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. 

Fluent in Spanish and having spent 16 years on the island, Pamela Stocks has now been translating, researching and publishing information on customs and events in Tenerife for 25+ years. This takes a considerable amount of time and effort, for which she receives no payment whatsoever. If you find this work useful or interesting, please buy her a coffee. Buy Pamela Stocks a Coffee

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