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Friday, July 29, 2016

Jason Bourne filmed European action on Tenerife and other stories

Tenerife South Airport doubles as Reykjavik and Athens.

Jason Bourne filmed European action on Tenerife
Athens’ Syntagma Square was recreated in the island's capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Jason Bourne team carefully staged a riot on their dressed set. The airport doubled separately for both Reykjavik and Athens through the use of different signage and sound design that used native-language background announcements to complete the illusion.

Where to Find the Best Restaurants on Tenerife
Learning that one of the island’s main Spanish language newspapers, El Día, was running a ‘best of Tenerife gastronomy’ competition I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the restaurants chosen by a panel of gastronomic experts (food writers and top chefs) to see if they matched our view.

Fifth La Caleta Bay Swim this Saturday
The fifth La Caleta Bay Swim takes place this Saturday, 30 July. This annual 1.3km swim from Playa de La Enramada to the little town’s Playa de Varadero starts at noon but the build up will begin much earlier, around 8am, as swimmers begin to gather, and the children’s race is held: the participants of the main race will gather on the beach at 11.30am. 

Walking Conditions on Tenerife in Summer
Although most Tenerife coastal walks don’t have much shade protection, they tend to be shorter routes and are closer to hamlets or beaches where there’s a bar to cool down and refuel. There’s also often a delicious sea breeze which helps combat high temperatures.

Summer 2016 heatwaves and fires forecasts and alerts
The Canarian Government has lifted its forest fire alert for Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro and Gran Canaria. For the moment, we will have cooler weather, but another hot front – some say very hot indeed – is expected next week.

A Tenerife Six Pack, Half a Dozen Island Drinks to Try
Millions of people might visit the island each year but for many, what is actually ‘local’ can remain a bit hazy. For anyone who wants to really go local on Tenerife when it comes to alcohol, here are six suggestions which are, relatively, easy to find.

Los Abrigos Beer and Tapas Festival Saturday, 6 August
It’s now a regular, and very successful, date in the Los Abrigos calendar since it started back in 2010, and the 7th Summer Beer and Tapas Festival will be held around the little harbour’s paseo marítimo a week this Saturday, 6 August. 

Tasty Tapas, Review of Tasca Ihüey in Puerto de la Cruz
Formerly favoured by traditional, old fashioned restaurants, Calle San Felipe which borders the Ranilla district on its southern side is joining the district’s gastronomic ranks and it’s where you’ll find Tasca Ihüey, right next door to the excellent El Taller Seve Diaz.

AENA honours pledge to build new South terminal
SPANISH Airports operator AENA has fulfilled its promise with the Canarian Government and Tenerife Cabildo to invest in the South Airport with a new terminal.

Is it a fond farewell to Queen Sofia Airport?
Officially, the Queen Sofia Tenerife South International Airport, in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, could have a new title next year.

Clear-the-air talks to beat airport weather
CANARIAN Weekly has written about ongoing weather problems at the North airport in Tenerife a few times over the years. Since opening over 80 years ago, barely a day goes by without some sort of weather-related situation. It is now widely accepted that the airport is in the wrong place, but such was the haste to get it constructed that local concerns and knowledge were overlooked.
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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