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Tenerife in April 2019

Crown of thorns and a nail

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

Plenilunio Santa Cruz
A new edition of the Plenilunio Santa Cruz (Plenilunio means Full Moon) will take place in the capital of Tenerife on Saturday 6 April. Over a dozen venues will host more than a hundred activities in a wide range of topics including leisure, culture, gastronomy and design, from 11 a.m. to midnight. On Sunday 7 April, the Parque García Sanabria continues 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, 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 marke,t and gastronomy, 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 by performances from musicians, bands and DJs. 

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 Archaeology.

On Saturday at 11:40 in the auditorium of the Museum of Nature and Archaeology (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 Archaeology (MUNA) will continue on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with lectures on waste, eco-trends, recycling and bio agriculture and, will conclude with the screening of the documentary 'Buy, throw, buy' from 5:00 p.m.

Other activities are 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.

On 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. 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.

During 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

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

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, with the biggest events being the Representación de La Pasión (Passion of Jesus) in Adeje and the processions of the Cofradías y hermandades (Brotherhoods) in La Laguna.

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

According to Google, the 2019 Semana Santa (Holy Week) in San Cristóbal de La Laguna [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 on Ash Wednesday, 6 March 2019, and continued right throughout Lent. 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, 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.

Semana Santa en San Cristóbal de La Laguna

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

The municipality of Tegueste becomes 'a gastronomic epicenter' with the celebration of the twelfth edition of the Wine and Tapas Route, taking place between 29 March and 17 April, an already traditional event included in the "April, Month of Wine" program.

On this occasion there will be 14 establishments taking part: Bar La Cabaña. Rincón de Marino, Bar Cafetería Las Rosetas, Bodegón Brasas El Parral, Tasca La Viña, Restaurante El Ministro, Zenobio Casa de Comidas, Restaurante Tentados, Cafetería Antiguo Surtidor, Pizzería Te Gusta, Pizzería Dagigi, Bar Cafetería Mencey Tegueste, The Rumors Gastrobar, Restaurante Mauro and La Cantina del Mercadillo, allowing a tour of the different neighborhoods of the municipality.

A portion of Tapas will be priced at 3 euros. For more information the council's website ( has information about the participating bars, tapas and wine. People who complete the entire route will get a gift. 

Wineries are La Jalada, El Púlpito, L'Ambora, Jesús Hernández González, La Zafra, Lomo Sapiens (red and white), Barreto, Mederos, Zapatero, Mateo Gutiérrez González, Llano El Pino, Carlos Rodríguez Gutiérrez and La Collera.

The program "April, Month of Wine" this year, is organized by the Town Hall of Tegueste, with the collaboration of the Association of Entrepreneurs of Tegueste (ASEVITE), the Wine Association of Tegueste (AVITE), the Association of Oxherds (AGUAVITE) and the Farmers' and Crafts Market.

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. The Diverse Festival includes concerts, exhibitions, workshops, theatre and cinema, as well as meetings with activists, artists and writers.

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.

Art and Artisan Market

Also on Saturday, 27 April 2019 at the Craft Coffee Gastrobar (Calle Plaza San Cristóbal, 23, San Cristóbal La Laguna), on the last Saturday of each month, is 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.

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 kilometres. More than a thousand runners are expected to 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 (a pity, because you probably need to run off the wines, burgers and beers), so mark your calendar for next year, provide encouragement from the side-lines.

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, 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.

On the way, pilgrims cross some of the region's most unique and emblematic areas. 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 in Vilaflor."

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

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

On Tenerife Rally Calendar 2019 there's the Rallysprint Atogo on 6 & 7 April, the Los Loros Hillclimb on 13 April and on Saturday, 27 April the Subida de Arico (Arico Hillclimb). 

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