Thursday, July 30, 2020

Candidate for Carnival Queen in 2020

Melissa Pérez Alfonso

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 Melissa Pérez Alfonso in a costume entitled, T’Zalah, designed by Caví Lladó Diseñadores and representing Ferretería Prefabricados Araya SL.

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

Melissa Pérez Alfonso | Gala Reina del Carnaval | S/C Tenerife 2020

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife reopens on 17 August with more rhythm and security

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, owned by Palladium Hotel Group, resumes its activity Thursday, July 30 17 August with the implementation of all the sanitary security measures recommended by the Government of the Canary Islands.

To help keep guests and collaborators safe and healthy, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife launches SAFE + SOUND, the most comprehensive program in its class that includes best cleaning practices, social interaction guidelines and protocols in the workplace. SAFE + SOUND has been developed by a team of gaming and hospitality experts in collaboration with health and sanitation specialists from around the world, including Ecolab and NSF. Under the new regulations established by the program, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife has passed a rigorous inspection of 272 points independently evaluated by NSF.

"To assure our guests and employees that the hotel meets the highest standards of cleanliness, we have worked hand in hand with the leading experts in this industry," explains Sergio Zertuche, Commercial and Corporate Marketing Director of the Palladium Hotel Group, who adds: "We appreciate the opportunity to reopen in Tenerife and continue offering our clients unique experiences and unforgettable services in a safe environment and always representing the values ​​that define Hard Rock Hotel ”.

The SAFE + SOUND program implements the highest level of employee safety, sanitation, and training. A greater focus will be placed on cleanliness, from the initial welcome at check-in to every detail within the rooms and in the common areas of the entire property. In addition, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife collaborators have been trained by Ecolab's cleaning experts on disinfection procedures.

SAFE + SOUND protocols include, among others:
  • Temperature controls for each collaborator, guest and supplier upon arrival.
  • Social distance markers placed two meters apart.
  • Mandatory masks for all collaborators.
  • Face masks required of guests in designated areas, such as check-in zones and elevators.
  • SAFE + SOUND seal on each door of the guest rooms upon arrival.
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection frequency for high-contact surfaces in public areas, meeting rooms, dining rooms, and public restrooms.
  • Hand sanitizer in all public areas and in all bathrooms.
  • Hand washing of our collaborators every 60 minutes.
  • Plexiglass divider at reception and check-in areas.
  • High-level infection control procedures in laundry.
  • Room Service without contact at the door of the rooms.
  • Disinfection of guests' luggage before entering the lobby.
  • Self-service buffets are suspended.
  • At pools and beaches, groups of guests will maintain a safety distance of two meters.

Together with the SAFE + SOUND program, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife offers all its clients Stay Safe medical insurance with the aim of protecting them against any unforeseen circumstance related to the coronavirus pandemic. This new health care insurance is available to all guests free of charge, whether they book directly or through tour operators or travel agents. Healthcare insurance complements the new Palladium Hotel Group health and safety protocol, endorsed by SGS, the world leader in inspection, verification, analysis and certification.

Likewise, to guarantee the safety of guests at all times, Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife goes one step further by adapting its facilities, services and entertainment programs.

To enjoy breakfast, guests must book in advance in the time slot they request. In addition, regarding the food and drink offer, three of the à la carte restaurants will be open by prior reservation. These are 3rd Half Sports Bar (open Monday and Tuesday from 17:30 to 21:30); the Italian restaurant Capolavoro (open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm); and the Montauk steakhouse (open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.).

To enjoy an aperitif or a drink, The 16th, the spectacular roof of the Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife, will be open every day from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., as will the 3rd Half Sports Bar, which will provide daily service between 17:30 and 23:30. By contrast, The Beach Club, Munchies snack bar and The Lago Bar will be temporarily closed. Guests also have a minibar drink package at an additional cost.

Lastly, the Hard Rock Signature, the Rock Spa and the Body Rock gym will be open to customers upon request. And the Club Lullaby, Roxity Kids Club, and Teen Spirit hotel lounges and lounges will continue to be available to young people alongside the world-famous Hard Rock store located in the hotel lobby.

Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife reabre el 30 de julio con más ritmo y seguridad

Garachico tyre burning fiesta (Fuegos del Risco y la Atalaya) postponed until 2021

Fuegos del Risco y la Atalaya in Garachico
What better way to commemorate your town being destroyed by flows of molten lava following a volcanic eruption than by hurling burning rubber tyres down the very same cliffs? 

The Fiestas Lustrales to honour the Cristo de la Misericordia, are normally celebrated in Garachico every five years, but the Council and various groups involved in the organization have decided to postpone them until 2021, when the night parade of floats is planned for Saturday, July 31, 2021 and the Fuegos del Risco y la Atalaya for Sunday, August 1, 2021, and say that from this date they will resume their regular frequency.

The Council in Garachico agreed to postpone the night parade of floats and the Fuegos del Risco and La Atalaya (Cliff FIres, but our unofficial name is Garachico tyre burning fiesta), which commemorates the volcanic eruption of Trevejo in 1706, for various reasons.
"We think that it is not the most appropriate time for the Council to spend the 80,000 euros that it had destined for this celebration," confirms the mayor, José Heriberto González.
The municipality has more important needs right now and that money will be necessary to meet them. Obviously, the health issues also had to be taken into account, along with current rules that prohibit events with large crowds and this fiesta, at the last edition in 2015 (photos), brought together some 30,000 people on the day of the fires alone.

So for this year, as it has been for many other of the fiestas on the island, the celebrations for the Fiestas Patronales de Santa Ana y San Roque y del Santísimo Cristo de la Misericordia must be from private balconies and windows. There is a program, which you can download (PDF) - contains lots of lovely pictures - and the message is clear about this special edition, "vívelas desde dentro" (live them from indoors).

Events include those with limited capacity (and needing invites), along with retransmissions and broadcasts on the town hall's Facebook page, under the category of Nostalgia. On what would have been the big days of the fiestas, on Saturday, 1 August 2020 at 8:30 pm, there will be a program showing prior years' night parade of floats and on Sunday, 2 August 2020 at 8:00 pm, a similar showing of previous daytime parades of allegorical floats and the infamous Fuegos del Risco y la Atalaya (Cliff Fires).

[EDIT 2021: Clearly the situation of the ongoing pandemic has not allowed this event to take place in 2021 either, but there is no news yet on any future proposed date.]

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Here we are safer, this is not peninsular Spain

Tenerife airport in other times

The British feel safe in the Islands, although they admit that they would not have come knowing that they would have to submit to isolation upon returning to their countries

London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Glasgow ... Tenerife South airport yesterday received several flights from the United Kingdom. Travelers arrived on the island knowing that upon their return, they will have to spend a quarantine of two weeks and that breaking it will mean facing high fines. Even so, the British are not afraid, they feel that they are in a safe environment and it seems to them "a shame" that the situation in the Canary Islands is compared with that of peninsular Spain and even their own place of origin. Isolation is experienced as "an inconvenience", but not as a cause for concern.

Reina Sofía airport gradually emerged from the forced lethargy into which it was paralyzed, for more than three months, ready to fight against the spread of the coronavirus epidemic. The image of the airport is still a long way from what it was before that hiatus - only one store was operating yesterday, which had opened that same day - but since the first foreign passengers arrived on June 21, it has gradually recovered its activity. Hundreds of tourists arrived yesterday, many of them from the countries that make up the United Kingdom, while many others ended their holidays in Tenerife, also heading for the British Isles.

Among those who arrived and those who returned, the same feeling prevailed: that Tenerife is a safe place, more so than the continent and the United Kingdom itself. Tourists prove to be well informed and agree when they are told that the archipelago has kept the pandemic under control. Greta - who was returning to Glasgow, in Scotland, along with her partner, Oscar - stressed that Tenerife "is safer than other places". "It is a shame to be put in the same group as the mainland," she said as she stood in line at the Ryanair check-in counter.

The obligation to quarantine when returning to their countries - which Boris Johnson's government reinstated yesterday for travelers from all over Spain, including the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands - is "a nuisance" or "very inconvenient", but not all visitors find it a reason to put their plans to spend a few days off and good weather on the islands on hold. Thus, a Jet2 flight landed in Tenerife South, coming from London, at around 5 pm. In it the young Tobey traveled with a group of friends. It is his second time in Tenerife, a stay that neither he nor his colleagues are willing to be frustrated by the measures imposed by the British Executive to protect its citizens from the introduction of the virus from other areas of the world, which last Saturday returned to include Spain.

Tobey explained that for a few days it was commented that the United Kingdom could reinstate the quarantine for travelers arriving from Spain. "We considered canceling the trip, but in the end we decided not to," he said. A factor had a decisive weight in this decision: the good sanitary conditions that exist in the archipelago. "Here we are safer, this is not peninsular Spain," Tobey judged.

The favorable epidemiological situation experienced by the Canary Islands, of which British tourists who visit it are so aware, is the argument put forward by the island administrations to try to establish "safe corridors" between European territories where the pandemic is under control. The institutions hoped, so far without success, that the United Kingdom would exempt the region from the imposition of quarantine. British tourists themselves have also taken action to try to get their government to make an exception with the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. The petition launched on the platform by a UK citizen had collected nearly 65,000 signatures at the end of the day.

However, the Johnson executive has not only not backed down but has also extended the recommendation not to travel to the two archipelagos, which has motivated Jet2 to announce that it will temporarily stop operating to them.

Deterrent isolation

Two hours after Tobey's flight landed at the Tenerife airport, another was leaving for Manchester, where a family of five from Bolton was traveling. The ten nights spent in the south of the island were evident in the rosy tone of their skins. Although they usually spend the summer holidays in Benidorm, this time they opted for Tenerife, "for a change", they indicated. They have felt "very safe" on the island, but they recognized that, had they known that they would have to spend 14 days in isolation at home, they would not have come.

In contrast to this family, who was stepping on Tenerife for the first time, a couple preparing to return to Staffordshire - in central England - commented that they have spent their holidays on the island "three or four times". They like "the good weather, the friendly people and the pleasant and relaxing atmosphere". The news of the quarantine, which they must undergo also surprised them when their stay reached its final moments, and they have experienced it as something "very inconvenient", but not with concern.

"Esto no es la España peninsular"

United Kingdom strengthens its veto to Spain and ‘finishes’ the Canary Islands

The sun sets on Tenerife

The British Government issued advice yesterday against all non-essential travel to Spain including the Balearic and Canary Islands and ratified its mandatory quarantine, which brings the Canarian Archipelago to the worst economic scenario. Pedro Sánchez, the island authorities and the British airlines summon Johnson to rectify this.

In an absolute failure of Spanish diplomacy, after a whole day of negotiations between the Spanish and British authorities, with the intention of easing the restrictions for the Balearic and Canary Islands and exempting them from the application of quarantine, the result was precisely the opposite: the tightening of measures.

By mid-afternoon yesterday, the UK Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel recommendations and, instead of easing the routes to the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, it advised against visiting the two archipelagos, as well as peninsular Spain, due to the risk of Covid- 19 in various areas, especially Aragon, Navarra and Catalonia.

On its website, the Foreign Office specifies that the recommendation covers "the whole country". Until yesterday at 6:00 p.m., the islands, with less incidence of the virus, were exempt.

This change in position occured when the British and Spanish governments were in full talks to create possible air corridors between the islands and the United Kingdom, and British airlines had assured that they would maintain their flights with the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. Now all of this is in the air.

After learning of this announcement, the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, declared in an interview on Telecinco that "London's decision is an unfair one" and called on the United Kingdom to rectify it "with epidemiological criteria". Sánchez acknowledged that the quarantine imposed by the Boris Johnson government is "a blow" for the tourism sector, "which has made enormous efforts at this time, an exercise in responsibility to send a security message." In fact, unlike Health spokesman, Fernando Simón, he suggested that the British are "safer" in the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Andalusia or the Valencian Community than in their country.

The president attributes this decision to the fact that London is "misfocusing" the measure, "because more than 64% of new cases in Spain are taking place in specific territories" and he refused to link this decision of the Boris Johnson government nor to Brexit nor to the meeting of Minister González Laya with Fabian Picardo, Gibraltar's chief minister, last week in Algeciras.


Be that as it may, this decision that, for the moment, seems irrevocable, has hit the island's business sector like a jug of cold water. His concern "is paramount."

The general secretary of the Provincial Confederation of Entrepreneurs of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (CEOE-Tenerife), Eduardo Bezares, warned that this decision will hinder the economic recovery of the islands "and brings us closer to the worst fears when we present the latest economic situation report”. According to the report, the economic recovery in this third scenario will not start before autumn, which is what is expected to happen, if this veto continues; And this will mean "unemployment levels never seen before", from 45% to 60%.

Bezares also indicated that this situation of uncertainty may “discourage” other tourists from other countries from visiting the islands.

The same opinion was expressed yesterday by the president of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Chamber of Commerce, Santiago Sesé, who warned that it is "endangering the entire chain of the sector and the economic recovery of the islands." He explained that in the latest growth forecasts, the Canary Islands was slower because tourism was slower; "Now this will prevent us from growing faster."

Sesé indicated that the entire sector had put "a lot of hope" in reopening the hotels "and now this has been truncated." The president of the Chamber assured that this measure, in addition, will cause a contagion effect from other destinations, and says that the most likely thing is that the airlines stop flying to the islands, many hotels will close again and those that were planning to open in August, wont do so. "I am aware of some airlines that have already suspended flights today." It must be remembered that 250 weekly flights between the Canary Islands and the United Kingdom are at stake. For the Speaker of the House, the statements of the Health spokesman, Fernando Simón, have been most “unfortunate” and he hopes that these have nothing to do with the announcement by the British Government, which was just afterwards. "What is needed now," he declared, "is a diplomatic negotiation so that the Canary Islands can save the summer season."

Monday, July 27, 2020

Bahía del Duque hotel launches a pioneering program for a safe tourist experience

Bahía del Duque

For its imminent reopening, Bahía del Duque offers guests "the confidence and tranquility they need to enjoy a dream vacation in the context of new normality."

The innovative safe experience program is validated by Grupo Hospiten and certified by Biolab Consulting International Standard.

The establishment in Costa Adeje is reinforcing procedures to protect clients, employees and collaborators with prevention and security measures. Cristina de Juan, director of Bahía del Duque, "providing the family of clients with an unforgettable experience is our main vocation and we understand that, in the current context, security and trust are fundamental, that is why we have launched this pioneering initiative through the safe hospitality program that has been very well received. "

The Hospiten Group, with more than 50 years of experience and a leader in the provision of medical services in international settings, has worked jointly with The Tais Hotels to oversee the hotel's health safety programs. This alliance includes carrying out strict reviews and monitoring of employees on the occasion of the reopening, conducting tests between clients and collaborators that allow the early detection of possible cases of Covid-19 and the implementation of isolation, wellness and security protocols in suspicious cases.

The program is certified by Biolab Consulting International Standard, a specialist in food safety and hygiene. It consists of a comprehensive proposal that provides the necessary tools to evaluate, verify, test and demonstrate health security in tourist establishments.

Experience World-class Service at Bahia del Duque

Friday, July 24, 2020

Meteorite falls in the North of Tenerife

Artist's impression, complete with snow capped mountain and palm trees!

The Museo de la Ciencia y el Cosmos (Museum of Science and the Cosmos) in La Laguna, Tenerife, has detected and confirms the landing of a body from outer space between Icod and Buenavista

No one knows what remote place it may come from, nor how long it has been traveling through the universe to end up trapped by the gravity of a small planet such as Earth.

Statistically, meteorites that suffer such fate generally fall into the sea, which occupies more than two-thirds of the planet's surface, so arriving on land is also not usual. And yet, our unusual protagonist came to fall on the surface of Tenerife, which is just 2,034 square kilometers of the 510.1 million that make up the blue planet.

At 00:50:26 on the 14th of this month, a meteorite fell through our atmosphere and crashed in the north of Tenerife, as the Museum of Science and the Cosmos has managed to detect and confirm thanks to the recent acquisition of a camera capable of capturing these observations.

This phenomenon was also captured by another camera located on Mount Teide, which is part of the Slovak AMOS project, so that both tests have made it possible to triangulate and locate the approximate location of its fall, being located between the municipalities of Icod and Buenavista del Norte.

There may be, in the area of ​​the meteorite fall, small pieces of between 10 and 50 grams in weight, with a size similar to a coin and with a blackish appearance. And any reader who finds one of those  pieces, must remember that it is still a traveler in the universe that, as the result of a gigantic coincidence, has ended up in his hands.

Cae un meteorito en el Norte de Tenerife

Santa Cruz will record the Gesta of July 25 and broadcast it on social networks

Gesta del 25 de julio

This year marks the 223rd anniversary of the defeat of Admiral Nelson at the hands of General Gutiérrez. The recreation of the Gesta of July 25 has become one of the main attractions of Santa Cruz during the month of July and that each year attracts thousands of people to enjoy the representation by the Historical-Cultural Association of 25 of July 1797. This year, the Covid-19 pandemic and all the security measures that come with it, prevents the re-enactment of the battles in the streets, but one battle will take place and a video, about ten minutes long, of this piece of the history of Santa Cruz will be recorded in the days before July 25, to be shown through social networks on the 25th July itself.

Castillo Negro (Castle of St John the Baptist or Black Castle)

The filming will take place in the surroundings of the Castillo Negro (Castle of St John the Baptist or Black Castle) and the intention is to recreate the battle between the English and Spanish troops. As specified by the Association, the reenactors will be the only persons who will have access, respecting social distance and, if this is not possible, with masks.

To ensure that there will be no public gatherings, they will not say what day it is going to be recorded, the accesses will be fenced off and there will be auxiliary personnel to prevent unauthorised access. It is a way of not losing the tradition of celebrating the Gesta in the hope that next year we can return to the tradition as we know it.


On 25 July also, the Almeyda museum (Canary Islands Museum of Military History) will host a tribute to the fallen. A wreath will be placed on the monument that stands in the museum, the flag will be lowered, and then the anthems of England and France will be played. The event will be terminated with a gun salute.

Santa Cruz grabará la Gesta del 25 de Julio


Thursday, July 23, 2020

Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been postponed to the second quarter of 2021

From Carnival Main Parade in 2019

The city council will choose the final date in September and in consensus with the carnival groups. Three options are being considered: April, May or July 2021. 

The Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival of 2021 will be different and will be marked by the Covid-19 pandemic. The city council has now confirmed that carnival will not be held in February, but in the second quarter of the year. Another decision that is currently being considered is to install the carnival stage outside, because in the open air, a larger audience capacity is possible with less risk of contagion from Covid-19.

EL Carnaval de S/C de Tenerife se pospone al segundo trimestre de 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

'When blowing out the candles can cost you your life', the Canary Islands' campaign to curb COVID-19 outbreaks in families

Blowing out candles can cost you your life

"A simple family reunion can bring you 40 days in a coma or even death as a gift", is the hard-hitting message that the Canary Islands has chosen to convey to the population that the coronavirus risk is still there. 

The Canary Islands experienced its most important outbreak a few days ago as a result of a family party that ended with eleven infections spread between Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. And it's a pattern that's repeated throughout Spain: according to Public Health authorities, 40% of new Covid-19 outbreaks have started like this, where family members have failed to follow the rules on wearing masks or maintaining social distances.

Yesterday, the Canary Islands Government released a one-minute video announcement, in which an older man receives hugs from his relatives, whom he has not seen for a long time, and blows out the candles on his birthday cake. Then he opens his gift and inside is a respirator. In the following image, he is seen lying on a bed in an intensive care unit, tubed, while we hear the rhythmic beeps of the heart monitors. He has contracted Covid-19.

"With this initiative, the Ministry seeks to emphasize the health risks of not following the health instructions in family gatherings," explains the Canary Islands government.

The Canary Islands Health Department insists on the importance of maintaining security measures "such as correct hand hygiene, maintaining the interpersonal distance of 1.5 meters and the use of masks in closed environments and whenever it's not possible to maintain a safe distance." In addition, he reminds people that "in family gatherings only those members who already live together are exempt from using masks."

Cuando soplar velas en familia puede costarte la vida, la dura campaña para concienciar sobre la Covid en Canarias

Cuando una fiesta familiar puede costarte la vida

Fourth Matron of Honour to the Senior Carnival Queen Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Fourth Matron of Honour: Candelaria Pérez Domínguez

Fourth Matron of Honour to the Senior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2020 was Candelaria Pérez Domínguez with the design, En la flor de la vida (In the prime of life) by David Afonso, representing the Department of Tourism of Arona and Restaurante Las Cazuelitas de Feriche.

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 Pérez Domínguez | Gala de la Elección de Reina | S/C Tenerife 2020

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Puerto de la Cruz' Jardín Botánico to reopen with new access measures & limited capacity

Jardín Botánico de Puerto de la Cruz

The Jardín de Aclimatación de La Orotava (La Orotava Acclimatization Garden), popularly known as the Jardín Botánico de Puerto de la Cruz (Puerto de la Cruz Botanical Garden), will reopen on Wednesday [22 July] after almost five months closed as a result of the state of alarm decreed by the Government of Spain on March 14.

Throughout this period maintenance has been carried out, originally aimed at preserving the watering of the collections and, after the introduction of the new normality, daily cleaning, irrigation and pruning works were restarted, including the removal of the damaged material as a result of the storm that hit the island on February 23.

The garden, managed by the Canary Institute of Scientific Research (ICIA), attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Canary Islands Government, will resume its normal schedule from Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 18:00.

To comply with sanitary regulations, the use of masks will be mandatory to access the premises and must be maintained throughout the visit, in addition to respecting the interpersonal safety distance between clients and workers, as well as respecting signage, with some of the walkways being made one-way only. The maximum capacity of the garden will be 300 people and tour guide groups will be limited to a maximum of 25 people.

Councilor Alicia Vanoostende noted that "effort is needed to support the revival of the tourism sector on the island and in the Canary Islands and the Acclimatization Garden of La Orotava is one of the most attractive settings in Tenerife, being visited each year by some 250,000 people, which makes this botanical gem a first-rate tourist attraction. She adds that "the reopening will expand the leisure offer for the arrival of tourism, both foreign and local."

The Government of the Canary Islands has allocated 500,000 euros to improve and expand the Botanical Garden with a new area of ​​40,000 square meters, in addition to the existing 20,000 square meters, and to start cultivating the new species of tropical and subtropical plants.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Paradise Park hotel in Los Cristianos reopens on July 27 with renovated facilities

Paradise Park hotel reopens on July 27

The four-star Paradise Fun Lifestyle Hotel, in Los Cristianos, Arona, reopens its doors on July 27, after having carried out 4.5 million euros improvement works, that were already planned before the forced closure of all hotel facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The work was aimed, according to its owner, Luis Pérez Balboa, "to continue with the policy of continuous improvement of the hotel services and facilities, as well as the comfort of its guests." Starting July 27, those who visit Paradise Park will be able to enjoy the new pool areas, bars and restaurant, a new gastronomic concept and new entertainment program.

In the restaurant, in addition to a complete rehabilitation in the production area, a completely new decoration has been created, which fits in with the new concept of healthier and more creative cuisine. All this under the rigorous security and hygiene procedures that comply with the government rules and the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), thus guaranteeing the safety and well-being of its guests and employees.

After four months of construction and intensive improvement work, the Paradise Park team is now preparing the last details for the welcome of its first guests and friends.

Paradise Park Fun Lifestyle Hotel is a unique family-owned establishment, inaugurated in November 1988 with a deep conviction that the commitment to the quality of its services and good long-term value for money would be beneficial. The hotel today is chosen by families of all ages, with more than 30,000 clients from 14 different nationalities who have spent their well-deserved vacations at this establishment. In the last 10 years, the hotel has invested more than 10 million euros in constantly updating its facilities to the delight and safety of its guests.

El hotel Paradise Park reabre el 27 de julio con unas instalaciones reformadas

Friday, July 17, 2020

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama in Guía de Isora, Tenerife, reopens its doors on July 24

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama (Tenerife)

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama reopens on July 24 with a new concept of accommodation, specially designed to ensure the well-being and privacy of its guests this season: Villa Club; a set of 'casitas' (small houses), with a total of 144 rooms and suites, distributed in private areas surrounded by botanical gardens, a golf course and views of the ocean.

This new concept guarantees social distancing thanks to its large spaces, the characteristics of the natural environment where the hotel is located on the west coast of Tenerife and the personalized attention of a brand such as The Ritz-Carlton, belonging to Marriott International.

Deluxe rooms (double or triple) and one-bedroom suites are spread across four streets of villas divided into two floors known as 'casitas' (small houses). Each street of villas has its own pool, providing a personalized and semi-private stay. Each of the streets of villas provides access to its own private pool, to the infinity pool of El Mirador and, in the month of August, the Swimming Pool El Lago will be added, located in the hotel's Citadel.

Club Villas offers various services to families with children such as Ritz-Kids, with games and activities for children and adolescents, or the Cycling Friendly center, a bicycle rental service and tailor-made experiences for guests. Groups of adults or couples staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama will be able to enjoy the Adults-Only villas section, as well as gastronomic experiences.

Upon arrival, all guests will receive a welcome gift from the hotel manager, as well as a press service. Each guest will also receive two Wellness Experience passes to access The Ritz-Carlton, Spa and will be able to enjoy sunbeds and umbrellas on Abama beach.

Each street of villas will have a Villa Ambassadors team, in charge of satisfying all the needs and wishes of guests throughout the day. In addition, guests can enjoy complimentary beverages and canapes in the pool areas and Villa Club Lounge.

The restaurant of Japanese cuisine Kabuki, by chef Ricardo Sanz, as well as Txoko, the restaurant of traditional cuisine of Martin Berasategui that will move its location to the El Lago area, will open its doors from the month of August, to guests from the hotel and visitors to the island at that time.

Guests can also taste dishes, inspired by the local gastronomy of the island, in the terramar concept of chef César González El Mirador, while enjoying views of the sea and the island of La Gomera. Likewise, the hotel's Beach Club returns under a concept designed to equally seduce the local Tenerife public who travel to Abama beach; a chill-out beach bar that will extend its service hours offering a wide variety of dishes and creative cocktails to enjoy in its hammock area.

Under the strict standards of the new Cleaning Commitment created by Marriott International, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama has implemented new cleaning protocols that further reinforce its demanding standards: new technologies that reduce contact to ensure complete safety of guests and employees, Check in and Check out through the Marriott Bonvoy application, opening of the door of the room through the same system or the possibility of making any request through an interactive chat service with hotel employees. Additionally, upon arrival at the hotel, each guest will receive a personal protection kit that contains a mask, hydroalcoholic gel and a pair of gloves.

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama (Tenerife) abre de nuevo sus puertas el 24 de julio

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Candidate for Carnival Queen in 2020

Yanira Morales Plasencia

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 Yanira Morales Plasencia in a costume entitled, Espíritus en el Pacífico (Spirits in the Pacific), designed by Daniel Pages and represnting Dimurol SL.

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

Yanira Morales Plasencia | Gala Reina del Carnaval | S/C Tenerife 2020

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Carnivals of the World: Rio de Janeiro

Rio De Janeiro Carnival The Sambodromo Samba School Image by Pat_Scrap from Pixabay

Continuing our look at the Carnivals of the World - the theme chosen for Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival in 2021, there can be no doubt that Rio Carnival is the most famous and the "The biggest show on Earth" with crowds of two million people per day on the streets.

That's more than the total number attending over the whole 10 days in Santa Cruz.

Rio is so big that the partaking samba schools have to be divided into leagues, the parades split over several days and, of course, taking place in the purpose-built Sambadrome, becoming ticket-only events, which I guess is inevitable with the numbers.

This is why I love Santa Cruz Carnival, which is so much more accessible by comparison. Whilst there are the grados (temporary banks of seating) that tickets can be purchased for and that add some comfort if you chose, this is only a small area and does not stop people standing along the route and accessing the parades in the streets for free.

Rio de Janeiro Carnival highlights

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, July 14, 2020

Puerto de la Cruz is missing out on the Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen

Embarcación de la Virgen in days gone by. ElPuertoProject Some Rights Reserved

It would be very difficult to hold the Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen in Puerto de la Cruz and maintain social distance when this attracts tens of thousands and is possibly the town's biggest event of the year. Normally held on the Tuesday before 16 July, it would, in better circumstances, therefore, have been taking place today, Tuesday 14 July.

But this year, there are very different Grandes Fiestas that are actually not so big and grand: the only events listed for today (download program PDF - in Spanish, but LOTS of pretty pictures) being the celebrations of the Eucharist, although the one at 7pm is going to be transmitted direct via Facebook, as are popular items looking back on the fiestas.

The mayor has added that "we hoped to announce the celebration in 2021 of the centenary of the first Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen and perhaps fate will put us back in the position that the last procession was that of her 99th birthday."

Virgen del Carmen 2019 Puerto de La Cruz Tenerife

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival Scenery 2021

Scenery design for Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2021

“No specific Carnival is recreated. The design uses the universal emblem of the festival: the mask”, says its creator Javier Torres Franquis

During the presentation of the 2021 carnival scenery, the theme of which is "Carnivals of the World", designer, Javier Torres, said that the design is the result of teamwork. Accompanied by the mayor of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Patricia Hernández, and the councilor for Fiestas, Andrés Martín, the stage designer indicated that the space has been conceived differently and the cost has been reduced, but without sacrificing quality.

Así es el escenario del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 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

🎭 ¡Ya tenemos escenario! 🎭

Este sábado ha sido presentada la escenografía del Carnaval 2021, obra de Javier Torres Franquis, en la Casa del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

#Carnaval #CarnavalSC21 #CarnavaldeTenerife #SCTFE #SC #SCTF #SantaCruz #SantaCruzdeTenerife Patricia Hernández Gutiérrez Andrés Martín Casanova
Posted by Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Saturday, 11 July 2020

Friday, July 10, 2020

No Romería de San Benito Abad in 2020

Romería de San Benito Abad

This year there will be no Romería Regional de San Benito Abadthe only one that holds the title of Regional in the Archipelago - in La Laguna. Inevitable, but a sad loss as the Fiestas de San Benito Abad in La Laguna date from 1532 and historian, Viera y Clavijo (1731-1813) wrote of the importance of this festivity: "Among the most notable festivals celebrated in La Laguna, in addition to those of Corpus Christi, are three processions to San Benito." This year the only celebrations will be from balconies and windows, however, the town hall says that, "we will continue working with the same force so that in 2021 we will have one of the biggest celebrations." We live in hope.

Romería de San Benito Abad | 2019

Thursday, July 09, 2020

Comparsa Los Rumberos 2020

Comparsa Los Rumberos 2020

The comparsa groups epitomise the spirit of carnival with all they impart in their 'colour, joy and rhythm [...] with exuberant costumes and sonorous drums.' This is Comparsa Los Rumberos and their performance at the Comparsas Contest in 2020.

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

Los Rumberos | Comparsas Adultas | S/C Tenerife 2020

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Major epidemics in Tenerife: Typhoid

El Lazareto Hospital in the El Cabo neighbourhood of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Real Academia Nacional de Medicina. Members of the Benemérita (Civil Guard) and Red Cross, nurses and pacient on a stretcher, 1918.

The year 1906 was a very turbulent and unfortunate one for Santa Cruz de Tenerife - then capital of the Archipelago - because the provisional status in the mayor's office and in the civil government, some incumbents and others accidental or interim, would give rise to a social environment beset by poverty and unemployment, due to lack of investments.

To all this would be added the dramatic situation experienced in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the last months of the aforementioned year, due to the epidemic that some believed was typhus and others bubonic plague.

The discord began in October, when a large number of dead rats appeared in the area of ​​the docks, ravines and sewers in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and two members of a humble family who lived in a shack in the Cuesta de los Melones district - today Residencial Anaga - died, which was diagnosed by the doctors as "petechial typhus", isolating the rest of the relatives in the Lazareto (maritime quarantine station turned Isolation Hospital); however, as no official statement was provided, nor was the population informed, the fact would cause alarm to spread and the authorities to be reproached for their silence.

Once fears of an epidemic were confirmed, the situation became so chaotic that uncertainty and terror paralyzed citizen life, to which the indecision of the authorities would contribute.

Many people, mostly port workers and those in small industries who remained unemployed, were in such a distressing situation that despite the fact that cheap kitchens had been set up, large street protests took place to protest isolation, hunger and lack of work.

Mayor Pedro Schwartz returned to his post, creating the health commission, in charge of carrying out cleaning and hygiene in neighborhoods, disinfecting drinking water, proceeding with the repair of sewers, burning the houses where the first cases had appeared, and taking the pigs out of town, even if they were not to blame.

Because basic necessities began to be scarce and the prices of sugar, soap, salted fish, etc., rose, the new mayor, Carlos Calzadilla, acknowledging his impotence to solve the problem, telegraphed the Ministry of the Interior, exposing the critical state of the situation, at the same time that he asked the Ministries of Development and War to promote the works that were paralyzed, before the desperation of the workers caused serious disturbances as they were suffering from hunger and misery.

When it seemed that everything was under control, the authorities in Las Palmas requested Madrid to place Santa Cruz de Tenerife incommunicado to avoid contagion, attaching the statements of eighteen doctors who certified that the disease in Tenerife was not typhus but bubonic plague.

The Count of Romanones, Minister of the Interior, replied that neither national nor sanitary laws authorized the isolation of cities and regions, because it would mean sentencing them to death.

La Laguna also asked Madrid to completely isolate itself from Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which would give rise to a climate of tension and insecurity, when the people of La Laguna took to the streets and destroyed a section of the tram tracks and, at kilometer 8 of the general highway, they established a checkpoint to fumigate and disinfect the goods that arrived from the capital, prohibiting the passage of anything that offered the least doubt.

In the same way, the island of La Palma joined this nonsense, and a crowd armed with sticks and stones prevented the passengers of the León y Castillo steamer who had arrived from the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife from disembarking.

Due to the insecurity and tension existing in the islands, and given the alarm that had been unleashed, the Government sent Dr. Luis Comenge, director of Urban Hygiene of Barcelona, ​​to take charge of the sanitary measures and report on the reality of the epidemic; which, after making a detailed study, would communicate to Madrid that the news was unfounded since the disease suffered in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was not the plague. Even, in a meeting held in the civil government, when asked if he was in favor of the isolations and sanitary cordons, he answered: "who can cordon off and isolate the rats, fleas and flies, the conductors of the diseases".

We consider that this statement was for political reasons, since a study carried out by Dr. Gumersindo Robayna Galván shows that the disease was pestile in nature, since it was especially spread by the Oriental rat flea (Xenopsylla cheopis), the flea of ​​the gray rat that transmits the plague, which appeared in 80 percent of the people studied; therefore it was a bubonic plague, and no cases of the pneumonic variety were found.

Dr. Comenge, given the regrettable state and lack of hygiene of many tenements in the El Toscal neighborhood and caves in the Santos ravine, would ensure that Don Juan Febles Campos made the premises of the asylum available to the City Council so that its residents could stay there, and the Captain General vacated the El Bufadero battery to welcome families in need.

Also, in order to attend to those most in need, he handed over the 5,000 pesetas that the Government had granted him for carrying out this Commission, created the Breastfeeding Institute, in the former convent of San Francisco, and donated his gold watch for a raffle that he had organized to raise funds. For this reason, on February 9, 1907, the City Council granted him the title of Adoptive Son and gave his name to Calle de San Francisco, a designation that fortunately was recovered again in 1936.

When the normality and the activity of the population were restored, the mayor published an edict authorizing the carnivals, which was an unequivocal sign that the city had overcome the crisis and that the chicharreros had not lost their adventurous spirit, and on May 3 the religious function of the Fiestas de La Cruz were celebrated, although the population would take months to recover from the psychological damage it had suffered.

During this epidemic the doctors again set an example of service to the community, carrying out sacrificial, commendable and priceless work. Of these we will highlight Agustín Pisaca Fernández, who, being a municipal doctor, was confined in the Isolation Hospital - The Lazareto - during the five months that the epidemic lasted, organizing, assisting and living with 83 patients, managing to reduce mortality from 37 to 9%. Upon returning home, his two daughters ran out to hug him, becoming infected and dying days later.

During this time, home service was provided by Dr. José Naveiras Zamorano and Dr. Luis García Ramos. Dr. Diego Costa e Izquierdo, upon learning that his homeland was suffering from a contagious disease, hastened his return from Paris and made himself available to the authorities. Dr. Costa played an important role in the cholera epidemic of 1893.

Five people died in this epidemic.

* Official Chronicler of Santa Cruz of Tenerife

Grandes epidemias en Tenerife

Monday, July 06, 2020

Spanish goverment relaxes COVID-19 restrictions for the leisure industry

Live concert (stock image)

The Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOE) on Saturday, July 4, publishes an agreement updating preventive measures for COVID-19 that relaxes restrictions for nightclubs and nightlife venues, accommodation establishments and public shows.

According to the agreement, the shared use of accommodation units by non-cohabitants is now allowed and groups of sunbeds must be separated by at least 1.5 meters from the next group or individual sunbed.

As for recreational, leisure and recreation activities, including sports, which are carried out sporadically and in places other than establishments intended for the habitual exercise of said activity and those carried out in removable or open-air facilities, they can be celebrated as long as the public remains seated or in sectors of groups of up to 15 people from their social or family environment and that it does not exceed 75% of the permitted capacity, with a maximum limit of 300 people for closed places and 1,000 people outdoors.

Nightclubs and nightlife

Nightclubs may open to the public exclusively for sitting or standing consumption, always in spaces previously reserved by the client.

The capacity in outdoor terraces will be 100% and in closed premises, 70%, with a maximum limit of 300 people for closed places and 1,000 outdoors, always maintaining the interpersonal distance or, failing that, with the use of a mask.

The access to discotheques will be in reserved groups of up to 8 people from their social or family environment, sitting or standing, and consumption will be directly served in each reserved area. In premises with a dance floor, this space will be occupied with tables or reserved areas, and it is forbidden to dedicate said space to its habitual use.

The agreement establishes that the security personnel of each location will be in charge of ensuring compliance with the interpersonal security distance and to avoid the formation of large groups and agglomerations.

Nightclubs must have frequent natural ventilation or, in case of air conditioning, a sufficient renewal of the air to be guaranteed, capturing the outside air in an appropriate place.

The objective of these measures is so that the social and economic activities carried out while this situation lasts are carried out with the appropriate guarantees for the protection of public health. Therefore, individual and collective commitment to compliance is essential, taking into account that in case of non-compliance, the sanctioning regime of Royal Decree-Law 21/2020, of June 9, will apply.

El Gobierno modifica las restricciones de las medidas preventivas ante la COVID-19 durante la nueva normalidad

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Candidate for Junior Carnival Queen 2020

Candidate for Junior Carnival Queen Paula Mallorquín Díaz

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

Paula Mallorquín Díaz | Gala Reina Infantil | S/C Tenerife 2020

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Tenerife Fiestas in July 2020

Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen in Puerto de la Cruz in other times

July does not have any national public holidays, but there are a few public holidays at municipal level this month, which are as follows:

  • 14 July: Festivity of the Virgen del Carmen in Puerto de la Cruz
  • 16 July: Festivity of Nuestra Señora del Carmen in Santiago del Teide
  • 27 July: Monday following the Festivity of Santa Ana in Candelaria

With councils, understandably, diverting the cash that would have been spent on fiestas to vulnerable residents and those in most need in their districts, these, at best, just tell you when to expect shops and town halls in those areas to be closed for the day.

And even if the state of alarm has come to an end, the so-called new normality still requires social distancing and prohibits attendance numbers such as these, so we can merely point out what events are NOT taking place this July that we hope will be back in 2021.

  • More than 11,000 people attended the Romería de San Benito Abad last year in La Laguna. Said to be the most representative romería of the Canary Islands, it is usually held on the second Sunday of July. 
  • More than 130,000 people have been known to attend the Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen in Puerto de la Cruz that usually takes place on the Tuesday before 16 July and thus would have been on the 14th. 
  • Chirche's Traditions Day has been celebrated in July for almost two decades with local residents and volunteers recreating what daily life was like during the 40-50s of the 20th century. All the participants and places are characterised down to the last detail. Last year more than 6,000 visitors arrived.
  • And on 25 July, Santa Cruz usually reenacts the Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1797) to celebrate its proud victory over that dastardly English Admiral, Horatio Nelson, whose failed attempt on the city cost him his right arm. This year, just one battle is to be recreated, without public in attendance, however, this will be recorded so it can be shown online.