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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Avenida Colón in Puerto de la Cruz

Image: trolvag [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

This thoroughfare is named, in Spanish, Cristobal Colón, after the Italian explorer, whom we know as Christopher Columbus - you know, the bloke who got lost over the other side of the Atlantic and thought the peaks of Cuba were the Himalayas - but I digress.

Incidentally, when carnival is on (generally in February / March) or during Puerto de la Cruz' tourist special Summer Carnivals over the last couple of years, the bands, dance troops, floats and other participants in the parade all gather in the area in front of the H10 Tenerife Playa and the procession makes its way along the Avenida Colón and into town.

Avenida de Cristobal Colón (marked in red) click for map

To the right of our starting point (and we'll go that way another day), the road goes along the promenade behind the Playa de Martiánez (Martiánez Beach). Turn left and it's a wide, pedestrianised walkway with the Lago Martiánez (Pool Complex) and the sea on one side and hotels, shops and bars on the other. It has the usual selection from high-end brands to "kiss me quick" hats. The huge advantage, in both directions, is that there are lots of park benches, often shaded by trees, all along the length of this promenade.

Sometimes called Martianez Promenade By CTHOE [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

About half way around, you will encounter the Cafe de Paris. It is quaintly formal and seems to have been stuck in some sort of land-that-time-forgot time-warp. The music there at night is beyond cheesy, the service is meh, but you have to try the cakes!

Interior of the Cafe de Paris

Keep going on along the promenade and it will eventually open out into an area where you will find McDonald's (I can't think why you'd want to - but it's a useful landmark) round to your left, the Casino on your right and this is where there is a yellow mini train that takes tourists to the Loro Parque (it's a zoo). This is promoted EVERYWHERE in Puerto and I will give my opinion on it later. For now, keep walking along the sea front to the area where there is a small chapel, of San Telmo, which I will talk about in the next installment.

A trackless train for tourists in Tenerife

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Friday, July 27, 2018

City of La Laguna Rally



The City of La Laguna Rally takes place this year on Saturday, 28 July. For rally fans, this is the last event on the rally calendar now until October, so enjoy.

Rally Ciudad de La Laguna 2017

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Horatio Nelson defeated. Recreation of the Battle of Tenerife 1797



Every year on July 25, Santa Cruz recreates the Battle of Tenerife - the only battle Horatio Nelson ever lost and the one in which he lost his arm. Hero of the day was Commander-General Antonio Gutiérrez de Otero y Santayana who defended the island and, in gentlemanly manner, allowed the British to leave with their weapons and war honours.

Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1797)

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Playa de Martiánez and Lago Martiánez

Looking over the Hotel H10 Tenerife Playa with the pools of the
Lago Martiánez (background left) and the Playa de Martiánez (right)

This is something of a diversion for Secret Tenerife, but with friends coming to Puerto de la Cruz (and indeed to Tenerife) for the first time (hence the title) later this year, I was putting together some information for them, but realised it may well be of interest to others too.

Whilst I visited Puerto on many occasions during my 16 years living on Tenerife, clearly I don't know the town's nooks and crannies anywhere near as closely as my friends, Jack and Andy Montgomery, who lived there for more than a decade. Nevertheless, Puerto is where I choose to stay when I come back to the island, so I'm getting to know it from the point of a holiday maker, but with perhaps a little more insider knowledge than most.

Starting up the modern end of town at the intersection of the Playa de Martiánez (Martiánez Beach) and the Lago Martiánez (Pool Complex), over the next ten weeks, I aim to show you some of the things I love about the town (and you might too) and some leisurely, but still fun and interesting ways to enjoy a relaxing week in Puerto de la Cruz.

Playa de Martiánez (Martiánez Beach) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons



At this end of the town, you are never far from most facilities you could want on holiday; the hotels, by a road for easy pick ups and drop offs by taxi or coach, shops and bars, no more than a few yards to the beach, then there's the Lago Martiánez (Pool Complex). The pools are salt water and, I am told the price is very reasonable.


Lago Martiánez (Pool Complex)



This amazing drone footage (below: please put it on full screen) gives you a lovely overview of this part of town and much of what I'll be describing in weeks to come.




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Friday, July 20, 2018

Take your pick from Urban or Jazz

Daddy Yankee

Canarias Urban Fest


Friday 20 July 2018 at the Palmetum Car Park, Parque Marítimo de Santa Cruz from 5pm, this festival which takes over where Son Latinos left off, features artists such as Puerto Rican singer, Daddy Yankee ‘The Big Boss’ and Dominican artist, Natti Natasha.

Info / tickets: Canarias Urban Fest – Tenerife




Canarias Jazz & Más Heineken




Meanwhile in the Plaza de Europa in Puerto de la Cruz from 9pm on Friday 20 July 2018, see Nalaya Brown (damelo suave), the Iñaki Arakistain Band and Ida Nielsen & Band.

While on Saturday 21 July 2018, also in the Plaza de Europa in Puerto de la Cruz, you can see the Simbeque Project, the Julian Lage Trio and Naughty Professor.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Decorated tractors in Ravelo, El Sauzal

Traditional decorated tractor in Ravelo, El Sauzal. Image: El Sauzal Town Hall.

Here's something different for your entertainment on Sunday 15 July 2018, the paseo “romero” (romería) con carros (tractores agrícolas) engalanados (decorated tractors) in the neighbourhood of Ravelo in El Sauzal. It is part of their Fiestas en honor a la Santa Cruz de Ravelo 2018, the full programme for which (in Spanish) can be seen at the previous link. The procession begins from around 11am and when it arrives at the church square, will be followed by dancing to orchestra, Grupo La Calle.





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Friday, July 06, 2018

Güímar Hillclimb, Day of Traditions in Chirche & Romería de San Benito Abad in La Laguna



On Saturday, July 7 there's the Subida Guímar (Güímar Hillclimb).



On Sunday, July 8, the village of Chirche will wake up early to receive the thousands of visitors that come for their annual Día de las Tradiciones (Day of Traditions). Over twenty houses will open their doors and patios to demonstrate traditional tasks of wheat and coffee roasting, kneading bread, making kites, basketry ... The teacher and students at the school or the traditional healer will not miss the appointment. In the streets various acts are staged; a wedding, milking, moving ... finally, at 2:00 pm there is the procession and a dance by the group El Cardón. Free transport from Guía de Isora will be increased this year due to high demand. Buses depart every half hour from 9.45h in front of the Guardia Civil in the town of Guía de Isora, the last bus returning from Chirche at 4.30pm.

Día de las Tradiciones - Chirche 2017

Also on Sunday, July 8, in La Laguna is the Romería Regional de San Benito Abad. This is a popular romeria that is held the second Sunday of July. It's held in honor of St. Benedict of Nursia, the patron saint of farmers of Tenerife. Declared of National Tourist Interest, it is the most representative romeria of the Canary Islands, in which participating groups coming from all corners of the archipelago. Events begin at mid-day.



Romería regional de San Benito Abad 2017

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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Tenerife Fiestas in July 2018



July has no public holidays in Tenerife, however there are a few municipalities that have local holidays, mostly for the celebrations and fiestas in their district:

10 Jul 18 Festival of the Virgen del Carmen Puerto de la Cruz
16 Jul 18 Festival of Nuestra Señora del Carmen Santiago del Teide
25 Jul 18 Festival of Santiago Apóstol Santiago del Teide
26 Jul 18 Festival of Santa Ana Candelaria, Garachico

The biggest events in July are the Fiestas del Carmen, the biggest of which is the Embarcación Virgen del Carmen (The Fishermen’s Fiesta) in Puerto de la Cruz, which this year takes place on Tuesday 10 July 2018.

Embarcación Virgen del Carmen | Puerto de la Cruz 2017

There are various Romerías taking place during the month, and on July 25, the city of Santa Cruz will, once more, celebrate the trouncing of British Admiral Horatio Nelson, who tried unsuccessfully to conquer the island.

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