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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Fiestas and large gatherings are still prohibited with social distancing and other restrictions still in force. Events listed here, therefore, are subject to cancellation or change and we will update, when and if any new information is made available.

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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Junior Carnival Queens from 2016-2020

Junior Carnival Queens from 2016-2020

The Election of the Junior Carnival Queen should have taken place today, Sunday 31 January 2021, but, of course, because of the COVID pandemic, carnival will not be taking place. It has, however, been announced that Guardians of the Sceptre until Carnival 2022 will be chosen from among 12 adult, three junior and five senior queens. This year virtual carnival events take place between 17 February and 7 March, culminating in a television gala, ‘Santa Cruz, Corazón del Carnaval’ (Santa Cruz, Heart of Carnival). 

Three of the below, highlighted, will participate in the gala.

  • 2020 - Violeta García García with a costume entitled, ‘La más anciana de la vieja fábrica’ (The oldest in the old factory), designed by Alexis Santana Rodríguez and representing Construcciones y Reformas Eliazar Jesús and Restaurante La Punta.
  • 2019 - Ylenia Rodríguez Domínguez in a costume entitled “Entre el pasado y el presente” (Between the past and the present), designed by Santi Castro, representing children's boutique La Princesa y el Peis.
  • 2018 - Ayelén Pierchurowicz Lutzardo in a costume, entitled Y en este jardín, yo soy la reina (And in this garden, I am the queen) and designed by Borja Abreu, representing Comparsa Los Joroperos.
  • 2017 - Amaia Hernández Perdomo with a costume, entitled Contigo aprendí (With you I learned) and designed by Eduardo Martín Quintero, represents Club Rikc & Rock Alcampo La Laguna.
  • 2016 - Tania Martín Quintero, in a costume entitled, Entre el bien y el mal, la medianoche está al llegar (Between good and evil, midnight is coming), designed by Eduardo Martín and representing Cash & Carry Julián Hernándéz and Instalaciones de Cerrajería Antonio Martín.

Instead, we bring you coverage of this event from last year. This is one in a series of posts that aim to keep the spirit of carnival alive. Or keep the flame burning, so the torch can be passed to the next carnival, whenever we can get back to gathering normally.


Saturday, January 30, 2021

Carnival photography contests

How we enjoyed Carnival before 2000: the cutest baby elephants in the Coso Infantil
(Kid's Carnival Parade) in 1995. Rambla de Pulido before the tram tracks were installed.

Fiestas has announced that they are opening the registration period for the Carnival photography contests on Monday and even if you're not interested in participating, we can surely look forward to seeing some of the winning entries in the categories listed.

Registration for the contests opens on Monday, February 1 - six for amateurs and one for professionals - that are part of the activities programmed for the virtual Carnival.

The, very literally translated, categories for the amateur contests are as follows: "Carnival Widows: we are happy because we will have you with us one more year", "The Carnival of your life or how we enjoyed Carnival before 2000", "This year the little ones dress up at home", "That's how I came out, that's how I came: photography never lies", "Don't bark at me, little masquerade: dress up your pet" and "Dress up your balcony". 

Professionals will be able to participate in the 1st Santa Cruz in Carnival Photo Contest.

The amateur contests will be endowed with first prizes of 300 euros; 125 euros for second; and 75 euros for third place. The companies sponsoring the Carnival will also present the winners with lots of gifts. Winners will be communicated on February 17 through the social networks of the Autonomous Organization of Parties and Recreational Activities

Contest of Musical Groups

Caña Dulce won first for interpretation in the musical group competition 2020

The Contest of Musical Groups should have taken place today, Saturday 30 January 2021, but of course, because of the COVID pandemic, carnival will not be taking place. This year virtual carnival events take place between 17 February and 7 March, culminating in a television gala, ‘Santa Cruz, Corazón del Carnaval’ (Santa Cruz, Heart of Carnival). 

Instead, we bring you coverage of this event from last year. This is one in a series of posts that aim to keep the spirit of carnival alive. Or keep the flame burning, so the torch can be passed to the next carnival, whenever we can get back to gathering normally.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Back to the 50s: Hundreds of Tenerife families rent rooms in their houses due to the crisis

Houses in Tenerife

The price per room exceeds 280 euros, according to a study on shared housing | The islanders recover a very common practice in the 1950s

Hundreds of Tenerife families have been forced to rent rooms in their houses to cope with the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported yesterday by Isidro Martín, delegate in the Canary Islands of the Asociación de Expertos Inmobiliarios y Promotores (Association of Real Estate Experts and Promoters) (APEI), in statements to COPE Tenerife. “There are people who at this moment are not in a position to rent a whole house and what they do is reach agreements with other people or even families to rent a room. These are, above all, young people who do not mind sharing space with other people with whom they have no relationship. We are talking about an evolution of the classic rental of students in a shared flat,” Martín explained.

The delegate in the Canary Islands of the Association of Real Estate Experts considers that this practice is a return to the past. "It was happening a lot in the Canary Islands in the 1950s and it is happening again now," explained Martín, who emphasizes that it is the only way that some Tenerife families can find to make ends meet. The crisis caused by Covid-19 is wreaking havoc on families with limited resources on the island. 

And rental prices have dropped in the archipelago during the pandemic. According to recent information published by EL DÍA, in 2020 and for the first time in five years, average rental prices in the Canary Islands fell, alleviating a market that had been experiencing continuous increases in the rents payable by tenants for several years. This is indicated by a report prepared by a well-known real estate portal that indicates that the rental price in the islands fell by 3.5% compared to 2019.

283 euros per room

The average price of a room in a shared apartment in the Canary Islands rose 1.3 percent last year, standing at 283 euros per month compared to 280 euros in 2019, according to the study Shared housing in Spain carried out by Fotocasa, mentioned by COPE Tenerife. The delegate in the Canary Islands of the Association of Real Estate Experts pointed out that the option of sharing a room "is being used more and more frequently because it is a means to make extra money to pay rents or mortgages." 

Final of the Murgas Contest

From the final of the Murgas in 2020

The Final of the Murga Contest, should have taken place today, Friday 29 January 2021, but of course, because of the COVID pandemic, carnival will not be taking place. This year virtual carnival events take place between 17 February and 7 March, culminating in a television gala, ‘Santa Cruz, Corazón del Carnaval’ (Santa Cruz, Heart of Carnival). 

Instead, we bring you coverage of this event from last year. This is one in a series of posts that aim to keep the spirit of carnival alive. Or keep the flame burning, so the torch can be passed to the next carnival, whenever we can get back to gathering normally.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2021

Members of Comparsa Los Cariocas at the Coso Apoteosis (Carnival Main Parade) 2020


More details of the events, which will run from February 17 to March 7, have been presented to the media this Wednesday by mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, councillor for fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, director of the gala, Enrique Camacho, and presenters, Laura Afonso and Alexis Hernández. The traditional ‘Gala de la Reina’ (Carnival Queen Gala) will be replaced by a show entitled ‘Santa Cruz, Corazón del Carnaval’ (Santa Cruz, Heart of Carnival), where 20 candidates will compete to become the ‘guardians of the sceptre’ - there will be three in total - until the 2022 edition. The show will be held on March 7 at the Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses and broadcast by RTVE and RTVC, featuring 20 queens from the last decade, adults and junior and seniors. 

The murgas will have their space with 'La Canción del Siglo' (Song of the Decade), where ten murgas elected by popular vote will compete for first place, and the troupes will do the same with 'La Noche de las Comparsas' (The Night of the Comparsas), broadcast on 5 and 6 March respectively. The rondallas, musical groups and children's groups will be present in the productions 'Las Voces del Carnaval' (The Voices of Carnival).

This 'alternative' carnival will promote participation through telephone votes and via social networks and will bring together 7 photography contests and an exhibition at the Casa del Carnaval on the history of winter festivals. All this is complemented by a series of multimedia surprises that will be revealed during the carnival period. 

The mayor has appealed to citizens for responsibility in complying with the restrictions imposed by Covid-19 and asks that private and alternative parties do not proliferate. "I hope not because those decisions affect us all," he commented. 

KEEPING THE FLAME ALIVE FOR 2022

Bermúdez insisted he never thought that a mayor would suspend the carnival in the street - a decision adopted in October - and with the confidence placed in the return to normality in 2022, believes that this new programming will keep "the flame of carnival alive”.

The budget for this edition drops by 40% but subsidies to groups and workshops are maintained because they do not want to lose anyone and help, in part, to maintain jobs linked to carnival. The economic impact to the city will be about 35 million euros, which will especially affect restaurants, hotels, commerce and the textile subsector, so it's hoped that this programming will serve as a promotion with a view to next year's edition.


Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Third Phase of the Murgas Contest

Members of Murga Los Diablos Locos at the Coso Apoteosis (Carnival Main Parade 2020)

The Third Phase of the Murga Contest, should have taken place today, Wednesday 27 January 2021, but of course, because of the COVID pandemic, carnival will not be taking place. Instead, we bring you coverage of this event from last year. This is one in a series of posts that aim to keep the spirit of carnival alive. Or keep the flame burning, so the torch can be passed to the next carnival, whenever we can get back to gathering normally.



Resumen Tercera Fase Concurso de Murgas Adultas de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Second Phase of the Murga Contest

Members of a murga group at the Coso Apoteosis (Carnival Main Parade 2020)

The Second Phase of the Murga Contest, should have taken place today, Tuesday 26 January 2021, but of course, because of the COVID pandemic, carnival will not be taking place. Instead, we bring you coverage of this event from last year. This is one in a series of posts that aim to keep the spirit of carnival alive. Or keep the flame burning, so the torch can be passed to the next carnival, whenever we can get back to gathering normally.



Resumen Segunda Fase Concurso de Murgas Adultas Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Monday, January 25, 2021

Santa Cruz, heart of Virtual Carnival 2021

Gala de la Reina Adulta (Carnival Queen Gala) in 2020

Santa Cruz is preparing for a Virtual Carnival, which will be tailor-made for television and other audiovisual media, which will revolve around five programs that will be broadcast on Televisión Canaria and TVE in mid-February

Santa Cruz City Council will keep the carnival flame alive - as the mayor announced - with five television programs that will be broadcast in mid-February. The highlight will be the show that will close the broadcasts, which will be presented as "Santa Cruz, the heart of Carnival." A queen will not be chosen because all the participants have already been proclaimed in a previous edition in the last two decades. These will be the stars of that evening.

The virtual carnival aims to maintain the flame of the carnival alive until the current sanitary restrictions lift to allow the celebration an event in honor of the carnival, perhaps in October or November, as a prelude to a long-awaited Carnival 2022, if the virus allows it.

Rather than have rehearsals that, until 2020, involved more than 5,000 members in more than a hundred official carnival groups - murgas adults and junior, rondallas, comparsas, musical and choreographic groups - the Department of Fiestas has entrusted artistic director Enrique Camacho with the preparations for five television programs.

Two Documentaries


Two documentaries: one as springboard for lyrical voices, will be combined with another that will show a feeling of ownership of the carnival that is transmitted from generation to generation, where musical, choreographic groups and children's groups play a fundamental role in cultivating the passion for the world of fantasy and originality.

The best of the 21st century 


Along with these two documentaries, Fiestas is working on two contests tailored to murgas and comparsas. For these, they have asked the groups that participated in the last edition - Carnival 2020 - to present what they consider to be their best song - in the case of critical groups - or the best performance - for the troupes - of the last twenty years. The performances of each contest will be made with the fragments of those that were broadcast at the time [assume they mean edited recordings]. The public will play a fundamental role in choosing the best songs and performances of recent years, by telephone vote.

The queens who guard the sceptres

The Virtual Carnival will bring together 20 sovereigns (12 adult, 3 junior and 5 senior) to choose who will guard the sceptersHumberto Gonar

The fifth television program will consist of a show that will be presented as "Santa Cruz, the heart of Carnival", in which will participate queens from the last twenty years.

The fact that Virtual Carnival 2021 is an edition without a street party, or contests as they are traditionally known, led the organization to invent a new format with candidates who are already queen. The protagonists do not aspire to a crown, because they already have one, but they will guard the sceptre from February, to be kept until better times arrive.

The show "Santa Cruz, heart of the Carnival" will bring together, for the first time, representatives of the three categories of queens; junior, senior and adult, in a new format where parades are scheduled to be recorded to comply with the security measures imposed by COVID. The election of the guardians of the sceptres will be from a montage of the recordings of the parades of the twenty candidates and will star murgas, comparsas, rondallas and musical groups of carnival. For this, the director of the show has asked each of the carnival modalities to designate two representatives of each murga, comparsa, rondalla and musical group, while in the case of children's formations, one child per group. 

Junior Carnival Queens from 2017-2019

The Junior Queens


The three representatives are the sovereigns proclaimed between 2017 and 2019: Amaia Hernández Perdomo, who will return to the stage –four years later– repeating designer, Eduardo Martín Quintero; Ayelén Pierchurowicz Lutzardo, who won the sceptre three years ago with a creation by Borja Abreu, will wear a fantasy by Ruymán Pérez, while the children's queen of 2019, Ylenia Rodríguez Domínguez, who took the sceptre for Santi Castro, will wear a creation of another award-winning designer: Ángel González.

Marta Morales Paz, Senior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz 2018

The five Senior Sovereigns


The carnival veterans will be represented by five out of the six senior queens chosen between 2014 and 2019. Águeda Méndez, won the sceptre seven years ago with a creation by Javier Caraballero and this time she will wear a fantasy by Willy Luis Alonso. Rosenda Campos, senior queen in 2015, also has a new designer; six years ago she paraded with Samuel Curbelo and in 2021 she will parade with a creation by David Hernández. María Casañas, who won the sceptre for the seniors in 2016 with a creation by her brother Miguel Cañadas, will dress in a fantasy of another of the kings of the category, Antonio Santos Arteaga, while Antonia Garrido, sovereign of 2019, with a creation of Antonio Santos Arteaga, will wear a creation by Arganda de la Rosa. Of the five senior queens, only one repeats designer: Marta Morales, senior queen in 2018, with Cristian Santana. 

Twelve Queens from the last Twenty Years 


In the adult category, twelve queens from the last twenty years will parade. By seniority, Silvia González, proclaimed queen twenty years ago in 2001, with "Talismán", by Juan Pedro Quintero, will parade in the show with a creation by Yeray Díaz. Amanda Perdomo San Juan, in 2014, and Cecilia Navarro, in 2016, will open the doors to the show "Santa Cruz, the heart of Carnival". The other participants are; Elisabeth García (2007), Ana María Tavárez (2009), Alicia San Juan (2010) and Naomi Cabrera (2011), Adtemexi Cruz, in 2015 and Carmen Laura Lourido (2018), Neólida Hernández, proclaimed in 2006, Soraya Rodríguez, queen in 2013 and Priscila Medina Quintero from 2019.

The twelve queens will premiere costumes and, in many cases, have new sponsors in a show designed to feed the flame of carnival in the midst of the imposed by sanitary measures, where the competitiveness of previous years is relegated to second place.

First Phase of the Murgas Contest

Members of a murga group at the Coso Apoteosis (Carnival Main Parade 2020)

It has been reported that the murga groups will have a contest in 2021: "Best Song of the Decade", which I imagine can be produced using mostly video recorded in previous years. The First Phase of the Murga Contest, should have taken place today, Monday 25 January 2021, but of course, because of the COVID pandemic, carnival will not be taking place. Instead, we bring you coverage of this event from last year. This is one in a series of posts that aim to keep the spirit of carnival alive. Or keep the flame burning, so the torch can be passed to the next carnival, whenever we can get back to gathering normally.



Resumen Primera Fase Concurso de Murgas Adultas de Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Festival of Coreographed Groups

Bohemios Grupo Coreografico Carnaval who won 1st for presentation in 2020

We should have been able to enjoy the Festival of Coreographed Groups today, Sunday 24 January 2021, but of course, because of the COVID pandemic, carnival will not be taking place. Instead, we bring you coverage of this event from last year. This is one in a series of posts that aim to keep the spirit of carnival alive. Or keep the flame burning, so the torch can be passed to the next carnival, whenever we can get back to gathering normally.

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Third Phase of the Junior Murga Contest

Members of a Junior Murga Group at the Coso Infantil 2020 (Children's Carnival Parade)

The Third Phase of the Junior Murga Contest, should have taken place today, Saturday 23 January 2021, but of course, because of the COVID pandemic, carnival will not be taking place. Instead, we bring you coverage of this event from last year. This is one in a series of posts that aim to keep the spirit of carnival alive. Or keep the flame burning, so the torch can be passed to the next carnival, whenever we can get back to gathering normally.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Second Phase of the Junior Murga Contest

Members of a Junior Murga Group at the Coso Infantil 2020 (Children's Carnival Parade)

The Second Phase of the Junior Murga Contest, should have taken place today, Friday 22 January 2021, but of course, because of the COVID pandemic, carnival will not be taking place. Instead, we bring you coverage of this event from last year. This is one in a series of posts that aim to keep the spirit of carnival alive. Or keep the flame burning, so the torch can be passed to the next carnival, whenever we can get back to gathering normally.



Segunda Fase de Murgas Infantiles Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Thursday, January 21, 2021

First Phase of the Junior Murga Contest

Members of a Junior Murga Group at the Coso Infantil 2020 (Children's Carnival Parade)

The First Phase of the Junior Murga Contest, should have taken place today, Thursday 21 January 2021, but of course, because of the COVID pandemic, carnival will not be taking place. Instead, we bring you coverage of this event from last year. This is one in a series of posts that aim to keep the spirit of carnival alive. Or keep the flame burning, so the torch can be passed to the next carnival, whenever we can get back to gathering normally.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2020, Sara Cruz Teja

With the announcement that the one carnival gala in 2021 will choose Guardians of the Sceptre until Carnival 2022, from among carnival queens of the last 20 years of the Santa Cruz Carnival, we took that as a perfect excuse to take another look at them.

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2020 was Sara Cruz Teja, with a costume entitled "Sentir" (Feel), designed by Sedomir Rodríguez de la Sierra and sponsored by hypermarket Centro Comercial Alcampo La Laguna.

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



Sara Cruz Teja | Gala Reina del Carnaval | S/C Tenerife 2020

Online Mass from La Caleta for San Sebastián

Figure of San Sebastián being taken to Enramada Beach. Photo: Adeje Town Hall

It was inevitable that this event would also become a casualty of the pandemic and Adeje announced that celebrations of San Sebastián were reduced to the religious functions

The traditional celebration of events in honor of San Sebastián, co-patron of Adeje, will be reduced this year to religious functions in the Church of San Sebastián de La Caleta throughout this week, from January 18 to 22. This has been agreed by the City Council and the parish in application of all health security regulations and restrictions for the pandemic.

There will be no festive events, no blessing or presence of animals in Playa de la Enramada. The celebrations will be limited to a series of masses, with limited capacity, organized by the parish, of which one of them - the mass at 12:00 midday on Wednesday 20 January 2021 - will be offered live by streaming through the social networks of the church itself and Adeje Council's Facebook Page and YouTube channel. The church is considering allowing a telematic pilgrimage, placing an image of the saint live on social networks so that all the faithful can visit him through the internet.


In addition to the main mass, another seven will be held throughout the week and with the same capacity limitation, 80 people, in each of them. This limitation complies with the rules for religious acts that allow the occupation of one third of the maximum capacity of the premises. Monday to Friday there will be a celebration at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday a second at 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, two more, at 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. (main).

Both the council and the parish remind citizens of the limitations of mobility, capacity and gatherings and it is stressed that the gathering or blessing of animals will not be held as is traditional, so it is requested that they refrain from bring pets, horses, cattle, etc.



Fiestas of San Sebastián in other times

San Sebastián, co-patron of the municipality of Adeje together with the Virgen de la Encarnación and Santa Úrsula, celebrates its feast on January 20. In recent years it has become one of the celebrations that gathers the most people in the whole South of Tenerife, demonstrated by the large influx of people related the agriculture and livestock of the region and the island who gather at the mythical site of Playa de la Enramada.

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

The entire town of Adeje, as well as people from neighbouring municipalities, from the north of the island and even from neighbouring island, La Gomera participate in the San Sebastián festivities. From the elders, who don't miss the opportunity to talk about the old times, to the smallest children, all have made this festival an obligatory meeting point.

The big day of San Sebastián begins early in the morning, with the holy mass, after which the venerated image leaves the temple towards the sea, preceded by a retinue of horsemen, who year after year, surprise the curious congregated in the area, taking their animals into the sea, a show that combines devotion to Saint Sebastian and love for animals.

In addition to this unique equestrian encounter, all those present, but especially the little ones, enjoy the procession accompanied by oxen, cows, goats, sheep, camels and sheepdogs. This concludes in the Plaza de San Sebastián, where the parish priest proceeds to bless the animals.

The folk music and dances of the region (folias, isas, seguiridillas, tajarastes), stalls, Canarian artisan products, food and the wines of the islands and the municipality have their leading role to supply the thousands of congregants who meet in the surroundings of the old hermitage that bears the name of the patron saint and miracle worker.

The video below - a five minute summary of the Fiestas of San Sebastián in 2020 - shows the wonderful, fun, spontaneous 'chaos' that these festivities always seem to be. It amuses me that the person who made the video just stumbles upon the event, having seen the crowds from their hotel and decided to see what it was. Onlookers seem to have no idea what's going on either (they would if they read Secret Tenerife!), but that doesn't stop them from enjoying it. It's something else to look forward to, when the world turns again.



History of the Fiestas of San Sebastián 

This is a very old fiesta. It began in the early years of the 16th century in a place of worship prior to the Conquest of the Canary Islands and, over the years, it has been adapting to new customs. Over the years, farmers and ranchers in Adeje and throughout the island have increased their devotion to this patron saint, but in a very special way because of the statue of San Sebastián that was in the old hermitage. Many miracles are attributed to this image. Still today, many are the people who resort to San Sebastián de Adeje with the hope of a quick cure of their ailments or to request a favor or fulfil the promise.

This festivity encourages a meeting in which adults and young people revive a tradition that goes beyond the religious, contributing to the strengthening of the spirit of coexistence and harmony among the inhabitants of the region. [That part will be sorely missed.]

Playa de la Enramada Photo: Marc Ryckaert, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019, Priscila Medina Quintero

With the announcement that the one carnival gala in 2021 will choose Guardians of the Sceptre until Carnival 2022, from among carnival queens of the last 20 years of the Santa Cruz Carnival, we took that as a perfect excuse to take another look at them.

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2019 was Priscila Medina Quintero, with a costume entitled "La Nuit" (The Night), designed by Sedomir Rodríguez de la Sierra and representing Autoinsular Citroën.

Monday, January 18, 2021

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2018, Carmen Laura Lourido Pérez

With the announcement that the one carnival gala in 2021 will choose Guardians of the Sceptre until Carnival 2022, from among carnival queens of the last 20 years of the Santa Cruz Carnival, we took that as a perfect excuse to take another look at them.

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2018 was Carmen Laura Lourido Pérez, with a costume entitled "Renacida" (Reborn), designed by Jorge González Santana and representing FuenteAlta (bottled water).

Sunday, January 17, 2021

COVID: Tenerife regains the freedom to enter and leave the island as restrictions ease

Sailing Ship in Tenerife. Photo: Piotr Konieczny, CC BY-SA 3.0

The Government of the Canary Islands reduces the island's level of risk on Monday, which delays the start of curfew until 11:00 p.m., will resume visits to hospitals and care homes and will allow the interior of restaurants to be reopened

Tenerife regains the freedom to enter and leave the island from Monday. After a month at the highest alert level, red, the Government of the Canary Islands has decided to lower the alert level of the island given the "favorable" evolution of its indicators in the last two weeks. 

Tenerife residents will not only be able to travel again without justification, but they will also be able to enjoy one more hour of freedom - the curfew will begin at 23:00 hours - they will be able to sit in the interior areas of the restaurants, visit their relatives - with limitations - in hospitals and care homes and exercise again in gyms and sports centres on the island.

The new measures (Level 2) come into force in Tenerife from 00:00 on Sunday night and are slightly less restrictive than those of level 3, since social encounters will still be limited to four people. However, the caveat at this level of risk is that the groups may once again be made up of non-cohabitants both in private and public spaces, and not only on terraces.

At this new level, in addition to being able to reopen the interior of bars and restaurants – with a maximum of four diners per table – gyms, casinos and gambling establishments that were completely closed will also be able to reopen. Sports activities, however, the restriction of groups of a maximum four people, including the monitor, will remain when it is not possible to maintain safety distances of two meters, both indoors and outdoors.

Visits to hospitals and care homes will be re-enabled after a full month of isolation from patients and users. However, as the risk remains at a medium level, they should be made with caution and security. For this reason, visits will be limited and supervised at all times by the centre staff. In addition, the use of FFP2-type masks and face shields is recommended by personnel who have direct care with patients, as well as reinforcing ventilation.

Finally, the capacity of land public transport – that is, buses and trams – will remain limited as it is at the moment, allowing a maximum of 50% of its capacity.


[Whilst this means that those resident in Tenerife will be able to enter and leave again, Spain is still restricting the arrival of tourists from outside the country and the UK still isn't letting people out for leisure, so this should NOT be taken as a reason to book a holiday.]

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2017, Judit López García

With the announcement that the one carnival gala in 2021 will choose Guardians of the Sceptre until Carnival 2022, from among carnival queens of the last 20 years of the Santa Cruz Carnival, we took that as a perfect excuse to take another look at them.

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2017 was Judit López García, in a costume entitled "Madame Soleil" (Madam Sun), designed by Jorge González Santana and sponsored by bottled water company, Fuentealta.

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2016

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2016, Cecilia Navarro Arteaga

With the announcement that the one carnival gala in 2021 will choose Guardians of the Sceptre until Carnival 2022, from among carnival queens of the last 20 years of the Santa Cruz Carnival, we took that as a perfect excuse to take another look at them.

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2016 was Cecilia Navarro Arteaga in a costume entitled, "Arena blanca del desierto" (White Desert Sand), designed by Daniel Pages and representing McDonald´s and La Opinión de Tenerife.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Almond Blossom Routes 2021

Great news is that the Rutas de Almendros en Flor (Almond Blossom Walks) are planned to take place between 23 January and 14 February, part of the cultural program of the Santiago del Teide Council, who say that they have the official poster and the dates for the celebration of a new edition of the Almond Blossom 2021 in Santiago del Teide and that soon they will upload in detail all the scheduled programming, as long as the health and safety guidelines allow us to carry them out


Mayor of Santiago del Teide, Emilio Navarro, this morning presented, Almond Blossom of Santiago del Teide 2021, a program that will include a large number of routes, events, contests, gastronomic route ..., which will run from January 23 to February 21.

Saturday, January 23, two long routes, two short routes and a short route with pets.

On Sunday, January 24, at 12:00 hours, a gastronomic workshop entitled "Cooking Among Almonds" will be broadcast through the Council's social networks.

On Saturday, January 30, two circular almond blossom routes operate for all the family. 

On Saturday, February 6, two routes will be developed "Without Barriers", for people with reduced mobility and for the deaf.

On Sunday, February 7, at 5:00 p.m., there will be a recital among almond trees by Satomi Morimoto and Besay Pérez that will be broadcast through the Council's social networks.

On Sunday February 14, coinciding with the celebration of Valentine's Day, two routes are organized under the title "Lovers Route".

Apart from these walks, a gastro route has also been organized throughout the municipality in which 25 restaurants and shops will participate, the "Almendro en Flor" photography contest and a contest called "Líricas del Almendro" aimed at the schoolchildren of the municipality. In addition, during all Sundays and holidays of the campaign there will be guides distributed along the route to respond to questions and different tracks of QR trails will be uploaded to social networks for those who want to make the walk independently.

Almond Blossom of Santiago del Teide 2021 (click image to enlarge)

TAXI SERVICE GASTRO ROUTE "ALMENDRO EN FLOR"

Participants in the "Almendros en Flor" Gastro Route will be able to use a taxi service, with an established schedule from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Anyone who wishes to obtain more information can obtain it through the Culture area of ​​the City Council, at 922-86-31-27, ext. 300.

GENERAL CONDITIONS:
- It is essential to have a reservation to participate. There are a limited number of places for each route.
- The price of each route is € 5 / person
- For all routes you generally need sports clothing and shoes (preferably mountain boots), a coat, a raincoat, a picnic and water. The use of hiking poles is recommended due to the uneven terrain.
- Bad weather will not be an impediment to carrying out the activity, although the organization reserves the right to suspend it or modify its route if it deems it appropriate, especially if it considers that the physical integrity of the participants may be harmed.
- The image rights derived from the routes will be exclusive to the organization of the activity that reserves their use, so any use of them by third parties must be approved by the organization.
- You can get more information by calling 922 86 31 27 extension 234. Department of Culture of the Santiago del Teide Council.

This year, of course, you'll need a mask and to socially distance from other participants.


Inauguration of Carnival in Santa Cruz

From the Inauguration Gala 2020

The Inauguration of Carnival 2021 should have taken place today, Friday 15 January 2021, but of course, because of the COVID pandemic, carnival will not be taking place. Instead, we bring you coverage of the inauguration gala from last year. This is the first in a series of posts that aim to keep the spirit of carnival alive. Or keep the flame burning, so the torch can be passed to the next carnival, whenever we can get back to gathering normally.

Tenerife Rally Calendar for 2021

Adeje Rally in 2020 was posponed until Spring 2021

We don't have a full calendar yet, but there are potentially some motor sports to look forward to this year. So far, the Rallye Villa de Adeje (Adeje Rally) is planned to take place on 15 May 2021. This is one of three events at national level that have been announced by the Federación Interinsular de Automovilismo de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife Motor Sports Federation), along with the Subida Guía de Isora (Guía de Isora Hillclimb) planned for 5 Jun 2021 and the Rallye Isla Tenerife (Isle of Tenerife Rally) on 23 October 2021. Details of any other events in the 2021 season will be added as and when

UPDATE 10 Mar 2021: The Federación Interinsular de Automovilismo de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife Motor Sports Federation), have published their final 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐨 𝐃𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐨 𝐝𝐞 𝐥𝐚 𝐓𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐚 𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟏 (2021 Season Calendar), with 34 competitions; the first on March 27 and the last on December 11, with significant differences from the earlier draft version, so we've completely re-done ours too (below). Download original here (PDF).

Of course, it will also depend on the continued evolution of the pandemic whether any of these events will be able to be celebrated with a public presence.



RALLY
RALLYSPRINT
HILLCLIMB
MAR 06/07




13/14




20/21




27/28



Palo Blanco
APR 03/04




10/11

Tejina – Tegueste

17/18




24/25 Orvecame Norte



MAY 01/02




09/09




15/16 Villa de Adeje



22/23




29/30




JUN 05/06



Guía de Isora
12/13




19/20 Granadilla



26/27




JUL 03/04



Güímar
10/11




17/18




24/25



AUG 31/01 City of La Laguna



07/08




14/15




21/22




28/29




SEP 04/05




11/12




18/19



San Miguel
25/26




OCT 02/03



Tamaimo
09/10

Atogo

16/17




23/24 Isle of Tenerife



30/31




NOV 06/07



Icod – La Guancha
13/14




20/21




27/28

Tenerife Sur

DEC 04/05



Los Loros (Arafo)
11/12



Arona
18/19
25/26




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