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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Midsummer madness: Summer Solstice at the Pirámides de Güímar, plus Decorating the fountains, Midsummer Night Bonfires and Bathing the goats in Puerto de la Cruz

The Party on the Playa Jardín on the Eve of San Juan in Puerto de la Cruz

Summer Solstice at Pirámides de Güímar

Midsummer weekend kicks off with celebrations for the Summer Solstice on Friday 21 June. The place to go (albeit numbers are limited) is to the Ethnographic Park & ​​Botanical Garden Pirámides de Güímar, where one can observe a "Double Sunset".

Decorating the fountains in Puerto de la Cruz

The first Castilian governments on the island promoted works aimed at bringing water from the springs to the central locations of the population centers: very popular and valued works. In Puerto de la Cruz, it is customary, on 22 and 23 June, to decorate these taps - an event named the Enrame de Chorros - with branches, vegetables, fruits and other offerings. This ancient popular tradition demonstrates the importance for the residents of these infrastructures that brought the indispensable water close to their houses.

The fountains are; the Chorro del DuraznoChorro CuacoChorro Las MaretasChorro MequinezChorro del MuelleChorro Cupido and the Chorro Blanco. There are usually guided walks available, however, all of those links lead to the map showing the location of each fountain, so you could work out your own route to see some or all of them.

Video: Enrame de los chorros en Puerto de la Cruz

Noche de San Juan

Forget Glasto or other expensive festivals held in a cold muddy field and head to Puerto de la Cruz for the free celebrations of the Noche de San Juan on 23 June each year; the eve of the saint's day of San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist) on midsummer's day.

The Fiestas de San Juan may be named to honour a Christian saint now, but have their roots firmly in remote times and are linked to the pagan celebration of the summer solstice. The Guanche aborigines considered this date as a special moment where everything was ready for life to be renewed: a new year. A time to celebrate the arrival of summer and, with long days the spirit of the human being becomes open, joyful and expansive.

Until the middle of the 20th century, the Fiestas de San Juan were the most celebrated in the Canary Islands, largely surviving in its character as a popular and revered festival.

The most magical is the eve of San Juan (June 23), the night of the cult to fire where bonfires are lit and the purifying effect of the flames enrapture and transport us, driving out the old and bad. It is the time of rituals, even for the most skeptical, where we decree our deepest desires and place them in the hands of those intangible energies. In Playa Jardín tens of thousands of people gather for this popular party; for a purifying bathe in the nocturnal waters of the Atlantic; to dance to the music with national and international artists, as well as the performance of folk groups; see the magnificent fireworks display, as well as other cultural events that take place in the vicinity of Castillo San Felipe.

Surviving Midsummer Fiestas and the Noche de San Juan on Tenerife

Video: Noche de San Juan Puerto de la Cruz

Bathing of the goats in Puerto de la Cruz

One of the most curious San Juan traditions takes place on 24 June. It has survived in Puerto de la Cruz although it is also remembered in other enclaves in the north of Tenerife. The bathing of the goats in the sea appears in the book titled "The celebration of San Juan in the Puerto de la Cruz", published in 1987 and published again in the year 2002.

The bathing of the goats originally took place before the sun came up, a time also chosen for other practices: bathing people in the sea, splashing the houses and all their rooms with the "holy" water collected at dusk on the day before ... And goatherds from all over the Orotava Valley - even from the upper part through some of the vertical paths that run through it - brought their goats to the old fishing port of Puerto de la Cruz.

At the end of bathing and while the animals dried, their owners went to nearby coffee shops or bars, in order to have a drink, taking the opportunity to do some business, while the boys of the town used to fight with the children of the goatherds on the pier or the nearby streets, until they were asked to touch the goats in order to milk them, in order to sell the milk: the bathing of the goats allowed people of the sea to relate to the people of the field. 

But what was the reason for bathing the goats in the sea? The answer given by some of the old shepherds from Valle de la Orotava, among them Adrián Morales García, a native of Benijos, was that it was "By tradition inherited from their parents."

In 1974, in Teno Alto (Buenavista del Norte), we asked Don Modesto Martín Dorta, who was then 92 years old, for the explanation of the goat bathing on San Juan, and he told us the following: "[So] that they wallow and enter in heat". Crucially for these communities, that meant being able to continue counting on new animals on whom they would depend in the future. By releasing the male goats on the [unsuspecting] females after their bath on the 24th, the shepherds knew that the kids would be born at the right time of year - about five months later, after the first rains, when they would find enough food and pasture.

Until the 1960s the bathing of the goats continued as an endearing tradition, but subsequently became less popular. Then in 1984 some Orotava valley goatherds returned to Puerto de la Cruz to bathe their livestock. The following year, two of them organized the bathing of the goats in the sea with the festival on the previous evening of June 23. 

Los orígenes del baño de las cabras

Video: Baño de las cabras por el día de San Juan - Puerto de la Cruz 2018

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Flying over the Teno Massif

Video from the series VOLANDO SOBRE CANARIAS (FLYING OVER THE CANARY ISLANDS) with a flight over the Macizo de Teno (Teno massif) - one of three volcanic formations that gave rise to Tenerife - along the coast of Los Gigantes and the Mirador de la Monja en Punta de Teno (La Monja viewpoint), in Buenavista del Norte.

VSC - Macizo de Teno, de Los Gigantes a La Monja - Buenavista, Tenerife

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Las Celias de Tenerife

Las Celias de Tenerife in the Carnival Main Parade 5 March 2019

'Las Celias de Tenerife' have been part of carnival in Santa Cruz since 1996 and began as a group of friends who decided to dress alike paying tribute to the singer Celia Cruz, known as 'Queen of Salsa'. Since then, they have not missed a single year, standing out as much for the grace and joy of the members of the group, as for their striking attire. These "clones of Celia Cruz" have been dressed by the best designers of the carnival, from Santi Castro to Juan Carlos Armas. The collective has, at times, been composed of more than a dozen members. The 'Celias de Tenerife' have been accorded the category of Carnival characters since 2013: characters that have become an indispensible part of the event.

One of the Celias de Tenerife at the Carnival Main Parade Tuesday 5 March 2019

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Comparsa Los Rumberos

Los Rumberos 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.

In 2018, the city of Santa Cruz paid homage to the Comparsa Los Rumberos Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the oldest troupe in the Canary Islands, and gave its name to a street.

Founded by Manuel Monzón and a group of friends from the Nuestra Señora de África Market on 14 December 1965, it was the following year when this group presented its own costume, repertoire and flag. Los Rumberos was the first comparsa to go abroad, visiting Cádiz, Madrid, Paris, Viareggio (Italy) and Havana (Cuba) and in its prize list is the privilege of being the first to have won four first consecutive prizes in Presentation.

The decree also recalled that in September 2012 Monzón received, posthumously, the recognition as Son of the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Los Rumberos | 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. 

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Romería de San Isidro in Tacoronte, Il Divo, Festival of Latin Jazz, +Q Rock Metal Festival, Tenerife Motorshow, 220th Anniversary of Alexander von Humboldt in Tenerife

Romería in Tacoronte Photo Tacoronte Town Hall

The star traditional event this weekend, on Sunday 16 June 2019, is the Romería de San Isidro in Tacoronte, about which, sadly, I can find no further details online, but suffice to say it will be a day filled with the usual measures of music, dancing, food and wine.

Video: Romería de Tacoronte 18.06.18

Costa Adeje has four big concerts taking place this summer at Golf Costa Adeje, the first of which is on Saturday 15 June 2019 with the 15th Anniversary "Timeless" concert of Il Divo. Doors open at 7pm and tickets are available here from 40 to 225 Euros.

From Tuesday 18 to Saturday 22 June the Festival Internacional de Jazz Latino (International Festival of Latin Jazz) takes place also at Golf Costa Adeje. Details of the program and tickets can be found here.

Meanwhile in Los Realejos, at the Casa del Emprendedor . Calle los Molineros, on Saturday 15 June from 4pm, is the eighth edition of the festival + Q Rock, with melodic power metal band Masterplan and Canarian alternative bands. Tickets.

Tenerife Motor Show

At Siam Mall Shopping Centre, Av. Siam, 3, 38670, Costa Adeje, on 14, 15 and 16 June is the 5º FERIA DEL AUTOMÓVIL Y DEL VEHÍCULO DE OCASIÓN (5th Annual Tenerife Motorshow), an event where car lovers can get to know the latest and secondhand models.

Alexander von Humboldt in 1806

Alexander von Humboldt's visit to Tenerife in 1799

While in Germany, they're celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the birth of the Prussian polymath, geographer, naturalist and explorer, Alexander von Humboldt, there are several events to celebrate his visit to Tenerife 220 years ago in 1799.

On the way to the new world, Humboldt spent almost a week in Tenerife in June of 1799, climbing the Pico del Teide, with his expedition and a group of mules and, visiting places like La Orotava, La Laguna and Santa Cruz. He was particularly interested in the Jardín Botánico (Botanical Garden) in Puerto de la Cruz, which was created in 1788. A happy thought, as Humboldt observed, to introduce useful plants to Europe. He liked the island very much: on his descent through the valley of La Orotava he praised the beauty of the island and described Tenerife as "a splendid land, until now I have not found anything more majestic". Humboldt was also enthusiastic about the orchid garden Sitio Litre in Puerto de la Cruz, which was created more than 230 years ago.

  • Monday 17 June - Conference "La estancia de Humboldt en Tenerife" (Humboldt's stay in Tenerife) with Isidoro Sánchez, in the Casino of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 
  • Wednesday 19 June - Various celebrations in honour of the 220th Anniversary of Humboldt's arrival in port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 
  • Thursday 20 June - There will be a Humboldt event in the Jardín Bótanico, Puerto de la Cruz.
  • Sunday 23 June - A floral offering in honour of Humboldt in the Orchid Garden Sitio Litre.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Carnival Queen Candidate in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Yanira Hernández García

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.

Yanira Hernández García appears with a costume entitled, "El Legado de la Gloria" (The Legacy of Glory), designed by David Hernández Páez and representing Damiroal Diseño Gráfico y Fotografía.

Yanira Hernández García | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Victory Monument in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Monumento a la Victoria

If you've approached the city from the north, you may have seen the Victory Monument, located in a space adjacent to the (Museo Histórico Militar de Canarias) Military History Museum of the Canary Islands, at the junction of the Rambla de Santa Cruz and Avenida de Anaga. Called variously Monumento a Su Excelencia el Jefe del Estado (The Monument to His Excellency the Head of State), "Monument to Franco", "Monument of the Angel" and "Monument to Victory", it is the work of Juan de Ávalos. The Juan de Ávalos Foundation refers to the sculpture as a Memorial Monument to Peace.

This monument to the dictator was inaugurated in 1966.

Video: Inauguración del monumento al dictador en Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1966)

The sculpture is made of patinated, cast bronze on an iron frame. The angel flying with outstretched wings, is said to represent the Dragon Rapide flight in which Francisco Franco left to initiate the military coup that would unleash the Spanish Civil War. On the back of the angel is a male figure representing Francisco Franco, holding a sword in the form of a Christian cross whose tip points downwards.

The design resembles the Cerro de las Aguzaderas or Angel of Peace, a work Ávalos made two years earlier at Valdepeñas (Ciudad Real).

During 2010 the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife modified the name of the fountain to Monument to the Fallen Angel, although the work does not represent a fallen angel nor had it been considered as such previously. This generated the criticism of several political and social groups, who opine that the City Council resorted to this change of name to avoid the Ley de Memoria Histórica de España (Historical Memory Law). After the municipal elections of 2011, the new government eliminated the modification, calling it Monument to Victory and recognizing its Francoist origin and symbology.

See also: Santa Cruz Changes Names of City Streets

The work is in a poor state of maintenance and looks as if the city council is letting the ravages of time, elements and vandalism erase it rather than arranging it's demolition.

Monumento a la Victoria

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Tenerife Anaga Mountains by drone

Amazing views of some usually hard-to-reach areas of the island.

Tenerife Anaga Mountains aerial views by drone

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Santa Cruz en Carnaval 1987

Carnival Queen Costume 'Tajaraste' from 1987, currently on display in the Casa del Carnaval

Carnival Poster 1987
Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1987 was a moment of crucial importance in the island's and the celebration's history for a variety of reasons.

It was the first year that the carnival festivities had a theme, which in 1987 was Roma (Rome), for which the perimeter of the Plaza de España was encircled by a colonnade, joined two by two, evoking the Ionic style and giving it the appearance of a circular Roman temple. The lintel of each pair of columns was adorned with two chicharros (Atlantic horse mackerels) crowned with laurels.

Most of all, 1987 was the year that the carnival made history by getting into the Guinness Book of Records, with the dance on Shrove Tuesday becoming the largest gathering of people in an outdoor plaza to attend a concert.

Carnival Queen in 1987 was Mónica Raquel Estévez Martín, then 16, in a costume entitled, 'Tajaraste' (currently on display at the Casa del Carnaval museum Calle Aguere, 17, 38005 S/C de Tenerife, Monday - Sunday 10am to 6:30pm), designed by Leo Martínez and inspired by the typical costume of Tenerife, representing Almacenes El Kilo.

Video: Coronación Reina del Carnaval de S/C de Tenerife 1987

The Carnival Queen Gala took place in  the Plaza de Toros (Santa Cruz Bullring). Further videos show the performances of the comparsas, Los Joroperos and Las Cariocas and a parade of all of the carnival personalities and vintage cars, also in the Plaza de Toros.

Mónica Estévez was interviewed 31 years later in 2018 and said that she had grown up in the next street from where designer Leo Martínez was located, surrounded with carnival from a young age. She would go there to see the girls and the costumes and was always saying she wanted to present herself as a candidate ... repeatedly.

It seems that Martínez agreed to present her, pretty much just to shut her up. She didn't ask anything about the costume and never saw it complete until three days before the gala.

Santa Cruz Carnival Dance 1987

The multitudinous dance that went down in history with Celia Cruz

Celia Cruz with the Sonora Matancera and Billo's Caracas Boys led the lineup of an unforgettable Carnival Tuesday night in 1987 for the more than 240,000 attendees.

On March 3 1987, the dance on Carnival Tuesday put Santa Cruz de Tenerife into the Guinness Book of Records after gathering the astonishing number of people (240,000 was the number officially recorded by the notarial deed) dancing in the street to the songs of Celia Cruz with Sonora Matancera, Billo's Caracas Boys and Tenerife orchestras Maracaibo and Guayaba, in a show never before seen on the islands with 40,000 watts of sound and spectacular lighting.

On the night of Monday to Tuesday of Carnival the last orchestra left the stage at 06.30 hours, but the audience, almost as numerous as at 11.00 at night, continued to dance to recorded music in the kiosks. Many partied on in various parts of the capital and others went to Las Teresitas to take a dip in the sea.

Video: Carnival Main Parade in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1987

Neither the strong heat nor the fatigue of the previous night prevented 200,000 people from concentrating to watch the cavalcade that began at 3:30 pm on the Tuesday afternoon. The number of spectators, facilitated by the Local Police, was significant, since the population census of the city at that time was 210,000 inhabitants. Some 25,000 people participated in the parade, in addition to 119 groups, 20 floats and more than 100 decorated cars.

The fireworks display finale was the prologue of the great dance. The City Council's intention was that this dance be the busiest in the world and with the Celia-Billo's duo, success was assured. Almost half the island of Tenerife met in Santa Cruz that Carnival Tuesday to experience an environment impossible to describe. The Plaza de España and Candelaria, the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena, and all the surrounding streets, were full to bursting.

Celia Cruz in Tenerife in 1987

Celia Cruz was already a living legend when she came to Tenerife

Her powerful voice opened the doors to the whole world with songs like Bemba colorá, Usted abuso, Nadie se salva de la rumba, Que le den candela, La vida es un carnaval… Until her death in 2003, Celia was the best ambassador of Tenerife's carnival. Her connection with the island became so strong that she confessed that she calmed her longing for Cuba among the islanders, and performed in a trance-like state, as if she had returned to dance and sing in her native island.

Celia passed like a whirlwind through Tenerife. She arrived on the island on February 27 and the Cuban Association of the Island was waiting for her at the South airport. Staying at the Hotel Botánico, Celia and her inseparable Pedro Knight, enjoyed the parade on Friday from the Town Hall, receiving the love and recognition of the carnival groups that noticed her presence. Thousands of people gave her a standing ovation at the two previous concerts held in the Plaza de Toros (Santa Cruz Bullring), and she continued in ecstasy singing Bemba colorá for 20 minutes. That double success attracted more anticipation for the performance of Carnival Tuesday. The queen of salsa continued in a trance and dedicated to the audience the Pasodoble Islas Canarias a cappella in one of the most memorable moments of an unbeatable[1] Carnival.

El multitudinario baile que pasó a la historia con Celia Cruz

[1] Daytime carnival in 2019 almost doubled the 1987 crowd, but was not officially noted.

Santa Cruz en Carnaval - Billo's Caracas Boys

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Friday, June 07, 2019

Tenerife Moving Arts Festival, Nautical Fair, Traditional Romerías, International Jazz, Tenerife Performing Arts Festival, Crafts and Canarian Gastronomy Fair, Tenerife Bluetrail, Armed Forces Exhibition

Tenerife International Moving Arts Festival

The Festival de las Artes del Movimiento (FAM) (Tenerife International Moving Arts Festival) is taking place from 5 to 9 June 2019, with many of the varied events taking place at the Auditorio de Tenerife in Santa Cruz. Details in English at the preceding link.

Fenáutica Nautical Fair

The fifth edition of Fenáutica will open its doors this weekend at the Marina del Sur in Las Galletas to offer the most ambitious program in its history. On 8th and 9th of June, the only nautical fair in Tenerife will include more than 70 activities dedicated to the marine world, robotics, the environment, sports and leisure for all ages as well as 45 exhibitors dedicated to the nautical, local crafts and Canarian cuisine. The fair had 13,000 visitors in 2018. Access to the great sea festival of Tenerife is completely free.

Events include the Canary Islands Underwater Photo Championship and the seventh edition of the Guanche CUP Regatta. The main stage will also host musical performances during the weekend. On Saturday, from 7:30 pm, there will be a tribute to Queen and on Sunday it will be the turn of the group Los Vandals, at 2:00 pm.

The full program is in both Spanish and English.

Festival Imoque (Photo Adeje Town Hall)

Traditions: In the Plaza de San Sebastián in La Caleta, Adeje from 12 midday on Saturday 8 June 2019 the Asociación Cultural Imoque (Folklore Club) are organising their annual, traditional, Imoque Festival. The program includes a crafts fair and tasting of local products; workshops of Salto de Pastor (Shepherd's Leap), chácaras and Gomeran drumming, folklore from La Graciosa; development and maintenance of instruments; display of different breeds of native dogs, cattle; Canarian wrestling, tasting of black pig, tasting of cheese from the islands, among others. The festival is open to all audiences and in this sixth edition there will also be musical performances by the "Parranda Los Toledo", soloist "Ciro Corujo" and the Imoque Cultural Association.

You can download a programe at this page (via)

Traditional Romerías this week, all on Sunday 9 June are:

On Friday 7 June 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín in Santa Cruz, Víctor Pablo Pérez directs the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, with soloist Jorge Luis Prats (piano), in this program by Tchaikovsky and A. Ramos.

Jazz Week in La Laguna

La Laguna hosts its International Jazz Week with events on 6, 7 and 8 June. With 2019 being its seventh edition, this is consolidating itself as a date in the regional jazz calendar. Three days of programming featuring artists such as Jurandir Santana, Seamus Blake, Gabriela Suárez and Eliseo Lloreda, among others.

The Tenerife Artes Escénicas (Tenerife Performing Arts Festival) has 14 events taking place between 6 and 9 June in eight locations on the island; Candelaria, Granadilla de Abona, Guía de Isora, Güímar, La Laguna, Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz and Santa Úrsula.

Saturday 8 June from 10 am in the centre of Granadilla de Abona are the Feria de Artesanía y Gastronomía Canaria (Crafts and Canarian Gastronomy Fair) along with a number of other events, including Canarian sports and running into DJs in the evening.

As part of Los Caprichos Musicales de la Isla Baja (Musical Caprices of the Isla Baja), on Saturday 8 June at 8 pm in the Former Convent of San Sebastián in Los Silos see performances by the Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife and Coro Infantil-Juvenil de la Escuela Comarcal de Música Daute (Junior Choirs).

And on Sunday 9 June from 12:30 pm in the Plaza La Libertad in Garachico, the Tom Sawyer Jazz Band will perform classics of pop, soul and funk of yesterday and today.

Tenerife Bluetrail 2019

The Fred. Olsen Tenerife Bluetrail 2019, event organized by the Cabildo (Island Corporation) is being held on June 8. It's an unique ultra running high-altitude race across the island of Tenerife from the south to the north coast, the hard way.

Armed Forces Exhibition

Saturday, June 8, After the raising of the flag, in the Avenida Marítima de Santa Cruz de Tenerife at 09:00 hours, in the presence of the Military Commander of Tenerife and head of the 5th General Sub Inspection of the Canarian Army, Brigadier General José Antonio Jarne San Martín, there will be a military exhibition from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Avenida Marítima de Santa Cruz de Tenerife.


Sunday, June 9. I'm reading this as a classic car meet and there are some beautiful ones on the island. Departure at 10:00 am from the Plaza de los Alisios next to the Adán Martín Auditorium. Route: Santa Cruz - La Laguna - Tegueste - Tacoronte - El Sauzal - La Esperanza - Candelaria - Santa Cruz (Hoya Fría).

Access to all events and exhibitions is free.

This weekend on the rally calendar, held from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June, is the 10th Guía de Isora Hillclimb. With more than 70 teams taking part this should prove exciting.

Subida Guía de Isora 2018

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Thursday, June 06, 2019

Sixth Junior Maid of Honour in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Adriana García Cedrés

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.

Adriana García Cedrés who, at 5 years old, was sixth junior maid of honour at Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019, with the fantasy "Coloreando el Cielo" (Colouring the sky), by Ruymán Pérez Jorge and representing Plus Hogar Tenerife.

Adriana García Cedrés | Gala Reina Infantil | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Carne de Fiesta - Fiesta Meat Tenerife Style

Carne en adobo o de fiesta a la tinerfeña

A recipe from the island of Tenerife, that as the name suggests is typical for fiestas.


1½ kg of pork
100 gr of oregano
2 bay leaves
100 gr of thyme
6 or 7 cloves of garlic
1 clove
1 tablespoon of salt
4 black peppercorns
1 teaspoon of paprika
Oil and vinegar


Chop the pork into cubes and place it in a bowl (porcelain, never aluminum). Mash the oregano, bay leaf, thyme, garlic, cloves, salt, black pepper and paprika in a mortar then mix with two parts of oil and one of vinegar (a quantity that will cover the meat). Pour the mixture over the pork, leaving it to marinade overnight (in a cool place or in the fridge).

The next day, fry the meat with the remains of the marinade.

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Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Watering The Bananas in Buenavista

This video shows Montaña de Taco (photo). This 1055ft (322m) volcanic dome appears to stand guard over the farming region of Buenavista. Its ancient crater has been converted into a reservoir to supply the banana plantations that cover the coastal plain of northwestern Tenerife. Banana plantations, which thrive on the fertile volcanic soil and subtropical climate, account for a third of the Canaries’ agricultural produce.

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Monday, June 03, 2019

Themes & Queens of Carnival in Santa Cruz

Carnival Queens in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2014, 2019 and 2008

In 1987 the Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, for the first time, had a theme and listed here are all of the themes and carnival queens since then. Names link to videos of their coronations and, where possible, images. It is interesting to see how they have developed from what was once a dress, into the super-sized confections of today.

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Saturday, June 01, 2019

Tenerife Fiestas in June 2019

Playa Jardín on the Eve of San juan

There are no national public holidays in June, but a few municipal public holidays where individual districts have a day off, mostly because of local celebrations:

  • 13 June: Festival of San Antonio de Padua in Granadilla de Abona 
  • 24 June: Festival of San Juan Bautista in Arico, Guía de Isora, Los Silos and San Juan de la Rambla
  • 29 June: Festival of San Pedro Apóstol in Güímar 

On Friday 21 June 2019, watch the double sunset at Solstice at the Güímar Pyramids

On Saturday, 22nd June 2019, Puerto de la Cruz has Enrame de los chorroswhere public drinking fountains are decorated with floral and vegetal adornments.

Sunday 23rd June 2019, the Eve of San Juan, brings together pagan rituals with a free open-air festival of music and bonfires on Playa Jardin, Puerto de la Cruz.

And on the morning of Monday 24 June 2019 watch as the goats get their annual, ritual bath in the waters of the old fishing port in Puerto de la Cruz.

The Día de las Alfombras (Day of the Carpets) for Corpus Christi in La Orotava is Thursday 27 June 2019, with the Romería de San Isidro in La Orotava - one of, if not the largest of these traditional pilgrimages in the Canary Islands, of national tourist interest and often described as the prettiest - taking place on Sunday 30 June 2019

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Come to Santa Cruz this weekend

Plaza de España

The Tenerife capital this weekend wants you to 'Ven a Santa Cruz' (Come to Santa Cruz), where there are numerous activities for all audiences. Both Saturday and Sunday with the seventh edition of the 'Actúa Santa Cruz', (more), the third edition of the 'Feria de Patchwork y Manualidades' (Patchwork and Crafts Fair), the 'Feria del Libro' (Book Fair), the art & craft exhibition 'Art Craft Market', in addition to children's workshops, parades and the varied commercial offer of the city.

Both on Saturday from 10.00 a.m. to 9.00 p.m., and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Plaza de España is the Patchwork and Handicrafts Fair, with workshops and exhibitions of the sewing and handicraft techniques of the Canary Islands. There will also be a display of vehicles by Automotor Canarias on Saturday, June 1, while on Sunday an exhibition of Kia Motor Arimotor will be installed.

In the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena, both on Saturday and Sunday, from 10.00 to 20.00, will be the 'Art Craft Market' in which 50 artisans will exhibit jewelry products, crafts and pastry, among other items, with children's workshops, from 11.00 to 14.00 hours, and vehicles from Canary Automotive and Kia Motor Arimotor, from 11.00 to 19.00 hours.

Also, in the streets Nicolás Estévanez and El Clavel the vintage market 'Clavel Market' will be located, which will remain open both days from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

On Sunday, in Plaza de San Francisco, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., there will be a bouncy castle courtesy of the Central Zone association, while in Calle Castillo, on the corner with José Murphy, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., a children's workshop will be held. In addition, there will be a Los Simpsons parade from 12.00 to 12.45 hours on Calle Castillo, Plaza de La Candelaria, Duque Santa Elena and Calle Bethencourt Alfonso.

The Casa del Carnaval will remain open both days, from 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., with the exhibition of the winning costumes of the various Carnival 2019 contests.

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

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