Sunday, August 30, 2020

The most expensive street in the Canary Islands, with an average property price of 2.2 million euros, is in the south of Tenerife

Costa Adeje Marc Ryckaert / CC BY-SA

Calle Samarín, in the southern municipality of Adeje, is the most expensive in the Canary Islands, with an average house price of 2.2 million euros, according to a study by Idealista.

In Spain, Calle Mozart in Marbella and the streets of the Coto Zagaleta urbanization in Benahavís, both in Malaga, are the most expensive streets. In the former street in Marbella, the owners ask for more than 8.4 million euros for one of their luxurious homes, while in the Coto Zagaleta urbanization the average price is around 6.7 million euros.

The third place is occupied by the Paseo de la Marquesa Viuda de Aldama, in La Moraleja, Madrid, at 6.3 million euros. Next, there is Calle 7 in Marbella (5.9 million euros) and the streets, in Mallorca, of Tàpies (5.8 million) and Coscona (5.5 million euros).

Above five million euros, there are the houses that are located on the Paseo de los Lagos in the Madrid municipality of Pozuelo, with an average price that exceeds 5.3 million euros.

It is followed by Calle Camino del Sur in La Moraleja, where an average of 4.8 million is requested; Avenida Portals Vells (4.8 million), in the Mallorcan municipality of Calvià, and Calle Rossini in Marbella, whose homes are around 4.6 million.

Idealista's study also points out that a total of seven more regions concentrate the most expensive streets in Spain, which on average exceed one million euros. These are found in Catalonia (3.09 million euros), the Valencian Community (2.6 million), the Canary Islands (2.2 million euros), the Basque Country (1.8 million), Castilla-La Mancha and Cantabria, where homes are around 1.6 million in the most exclusive streets, and Navarra (1.2 million).

The cheapest region is Extremadura, where its most expensive street has an average price of 383,100 euros, followed by La Rioja (515,416 euros) and Castilla y León (571,750 euros).

Saturday, August 29, 2020

National and Local Police of Arona ensure compliance with measures against COVID-19

Sculpture on the coast of Arona at sunset. Image by marcos101 from Pixabay

The combined forces have already sanctioned 75 people and 5 premises for not complying with sanitary measures in the leisure area of Arona

The National Police, together with the Local Police of the municipality of Arona, have established a joint security initiative to patrol the leisure areas of the town at night time. The police patrols have been carried out by the agents, both in the public thoroughfare, as well as inside the establishments themselves, verifying the observance of the aforementioned measures and, otherwise, sanctioning their non-compliance.

National Police agents have sanctioned 75 people; 67 for not wearing the mandatory mask or wearing it improperly, another 4 for other breaches of the sanitary measures, as well as 3 for holding a botellón (street drinking party). Furthermore, one person has been arrested for the possession of narcotic substances or their consumption in public places.

The agents of Arona Local Police have processed 5 sanctions against different nightlife establishments relating to non-compliance with current regulations.

Policías Nacional, y Local de Arona, velan por el cumplimiento de las medidas sanitarias frente al COVID-19

Friday, August 28, 2020

A 'Nordic walk' to discover the Scandinavian footprints in Santa Cruz

Reloj de Flores at the Parque García Sanabria  Noemi M.M. / CC BY-SA

The Museo de la Naturaleza y Arqueología (Museum of Nature and Archeology) (MUNA) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is organising - within the Musa Festival, which has Scandinavia as its central theme - this Saturday at 11 am a "Nordic Walk" to discover, with Norwegian guide, Lars Amundsen, the footprints of Scandinavia in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Starting from the well-known flower clock of the García Sanabria Park, which was donated to the capital in 1958 by the Danish consul Peder Larsen, various corners of the city will be visited to relate the connections between Scandinavia and the Canaries and will allow discoveries of some characteristics of the life of those northern European countries.

Amundsen is a graphic designer and visual artist based in Tenerife since 2003. He likes to tell stories and since he arrived in Tenerife, has been attracted by the many anecdotes of Norwegian and Scandinavian characters who have spent moments of their life on the island.

Limited capacity: 15 people
Free entry, however, it is necessary to obtain a ticket at this link:
The event is being repeated on Saturday, 12 September 2020.


Thursday, August 27, 2020

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

Second Matron of Honour: Josefa Herrero Hernández

Third Matron of Honour to the Senior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2020 was Eulalia Yanes Sierra, with the design, Sempiterno (Everlasting) by Cristian Santana and representing San Miguel de Abona and Chinatown Shopping Center S.L.

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

Eulalia Yanes Sierra | Gala de la Elección de la Reina | S/C Tenerife 2020

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Croquetas de jamón (Ham Croquettes)

Croquetas de Jamon Ibérico Image Used Under Creative Commons License From

Croquetas de jamón (Ham Croquettes) may be one of the most popular and therefrore common items on the tapas menu throughout Spain and the Canary Islands, but these little mouthfulls of delight are in no way mundane and homemade are the best.


½ litre whole milk
200 ml of meat stock (optional)
1 medium onion
250 gr of finely chopped York or Serrano ham
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
5 tablespoons of flour
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
Salt, pepper and nutmeg (to taste)

Bread crumbs
2 eggs to coat the croquettes
Oil for frying


Chop the onion very small (or pass it through the mincer), the objective is that it is hardly noticeable when biting. Chop the ham finely. In a large frying pan, put a tablespoon of butter and two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add the onion and fry over very low heat.

Next add the chopped ham and sauté for 1 minute or two. Continue on a low heat and add the flour, stirring without stopping so that it does not burn. Immediately afterwards pour in, little by little, the milk while stirring. (Dissolve the cornstarch with the stock and add it to the béchamel sauce. If you don't want to add stock, increase the amount of milk.)

Continue stirring and add pepper, a pinch of ground nutmeg and a little salt to taste (be careful as the ham is already very salty).

When the mixture peels off the sides of the pan, transfer it to a large bowl and let it cool. Once cold cover the mixture with film and then place it in the fridge to rest (for a minimum of 2 hours, or even overnight). It is important to not put the film on immediately, to avoid condensation from the heat and steam. If you're in a hurry or they're for the same day, you can use the freezer to cool them quickly and make them easier to handle.

Once cool and rested, we can begin to shape the croquettes. Beat two eggs in a deep dish and place the breadcrumbs on a flat plate. Place a little oil on your hands so that the mixture does not stick, then form the desired shape for the croquettes. Then pass each one, initially, in the breadcrumbs. Then dip each croquette in the beaten egg and then, again, in the breadcrumbs. This will ensure a crisp outer shell.

Heat a good amount of light oil in a deep frying pan to fry and, once hot, fry the croquettes. It is best to do them in small batches. Unless deep frying, be careful to bathe the croquettes with the oil on their upper side while they are frying to prevent them from opening and the filling coming out. Once golden, transfer to absorbent paper to remove the excess oil.

These ham croquettes are a bocadito de dioses (a morsel for the gods), a real treat, ideal for both a party starter and an informal snack at home.

Las croquetas de jamón que hacia mi madre

The video below, in Spanish, shows you how to make these croquettes and let's you practice your Spanish comprehension at the same time!

Cómo hacer Croquetas de Jamón | Fácil Tradicional y Caseras

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Erjos to be the 'daddy' of all tunnels and a 'before' and 'after' in terms of island mobility

Position of the Teno Massif Florival fr / CC BY-SA

Works on the Anillo Insular de Tenerife (Tenerife Island Ring Road) have been news for years, but it finally feels more like the closing the ring is shortly to become a reality and this final stage something of a dramatic climax in terms of Civil Engineering.

The Teno Massif is one of the three volcanic formations that gave rise to the island, along with those of Anaga and Adeje. The Insular Ring Road, and, specifically, the El Tanque-Santiago del Teide section, which will link north and south of Tenerife and signify a 'before' and 'after' in terms of mobility around the island, requires drilling the oldest basalt in Tenerife in order to build the Erjos Tunnel, which will be the longest in the Canary Islands, and one of the largest in the country at 5.1 kilometers, through two parallel tubes.

The tunnel will be drilled with specific machines or 'robots' with two and three heads that allow several drills to be carried out simultaneously. There will be five, one for each tunnel mouth and another to have as a spare in case of breakdown. One of the first arrived on Friday at the works area in Santiago del Teide and it is forecast that it will start working at the end of next month on the south side. In the case of the north, the plans point to November-December and from that moment, all the machinery will be operational.

Although the drilling and subsequent explosions are certain to be noisy, it is said that it will hardly be perceived by the population as the work will be at a depth that ranges between 400 and 600 meters. The amount of kilos of explosives that will be needed cannot yet be specified, since this will be adapted to the terrain that is found. Depending on the type of rock, it is expected to extract an average of between 6 and 8 meters per day. 

It is anticipated that both entrances will meet in approximately two years and that the excavation will be carried out in two phases due to the dimensions of the cavity. 

The surplus material that is extracted from both will be used to rehabilitate the Bilma quarry, in the southern municipality, while another amount will be used to fill specific sites - an equalization of land in engineering terms - in the layout of the road, mostly in the north.

Once completed, at 5.1 kilometers long, Erjos will become the 'father' of all tunnels. Currently, the longest in Tenerife is El Bicho, in Santiago del Teide, at one kilometer long, followed by El Guincho, in Garachico, barely 725 meters.

Monday, August 24, 2020

Bavarian Week in Puerto de la Cruz this year is without its star event: the Beer Festival

Have to make do with a virtual Beer? Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

Instead the Center for Initiatives and Tourism (CIT) has designed a program adapted to Covid-19 that includes concerts with limited capacity and a German Gastronomic Week

After 47 uninterrupted editions, the Bavarian Week this year is without its star event: the Beer Festival or Oktoberfest, which usually brings together thousands of people each year in the Plaza de Europa in Puerto de la Cruz. Faced with the Covid-19 pandemic and the impossibility of organizing events with large crowds, the celebration has been adapted to current security measures and will take place from August 24 to 29.

The Center for Initiatives and Tourism (CIT), promoter of the Bavarian Week since its inception, has decided to celebrate it this year with a program that includes concerts with limited capacity, an outdoor parade and a German Gastronomic Week with which to promote the local economy. This was confirmed at a press conference by CIT Vice Presidents Manuel Siverio and Ulrike Schmidt; the mayor of the city, Marco González; the Councilor for Tourism, Carolina Rodríguez, who offered the details of the 2020 program.

The German orchestra Blechbuckel will offer live music in various popular enclaves in Puerto de la Cruz. There will be five dates: on August 24 at the El Tope hotel at 9:00 p.m.; on August 25 at Tigaiga Suites at 7:00 pm; on August 26 at the San Telmo hotel at 9:00 p.m. on August 27 at Parque Vacacional Edén at 9:00 PM; and finally, Lago Martiánez will host the last concert at its facilities on August 29 at 12.00. All concerts will have limited capacity to comply with relevant security measures. Reservations to be made by email

On Friday, August 28, starting at 6:00 p.m., a parade will take place through the city.

In this edition, the German Gastronomic Week is included, in which a total of nine restaurants and bars will offer a typical German dish or menu. The participating establishments are: Casa Magnolia, City Café, Columbus Plaza, Delocos, Edelweiss, Tasca Gastrobar La Cocina, Rancho Grande, Templo del Vino, and The Gramophone Bar.

La Semana Bávara se queda este año sin su acto estrella: la Fiesta de la Cerveza

Friday, August 21, 2020

The emblematic Corazones de Tejina to be celebrated in a very different manner

Crowds with the Corazones de Tejina in the past

Tejina this year is left without the water party or the Pamela (the Spanish name for a picture hat) Festival due to COVID-19. The offering of the emblematic hearts remains on the 23rd, but it will be celebrated in a very different way to avoid crowds.

The Hearts of Tejina Association has launched an initiative - Corazones en Casa (Hearts at Home) - for families to make their own little hearts at home.

Tejina this year is left without its popular hat and water festivals, part of the celebrations in honor of San Bartolomé de Tejina this month, due to the current health crisis and the measures imposed to prevent the spread of infection. Other events of these celebrations have also been canceled, such as the Exaltation of the Hearts Festival, among others.

The measures imposed will also affect the most important event of these festivals: the traditional offering of the emblematic hearts, normally accompanied by hundreds of people, from the three neighborhoods of the town (Calle de Arriba, El Pico and Calle de Abajo) to the square, where they are raised in homage to the patron saint, an offering that this year has not been canceled but that will be experienced in a very different way.

This year there will be no such massive transfer from the three neighborhoods and the large frameworks that are usually made are not going to be made, but rather, each street will make a mini offering to Saint Bartholomew and the Incarnation together, inside the church and behind closed doors, in the morning, with some small hearts of about two meters, and only four people for each heart will be able to enter to make the offering.

This will take place on Sunday, August 23, and, after the offering of the three hearts, visitors will have strictly controlled access to the temple to see the saint, the virgin and the hearts, where visitors will enter through one door and exit through another, controlling the capacity.

The Exaltation of the Hearts Festival (folk music) will be broadcast online, having been previously recorded it at the Unión Tejina theater, behind closed doors and without an audience, with performances by only the three main folk groups of Tejina.

Tejina se queda sin la fiesta del agua ni la verbena de la pamela por el Covid-19

Corazones de Tejina 2019

Offering of the Hearts of Tejina to its Patron Saint Bartholomew the Apostle. Tradition that began in 1984 and continues to excite residents and visitors to the town of Tejina.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Candidate for Carnival Queen in 2020

Lía González 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. Lía González Hernández in a costume entitled, Cumbia, designed by Jonathan Suárez López, representing Gabinete de Estética África y Victoria and Restaurante Los Asadores.

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

Lía González Hernández | Gala Reina del Carnaval | S/C Tenerife 2020

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Carnivals of the World: Cádiz Carnival

Cádiz Carnival 2017 Photo: Canal Sur Media Some rights Reserved

Continuing our look at the Carnivals of the World - the theme chosen for Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival in 2021, with the Carnival of CádizThe murga groups in the Canaries owe much of their existence to the satirical chirigota groups, which with their music and sarcastic lyrics are at the center of the carnival there. It was in 1917, that chirigota from Cádiz participated in the carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife for the first time and that planted the seed, after which the first murga in Tenerife was created in the 1920s.

Carnival in Cádiz is scheduled for between 11 and 21 February 2021 - if nothing (like a pandemic) prevents it from taking place.


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

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Romería de San Roque in Garachico

Today, the Romería San Roque, normally celebrated each year on 16 August, should have been taking place in the pretty town of Garachico, but has been cancelled, as have so many fiestas of this type this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the biggest Romerías on the island and, this year, with the date falling on a weekend, it would have drawn particularly large crowds.

The Baile de Magos (Country Dance) has suffered the same fate and what celebrations there are, have to be from home. [Program PDF]

The big day of San Roque begins at 8.00 am with ‘Viva San Roquito’ with the ACAM fanfare of Garachico. At 12.00 will be the mass in the parish of Santa Ana presided over by the bishop of the diocese Bernardo Alvárez Afonso, broadcast on Mírame TV and Canal 10 TV.

The Romería (pilgrimage) of San Roque will be celebrated this year from the rooftops and balconies of Garachico. It will be from 2:00 p.m. The festivities commission invites "all the neighbors to enjoy from their houses a day as fun as if we were in a cart, with our traditional clothing and the typical gastronomy of our pilgrimage." Later, at 5:40 pm, Televisión Canaria will broadcast the program ‘Viva Canarias’ live from Garachico.

To end the day on Sunday August 16, the Guaracha orchestra will liven up the afternoon, from 6 pm, with the dance, broadcast through the festivities' Facebook page.

Garachico presenta unas fiestas para vivirlas desde dentro


Saturday, August 15, 2020

Honouring the patron of the Canary Islands

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Diego Delso / CC BY-SA

This year the Guanches will not be able to accompany ‘La Morenita’ for the first time in 250 years and Chago Melián will not sing her ‘Ave Maria’, so this Patron Saint's Day will be seen on television and with great sadness for parishoners

Today, 15 August, is a national public holiday for Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption) and normally hosts multitudinal fiestas in honour of the Virgin of Candelaria, the patroness of all the Canary Islands. As with so many other celebrations, events are unable to take place. The town hall has asked people not to make the Peregrinación a Candelaria (Pilgrimage) and imposed restrictions on walking to the town and the very popular Ceremony of the discovery of the Virgin of Candelaria, cannot be performed in the Plaza de La Patrona. 

We can only present you with ceremony that was streamed last year. 

Ceremonia de los guanches 2019

Friday, August 14, 2020

Authorities to crack down on COVID parties

Parties and popular festivals are generally prohibited

The Government Delegation in the Canary Islands will sanction with fines of up to 30,000 euros, parties in which people gather and lack a municipal license, according to a statement.

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands reports that more than 85 percent of the new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in the Canary Islands in the last week correspond to a profile of people under 30 who have been infected during leisure time or in family gatherings without maintaining security measures.

Only in the last 24 hours [to 11 Aug], 85 cases have been detected, of which 59 have been detected in Gran Canaria, 20 in Tenerife, 2 in Fuerteventura and 4 in Lanzarote. With regard to age, in Gran Canaria 95 percent of the new cases have occurred in those under 30 years of age and in Tenerife this percentage drops to 85 percent.

The Minister of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, Blas Trujillo. appeals to everyone's responsibility because "we are not only risking the health of the most vulnerable people" but this type of behavior can lead us to have to carry out "new confinements, which would generate serious economic problems". The counselor insists that "these young people are putting the economic future of the entire Archipelago at risk" because "if businesses are closed, unemployment will skyrocket." [Emphasis added]

Trujillo appeals to the "spirit of solidarity and responsibility from our youth to now take that step and comply and help enforce the rules." At the same time, the counselor announces coordination with all local, regional and state administrations to "intensify control measures and sanctions for possible non-compliance, especially related to illegal leisure activities."

[We know even illegal parties are held deliberately created to spread coronavirus.]

Blas Trujillo insists that "the majority of young people do not suffer the consequences of the disease, but they are vectors and transmitters of it to vulnerable groups." Despite the fact that the youth sector is the most asymptomatic, "the positives force us to isolate a large part of people who, in turn, exhaust the health system with their follow-up and tracking." There are cases in which a single party "has forced dozens of people to be tracked and their consequent isolation." In addition, the counselor warns of the labor problems that are already being detected "because we are seeing how we have to mandate quarantine to entire departments in companies, with the associated problems that this entails."

The Ministry of Health reminds that, until there is a vaccine, the only method to avoid contagion is the physical distance of 1.5 meters between people; frequent hand washing and the use of masks, which in the Canary Islands is mandatory in all closed and open places whenever the safety distance cannot be maintained. Experts recall that the main route of infection is physical contact, with an exposure of more than 15 minutes, between people.

Más del 85 por ciento de los nuevos casos de COVID-19 se corresponde con menores de 30 años contagiados en momentos de ocio

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Canary Islands tighten measures against COVID-19: masks now mandatory at all times, smoking prohibited in the street if there is no distance and closing of nightclubs

Masks are now mandatory at all times in the Canary Islands

The president of the Canary Islands Regional Government has affirmed that meetings of more than 10 people will not be allowed and has sent a message to young people: "You are not invincible, anyone can end up in a hospital and die."

The Canary Islands have tightened their measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, which is rebounding in recent days. The regional president, Ángel Víctor Torres, has announced that from its publication in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC), on Friday 14 August, the use of masks will be mandatory, also in open spaces (as they are already in closed ones) and even if social distance can be maintained, nightlife will be restricted and sanctions will be imposed on people who hold meetings of more than ten people.

Torres also stated that smoking will not be allowed in open spaces if distances are not maintained, a measure also introduced in Galicia. The president recalled that most of the infections are occurring in family gatherings and parties, mainly in the capital of the island of Gran Canaria, where 95% of the cases are people under 30 years of age, and has sent a message to young people: "You are not invincible, anyone can end up in a hospital and die."

The most important outbreak at this time - with 60 positives - occurred in a festive atmosphere in an area of ​​the capital of Gran Canaria that brings together several discotheques. The objective is to pursue these places where proximity, concurrence and closed spaces coincide. The president recalled that the Canary Islands is one of the communities where nightlife was allowed, first only in open areas and later with capacity and masks. Now, due to the circumstances, the decree of last June 20 is applied again, which cites: "Clubs and other nightlife establishments may open exclusively outdoor spaces to the public, for consumption sitting at the table. In any case, the capacity on terraces will be 75% and interpersonal distance will have to be maintained or, failing that, the use of a mask ".

Torres announced that they will screen all users and workers of residences (care homes) to do the PCR again, since it is a sector "that concerns us a lot." In addition, tracking will be intensified to follow up any contagion or suspect in the islands. The press conference ended by appealing to the responsibility of young people and of Canarian society in general.

Canarias prohíbe fumar en la calle si no hay distancias, cierra discotecas y obliga a usar mascarillas siempre [Via]

Comparsa Los Tabajaras 2020

Comparsa Los Tabajaras 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.' Comparsa Los Tabajaras were winners of the first place for presentation 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 Tabajaras | Comparsas Adultas | S/C Tenerife 2020

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The six most beautiful towns in Tenerife

Houses that would have fronted the port until 1706, from the Parque de la Puerta de Tierra, Garachico

Entirely subjective, because this is the most beautiful towns in Tenerife, according to the newspaper ‘Público, but we cannot disagree that the island houses some of the most charming and unique municipalities of the archipelago, most of them located in the north of the island, and that Tenerife is much more than its beaches and all-inclusive hotels.

1. Garachico

Located in the northwest, Garachico intermingles with the sea, the volcanic landscape and the Canary pine. The eruption of the Trevejo volcano, which devastated it in 1706, only served to rebuild it even more fascinating than before. It is worth noting the natural pools of El Caletón, one of its most popular bathing areas. Its cobbled streets and excellent gastronomic offer attract hundreds of tourists and locals to enjoy the town daily.

Iglesia de San Marcos, Tegueste. Mataparda / Public domain

2. Tegueste

One of the three Tenerife municipalities that lack a coast (the others are El Tanque and Vilaflor), authentic Canarian tradition among vineyards and historical buildings, make Tegueste a tranquil stop. The Camino de los Laureles connects with the pure nature of the place. Its historic center was declared a Site of Cultural Interest in 1986.

Mercado del Agricultor Güímar. Photo Jose Mesa Some Rights Reserved

3. Güímar

Located in the southeast of Tenerife, it houses the Malpaís de Güímar Special Nature Reserve, whose volcanic landscape merges with the sea. Güímar has some of the most popular and most visited ravines on the island: Herques, El Escobonal or Badajoz ravines. It also has a coastal area where you can enjoy a wide gastronomic and leisure offer.

Church of San Juan Bautista in San Juan de la Rambla Paweł 'pbm' Szubert / CC BY-SA

4. San Juan de la Rambla

Picturesque Tenerife municipality, located in the North. It preserves authentic Canarian heritage, together with its old streets, make the walk through San Juan de la Rambla truly enjoyable. It has one of the most beautiful natural pools in the country: the Charco de La Laja. It is also recognized for its exquisite arroz caldoso in the Las Aguas neighborhood, where every weekend it is crowded with people ready to enjoy its gastronomy.

Casa de los Balcones La Orotava

5. La Orotava

For many, La Orotava is the most beautiful municipality in Tenerife, which includes approximately 78 percent of the Teide National Park. Its historic center was declared a Historic Artistic Complex in 1976 thanks to its buildings of great heritage, quite significant in the history of the island. The typical balconies that adorn the facades of its traditional houses, as well as the carpets of flowers, every year gather thousands of visitors.

Calle Mequinez, Puerto de la Cruz. Image by Joanna Gawlica-Giędłek from Pixabay

6. Puerto de la Cruz

Located on the north coast of Tenerife and known for its black sand beaches and home to some of the island's biggest tourist attractions. In addition, it still preserves its historic fishing pier where only small boats arrive. Having a drink in the popular Plaza del Charco or taking a walk through the La Ranilla neighborhood to enjoy its art and gastronomy is a tourist obligation in this coastal town. Puerto de la Cruz has been considered a Place of National Tourist Interest since 1955 due to its long history as a holiday and rest center.

Los pueblos más bonitos de Tenerife, según el periódico ‘Público’

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Canary Islands observatories to broadcast the Perseid rain live on August 12-13

Long-exposure photograph of milky way, meteors, perseids (Via)

On the night of August 12 to 13, at 00:15 hrs, you can watch the Perseids, as the event will be broadcast live from the Teide Observatory and the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, through the channel, with the collaboration of the Energy Efficiency Laboratories (EELabs) project, of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the Innovation, Projects and Information Society Service of the Cabildo Insular de La Palma.

As every year around this time, the earth passes through the cloud of dust and rocks that Comet Swift-Tuttle has left in its orbits around the sun. As a consequence, from mid-July to the end of August the Perseids, also known as 'Tears of Saint Lawrence', can be seen.

In Europe, the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13 will have the maximum activity of the meteor shower, with the best times to observe being just after sunset and around midnight, as a waning moon, at 47% of its fullness, will make it difficult to observe at the end of the night. According to Miquel Serra-Ricart, an astronomer at the IAC, "this year the moon will not be a problem for observing the most famous meteor shower of the year".

Los observatorios de Canarias emitirán en directo la lluvia de las Perseidas

Retransmisión EN DIRECTO de la lluvia de las Perseidas

Monday, August 10, 2020

Santa Cruz Carnival 2021 will be outside, in the surroundings of the Plaza de España

Santa Cruz Carnival Stage in the Plaza de España for Carnival 1995. This was the last time the galas took place in the open air, before they were transferred to the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos de Tenerife (The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses), which opened the following year.

Councillor for fiestas in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Alfonso Cabello, faces, perhaps, the most critical stage for a celebration of the dimensions of Santa Cruz carnival, where everything is excess, and in times of pandemic, precisely that, excesses, are the only thing to avoid.

It is being made very clear, however, that the city is determined that there will be some sort of carnival in 2021. Cabello says, "I think it is important not only for the fun part, but also for the pride and mood of the city. Nothing has been able to stop the carnival before, not even Franco and I would not like that COVID could." Whilst it's easy to see his point, not everyone agrees and there are many commenters online who think it's sheer madness to hold any sort of carnival at all. My feeling is that a gap of one year would not kill the momentum nor harm carnival, but that a half-hearted carnival could damage its image irrevocably.

Although most of the details are still to be decided, carnival definitely won't be happening in it's usual pre-lenten slot and has been postponed until the second quarter of the year.

A time window of April, May and July has been discussed. June has been ruled out as it would coincide with the exam period. Cabello is in favour of the 2021 carnival taking place in July (which would be into the third quarter, but let's not be pedantic!). July would allow more time to prepare and we might have a better handle on COVID-19 by then.

One decision that has been taken is that the carnival stage is going outside in the area of the Plaza de España - which is what used to happen up to 1995. This would be safer and would allow for a larger capacity than indoors and would also be the best option in the event that there is no carnival in the street, which currently is looking very unlikely.

The idea they are working on is a television format with scenery that will serve for a variety of uses and with a capacity of around 1,200 people (quite a change from the 400,000 that have been known to attend outside carnival events in the city).

Carnival 2021 is more likey to be an exibition. Normally, the Carnival Queen Gala is the last of the contests before carnival goes out onto the streets, but the idea at the moment is for the Carnival Queen event to provide the starting point, with exhibitions to follow.

“What I want to make clear is that there will be Carnival in 2021, there will be a poster, a queen and participation of the groups. We still need to see how and when,” says Cabello.

They hope to start making decisions in September.

Alfonso Cabello (CC): “El Carnaval de 2021 será en el exterior, en el entorno de la Plaza de España”

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

Friday, August 07, 2020

Recovering and conserving the agricultural biodiversity in the Teno Rural Park

Nispero (loquat) tree in the El Palmar Valley in the Teno Rural Park

The Tenerife Island Corporation (Cabildo) is distributing more than 800 fruit trees of old varieties to farmers in the area of the Parque Rural de Teno (Teno Rural Park) in the north west of the island, among them vines, nisperos (loquat), walnut, many varieties of figs; blancas, negras, brebas, bicariñas, rojas, 'choverde' pears, plums, etc.

These trees, planted in the Park nursery, are then distributed to the residents of the protected area with the aim of recovering and conserving the agricultural biodiversity of the area, promoting the most interesting ancient fruit varieties among the park's farmers, to perpetuate old varieties of fruit which have often already disappeared from the market in favor of other more globalized varieties, ensure the ancestral value of the crops and, in addition, revitalise and enrich the agricultural diversity of the rural park.

The Rural Park is a space that houses an enormous amount of valuable items of scientific, landscape, ethnographic and historical interest. It has important forest masses and a variety of ecosystems of great endemic biodiversity, both animal and plant.

El Cabildo reparte en Teno más de 800 frutales de variedades antiguas

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Fourth Maid of Honour to the Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Fourth Maid of Honour 2020

Fourth Maid of Honour to the Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020 is Daniella Saraith Vilora Abreu with ‘Entre un cocodrilo y un príncipe guapo, me enamoro de un sapo’ (Between a crocodile and a handsome prince, I fall in love with a toad), by Ruymán Pérez Jorge, representing Plus Hogar Tenerife.

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

Diannella Saraith Vilora Abreu | Gala Reina Infantil | S/C Tenerife 2020

Forth Maid of Honour Daniella Saraith Vilora Abreu

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

Tenerife and yellow fever

Cementerio de San Rafael y San Roque Photo: Mataparda / Public domain

In the capital of Tenerife, it was yellow fever or "black vomit" that caused one of the greatest catastrophes in its history when, between 1810 and 1811, a ship from Cádiz spread the disease and left some 1,400 dead, 20 percent of the population, which forced the opening of a new cemetery, that of San Rafael and San Roque.

From the moment of the conquest, Tenerife has faced terrible epidemics that, on the vast majority of occasions, arrived by sea. Santa Cruz and Garachico, a port of great importance between the 16th and 18th centuries, were the gateways to infectious and contagious diseases that repeatedly scourged the island's population. The plague, the typhus epidemic, influenza, smallpox and, of course, the much feared yellow fever, among others, plagued Tenerife in a cruel way on many occasions. The worst of these calamities is that, not infrequently, they were joined by the recurrent droughts and famines produced in the archipelago, which favored the immigration to the capital island of many inhabitants of other islands in search of better fortune. This fact caused the impact of these epidemics to be even worse due to the increase in population density and the unhealthiness of inhabited places due to poverty, as well as the weakness caused by hunger in many people (especially the most vulnerable population: children and the elderly).

Some of the most serious outbreaks in all the Canary Islands, and especially in Tenerife, were those of yellow fever (a term coined by the Welsh cleric and naturalist Griffin Hughes in 1750). Yellow fever has been given more than 150 different names throughout history, the best known being "black vomit", "Siam disease", "Barbados disease" or "American plague". The virus that caused it ended the lives of thousands of Tenerife residents in the successive outbreaks that occurred from the beginning of the 18th century to the 19th.

The impact of yellow fever in Tenerife

According to some historians of medicine and epidemiology, in 1494, the first cases appeared with a clinical presentation similar to that of yellow fever outside Africa ... and where? Well, no more and no less than in the Canary Islands. Obviously, the data from that time are not reliable and, therefore, they must be quarantined (never better said), but it is not surprising - due to the maritime traffic between the islands and the African continent - that this disease could be involved. (Remember that Tenerife had not yet been conquered).

The first contact of our island with yellow fever took place in 1701, being the first place in Europe to suffer the terrible disease. The epidemic was imported from Cuba and the final balance of deaths was truly terrifying, fluctuating between 6,000 and 9,000 throughout the island, which barely exceeded 50,000 inhabitants, that is, the virus killed between 12 and 18% of the total population. Luis Cola reminds us, in his book Santa Cruz, bandera amarilla (1996) that the epidemic coincided with a tremendous famine that afflicted the archipelago, which contributed to the immigration of other islands to it and the crowding of people, a perfect cocktail for the outbreak's greater expansion and demographic impact. Unfortunately for our island, its effects would be further aggravated two years later by an outbreak of epidemic typhus that would cost many lives.

The second epidemic of "black vomiting" occurred seventy years after the first, between 1771 and 1772, coinciding, as in the previous, with a major famine episode. Also this time the outbreak came from Havana, Cuba. Its balance was not as terrifying as the previous one, but it cost 700 dead in Santa Cruz alone, approximately 12% of the people.

Hospital Civil de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados 1893

The third outbreak occurred between 1810 and 1811 and, for all the island's historians, this was one of the greatest health, demographic and social catastrophes suffered by the Tenerife capital in its more than five centuries of history. Once again, the disease entered the port of Santa Cruz on a ship from Cádiz that arrived on September 11. In the first weeks it caused more than 2,600 patients (more than 85% of the inhabitants) who overwhelmed the hospitals of the capital - the Hospital Civil de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados (now Museum of Nature and Archeology (MUNA), and the Military Hospital, the Hospice of San Carlos and other places adapted to the function of lazarettos. The number of deceased rose, just in the capital - which had about 3,000 inhabitants at that time because the rest had fled - to more than 1,300 (almost 45% of the population and more than 50% of those affected). So many died that the first cemetery in our city, that of San Rafael and San Roque, had to be built in 1811. The problem, as had happened with other epidemics previously in many places in our country, was the late declaration by the capital's authorities and the very low effectiveness of the preventive measures that were applied. This fact brought about what almost always happened (and still happens, as we have been able to verify so recently) in these cases as we have already commented above: the massive flight of residents to other places on the island and even to other islands, calculating that more than half of the inhabitants of Santa Cruz fled the capital, especially towards San Cristóbal de La Laguna. By the time total isolation was decreed, with controls at La Cuesta, it was too late and, logically, the spread of the disease throughout the rest of the island was almost immediate. Two other places especially castigated by this outbreak were La Orotava and its Port (current Puerto de la Cruz), losing between them, almost 700 people. The epidemic was officially terminated in late January 1811.

The fourth episode on the Tenerife island happened in 1846 - coinciding once again with a time of scarcity and famine throughout the archipelago - and, again, the source of it was a ship from Havana. As almost always, the declaration of an epidemic was made very late by the civil governor. Although its final balance in deaths did not have the demographic impact of the previous ones, causing less than a hundred fatalities, its attack rate was terrifying since it affected to a greater or lesser extent three-quarters of the population in Santa Cruz, that is to say around 7000 people, although with not too many serious cases. This didn't stop major problems ocurring, due to subsequently overwhelming hospitals, quarantine centers and medical care.

After arriving in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the frigate "Nivaria" carried out loading and unloading activities. On September 2, after one of the sailors became ill, the entire crew gradually died. A month later, belatedly, the civil governor declared the existence of a yellow fever epidemic that caused 540 deaths on the island. Half the nearly 11 thousand inhabitants that the capital had fled to the interior. In March 1863 the extinction of the epidemic was declared.
The fifth and last encounter Tenerife had with yellow fever occurred between 1862 and 1863 with the arrival of the now famous frigate Nivaria from Havana (Cuba) and Vigo, at the end of August, flying a yellow flag. Given the infected patent status of the ship, it was forced to anchor in the bay to carry out quarantine, but contacts between crew members of the frigate and inhabitants of the city caused the outbreak. Despite the fact that Doctor Vergara Díaz correctly diagnosed the first cases that appeared in Santa Cruz, once again, the declaration of an epidemic was made late (contrary to the opinion of the doctors in the capital who supported Vergara). This, again, motivated the flight of more than half of the inhabitants to other areas of the island, leaving the city with less than 6,000 people and, of course, contributing to the spread of the epidemic for practically all of the insular territory. Hospitals and the lazaretto were reused and the final result was about 2,200 patients, of whom around 550 died, exactly 40% of those infected. The episode ended in March 1863, after more than half a year battling disease.

Tenerife has never had to face this much-feared calamity again.

«Tenerife y la fiebre amarilla» (I)«Tenerife y la fiebre amarilla» (II)«Tenerife y la fiebre amarilla» (III)

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Tenerife Fiestas in August 2020

View to the Basillica in Candelaria, Tenerife

Although 15 August is a national public holiday for Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption), this year it will not to be marked by any of the fiestas in Candelaria, which usually take place on the 14 and 15 of August to celebrate the discovery of the Virgin of Candelaria, the patroness of the Canary Islands. The numbers would be just too great for safety.

The Peregrinación a Candelaria (pilgrimage), walking to Candelaria from various points on the island, often to ask or thank the Virgin for something, would also likely gather large numbers, so the town hall has asked people not to make a pilgrimage this year
"We appeal to the individual responsibility of the people in these festivals so marked and we trust that these measures avoid crowds", indicates the mayor, María Concepción Brito

The insular director of Security of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Cayetano José Silva Hernández, clarifies that the Environment area will temporarily prohibit, from 6:00 p.m. on August 13 to 6:00 p.m. on August 15, transit by road [assume they mean on foot] into the town. 

The popular Fuegos de Alcalá (Alcalá Fireworks), which normally take place each year on August 15th, have previously only been interrupted during the Civil War and World War II.

Also missing from the calendar this August, because of COVID-19, will be the fiestas and Romería of San Roque in Garachico, normally held on 16 August. 

We also cannot imagine seeing the Corazones de Tejina on 24 August. UPDATE: Oh, we will, however, the announcement says that the offering of the emblematic hearts is maintained, on the 23rd, but it will be celebrated in a very different way to avoid crowds.

All that leaves are these few municipal holidays when the shops may close: 

  • 3 August: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza in El Rosario.
  • 6 August: Festivity of El Salvador in La Matanza de Acentejo. 
  • 17 August: Day following the Festivity of San Roque in Garachico.
  • 17 August: Monday of the Fiestas Patronales in La Guancha.
  • 24 August: Festivity of San Bartolomé in Buenavista de Norte.
  • 24 August: Fiestas Patronales in Fasnia.
  • 31 August: Festivity of San Bernardo in Arafo.
  • 31 August: Festividad Nuestra Señora de Buen Viaje in El Tanque.
  • 31 August: Fiestas Patronales in La Victoria de Acentejo.
  • 31 August: Festivity of San Agustín and San Roque in Vilaflor.