Sunday, June 30, 2019

Trams in Tenerife will begin to operate a summer schedule from Monday 1 July

Tram on the Avenida Ángel Guimerá in Santa Cruz

Metrotenerife is to operate their summer timetable on the tram service from this Monday , July 1, until the beginning of September. From Monday to Friday, from 07:00 to 15:00, Line 1 will operate with a frequency of 7 minutes and Line 2 will operate every 14 minutes. Trams will run every 10, 15 and 20 minutes until the end of the service. The frequencies and schedules for the weekends and holidays will continue as the winter schedule.

El tranvía de Tenerife activa este lunes el horario de verano

Friday, June 28, 2019

Romería of San Isidro Labrador in La Orotava, Gay Pride March, Santa Blues Festival 2019, Local Arts and Crafts Market in La Laguna

Romería de San Isidro Labrador Photo Town Hall of La Orotava

The big event on the calendar of traditional Romerías taking place on Sunday 30 June, is the Romería of San Isidro Labrador in La Orotava. The procession leaves from the Iglesia de la Concepción at 1 pm. From 7 pm there is dancing to Orquesta Dinacord in the Plaza de La Constitución and DJ Mingo Show in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.

Tenerife Pride 2019

Orgullo de Tenerife 2019 (Tenerife Pride 2019) culminates on Saturday 29 June with a Gay Pride March in Santa Cruz de Tenerife starting at 7 pm from the Plaza Weyler.

Adeje is also joining the celebration of the LGBTI Pride, with a Feria de la Diversidad (Diversity Fair) taking place in the Plaza Pedro Zerolo (Zerolo was a gay icon among the Spanish LGBT community) on Friday June 28 from five in the afternoon.

Santa Blues 2019

This year sees the 15th Edition of the Santa Blues Festival, the main event of which is on Saturday 29 June, from 9pm, in the Calle La Noria (alongside the tower of the Iglesia de la Concepción in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, with the Mojo Blues Band, the Maho Blues Band and Big Daddy Wilson headlining.

The Maho Blues Band, from Valencia, are also performing on Sunday 30 June, from 9pm, in the Plaza in El Médano.

Santa Blues celebra sus 15 años 

Local artists and artisans, Aguitasalada, Alura, Irene y Mööser, are taking part in an an Arts and Crafts Market on Saturday 29 June, from 10am to 1pm. at the Craft Coffee Gastrobar (Calle Plaza San Cristóbal, 23, 38204 San Cristóbal de La Laguna).

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Candidate for Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019, Ariadna Fregel Pérez

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

Ariadna Fregel Pérez, in a costume entitled "QUIMERA DE CRISTAL" (Ghost Shark), designed by Santi Castro and representing Diario de AvisosChinatown and Partylandia.

Ariadna Fregel Pérez | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

To the beach by bus this summer

To the water by bus with TITSA

Tenerife public bus company, TITSA, has launched its summer campaign highlighting that the company has 40 routes that connect with the coastal areas of the island.

The campaign, "Al agua en guagua con TITSA" (To the water by bus with TITSA), which will run until the end of September, hopes to encourage the use of public transport for getting to the beaches of Tenerife, by increasing the services, especially at weekends.

During the summer the number of bus users in coastal and tourist areas increases noticeably and Titsa offers a comfortable and safe alternative to facilitate travel and contribute towards decongesting traffic on the roads of the island.

With the arrival of summer, the transport company launches a new route, the 546, which connects Realejo Alto with the Socorro Beach in the northern part of the island.

In the metropolitan area, route 910, which connects the Intercambiador de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife Transport Interchange or Bus Station) with Las Teresitas beach, will start its daily service from 05:10, running services every 10 minutes until 23:25, the last departure planned from Las Teresitas. Likewise, route 946 - Santa Cruz Bus Station to Almaciga - expands its number of seats during the summer season.

The 050, which connects La Laguna and the area of ​​Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo, will depart from the Interchange of La Laguna, from 05:20 to 00:00, while departures from Punta del Hidalgo begin at 06:00 and finish at 00:40 hours, complementing the usual service of route 105.

Route 224, which allows you to enjoy the natural pools of Jover-Barranquera, readjusts its services to offer return trips in the afternoon to the Intercambiador de La Laguna.

To travel to the coastal areas of the southwest of the island, users have routes 120, 122, 123, 124, 131, 138, 139, which connect the Interchange of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with La Nea Beach and Radazul, Caletillas, Candelaria and El Puertito de Güimar throughout the day. Specifically, the 122 (Santa Cruz-Las Caletillas-Candelaria-Industrial Estate of Güimar) and 138 (Santa Cruz-Tabaiba Baja-Radazul) will have reinforcements, especially in the afternoon.

Users who want to go to the south of Tenerife or to the capital can travel on routes 110 and 111, which connect the capital with the Costa Adeje bus station, with trips every 30 minutes.

Likewise, the Southern Network of Titsa unites the main coastal and tourist enclaves such as Las Galletas, Playa San Juan, Alcalá, Playa Santiago and Los Gigantes, with routes 325, 461, 462, 473, 477, 493 and 494.

The coastal areas of the north of the island will be connected through routes 102 and 103 (Santa Cruz de Tenerife-Puerto de la Cruz) and 107 (Santa Cruz de Tenerife-Buenavista) that run along the TF-5 highway.

The city of Puerto de la Cruz is linked to different points in the area thanks to routes 345, 352, 353, 354, 362 and 363, which connects Puerto de la Cruz with places on the north coast such as El Charco. La Laja, in San Juan, or El Caletón, in Garachico.

Route 369, connects Buenavista de Norte and Punta de Teno from July 1, when the restriction of access to the area is extended every day of the week, from 09:00 to 19:00.

Travelers who so wish, may consult this information on the website, the company's social networks or by calling the information telephone number 922 53.13.00.

TITSA activa su campaña de verano con 40 líneas para ir a la playa

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Tenerife, an island and a volcano 1946

A fascinating video from back in the days when the world was still in black and white and development on the island was very conspicuous by it's total absence. The year is 1946, which was 10 years into the Dictatorship of Franco, when we probably imagine a Spain closed off to the outside world, but here we are told that "foreigners" (i.e. tourists) "have a predilection for Santa Cruz", whose benign climate doesn't know cold in winter.

The commentary says Santa Cruz, but the old port of Puerto de la Cruz is clearly identifiable as we fly into the island at the start of the film. We then touch down at Los Rodeos airfield, which was a field - with grass - its passenger terminal having been opened that year. Santa Cruz has many buildings still recognisable today. Interesting to see the folk dancing, as the costumes appear to be the same as they are today, apparently dispelling a myth that they were only "invented" in the 1950s. We then see the Instituto in La Laguna and travel on towards a sparcely populated Orotava Valley, to Puerto de la Cruz and the Jardín Botánico (Botanical Gardens), before going up to Las Cañadas del Teide, finally flying away over the peak of the volcano. Of course nothing of the south of the island is shown, as there was nothing there at the time, beyond a few tiny fishing villages.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Miss Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 1935

Onagra Lorenzo, in 1935
Although the carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has almost certainly been celebrated ever since the first European settlers arrived (in 1605 Gaspar Luis Hidalgo, alluded to the custom of swapping the sexes through costumes) and the first written references to carnival date from the end of the 18th Century, it was not until 1935 that carnival had it's very first Queen, then denominated "Miss Carnival".

Onagra Lorenzo Díaz is part of the history of Carnival celebrations, as in 1935, at only 16 years of age, she was the first Carnival Queen of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with a costume entitled 'Vampiresa' (Vamp or Femme Fatale), designed by herself and her sister. Her daughter, Herminia Gil, remembers her mother as a "woman ahead of her time", always linked to the most important festivities of the Tenerife capital.

Herminia Gil recalls that in 1935 her mother was designated "Miss Carnival" - because at that time the concept of queen had not yet been introduced - in the Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero (Circle of Friendship 12th of January), which at that time was known as "El Recreo", the institution that she also represented. Although the dress has not been preserved, because it was set on fire on an occasion when Onagra lent it to a friend, Herminia Gil treasures the sash, in addition to several gifts her mother received.

There is a street named Onagra Lorenzo Díaz in the Chamberí neighbourhood of the city.

A year later, in 1936, the title went to Ana de la Torre del Pino, who also represented the Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero with a costume entitled  'Ana, Empress of Austria', designed by Hermógenes González de Guisado.

Both events were celebrated and organized by the Círculo de Amistad XII de Enero.

With the intervention of the Spanish Civil War and the Francoist Dictatorship, there wasn't a Carnival Queen again in Santa Cruz de Tenerife until 1965.

La primera miss del carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Big week of festivities in La Orotava

Festivities in La Orotava

La Orotava is celebrating its Fiestas Patronales with a 45 day program of activities that began on 14 May and culminate on Sunday June 30 with the Romería. The "Big Week" of the festivities begins on Sunday 23 June with the concert by Jóvenes Cantadores in the Plaza Franchy Alfaro where the next day Los Sabandeños will also perform.

On Tuesday 25 June will be the reading of the proclamation by journalist Pedro Hernández Murillo under the title 'La Orotava, between the sea and the stone', and the third edition of the Batalla de Polkas (Battle of Polkas), an event that, even with only two previous editions has had a great impact and participation of the public.

On Wednesday, June 26, one of the most anticipated events takes place: the presentation of the 2018 Wine Harvest of the Valle de La Orotava Denomination of Origin. Organized again on Avenida Mercedes Pinto, but occupying almost twice as much space as last year, from an area of ​​2,900 to 4,700 square meters. As in 2018, tickets will be sold in advance in the days leading up to the event, with prices of 1 and 2 euros. Proceeds go to charity. The twelve wineries will offer around 50 different wines. There will also be nine restaurants in La Orotava offering around 20 tapas for the occasion at the price of 2 euros.

Thursday 27 June 2019 is the day of the Infraoctava de Corpus Christi or Día de las Alfombras (Day of the Carpets), one of the most significant days for the townsfolk that will start early in the day and, which will draw thousands of people.

Video: Infraoctava Corpus Christi La Orotava 2018

The video above of last year's Day of the Carpets, shows each and every one of the 36 carpets that the inhabitants of La Orotava make in the streets of this municipality.

This year the main carpet in the plaza of the Town Hall of La Orotava, which is made every year with sands from the Teide National Park, on this occasion will be "revolutionary" in terms of design and the materials that will be used. The 2019 carpet will pay homage to the first that was elaborated one hundred years ago in 1919, with a religious motif, by Felipe Machado and for that reason it has been decided to use other elements, also used by him, such as flower petals, eucalyptus and limpet shells. There will also be a single tapestry and not three, as in previous years, which will occupy the almost 1,000 square meters of the square and is inspired by 'The word of God through the ages'.

The next day is the Baile de Magos (Country Dance) and on Sunday 30 June, the Romería of San Isidro Labrador and Santa Maria de la Cabeza, will bring an end to these festivities. Fun, Canarian food, singing, dancing and lots of people eager to have a good time – these are the ingredients that give the San Isidro Labrador Pilgrimage in La Orotava its flavour. The event has been declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest and takes place after the Corpus Christi celebrations. The pilgrimage began in the 17th century and passes through the streets of the town centre, filling them with the colour and liveliness of the traditional dress. This year, artisans from the municipality are again in charge of decorating the streets and squares in the area of ​​San Agustín.

Video: Romería San Isidro Labrador Villa de La Orotava 2018

Friday, June 21, 2019

Romería de San Juanito, Tenerife Yoga Day 2019, Granadilla Rally, Ritmos del Mundo, Fiestas de San Juan in Puerto de la Cruz

Romeria San Juanito in Igueste, Candelaria

The Romería de San Juanito in Igueste, Candelaria, takes place from 5:30pm on Sunday 23 June 2019, according to the La Casa de Los Balcones. However, the Agenda for the month of June at Candelaria Town Hall (PDF) has these fiestas down for 24 June. If we get any further information to clarify this - I'd guess the town hall should know - we'll add it.

Tenerife Yoga Day 2019

The Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos (The International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Saturday 22 June, to mark International Day of Yoga, is hosting Tenerife Yoga Day 2019.

The main events of the program will take place on the 22nd, open to the general public, with which it is intended to disseminate the philosophy of yoga in all its meaning. During the day, which will take place from 9.00, various activities will take place such as musical acts, asana samples (postures), screenings and talks. There is also space for the explanation of the history of yoga, an area for practice, meditation, children's area and another area for people with disabilities and a gastronomic area with healthy eating. The event will be divided into two activities. From 08.00 to 11.00 hours, events are free with prior registration at for the introduction to yoga; while from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Santa Cruz Yoga Day will be held, open to the public and free of charge.

El Recinto Ferial acogerá la celebración de Tenerife Yoga Day 2019

Granadilla Rally 2019

Saturday 22 June 2019 sees the main events of the 28th Villa de Granadilla Rally taking place between 9:30am and 7pm. Friday will serve to carry out the technical-administrative checks at the Granadilla de Abona Sports Pavilion while the exit ceremony will take place as last year, at El Médano pier. Two new sections will be held on Friday June 21 at night, El Rio - Chimiche of 9.9 km and Atogo - Charco del Pino of 8.1 km. On Saturday sections in Arico of 7.5 km, La Cisnera Granadilla of 11.2 km, Martela - Fronton of 16.1 Km and Atogo 6.5 km.

XXVIII Rallye Villa de Granadilla

Saturday 22 June, from 3pm to midnight, at Golf Costa Adeje is the 11th Edition of the Ritmos del Mundo Festival (Rhythms of the World Festival). With 5 stages and more than 30 artists including Will Wake, Nic Fanciulli, Waff, Jillonaire of major Lazer, cesqeaux, Juicy M, DJ2D2, Brina Knauss, Holly goof, Tom Staar, Héctor Couto, Conjurer, Jairo Delli, Drummer, Bobby Bob, Juana La Cubana, Roger S. Morgan, Juacko, Groove Brothers, Fat Boyz, Hanfry Martínez y Muse Groove. Tickets.

Ritmos del Mundo Festival | 22.06.2019 | Costa Adeje · Tenerife

We've covered the main events of the midsummer weekend with the Fiestas de San Juan in Puerto de la Cruz in more details separately, but in summary these include:

Saturday June 22

From 7:00 pm - Decoration of the public water fountains, with fruits, vegetables and branches.

Sunday, June 23

Batucada (drumming) and the usual pyromusical show, will also feature the performances of Macaco, one of the most important musical formations in Spain, and Mestisay. The night will end with the usual lighting of the bonfires on the beach of Punta Brava.

Monday, June 24

Flocks guided by the goatherds will parade once more through the ravines until they reach the Puerto de la Cruz coast, to carry out the rite of purification of the animals in the fishing wharf.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Second Junior Maid of Honour in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Oriana Cabrera Lorenzo

Oriana Cabrera Lorenzo in the Carnival Main Parade Tuesday 5 March 2019

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

Five year old Oriana Cabrera Lorenzo was chosen to be second junior maid of honour in 2019, with he fantasy “Jugando en el 92…llegué a la meta final” "Playing in 92 ... I reached the final goal" by Alexis Santana and representing constructions and reforms Eliazar Jesús and Repsol Palo Blanco.

Oriana Cabrera Lorenzo | Gala Reina Infantil | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

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

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

Alexander von Humboldt's visit to Tenerife

Alexander von Humboldt in 1806

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 being held 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.

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 indispensable part of the event.

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

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Comparsa Los Rumberos 2019

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. 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Romería de San Isidro in Tacoronte

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

Tenerife Motorshow, Il Divo, Festival of Latin Jazz, +Q Rock Metal Festival

Tenerife Motor Show

At Siam Mall Shopping CentreAv. 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 second-hand models.

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.

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Victory Monument in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The contentious Monumento a la Victoria or Monument to Franco

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. It 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. It 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 (still ongoing), 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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.