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Friday, June 26, 2020

The Lago Martiánez complex in Puerto de la Cruz reopens on Friday 26 June 2020

Lago Martiánez in Puerto de Cruz. Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

Puerto de la Cruz Council is reopening the Lago Martiánez on Friday 26 June, after undertaking improvements that guarantee safety in this period of new normality. With the introduction of a public address system and a dataphone to pay by card, demanded for years by pool users, the complex aims to offer its best image for reopening.

In addition, adaptation and improvement works have been carried out within the complex, with landscaping, painting and enhancement of the work of César Manrique by the César Manrique Foundation. Among these works, were repairs to the swimming pool of the Monumento al Mar (Monument to the Sea) and to the ship installation that suffered damage after the storm last February.

Cleaning and disinfection work within the complex will be reinforced to offer the best standards to guarantee the safety of users. "We are in a position to open these magnificent facilities offering a sanitary guarantee so that our visitors can enjoy in complete tranquility."

The mayor also announced that the César Manrique Foundation has given its approval for the replacement of the Juguete del Viento El Róbalo (Wind Toy), a mobile sculpture that was lost a few years ago in Playa Jardín. "We are very satisfied with this great news for the image of the city and we will redouble our efforts to continue on this path of work, sharing the values ​​that the Foundation defends and with which we are fully identified." The mayor wanted to remember the debt that the municipality maintains with the legacy of the artist from Lanzarote and which is one of the hallmarks of the municipality and which will continue to work intensively to recover them in all their splendor.

Puerto de la Cruz anuncia para este viernes la reapertura del Lago Martiánez

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Candidate for Carnival Queen in 2020

Amanda Hernández Álvarez

The focus usually is on the winners, but we want to show you all the candidates for the carnival queens in Santa Cruz in 2020, who all deserve recognition for taking part. This candidate is Amanda Hernández Álvarez in a costume entitled, Áuril (Golden), designed by RP Diseños and representing DRA Instalaciones Eléctricas.

There will be no Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2021, although the City Council is working with the Carnival groups in the design of some activities that can maintain the spirit of the festivities during the weeks in which it should have been celebrated

Amanda Hernández Álvarez | Gala Reina del Carnaval | S/C Tenerife 2020

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Costillas con papas y piñas (Pork ribs with potatoes and corncobs)

Costillas con papas y piñas (Pork ribs with potatoes and corncobs)

Costillas con papas y piñas (Pork ribs with potatoes and corncobs) is one of the most iconic Canarian dishes, typical of Tenerife. Here's how to make it yourself at home.


1.5 kg fresh or salted rib of pork
3 corn cobs
6 black peppercorns (unmilled)
2 mint leaves
Half a lemon


If the ribs are fresh, add a little salt. If the ribs are salted, they must be previously desalted and then you will not need to add salt. To desalt the ribs, if needed, soak them in cold water for about 2 hours. After this time, drain off the strongly salty water and place them in clean water to soak for another 5 or 6 hours, then drain before cooking in fresh water.

Separate the ribs, to make individual portions. Put them in a large pan, with enough water to cover them generously. Add the peppercorns, the half lemon, the two mint leaves, and a little salt (if needed). Cut the corncobs into two or three pieces each, and place them in the pan with the meat. Place on a high heat until it starts to boil, and then turn the heat down to medium, leaving it at a rolling boil. The ribs will need to cook for between 1.5 and 2.5 hours, until tender enough that the meat will separate from from the bone without any effort, using just a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain, reserving the cooking water from the ribs.

Peel several large potatoes, cut them in half and cook them in a saucepan with a little salt, in the water from the ribs. Drain and allow to dry over low heat. Arrange on a platter and take to the table. Serve with mojo de cilantro (coriander sauce) and a good red wine.

Costillas con papas y piñas


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Travel to Tenerife: Conditions related to COVID-19 and information of interest


Almost the entire Spanish territory and, therefore, Tenerife, has passed the transition phases to the so-called ‘new normality’, which entered into force on Sunday, June 21. From that day on, it is possible to travel to Tenerife, without having to carry out any type of quarantine, from another Canary Island, another part of the country (except from those areas that have regressed to any previous phase of de-escalation) and the rest of the countries of the European Union, with the exception of Portugal, whose border control remains active until June 30, at the request of the Portuguese country.

On the plane or at the airport:

  • The use of masks is mandatory, both in airport facilities and on airplanes, following the instructions of the airport authorities and airlines.
  • Each passenger will travel with a preassigned seat number and may be required to give information on personal, location, health and flight data on the island. This information must be stored by the company a minimum of four weeks after the trip.
  • Health authorities will monitor the temperature of all international passengers arriving at the island's airports with cameras.
  • There is the possibility that random temperature controls will carried out on passengers.
  • Online check-in is recommended, although it should be borne in mind that many airlines no longer allow carry-on luggage in the cabin, except for a personal bag that fits under the seat.

In general:

Masks are mandatory for people over six years of age on public roads, inside public places and on public transport (airplanes, buses, etc.), whenever the minimum distance of 1.5 cannot be respected. The exceptions are only while partaking in sports, while food is eaten and / or in case of disability or respiratory disease.

In establishments:

  • Different capacity regulations have been established to avoid crowding, increase disinfection, prevention and conditioning in all areas.
  • In common areas, the adoption of appropriate organizational measures is established to avoid crowds and ensure that customers and workers maintain a minimum interpersonal safety distance of 1.5 meters, carrying out other types of measures, if this is not possible.

In accommodation:

  • Each establishment is obliged to have a specific Contingency Plan to reduce and avoid contagion by COVID-19, in order to comply with all the hygiene and cleaning measures that have been reinforced, as well as the training of personnel.
  • In the rooms the textile elements have been reduced and the blankets and pillows that are stored in the cupboards must be protected.
  • Crowds should be avoided and the use of common areas should be carried out in compliance with the interpersonal distance measures, which have been established at 1.5 meters.
  • The entertainment will be carried out outdoors, keeping distances and without exchanging material, just like the use of swimming pools.
  • In the dining areas, hydroalcoholic gels will be installed at the entrance, the tables will be 1.5 meters apart and will be cleaned and disinfected between clients, eliminating shared elements, such as napkin or toothpick dispensers.
  • Buffets must be separated from customers through a protective screen, offering fresh or prepared products in individual dishes and single-dose units protected from the environment.

On transport:
  • In all public or private means of transport, if it is a rental car, companies are obliged to comply with specific sanitary and hygiene measures.
  • All must visibly expose the permitted capacity and the measures they have adopted to maintain social distancing.
  • On buses you will enter through the back door and you must follow the seat recommendations  if not previously assigned. Masks are mandatory.
  • Rental cars will be disinfected and rotated, being the first car to deliver will be the last to return to service.
On the beach:
  • It is mandatory to maintain the interpersonal security distance of one and a half meters, limiting the capacity to 4 square meters per person. Some beaches have prior reservation systems.
  • The sunbed service must comply with security measures, through its cleaning and disinfection between clients, the use of a towel being mandatory.
  • Groups of sunbeds must be separated by 2 meters, which ensures the distance from other people.
  • The use of showers and foot washes must be by only one person at a time.
Restaurants and gastronomy:
  • The distance between clients and staff of at least 1.5 meters will be maintained.
  • Hydroalcoholic gel dispensers will be at the entrance.
  • Between clients, the tables will be disinfected and the staff will indicate which one is ready to be used.
  • Tables will be separated from each other by at least 1.5 meters and waiters will wear a mask during the service.
  • The use of self-service items such as napkin dispensors, salt shakers or menus is not allowed.
Nature tourism:
  • Outdoor and nature activities are allowed: hiking, bicycle touring, paragliding, surfing, wind and kite surfing, diving, apnea, bird watching, whale watching, stargazing ….
  • Active Tourism companies are obliged to comply with all hygiene measures, disinfecting the materials after each use and respecting the safety distance between people and when it is not possible, masks will be used.
  • At the moment, parties, festivals or popular events are suspended.
  • Guided tours are allowed, without the use of material such as audio guides or information brochures.
  • In theaters and auditoriums, the seats must always be previously assigned and only those who live together may be seated together.
  • In the rest, the safety distance will be kept.
  • Stores must take hygiene measures and have reduced their capacity to 75%.
  • It is mandatory to use a mask inside and the use of hydroalcoholic gel at the entrance.
  • Leisure at outdoor tables is allowed, while the use of dance floors is still prohibited.

For any symptoms that may lead to a suspicion of infection, such as cough, fever or respiratory distress, it is recommended that you:
  • Self-isolate: in a single-use room with a window, keeping the door closed, and, if possible, with an individual bathroom. If this is not possible, keep the safety distance of 2 meters from the rest of the people, and exercise extreme hygiene measures.
  • Call the information telephone number for COVID-19 enabled by the Government of the Canary Islands on 900 112 061 if you speak Spanish, or 112 so that they will attend you in English, where depending on your situation they will inform you how to proceed.
You can find more information on Tenerife Tourism (https://www.webtenerife.com/)

Rituals and Spells for the Night of Saint John according to your horoscope

Crowds on the Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz on the Eve of San Juan in other times

With no bonfires or mass gatherings on beaches this year, here's some alternative fun for the Noche de San Juan (Night of Saint John), one of the most magical nights of the year. It's celebrated on the night of June 23-24, and the first reason that makes it special is that it is the shortest night of the year, but the night of San Juan is magical for many other reasons. It's considered the official opening of summer, it's midsummer's eve, when we change season and it's the night of making wishes. Jumping over bonfires, bathing in the sea at midnight, etc., are just some of the rituals performed on this special night. The traditions and rites that revolve around the night of San Juan are very diverse and, are celebrated differently in various locations. Similarly, it is said, each astrological sign, with its own particular characteristics, experiences it in a different way and intensity.

How Does Each Sign Live the Night of Saint John?

Aries (21 Mar - 19 Apr)
Is a rather pragmatic and rational sign, however, this night is different. It's a night in which his melancholy awakens and his thoughts flow to remembering moments from the past.

Taurus (20 Apr - 20 May)
How could it be otherwise, one of the most romantic signs lives tonight with special intensity. He especially relates it to the partner and love, and performs rituals to attract love and have a relationship for life.

Gemini (21 May - 20 Jun)
Is a very superstitious sign. That night he jumps the bonfires, bathes at 00:00h, writes down his wishes on a piece of paper ... all the rites to prevent a year of bad luck from starting.

Cancer (21 Jun - 22 Jul)
He does not recognize that he is concerned because this is a sign that does not show what he feels. Timid and withdrawn, the Cancerians live the night of San Juan in silence, but without missing a detail and carrying out all the traditions.

Leo (23 Jul - 22 Aug)
The night of San Juan is a moment of purification for Leo. They believe that bad energies are leaving that night, and they are filled with hope and positivity to start a new season.

Virgo (23 Aug - 22 Sep)
They care about others a lot. On nights like that of San Juan, all their wishes are focused on the good for those around them. They are afraid of loneliness and worry about always having someone by their side. They live the night with those they love the most.

Libra (23 Sep - 22 Oct)
Especially tonight, Libras want to have a love for life. On the Night of Saint John, when it seems that everything is flowing and the wishes come true, the Libras focus their thoughts and rituals on this end.

Scorpio (23 Oct - 21 Nov)
Solstices are moments of reflection for this sign. They live the changes as a period. Like a change of stage. The night of San Juan for them is letting go of what they have lived through these months and new start, with optimism, for the following.

Sagittarius (22 Nov - 21 Dec)
Is one of those that follows the traditions and rites to the letter. He likes to organize everything in time and live the night of San Juan with great intensity. They prepare everything that's needed so that it goes as planned.

Capricorn (22 Dec - 19 Jan)
A night of nostalgia for this sign. They remember loved ones and believe that it is a night to enter into spiritual contact with them. They are family-orientated people who do not forget.

Aquarius (20 Jan - 18 Feb)
Water, how could it be otherwise, is the main element for them tonight. At 00:00h they bathe in the sea (or in a river or lake, wherever they are) to ask for their wishes to come true for the most magical night.

Pisces (19 Feb - 20 Mar)
Likes risk and lives this night with enthusiasm. Jumping bonfires, making wishes, and always having faith that what's coming will be better than what has gone before, viewing the change of season with optimism.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Santa Cruz Council announces the contest for the official 2021 Carnival poster

Carnival 2020

The Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council has announced the contest to choose the official poster for the Carnival 2021. As soon as the national authorities decreed the lifting of the State of Alarm, the capital city council invites interested parties to submit their designs for next year's carnival poster, between the dates of June 23 and July 23, both inclusive. A jury will select from among 10 finalists, once all of the designs have been submitted. The theme of the poster, as is the next edition of the carnival, will be "Carnivals of the World".

I won't go into the details of the contest rules, but this does indicate that the authorities are expecting the Carnival 2021 to go ahead. Of course, there could still be changes in format or dates and safety considerations, but it is still something to look forward to.

El Ayuntamiento de Santa Cruz abre el plazo de entrega de obras para el concurso de elección del cartel oficial del Carnaval 2021

In the South of Tenerife, the 'new normality' will take longer to arrive

Sunbeds at La Caleta

Thirty German tourists arrived yesterday afternoon at Reina Sofía. It was the first tourist flight after more than three months of the state of alarm. An insignificant figure, but that at least opens up air traffic to make the so-called 'new normal' a reality in the South of Tenerife, where everything suggests that it will arrive much later than other places on the island that do not depend so much on the economy generated by the hotel complexes.

Although those first flights have started arriving in Tenerife, the truth is that this summer, there will be very few hotels that open their doors and, in any case, they will do so at a lower capacity and as "training" for the winter season, in hope of making their reopening profitable, rescuing their furloughed workers, although the hoteliers' association, Ashotel, has requested that the furlough last, at least, until December.

While hoteliers and restaurateurs yearn for the English, German, Italian, Russian and Belgian visitors, the people of Tenerife take advantage of the weekends to settle, more comfortably, on the southern beaches, in some cases under capacity control (Candelaria, Güímar or Arona) and in others with freedom, as occurs in Granadilla de Abona.

Yesterday, the first day of the new normal, there was a exodus to the south by many residents from Santa Cruz and La Laguna, but it was not much different from the previous weekend. Despite the less restrictive measures, not many leisure or gastronomy venues in El Médano, Los Cristianos or Playa de Las Américas opened up, also despite the fact that many municipalities have prohibited bathers from bringing food to the beach.

Another Sunday, the caravans and motorhomes along the coast were also noted, especially those of Güímar, Arico, Granadilla and Guía de Isora, pending that there is ever an authentic regulation on this type of tourism.

The new normality, although it allows events of up to 1,000 people in open spaces and 300 in closed spaces, has not yet reached the southern pubs and discotheques with force, because the majority do not plan to open, “and less when they prohibit dancing” , said a well-known businessman from the San Telmo area, in Los Cristianos.

For now, as Mary Carmen Riverol, who has lived in Los Cristianos for more than 30 years, recalled, “nothing has changed, almost everything is still closed and it is sad to see empty streets, such as the Golden Mile, where the stores are still unopened." Siam Park is still closed, although they have already announced from the company that it will shortly be able to open its doors. That will bring us closer to normality.


Although the presence of bathers is more noticeable in the southern coves, especially those that are accustomed to receiving domestic tourism, the truth is that the arrival of the 'new normality' has left few variations with respect to sectors such as hotels and restaurants, who are still reluctant to open, waiting for international tourists.

In places like Candelaria, El Médano or Los Cristianos, to give three examples, restaurants and terraces in the avenues and squares near the sea had a large movement of customers, not so in Playa de las Américas, where you can count on your fingers the number of businesses that have opened to the public, while the hotels, large and small, remain closed, waiting for the month of July in some cases and mostly after August.

Places that are normally crowded, such as the Golden Mile, continue as wastelands, while the only queues are in supermarkets or waiting for a table on a terrace to be free, despite the fact that capacity has been increased, because of maintaining the 1.5 meter distance.

En el Sur la ‘normalidad’ tardará más en llegar

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador

Romería en honor a San Isidro Labrador in La Orotava

Another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic is the Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador that should have been taking place today in the town of La Orotava. Probably the largest of these traditional fiestas in the islands and of National Tourist Interest, it's a sad, if inevitable, loss. The town hall cancelled their fiestas patronales entirely this year, along with all cultural, recreational and sports events right through until October. While there won't be any events in the streets, the town hall has organised various events online. So we bring you coverage of last year's festivities and the hope to see them restored next year.

Romería San isidro 2019 (La Orotava)

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Santo Pecado Gastrobar in Santa Cruz

Gourmet burger and chips at the Santo Pecado Gastrobar

Last time we were in Santa Cruz, we made more than one visit to the Santo Pecado Gastrobar in the plaza opposite the Church of Saint Francis of Assissi in the Calle San Francisco, No 16. It's a lovely little square to sit in that was busy and bustling, but also peaceful and relaxing at the same time. In fact I went to Santo Pecado on my birthday, because they'd already impressed me with their casual food, great service and friendliness and they did not disappoint, bringing me out a special desert with fireworks.

Anyway, Paseando por Santa Cruz posted that Santo Pecado - it means Holy Sin - are holding their first brunch this Sunday 21 June 2020, between 11 am and 2 pm. The menu looks lovely: definitely a selection with something different. Reservations are necesssary - phone 922 299 354‬ - and I'm sure it will be a sell out as it's not a large venue to begin with and, the necessary spacing for social distancing will restrict it further, but even if you don't make this, it is certainly a restaurant to put on your to-do list.

Brunch menu

Friday, June 19, 2020

The Canary Islands enter the 'new normality' on Sunday with controls on travelers, capacity regulation and without fiestas

This is what the new normal will look like

Masks are now mandatory outside the home, in open spaces and even where social distance is maintained

The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, announced Friday that the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands will enter the 'new normal' on Sunday 21 June 2020, with sanitary controls, temperature measurement for travelers, sworn declarations, capacity limitations in some activities and no popular festivals.

At a press conference, he commented that the decree containing the measures will be published on Saturday in the Official Bulletin of the Canary Islands (BOC) and insisted that the obligation of "caution and prevention" is upon each citizen in order to contain the contagiousness of Covid- 19 and that a distance of 1.5 meters must be set, with mandatory use of masks if this is not possible.

Regarding the control of travelers who come from the Peninsula, Europe or another continent, he indicated that "the best formula is to do tests at origin", but as it has been ruled out, an agreement with Foreign Health is being finalized that would open the door to perform tests at the destination when there is sanitary justification, but never in a massive or indiscriminate way.

"We have powers in the Statute, but they are shared decisions and any new outbreak could take us backwards," he said, noting that several regional presidents are also asking for tests at source and will "continue to fight" because "it is what the majority is feeling."

The Government decree, which has been agreed between all the ministries and with contributions from other administrations and social and economic agents, establishes a limitation on activities to 1,000 people if they are outdoors or 300 if they are carried out in closed spaces, although Public Health may authorize some celebrations in exceptional circumstances.

In restaurants and tourist accommodation, there are no capacity limitations, but the distance of 1.5 meters is to be maintained, menus are prohibited - to be replaced by QR codes or other digital means - and clients must be seated by the staff, as well as affecting hygiene, disinfection and handwashing.

As for tourist accommodation, each one must set the rules for the use of common areas and it is recommended to reduce the use of carpets and textile materials and protect blankets and pillows, while active tourism companies will return to operating without limitation of participants.


Regarding trade, any location may open at 75% capacity except those considered essential, which will not have limitations, such as supermarkets, food stores, hairdressers or tobacconists.

Churches and sporting events are also set at 75% capacity, which will be able to gather 1,000 people if the activity is outdoors or 300 if it is indoors.

Parties and popular festivals are generally prohibited, although the door is left open for reconsideration if epidemiological developments allow it, and weddings are set at 250 people per banquet if it is outdoors or 150 if it is indoors.

In cinemas and theaters the capacity limitation disappears, although the seats will be preassigned, the same as in museums that will also have no limit.

On the beaches, the Government advocates maintaining the capacity limitation, although it is the responsibility of the municipalities, which must guarantee that a safe distance and hygiene of sunbeds, for example, are met.


The playgrounds are reopened although it is also the responsibility of the municipalities to guarantee hygiene and disinfection while the camps are open with a maximum of 200 participants, including monitors.

For the nightlife subsector, open-air terraces are allowed with a maximum of 75% occupancy, table consumption and without a dance floor.

Regarding the next school year, Torres has indicated that the Ministry of Education will design a protocol for the next year, supervised by the health authorities, the same as the two public universities will do.

The Canarian president points out that this Sunday "a stage is ending" that has lasted 14 weeks since the state of alarm began, with "very difficult moments" and making "complicated and painful decisions" for a population that felt "hopelessness and fear ", but after flattening the curve of the pandemic, the situation improved and as of Sunday" the Canary Islands will be almost as it was on March 14."

Canarias entra el domingo en 'nueva normalidad' con controles a viajeros, sin fiestas y regulación de aforos
The new regulations in full [in Spanish]

Candidate for Senior Carnival Queen 2020

Candidate for Senior Carnival Queen 2020: Candelaria Rodríguez Hernández

The focus usually is on the winners, but we want to show you all the candidates for the carnival queens in Santa Cruz in 2020, who all deserve recognition for taking part.

There will be no Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2021, although the City Council is working with the Carnival groups in the design of some activities that can maintain the spirit of the festivities during the weeks in which it should have been celebrated

Candelaria Rodríguez Hernández | Gala de la Elección de la Reina | S/C Tenerife 2020

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Orotava flower carpets and their three suspensions throughout history

Corpus La Orotava 2009 Photo Jose Mesa Some Rights Reserved

This year a pandemic has interrupted the tradition in honour of Corpus Christi - the Día de las Alfombras (Day of the Carpets) that should have been taking place in the streets today, Thursday 18 June 2020 - as also happened in 1891, then by smallpox, while in 1897 it was not celebrated because the parish church was being renovated.

The flower carpets of La Orotava are the most important hallmark of the artistic identity of this Tenerife town. According to the existing documentation, La Orotava was the first municipality in the Canary Islands to make flower carpets for the passage of the Most Holy Corpus Christi back in 1844. Tacoronte and La Laguna then followed suit.

The carpets were not always as we know them today. It was not possible to carpet the entire route until the first years of the 1980s and the first carpet was produced in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento in 1919. It was not until 1892 when the two most important festivals of La Orotava, the Octava of Corpus and San Isidro, were unified, as they are still celebrated today. And during these more than 175 years, the production of carpets has only been suspended, three times, in 1891, in 1897 and in this year of 2020.
This is the tapestry that commemorated 100 years of the carpet in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de La Orotava
The curious thing is that both the first time, in 1891, and this year of 2020, the reason has been practically the same, that of a worldwide pandemic, which has demanded the greatest sanitary security measures and that include social distancing as one of the main actions to be carried out. In 1891 the pandemic that put the planet in check was smallpox and this year it was, as we all know, the coronavirus or covid-19.

As has happened this year, in 1891 few countries worldwide were spared from suffering the serious consequences of smallpox, with the few precautions taken by health authorities globally being notorious. However, the press at the time did praise the efforts made by La Orotava authorities in order to eradicate this epidemic in the municipality.

The local health authorities, in agreement with the City Council, established a provisional hospital on the outskirts of the town in order to isolate and care for the sick.

The Orotava press wrote at the time, "that smallpox is spread by contact of healthy people with sick people and that contagious germs are conserved many times in the clothes and objects used by the latter, whose contact should be avoided." They also wrote that "you have to be logical: carpets have been banned due to the possibility that outsiders bring the germ of the disease and leave it on the ornate streets."

But this was not the first time that a smallpox epidemic attacked La Orotava, as during the months of March to July 1870, it was much more virulent than that of 1891. In 1870, 292 people fell ill in the town, 46 of whom died. In 1891, only two people died.

In 1891, in fear of what had happened years before, all possible sanitary protection measures were taken. Curiously, however, in 1891, during the month of April and due to the procession called Visita de Enfermos (Visit of the Sick), the whole street of La Hoya, (today Hermano Apolinar), was carpeted with the traditional Orotava flower carpets.

The second time La Orotava carpets were suspended was in 1897, but the reason on that occasion was because the parish church of La Concepción was temporarily closed to worship, as it was undergoing important renovations and it would mean that the procession woud have to take a different route from the usual one.

And in this 2020, the City Council of La Orotava, in a telematic plenary session, unanimously approved, on May 5, the suspension, for the third time in history, of the Flower Festival, in the face of the pandemic of the coronavirus.

Las alfombras de la Orotava y sus tres suspensiones a lo largo de la historia

Infraoctava Corpus Christi La Orotava 2019

Airlines confirm a minimum of 125,000 weekly seats to the Canary Islands from July

Tenerife South Airport

Connectivity with the Canary Islands is beginning to show signs of recovery with the sale of airline seats by the main airlines. For the month of July, airlines confirm a minimum of 125,178 weekly seats to link Spanish and European cities with the archipelago.

As the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Commerce of the Government of the Canary Islands, Yaiza Castilla, points out, "this reopening is the result of continuous conversations with the airlines in the transition towards reopening borders. This is good news, but must be taken with caution since it is only 8.5% of the capacity operated in July last year. "

Although the airlines insist that it is a forecast and that it may increase, Castilla recalls that "we cannot lose sight of the evolution of the pandemic and the situation in the issuing markets. We still have to fight against people's fear of flying and the recommendations of each country, which include promoting national tourism and encouraging domestic travel." She added that "in some cases, Spain is seen as one of the destinations to avoid because it has been one of the most punished by COVID-19. For this reason, we must be aware that although the sale of seats is is very positive, the recovery will be gradual".

The airlines that have confirmed their schedule for July are Aer Lingus, Air Europa, Air Nostrum, Binter, Brussels Airlines, Condor, easyJet, Iberia, Jet2, Norwegian, Ryanair, Swiss Air, Transavia, TUIfly Belgium, Vueling and Wizzair.

In practice, it means that Gran Canaria and Tenerife again receive flights from the main Spanish cities, while Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and La Palma will also be connected to some national airports again. Specifically, passengers may arrive from Alicante, Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga, Melilla, Murcia, Oviedo, Palma de Mallorca, Pamplona, ​​Santander, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Valencia, Valladolid, Vigo, Vitoria and Zaragoza.

In the case of Europe, airlines also show a reopening with the availability of seats on flights from Amsterdam, Basel, Bergamo, Berlin, Birmingham, Bologna, Bournemouth, Bristol, Bruges, Brussels, Bordeaux, Cologne, Cork, Dublin, Dusseldorf , East Midlands, Edinburgh, Eindhoven, Frankfurt, Glasgow, Hamburg, Hannover, Leipzig, Liege, Lille, Liverpool, London, Lyon, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Nantes, Porto, Oslo, Paris, Pisa, Rotterdam, Shannon, Stuttgart, Toulouse, Warsaw, Venice, Wroclaw and Zurich.

The counselor adds that "in total, there are 18 Spanish and 44 European cities that will debut the reopening of connectivity with the islands. Good news that conveys internationally that the Canary Islands are ready to receive tourists again this summer" .

At the same time, the Ministry recently announced the investment of 6.6 million euros to promote tourism in the islands and counteract the COVID-19 crisis. Castilla points out that "we are preparing a promotional offensive like never before in the coming months, aimed at both the domestic and national markets to try to support demand. This is practically twice as much investment as in previous summer campaigns and will be developed in all types of media, including digital and social networks."

Las aerolíneas confirman un mínimo de 125.000 plazas semanales para vuelos hacia Canarias a partir de julio

[ED NOTE: Irrespective of this news, don't forget that, at present, the Foreign and Commonweath Office is still advising against all travel - with the insurance implications thereof - and, you would be subject to quarantine on your return to the UK.]

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Carnivals of the World: Venice Carnival

Carnival Participants in Venice

If there's one thing I'm learning whilst researching this series on Carnivals of the World - the theme chosen for Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival in 2021 it's that every carnival location claims that its carnival is the biggest, or the oldest.  [I'd reserve best for Santa Cruz de Tenerife, but it's clear that I'm biased.] Nice thought it was the original, with records dating back to 1294, well, Venice Carnival claims its origins back to the year 1162. Beat that!

What I don't think can be argued is that Venice tops for elegance.

Sadly, Venice Carnival in 2020 had to be cut short due to the developing coronavirus situation, but here is a video of the lavish Venice Carnival 2020 Grand Opening.

2020 🎭 VENICE VENEZIA Carnival

There will be no Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2021, although the City Council is working with the Carnival groups in the design of some activities that can maintain the spirit of the festivities during the weeks in which it should have been celebrated

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tenerife launches a 'mentoring' program for exclusive access to the museum network

Museo de Historia y Antropología de la Casa Lercaro Koppchen / CC BY

The Cabildo de Tenerife (Tenerife Island Corporation), through the Autonomous Organization of Museums and Centers (OAMC), has launched a novel program to attract the local public to their centers, which currently lack visits from schoolchildren or tourists.

The intention of the initiative is that those visitors who already know the museums of the island network can assume the role of mentors for others who have never been before and who want to visit them, and in exchange, the vounteers will be given access to exclusive areas, such as warehouses and laboratories.

This program, which for the time being can only be carried out in the two OAMC museum centers that are open - the Museum of Nature and Archeology (MUNA) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and the History and Anthropology Museum at the Casa Lercaro, in La Laguna - which is currently free to access - has a very simple procedure to participate.

Upon arrival at the museum center, mentors must register at reception, joining the team of volunteers, who the entity will reward with a private visit to the laboratories and museum collection warehouses.

The Minister of Education, Youth, Museums, Culture and Sports of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Concepción Rivero, points out in a note that "in this way the dual objective of, on the one hand, reaching a new audience and, on the other, offering the most faithful access to very interesting areas that are normally out of the reach of visitors", will be achieved.

According to Rivero, "only a small percentage of museum collections are on display in their permanent exhibitions. Museums of Tenerife have modern warehouses in which most of the artifacts and specimens that make up their collections are kept."

Both the Museum of Nature and Archeology, located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and the headquarters of the History and Anthropology Museum of the Casa Lercaro (La Laguna), can be visited from Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with admission currently free, until all of their services are reopened.

The rest of the OMAC centers will remain closed for security reasons, given that they have interactive services and modules, with the exception of Cedocam (Documentation Center of the Canary Islands and America), which is open.

El Cabildo de Tenerife lanza un programa de 'mentorización' que permite acceder a lugares exclusivos de la red de museos

[ED NOTE: Now nowhere does it suggest that this will specifically be made available in English, however, IMHO, the bright types likely to volunteer to become mentors, are also probably highly likely to speak English. Either way, my experience is that the local people of Tenerife love to share their heritiage and would be so happy that you wanted to learn about it, that I have every expectation that there will be a way to make this work.]

Monday, June 15, 2020

La Orotava's Corpus Christi will be celebrated online and the sand carpet will be made in the church of La Concepción this year

Iglesia de la Concepción (La Orotava) Koppchen / CC BY

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced changes in the essence of the festivities, especially the Thursday of Corpus Christi, when traditional flower rugs will this year be made in homes.

One of the main changes will be that the sand carpet that is made every year with sands from the Teide National Park, usually in the square in front of the Town Hall, on the occasion of Corpus Christi, will this year be made in the church of La Concepción.

It will be much smaller, 20 square meters, and the design is related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The design is the work of the director of the Magno Tapiz (Great Tapestry) and of the Escuela Municipal de Alfombristas (Municipal Carpet School), Domingo González Expósito and is very simple: a lotus flower in the center that represents the ability to recover from adversity and difficult times, surrounded by a red cross, in tribute to the health workers and another black, as a remembrance to the victims of the coronavirus.

Another substantial difference is that it will not be able to be visited by the public. Only those who attend the only two Eucharistic celebrations on the occasion of the festivities - on Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 June - and which will have a limited capacity of one hundred people, will be able to see it. However, it will be able to be seen virtually, via Council's website, social networks and local television.

Regarding the flower carpets that are normally made on the street, each family will make theirs at home and the church will collaborate with the delivery of greenery and flowers.

All other activities - contests, talks, videos and workshops - will be offered virtually.

The big week of the festivities begins on Monday the 15th with Los Sabandeños, while on Tuesday the 16th you can enjoy the fourth edition of the Battle of Polkas. On Wednesday the 17th it was to have been the popular presentation of the wines of the Denomination of Origin of the Orotava Valley, but this has been replaced by 'La Orotava tasting at home', which will mean that residents can purchase wines through the Regulatory Council and enjoy them at home. For Friday June 19 there will be a ‘Baile de magos en casa’ (Country dance at home), and on Sunday 21, ‘Romería en casa’ (Pilgrimage at home).

The mayor, Francisco Linares, regretted that this year the holding of street events had to be suspended, “but given the current situation we are going through and the state of alarm, it is mandatory not to hold events that involve crowding, and priority should be given to measures that guarantee, above all, the health of all citizens ”.

El tapiz con arenas del Teide se hará este año en la iglesia de La Concepción

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Unemployment rises to 30.5% in the south of Tenerife after three months of alarm

Clouds over Adeje Photo by jose luis navarro from FreeImages

Adeje, after the ‘tourist zero’, has gone from being the municipality with the lowest unemployment (8%) to leading the demand for work (38.8%)

It isn't easy to discover the exact number of unemployed by municipalities, as the Canary Islands Statistics Institute (ISTAC) publishes figures by region and the Canary Observatory of Employment (OBECAN) does so by job demand, including everyone 16 to 65 years who is in a position to work and does not, many of whom are still in education.

Through these two sources, what is evident is that the last three months - March, April and May - have caused a considerable setback for employment in the Canary Islands and very particularly for those areas that depend on tourism, as in the south of Tenerife, where the percentage of job seekers reaches 30.5%, although ISTAC's figures, in the regions of Abona and the South West, show an unemployed percentage of 19.40%.

The state of alarm, with the closure of companies and, above all, with the 'zero tourist', has caused a real collapse of employment in municipalities such as Arona, Adeje, Guía de Isora and Santiago del Teide, together with the fact that these months are considered as “low season”, when there are fewer tourists and when temporary contracts end.

To take an official example, in May in the Canary Islands public employment services (SEPE), registered unemployment increased by 6,093 people, 2.4%, a variation that brings the number of unemployed people in the Canary Islands to 261,074.

Unemployment in the islands registers an interannual increase of 26.71%, a situation that has affected 55,033 people between May 2019 and the fifth month of this year. The number of unemployed in the Tenerife province, at the end of May, was 124,612 people, not counting those workers who are or have been in an ERTE (furlough).

The unemployment figures - or job seeker numbers - have experienced a considerable increase where areas rely on tourism, while the other municipalities from Arico to Candelaria have better resisted the economic consequences of the Covid-19.

Adeje Council trusts that this is a conjunctural situation as a result of the crisis that the pandemic has generated. “An example of this is that after two really tragic months in the destruction of employment, in May the data, even if bad, have tended to stabilize and slow down significantly. Employment is no longer being destroyed at the March or April level. This helps us to think that the recovery of employment will take place little by little ”. But in the face of a crisis that has led to a zero tourism, the situation has been reversed and all tourist municipalities have gone from being leaders in job creation to being generators of unemployment. Measures are being taken to counter this situation, with a 270% increase in investment to stop this fall, advise for workers, creation of training and employment programs, help for SMEs and the self-employed, among others.

From Arona, which has gone from 7,296 jobseekers to 11,318, it is clear that the relationship between 'tourism zero' in recent months and the destruction of employment has been direct in the municipalities that, like Arona, have their main industry in this sector. However, it is true that these are the ones that, when tourism is going well, create jobs at a higher rate. “At the beginning of the crisis caused by the coronavirus, the forecast was that recovery would not begin until the last quarter of the year, while, at the moment, we already have this occurring from the month of July, which is positive news ”. To reverse the situation, Arona has launched a two-pronged attack. The first, at the beginning of the economic effects of the pandemic, focused on generating a strong social shield with measures such as doubling the capacity to respond to requests for social aid. The second has been to approve a 1.2 million euro aid scheme for the self-employed and micro-SMEs.

The councilor of the Employment and Local Development Agency (AEDL) of Granadilla de Abona, Yanira González, explains that the health crisis due to Covid-19 has caused that in recent months there has been a "very relevant" increase in the number unemployed in the municipality, which currently registers a total of 6,838 unemployed people; 221 people more than the previous month and 2,455 more than in the same month in 2019. This is caused by the stoppage of activity in the hotel establishments of the south, in addition to trade and restaurants being closed, but in this municipality, especially, is linked to closures in the service sector [airport], which has affected 2,553 people who are currently unemployed. Faced with this situation, different mechanisms for economic reactivation are being implemented by Granadilla Council, including direct subsidies to the self-employed and small companies, to the taxi sector and to the primary sector.

Friday, June 12, 2020

The 'New Normality' awaits tourists in Puerto de la Cruz

Lago Martiánez, Puerto de la Cruz Image: Jorge Franganillo Some Rights Reserved

The transition from Phase 2 to 3 has been almost imperceptible in La Orotava and Los Realejos, while in Puerto de la Cruz many shops and restaurants are still closed

The transition from Phase 2 to Phase 3 has been almost imperceptible in the three municipalities of the La Orotava Valley, but with a different reality. Although it is true that the Canary Islands have done their homework well and increasingly embrace the 'new normality', there are still municipalities in unequal conditions. This is the case of Puerto de la Cruz, in the North of Tenerife, the cradle of tourism in the Canary Islands, which finds it difficult to achieve this goal when it lacks its key element: tourists.

Unlike La Orotava, Los Realejos or even Santa Úrsula, commerce and hospitality in Puerto de la Cruz are not ready to get back to business. There are many establishments that are still closed to the public, from large perfumery shops, clothing and shoe brands, to bars and cafes in popular streets such as San Juan, the La Ranilla neighborhood or around the Plaza del Charco.

Aware of this reality, the local government this week launched a campaign to support local trade to mitigate as far as possible the consequences of the health emergency on the sector. After 'zero tourists' and waiting for the borders to reopen on July 1, the council hopes with this action to relaunch the sector so damaged by the crisis.

The initiative is called ‘Your business enchants’ and invites you to buy from local businesses. Banners have been hung on the main streets of the city and the neighborhoods will also be papered in the coming days.


The campaign, criticized by some merchants for "being too late", will also be deployed by the media, as well as by the municipalities of the region, inviting all the citizens of the island to participate in this recovery in the coming days.

The image of the city is still quite like a desert though. With the exception of some businesses, such as hairdressing or beauty and aesthetic salons, many establishments still remain closed, as do hotels. None have opened their doors and there are even those who have chosen to place a tape across to prevent passage or mark its closure.

On the Avenida de Colón, one of the streets most frequented by visitors, there are few open venues. It's the same in the Venezuela avenue and surrounding streets, the Paseo de San Telmo or the La Paz area.

Although the opening of Lago Martiánez was contemplated in Phase 2, in May, the facilities remained closed due to the fact that conservation works and improvements are being carried out in the complex, as happens every year. There is no date for it to start operating again, however, the City Council is working on a four-fold plan: maintenance work, which is nearing completion; the implementation of card payment, an objective that has been taking place for months; security with protocols and installing a public address system.


Many people and merchants consider it "key" that the venue open its doors to the public as soon as possible, since this would revive nearby businesses, especially restaurants. At the same time, it would be a way to attract visitors from other locations, although its capacity will be limited.

The municipal swimming pool of Los Realejos and the sports complex El Mayorazgo, in La Orotava, have not returned to their activity either, even though their use was contemplated in Phase 2 of the de-escalation and they do not have a date to do reopen despite the fact that it is expected to "be as soon as possible".

In Los Realejos and La Orotava the reality of the commerce and restaurant sectors is very different.

In the first municipality, the stores are almost 100% open in the five commercial areas of the city, while the bars, cafes and mainly the restaurants "are taking a little longer and there are still several closed," confirms the councilor for Commerce, Adolfo González.

Los Realejos was one of the first municipalities to give aid to trade and launch a commercial promotion campaign ‘Purchase in Los Realejos. Now more than ever ’, which in addition to promotion includes raffles at the hotels in the municipality. This was done in Phase 1, at the beginning of May, with a great publicity and commercial diffusion to promote purchases and consumption in the town.

In La Orotava, the campaign was carried out a little later, at the end of last month, and also included advertising spots, banners and badges to encourage shopping in the town.

The truth is that the current situation has once again revealed that Puerto de la Cruz must seek strategies so that its internal economy does not depend exclusively on the tourism sector, although right now its aspiration is to recover visitors as soon as possible, fundamental to achieving the new and much desired normality.

La nueva normalidad espera por los turistas en el Puerto de la Cruz

Spring Hotels to reopen its first hotel in the south of Tenerife on July 15

Hotel Vulcano, Playa de Las Américas

The Hotel Vulcano, in Playa de Las Américas, will receive clients within 35 days; a month later the Bitácora, and on September 15, the Arona Gran Hotel

Spring Hotels announced this week that the first of its establishments, the Hotel Vulcano, in Playa de Las Américas, will reopen on July 15. The chain will proceed to open its hotel complexes gradually, once all security measures have been guaranteed and to meet the expectations of its customers. In addition to the Vulcano, on August 15 the new Bitácora will open its doors and on September 15 the Arona Gran Hotel will receive its first customers. Between them, the three hotels have more than 1,000 beds.

"Opening all our hotels in the coming months is a brave option with a very strong commitment to reactivating the Tenerife destination, aware that, at the beginning, it will not be profitable, but it will be a boost for tourism on our island, an industry that represents 30% of Gross Domestic Product ”, said Miguel Villarroya, General Director of Spring Hotels.

Regarding the dates chosen for the staggered opening of the three complexes, these have been established based on the reforms undertaken in each establishment, which in the case of the Bitácora will include a new vacation concept.

The company reported that the new health protocols, in addition to those already implemented by the chain itself, include hygiene measures, digitization and prevention through training. In addition, he recalled that guaranteeing the minimum distance in the group's hotels is "relatively simple" thanks to the design of large spaces and common areas. "Even so, spaces and furniture will be relocated and support personnel will be added in areas of greater concentration," the company said.

Hydroalcoholic gel dispensers and disinfecting mats will be placed and specific products will be used to eliminate the virus. In addition, the rooms that remain free will be quarantined 24 hours before disinfecting and cleaning.

Spring Hotels reabrirá su primer hotel en el Sur el 15 de julio

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Candidate for Carnival Queen in 2020

Mily Reyes Oliva

The focus usually is on the winners, but we want to show you all the candidates for the carnival queens in Santa Cruz in 2020, who all deserve recognition for taking part. This is Milagro (Mily) María Reyes Oliva, in a costume entited, "Sugar", designed by Santi Castro and representing newspaper Diario de Avisos and Tu Alteza supermarkets.

There will be no Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2021, although the City Council is working with the Carnival groups in the design of some activities that can maintain the spirit of the festivities during the weeks in which it should have been celebrated

Mily Reyes Oliva | Gala Reina del Carnaval | S/C Tenerife 2020

Santa Cruz Council continues meetings with the groups for the 2021 Carnival

Comparsa Los Cariocas at the Carnival Main Parade in 2019

Last Thursday, June 4, a meeting took place between the representatives of the carnival groups in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and those responsible for the Department of Festivities in the City Council, chaired by Andrés Martín. The capital city council is maintaining the round of contacts with carnival groups, in order to deal with various issues, related to the planning of the event, conditioned by the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Representatives from the comparsa groups; Tropicana, Los Rumberos, Danzarines Canarios, Bahía Bahitiare, Los Cariocas, Los Trabajaras, Los Joroperos and Río Orinoco (who are preparing their return in 2021 after a year's sabbatical this year) were present.

At the meeting, the representatives of the comparsas unanimously stated their intention not to partake in the competitions in 2021, but would be willing to participate in an exhibition or festival on the stage of the International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses, due to the difficulties involved in the normal development of rehersals during the current health alert and the uncertainty regarding what may happen in the coming months. Similarly, the comparsas indicated their intention to participate in all promotional events and street performances required by the City Council, using recycled costumes.

The City Council has promised to evaluate the proposal with an absolute predisposition to reach an agreement, once the necessary legal provisions [assuming health considerations too] are assessed. Both parties will meet again within two weeks to also agree the participation rules for the next edition of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival.

El Ayuntamiento continúa con la ronda de contactos con los grupos para el Carnaval 2021

UPDATEThere will be no Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2021, although the City Council is working with the Carnival groups in the design of some activities that can maintain the spirit of the festivities during the weeks in which it should have been celebrated

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Crosses of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Procesión de la Santa Cruz Fundacional Photo Jose Mesa Some Rights Reserved 

The official chronicler recalls the history of some of the oldest symbols of the capital of Tenerife, Santa Cruz (Holy Cross), which was founded in May of 1494. 

[When we all get out of quarantine, you could go cross-spotting in the city!]

CRUZ DE LA FUNDACIÓN (Foundation Cross)

Foundation Cross in the Iglesia de la Concepción in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Koppchen / CC BY
Santa Cruz (Holy Cross) received it's name on May 3, 1494, after the Adelantado Alonso Fernández de Lugo nailed a wooden cross to Añazo (the native name for the area) beach to celebrate the mass of thanksgiving for the foundation of the place and port of Santa Cruz.

There, close to the seashore, at the source of the Plaza de la Iglesia, the cross would endure rain, sun and sea until, in 1745, the then mayor asked the bishop for permission to enthrone it in a chapel that he had built in the Placeta de la Cruz, called the Santo Sudario (Holy Shroud).

[Sudar means 'to sweat': is this where we get the word sweatshirt from and is a hoodie an 'unholy shroud' therefore?]

In 1794, however, the bishop allowed the demolition of the aforementioned chapel for the expansion of the slaughterhouse, whose income belonged to the parish, so the cross was placed next to the door of the hermitage of San Telmo until, in 1850, the Dominican friar Lorenzo Siverio, valuing what that ancient symbol represented, transferred it to the chapel of the Hospital de Nuestra Señora de Los Desamparados - Hospital Civil (now Museum of Nature and Archeology).

Map of Santa Cruz in 1701 shows the then location of the Foundation Cross

The inhabitants of Santa Cruz would not begin to feel great interest in the founding symbol until 1871, when then mayor, Emilio Serra y Ruz, had to initiate procedures so that its municipal ownership was recognised, since the parish didn't recognise the claims of the City Council; the Marina authorities alleged that it belonged to them, as San Telmo was the hermitage of the sailors; and the City Council of La Laguna also claimed it, claiming that it should be in its town hall, next to the civic banner, as it is a fundamental piece in the history of the island. Finally, it was on April 19, 1873, when the Permanent Commission of the Deputation Provincial decided that the Cruz de la Conquista (Cross of the Conquest) belonged, in fact and by right, to the Municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

In 1892, seeing the lamentable state in which the venerated relic was found, the City Council agreed that it should be conveniently embedded in good wood and inserted into a reliquary of wood, nickel and glass, and that the coat of arms should be embossed on its upper part. Since then, its festivity began to be given an institutional character, and it remains in the Mother Church of La Concepción until the present day.


The Cruz de Montañés in the Plaza de la Pila (now Plaza de la Candelaria) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
As Santa Cruz didn't then have a symbol by which it was known, Bartolomé Antonio Méndez Montañés, one of the most important merchants and shipping companies of the town at the time, commissioned, in 1759, the workshop of Salvador de Alcaraz y Valdés, of Malaga, a marble cross that worthily symbolized the name of the town and port.

The cross was placed in the upper part of the Plaza de la Pila (La Candelaria), on a tiered pedestal of the same material. At its base it read: “At the devotion and expense of Mr. Bartolomé Antonio Montañés, captain of strangers and trustee-representative of this port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Year of 1759 ”.

When the remodeling of the aforementioned plaza, then called La Constitución, was carried out in 1929, the marble cross was transferred to the Plaza de San Telmo, in the El Cabo neighborhood. With the opening of Calle Bravo Murillo and the consequent disappearance of Plaza de San Telmo, this sacred symbol would end up in its current location, next to the parish church of La Concepción, in the Plaza de la Iglesia, in a landscaped space, surrounded by a metal fence. There are those who consider that the Cruz de Montañés should return to its original place, in the Plaza de la Candelaria.


The Augustinian friars who accompanied the Castilians in 1494, established a hospice on the outskirts of the town, current Puerta Canseco and San Francisco de Paula streets, moving in 1744 to a wasteland in Toscal, located on the Camino Real that went to Paso Alto, where they founded a hospice, placing a large wooden cross on its facade to mark it.

What in principle was a humble foundation, soon acquired some relevance, receiving the support of the residents; for this reason, when in 1767 a Royal Provision abolished the hospice and the friars left for the convent that the Order had in La Laguna, the Cross was kept in a nearby place, being known as the Cruz de San Agustín neighborhood, where its residents on May 2 and 3, organized a very popular popular festival in which there were dances and nougat stands.

In 1908, the historian Felipe Miguel Poggi y Borsotto, on behalf of the neighborhood commission, asked the City Council to transfer a small plot to build a sanctuary for the Cruz de San Agustín, but the Commander of Engineers, Tomás Clavijo y Castillo, who had built his house on the site resulting from the demolition of the hospice, opposed it, because the said chapel would take away his enviable view of the bay.

When the Rodríguez López family built their mansion in the current street of La Marina nº 57, the cross went to the municipal warehouses, from where it was rescued by the Luz y Vida Association, in the neighborhood of El Toscal, and placed in a beautiful garden, very close to its original location, located at the confluence of the streets of La Marina and San Francisco, overlooking the gazebo of the architect Marrero Regalado.

La capital restaura la Cruz de San Agustín, en El Toscal (Image of the San Augustine Cross)


Another historic cross survives in the city, which gives its name to Calle de la Cruz Verde, also known as Calle de las Tiendas (Street of the Shops), because in the 17th and 18th centuries it brought together most of Santa Cruz's commerce. Although this cross is related to Nelson's attack in 1797, since in that area fierce street fights took place in which the Tenerife militiamen harassed the English troops who had managed to disembark and were forced to take refuge in the nearby Dominican convent of La Consolación, current Guimerá Theater, and when the civic procession of July 25 arrived in front of the cross, the councilor who carried the banner of the City Council bowed in memory of the Tenerife defenders killed in that attempt, it is documented that in 1761 there was already a green cross, whose origin could be related to the stops that were made during the Via Crucis on Good Friday, between the parish of Our Lady of La Concepción and the church of San Francisco. The aforementioned wooden cross, painted green, was replaced by a marble one.

Tram stop at Cruz del Señor. Image: Josemarear / CC BY


At the confluence of the roads of San Sebastián (current Avenida de Bélgica) and the La Laguna road (Avda. Islas Canarias), in 1754 a cross was placed as a resting place for the funeral processions on their way to the cemetery, as it was customary that the coffin be carried on the shoulders from the deceased's home. It allowed time to say a prayer as well as to catch the breath and regain strength to continue the journey. In 1940, when the parish was created, the popular devotion to this humble cross was so strong in the neighborhood that the name prevailed over the official one of Santa Cruz and, it became the church of the Cruz del Señor (Cross of the Lord), in remembrance of it's origin.


Coat of Arms of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Image: Heralder / CC BY-SA
On the shield of the Muy Noble, Leal e Invicta Villa, Puerto y Plaza de Santa Cruz de Santiago de Tenerife (Very Noble, Loyal and Invicta Villa, Port and Place of Santa Cruz de Santiago de Tenerife - to give the city it's full title), awarded by Real Cédula on August 28, 1803, the red insignia of the Order of Santiago that appears behind the Founding cross, and that crosses the third lion's head, is due to the fact that on the day of the Apostle's festival, July 25, 1797, the English invaders under the command of Horacio Nelson were defeated by the Tenerife militias, Santiago being named compatron of this city.

As the Apostle is also the patron saint of the Cavalry, in 1968, the Captain of the Corps, Fernando Zerolo Davidson, had the initiative of making an 8-meter-tall Santiago Cross, made of galvanized steel and surrounded by a luminous thread, placing it on the high cliff, on the La Montaña de Altura de Paso Alto (Paso Alto mountain) in the Barrio de la Alegría. The monument was made and assembled by the soldiers who were taking the Professional Promotion course at the Regiment of Engineers in La Cuesta.

The Port Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is in charge of carrying out its maintenance, and thanks to its lighting, residents and walkers can remember this historical legacy of the Tenerife capital and it is a reference to the passengers of the ships that visit.

Las cruces de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Santa Cruz de Tenerife north dock with the Montaña de Paso Alto (right).