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Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The Magical Night of San Juan on Tenerife and other stories

Tenerife Sunset

The Magical Night of San Juan on Tenerife
Celebrating San Juan is a big thing on Tenerife, especially in places where traditions are strongest and reach back centuries. Its origins lie with the island’s aboriginal people the Guanche who, like many primitive civilisations, believed that the sun cast powerful magic when it was at its midsummer peak. Another name for the San Juan celebrations is the Fiestas of the Sun.

Tráfico drink and drugs campaign this week
Tráfico will be carrying out one of its regular national drink and drugs campaigns this week, lasting until Sunday, 12 June. Readers regularly comment that it’s about time they did something about the issue, but of course they police this all year round, and these are just specific additional campaigns. Drivers can therefore expect to see extra control points in addition to normal policing of drink- and drug-affected motorists. Police say that some 25,000 control checks will be carried out daily, on all types of roads.

High Tide Of Fun At Fenautica
Whatever floats your boat, powers your jet ski, or paddles your board, they can all be found at the Marina del Sur in Las Galletas. For the first weekend of June it was packed with activity as the Fenautica marine fair showed off the many ways to experience the sea in Tenerife.

San Juan Bautista is Tenerife’s midsummer festival and bonfire night Thursday 23 June
Tenerife has its own bonfire night, on the eve of the annual midsummer festival of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist). On St John’s Eve, 23 June, Tenerife is lit up with bonfires, and with smoke swirling in the hills throughout the island, many visitors often think that an early summer fire has broken out. This year is certain to be no different.

Tenerife Webcams Don’t Lie
As everyone who is very familiar with Tenerife knows, webcams pointing towards mountains and hills will often show cloud, whereas those pointing out to sea will usually show blue skies. But this doesn’t necessarily mean when cloud is shown in the hills it’s overcast on the coast. Nor does it follow when there are blue skies out to sea it’s sunny at the coast.

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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