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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Santa Cruz Carnival Queens in Miniature

Barbie version of the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2003

(Above) In 2003, Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was Natalia Díaz Mesa, with a costume entitled "Láquesis" (Lachesis), which was designed by Santi Castro and represented Centro Comercial Carrefour. Watch a video of the 2003 coronation.

Among the updates at the Casa del Carnival museum exhibits announced last week was that more examples had been added to their collection of Queens in Miniature.

During carnival this year back in March, there was a temporary exhibition entitled "Barbie se viste de Reina del Carnaval" (Barbie dresses up as Carnival Queen), at the Real Casino de Tenerife on the Plaza de la Candelaria. We popped into the casino while the temporary exhibition was on and grabbed these few photos.

Barbie version of the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2013

A decade later, in 2013, Soraya Rodríguez Castro became Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Her costume was entitled, "Volare" (Fly), designed by Saliarca Creativos and representing Centro Comercial Carrefour – Meridiano. Here is coverage of her coronation.

Barbie version of the Carnival Queen in 2017

Judit López García was crowned Queen of the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017 with a costume entitled "Madame Soleil" (Madam Sun), designed by Jorge González Santana, representing Fuentealta.
Barbie version of the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2008

Back in 2008, Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was Nauzet Celeste Cruz Melo, with a costume entitled, "La Edad de Oro" (Golden Age), designed by Santi Castro, representing the Santa Cruz-Carrefour Shopping Center. Watch the coronation here.

Barbie version of the Carnival Queen in 1996
Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1996 was Nayra Plasencia Jorge, in a costume entitle "Ra", designed by Justo Gutiérrez and representing Almacenes El Kilo. You can watch her coronation here.

Barbie version of the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 1997

The final image is the miniature version of the Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1997, who was Soledad León Rancel with a costume entitled, "Mamut" (Mammoth), designed by Leo Martinez, again representing Almacenes El Kilo.

Monday, May 20, 2019

GastroCanarias 2019 Gastronomy Fair

GastroCanarias 2019

The Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos in Santa Cruz de Teneife will host the 6º Salón Gastronómico de Canarias – GastroCanarias 2019 (The sixth Gastronomic Fair of the Canary Islands), from May 21 to 23, a specialised event that will turn Tenerife into the epicenter of gastronomy and local products.

Some 215 stands, spread over 12,000 square meters make this event a great showcase for the promotion of agri-food products from the Canary Islands, as well as serving as a space for the exchange of information and knowledge between professionals and foodies.

This edition also aims to become the first in Spain to be free of plastic.

The Island Corporation has organized in its stand of the show, a score of activities designed jointly by the Area of ​​Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries and Tourism of Tenerife. Tastings of wines, gofios and cheeses, conferences, workshops, tastings and culinary demonstrations (show-cooking) are some of the activities that the Island Corporation is designing for the three days of the event.

More information: www.salongastronomicodecanarias.com

In the video below, Lee de Caires shows us highlights from the event in 2018.

GASTRO CANARIAS 2018 Feria de Gastronomía de Canarias - ¡Que Gran Viaje!

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Jóvenes Cantadores and Pitingo, in concert, 20 May in the Valle de Guerra, La Laguna

The group Jóvenes Cantadores (literally, Young Singers) appear with Pitingo, in a concert taking place on Monday, May 20, starting at 9:00 p.m., in the Plaza de Valle de Guerra, and which is part of the program of events of the Fiestas of San Isidro Labrador and Santa Maria de la Cabeza.

Jóvenes Cantadores, formed in Tenerife, were discovered in 2008 by the director of the Televisión Canaria program "La Bodega de Julián", Elvis Sanfiel. The group has a total of twenty-four components with ages between 17 and 28 years. The vast majority are students of the University of La Laguna.

Pitingo, was born in Ayamonte, Huelva. Son of a fisherman, like his grandfather, and gypsy mother, he learned singing as a family. He is the creator of soulería, soul to the rhythm of bulería.

Jóvenes Cantadores y Pitingo, este lunes (20 de mayo) en Valle de Guerra

Pitingo - Killing Me Softly With His Song

Saturday, May 18, 2019

International Museum Day 2019 in Tenerife

The Cabildo (Tenerife Island Corporation)'s museums celebrate today, Saturday May 18, the Día Internacional de los Museos (International Museum Day), with an extensive program for all audiences: The new production of the Planetarium 'Fantasmas del Universo' (Phantom of the Universe), on the hunt for dark matter ', at the Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos (Museum of Science and the Cosmos); the activity 'Dress in traditional costume', at the Museo de Historia y Antropología de Tenerife (Museum of History and Anthropology of Tenerife); and the celebration of the XIII International Meeting of the Commission of Geological Heritage of the Geological Society of Spain in Tenerife, at the MUNA, Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueología (MUNA Museum of Nature and Archeology).

The MUNA, Museo de Naturaleza y Arqueología (MUNA Museum of Nature and Archeology), on Saturday 18 May, at 11:00 and 12:00 hrs, are also offering guided visits in Spanish an English, to the permanent exhibitions by museum technicians.

El Cabildo celebra el día grande de los museos de la Isla

Friday, May 17, 2019

Traditions Fair in Candelaria, La Traviata in Puerto de la Cruz, Romerías de San Isidro, The First 25 Years of Santa Cruz


Feria de Las Tradiciones in Candelaria

Candelaria is hosting a Traditions Fair, highlighting the Culture and Traditions of the municipality in the surroundings of the Plaza de Teror and Avenida Condes de Santa María of Abona. The Fair will be open to the public this Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and attendees will be able to enjoy different activities, among which are the sale of handicrafts, Tenerife costumes, exhibition of needlework, special programming of Candelaria Radio, screenings of "Candelaria en la recuerdo" (Candelaria in the memory), bouncy castles, press area and Canarian books, workshops (from 10 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 8 pm) in drum, chácaras and traditional percussion; and many local crafts, as well as cut-out and colour the traditional costume of Candelaria.

Cultura y Tradición se citan en Candelaria (Via)

La Traviata in Puerto de la Cruz

Ópera de Tenerife is staging two more performances of La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May 2019, starting at 9:00 p.m., this time in the gardens of the old Hotel Taoro, in Puerto de la Cruz.

Tickets can be purchased via the Tenerife Auditorium, at the box office from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., from Monday to Saturday; at www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by phone at 902 317 327 or at Castillo San Felipe from Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Ópera de Tenerife presenta este fin de semana La traviata

Romería de San Isidro in Guía de Isora

Guía de Isora celebrates the 66th anniversary of the Pilgrimage of San Isidro Labrador on Sunday 19 May. After the mass sung by the municipal folk group Sámara in the Church of Our Lady of La Luz from 11.30am, the celebrations through the streets will begin. Folk groups, carts and parrandas will add a note of color and happiness, along with groups of dancers who will accompany the saint. The evening will continue with dancing to the orchestras Sabrosa and Wamampy.

Video: Romería de Guía de Isora por Mírame Canarias

This is just one of many such Romerías taking place on Sunday 19 May:

Exhibition - The First 25 Years of Santa Cruz

With the help of private funds, the exhibition proposes the rediscovery of an almost unknown and little investigated period in the city's history, even among the vast majority of residents and visitors. It is an approach to the origins, from the Guanche culture to the consolidation of the new order, from new and unpublished research.

(La Recova Centro de Arte) The Recova Art Center
2 Plaza Isla de la Madera, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
From Wed, 24 Apr until Fri, 31 May 19
From 11:00 to 13:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00.
Free admission.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

Carnival Queen Candidate in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Isamar Rosa Sabina

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.

Isamar Rosa Sabina appeared in a costume entitled, "OFRENDA" (Offering), designed by Tin Quintero and representing Ferretería Castro Delgado, Ferretería Las Pirámides and the Town Hall of Güímar

Isamar Rosa Sabina | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The concentration of CO2 at Izaña reaches values ​​of 3 million years ago

Teide Observatory

The Centro de Investigación Atmosférica de Izaña (Atmospheric Investigation Centre) at the Teide Observatory - the astronomical observatory operated by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (Canarian Astrophysics Institute) on Mount Teide, Tenerife - was the first in the world to detect the record of daily average concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, of more than 415 ppm, confirming humans' entry into unexplored territory.

Centre Director, Emilio Cuevas, warns about the spectacular increase of this gas that produces the greenhouse effect in the atmosphere, by 30% in 35 years

The observatory of Global Atmospheric Surveillance of the Spanish State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) at Izaña registered the historical record of the measurements of average daily concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2), with 415 ppm (parts per million) in April.

The data, provided by the Ministry of Environment, confirms that the observatory at Mauna Loa (Hawaii) also detected levels that exceeded this threshold earlier this month, confirming a trend of growth of this greenhouse gas worldwide.

The director of the Center for Atmospheric Research at Izaña, Emilio Cuevas, said that "The rate of year-on-year growth has accelerated by 30% in the last 35 years, since in 1984. The annual increase was 1.8 ppm per year and currently it is 2.3 ppm per year ". This figure has been exceeded four times  with a maximum in the data series (starting in June 1984) of 416.7 ppm on April 18. "It means that the concentration in the atmosphere of this gas, which produces global warming, is accelerating and at the moment we are far from any decrease, since it is increasing dramatically," said Cuevas. "That the threshold of 415 ppm has been passed puts us in unexplored territory for humanity, as there had not been a similar record since we inhabited the Earth," he said.

We would have to go back 3 million years to obtain a similar concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, at which time human beings did not exist.

It is predicted that the year 2020 will once again surpass 418 parts per million of CO2 and Cuevas hopes that, in 2050, global stabilization will begin to be observed. Very likely there will never again be concentrations below 400 ppm. "Stabilization would be a very important achievement. The challenge now is that it does not rise each year, "he insisted.

Measuring the concentration of CO2 in clean atmosphere is not easy and therefore there are not many observatories in the world that perform this type of measurement of such high precision. There are only 30 laboratories and all are located in areas far away from the emission sources, sources of pollution, isolated from continents and in high areas, such as Hawaii, Samoa, Tasmania, the South Pole, Alaska or Tenerife.

La concentración de CO2 en Izaña ya alcanza valores de hace 3 millones de años

(Guided daytime visit of the Teide Observatory and Astronomical Tours)

Imagen de M W en Pixabay

Comparsa Tropicana

Components of Comparsa Tropicana in the 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.

Founded in 1994, in Candelaria, Comparsa Tropicana are this year celebrating their 25th Anniversary. They made their first appearance on stage, in Candelaria, in 1995 and the following year participated in Santa Cruz Carnival.

Tropicana | 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. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Casa del Carnaval Museum in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Reopens after renewal of exhibits

Casa del Carnaval Musuem in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Casa del Carnaval (Carnival Museum) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, reopened its doors on Monday after renewing the content of the permanent exhibition and digital media, updating exhibits to those of the latest edition of the festival. Among the main changes is the exhibition of more of the carnival posters from various years in the reception hall, while in the Permanent Exhibition Hall a new section, called 'Did you know that ...? ', has been added with information of historical and social importance and curiosities.

The Queen's Hall now houses the costume of the Carnival Queen of 2019, accompanied by some of her maids of honour.

Carnival Queen 2019 at the Carnival Main Parade on Tuesday 5 March 2019

Also, on the touch screens located in the different spaces are updated 360 degree photographs, in addition to the videos of each event, i.e., Gala de la Reina, Final of the Murgas, Rondallas Contest, or Rhythm and Harmony, among others.

Next to the showcase of 'Ayer' (Yesterday), a costume called 'Tajaraste' from 1987 will be exhibited as part of a continued discourse on the history and evolution of the costumes of the Carnival Queen.

The video summary of Carnival 2019 will be reproduced on the video wall, as well as the different summaries dedicated to the comparsas, musical groups or murgas, while the Costume Workshop has also been renewed, incorporating new costumes and headdresses.

The Temporary Room will continue to hold the Guinness World record with Celia Cruz, but will also combine temporary exhibitions with other activities and will host several exhibitions throughout the year, the first one being dedicated to murga group Los Bambones.

Several elements have been added to the collection of Queens in miniature, as well as a new area created in the cafeteria, with more of the posters that announce the Carnival.

Audio Guides in Five Languages

The Casa del Carnaval has audio guides in 5 languages ​​that have also been renewed with all these contents in order to offer visitors updated information.

The Casa del Carnaval  Calle Aguere, 17, 38005 S/C de Tenerife, can be visited Monday, Sunday, free of charge, from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.

Garachico at the gates of hell

Volcán de Trevejo or Arenas Negras.

By Jesús Villanueva Jiménez (Published in the Revista NT de Binter in its May 2019 issue).

The Villa de Garachico slept at dawn on May 5, 1706. Although not all the locals did so. In the monastery of the Immaculate Conception, the nuns went to Matins. Bernardo finished arranging the load in the cart, while the two mules appreciated the fresh hay that their master had given them; the arriero (muleteer) wanted to leave for San Cristóbal de La Laguna as soon as the sun appeared. Gonzalo, his wife Rosario and their son Manuel worked in the bakery, already at full capacity. Mercedes was breastfeeding her newborn daughter, while Antonio, the husband, who like her had not slept, ate a bowl of gofio and milk, without hurry, to then go to the dock, the most important on the island, where he worked as a dock worker. That morning barrels of wine were due to embark in a galleon that had arrived at port two days ago, and that would leave on course to the Nueva España (New Spain), as soon as its hold was full of the precious merchandise.

There was silence in Garachico, when suddenly, those who got up early felt the ground tremble under their feet. Instantly, another tremor even stronger, a shake that made the furniture wobble and a hoarse roar that came from the top of Montaña Negra, to the south, behind the back of the town. In the convent of the Immaculate Conception, the nuns suddenly silenced the prayer, shuddering, all looking at the mother superior. Bernardo's mules tensed their muscles, kicking the floor, emitting a moan between their braying and the neighing. Mercedes had palpitations, the baby was removed from the breast and cried disconsolately at the sudden reaction of her mother. The people of Garachico rushed into the street, looking towards the mountain that sheltered the town, and, as terrified as they were dazed, watched the sky turn red, heard the thunder of the earth and the ground shudder again. Shouting, some pointed to a trail of lava, red as iron in the forge, poking up the edge of the summit. There was no time to lose, but now the glow of the fire that threatened from the bowels of the earth the lives of the inhabitants of the prosperous locality of Tenerife.

From the 5th to the 14th of May 1706 the Trevejo volcano was vomiting lava. Over the town ran a torrent of incandescent matter that split into two main arms, reducing to ashes everything in its path. A lava arm buried the pier; the other burned the parish church, the convent of San Francisco, the monastery of Santa Clara and the whole street above, where the most sumptuous buildings were. Miraculously, the incandescent river skirted the convent of the Immaculate Conception, freeing it from succumbing under the coals of hell. Men, women, children and the elderly fled to Icod, on foot, on horseback, in carriages, with the most precious or necessary belongings. Thank God, there were no fatalities, but buried by the lava port, the vineyards and half a village, Garachico was plunged into ruin.

Garachico a las puertas del infierno Via: GARACHICO JOYA DE TENERIFE

Volcano Chinyero and Montaña Negro

Monday, May 13, 2019

The Tenerife Walking Festival 2019 opens up for local hiking enthusiasts

Tenerife Walking Festival 2018. Image Cabildo de Tenerife

The Tenerife Walking Festival 2019 (now into it's 5th year) will take place from 21 to 25 May. This is an event open to hikers from all over the continent, combining different types of hikes and trails and original supplementary activities.

Local trekking fans can also enjoy the next edition of the Tenerife Walking Festival, an internationally recognized event among the most important in Europe that will be held from May 21 to 25. The Cabildo (Island Corporation), organizer of the festival through Turismo de Tenerife, has reserved two routes for Tenerife, one for El Teide and another that will run through the heights of La Orotava.

With a duration of between four and five hours, both tours will take place on Saturday May 24 and will have as an initial meeting point the Plaza de Europa in Puerto de la Cruz. The first of them starts at Montaña Blanca, passes through the Mines of San José and ends at El Portillo. The second part of La Caldera, at the top of La Orotava, reaches Mamio and returns to the starting point.

In both cases, they will finish at 5:00 p.m. on the "Paseo de las Banderas", a symbolic section where all the participants arrive together and walk to the Plaza de Europa. There awaits a gastronomic festival and the closing ceremony of the event that will run until 23:00 and includes the musical performances by Los Vándalos and Mala Hierba. The inscription to any of the two routes includes a shirt and four food or drink tickets for the gastronomic festival. The link to sign up is www.tenerifewalkingfestival.com, in the tab 'Rutas para locales'.

El Tenerife Walking Festival se abre a los aficionados locales al senderismo

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Car overturns during Adeje Rally

Bit of excitement from yesterday's stages of the Adeje Rally, where a car overturns. Love the way the fans turn up to right the vehicle ... you'll have to watch the video to see what happens next, but I think we can safely say that no rally drivers were harmed in the making.

Number 28 appears to be the PEUGEOT 208 VTI R2 driven by Tanausú Delgado Mulero.

For more rally action, consult our Tenerife Rally Calendar for 2019

Free concert this Sunday with the bands of Santa Cruz, Tacoronte and Guía de Isora at the Auditorio de Tenerife

Sala de Cámara del Auditorio de Tenerife

The Spring Musical cycle brings togther Santa Cruz, Tacoronte and Guía de Isora bands in the same event at the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín. The concert, organized by the Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas (Tenerife Bands' Federation) with the collaboration of the Cabildo (Island Corporation), will take place on Sunday 12 May at 11:30 am with free admission. The musical associations Unión y Amistad (Santa Cruz), Santa Cecilia (Tacoronte) and Virgen de la Luz (Guía de Isora) are the protagonists of the concert.

The band from the La Salud neighborhood of the Tenerife capital, Unión y Amistad, founded in 1990, will open the session with Alfredo Javaloyes' El Abanico, continue with music from Jurassic Park, by John Williams with arrangements by Jay Bocook. The 35 musicians of this group, directed by José Nareme Rodríguez Hernández, will continue their repertoire with Grant County Celebration, by Mark Willians, ending with the interpretation of Supertramp, with arrangements by André Waignein.

The Musical Association Santa Cecilia de Tacoronte, formed in 1991, will begin its program with the Pasodoble Festero La Vereda, by Óscar Navarro. Antonio Domingo Ordóñez Abreu, director of the band composed of 60 musicians, will continue the concert with a selection from the Slavonic March, by Tchaikovsky. To finish, they will play a selection of themes from the soundtrack of the movie Lágrimas Rotas, a special premiere for the band that will feature the composer Manuel Lillo Torregrosa as a special guest from Madrid.

Finally, the 80 musicians of the Virgen de la Luz Musical Association, also founded in 1991, will perform in the Sala de Cámara del Auditorio de Tenerife. Under the baton of Antonio Lorenzo Fariña Díaz, the band will begin with El Pasodoble Homage, by José de la Vega. Then, The Inferno the Ascension (from Divine Comedy), by Robert W. Smith, to culminate the session with Songs Of The Wiz, by Quincy Jones with arrangements by Peter Kleine Schaars.

El Auditorio de Tenerife programa el concierto de bandas de Santa Cruz, Tacoronte y Guía de Isora

Friday, May 10, 2019

Adeje Rally, Olive Oil Tasting Workshop, Popular traditions, games and crafts, Ópera de Tenerife does La Traviata, Los Caprichos Musicales de la Isla Baja 2019, Romerías

Adeje Rally

This weekend on Saturday 11 May on the Rally Calendar is the 29th Rallye Villa de Adeje. It's a huge event for the south of the island and great fun if you like motor sports, but does also result in road closures and resultant disruption if you don't. You can also download maps and plans showing the various parts of the route (PDF)
Video: Rally Villa de Adeje 2018

Museo Casa del Vino en La Baranda, El Sauzal

Tasting Workshop of the Extra Virgin Olive Oils of Tenerife and the Canary Islands

On Saturday 11 May 2019, from 11 am to 2 pm, at the Casa del Vino de Tenerife, La Baranda, El Sauzal, you can take part in a theoretical and practical tasting workshop of the Extra Virgin Olive Oils of Tenerife and the Canary Islands, in which the olive oil culture, its elaboration and characteristics will be discussed. More information and reservations on 922 57 25 35.
Image: bea & txema [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Popular traditions in San Isidro

Canarian Stick Fighting
The Plaza de la Cultura in San Isidro this Saturday 11 May, will host a festival of folk traditions with crafts, workshops, exhibitions of local games, folklore and gastronomy. Organized by the Department of Culture in Granadilla de Abona, events begin at 10.00 am and are scheduled to conclude at around 3:00 pm.

The event is scheduled to start with the craft and gastronomy fair that will offer basketry and blacksmithing, cheese making, bags and jewelery, handmade bread, Canarian products, pastries and artisanal honey. Also, there will be an exhibition of domestic and farm animals, bulldog and podenco dogs. For the youngest children; workshops, traditional games and an exhibition of wooden carts.

From 11.00 am there will be displays of Juego del palo (Canarian stick fighting), Salto del pastor (Shepherd's Leap) and the release of pigeons by the Club Colombófilo Abona Sur. The Canarian food tasting will start at 2:00 p.m. And at 8:00 pm, the 'V Alisios del Sur Folklore Festival' will be held with the participation of Tamadiste, Andares Isleños and Alisios del Sur cultural associations.
Las tradiciones populares se dan cita el sábado en San Isidro

Ópera de Tenerife presents La Traviata

Ópera de Tenerife present La Traviata, by Giuseppe Verdi, at the Magma Arte & Congresos de Adeje this weekend, on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and has the collaboration of the Government of the Canary Islands, through the Ministry of Tourism. It is a production made entirely on the Island that the Cabildo program outside the Auditorium of Tenerife in order to bring this genre to new audiences.

Tickets can be purchased via the Tenerife Auditorium, at the box office from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., from Monday to Saturday; at www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by phone on 902 317 327. In addition, for the functions in Adeje, at the box office of Magma Arte & Congresos from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Ópera de Tenerife presenta este fin de semana La traviata en el Magma Arte & Congresos

Los Caprichos Musicales de la Isla Baja

Former Convent of San Sebastián in Los Silos
"Los Caprichos Musicales de la Isla Baja" started in the region fourteen years ago. This edition of 2019, taking place between Saturday 11 May and Saturday 20 July 2019, consists of 18 concerts and 4 training courses in the beautiful settings and enclaves of the Isla Baja; mainly old convents and squares of the municipalities of Garachico, Los Silos, Buenavista del Norte and El Tanque.

The former convent of San Sebastián, in Los Silos, will host the inaugural concert on Saturday, May 11, at 8:00 pm. Attendance at the concerts is FREEConsult the program online (in Spanish) (or download PDF) for details of dates and venues for these classical and opera concerts and recitals, as well as pop, world music, jazz, pop, funk & soul ...

Traditional Romerías

There is an ample program of Romerías to choose from this weekend in Tenerife:

On Saturday 11 May 2019, is the Pilgrimage in Honor to San Isidro in El Pico de Tejina, La Laguna 

On Sunday 12 May 2019, there are: 

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Candidate for Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Keila González Toledo

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.

Ten year old Keila González Toledo in a costume entitled, "LOCA MADRIGUERA DE POLICÍA" (Crazy Police Lair), designed by José Ángel Ramos González and representing Murga Infantil Carricitos. 

Keila González | Gala Reina Infantil | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

New great prehispanic mystery of Tenerife: Christian cross discovered at a Guanche site

Landscape in Buenavista del Norte

New great prehispanic mystery of Tenerife: a colossal megalith for fecundity rituals and solar calendar. The research of Gustavo Sánchez Romero, Santiago López Arencibia and Emilio Rivero, has resulted in the discovery of what could be considered as a large Guanche meeting place.

A new great prehispanic mystery has emerged in Tenerife. Researchers from the Canary Islands have found, in the municipality of Buenavista del Norte, a Christian cross engraved in a megalith that suggests knowledge of Christianity by the ancient canarian inhabitants. The cross, inscribed in the rock, perfectly identified as such and that would be oriented to the sun, is located in a space where the inhabitants before the Conquest paid respect to fertility and the observation of the stars.

The research of Gustavo Sánchez Romero, Santiago López Arencibia and Emilio Rivero, to which ABC has had access, gives detail of an archeological puzzle for specialists and a powerful magnet for independent researchers. The Guanches could work colossal stone structures. It has resulted in the discovery of what could be considered a great Guanche meeting center, "of cult, associated with rituals of fertility and solar markers. " The discovery has been published by the prestigious Austrian Center Institutum Canarium in Vienna, a scientific society dedicated to the interdisciplinary research of the Canary Islands and Mediterranean cultures for more than 50 years.

As published by Yaiza Santana in a report for ABC, Romero, López and Rivero argue that "the space is composed of two large independent rock formations, in the middle of the Laurisilva (laurel forest)". And they add that both stone cliffs, several meters high, "stand out as two stony islands" in the midst of the greenery of a "prehistoric area of ​​more than 20 million years old", experts say. In particular, they have investigated an "enormous rock shaped like a dog's head that, defiantly, looks into the abyss". The area is called precisely the Risco del Perro (Dog's Crag), though camouflaged among the greenery of the area over the years, you can see that the stone is worked in the form of a dog skull.

The stone is 3.5 meters long and 1.6 meters high, "has a carved eye, and presents the typical profile of the canine, high skull and pointed nose". The back exposes a "bowl carved in the stone, with a well differentiated concavity".

The researchers allude to the presence of "the figure of the dog in Guanche society, an animal associated with burials, since there are several mummified heads". "The dog is a key element in every pastoral society, besides being used for meat by some Guanches, probably in times of scarcity."

Resistance against the Europeans

In the area where this has been detected there are "several well-finished steps, cut squarely into the wall of rock that makes up this first formation," the researchers point out. It would be for access. It contains "channels cut in the stone, approximately six of more than one meter in length, used for the pouring of liquids, associated with rudimentary bowls, more than four of different depths and sizes". "This set would represent a kind of outdoor altar located in tall rocks, the almogarenes, sacred places of meeting to celebrate ceremonies related to fertility," they theorize.

The enigma of the cross

That's where there is a Latin Christian cross engraved on the stone, 40 centimeters by 30 centimeters. This cross is oriented at 64 ° and coincides with the sunrise on the summer solstice. According to the experts, "these crosses are found in important areas for the Guanches, places of power, worship or meeting, as also present in Teno Alto, Buenavista del Norte, relatively close to the area studied." In the areas of Daute and Icod, the Guanches were entrenched until 1517, when the Conquest ended in 1496, according to official data.

Worship of the sun and livestock

In the steep area where there is the large dog's head there is a perfect space for contemplation. "We are facing a kind of observatory or solar window whose purpose would be to register, in a precise manner, the departure of the star king, Magec for the Guanches, on such a marked date. Now it should be noted that on June 21, summer solstice, when the Guanche year began, the males were released so that they would breed goats and culminate the harvest (harvesting and threshing). "

They explain that in the Beñesmen, central summer day (August 7) ​​and the goats were pregnant, "so it was a ritual feast where the cycle of life began," and "the winter solstice, December 21, marked the central day of the Guanche year, coinciding with the birth of baifos (goat kids) and the formation of the new flocks, a key element in the economy, and, therefore, in the survival of the Guanche people ".

Encuentran una cruz cristiana en un yacimiento de culto guanche en Canarias [via]

Image: Paweł 'pbm' Szubert [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Arroz con leche (Rice Pudding)

Arroz con leche

Leaving La Laguna by San Benito, just in front of the chapel that gives shelter to the patron saint and protector of the fields of Tenerife, is the Bar "Las Moneditas". In this famous bar its founder, Don Agustín, kept closely guarded a recipe for the dessert of the house «El Arroz con leche de las Moneditas». It's an easy to make dish for almost everyone.


100 gr of rice
1 lemon rind
50 gr of sugar
1/2 liter of milk
a stick of cinnamon
a pinch of salt
ground cinnamon


Pour the rice into ample boiling water, cook for 10 minutes and meanwhile heat the milk with the sugar, lemon rind, cinnamon stick and salt.

After ten minutes, remove the rice and cool it by rinsing it with water in a colander. Put it back on the heat to cook with the milk 10 or 12 minutes until the grains are soft and loose. Remove the cinnamon stick and the lemon peel. Decorate with ground cinnamon and honey to taste.

El Arroz con leche de «Las Moneditas»

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Fiestas in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1956

This video is talking about Santa Cruz celebrating it's Spring Festival in 1956 - the Fiestas de Mayo (May Festivities) - that commemorate the founding of the city. 

Fiestas en Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1956)

Monday, May 06, 2019

MUECA 2019 International Street Art Festival in Puerto de la Cruz, 9 to 12 May 2019

MUECA 2019 

MUECA2019, the Festival Internacional de Arte en la Calle (International Street Art Festival) takes place in Puerto de la Cruz from Thursday 9 May to Sunday 12 May 2019.

The International Street Art Festival in Puerto de la Cruz, which is more commonly known as Mueca, is a great international attraction, drawing in locals and visitors alike to experience its extraordinary and original wonders. The Festival welcomes you to soak up its colours, lively atmosphere and group performances. Theatre, circus acts, dance, music and other art forms take to the city's streets to create four days of magic.

Programs (in Spanish) can be downloaded at the following page. There is also more information on the festival's Facebook page.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Santa Cruz: 525 anniversary of the city and 129 years of the Fiestas de Mayo

Alonso Fernández de Lugo founded
the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 
On May 3, 1494 the Castilian conquerors nailed the founding cross in Añazo, but it was not until 1890 when the capital of the island began to celebrate the commemorations

On May 3, 1494, the Castilian conquerors nailed a rudimentary wooden cross on the beach of Añazo with which they celebrated the mass that commemorated the founding of the Port and Place of Santa Cruz. The Cross remained in the same place for many years, where, forgotten by some, and abandoned to their fate by others, it endured rain, sun and seas.

When in 1735 the Logman brothers (priests) built a house to install a butchers shop in it, so that the income would help the poor resources of the first church (Concepción), the Cross was wedged between the aforementioned house and the wall that served as a defensive parapet. Therefore, in 1745, the mayor Juan de Arauz y Lordelo, observing the state of deterioration and abandonment of the Cross, ordered them to build a chapel so that it would be sheltered, being called the chapel of the Holy Cross or the Holy Shroud. From this date (1745), every May 3 they began to celebrate this holiday every year.

When the aforementioned chapel was demolished, the Franciscan friars placed the Cross next to the door of the hermitage of San Telmo, where it was forgotten by those who did not know its history and by the indifference of those who, even knowing it, were not aware of its value. It would be in 1850 when the chaplain of the Hospital de los Desamparados, the Dominican Lorenzo Siverio, assessing what that ancient symbol represented for the population, made the decision to move it to the hospital chapel, while exclaiming: "Nobody pays attention today to this old relic, but the day will come when everyone will dispute it. "

Little by little, the inhabitants of the port of Santa Cruz began to understand what that old relic represented for the city and began to feel great interest in the founding of its history. The first civic procession of the Foundational Cross took place in 1867. It left the chapel of the Hospital de los Desamparados, where it was deposited, and, after touring the decorated streets of the neighborhood, it reached the hermitage of San Telmo. It was accompanied by the Banner of the City, which was followed by the Municipal Corporation, civil governor, the military band, and a picket line of the battalion. The Banner was new and had been made in Seville with all the details that the previous one lacked.

That day, the Municipal Corporation used, for the first time, a medal hanging from its neck, on a ribbon with national colors. These medals, made in Paris, in gilt silver, had the motto: "Constitutional City Hall of Santa Cruz de Tenerife". The R.O. who authorized it said: "The will of S.M. (His Majesty) is that the use of this badge is limited to solemn acts in which the City Council is to be included in a corporation, and not those that are individually celebrated by the councilors ".

During the first five days of the month of May of that year there were several festivities: regattas of boats, cockfights, balloons, races on horseback. At night there was strolling and music in the square and fireworks were burned. Booths were also installed in the Plaza de la Constitución (La Candelaria), beautifully decorated and illuminated, since all the lanterns were lit, even if there was a full moon.

Finally, on April 19, 1873, the Provincial Commission reported that the Cross of the Conquest belonged in fact and of right to the Municipality, authorizing to collect for its custody all the ornaments that belonged to it.

The inventory of the existing belongings in the hermitage of San Telmo, said: "The Cross of the Conquest, made of wood from time immemorial, is next to the Gospel, inside a wooden urn with crystals, and has a shroud of white taffeta. Two Chinese vases with golden fillets and fourteen different colored glass lanterns are used for the decoration. "

On May 2, the Cross was moved to the church of San Francisco, where it was guarded until the 3rd, when the ceremony took place and then the procession through the streets of the city center, accompanied by the entire Municipal Corporation and crowd of people coming from all points of the island. The procession was described by the media as a great spectacle. As agreed, the Cross was kept in San Telmo and, from here, on its May festivity, it went out in procession through the ornate streets of the neighborhood until arriving at La Concepción.

The first May Festivities were celebrated in 1890. They lasted three days and the animation was extraordinary. There was a mass in the Plaza de San Telmo, in commemoration of the first one that was said in the same place and before the same Cross, which was attended by all the troops of the garrison, the provincial guard and the sailors of the cruise Island of Cuba, anchored in the port, and at night there was a military retreat that traveled the main streets. In addition, a dance was held at the Casino, a literary-musical evening in the Instructive Cabinet, and a retinue of allegorical figures, carried out by beautiful young ladies from the Circle of Friends who wore fancy suits.

Foundational Cross
In 1892, the City Council, upon checking the state of old age in which the venerated relic was found, and that could not resist much longer, in order to preserve it and guard it in the best possible conditions, agreed that it should be conveniently embedded in good wood, and introduced in a reliquary of wood, nickel and glass, in whose top figure, embossed, the coat of arms of Santa Cruz and an inscription that says: "Here is encircled the Cross placed by the conqueror of Tenerife Don Alonso Fernández of Lugo on the altar before which the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was celebrated for the first time on the beaches of Añaza, May 3, 1494. It was paid by the City Council of Santa Cruz.

In 1896, the Fundamental Cross was definitively transferred to the mother church of La Concepción, where it remains today and receives worship. In 1909, Patricio Estévanez promoted a campaign, in the newspaper El Progreso, to promote the Fiestas de Mayo. That year the program of events was more extensive than ever, because there were two weeks of acts and rejoicings of all kinds. As of that year, the exhibition of Canarian flowers and plants and crafts, the decorated crosses contest and the baile de magos (country ball), among other events, have traditionally been held.

Santa Cruz: 525 aniversario de la ciudad y 129 de las Fiestas de Mayo

Images: Koppchen [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Regional Flowers, Plants and Crafts Exhibition, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, Craft Beer Festival, Summer Holiday Travel Fair, Mother's Day Concert, La Laguna Half Marathon and Romería de San Marcos in Tegueste ... a busy weekend in Tenerife

Parque García Sanabria. Photo: Diego Delso [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Until Sunday 5 May 2019, from 10 am to 9 pm, XLIII Exposición Regional de Flores, Plantas y Artesanía Tradicional Canaria (Regional Exhibition of Flowers, Plants and Canarian Traditional Crafts) in the Parque García Sanabria, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. During the last week of April and the first of May each year we can enjoy a wide variety of colors and aromas in the floral exhibition that takes place in the García Sanabria Park in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Appreciate the laborious task of the artisans of our island, with wonderful works of basketry, embroidery and lacework among others.

More than a hundred musicians will give life to works by Wagner and Strauss this Friday 3 May 2019 in a new program of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. The concert will take place in the Sala Sinfónica of the Auditorio de Tenerife. More info and tickets here.

Saturday 4 May 2019 Craft Beer Festival in the Plaza de las Indias in Puertito de Güímar.

From 3 to 5 May in Santa Cruz de Tenerife: SUMMER HOLIDAY TRAVEL FAIR. Event in which more than 30 companies will participate; airlines, shipping companies and hotel companies. 4:00 p.m. Calle Valentín Sanz and Plaza del Príncipe.

Sunday 5 MayCOME TO SANTA CRUZ. Commercial opening which highlights the Summer Holiday Fair with various activities; market, children's workshops, thematic routes and parades. From 11:00 am in the central zone of the city.

Sunday 5 May 2019: CONCIERTO DEL DÍA DE LA MADRE (Mother's Day Concert with JOSEFINA ALEMÁN) at 8 pm in the Plaza de La Candelaria.

Sunday 5 May 2019, the XX Medio Maratón Ciudad de La Laguna (10th La Laguna Half Marathon) takes place.

Romería de San Marcos in Tegueste

Postponed from it's usual final Sunday in April slot because of the General Elections in Spain, the Romería de San Marcos in Tegueste will take place on Sunday 5 May 2019. This is one of its most important events of the year, which this year celebrates its 51st edition. Despite the change of date, the council believe that this will not affect the influx of public, which is always crowded. In fact, some 80,000 people attended last year.

The pilgrimage will depart at 1:00 pm from the Plaza de San Marcos, after the celebration of the solemn Eucharist at 12 noon. The image of San Marcos will pass through the streets of La Audiencia, El Carmen, Nueva, Prebendado Pacheco, San Marcos square, El Pinar and La Placeta street, accompanied by 18 carts, four boats and a total of 29 Folklore groups. Tenerife public bus company, TITSA, are putting on extra services.


Thursday, May 02, 2019

Carnival Queen Candidate in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Kristel Expósito Rodríguez

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 Kristel Expósito Rodríguez with a costume entitled "REKRISTAL", designed by Silvio Baussou and representing Tenerife 100 Cultures and the Casa del Plátano

Kristel Expósito Rodríguez | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Tenerife Fiestas in May 2019

Baile de Magos in Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Photo Santa Cruz Town Hall

May in Tenerife starts and ends with public holidaysWednesday 1 May 2019 is Fiesta del Trabajo (Workers’ Day) and Thursday 30 May 2019 is Día de Canarias (Canaries Day), which is the anniversary of the first session of the Canary Islands' Parliament after the return of democracy in Spain. There are many events to celebrate this 'Day of Canarianess', among them some of the best of the year's Crafts Fairs.

May 3, Día de la Cruz (Festival of the Crosses) is a municipal public holiday in Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz de Tenerife - in the case of the last for both the Exhaltation of the Holy Cross and Commemoration of the Founding of the City.

These May festivals are, together with the carnival, the most important dates in the city's fiesta calendar, as this is when the founding of the city is celebrated with flower crosses, craft fairs, dancing, Canarian food, while streets are filled with the rhythm of folk musicOn May 3rd, 1494, in a ceremony on the beach of the city, Alonso Fernández de Lugo, the military governor, erected a wooden cross to officially found the city. 

In the capital, as well as in Güímar and other towns, people decorate crosses with flowers and fruits, then place them on the ramblas of the city for everyone's enjoyment. 

The municipality of Los Realejos celebrates the Day of the Cross with a spectacular display of fireworks, one of the most outstanding in Europe and declared of National Tourist Interest. The two main streets of the town, the streets of El Medio and Del Sol, rival for more than three hours to offer the best pyrotechnic show. 

May 5th is the anniversary of the eruption that destroyed Garachico's port in 1706.

Sunday 5 May 2019 is Día de la Madre (Mother's Day), celebrated on the first Sunday in May, since 1965 (previously, it was 8th December, day of the Immaculate Conception).

There is also a huge list of Romerías taking place in May, however, most of them are still to be confirmed, so we cannot give any more details than that at present.
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