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Friday, January 31, 2020

Santa Cruz Auctions Carnival Kiosk Pitches

One of the biggest food stalls at carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

As it does every year, this week, the town hall in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has auctioned off the pitches in the streets and squares of the city for the numerous carnival stalls and kiosks and the total collected amounted to €175,553, a considerale increase on the €121.453 collected last year. The number of pitches remained the same, 85, for activities in the food sector; mostly cafeterias, drinks and fast food. The most expensive kiosk was awarded for €33,411 and corresponds to the one located in the Plaza de La Candelaria.

One new introduction in the rules for this year's carnival, in a nod towards sustainability, is that kiosks will have the obligation to sell - at the symbolic price of €1 - reusable cups, which will also have a specific design provided by the carnival organisers.

Street food at carnival is definitely part of the tradition that really shouldn't be missed at least once, but the more prominent and expensive the pitch, the more eye-watering the price of the food and drink. Also, prices are not always clearly displayed, so always ask and never be afraid to say 'thanks, but no thanks' and walk on if you think it's exhorbitant.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Tenerife Carnival contests begin this week

Part of the design for the carnival scenery in 2020

This week, the contests to choose not just the best of this year's carnival participants, but also the order in which they will parade once the carnival takes to the streets next month, begin at the The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses.

The first phase of the children's murgas will take place tomorrow, Thursday January 30; the second phase on Friday January 31 and the third phase on Saturday February 1.

After them will come the Festival of Coreographed Groups on Sunday February 2 and the first phase of the adult murgas takes place on Monday February 3, followed, on Tuesday, 4 February by the 2nd Phase of the Adult Murga Contest and on Wednesday, 5 February with the 3rd Phase of the Adult Murga Contest. (Links go to coverage of last year's corresponding event for an idea of what's involved.)

1ª Fase Murgas Infantiles | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

More details of the Program for Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel. 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Santa Cruz Carnival 2020 has arrived!

From the Inauguration Gala on Friday 24 January 2020

The party started on Friday night with the gala presentation of the 36 carnival queen candidates, with all the glamor and elegance of ‘The Flirty 50s’, attended by Mayor Patricia Hernández and Councilor for Fiestas, Andrés Martín. The traditional draw was held to decide the order of the candidates 

The Inaugural Gala took place in the Plaza de Los Alisios, located behind the Adán Martín Tenerife Auditorium. In this incomparable setting, a magical night transpired, starring the 36 aspiring carnival queens. The gala was directed by renowned designers Marco and María, with masters of ceremony, RTVC presenters, Luis García Temprano and Mercedes Ortega, together with TVE Canarias journalist, Carolina González.

The evening began with Rondalla Unión Artística El Cabo and the most representative characters of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife during the decade of the 50s. The 36 candidates, dressed in exclusive designs by Marco and María, paraded onto the stage of the Plaza de Los Alisios to the rhythm of the Tenerife Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.

The presenters invited the mayor, Patricia Hernández, dressed in an elegant dress inspired by the designs of the 50s, to take the stage. She did this accompanied by the Councilor for Fiestas, Andrés Martín, and the current Carnival Queen, Priscila Medina, and the Junior Queen 2019, Ylenia Rodríguez. The Senior Queen, Antonia Garrido, could not be present. The night ended with the traditional family photo with all the candidates and an explosion of fireworks that filled the dark sky with light and color for a few minutes.

The next appointment under the direction of designers Marco & María will be the Junior Carnival Queen Gala, to be held on Sunday 9 February.

More photos from the Inagural Gala here and here.

Inauguración del carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Secret crypt discovered in the former Franciscan Convent in Garachico

Inside the Franciscan convent in Garachico - stone pavements and heartwood cloisters. Cultural Centre, Municipal Library, Municipal Archives, Natural Science Museum, Local History Museum and exhibition hall.

Restoration works at the former Franciscan convent building, annexed to the Town Hall and with 500 years of history, have brought to light a previously unknown crypt under the presbytery of the church with human burials

The restoration and renovation works that have been carried out, for the last three months, in the old convent of San Francisco, in Garachico, have brought to light an ancient crypt located on the border with the church of Our Lady of Los Angeles, which until the 16th century was part of the same building. The finding, as DIARIO DE AVISOS learned recently, is of historical interest, given the age of the building: the convent and the Franciscan church were founded by Genoese Cristóbal de Ponte in 1524.

The tomb was located under the presbytery (chancel or sanctuary) of the chapel of Vera Cruz and at the time of the discovery its entrance was blocked. The crypt was found when some slabs were removed from the courtyard of the former convent and the earth was removed. The crypt has well placed remains inside, some consider probably of friars, something very common in convent churches. After a report made by the Cabildo de Tenerife, the Bishopric will study whether there is structural damage or if it can be opened to the public and visited. Pending the results of load tests and the walls, the crypt was sealed as a precaution. Until they are finished, the presbytery cannot be used either.

The current restorations will see a lift installed for access to the second floor, where the Library and the Municipal Archive are located. In addition to adapting spaces that were in very precarious conditions, such as the area of ​​the bathrooms - at risk of collapse - the rear part was left ready for the future installation of a cafeteria. Also, pavements are being removed from the hallways of the courtyards, which hindered mobility.

Another priority is the restoration of the old belfry, whose balcony was removed in 2015 due to the danger it posed, including the two bronze bells, sheltered in municipal warehouses.

The former convent survived the eruption of 1706, when lava skirted around it and its religious images were rescued. The altarpieces and the marble funeral monument that represented its founder, Cristóbal de Ponte and his wife were, however, lost.

After the damage caused by the lava, the building was rebuilt with relative speed. In 1822, as a result of confiscation, the building was assigned to the local council to use as the Town Hall, the public jail and a primary school. When it deteriorated considerably, it was last restored in 1980 to become the House of Culture.

The local mayor reports surprise at the finding, but it seems it may not have been unknown to everyone. José Velázquez Méndez, official chronicler of Garachico, comments that Julio Rosquet García, who died last year and had been pastor of the municipality for 55 years, had spoken to him about an opportunity to go down to the crypt. He says that it has two doors and that the exact place of its location is the chapel of Vera Cruz. "Behind the altar is a gap with an old wooden staircase to go down to the crypt, which was that of the Ponte family," he says. “I told him that there was nothing there but cement bags, since when they did the last restoration of the building, they threw them there with garbage and rubble.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Los Cristianos Carnival 2020 goes to Japan

Theme of Carnival in Los Cristianos (Arona) in 2020 is Japan

As the town of Arona promotes its spectacular agenda of activities for 2020 at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid, FITUR, some more details of this year's upcoming Los Cristianos (Arona) Carnival 2020 are emerging. 


Queen of the International Carnival of Los Cristianos 2019, Rebeca González, wore part of her spectacular costume during the presentation of Los Cristianos Carnival 2020, with more than 125,000 participants expected, the theme of which this year is to be Japan. The carnival poster, by artist Nareme Melián, combines tradition with the avant-garde.

The activities, which will begin with the presentation of candidates on March 12, will culminate with the Burial of the Sardine and the Comparsas Contest (March 23), the Opening Cavalcade and the Wig Party (March 14), the elections of the Carnival Queens (senior, infant and adult), on March 17, 18, 19; the Drag Queen Gala (March 20) and the Daytime Carnival (Saturday, March 21). The carnival is a tourist attraction that fills the hotels of the municipality and energizes the town's commercial activity.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Feeding the five-thousand at the La Florida Festival 2020 honouring San Antonio Abad

Gran Puchero in La Florida (Photo La Orotaval Town Hall)

The district of La Florida, in La Orotava, is getting ready to honour San Antonio Abad (St Anthony the Abbot) and Ntra. Sra. la Virgen de la Esperanza (Our Lady of Hope) in a traditional romería this weekend on Sunday, 26 January 2020, joined by large numbers of locals and pilgrims from all over the island. This year, the festival includes a wide range of recreational, cultural, religious, culinary and sporting activities, including the traditional Cattle Fair, celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the Gran Puchero (stew) cookout, one of the biggest culinary events in the Canary Islands. La Florida Festival offers a great opportunity to get acquainted with some of the finest local traditions.

The Gran Puchero is being cooked, using hundreds of kilos of ingredients, on Saturday, 25 January, when events are expected to begin at around 2 pm in the afternoon. The cookout involves the entire neighborhood, gathering about 5,000 people.

Video: Puchero de La Florida 2019 Bien de Interés Turístico de Canarias

Also this weekend, on Sunday, 26 January, are Romerías in honour of San Antonio Abad in Buenavista del Norte (includes the Livestock Fair), in Güímar and in La Matanza.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Themed routes for 2020 in Los Realejos

Church of La Concepción in Los Realejos

The Town Hall in Los Realejos, in conjunction with the company Lhorsa Arte & Eventos, offer a different proposal to enjoy the town every month of the year

The dragos, courtyards, the historical area of Realejo Bajo, the mysteries and legends of the municipality, the festival of Cruces (Crosses) and Fuegos (Fireworks) in May, the natural environment of Rambla de Castro, the festive traditions of Puerto de la Cruz and Los Realejos with the Virgen del Carmen, the ethnographic heritage of Icod el Alto, the road of Las Vueltas between Tigaiga and El Lance, the path along the coast or the Hacienda de La Gorvorana and its surroundings are attractions that diversify this extensive tourist offer to enjoy Los Realejos with the five senses all year round.

The proposal for January will be the ‘Route of the dragos’, to be held on the 25th.

The itineraries for the following months are:

  • ‘The freshness of the courtyards’ (February)
  • ‘In another time…’ (March)
  • ‘The mysteries of the mount’ (April)
  • ‘Crosses and flowers for May’ (May)
  • ‘Stories of La Rambla’ (June)
  • ‘The way of the sailors of the Port’ (July)
  • ‘The traditions of a people: Icod el Alto’ (August)
  • ‘Everything did not end the fire’ (September)
  • ‘The path of Las Vueltas’ (October)
  • ‘Water path’ (November)
  • ‘Stories of a neighborhood. Toscal Longuera ’(December)

Prices range between 3 and 10 euros, depending on transportation and other expenses. For more information go to the website www.lhorsa.com or call on 693 036 688.

Photo: Koppchen [CC BY]

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Inauguration of Santa Cruz Carnival 2020

Candidates for Carnival Queen at the Inauguration Gala in 2019

Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020 begins on Friday 24 February with the Inauguration Gala, this year being held, at 9:30 p.m., in the Plaza de los Alisios, behind the Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín". At the gala, the candidates for the three modalities of Carnival Queen (Junior, Senior and Adult) will be presented and will also draw numbers to determine what order they will parade in their contests. The gala also serves as an introduction to the theme of the carnival - in 2020 this is The Flirty Fifties.

Plaza de los Alisios, behind the Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín"

Presentación Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

More details of the Program for Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Most Santa Cruz carnival events are televised via RTVE or RTVC, locally, nationally and internationally or may be found on the CarnavalTVC Youtube channel. 

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Final review of carnival 2019

4th Maid of Honour: Raquel Iboleón Laynez, with a costume entitled “Al alba venceré” (At dawn I will conquer), designed by Daniel Pages, representing McDonald’s and La Opinión de Tenerife in the Carnival Main Parade in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

As Carnival 2020 begins this week in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, here is one final look at the Carnival in 2019. Perhaps it's more special to me because I was there, but I do feel that this video so superbly portrays not just the look, but also the feel of this amazing festival.

Vídeo resumen del Carnaval 2019

Throughout this year, we've published photos and videos of all of the candidates and winners who took part in the three carnival queen categories, as well as all of the participating comparsa groups. Here is an index to all of those participants:

Carnival Queen 2019

Junior Carnival Queen 2019

Senior Carnival Queen 2019

Comparsas 2019

Monday, January 20, 2020

Puerto de la Cruz Carnival 2020

Carnival International Puerto de la Cruz 2020

The theme of the International Carnival in Puerto de la Cruz 2020 is 'Musicals':

  • Friday 7 February - Inauguration of Carnival 2020 in Puerto de la Cruz
  • Sunday 9 February - Contest of Junior Murgas of the North
  • Monday 10 February - First Phase of the Murgas of the North Contest
  • Tuesday 11 February - Second Phase of the Murgas of the North Contest
  • Saturday 15 February - Grand Final of the Murgas of the North Contest
  • Sunday 16 February - Gala Election to the Junior Throne
  • Thursday 20 February - Gala Election of the Carnival Queen
  • Saturday 22 February - Opening Parade
  • Sunday 23 February - Costume Contest and Daytime Carnival
  • Monday 24 February - Ritual of 'Matar a la Culebra
  • Tuesday 25 February - Rally of Vintage Cars
  • Wednesday 26 February - Burial of the Sardine
  • Thursday 27 February - Reception of the German Ambassador
  • Friday 28 February - Mascarita Ponte Tacón (Men's High Heels Marathon)
  • Saturday 29 February - Carnival Main Parade

Not listed on the town hall's website, but it is thought that there must be a carnival closing party on Sunday 1 March.

Mataculebra is an ancient ritual that came to the islands at the end of the 19th Century with Canarian emigrants who returned from Cuba, the origin of which dates back to the African slaves of the Caribbean island, with music, dance and theatrical representation.

The interchange between Tenerife and Düsseldorf began in 1972 with the help of key figures in the recent history of the city's tourism development, such as Horst Morgenbrod, Eduardo Lobenstein or Gregorio Etner. The idea was to promote Puerto de la Cruz and Tenerife in the Rhine-Westphalia region, one of the most prosperous in Germany.

One of the icons of the Carnival of Puerto de la Cruz, where hundreds of daring participants compete, dressed as 'suggestive ladies', to reach the finish line in shoes with huge platforms, running through the cobbled streets of the municipality. 

Mascarita Ponte Tacón 2019

Almond Blossom Routes 2020

Almond blossom

As in previous years, there are several options scheduled for the Rutas de Almendros en Flor 2020 (Almond Blossom Routes), between 25 January to 15 February.

The routes on offer this year are:
  • Saturday, 25 January 9am - Short general walk (4 hours, medium difficulty, minimum age 8). 
  • Saturday, 25 January 9am - Long general walk (5 hours, high difficulty, minimum age 12).
  • Saturday, 1 February 9am - Family Route (3 hours, low difficulty, minimum age 6). 
  • Saturday, 8 February 9am - "Without Barriers" route for the disabled, the elderly and their carers. Sign language translation (Spanish) available, as well as a species of sedan chair for those with mobility issues (5 places available). (3.5 hours, low-medium difficulty, minimum age 6) 
  • Saturday, 15 February 9am - Lovers route for couples over 18 years, includes artistic actuations (whatever that means, but open mind might be a good idea) and a photocall (3 hours, low difficulty, minimum age 18)
Includes guide (in Spanish only), insurance and transport.

Booking is essential as there are only limited numbers allowed on each walk.
- The nominal price for each walk is 5 Euros per person.
- The meeting point for all general routes is the Plaza del Santiago del Teide.
- For all routes you need general sports clothes and shoes (preferably mountain boots), coat, raincoat, picnic and water. The use of hiking poles is recommended because of the irregular terrain.
- Bad weather will not be an impediment to carrying out the activity, although the organization reserves the right to suspend it or modify its route if it deems appropriate, especially if it considers that the physical safety of the participants may be impaired.

More information and tickets for these walks can be obtained from the town hall of Santiago del Teide by phone to 922 86 31 27 extension 234 or El Cardón NaturExperience, either online, by visiting them at their offices at the Hotel Meliã Hacienda del Conde, Buenavista del Norte (Monday - Friday 10am - 2pm). Telephone: 922 12 79 38. 

Ruta del Almendro en Flor 2019

Ruta Gastronómica del Almendro en Flor

This year there are numerous complimentary activities to the Almond Blossom Routes, starting with the Gastronomic Route. Twelve bars and restaurants (Bar Restaurante El Patio; Bar Parada; Bar Soto; Bar Plaza; Bar el Café; Bar Arepera KM 101, Bar Restaurante Chinyero; Restaurante Santiago del Teide; Restaurante la Casona del Patio (Hotel Rural); Kiosko El Parque, Crepería Cositas and Bar Cafetería Tropic II) will be offering a variety of menus and breakfasts to visitors and walkers and six shops (Supermercado El Valle; Supermercado Forte, Congelados El Valle; Peluquería Feitiña, Farmacia Santiago del Teide and Gasolinera El Señor del Valle) will have numerous offers related to almonds.

La Ruta Gastronómica del Almendro en Flor, del 25 al 16 de febrero

Farmers & Crafts Markets, Workshops & Music

Also during the season of the walks, there will be Farmers and Crafts Markets held in the Plaza Pública de Santiago del Teide.

On Saturday, 25 January the market's hours will be from 9 am to 5 pm and afterwards, there will be a musical performance by Fran Baraja and the Parranda Blues Band.

Meanwhile, from midday at the Hotel La Casona del Patio a Taller de Repostería con Almendras (Confectionery Workshop with Almonds) will be held, run by the prestigious chef of the Restaurante Aqua, Lucas Maes (requires previous registration).

On Sunday, 26 January, the market will be open from 9 am until 5:30 pm and from 4 pm there will be music from the Fanfarria de Santiago del Teide.

Similarly, on Saturday, February 1, when the Family Route takes place, once more there will be Farmers and Crafts Market from 09:00 hrs. until 5:30 p.m. From 12:00 hrs there will be a workshop “Bombón La Pasada. Almond, cheese and honey ”, run by the Quesería La Pasada (requires prior registration). Also at 4:00 p.m. a musical performance of Güicho and the Band takes place.

On Sunday, February 2, the market again takes place from 09:00 hrs. until 5:30 p.m. and after 4 p.m. will be music from the Orquesta Maraury.

Saturday, February 8, the market will be from 09:00 hrs. until 6:00 p.m. and a cocktail exhibition “a la Almendra”, will start from 12:00 hrs and, finally, a musical performance by Grupo A Contratiempo.

And on Sunday, February 9, from 09:00 hrs. until 5:30 p.m. the public square will again have a market, although it is true that it will not be until 4:00 p.m. when the musical performance by Tuna de Económicas.

Saturday, February 15, the Almendros en Flor “Lovers” Route will be held, while from 09:00 hrs. until 5:00 p.m. the agro-artisan market will once more be held in the Public Square of Santiago del Teide and, from 4:00 p.m., we will be able to enjoy the performance of the “Renassencia” group.

Finally, on Sunday, February 16, from 09:00 hrs. until 5:30 p.m., the public square of Santiago del Teide will have the agro-artisan market and from 4:00 p.m. we can enjoy music from Tío Franklin.

More information through the Department of Culture at ​​the Town Council, on 922 86 31 27, ext. 234. Those who wish to participate in the workshops should contact the Local Development area, by phone 922 83 93 18 and / or 922 83 93 10 or via email develololocal@santiagodelteide.es or by sending a message by WhatsApp via telephone 608 67 10 28.

El Alcalde presentó la Campaña del Almendro en Flor Santiago del Teide 2020

Bus route 467, Costa del Silencio to La Caleta, to have 24-hour services

Titsa Bus Interchange Tenerife South

Transport Interurbanos de Tenerife (TITSA), the Tenerife bus company, is increasing, from Monday, January 20, the frequency of routes 447, 467 and 473 to offer more coverage to travelers in the south of the island in response to demand.

Route 467 (Costa del Silencio - Las Galletas - Los Cristianos - Costa Adeje - La Caleta) is to have the most improvements. This route will run a 24-hour service, reaching 141 services on work days and 108 on Saturdays and Sundays. Almost 2.5 million travelers had used this route in 2019, representing an increase of 6.51% over the previous year.

In addition, Route 447 (Los Cristianos - Las Américas - San Eugenio – Fañabe - Adeje -Los Olivos) improves its frequency on working days to every 30 minutes. This route starts at 05:30 hours from Las Torres, with the last departure from Los Cristianos at 9:55 p.m. Subsequent schedules are served by route 473.

Route 473 (Los Cristianos - Costa Adeje - Adeje El Cerco - Armeñime - Playa San Juan - Alcalá - Los Gigantes) increases with a service at 23:15 hours, which has been highly demanded by travelers, maintaining the last departure from Los Cristianos at 00:10 hours and from Los Gigantes, at 01:25 hours, totaling 67 trips every day of the week.

La línea 467 de Titsa, que une Costa del Silencio y La Caleta, tendrá servicios las 24 horas

Photo: Vasile Cotovanu [CC BY]

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Tourists spent 109 million euros in the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2019

Cruise ships in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The number of visitors to the capital in 2019 grew 2.6% compared to 2018, reaching 2,472,145, of whom 72% were day trippers and almost 20% cruise passengers

Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council is to promote the city as a tourist destination at the International Tourism Fair, Fitur, which will take place in Madrid from next Wednesday. Their aim is to showcase the best of a destination that, last year, was visited by 2,472,145 people, of whom 72.7% were day trippers, 19.8% cruise passengers and 7.5% tourists who stayed in the municipality, a growth of 2.6% compared to 2018. These visitors generated spending in the capital of 109 million euros, an important figure for the economy of the city. In addition, tourism activity generated 6,543 jobs in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2019. The city's delegation to Fitur will be accompanied by the Carnival Queen of 2019, Priscila Medina, who will wear part of her costume.

The population of the south of Tenerife has more than doubled so far this century

Playa de las Ámericas from the air 2019

The population of the south of the island reaches 300,000 inhabitants

Pioneers such as Rafael Puig and his son Santiago, began the conquest of the south of the island in 1965 and a year later the resort of Playa de las Ámericas was created. From that time, the initial health tourism in Los Cristianos gave way to mass tourism; and over time, tomato and banana plantations were replaced by hotels and golf courses and the cliffs, by artificial beaches. The southern highway was born, which linked the capital with Los Cristianos and agriculture and fishing workers left to become masons and waiters.

Guía de Isora, Arona and Adeje were depopulating, while coast and urban centers grew along the new road, which reduced the time it took to get from Santa Cruz to Los Cristianos by more than two hours. The highway was the great impulse that the south needed.

In the last half century, the south has not stopped growing and has continued to be El Dorado for thousands of workers who earn their daily bread in hotels, in construction or in the service sector. Many left their families in the north or in La Gomera to move to Granadilla, Arona, Adeje or Guía de Isora, although there are also those who come from other towns in the south or the metropolitan area and the trend continues today, although on a smaller scale because obtaining affordable housing in the south has become a complicated task. There are many citizens who turn down jobs because of it; or who travel to the south by car or bus, despite the loss of time in endless queues.

The lack of training of the native population, especially in languages, has, in turn, allowed the massive arrival of foreign workers, both European and South American, while Asian citizens (Chinese and Indian) take up a good part of the trade, alongside multinational chains. And so, in half a century, the south has gone from being the great unknown of Tenerife to becoming the economic engine of the Island.

Today, it's not surprising that the south is the most prosperous region and, therefore, has increased in population the most. In the twenty years of this century alone, the twelve municipalities of the south from Candelaria to Santiago de Teide have gone from having 145,000 inhabitants to 300,000. In other words, the population has more than doubled. And that's counting only those who are registered. Those tourist-residents who spend half the year in their apartments in Los Cristianos, Costa Adeje, Playa Paraíso, Los Gigantes or El Médano are not counted; nor are those who make their living in the municipalities of the south but sleep in the capital or in the north.

Just get on the TF-1 at seven or eight in the morning to see the river of vehicles that move to the south and the few at that time that travel in the opposite direction. That is the faithful reflection of the labor and population movement. It's worth highlighting the population growth in the last twenty years experienced by Adeje and Arona, the main tourist receivers of the island. Official figures at January 1, 2019 show that Adeje had 47,869 inhabitants, against 14,007 in the year 2000. The progress of Arona has been similar: the council states that the population approaches 100,000, although officially it is estimated at 81,216.

Two other tourist municipalities, Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide, have grown more moderately, while Granadilla and San Miguel de Abona have almost tripled their populations, due to becoming dormitories for tourist workers.

None of the twelve southern municipalities has lost inhabitants this century, although Arafo did in 2018, quite the opposite of Candelaria, which grows at the pace of the beginning of the century approaching 30,000 inhabitants, while Güímar already reached 20,000.

Within this analysis, we must also not forget that the south has the largest foreign populations in Tenerife; in this order, these include Italians, who only in Arona and Adeje make up 10% of the population; followed by English, Germans and Russians. Meanwhile, Venezuelans, Colombians and Cubans are a majority in Granadilla, with throughout the south the presence of Chinese and Moroccan citizens.

El Sur duplica su población y alcanza los 300.000 habitantes

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Fiestas of San Sebastián 2020 in La Caleta

Horse riders in the sea at Enramada Beach in other times. Photo: Adeje Town Hall

Monday 20 January 2020 will see the climax of the Fiestas of San Sebastián, one of the most popular annual events on the south of the island, in La Caleta, Adeje, most famous for the bathing of horses in the sea at La Enramada beach.

Events Program

- January 19 and 20 - PLAZA DE SAN SEBASTIÁN

Exhibition: San Sebastián, a tradition
Outdoor exhibition of photographic images.

- Sunday, January 19, 2020


Mass sung by the Santa Ana Group. During the ceremony, delivery of the relic of San Sebastián donated by the Consul of Italy to the town of Adeje.


Procession with the image of San Sebastián along the usual route, accompanied by the Adeje Town Band. Upon return to the temple, fireworks.


Folklore concert with the groups: Imoque Cultural Association, La Diata and the Group of the Municipal School of Folklore of Adeje.

- Monday, January 20, 2020


Eucharist in honor of San Sebastián sung by the parish choir of Santa Úrsula de Adeje. Then, procession with the image of the Patron Saint through the usual route. Upon completion, traditional animal blessing.

San Sebastian 2019

Friday, January 17, 2020

Arona's Festival of San Antonio Abad opens the 2020 calendar of romerías in Tenerife

Arona's San Antonio Abad 2020

Arona always bills it's Romería de San Antonio Abad as the the first of the year and in 2020 this is no different. Having seen the Calendar of Romerías in Tenerife 2020, we discover that there's been one already, but we'll let it go. Hey, This Is Tenerife!

These fiestas include a solemn mass and procession on Friday, January 17, followed by a chocolatada, fireworks and dancing to Orquesta Deliciosa. There's workshops, games, traditional sports and the children's festival on Saturday 18 January.

Blessing of animals and free transportation

On Sunday, January 19, at 10:00 a.m., the opening of the crafts fair will take place in the Plaza del Santísimo Cristo de la Salud, while at 11.00 the mass sung by the Parranda Chasnera will be celebrated in the parish church of San Antonio Abad.

After the mass, the Romería of San Antonio Abad pilgrimage will be celebrated, during which the traditional blessing of the animals will take place. Then there's dancing to Orquestas Wamampy and Los Teymar from 3:30 to 10:30 pm.

There's also free transportation to the romería, with departures at 10.00, 11.00 and 12.00 hours from Los Cristianos (Avenida Juan Carlos I, in front of the Infanta Leonor Auditorium) and Playa de las Américas (Calle Noelia Afonso, in front of the Hotel Zentral Center). Return will be 16:00, 17:00 and 18:00 to the same collection points.

Complete information with the program [in Spanish] at www.arona.org

Plaza de la Luz in Los Silos during the Livestock and Crafts Fair

Fiestas of San Antonio Abad in Los Silos

If you're in the north of the island, then the town of Los Silos will also be holding it's Fiestas in honour of San Antonio Abad this weekend, with the Feria del Ganado y Artesanía (Livestock and Crafts Fair) taking place behind the church and in and around the Plaza de la Luz on Sunday 19 January. Information from the town hall is that this is from 2:30 pm, with the blessing of the livestock and pets followed by the Mil Leches Salsa Band.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Guide to Romerías in Tenerife 2020

Bajada al Socorro 2013 Photo: Jose Mesa, Some rights reserved.

Romerías in Tenerife are one of the most colourful and fun ways to enjoy the island's traditional fiestas and immerse yourself in some Canarian culture. And as in previous years, the folk from La Casa de Los Balcones have published a 2020 Guide to Romerías in Tenerife, which we reproduce here. Some dates are already confirmed and others remain to be confirmed. We will try to make every effort to keep this list updated.

The romerías arise from religious pilgrimages, made first to Rome (hence the term “romería”), then brought to each municipality making the pilgrimage towards the church. In Tenerife, the oldest celebration not only of the island but of the entire archipelago is the “Romería del Socorro”, celebrated in the municipality of Güímar in September. In 2020, 7 September for the Bajada de la Virgen del Socorro, is a public holiday in Tenerife.

These festivals are accompanied by music, dancing and a lot of food and free-flowing wine. They are public and FREE: all that's required is to turn up and enjoy.


  • 12/01/2020 – Romería in honour of San Antonio Abad – Tigaiga, Los Realejos
  • 19/01/2020 – Romería in honour of San Antonio Abad – Arona
  • 19/01/2020 – Romería in honour of San Antonio Abad – Chío
  • 20/01/2020 – Romería de San Sebastián – Adeje
  • 25/01/2020 – El gran puchero and tradicional Baile de Magos – La Florida, La Orotava
  • 26/01/2020 – Romería in honour of San Antonio Abad and Ntra. Sra. la Virgen de la Esperanza – La Florida, La Orotava [Fiesta de Interés Turístico de Canarias]
  • 26/01/2020 – Romería in honour of San Antonio Abad – Buenavista del Norte
  • 26/01/2020 – Romería in honour of San Antonio Abad – Güímar
  • 26/01/2020 – Pilgrimage with animals in honor of San Antonio Abad – (Barrio de San Antonio) La Matanza


  • 21/03/2020 – Romería de San José in Barranco Hondo (Candelaria) 


  • 26/04/2020 – Romería de San Marcos (Tegueste) CANCELLED


  • (still to confirm) – Paseo Romero – Tíncer, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • (still to confirm) – Paseo romero por la Fiesta de La Cruz – Barrio del Calvario, El Sauzal
  • 01/05/2020 – Romería in honour of San Alejo – San Alejo, El Tanque
  • 09/05/2020 – Romería de la Sabina Alta – Fasnia
  • 10/05/2020 – Romería in honour of San Isidro – El Pico – Tejina, La Laguna
  • (still to confirm) – Romería de Ntra. Sra. de Fátima – Valle San Lorenzo, Arona
  • (still to confirm) – Romería in honour of San Isidro – San Isidro, Granadilla de Abona
  • (still to confirm) – Paseo Romero de Aguagarcía, Tacoronte
  • [still to confirm] – Romería de San Matías – Taco, La Laguna
  • 12/05/2020 – Romería San Isidro – Arguayo, Santiago del Teide
  • 13/05/2020 – Romería de la Virgen del Buen Viaje – Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • 15/05/2020 – Romería Chica – Los Realejos
  • 17/05/2020 – Fiesta Romera en Honor a San Isidro – Guía de Isora
  • 17/05/2020 – Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador – Valle de Guerra, La Laguna
  • 17/05/2020 – Romería in honour of San Isidro – Guía de Isora
  • 17/05/2020 – Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador – El Chorrillo, El Rosario
  • 17/05/2020 – Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador – Ruigómez, El Tanque
  • 17/05/2020 – Romería in honour of Ntra. Señora de Fátima – La Sabinita, Arona
  • 31/05/2020 – Romería de Las Mercedes (La Laguna)
  • 31/05/2020 – Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador – La Corujera, Santa Úrsula
  • 31/05/2020 – Romería de San Isidro Labrador – Los Realejos


  • (still to confirm) – Paseo Romero – Puerto de la Cruz.
  • 07/06/2020 – Romería de San Isidro – Guamasa, La Laguna.
  • (still to confirm) – Romería de San Isidro Labrador – Barrio de La Mancha, Icod de Los Vinos.
  • (still to confirm) – Romería de San Antonio de Padua – Granadilla de Abona.
  • (still to confirm) – Romería de San Isidro – Tacoronte.
  • 21/06/2020 (17:30hrs) – Romería de San Juanito – Igueste, Candelaria.
  • 21/06/2019 [still to confirm] – Paseo Romero de San Juanito – Punta del Hidalgo, La Laguna.
  • 28/06/2020 – Romería de San Isidro – Las Carboneras, La Laguna.
  • 18/06/2020 – Infraoctava del Corpus Christi de La Orotava (día de las alfombras).
  • 20/06/2020 – Subida del Santo – La Orotava.
  • 21/06/2020 – Romería de San Isidro – La Orotava [Fiesta de Interés Turístico Nacional].


  • 04/07/2020 – Romería in honour of Santa Isabel de Portugal en El Fraile (Arona)
  • 05/07/2020 – Romería in honour of Santo Hermano Pedro de San José de Betancur – Llano del Moro, El Rosario.
  • 12/07/2020 – Romería in honour of San Benito de Abad – La Laguna [Fiesta de Interés Turístico]
  • 12/07/2020 – Paseo Romero con carros (tractores agrícolas) engalanados – Barrio de Ravelo – El Sauzal
  • 15/07/2020 – Romería chica in honour of Santa Ana y San Roque de la Villa y Puerto y Baile de Magos de San Roque – Garachico
  • 14/07/2020 – Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen – Puerto de La Cruz
  • (still to confirm) – Romería de Santa Ana y San Joaquín – El Ortigal, La Laguna
  • (still to confirm) – Romería in honour of la Virgen del Carmen – Los Campitos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • 26/07/2020 – Romería de Las Nieves – Finca España, La Laguna
  • 26/07/2020 – Romería in honour of S. Antonio Abad y Sagrado Corazón de Jesús – El Portezuelo (Tegueste)
  • 26/07/2020 – Romería in honour of San antonio abad – Aguamansa (La Orotava).


  • 02/08/2020 – Romería in honour of la Virgen de Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza – El Rosario
  • 08/08/2020 – Bajada de las Hayas – La Guancha
  • 14/08/2020 – Romería de la Candelaria – Candelaria
  • 16/08/2020 – Romería in honour of San Roque – Garachico
  • 16/08/2020 – Romería de San Roque – Chiguergue, Guía de Isora
  • 16/08/2020 [still to confirm] – Romería in honour of San Luis Rey – El Charco del Pino, Granadilla de Abona
  • 16/08/2020 (still to confirm) – Romería Barquera in honour of San Casiano – Las Galletas, Arona
  • Finales de agosto [still to confirm] – Corazones de Tejina – Tejina, La Laguna
  • 23/08/2020 – Romería in honour of San Roque y San Agustín – Vilaflor
  • 29/08/2020 – Romería in honour of San Agustín – Arafo
  • 29/08/2020 – Romería in honour of San Isidro – La Victoria de Acentejo


  • (still to confirm) – Romería Barquera en Honor a San Blas – Los Abrigos, Granadilla de Abona
  • 07/09/2020 – Bajada de la Virgen del Socorro – Güímar
  • 08/09/2020 – Subida de la Virgen del Socorro – Güímar
  • (still to confirm) – Romería in honour of Santa María de la Cabeza y San Isidro Labrador – Benijos, La Orotava
  • 12/09/2020 – Romería in honour of San José – San José, San Juan de La Rambla
  • 12/09/2020 – Romería de los Roques – Desde el casco de Fasnia a Los Roques
  • (still to confirm) – Romería Barquera in honour of Nuestra Señora de Las Mercedes – El Médano, Granadilla de Abona
  • (still to confirm) – Romería in honour of San Miguel de Abona – San Miguel de Abona


  • 04/10/2020 – Romería de La Perdoma (La Orotava)
  • 18/10/2020 – Romería en Honor a Santa Úrsula – Adeje


  • (still to confirm) – Romería del Volcán en Santiago del Teide

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Carnival Queen Candidate in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Laura García Repo

Laura García Repo 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.

The final one of the candidates from last year, is Laura García Repo in a costume entitled, "LA POMPADOUR", designed by Borja Abreu and representing Ron La Indiana

Laura García Repo | Gala de la Reina | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Friday, January 10, 2020

Tenerife Carnival Official Program 2020

Carnival 2020 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

It's here at last, the Official Program for Carnival 2020. You can download a PDF version from the carnival website [in Spanish], which ads locations and times for the various events. The dates of the events are as listed in our provisional program.

It's also confirmed that, at the final count, there will be 37 candidates for the three categories of Carnival Queen; 16 candidates for the adult Carnival Queen, 11 for the Junior Carnival Queen and 10 candidates for Senior Carnival Queen.

Program for Carnival 2020 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Candidate for Senior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz 2019 Carmen Remedios González Carlos

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.

Carmen Remedios González Carlos in a costume entitled, "BRIGET, LA DIOSA CISNE" (BRIGET, THE SWAN GODDESS), designed by Juan Sousa Da Cruz, representing El Rincón del Parrandero (Los Parrandas).

Carmen Remedios González Carlos | Gala de la reina de los mayores | Carnaval SC Tenerife 2019

Wednesday, January 08, 2020

Preparations begin for the carnival with the longest weekend of partying in its history

Daytime Carnival 2019

Christmas is bearly over, but Santa Cruz is already getting into the mood for carnival. In just two weeks time, the party will officially begin with the Inaugural Gala for Carnival 2020 in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the theme of which is The Flirty Fifties, on Friday January 24, at 9:30 p.m., in the Plaza de los Alisios, behind the Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín". A celebration this year that will have six consecutive days of partying in the street, from Friday 21 February, with the Opening Cavalcade and the start of the dances in the street, through until Wednesday 26 February with the Burial of the Sardine.

This year the Monday of Carnival (February 24) will also be a pubic holiday in the city, which makes it the bridge between the two daytime events; Daytime Carnival on the Sunday 23 February and the Coso Apoteosis (Main Parade) on Carnival Tuesday (February 25) that makes this year's carnival such a long party. Ash Wednesday (February 26) completes this longest party in the history of the Carnival of Santa Cruz.

Before that happens, the various contests will take place at the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos de Tenerife. The stage, designed by Javier Torres Franquis, will be begun to be built in the coming days. The first phase of the children's murgas will take place on January 30, the second  on January 31 and the third phase on February 1. After them will come the Choreographic Festival (February 2) and the first phase of the adult murgas (February 3). The grand finale will take place on February 7 at 8:30 p.m. Only one day later, on February 8, the musical groups will have their contest.

On Sunday, February 9, the first of the galas will be celebrated with the election of the Junior Queen, at 6:00 p.m. The second will take place only three days later, on February 12, with the Election of the Senior Queen. And the grand Gala of Election of the Carnival Queen will be on February 19, at 9.30 pm. The registration period for candidates is still open, it closes tomorrow, January 9. So far there are 30 candidates registered for the three categories; 16 candidates for the adult Carnival Queen, 9 girls who present themselves for the Junior Queen and 5 candidates for Senior Carnival Queen.

The competitions will be completed with the Comedy Song Contest, on February 14 at the Teatro Guimerá, the Comparsa troupes (on February 15, at 8:00 p.m., at the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos de Tenerife), the costume contest (Sunday February 16, at 11.00) and the rondallas contest that Sunday too in the Auditorium.

After the competitions and galas comes the Carnival in the street.

[ED NOTE: The dates in this article confirm those listed in our Provisional Program for Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020. See also: Tenerife Carnival Dates for 2020.]

El Carnaval, con el fin de semana más largo de su historia, calienta motores

Saturday, January 04, 2020

Candidate for Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Loane Juglair

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 Loane Juglair in a costume entitled, "MI ADORABLE CREACIÓN" (My Adorable Creation), designed by José Ángel Ramos González and representing Café Victoria and Hotel San Blas Nature Resort & Golf.

Loane Juglair | Gala Reina Infantil | Carnaval S/C Tenerife 2019

Friday, January 03, 2020

The Changing Face of the Three Kings

Attending to one of the camels at the Three Kings in Garachico

The format of the Three Kings celebrations and parades has been changing in recent years. When we went regularly to see them in Garachico, the Three Kings arrived riding their camels and at the end of the night, they would call the names of countless children who would then go up and receive their gifts from the Three Kings, publicly.

In Buenavista del Norte a few years ago, the use of animals was discontinued to prevent their exploitation, as was the distribution of gifts publicly, so that "all the children of the municipality can attend and participate in the event on equal terms, without giving rise to possible discrimination". Maintaining the distribution of gifts purchased by families during the Los Reyes parade was an obvious discrimination for less fortunate families.

This year, the Three Kings Cavalcade on January 5, 2020 through the streets of the city of La Laguna, will, once again, have the traditional presence of camels (the inference is that they have been absent in some previous years) although they will not carry Their Majesties and will take a shorter route. For their 'elf and safety, "the camels are never going to be loaded with people, they are only going to parade and only for part of the route". It has been decided that Their Majesties will move into new floats with thrones.