more likely they should be if patterns in previous years are anything to go by. But it does look like nobody will escape some rain and a lot of cloud. The second half of the week could be particularly grey but there should be some sunny spells by the weekend.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 28 March to 3 April

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

Walking Routes in the West of Tenerife and other stories

Masca Ravine

Taking a Peek at our Walking Routes in the West of Tenerife
There were a number of reasons we chose Teno Rural Park. The first was as it was spring, it’s one of the best areas of Tenerife to enjoy displays of wild flowers; although we were just a bit too early for the most impressive explosions of colour. The second was the route we chose is an absolute cracker with just the right balance of ascending, descending and stretches on the flat. It’s also diverse, switching between forests, agricultural hamlets and open hillsides with views to the sea and other islands. The third reason was if the weather is kind, you get one of THE best pay-offs of any walk on Tenerife ...

Why We Won’t be Trying all the Best Restaurants on Tenerife
It can be easier for a mediocre restaurant in a busy resort to pick up far more 5 star reviews, deserved or otherwise, than a top restaurant which isn’t in a resort area.

Festival Mueca in Puerto de la Cruz 12-15 May
Puerto de la Cruz will be home to Mueca 2016, its annual international art festival, between 12 and 15 May. The “festival of happiness” fills the town’s streets with art, music, dance, even a fire and water spectacular in the Lago Martiánez.

Canary fliers go through the roof
CANARIAN airports are busier than ever, with 3.23 million passengers using them in February – 13.8% more than in the same period last year. The growth, according to data released by Spanish airport controllers Aena, was across the board as well. International passengers were up 11.2% to 2.24 million, and travellers on domestic routes increased by 19.3% to 931,037.

Tourists swarm here
EASTER will see another tourist boom in Tenerife, with hotel and other outlets anticipating an average occupancy of 94%, according  to a survey by Ashotel. The Canaries’ hotel association also predict the South will enjoy an occupancy of 95%, which is 9% more than the same 2015 period. And a 92% average is expected in the North – a 16% improvement. Meanwhile, Santa Cruz forecasts a near-5% increase on last Easter to 67%.

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

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 21 to 27 March

Easter in La Orotava 2003

Semana Santa (Easter week on Tenerife) looks like it should see plenty of sunshine but there will be cloudy spells as well as the possibility of showers. In the north, Wednesday looks most likely for rain whilst in southern areas it’s Good Friday. A cool breeze during the second half of the week could make it feel quite nippy in the shade in all areas of Tenerife over Easter weekend. At least the religious brotherhoods parading in their cloaks and pointy hats should feel nice and cosy at when the sun ducks between a cloud.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 21 to 27 March

Friday, March 18, 2016

Something for the weekend: 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). There are 70 teams taking part so it should prove to be a fun packed weekend for rally fans. For everyone else, it may only mean inconvenience with road closures and restrictions tomorrow, 19th March, between 7am and midnight, details here.

Los Cristianos Carnaval Bids Farewell and other news from Tenerife

One of the entrants in the Pet Costume Contest in Los Cristianos 2015.

Motors Mutts And Mourning As Los Cristianos Carnaval Bids Farewell
The closing act of the 2016 Los Cristianos Carnaval is a time to mock the hypocrisy of religion and the mourners were dressed in a mix of black widows weeds and some very saucy under garments.

Coso Parade Sews A Seam Of Jollity And Colour Through The Heart Of Los Cristianos
Noses were pressed against the ropes dividing the Coso parade route from the pavements and bars for hours before the off. It’s the big showpiece spectacle that everyone flocks to on the final Sunday afternoon of carnaval celebrations and it always excels beyond expectations.

Los Cristianos Is Dressed To Thrill For Day Carnaval
A sizzling hot dog was thrust into one hand and a cold beer into the other and I was still just outside the showground in Los Cristianos, Tenerife, for the daytime carnaval celebrations. The parking area next to the Valdes Centre had been hosting the late night shows all week but now there was a youthful feel with a noon start and top acts from Spain’s top 40 pumping out infectious dance tunes.

Santa Cruz opens on a Sunday, once a month!
SANTA Cruz is finally moving into the 21st Century … well, sort of! The first Sunday of the month, with immediate effect, will see a commercial revitalisation of the Island’s capital. Mayor Jose Manuel Bermudez, who has finally allowed all-day trading after the success of a few pilot schemes, said: “The point is that everyone can identify the first Sunday of the month to come to Santa Cruz because trade and shops will now be open. This is a natural progression after trialling it.”

[Ed note: So we'll just make all the tourists and cruise passengers come on the first Sunday of the month too, shall we? Sigh. It may be natural progression, but it's slow.]

Ryanair puts on extra flights from Cardiff to Tenerife
Low-cost carrier Ryanair has announced it will operate a second weekly service to Tenerife from Cardiff, beginning this winter. The extra flight to Tenerife South will depart on Thursdays to complement the existing Monday service and will go on sale in the next few days.

Vueling will operate two new UK routes from this summer
The Tenerife Cabildo says that from this summer there will be two new routes to TFS Reina Sofía from Manchester and Birmingham operated by Spanish airline Vueling with a code shared by British Airways. Tenerife president Carlos Alonso said that Turismo was constantly seeking to improve connectivity with the island, and is also reaching further agreements at the ITB travel fair in Berlin with Air Europa, Thomas Cook, TUI, among others.

Adeje’s Premio Abinque 2016 – annual woman of the year award
Prizewinner Alexandra Rinder has twice been body boarding world champion and is the youngest person to win the Abinque in the history of the award. At just 16 years old, she was also the youngest person to ever win the world bodyboarding title, as well as being the second Canarian to have taken the women’s title. In a sport generally considered the preserve of men, she has broken many barriers here and abroad and has also become an unofficial ambassador for Costa Adeje internationally particularly in the world of water sports.

Tenerife to get open air gyms
The Cabildo in Tenerife have annouced that they are to open eight open air gyms around the island, as part of it’s Tenerife In Shape initiative. The project, costing nearly €65,000 will see public access gyms open at sites in the north and south of the island. The parks will feature all weather gym equipment that adults will be able to use, as well as posters and information boards, with advice on how to use the equipment.

Highest wine tasting in Spain on Saturday evening in Tenerife
At €60 per person, it’s not an everyday experience perhaps, but then ago, it’s not going to be an everyday experience in any case! The highest wine tasting in Spain will be held at a height of over 3,500m on Teide for the second time this Saturday evening, 19 March. The event is organized by the Tenerife Cabildo through the Casa del Vino.

Photo: ©DANIEL L. CETRULO for Ayuntamiento de Arona

Monday, March 14, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 14 to 20 March

On the beach at El Medano.

The warmest day over the next 7 days in Tenerife is forecast to be 15th March at 23°C (73°F) and the warmest night on 15th March at 18°C (64°F). The average temperature over the next 7 days is forecast to be 21°C (70°F) and there will be 5 days of sunshine. The average for March is 18°C (64°F) in Tenerife. Via: Holiday Weather

Friday, March 11, 2016

Something for the weekend: 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

Vianney García, Reina del Carnaval Internacional de Los Cristianos 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 go along and enjoy wines and tapas in a musical atmosphere. XIV Feria del Vino y la Tapa 2016

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. XIX Feria del Descuento 2016 de Icod
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. XXI Feria de Artesanía de Arafo Via: Artesanía de Tenerife.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Sounds and Scents of Spring on Tenerife and more stories

In Spanish the name "retama" is in common use for broom bushes in general, includingthe genus Retama.

The Sounds and Scents of Spring on Tenerife
On an island where temperatures stay skin friendly all year round, looking forward to spring might seem a bit strange. But temperatures do dip in winter here and the weather can get lively as the change of season approaches. Even though winter on Tenerife is mild to the point that some places would be glad to have it as a summer, there’s something uplifting about the advent of spring; the rebirth of the land as though the appearance of wild flowers unfurling towards the sun is nature’s way of stretching happily at the dawn of a brand new day.

Ten Tips for Eating in Traditional Restaurants on Tenerife
Certain topics come up on a regular basis that can result in restaurants being given negative reviews which are undeserved for a number of reasons. These reasons are often cultural ones, which is understandable. Visitors who are unfamiliar with the culture can’t be expected to know how things work. But that doesn’t necessarily warrant a restaurant being given a bad review.  Cultural differences might explain why some restaurants get great reviews from locals but not from visitors, and vice versa. With this in mind here are ten tips to eating in traditional restaurants on Tenerife.

Cabalgata Parade Welcomes Cuba To Los Cristianos Carnaval
Feathers, glitter, high heels, face paint, and hours of dedication are the basic recipes for a good carnaval parade but it’s the people who make it come to life. The 2016 theme for Los Cristianos Carnaval was Old Havana so there were plenty of Cuban influences as the opening cabalgata parade assembled outside Veronicas in Playa de Las Americas.

Routes Africa 2016 to be Held in Tenerife
Routes Africa, the only route development forum for the African region, will be hosted by Tenerife Tourism Corporation with the support of the Canary Islands Government this summer (26-28 June 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

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

Tuesday, March 08, 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. Read more in Tenerife Romerías

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

Monday, March 07, 2016

Weather Forecast for Tenerife 7 to 13 March

Grey skies and cloud bring forth beautiful Spring blossoms.

It looks like it could be more of the same over the coming week with a mix of cloud and sun everywhere on Tenerife except for the peak of Mount Teide. Showers are predicted for most areas as well but it looks like any rain could mainly fall during the night or early morning. After a Wednesday which could be quite grey, the second half of the week should be much brighter which most places enjoying plenty of sunshine.

Weather Forecast for Tenerife from 7 to 13 March

Friday, March 04, 2016

Something for the weekend: 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 to this weekend 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 - it's a taste you may not yet have acquired - Buenavista are also holding a Murga Contest on Sunday, 6th March, from 6 pm, again in the Municipal Theatre.

Carnaval 2016 de Buenavista del Norte

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.

Noche de Tapas y Vino en Playa de San Juan

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 heritage.

Throughout 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.

ArteSano 2016 en San Juan de la Rambla

Thursday, March 03, 2016

The Secrets of the South Coast of Tenerife and other stories this week

Life in El Puertito

The Secrets of the South Coast of Tenerife
Within moments the vistas changed to reveal a Tenerife rarity, an unspoiled picturesque fishing hamlet with a sandy beach set in a protective bay. Untouched by developers, El Puertito is a tonic for the eyes. In summer it can be full of wild campers (whether wild in nature I couldn’t say). But on a hot, February, Saturday morning, the small beach was dozy and tranquil with only a handful of early morning sunbathers. Its sheltered bay was beautifully calm, devoid of the divers who would arrive before too long to swim with the green turtles who are also fans of El Puertito.

Frosty the snowman, and others, enjoying a white Teide
There may be traffic jams, and ice on the roads, and high winds closing the cable car on the day that the buses go directly to it, but a snowy Teide always brings happiness, not just because of the sheer beauty of the spectacle, but because of the fun it offers …

Sun, Snow, Wind and Rain, the Change of Seasons on Tenerife
Did you know Tenerife was enchanted? There’s an ancient Guanche mago hidden in some deep ravine in the hills mumbling and muttering incantations that make some people only remember blue skies… even when there were cloudy ones. It’s the only explanation I can come up with for a mass loss of memory on Tenerife which occurs every single year.

Four Days with a Filmmaker on Tenerife
The film, commissioned by slow travel specialists Inntravel, will be a promotional video for the Canary Islands. We’ve been fans of the work of filmmaker Bob Crampton for a couple of years, ever since we saw a travel short which completely blew us away, and were excited about the prospect of him portraying the Canary Islands on film in his unique and compelling style.

Ryanair makes Newcastle flights vow after unveiling new Lanzarote, Tenerife ...
Ryanair will fly to Lanzarote and Tenerife from Newcastle Airport this winter. The twice-weekly operations will be complemented by a new service to Malaga, which will run four times a week, and increased flights to Alicante.

Casa del Vino wine museum jazz concerts March-June
The Tenerife Cabildo has announced a new cycle of jazz concerts at the Casa del Vino wine museum in El Sauzal. There are four concerts in all, the first at 8pm tomorrow, Friday, 4 March, courtesy of the Errol Woiski Quartet. The other three concerts will be on 8 April with the Jonay Martín Quartet, 6 May with Havana Vives, and 10 June with European Jazz. 

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

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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