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Friday, March 18, 2016

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
Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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