Tuesday, April 30, 2019

May Fiestas and Fireworks in Los Realejos

May 3rdDía de la Cruz – Day of the Cross, is celebrated throughout Tenerife with the biggest fiestas taking place in Santa Cruz and Los Realejos. For certain though, "the biggest bang for your buck" will be the fireworks battle in Los Realejos, held on the night of May 3rd. Battle has been fought between the streets of El Sol and El Medio since around 1770 and today this translates to a firework display - one of the largest in Europe - that uses several tonnes of gunpowder as one side tries to outdo the other.  

The aforementioned commemoration of Crosses and Fireworks on May 3 stand out again in the festive program in Los Realejos in 2019; there is also the traditional local and regional wine contest on the 10th and 11th and the Handicraft Fair on the 11th and 12th. On Saturday the Romera Mayor will take place on the Viera and Clavijo square. The following day the Canarian festival will be celebrated, while the Romería Chica will be on May 15 and the Baile de Magos (Country Ball) on Saturday 18.

On June 1st the Cattle Fair will be held during the morning and midday and the XLIV Festival of the Islands takes place in the evening, with the presence of groups from the 8 islands of the archipelago. The Romería (pilgrimage) will be on June 2 and the Baile de Magos Infantil on June 4, will close the celebrations of 2019.

Exhibición pirotécnica Cruces y Fuegos de Mayo de Los Realejos

Monday, April 29, 2019

Santa Cruz de Tenerife organizes more than a hundred activities for the May Fiestas 2019

Fiestas de mayo 2019

Second only to the carnival in terms of importance in the city, are the Fiestas de Mayo (May Fiestas) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which not only honour the Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) for which the city is named, it also commemorates the founding of the city.

The festivities, which coincide with the 525th anniversary of the city, include the Election of the Fiesta Queen Gala that was held on Friday, April 26, with 30 candidates; the exhibition of flowers, plants and handicrafts on Sunday April 28 at the García Sanabria park, on Wednesday, 1 May 2019, from 12:30 hours, the Paseo Romero de Tíncer (Traditional procession through the neighborhood streets, with the participation of folk groups; Alcorán, Itamar, Chincanayros, Chácaras and Tambores of Garajonay, Tonique, Sueños del Teide, Idaira, Farrutes of the Atlantic, Bienmesabe, Saint Angel, Virgin of Regla and Parranda Amuley.). On Thursday, 2 May 2019, the Baile de Magos (Country Ball) - an all ticket affair - in the area of ​​La Concepción and on Friday, 3 May 2019, from 9 am, the Decorated Crosses competition on the Rambla Santa Cruz and throughout the city.

In the cultural field, there is a poetic-musical evening dedicated to the Canarian painter Pedro de Guezala, on May 4 at the Municipal Museum of Fine Arts, and an exhibition on the first 25 years of the capital that will be shown at the La Recova Art Center.

The full program (in Spanish) - as always contains lots of pretty illustrations - can be downloaded at the council's Fiestas Website, or directly through this link (PDF).

Santa Cruz, lista para sus fiestas de mayo

Cruces de flores (Santa Cruz de tenerife) 3 de mayo del 2018

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Supertramp's Roger Hodgson in concert in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in July 2019

Saturday, 27 July 2019 at 9 pm - Roger Hodgson in concert at the Pabellón Insular Santiago Martín (map). The concert, part of his world tour to mark the 40th anniversary of the album 'Breakfast in America', will compile the most timeless classics of the singer's career.

Co-founder of Supertramp, Roger Hodgson will perform with his band all the hits that he wrote and that positioned the group as a rock reference selling more than 60 million albums worldwide, which, in turn, has made it one of the most admired and recognized artists of our time. Songs that are recognized by audiences, such as 'Give a Little Bit', 'Goodbye Stranger', 'Dreamer', 'Take The Long Way Home' or 'The Logical Song' will delight the loyal public that will meet at the Santiago Pavilion Martin.

Tickets here.

"Breakfast in America" Written & Composed by Roger Hodgson of Supertramp

The legendary Supertramp album, turns 40. Published by A & M Records in 1979, the sixth album by the British band was an unprecedented international success. Tracks such as "The logical Song" or "Breakfast in America" itself went beyond borders to reach top sales positions in countries such as the US, Canada, Australia or Germany.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Barranco del Infierno by drone

Often closed to the public for safety (access is now only open to limited numbers by prior reservation) the Barranco del Infierno (Hell's Ravine) has much to live up to it's title. It is also incredibly beautiful, as you can now see with this drone footage, which was apparently the first time that a multicopter flew over this spot, a production by teidevideo.com

Barranco del Infierno desde multicopter (Adeje-Tenerife-Spain)

Friday, April 26, 2019

Wine Tasting, Artisan Market, Gourmet Burgers, Craft Beers and more provide a variety of Activities for the Weekend

White Wines of Tenerife

There is a Wine Tasting Workshop - White Wines of Tenerife (via) taking place on Saturday, 27 April 2019 at the Casa del Vino de Tenerife in El Sauzal. This tasting workshop covers the production processes, the aromas and the perceived sensations transmitted by the different white wines of Tenerife. From 11:00 to 14:00. Cost is 18 euros.

Art and Artisan Market

Also on Saturday, 27 April 2019 at the Craft Coffee Gastrobar (Calle Plaza San Cristóbal, 23, San Cristóbal La Laguna) is a regular event which takes place on the last Saturday of each month, the Mercadillo De Arte Y Artesanía Del Craft (Art and Artisan market in the Craft) (via) with several stalls, from 16:00 to 20:00.

And more fun from the Tenerife Rally Calendar 2019 on Saturday, 27 April with the Subida de Arico (Arico Hillclimb). More information, times, maps, etc (in Spanish).

Subida Arico 2018

Burger Fest 2019

A selection of the best Gourmet Burger restaurants of Tenerife, as well as a great variety of makers of Canarian and international craft beers will meet for this gastronomic event in the Plaza del Adelantado in La Laguna on Saturday, 27 April 2019. Music from Beat Creator and Dj Santee. From 5:00 p.m. to midnight. Free admission. More info.

Pinolere Trail

The sixth edition of the Pinolere Trail will be held on April 28 over three distances: 42, 27 and 11 kilometers. It is expected that more than a thousand runners will take part in the races that start from the Museum and Ethnographic Park of Pinolere and pass through some of the island's most inimitable landscapes. The inscription period has ended (it's a pity, because you probably need to run off the wines, burgers and beers), so mark you calendar for next year. I'm also sure there will be a need for encouragement from the sidelines.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Candidate for Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Claudia Pérez

Whether looking back once more at Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019, or forward towards Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2020 - which takes place between Friday, 21st February 2020 and Sunday, 1st March 2020 - we can't resist another look at the candidates who aspired to become carnival queens in 2019.

This is 9 year old Claudia Pérez Sánchez in a costume entitled, "LA MAGIA Y EL MISTERIO DEL EDÉN" (THE MAGIC AND THE MYSTERY OF EDEN), designed by Antonio Santos Arteaga and representing Clinique Tenerife.

Claudia Pérez | Gala Reina Infantil | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Diverse - International Festival of Art and Equality in Puerto de la Cruz


Commitment to raising awareness, through art and through social responsibility, Diverse Festival is presented in Puerto de la Cruz from April 24 to 28, as a meeting place between the arts and social movements that promote values ​​of equality and personal and collective freedoms, placing feminism and the problem that the LGTBIQ + collective is constantly facing in the focus of the debate.

Diverse includes concerts, exhibitions, workshops, theater, cinema, meetings with activists, artists and writers.

More information (in Spanish) in the programe which can be downladed here (PDF)

Ruta del Camino del Hermano Pedro

Saturday, 27 April 2019 is the date of this year's XIV Ruta Camino del Hermano Pedro (Brother Pedro's Pilgrimage Route- a ~20 kilometre walk to honour Hermano Pedro (Peter of Saint Joseph de Betancur) who was born in the town of Vilaflor de Chasna in 1626, became a missionary in Guatemala and was canonised as the "first Canarian and Guatemalan saint" in 2002. 

The pilgrimage sets off from the church of San Pedro Apóstol in Vilaflor at 7 am (after mass at 6:30 am) and journeys downhill through San Miguel de Abona and Granadilla de Abona, all the way to the coastal area of El Médano, which houses the cave where people go to worship the saint. Near to the cave is the 'ere' (a natural or man-made hollow formed in the rock which allows rainwater to collect and is used as a watering hole), where Brother Pedro used to take his flock to drink water.

On the way there, pilgrims cross some of the region's most unique and emblematic areas. For instance, they will see ancient farming terraces, native plant and animal species, and sites that have been declared Assets of Cultural Interest, such as the house of Casa de los Soler and the Plaza de San Pedro square in Vilaflor."

For more information contact El Médano Tourist Office: (+34) 922 17 60 02 or visit the website www.granadilladeabona.es. Inscription is open only until 25 April.

Tenerife's public bus service, TITSA is putting on a special bus service to go to the XIV Route of the Camino del Hermano Pedro, which will take place this Saturday, April 27.

Route 475 will provide services on demand starting at 05:00 hours, leaving from the car park next to the Cueva del Hermano Pedro. The route will be Cueva del Hermano Pedro - Los Abrigos road - Los Abrigos - Las Chafiras - San Miguel - Jama - La Escalona - Vilaflor (Los Castaños stop).

The price will be three euros, which can be paid in cash or with the Ten + card.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Plaza de los Patos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Whilst in Santa Cruz in March, we paid a visit to the famous Plaza de los Patos (Ducks Square), in the so-called Barrio de los Hoteles (Hotels District), which is apparently the Sweetest Square in Santa Cruz. It's real name is Plaza de 25 de Julio - so named after the failed attack on Santa Cruz on that date in 1797 by Admiral Horatio Nelson.

La reforma de la Plaza de los Patos

The plaza, built between 1913 and 1917, a symbol of Santa Cruz and an important part of the city's heritage, was reopened after refurbishment last year. The fountain has figures of eight frogs that surround the central goose. The most outstanding feature of the square, in addition to the central fountain, are the 20 benches, covered in ceramic tiles from Triana (Seville), bearing the names the companies who sponsored the construction of the Plaza.

Plaza de los Patos in 1920 [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

From here, it's well worth taking a stroll north on the Avenida de Veinticinco de Julio (25th July Avenue - there's a bit of a theme here - to where the avenue crosses the Rambla de Santa Cruz at the corner of the Parque García Sanabria and stop at the Kiosco Numancia. It has a reputation for being expensive (we didn't notice), but has such an interesting position right in the middle of the street where you can watch the world pass by on either side, with the tranquility of the park next to it. A perfect coffee stop in a city.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Free Talks About the Los Gigantes Cliffs

Acantilados de Los Gigantes (Los Gigantes Cliffs)

The Cabildo de Tenerife (Tenerife Island Corporation), through its Environment dept., has organised three informative talks on the environmental values ​​and the fragility of the Los Gigantes Cliffs ecosystem, one of the most visited points of the island. These talks are  aimed mainly at tourism professionals and companies dedicated to organizing excursions and sports activities in this natural enclave of Santiago del Teide, as well as individuals and local people.

The first talk will take place on April 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Cultural Center in Los Cristianos. The following talk will take place on April 24, also at 6.30 pm, at the Santiago Martín Pavilion in La Laguna and the final talk is scheduled for April 29, at the same time, 6.30 pm, at the Poblado Marinero apartments in Santiago del Teide.

Prior registration is not required and the talks are free (until the capacity of the rooms provided is reached). The presentations will be carried out by different environmental experts specialized in the fauna and flora that inhabit these cliffs. Special emphasis will be placed on the most fragile species, existing regulations and recommendations for their conservation.

(Although these talks will clearly be presented in Spanish, I feel there may be much of interest that could be picked up from them, even if you're not completely fluent.)

El Cabildo organiza tres jornadas informativas sobre los Acantilados de Los Gigantes

Friday, April 19, 2019

Canarias Baila and Greenworld Festival

GreenWorld Festival

The 2nd edition of Canarias Baila - possibly the most important event of Latin urban music in the archipelago - will be held in Tenerife on April 19 at Amarilla Golf in San Miguel de Abona with Maikel DelaCalle, Justin Quiles, Cosculluela and Cazzu as headliners.

Easter Weekend, on Saturday 20 April, also sees a new edition of the GreenWorld Festival at Amarilla Golf Club de Abona, after the success of the past editions. Paco Osuna, Art Department, Marco Faraone, Martin Buttrich and Los Suruba ensure a great lineup to dance from noon until well into the night at the Papagayo Club.



Thursday, April 18, 2019

Viviane Cordobés Ramos 2nd Maid of Honour

Viviane Cordobés Ramos in the Carnival Main Parade 5 March 2019

Whether looking back once more at Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019, or forward towards Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2020 - which takes place between Friday, 21st February 2020 and Sunday, 1st March 2020 - we can't resist another look at the candidates who aspired to become carnival queens in 2019.

Today we take another look at Viviane Cordobés Ramos, who was chosen as the 2nd Maid of Honour at the gala earlier this year. Her costume entitled “Mandala”, was designed by Juan Carlos Armas Febles, representing Centro Comercial Alcampo La Laguna.

Viviane Cordobés Ramos | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Passion of Christ in Adeje

Representación de la Pasión (Passion Play)

On Viernes Santo (Good Friday) the biggest event is the Representación de la Pasión (Representation of the Passion of Jesus) or Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross) that takes place in Adeje, with a cast of hundreds.

"And it all started with a little donkey ..."

This is how the story and representation of the last moments of the Life and Passion of Jesus Christ begins in Adeje. Silence throughout the streets creates an atmosphere of recollection and expectation. Spectators throw themselves fully into the performance and live the most moving scenes in history, letting tears run down their cheeks.

Adeje has singled out the celebration of Holy Week integrating religion and popular tradition through an event that has become synonymous with the municipality. It is an event that has been broadcast internationally through television for several years and whose protagonists are the residents of Adeje, since they are the actors and actresses of this unique show of amateur theater and devotion.

Good Friday dawns restlessly in Adeje. Hundreds of people quietly review their papers as they prepare to take the road to the Cultural Center where they will dress in period clothes and make-up that will help create the characters of the representation. These are moments of nervous laughter and souvenir photos.

Meanwhile on the Calle Grande you can breathe tranquility, welcoming the stages along the entire route from Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Plaza España where two crosses announce that a third will soon be built. Operators, sound and camera technicians, and artists make the final touches, while the first spectators arrive to occupy the best spots.

The stages, placed at a height that allows viewers to follow the development of the action, are made in detail and following the design patterns of the time. Every year there is something new, every year, the artist's imagination travels back to the early years of Christianity to faithfully recreate its architecture. The Municipal School of Music of Adeje has an important role in the preparation of all the melodies and songs that will be the backdrop of the performance.

The Last Supper, the prayer on the Mount of Olives, the betrayal of Judas, the judgment in the Sanhedrin, the washing of the hands of Pilate and the plea of ​​his wife, the lashes and the crown of thorns, carrying the cross, Veronica, his encounter with his mother and finally, the death on the cross and the tears of Mary. These are some of the scenes interpreted by the actors that fill the Gospel texts with life and reality.

Twelve noon is the time set for the start.

All the actors appearing on the Calle Grande before thousands of people who waited for several hours hoping to have the best view. Roman soldiers on foot and mounted on beautiful horses, the proud Pilate and his wife, Barabbas the thief, the circumspect Sanhedrin, the restrained Mary accompanied by Magdalene, the ordinary people and of course, the twelve disciples and Jesus mounted on his borriquilla (little donkey).

No one misses any detail, seeing it either directly or through the large screens that the town places strategically along the route. Of course, there is nothing like watching it live.

Representación de La Pasión

Encuentro de la Pasión | Via Crucis de Adeje 2018

For those who can't get to Adeje to see this in person, the event is usually televised by TelevisionCanaria - that's the link to their YouTube channel, where programs are often streamed live and are accessible wherever you are in the world.

Adeje se prepara para vivir “la historia más grande jamás contada”

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Comparsa Los Joroperos 2019

One of the components of Comparsa Los Joroperos, Carnival Main Parade, 5 March 2019

One of my favourite components of carnival, comparsas in Santa Cruz de Tenerife are said to be similar to the Brazillian Carnival Blocks, but actually appear to have more in common with the dancing, marching and drumming Samba Schools that have a strong community basis and are traditionally associated with a particular neighborhood.

Los Joroperos were formed in La Laguna in 1972 and have been participating in Santa Cruz de Tenerife carnival since 1977. During the rest of the year, the group performs in hotels and at various fiestas, both in Tenerife and other islands of the archipelago.

The most international of the comparsas, Los Joroperos have become authentic Ambassadors of Carnival, having also represented Tenerife carnival and the Canary Islands in general in numerous tourism fairs nationally and internationally, such as the International Tourism Fair in Spain (FITUR), Europalia and in Regent Street.

Los Joroperos have also won the most awards, both on the islands and in many places around the worldAt carnival, they've won 29 awards for interpretation, 19 for presentation and 29 in Rhythm and Harmony. In 2018, Los Joroperos were the outright winners in all of the categories at carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, winning the trio of of firsts in presentation, interpretation and Rhythm and Harmony. This year, they again won both presentation and interpretation at the Comparsas Contest in 2019.

Fans and residents' associations feel that they deserve the recognition of a street in the city of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, where they originate, to be named after them.

Los Joroperos | Comparsas adultas | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Find out more about Santa Cruz Carnival 2020which will take to the streets between Friday, 21st February 2020 and Sunday, 1st March 2020. 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Pascua Florida in Guía de Isora

Pascua Florida in Guía de Isora

Very much worth seeing over Easter are the floral displays of the Pascua Florida, the unique and increasingly famous Easter floral festival, in the oldest central part of Guía de Isora town between Holy Thursday 18 April, and Easter Sunday 21 April 2019

This is the 11th year that the floral festival has been held. More images here.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Los Loros Hillclimb

More rally action for you this weekend, on Saturday 13 April 2019, with the XV Subida Los Loros (Los Loros Hillclimb), a route above Arafo. Download this (PDF) for information on the route, access, road closures, and other important information.

Subida Los Loros 2018

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Candidate for Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Aly Mesa Méndez

Whether looking back once more at Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019, or forward towards Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2020 - which takes place between Friday, 21st February 2020 and Sunday, 1st March 2020 - we can't resist another look at the candidates who aspired to become carnival queens in 2019.

This week we look at another of the candidates for the title of Junior Carnival Queen, Aly Mesa Méndez, with a costume entitled, "ENVUÉLVEME EN CARICIAS" (Envelop me in embraces), designed by Tony Cruz and representing the Town Hall of San Juan de la Rambla, TC Diseños, Asociación Cultural Titanium and Floristería Salena. 

Aly Mesa | Gala Reina Infantil | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

The Tenerife International Fashion Fair

Tenerife International Fashion Fair

The Feria Internacional de la Moda de Tenerife (Tenerife International Fashion Fair) taking place from 11th to 14th April 2019 at the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos de Tenerife (Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, will bring together almost a hundred companies and will offer more than fifteen hours of fashion shows. You'd have to be a dedicated follower of fashion, but if this is your thing ... The Fair will be open from Thursday to Sunday from 11.00 to 22.00 hours, except for the last day, which will be from 11.00 to 20.00. Tickets are two euros, although you can buy a season ticket to access all four days for four euros.

More details and program (in Spanish): Cerca de 90 desfiles comerciales y 100 empresas se dan  cita en la V Feria Internacional de la Moda de Tenerife

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

San Cristóbal Castle Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Cañón Tigre on display in the San Cristóbal Castle Interpretation Centre

Underneath the Plaza de España in Santa Cruz and marked by the black lines that can be seen in the lake from above, are the ruins of the Castillo de San Cristóbal (Castle of San Cristóbal). Portions of the castle ruins were uncovered during the refurbishment of the plaza carried out by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in 2006 and these ruins are now open to the public via The San Cristóbal Castle Interpretation CentreReading that the centre was to be closed during carnival, we made this our first port of call.

Entrance is FREE, so it's well worth it to have a look if you're in the city and for those of a nervous disposition, I'll just mention that the steps are quite normal and the well-lit underground exhibit is not at all dark and dingy as I was expecting.

You don't need to be in the city long before you realise that 25 July is a very important date!

The whole centre is nicely done with information on various historical attacks on the city - not just the English ones, although that always figures strongly in any history of the city and here is no exception - with good English translations under the information panels.

Restos del Castillo de San Cristóbal - Enrique Castrillo Núñez [CC BY-SA 2.5 es], via Wikimedia Commons

The shopping street, Calle del Castillo, is named after this fortification that was constructed under the administration of the first Governor of Tenerife, Juan Álvarez de Fonseca, with work begun in 1575. The natural expansion process of the city, together with new military tactics, plunged the building into conditions of degradation that ended with the demolition of the fort in 1928. The Plaza de España was built in it's place.

Castillo de San Cristóbal Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the early 20th Century Via

The Cañón Tigre - decisive in the defeat of the English admiral Horatio Nelson in his attempt to invade Tenerife in 1797 - that is currently on display in the interpretation centre (already moved from the Museo Histórico Militar de Canarias), is destined to be moved again to the future Museum of History of the City in the Palacio de Carta.

Interpretation Centre «Castillo de San Cristóbal» 

The Interpretation Centre "Castillo de San Cristóbal" managed by the Autonomous Organization of Museums and Centres of the Island Council of Tenerife, is an interpretive resource that allows the visitor to discover and contextualize the remains of the walls of the Castle of San Cristóbal, as well as to learn something more about the history and the defence of the Island. In June 2006, during the remodelling works of the Plaza de España by the architects Herzog & de Meuron, traces of the perimeter wall of said construction appeared. Given the historical importance of the find, it was decided to protect and value this heritage resource, incorporating an underground gallery to the new architectural layout to make it open to visitors.

Central to the defensive of the island, taking a tour not only through the castles of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (San Cristóbal, San Juan or Paso Alto), but also by those that were located throughout the insular geography, some of which are still standing: such as that of San Felipe, in Puerto de la Cruz; or that of San Miguel, located in Garachico.

The exhibition project, which has been prepared by the Museum of History and Anthropology of Tenerife, dedicates another of its areas to the history of the Castillo de San Cristóbal itself, from its construction around 1575 until its demolition in 1928. As a testimony of its presence, the silhouette of its fortification has been highlighted on the floor of the lake that currently occupies part of its site. A military construction that until a few years ago was only remembered by the popular Castillo street; but now it has leaned into the present and claims its place in the history of the city.

Since July 25, 2009, the Interpretation Centre "Castillo de San Cristóbal" has an added attraction: the mythical bronze cannon "El Tigre". A piece of artillery from the 18th century, made in a Seville workshop, about 3 m long and 2,000 kg in weight. It is an emblematic heritage asset that was transferred from the Canary Islands Military History Museum to its current location to be exhibited in a conditioned room.

This new temporary location is ideal for the representative canyon, not only because it is an exceptional piece to illustrate the exhibition discourse of the Centre, but because with its presence it also recalls the place it occupied on the night of July 24, 1797, when British aspirations to take Santa Cruz de Tenerife were truncated.

Although historically unprovable, popular tradition says that it was "El Tigre" that wounded the famous English admiral Horacio Nelson, snatching his arm. Symbol of that feat, this piece of artillery has survived in the memory of Tenerife. It has been mentioned, reproduced and imagined ever since and has remained one of the most powerful metaphors and allegories of value throughout time; as well as the feelings of the people of Tenerife.

The Centre can be visited, free of charge, from Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., except holidays.

Monday, April 08, 2019

Holy Week in La Laguna

Semana Santa in San Cristóbal de La Laguna

According to Google, the 2019 Semana Santa (Holy Week) in San Cristóbal de La Laguna [yet, I'm sure there's a clue in the title there] would begin on Saturday, 6 April and end on Sunday, 21 April. According to the extensive program, however, events actually began and continued throughout Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday, 6 March 2019.

We'll confine ourselves to the main events for Holy Week itself, starting with the parades on Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) and those on Viernes Santo (Good Friday).

From Palm Sunday until Good Friday, various processions take place from the temples located in the periphery of the urban center, to the Santa Iglesia Catedral (La Laguna Cathedral), accompanied by the different Brotherhoods (in their KKK-like garb), until all of the icons are all gathered at the cathedral and all then go out in the impressive Magna Procession of Good Friday.

On Palm Sunday, 14 April 2019, at 10 am at the Casa Mesa - Antiguo Colegio Nava la Salle - the palms will be blessed by The Most Reverend Bishop Bernardo Álvarez Afonso, followed by the Procesión Solemne de Ramos (Solemn Procession) to the cathedral, where Eucharist will be celebrated at 11 am. At 12 midday there will be the Procession of Jesus' Entrance into Jerusalem. Further processions follow at 5 pm and 6 pm.

Cathederal of La Laguna
Photo DailosTamanca [CC BY-SA 2.0],
via Wikimedia Commons

On Jueves Santo (Holy Thursday), 18 April 2019, from 10 am to 2 pm in the Plaza de la Concepción, a collection of foodstuffs for the benefit of those most needy in the city will be made by the Junta de Hermandades y Cofradías. There are various processions at 7:30 pm, 8 pm and 8:30 pm.

Viernes Santo (Good Friday), 19 April 2019, dawns in La Laguna with the smell of incense and the echo of "malagueñas" sung to the Cristo de La Laguna (Christ of La Laguna) as the Procesión de Madrugada (Early Morning Procession) at 02:30 hrs transfers the image from his Sanctuary to the cathedral. The two main 'attractions' are the Procesión Magna starting at 5 pm, and the Procesión del Silencio (silent procession) at 10 pm to move the image of the dead Christ to the Parish Church of Santo Domingo. Silence is broken only by the tinkling of bells in its slow pace through the dark streets of the city of the Adelantados.

For more information (in Spanish) on the history of the Holy Week celebrations in La Laguna,  origins of the icons and many photographs, download the full program (PDF)

Semana Santa en San Cristóbal de La Laguna

Friday, April 05, 2019

Canary Islands Cheese Fair at Pinolere

IX Feria del queso de Canarias

This weekend on the 6th and 7th April 2019 the IX Feria del queso de Canarias (9th Annual Canary Islands Cheese Fair) takes place at the Museo y Parque Etnográfico Pinolere (Pinolere Ethnographic Museum).

The fair will gather more than 35 cheese makers from the islands, with cheeses that have won awards worldwide. There will be cheese tastings and workshops aimed at children, such as the traditional goat milking workshop. Throughout the weekend you can taste fresh cheeses, cured and semi-cured, gofio, paprika, spreads ... a great diversity of this delicacy for the enjoyment of all lovers of this craft product. During the fair there will be numerous stalls for the tasting and sale of cheeses from all the islands, which can be paired with wines from the denomination of origin of the Orotava Valley. At the same time you can enjoy other local products, as the fair will have the participation of the Farmer's Market that will offer tasting of various products of the land.

On the days of the fair there will also be an exhibition of Canarian breeds of different animals: seven breeds of dogs, among them the Presa Canario and the Lobito Herreño; chickens; goats; sheep, black pigs; donkeys, camels; bees, birds ...

La Orotava acoge este fin de semana la IX Feria del Queso de Canarias

Rallysprint Atogo 2019

This weekend on the Tenerife rally schedule, on the 6th and 7th April, for your sporting pleasure is the 14th edition of the Rallysprint Atogo 2019. This takes place in the area north of Tenerife South airport, roughly between Guaza and San Isidro. This PDF map shows the road closures that will be in place and thus the route taken by the rally.

RallySprint Atogo 2018

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Carnival Queen Candidate in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Ana María González Alberto

Whether looking back once more at Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019, or forward towards Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2020 - which takes place between Friday, 21st February 2020 and Sunday, 1st March 2020 - we can't resist another look at the candidates who aspired to become carnival queens in 2019.

This week is the turn of Ana María González Alberto in a costume entitled "LA BRUJA BLANCA" (The White Witch), which was designed by Antonio Santos Arteaga and is representing Bingo Canarias and Bingo Ciudad Laguna. 

Ana María González Alberto | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Plenilunio Festival Santa Cruz This Weekend

Plenilunio Santa Cruz

More than a hundred activities in a wide range of topics including leisure, culture, gastronomy and design, in a score of spaces give shape to this festival ...

A new edition of the Plenilunio Santa Cruz (Plenilunio means Full Moon) initiative will take place in the capital of Tenerife on Saturday 6 April. Over a dozen venues will host a wide range of activities for audiences of all kinds, in a program that runs from 11 a.m. to midnight. On Sunday 7 April, Parque García Sanabria will  continue the program with a wide range of food on offer from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Two of the novelties of the tenth edition of Plenilunio Santa Cruz will be the Moto Rock and Ecofest festivals, which will take place on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 April in the Avenida Marítima, Plaza de Europa and the Museum of Nature and Archeology.

The Motorrock Festival on the Avenida Marítima will combine music, vehicle exhibitions, a themed market and gastronomy, which can be visited both on Saturday from 11:00 am to 12:00 am and on Sunday 11 : 00 to 19:00 hours.

The vehicle show, consisting of 40 motorcycles and 20 cars and several classic vans, will be complemented on Saturday with the performances of Mr. Miyagi from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Vinylos, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 16 Tons from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Roger S. Morgan, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Rockabilly Man and Masked DJ, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Marvel Hill, from 21:15 to 22:15; and This Drama, from 10:30 pm to midnight. In addition, from 15:00 to 16:00, there will be an initiation workshop to rockabilly. The Moto Rock Festival will remain open on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and will include a swing initiation workshop, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the musical performances of Nicotine Swing, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Candela, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Kurtycourney had a bar, from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm; and Jessy La Ley, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

The Plaza de Europa will host the Ecofest Festival, in which, under an environmental theme, there will be music, gastronomy, children's activities and an ecological market, and which can be visited both on Saturday from 11:00 at 00:00 hours as on Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00 hours. The programming of the Ecofest Festival will be complemented with activities that will take place on Saturday and Sunday in the auditorium of the Museum of Nature and Archeology (MUNA).

On Saturday at 11:40 in the auditorium of the Museum of Nature and Archeology (MUNA) a conference 'Let's talk about waste: Breaking myths' takes place, while at 12:30 is the activity 'Space to share - Eco Trends: Zero plastics', in which the problem of plastics will be addressed. At 16:00 hours activities focus on recycling and caring for the environment; and at 18:00 hours the film "Oceans, the mystery of lost plastic" will be screened.

The Ecofest Festival program in the auditorium of the Museum of Nature and Archeology (MUNA) will continue on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and in which lectures on waste, eco-trends, recycling and bioagriculture will take place and will conclude with the screening of the documentary 'Buy, throw, buy' from 5:00 p.m.

There are other activities taking place at the Plaza del Príncipe, Plaza de La Candelaria, Plaza de España, Calle La Noria, the Casa del Carnaval, Plaza del Chicharro, Calle Castillo and the Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África, among others.

The program of activities can be consulted on the web www.pleniluniosantacruz.com, both in Spanish and English, categorized by times and topics.

The organization of this tenth edition of Plenilunio Santa Cruz is under the responsibility of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, through the Development Society, with the sponsorship of Heineken, Obra Social La Caixa, Mutua Tinerfeña, Cepsa Foundation, Del Monte and Coca-Cola , has the collaboration of Sanitas, Libbys, Fundación Emmasa, Automotor Canarias and Lolea, and the participation of Tu Km 0, Tenerife Trade Show Institution, Apremate, Fuente Alta, Dislecan NGO, Apadi, Santa Cruz Casino and Hotel Príncipe Paz.

Festival Moto Rock y el Festival Ecofest, dos de las novedades de Plenilunio Santa Cruz
El primer Plenilunio del año tendrá lugar el sábado 6 y el domingo 7 de abril

And as always with events such as this, Tenerife bus company, TITSA, are increasing night time services on some routes so that people can get to and enjoy the festival.

Arroz a la Cubana (Cuban Rice)

There certainly won't be any prizes for presentation with my effort!

My good friends over at Buzz Trips posted about this oddity of a dish named Arroz a la Cubana (literally, Cuban Girl's Rice) and I'm totally with them on that, "It's an odd mixture, but it works surprisingly well." And I've also found it on restaurant menus in Tenerife, but, as I mentioned to them, I've even had conversations with Cubans who have never heard of it, so I couldn't resist doing a bit of research to see what the deal is with this dish.

At RevistaCatalejo.com the writer says, "The first time I heard about Cuban rice was in a restaurant in Barcelona (Spain), a very curious fact if one takes into account that I am from Cuba and I never heard anyone mention the name of that dish, as such."

In Cuba, she tells us, the dish doesn't have the tomato sauce (as it does in some places), isn't known as Cuban rice, but is considered as 'food for whores', because it's very easy and quick to prepare, and, like 'those ladies', always in a hurry!

There's controversy surrounding the origin of Cuban rice, apparently. According to the Spanish entry at Wikipedia, it's a dish of Cuban cuisine, very typical in the Canaries, of Spanish origin from the time of Captaincy General of Cuba (Colonial Era). In the English version, similarly, "Some authors consider that it may have originated from rice dishes with fried eggs from Cuba when it was a Spanish colony." At Huffpost, they report the claim that "the Spanish Creoles created this dish in America." There are nearly as many claims for the pedigree as there are versions of the dish! (In the Philippines meat is added.)

While some scholars claim that it is originally from Cuba, others claim that it comes from the Canary Islands. Another cubanaAna Mercedes Urrutia, assures us too that the dish is not Cuban and is Canarian, as do many others. This may well be the true origin.

It hardly needs a recipe, but here's one: Arroz Cubano: Easy Cuban Rice

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Carnival Monday to be a Holiday in 2020

Carnival de Noche

The 24 February 2020, Carnival Monday, will be public holiday in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This has been approved by the city council in exchange for May 3, which is usually a local holiday for the Day of the Cross in the capital, which next year falls on a Sunday. Carnival in the street next year will begin on Friday, February 21, and for four days (Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday 25, which is also a holiday), carnival-goers will be able to enjoy the party without interruption and without have to think about work!

El Lunes de Carnaval será festivo en 2020

Monday, April 01, 2019

Tenerife Fiestas in April 2019

Representación de La Pasión (Passion of Jesus) in Adeje

Carnival 2019 finally comes to an end with the Burial of the Sardine on 1 April in Los Cristianos and so, we quickly move on to the events of Semana Santa (Easter).

Sunday 14 April 2019Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday). The parades on this day have been described as "happy and less crowded celebrations" than those later in the week. 

Thursday 18 April is a Public Holiday in the Canary Islands for Holy Thursday.

Friday 19 April is a National Public Holiday for Good Friday, the biggest events of which are the Representación de La Pasión (Passion of Jesus) in Adeje and the various processions and the Cofradías y hermandades (Brotherhoods) in La Laguna.

Easter Monday is not a public holiday in Spain nor the Canary Islands.

Thursday 25 April is a public holiday at municipal level in the municipality of Icod de los Vinos for Festival of San Marcos Evangelista (St. Mark the Evangelist), the Patron of the town, as it is in Tegueste. April is also Wine Month in Tequeste.

Saturday 27 April the Camino del Hermano Pedro an annual pilgrimage from Vilaflor to El Médano is scheduled to take place.

Sunday 28 April the Romería Chica in El Tanque is scheduled, however, there is a General Election in Spain that day (Spain's PM calls snap general election for 28 April) and other events, including the annual Pilgrimage of San Marcos Evangelista in Tegueste that usually takes place in April, have been postponed, so I can't be certain on that one.

Monday 29 April is a municipal holiday for the Festival of Santo Hermano Pedro in Vilaflor.

On the rally calendar there is the Rallysprint Atogo on 6 & 7 April, the Los Loros Hillclimb on 13 April and the Arico Hillclimb on 27 April