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Friday, October 28, 2016

My ten favourite Tenerife sculptures and other stories

Fishing boat sculpture, Homenaje al chicharrero, outside the Nuestra Señora de África market in Santa Cruz.

Feria Tricontinental de Artesanía in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz’s Recinto Ferial will be host to this year’s Feria Tricontinental de Artesanía, which will be held between 29 October and 6 November. The artisan fair brings together arts and crafts from three continents – Africa, America and Europe. On previous occasions, this fair has attracted over 100,000 visitors, and organizers say that they again expect to have some 180 artisans from 25 countries displaying their arts and crafts at the fair, as well as providing activities, displays and exhibitions.

Feria Tricontinental de Artesanía

Tuesday, 1 November, is a public holiday
Just a reminder that next Tuesday, 1 November, is a public holiday for Todos los Santos (All Saints Day). Banks, most offices and many shops will be closed. Do bear in mind, too, that with the day being a Tuesday, many will take a puente, i.e. take the Monday off too to make a long weekend, so some businesses will be closed on the Monday as well.

My ten favourite Tenerife sculptures
We’re big fans of getting to know sculptures in the places we visit. As well as usually being visually interesting, they often provide an insight into a location. I’m not talking about the grand monuments to famous historical figures. I’m talking about the ones which relate to obscure events, local heroes nobody knows about outside of their own town, or sculptures which are just downright bizarre.

Understanding Tenerife weather alerts, costeros
There is one weather alert on Tenerife which regularly confuses people. As a result this can result in weather conditions being misreported in English. It’s when there is an alert for costeros. Translated it means coastal and its full title is fenómenos costeros.

Teide Sunset & Stars excursion now offers Michelin-level dining experience
The excursion includes a return ticket for the Cable Car outside its normal operating hours and a glass of sparkling wine from the Altos de Trevejos winery, one of the highest in Spain, and drunk at one of the highest possible venues within Spain, at an altitude of 3,555m. The accompanying gourmet-style Canarian dinner will itself then be accompanied by the best volcanic wines, all rounded off by stargazing with long-range telescopes and expert guides  to Tenerife’s night sky.

The great escape, review of the Meliá Hacienda del Conde
This is one of the areas on Tenerife where noblemen were given choice lands following the conquest of the island and the Meliá Hacienda del Conde fits in perfectly with the grand haciendas which are common in these parts. It’s not for people seeking purpose-built resorts with all the facilities, this is a hotel for people who love culture, nature, scenery, tranquillity and a touch of class.

Puerto de la Cruz’s Noche en Blanco rescheduled for 10 December
Puerto de la Cruz’s Noche en Blanco, which was suspended on Saturday night because of the weather was not cancelled and will take place after all. The Ayuntamiento has announced that it will now take place on Saturday, 10 December. As in the case of La Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz’s Noche en Blanco is an event that will fill the town with entertainment and activities as well as open shops, in an attempt to boost the area’s economy, and give shoppers a chance to get ready for Christmas.

XIX Festival of Theatre and Dance in Adeje
Adeje’s annual Festival de Teatro y Danza returns for another season of performances ranging from the classical to the avant garde between 4 and 26 November, with tickets available from this Wednesday at the town’s Cultural Centre. Perhaps not to be missed is the free street theatre version of Romeo and Juliet which will be performed in the streets of Adeje town starting from the plaza de España, in memory of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
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