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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

The Plaza de la Candelaria hosts the great New Year's Eve Party organized by the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

New Year's Eve Party of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife has organized a great New Year's Eve Party, with bells included [chimes], in the Plaza de la Candelaria. The party will start from eleven o'clock at night with music and the distribution of the cotillions (party bags) for all the people who attend.

At ten minutes to midnight, the presenters, Itiel Delgado and Wendy Fuentes, will begin the countdown to the chimes at midnight. With the arrival of the new year there will be a 10 minute fireworks display, with a total amount of 96 kg of pyrotechnic material, under the watchful eye of the Toste Brothers lighting up the Santa Cruz skyline.

Music is from Tenerife rock band  “Los Vándalos”. Orquesta Tropin are scheduled from 1:30 am, DJ Abian Reyes with then play until 4 am and Orquesta Generasión until 6 am.

La plaza de la Candelaria acoge la gran Fiesta de Fin de Año que organiza el Ayuntamiento de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife to see in the New Year 2020 from the Church of La Concepción in La Laguna

This year's television coverage on Radio Televisión Canaria (RTVC) of the traditional chimes at midnight on 31 December will be from the tower of the La Concepción church in La Laguna. This was the first parish established in Tenerife, founded in 1511. Presenters Eloísa González, Mercedes Ortega, Elvis Sanfiel and Kike Pérez will count down to the New Year and preside over a Grand Gala and party that will have an international artist (to be announced) as the headline act.

La Laguna acogerá las campanadas de Fin de Año de Televisión Canaria

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Los Cristianos is to celebrate 'the best New Year party in the south', with orchestras, DJs, party favors and fireworks

New Year's Eve Party in Los Cristianos

The town of Los Cristianos will be, once again, 'the epicenter of the end of the year celebrations' in the municipality of Arona, with an event in which, in addition to celebrating the traditional twelve chimes, will feature three orchestras and three DJs. Orcestras Wamampy, Tropin and Deliciosa and DJs Pablo Barrios, Quique Serra and Carlos Delgado form the lineup, from 10 pm on December 31, for the party organised by Arona City Council, with two stages outside the Cultural Center of Los Cristianos. All this will be accompanied by cotillion (party favours), fireworks and many other surprises.

Los Cristianos celebra la mejor fiesta de Fin de Año del Sur, con orquestas, dj, cotillón y fuegos artificiales

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Teide Ski Resort

Teide Ski Resort

You can partake in many different activities in Tenerife, like walking or golf, or any number of water sports. It's also true that Mount Teide can be covered in snow frequently throughout the year, but one thing you can not do here is to ski. Or can you?

This site, Teide Ski, would have you imagine otherwise, with "7 lifts, 10 runs (15 km of slopes) 2 green, 3 blue, 4 red, 1 black", listed and of all the 2,500 ski resorts listed by ski portal, Nevasport, the one which gets the most online visitors is the Teide Ski Resort!

(Love their little camel logo with a woolly hat, but I wonder how many people have driven up Teide following their maps, looking for the resort in the "Orotava Land"?)

Friday, December 27, 2019

Santa Cruz de Tenerife celebrates Navilunio


Film music and urban dance are some of the highlights in half a dozen stages around the city, in addition to a Santa Dash in support of the Lollipop Club

Navilunio (The name appears to be a portmanteau of Navidad as in Christmas and Lunio as in lunar as in moon) is a festival taking place in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife tomorrow, Saturday 28 December 2019, between 11 am and midnight. It is partly in replacement of the Plenilunio festival that was cancelled in October, due to rain.

The initiative will offer a wide range of cultural activities, for all audiences, focused on music, dance and theater and to which several museums have joined. All the programming, which can be consulted on the website www.navilunio.com, will have, as main locations; the Plaza de La Candelaria, Parque Bulevar, Plaza San Francisco, Museo Histórico Militar de Canarias (Military History Museum of the Canary Islands), Mercado Nuestra Señora de África (Market), Casa del Carnaval (Carnival Museum), Museo de la Naturaleza y la Arqueología (Museum of Nature and Archeology) (MUNA), and will be complemented by a Santa Dash. Activities in the street and in those more than half a dozen locations, which will take place between 11 am and midnight.

In this first edition of Navilunio there will be musical and dance performances on the stage of the Plaza de la Candelaria from different academies. In that same location, a band composed of five musicians and three voices will perform, Fimucité, Songs of Our Cinema.

The Military Historical Museum of the Canary Islands (Almeyda Museum) can be visited between 10 am and 3 pm. In the central courtyard a medieval market will be installed with a royal page to collect toys for the NGO Canrisas Canarias (Charity).

The tram will increase its frequency between 12.00 and 20.00 on line 1 to every eight minutes, while the bus company, TITSA, will also increase its services, which can be found at www.titsa.com. The Interchange car park will cost 0.75 euros per hour. The Mencey car park and the one in the Plaza de España will have special offers for that day. And on the esplanade of the port free parking will be enabled from 9 am to 9 pm.

Santa Dash

Another of the highlights of Navilunio is the celebration of the first edition of the Santa Christmas Race, with part of its proceeds going to the El Club de la Piruleta (Lollipop Club) inclusive sport project. During the race, traffic will be disrupted, with parking on the Avenida Marítima prohibited from 6 am and from 2:00 pm along the route.

Santa Cruz se convierte mañana en una gran fiesta con Navilunio

Christmas and Three Kings Craft Markets in Santa Cruz and La Laguna, 2-5 January 2020

Mercado Navideño de Artesanía (Christmas Crafts Market) in La Laguna.

Once again, the 22ª Feria Artesanía en Reyes (Three Kings Crafts Fair) and the 11º Mercado Navideño de Artesanía (Christmas Crafts Market) are taking place from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 January 2020. In Santa Cruz, the 22nd annual Three Kings crafts fair will be located in the Plaza del Príncipe de Asturias, and the 11th annual Christmas Crafts Market takes place in the Plaza del Adelantado in La Laguna.

Last year close to 80 artisans, in 31 different disciplines, took part in the two markets. The provisional listing for 2020 suggests that the numbers will be very similar, with a total of 77 stalls: 46 in Santa Cruz and 31 in La Laguna. All of the stall holders are licensed artisans.

Opening times last year (and we expect them to be pretty much the same each year) were from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on the 2, 3 and 4 January; and from 11:00 am to midnight on 5 January, Eve of Epiphany, for those very, very last minute shoppers!

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Carnival Queen Candidate in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Érika Hernández Martín

Érika Hernández Martín at the Rhythm and Harmony Saturday 2 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.

Érika Hernández Martín in a costume entitled "PASIÓN", designed by Jonathan Suárez López and representing Cepsa Vuelta los Pájaros Service Station.

Érika Hernández Martín | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Friday, December 20, 2019

Start the festive season at Santa Cruz Winter Fest and the Gastro Navidad Market

The namers of events in Santa Cruz these days are making it far too easy for translators ...

Santa Cruz Winter Fest

First off, taking place today, Friday 20 December from 5 pm until midnight and tomorrow, Saturday 21 December from midday until midnight, in the Plaza del Príncipe, is the Santa Cruz Winter Fest.

A festival for the whole family full of surprises, in which gastronomy and the best live music are joined by the most renowned DJs to start the winter in Santa Cruz. Here you will find Foodtrucks, Djs, acoustic concerts, catering tents and family area with recycling workshops.

Gastro Navidad Market

From today, Friday 20 December, until Monday 6 January, the Plaza de España in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the location for the city's first 'Gastro Navidad Market'.

A dozen marquees will house the gastronomic offer that includes hams and 100% Iberian charcuterie, cheeses and wines, to artisan burgers, hot dogs, pizzas and Venezuelan salchipapas.

There will also be a typical Turkish 'Döner Kebab' stand, a Hawaiian 'Food Truck', a kiosk of nougat and Christmas sweets, another with churros and hot chocolate, as well as cocktail and brewery stands.

Related activities will take place, such as storytelling, mini-disco, puppets, parades, crafts, cooking, games, face painting, bubbles, magic, circus or clowns.

The children's entertainment will be completed with performances by children's and youth dance groups, choirs, as well as a show with the arrival of Santa Claus.

The 'Gastro Navidad Market' also intends to give the opportunity on the stage installed to new musical talents from Tenerife and the public will be able to attend the live performances of Los Lola, A Contratiempo, Sinsinati, Ni 1Pelo de Tonto, Última Llave, Jeita, Escuela de Calor y 600.

In addition, there will be disc jockeys and several thematic concerts such as 'Christimas Rock' or 'Back to the 80's' along with a Zumba 'Master Class' and Latin Dance or the Bachata contest.

Likewise, a visual-musical sax and a Disney princess show are planned.

The event also takes place next to the electric car circuit and to the soundtrack of the Christmas carols that permeate everything, bringing a Christmassy and festive atmosphere.

Open from midday until 9 pm daily over the holiday period, including Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Los Reyes. ENTRANCE FREE.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife acoge desde este viernes su primer 'Gastro Navidad Market'

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Senior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz 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.

Antonia Garrido Francés was chosen as Senior Carnival Queen of Santa Cruz 2019, in a costume entitled "Soy Fortuna" (I'm Fortuna - maybe even fortunate), designed by Antonio Santos Arteaga, the winner represented Bingo Canarias and Bingo Ciudad Laguna.

Antonia Garrido Francés | Gala de la reina de los mayores | Carnaval SC Tenerife 2019

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Almendras Garrapiñadas (Candied Almonds)

Almendras Garrapiñadas (Candied Almonds) on sale at a fiesta in La Orotava.

Almendras Garrapiñadas (Candied Almonds) are an indispensable part of every fiesta in Spain, but are also popular at Christmas. They're also fairly common in Denmark, Norway and Sweden, being frequently sold at Christmas markets. If they don't happen to be on sale near you, perhaps you might like to have a go at making them yourself from this recipe:

  • 200 grams of almonds with skin
  • 250 grams of granulated sugar 
  • 250 grams of water (a quarter of a liter of water)
  • 1 sachet of vanilla sugar or 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence 

  1. Put the water, sugar and almonds into a saucepan. Add an envelope of vanilla sugar (about 8 grams) or a spoonful of vanilla essence. Put the saucepan over medium heat and you will see how the sugar dissolves into the water and begins taking on the color of the almond skin. (If you use almonds without skin, the caramel is not good, and the caramel will not take on the skin color of the almonds.) Maintain over medium heat until the syrup that forms begins to boil and foams.
  2. Lower the heat, so that the boil is maintained minimally, without raising the temperature of the syrup. Stir with a wooden spatula (do not use a metal one or you will burn yourself) and the water will evaporate and the syrup will be reduced. It is not possible to evaporate the water without lowering the temperature so do not look for shortcuts in this or it will burn everything (if it smells like burning, you've gone wrong).
  3. At this point the syrup will appear to contain sand and then all the water will disappear leaving a completely dry sandy mixture. Do not stop stirring constantly.
  4. Now raise the temperature, but only a little. (If you raise the heat too much, all the sugar will turn into caramel and the almonds will stick to each other.) So turn up the heat just a little so that the sugar caramelizes, little by little. Stir constantly so that the caramel is wrapped around the almonds being quite loose from each other.
  5. When the caramelized almonds are ready, place them on baking paper. When they are somewhat less hot, but without letting them cool completely, separate the ones that have remained together and then let them cool completely. 

Whenever you work with sugar and heat you have to be very careful with burns. Candy is one of the hottest things in a kitchen and its burn is very serious. 

If the almonds are well caramelized they will last in an airtight container for several weeks, but it's very doubtful that they'll last long enough for you to find out!

Translated from: Receta para hacer Almendras Garrapiñadas

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Tenerife Municipal Holidays 2020

Danza de varas, Fiestas del PilarChimiche

As mentioned in the post regarding Tenerife's Public Holidays for 2020, in addition to the national, regional and island-specific holidays, each of the 31 municipalities adds its own further 2 local days when town halls and businesses in that location will be closed and often the local main fiestas there are celebrated. These are as follows for next year:

20 January: Festivity of San Sebastián.
25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
31 August: Festivity of San Bernardo.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de Abona.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
5 October: Festivity of the Santísimo Cristo de la Salud.

24 August: Festivity of San Bartolomé.
26 October: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
27 July: Monday following the Festivity of Santa Ana.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
3 August: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza (Monday following the first Sunday in August).

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
29 June: Festivity of San Pedro Apóstol.

31 August: Festividad Nuestra Señora de Buen Viaje.
19 October: Festivity of Santísimo Cristo del Calvario.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
24 August: Fiestas Patronales.

24 June: Festivity of San Juan Evangelista.
17 August: Day following the Festivity of San Roque.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
13 June: Festivity of San Antonio de Padua.

24 June: Festivity of San Juan Bautista.
21 September: Festivity of Santísimo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte.

29 June: Festivity of San Pedro Apóstol.
8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora del Socorro.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
25 April: Festivity of San Marcos Evangelista.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
17 August: Monday of the Fiestas Patronales.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
6 August: Festivity of El Salvador.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
18 June: Infraoctava del Corpus Christi. Día de las Alfombras (Carpet Day)

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
31 August: Fiestas Patronales del Municipio.

22 January: Festivity of San Vicente.
1 June: Monday of Remedios.

24 June: Festivity of San Juan Bautista.
8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de la Luz.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
14 July: Festivity of the Virgen del Carmen. Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen (Embarkation of the Virgin del Carmen) in Puerto de la Cruz.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
14 September: Festivity of the Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna.

24 June: Festivity of San Juan Bautista.
14 September: Festivity of San José.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
29 September: Festivity of San Miguel Arcángel.

24 February: Carnival Monday.
25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
21 October: Festivity of Santa Úrsula.

15 May: Festivity of San Isidro Labrador.
16 July: Festivity of Nuestra Señora del Carmen.

25 February: Carnival Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday.
25 November: Festivity of Santa Catalina.

25 April: Festivity of San Marcos Evangelista.
8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios.

20 April: Festivity of Santo Hermano Pedro.
31 August: Festivity of San Agustín and San Roque.

Fiestas locales propias de cada municipio de la Comunidad Autónoma de Canarias para el año 2020Official version (PDF)

Image: Danza de varas, Fiestas del Pilar, Chimiche by Carlos Lopez Echeto Marrero - Some rights reserved

What will be the winning number of the Christmas Lottery on Sunday?

Lottery winners in a past year

The final countdown to the celebration of this year's Spanish Christmas Lottery, El Gordo (The Fat One), has begun. On December 22, the Teatro Real de Madrid will host the draw, which gives thousands of Spaniards the greatest hope.

Knowing the exact number that will win the 'Fat' prize is a matter for magicians and fortune tellers, but there are many who ask the question 'what number will be awarded in the Lottery?' It's one of the most searched terms on Google during the month of December.

Logically it is impossible to know, but if we look at the statistics and at previous draws, we can determine which numbers are more likely to win prizes. We can see which numbers have had the most luck with the ‘Gordo’ throughout the history of the Lottery draw. With this, [perhaps] we can rule out those that have never or rarely been awarded.

Winning Lottery number in 2016
It's usual to avoid the so-called ugly numbers and focus on those considered pretty. Tickets ending in 5 tend to be preferred, while 13, because of bad luck, was usually the least popular. However, the ‘Gordo’ of 2016 ended up in this figure and therefore, since then has been one of the most demanded.

It's logical that the number 5 is preferred, as this is the figure in which the 'Gordo' has terminated the most times: a total of 32.

The numbers 4 and 6, have taken the first prize 27 times each.

Among the rarer ones, the number 1 has only been the last number of the Gordo ticket on eight occasions. In turn, the 2, has been the ending in thirteen editions of the draw; and the number 9, which has been in 16, is also considered not very "reliable" in the Lottery draw.

¿Qué número saldrá el domingo en la Lotería de Navidad?

Monday, December 16, 2019

Twenty-Sixth Annual FREE Christmas Concert with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra

Annual Christmas Concert with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra

Make a date with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra for their traditional, annual FREE Christmas Day Concert, which this year reaches its twenty-sixth edition. The concert takes place on Wednesday 25 December 2019 from 9 pm at the Marina of Santa Cruz (Calle Dársena Comercial Los Llanos S/N, 38001 Santa Cruz de Tenerife).

Around 20,000 spectators attend annually, in addition to those following the webcast and on television, internationally. It's a real feast of music in one of the most important outdoors stages of the classical music circuit in Europe.

This concert is organized by the Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and an invitation is required to access the venue. These invitations may begin to be picked up from Wednesday, December 18 at the Nivaria Center in Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Avenida 3 de Mayo, 9, floor 1) and at the COARCO Ferreterías (Ironmongers) establishments below:

  • Adeje, Calle La Cruz, 43, 38670.
  • Playa San Juan,Av. Emigrante, 27, 38687.
  • Tegueste,Carretera General a Punta Hidalgo, 208, 38280.
  • Las Canteras,Carr. al Monte las Mercedes, 10 Bajo, 38293 (Ferretería Almonte Coarco BigMat).
  • El Ortigal, Camino Real Orotava Nº 207, 38297.
  • San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Calle el Juego, 13, 38204 (Ferretería López Coarco)

Maximum of two invitations per person.

For more information contact Puertos de Tenerife (Tenerife Ports Authority), Telephone: 922 605 400, Address: Avenida Francisco La Roche, 49 (Santa Cruz de Tenerife).

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Comparsa Danzarines Canarios 2019

Danzarines Canarios at the Opening Parade on 1 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.

Central Santa Cruz, right by the cruise ship port, is where Comparsa Danzarines Canarios have their headquarters. They were formed in 1971. 

Danzarines Canarios | 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, December 13, 2019

Santa Cruz' first 'Wine and Ham Fair'

Santa Cruz' first 'Wine and Ham Fair'

Santa Cruz is hosting Uvas y Bellotas, la I Feria del Vino y el Jamón (its first Wine and Ham Fair), offering Canarian wines and Iberian hams, from this Friday 13 to Sunday 15 December in the Plaza del Príncipe. Hours are Friday from 2 pm to midnight, Saturday from midday to midnight and Sunday from midday to 6 pm.

Santa Cruz acoge 'Uvas y Bellotas, la I Feria del Vino y el Jamón'

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Candidate for Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Adriana María Méndez

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

Eleven year old Adriana María Méndez García appears in a costume entitled, "HOLA Y ADIÓS" (Hello and Goodbye), designed by Santi Castro and representing Dream Forest and Refarquitec S.L.

Adriana María Méndez | Gala Reina Infantil | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Flavours of Christmas in La Laguna: Solomillo al Aguere (Pork Tenderloin Aguere Style)

Pork Tenderloin with Pedro Ximenez sauce 

Dried fruits turn up in Christmas recipes from so many different parts of the world that it's easy to see how this too epitomises the flavours of Christmas. This recipe is for Solomillo al Aguere: Solomillo translates to sirloin, in this case of pork, Aguere style (Aguere is a district near the centre of La Laguna, nearest tram stop La Trinidad.)

Ingredients for 4 people:

4 pork tenderloins
1 large onion
250 ml of chicken stock
125 ml of Pedro Ximénez wine
5 tablespoons muscat raisins (about 80 grams)
1 tablespoon flour
olive oil
salt and black pepper


Peel the onion and cut into thin julienne strips. Place over medium heat with 8 tablespoons of oil in a large pan (into which the sirloins and the sauce should fit afterwards). Let the onions poach until they're transparent. If they should begin to burn, lower the heat and if necessary add a tablespoon of water.  Put the raisins to soak in a glass of water.

Season the pork tenderloins with salt and pepper on both sides. In a large pan, brown two of the tenderloins over a high heat. When they're golden, remove the tenderloins and add the other two. When ready remove the tenderloins, but leave the pan on the heat.

Pour the Pedro Ximénez wine into the pan. With a wooden spoon (or a wooden spatula), stir the wine through to deglaze the pan. Turn off the heat and set aside.

At this point the onion should be well poached. Add a tablespoon of flour to the onions and stir well (taking care that the flour does not stick) for a few seconds so that the flour becomes colored (and cooks through). Then pour the Pedro Ximénez wine and meat juices from the pan onto the onions. Stir for a minute, add the tenderloins and the hot chicken stock. Drain the raisins and add them to the sauce. Let the sauce simmer until it thickens to your liking. Try the sauce and season if necessary. And that's it.

Translated from: Sabores de La Navidad lagunera. Solomillo al Aguere

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Adeje at Christmas 2019

Adeje at Christmas 2019

The Town Hall of Adeje has organised program of events for the festive season, culminating on Sunday 5 January with the arrival of the Three Kings at 5 pm to the Adeje football ground (Av. Palo Mayor, 12, 38670 Adeje) by helicopter with their procession, along with characters from children's cinema and television, on the Calle Grande from 7 pm.

Among the list of events are three big concerts, the first being a Concierto Cantos a la Navidad (Concert of Christmas Songs) performed by various Adeje folk groups. That is on Thursday 12 December at 8:30 pm in the theatre of the Cultural Centre.

The now traditional Christmas Concert by the Banda de Música del Mando de Canarias (Military Band) and the Banda del Regimiento de Infantería Tenerife 49 (Band of the 49th Tenerife Infantry Regiment) takes place in the Plaza de España at 8 pm on Saturday 14 December.

The third of these big Christmas Concerts is with the Banda del Patronato Musical de la Villa de Adeje (Town Band), the Escuela Municipal de Música de Adeje (Municipal School of Music), with performances by Ballet Beanky and the Asociación Timba Acoró takes place on Thursday 19 December in the Plaza de España at 8 pm.

In addition to these activities, the program includes other musical performances such as the The Latonius Gospel Choir on Friday December 13 at 8:30 pm in the Adeje Cultural Centre (Entrance €5), the El Cardón Group on Calle Grande on Tuesday 17, the international carol meeting in Callao Salvaje on the night of the 23rd and the songs of Christmas carols through the streets throughout the coming weeks.

"Adeje lives Christmas" in the town center from 5 pm to 1 am, includes the Christmas market located in the Calle Grande, but there will also be numerous musical performances in addition to dance classes, acrobatics, fashion shows, role-playing games, theater, children's workshops, bouncy castles, crafts ...

Santa's visit to Plaza César Manrique is on Sunday, December 22 at 5 pm.

The end of the year will be celebrated in the Plaza de España accompanied from 11 pm by the orchestras Sensación Gomera, Toque Latino and Maquinaria Band.

More information at www.adeje.es

Monday, December 09, 2019

Arona, a Christmas for the whole family

Arona, a Christmas for the whole family

Arona Council have prepared a program of around a hundred activities for the whole family, especially for the little ones, for the month of December and the beginning of January and aims to bring the Christmas spirit to every corner of the municipality.

Activities such as the Christmas Farmer's Market, the Canarian Folk Fest festival, Concerts, the XIII Canary Islands Gospel Festival, An Afternoon of Kings in which the pages of the Magi will collect letters from the kids, a Christmas Concert, Great New Year's Eve Party on the night of December 31 from 22.00 hours outside the Center Cultural de Los Cristianos and the Grand Cavalcade of the Magi from the East, which will begin at 5:00 pm on January 5 with the arrival of His Majesties by helicopter.

Full information can be found at www.arona.org

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Christmas nativity route through the historic city center of La Laguna

The City Council of La Laguna is promoting a route of nativity scenes that invites citizens to visit these displays in various emblematic buildings the municipality. 

The itinerary starts at the Casa de los Capitanes (House of the Captains), in Calle Obispo Rey Redondo, 5, with a biblical nativity scene that opens its doors this Friday, December 6, at 12:00 hours, made by the Board of Brotherhoods of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, and can be visited until January 7: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., except on December 24 and 31, when it will open only in the morning. On December 25 and January 1 it will remain closed.

The next stop is the Nativity of the Aguere 70 Scout Group in the Casa Mesa (down a side from Calle Viana), open from December 15 to January 6, and can be visited from Monday to Saturday, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Sundays, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Another point on this tour is the nativity of the Parroquia Matriz de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción (Parish of Our Lady of the Conception), Plaza de la Concepción, 10, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna. It will be open from December 8 to January 8, while its hours will be: Mondays, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and on Sundays, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The headquarters of the Real Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País de Tenerife (Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country of Tenerife) [ED: Tenerife is a country? News to me!], on Calle San Agustín, 23, will open its nativity scene from December 16 to January 3, from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. On December 24 and 31 it will be closed.

The tour also includes the biblical nativity scene of the Hogar del Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna (Old Folks Home), on Viana Street, 64. It can be seen from December 8 to January 7, every day, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Finally, the Cathedral of La Laguna, in the Plaza de Los Remedios, will show a holographic nativity scene whose projections will take place from December 10 to January 7, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

El Ayuntamiento de La Laguna elabora una ruta navideña de belenes por el centro histórico de la ciudad

Carnival Queen Candidate in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Thalía María Ruíz Martín

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.

Thalía María Ruíz Martín in a costume entitled "SUBLIME", designed by Jonathan Suárez López and representing Gabinete de Estética África & Vicky.

Thalía María Ruíz Martín | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Turrón de gofio (Gofio nougat)

Turrón de gofio (Gofio nougat)

There are many ways to eat the Canarian staple, gofio (here are nine others), but in the run up to Christmas, what better way than as the traditional, seasonal sweet, turrón.


100 gr gofio de millo (corn gofio)
75 gr of honey
125 gr ground almonds
50 gr of sugar


  1. Toast the gofio in a nonstick pan over a low heat, stirring. Once toasted remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile, put the sugar in a saucepan on the heat and allow it to caramelize. When the sugar acquires caramel texture, add the ground almonds and stir for a few minutes.
  3. Place baking paper into the mold you have chosen for the preparation of this nougat (you can use a rectangular silicone mold or half of a simple milk brick).
  4. Pour the almond and caramel mixture onto the baking paper, and let cool slightly.
  5. When it is cool enough to handle, add the gofio and honey and knead so that it is well integrated.
  6. Put the dough back into the mold lined with baking paper, flatten the entire surface, cover with more baking paper and place in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Translated from: Turrón de gofio: 2 recetas de Navidad canaria

Sunday, December 01, 2019

Tenerife Fiestas in December 2019

A huge array of Christmas sweets

In December 2019 there is a national public holiday on Friday 6 December for Día de la Constitución Española (Constitution Day). 8 December - Inmaculada Concepción (The Immaculate Conception) - already falls on a Sunday. This weekend traditionally sees Christmas decorations being put up in homes in Spain. 

There are no municipal public holidays in December 2019.

The holiday period will kick off with El Gordo (The Fat One), the Spanish Christmas Lottery, which is drawn on 22 December, with kids singing out the numbers. 

Christmas Day, Wednesday 25 December is a public holiday. For Canarians, this is often recovery day after a big family gathering on Christmas Eve that involved a whole barbequed goat kid and lots of turrón and other traditional Christmas sweets.

On 28 December, beware of El Día de Los Santos Inocentes (Day of the Innocent Saints), when the press will publish even more fake news than usual.

On 31 December, get ready to party in brand new clothes. Underneath, you'll need red underwear. And see in the New Year by eating twelve Uvas de la suerte (lucky grapes), one on each chime of the clock at midnight - washed down by cava.