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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2004

Natalia Acosta Jorge Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2004

Natalia Acosta Jorge, in a costume entitled "Miércoles de luna llena" (Full Moon Wednesday), designed by Juan Carlos Armas and representing Bingo Colombófilo, was elected Queen of Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival in 2004, in an edition that paid homage to the legendary "Queen of Salsa", Cuban singer, Celia Cruz who died in 2003.

In 2004, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Guacimara Díaz Luis, with a costume entitled 'Sutil' (Subtle), representing Centro Comercial Santa Cruz - Carrefour and designed by Santi Castro.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Raquel Montesinos Rodríguez, with a costume entitled 'En son de paz' (In the name of peace), representing Floristería Tin and designed by Carma II.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: Carlota Hernández Delgado, with a costume entitled 'Ritual' (Ritual), representing newspaper "El Baúl" and designed by Saliarca Creativos.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: María Isabel Fumero Méndez, with a costume entitled 'Kyda', representing Barbacoa Tacoronte and designed by Expedita Hernández.
The queen's election gala, which was held on the stage set up in the central Plaza de España before almost seven thousand people and was directed by Jaime Azpilicueta, was a prelude to the carnival festivities in the streets, which ran from Friday 20 February to Sunday 29 February, filling the streets and nights of the city with hundreds of thousands of carnival goers. The tribute to Celia Cruz was made clear by the presence at the gala of her widower, Pedro Knight, who shouted the singer's famous cry of  "¡Azúcar!" (Sugar!) from the stage.

The stage in the Plaza de España was decorated as a neighbourhood in Cuba, with a neon sign that read "Celia Cruz" in blue. Tenerife wanted to pay tribute to the salsa singer who had meant so much for the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (particularly for her performance at the Guinness record-breaking party in 1987) and whose songs have intoxicated the nights of the carnival in the city streets. Also during the gala, then mayor of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Miguel Zerolo Aguilar, declared Celia Cruz as "Queen of Honor of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival". The gala closed with the song "El Cielo Tiene Azúcar" (Heaven has sugar), composed by Guillermo Albelo and Gilberto Martín and performed by the group "Sound Balera". Guillermo Albelo, a mutual friend of Cuban pianist Rolando Columbié and Celia Cruz, wanted to dedicate it to them. 

That year the council decided to move the Burial of the Sardine from Ash Wednesday to two days later, on Piñata Friday. A controversial decision that was not well received in all carnival sectors, with the most reluctant opting to keep the funeral on its traditional date, so that in the end there were two burials of the battered sardine. 

(Coronation of the Carnival Queen of Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2004)

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

12 Spanish words that have completely changed their meaning over time

Diccionarios de la Real Academia Española Royal Spanish Academy, CC BY-SA 4.0

Words are not only created or unused, but often change their meaning over time, and there are even old words that are recycled with entirely new meanings.

Thanks to the Royal Spanish Academy's New Lexicographic Treasure, we can consult some 70 historical dictionaries online to see what words that are common today meant centuries ago. Stewardess, computer, light bulb, alien ... are some of the terms that our great-great-grandparents used with completely different meanings.

Avión (Aeroplane): in the 17th century it was a bird

'Aeroplanes' have been flying over our country since at least the 17th century, as we see in a clipping from the 1611 dictionary. But before the invention of aeroplanes, it was used for a bird also called a vencejo (swift). Today, in some Spanish regions, "avión" is still a bird, but from another family that also includes golondrinas (swallows).

The funny thing is that the plane that has a beak and the one that does not, although they are called the same, have different etymologies: according to the Real Academia Española (Royal Spanish Academy), the name of the bird comes from the Latin gavia, and the transport one comes from the French avion, and this from the Latin avis.

Azafata (Stewardess): the royal maid

Definition in 1726: Azafata (Stewardess) is a word that has been in Spanish for centuries. The first meaning of it was that of a lady who accompanied the queen, and she facilitated her assistance with a flat basket or tray called an "azafate".

With the advent of aviation, people who provided assistance to travellers (at first only women) were called with this word, while in Latin America they invented a new term: aeromoza (flight attendant).

Formidable (Formidable): something fearsome

Definition of "formidable" in 1732: Today if we say that something is "formidable" we mean that it is great. But the original definition of this word was used for "that which is very fearful and that instils wonder and fear." This still remains the definition in the current dictionary.

Semáforo (Traffic light): the fireflies club

Interestingly, before cars were invented, the word Semáforo (traffic light) already existed. In 1855 it appears in the dictionary as a zoological term: one who collects luminous insects, such as fireflies. It would not be until 1884 when another meaning was incorporated: that of "optical telegraph on the coasts to communicate with ships by means of signals": a beacon. The urban sign meaning would not appear in the RAE dictionary until the 1970 edition.

Ordenador (Computer): the one in charge

In 1706 we already found the word ordenador (computer) in the dictionary. And no, it is not that the agents of The Ministry of Time left a laptop there, but that it was the word to designate one who ordered.

Bombilla (Light Bulb): a straw to drink mate

In the middle of the 19th century, electricity was still not in the houses and there were decades until the electric light bulb was invented, but in 1846 the word bombilla already appears in the Salvá dictionary, since in Latin America it was used (and continues to be used) to name what in Spain we call a pajita (straw). The meaning we all know today would appear in the RAE dictionary in 1914. In the 1927 edition it even came with a drawing.

Alienígena (Alien): the opposite of indigenous

If today we say that we have met an alienígena (alien) in Spanish, we infer an Extraterrestrial being. But this word was created in the early 19th century to mean "foreigner," that is, the opposite of indigenous. Curiously, in [American] English alien still has that meaning, as all those who have learned this language well know with the song by Sting, Englishman in New York: "I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien, I'm an Englishman in New York."

Enchufar (Plug in): join two pipes

Another word that today we associate with electricity and that has a quite different origin. In the dictionary of 1852 they already plug in with the meaning of connecting two pipes.

Probably this meaning was transferred to electrical cables when this technology spread to homes, and it ended up being the main definition. The joining of two pipes is still present in the current definition.

Adolescencia (Adolescence): up to 25 years

In the 1770 dictionary the word adolescence appears with a meaning very similar to the current one, but its duration surprises us: up to 25 years!

Siesta: nap time (even if you don't sleep)

Nowadays, if we say "siesta", we all think about the little sleep after the mid-day meal. But the first meaning of this word was simply that time, whether you sleep, read or play, according to the dictionary in 1739. That is, what today in Spain we call "la hora de la siesta" (siesta time), although in Latin America this meaning is still in use as a period of time.

Asesino (Murderer): the one who betrays a friend

To assassinate has always meant killing someone, but before, Asesino, also had a rather shocking metaphorical meaning: if a friend lied or betrayed you, you could say that he had murdered you. "So-and-so is a murderer, as he has betrayed a friend of his."

Telégrafo (Telegraph): the previous version

The definition from the 1803 dictionary referred to the Optical telegraph, which used a semaphore system to transmit symbols from one hill to another. 

Monday, June 28, 2021

Friday, June 25, 2021

More than 50 artisans attend the VIII Canary Islands Wool Festival in La Orotava

The best wool fair, baa none (couldn't resist) will take place on June 26 and 27 at the Pinolere Ethnographic Park

The VIII Festival de Lana de Canarias (Canary Islands Wool Festival) will be held for the first time in the Pinolere Ethnographic Park, in La Orotava, on June 26 and 27 and will bring together more than 50 artisans, entities and specialized companies. This appointment with sheep and wool crafts began on Monday 21 with several virtual meetings and other parallel activities, but will have its main attraction in the face-to-face exhibition. There will be capacity control, but access is free and it will not be necessary to reserve tickets. The enclosure will open from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will allow you to learn about all the stages of the wool process, from sheep breeding to wool handling, and discover different handicraft activities and the textile process.

After the stoppage in 2020, the Entity for the Diffusion of Art and Culture is recovering this multidisciplinary festival in La Orotava, which has the support of the City Council, the Cabildo and the La Caixa Foundation. This regional event, with national relevance, aims to achieve an international reach in this edition through virtual activities (June 21, 22, 23 and 25) on Sheep farming, by Zacarías Fievet, Ernestine Lüdeke and Beatriz Ballester; The use of Wool in other regions, with Paloma Leiva, Andrea Borrero, Manuel Méndez and Concha Salguero; The treatment of fleece, a fundamental raw material in the textile sector, by Paloma Leiva, and Vivencias de un pastor (Experiences of a shepherd), a talk by Zacarías Fievet, the young shepherd from the television program Entre ovejas (Among sheep).

Ensalada campera (Country salad)

Ensalada campera - Country salad

Heralded as the "traditional gastronomy of the summer festivals", with this name, Ensalada campera, we find many country or summer salad formulas, in which each family has its own particular recipe. If you haven't inherited the formula from your family, try this version. 


400 g of washed new potatoes
1 red onion
3 tomatoes
1 green pepper
1 red pepper
2 eggs
1 can of tuna or bonito in oil
10 pitted green olives
60 ml of extra virgin olive oil
15 ml of sherry vinegar
5 ml lemon juice
black pepper, salt and optional parsley.


Boil the potatoes with the washed eggs and remove the latter after about 9-12 minutes of cooking. Continue cooking the potatoes until they can be pierced with a knife. Drain and allow to cool until we can peel them. Remove the seeds from the peppers and cut into small cubes. Slice the onion finely and also chop the tomatoes. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl adding the olives and the potatoes, lightly season and mix. Prepare the vinaigrette by emulsifying the oil with the vinegar, then add the lemon. Serve the drained tuna or bonito, spreading it over the top, add the peeled and sliced eggs and adjust the seasoning as desired. Alternatively, if you dress the potatoes with the vinaigrette while they're still hot, before assembling the whole dish, they will take on much more flavour.

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Tenerife's Public Holidays for 2022

The Governing Council, this Wednesday, approved the calendar of labour holidays for the Autonomous Community in 2022, within the annual limit of 14 days, and thus open the term in order to establish local holidays. Specifically, the decree establishes, in application of state legislation, as non-working days, every Sunday of the year. Also the festive days of: 

  • January 1Año Nuevo (New Year)
  • January 6Epifanía del Señor (Epiphany of the Lord)
  • February 2 - Virgen de la Candelaria (Candlemas), in Tenerife
  • April 14Jueves Santo (Holy Thursday)
  • April 15Viernes Santo (Good Friday)
  • May 30 - Día de Canarias (Canary Islands Day)
  • August 15Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption of the Virgin)
  • October 12Fiesta Nacional de España (National Day of Spain)
  • November 1Todos los Santos (All Saints)
  • December 6Día de la Constitución Española (Spanish Constitution)
  • December 8Inmaculada Concepción (Immaculate Conception)
  • December 26 - day in lieu, as Navidad (Christmas Day) falls on Sunday

It also set the specific holiday for each island: February 2, the feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria, in Tenerife (included in the list above); August 5, Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, in La Palma; September 8, Nuestra Señora del Pino, in Gran Canaria; September 15, Nuestra Señora de los Volcanes, in Lanzarote and La Graciosa; September 16, Nuestra Señora de la Peña, in Fuerteventura; September 24, Nuestra Señora de los Reyes, in El Hierro, and October 3, Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, in La Gomera.

There’s a legal right to days off on public holidays in Spain (there's no such right in Britain), but the working week in Spain consists of 6 days, Monday to Saturday, inclusive. 

The regional decree with the calendar of holidays for 2022 does not include May 1, Fiesta del Trabajo (Workers’ Day), as the commemorative day falls on a Sunday. 

Finally, the text of the normative grants Canarian councils a period of one month, from the publication of the decree in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC), to formulate their proposals to the General Directorate of Labour for the additional two days of local festivals that by tradition correspond to each municipality. (To be advised).

St John the Baptist Chapel, Puerto de la Cruz

Church Iglesia de San Franciso with adjoining chapel Ermita de San Juan Bautista, 
Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife Maesi64, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Today, 24 June being the Día de San Juan, the feast day for San Juan Bautista (St John the Baptist) - and in absence of the usual Midsummer parties - we bring you some images of the Ermita de San Juan Bautista (Chapel of St John the Baptist), in Puerto de la Cruz. 

The Iglesia de San Francisco (Church of San Francisco) and the annexed chapel or hermitage of San Juan Bautista currently form a single building. The chapel, located on the street to which it gives its name, Calle San Juan, is together with that of San Amaro, in La Paz (1591), the two oldest religious buildings that exist in the municipality. It was built between 1599 and 1608 by the builder Juan de Tejera

Next to it is the church of San Francisco, which is the only thing that remains of the old Franciscan convent, built from 1609 on a small hermitage with the same dedication. 

Of its varied religious and artistic heritage, the images of San Juan Bautista, from the 17th century attributed to Andrés de Ocampo, and of Cristo de la Misericordia (Christ of the Mercy), the only known work of Tenerife artist Domingo Pérez Donis, from the first half of the 17th century stand out.

Iglesia de San Franciso from the Plaza de Víctor Pérez

In front of the church is the tiny but beautiful Plaza de Víctor Pérez. It is the smallest and most secluded of the squares in the urban centre of Puerto de la Cruz, built in 1904 in honor of the doctor who distinguished himself among the main promoters of the Hotel Taoro, and a pioneer of tourism in this city. In the centre it has a fountain with a ñamera (Colocasia esculenta) or Taro, a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms. 

In the Canary Islands this plant is known as ñamera and we can see it there adorning many squares. It looks quite similar to Alocasia macrorhiza (Giant Taro), both are known by the name of "elephant ear". One of its differences is that the latter has the leaves pointing upwards, while those of the colocasia are inclined towards the ground. 

Ermita de San Juan Bautista, Puerto de la Cruz Diego DelsoCC BY-SA 3.0

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Jumping the bonfire on the night of San Juan

Hoguera de San Juan Saint John bonfire in Fuenlabrada (Madrid, Spain). 
PhotoAyuntamiento de Fuenlabrada | Some rights reserved

This year, once more, the Hogueras de San Juan (Bonfires of Saint John) - normally held on the Eve of San Juan, the night of 23 June - are prohibited in almost the whole island of Tenerife, to avoid the crowds that would otherwise form (here's an example of the usual crowds on the Playa Jardín on the Eve of San Juan in Puerto de la Cruz), not to mention any avoidable hospitalisations that must surely follow drunk people stumbling into a blaze. 

But what does it mean and what alternatives could you do at home?

Jumping over the bonfire symbolizes renewing energy after letting go of negativity that prevents progress. Some prefer to take less risk and jump over the waves on the shore. 

Another part of these rituals is burning a note, on which you write down the things you want to let go of and leave behind. For this, you don't really need a whole bonfire.

After jumping or dancing around the fire (or jumping the waves), submerge yourself in the sea, if it's nearby, or, failing that, your feet in a container of water and salt. It means rebirth.

This ritual should end with a prayer for humanity, with a wish for peace in the world, as well as an individual request for the rest of human beings, with the idea of ​​sharing the benefit that, according to these remote beliefs, is you will receive with these magical rites.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2003

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2003, Natalia Díaz Mesa

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2003 was Natalia Díaz Mesa, with a costume entitled "
Láquesis" (Lachesis), designed by Santi Castro, representing Centro Comercial Carrefour

In 2003, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Silvia Fernández del Rosario, with a costume entitled “Partenope”, representing Grupo AC Bingo Colombófilo and designed by Juan Carlos Armas.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Tamara Hernández Hernández, with a costume entitled “Crisálida” (Chrysalis), representing Almacenes El Kilo and designed by Octavio, Sergio y Daniel Hernández.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: María Toledo Rosa, with a costume entitled “Mauna-Loa”, representing Floristería Tin and designed by Juan Carlos Armas.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Victoria Cristina Mederos, with a costume entitled “Thais”, representing Barbacoa Tacoronte and designed by Expedita Hernández.
Theme of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2003 was "The Far East" (China). The centre of the Plaza de España was occupied by a Chinese temple in red. A papier-mâché sculpture of the Buddha was withdrawn after protests by the Buddhist community of Tenerife, who objected to a religious figure being used frivolously. The main streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife were decorated red and gold, with Chinese lanterns.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Decorated Fountains in Puerto de la Cruz

Chorros enramados, Puerto de la Cruz. Jose Mesa Some rights reserved

The one part of the Fiestas of San Juan in Puerto de la Cruz that was able to take place last year - so fingers crossed for this year - is the Chorros Enramados (Decorated Fountains) - similar to well dressing in England - which begins on the evening of 22 June each year, with the 23 June being the day to walk around to view them, in various parts of the town. These water sources were very important when they were installed in the 19th Century, bringing indispensable water close to homes and, as such, are celebrated.

Map of the fountains' locations | More images

Monday, June 21, 2021

Town Hall of La Guancha

Town Hall of La Guancha

Ayuntamiento de La Guancha, Calle la Alhóndiga, 1, 38440 La Guancha, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. +34 922 828 002. Website | Facebook | Twitter

Traditional Fiestas in La Guancha

Friday, June 18, 2021

Granadilla Rally Saturday 19 June 2021

The 29th Rallye Villa de Granadilla takes place this weekend on Saturday 19 June 2021. The administrative and technical checks will be carried out on Friday 18 at the Los Hinojeros pavilion, and then go down to the closed park located in El Médano, which will receive the first participants from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. At 8:00 p.m. they will proceed to the park established in the SIEC San Isidro. The competition day will start on Saturday 19 from 08:30 a.m. and it is planned to reach the end of the event at around 6:00 p.m. with the delivery of trophies at 6:30 p.m. in the Plaza de El Médano

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The Plaza del Príncipe in Santa Cruz de Tenerife hosts a Handicraft Market

Plaza del Príncipe de Asturias in Santa Cruz de Tenerife Koppchen, CC BY 3.0

This Thursday 17 June 2021, the Mercado de Artesanía del Príncipe (Crafts Market), opens to the public in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, now that conditions allow. The fair, in the Plaza del Príncipe, will be open until June 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. with a break from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. In this market, 38 artisans, who had already been selected for the Three Kings Fair will participate, who will offer the visiting public 21 artisan modalities, among them: dolls, enamels, traditional costumes, macramé, modelling, recycling, bookbinding, jewellery, soap, ceramics, fabrics, leather goods, paper and cardboard, dressmaking and crochet, in addition to the traditional cigars and pottery and cutlery. 

The tradition of churros with chocolate

Churros con chocolate Toni Kaarttinen, CC BY 2.0

Churros con chocolate are a delicious tradition in our country. In La Laguna on Corpus Christi Day we love to get up in the morning and leave the house to go to the nearest churrería (churro shop, a place that sells churros). We can eat them there or we can also take them home in the popular “cones” of paper. The tradition of eating churros con chocolate has been in our islands for years.

Contrary to how it may seem, the origin of churros is in China. Specifically ‘youtiao‘, a dish eaten for breakfast that consisted of strips of fried and salted dough. The expression translates to ‘demon fried in oil‘ and referred to Quin Hui, a Song dynasty official and his wife, who were considered ‘demons’ responsible for the death of a renowned general.

How did it end up in Spain and becoming churros? It's said, the visits of Spanish and Portuguese merchants to China led them to the Iberian Peninsula. At first, it became a typical dish among poor people who worked in the fields. It's said that the name ‘churro’ is derived from the name of churra sheep, whose horns resembled the fried dough.

Later, and after the discovery of America, cocoa and sugar reached the Peninsula and were added to the dish. It went from being a shepherd's meal to being a delicious delicacy that has eclipsed in all the cities and traveling fairs. And that's how the first churrerías were born. Today we can enjoy churros with chocolate anywhere.

And in case, like me, you're salivating: Easy Churros With Chocolate Sauce

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2002

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2002, Lorena Díaz García

Carnival queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2002, chosen unanimously, was Lorena Díaz García with a costume entitled, "Alta temperatura" (High temperature), designed by Miguel Ángel Castilla and sponsored by the Centro Comercial del Mueble (Furniture Shopping Center).

In 2002, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Nuria María Gutiérrez, with a costume entitled “Arsinoe”, representing Grupo AC Bingo Colombófilo and designed by Juan Carlos Armas.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Beatriz Díaz González, with a costume entitled “Inmensidad” (Immensity), representing Centro Comercial Santa Cruz - Carrefour and designed by Santi Castro.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: María del Cristo Sosvilla Pérez, with a costume entitled “Mata Hari”, representing El Corte Inglés and designed by Leo Martínez.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Yaiza Rueda Cabrera, with a costume entitled “Eféntia vitae”, representing Peña Salamanca and designed by Octavio, Sergio y Daniel Hernández.
Theme of carnival in 2002 was "The Roaring 20s". The scenery in the Plaza de España was decorated with motifs of the first two decades of the 20th century. The Eiffel Tower was featured on stage, with the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge behind it.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Town Hall of Icod de los Vinos

Town Hall of Icod de los Vinos

Plaza Luis de León Huerta, S/N, 38430 Icod de los Vinos, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.

Phone: +34 922 86 96 00

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Traditional Fiestas in Icod de los Vinos

Friday, June 11, 2021

Eruption of the Chahorra volcano

Pico Viejo and the Narices del Teide Carlos Martin Diaz, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan), on Wednesday, celebrated the 223rd anniversary of the eruption of the Chahorra or Narices del Teide volcano in 1798, which lasted 99 days, one of 16 historical eruptions in the Canary Islands.

Involcan posted on its social networks that it celebrates this volcanic eruption - although many people associate this type of activity as a source of destruction - because thanks to the existing magmatic activity and the countless number of eruptions that have occurred on the islands over millions of years, it has been possible to build the archipelago. "Without volcanic activity the Canary Islands would not have been built and therefore the Canarian society would not have existed," says Involcan to argue the celebration of this anniversary.

It also listed the 16 historical eruptions in the Canary Islands:
  1. La Palma with the Tacande volcano (1430-1447)
  2. In 1492, Christopher Columbus described a volcanic eruption in Tenerife, although its specific location is unknown
  3. The Boca Cangrejo eruption, also on Tenerife, is dated to the 16th century
  4. Tehuya volcano erupted in 1586 on La Palma
  5. Tigalate in 1646 on La Palma
  6. San Antonio between 1677-1678, on the island of La Palma
  7. On the island of Tenerife, between 1704-1705 the Siete Fuentes (Fasnia-Arafo) 
  8. Trevejo or Arenas Negras volcano in Tenerife erupted in 1706
  9. In 1712, La Palma was the scene of a new eruption of the Charco volcano
  10. The eruption of Timanfaya, in Lanzarote, took place between 1730 and 1736
  11. Chahorra or Narices del Teide (Noses of Teide), in Tenerife, in 1798
  12. Tao-Nuevo del Fuego-Tinguatón, in Lanzarote, in 1824
  13. In the 20th century, the Chinyero volcano, in Tenerife, erupted in 1909
  14. San Juan, on La Palma, in 1949 
  15. Teneguía, also on La Palma island, in 1971
  16. The last volcano to erupt in the Canary Islands was the Tagoro, which occurred on the island of El Hierro, between 2011 and 2012 and it was an underwater volcano. 

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Corpus Christi and San Isidro in La Orotava

The Corpus Christi and San Isidro Labrador Festivities in La Orotava, which although this year will not be celebrated as is traditional, due to the current health situation, are taking place between May 15 and June 13, with a virtual program and some face-to-face events under the maximum control and sanitary protocol. 

This year, as with last, the Día de las Alfombras (Day of the Carpets) - due to have taken place today, June 10 - will not be celebrated with the customary carpets made of floral materials in the streets.

This year, there is to be a sand carpet in the plaza in front of the town hall and there have been floral carpets made in various private patios in the town - photos here.

The return of the great Corpus Christi carpet to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de La Orotava allows the town to recover a fundamental part of the essence and splendour of its main festivals. Being able to visit, although in a restricted and organized way, the tapestry of Teide sand, has meant taking another step towards the old normality. With the pandemic still active and well present in this year's design, today is an atypical day of the Infraoctava del Corpus with only four carpets, a cloistered procession and masses with limited capacity.

During the day today a total of four carpets can be visited: The one in the square, until 9:00 p.m.; one that will be made in the hallway of Casa Monteverde, whose family started this tradition in the mid-nineteenth century at 6 Colegio Street; one in the courtyard of the Ephemeral Art Center of Las Alfombras de La Orotava, next to the Casa de los Balcones, and the one inside the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

Likewise, the Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador (San Isidro Labrador Pilgrimage) that would have taken place at the weekend, is once again suspended. 

On Sunday, 13 June, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Square, there will be an Exhibition of Traditional Elements of the Pilgrimage and the Carreta de la Romera Mayor (the decorated ox cart of the queen of the festivities). 

Full program (PDF) with some lovely pictures download here.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2001

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2001, Silvia González Rodríguez

Carnival Queen 
in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2001 was Silvia González Rodríguez in a costume entitled, "Talismán" (Talisman) designed by Juan Pedro Quintero and representing Almacenes El Kilo.

In 2001, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Natalia Padilla Jorgensen, with a costume entitled "Mitológico" (Mythological), representing Centro Comercial Santa Cruz - Carrefour and designed by Santi Castro.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Neólida Hernández Martín (Queen in 2006), with a costume entitled "Como un rayo de luz" (Like a ray of light), representing newspaper "El Baúl" and designed by Leo Martínez.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: Yaiza Díaz Sánchez, with a costume entitled "El color de la oscuridad" (The color of darkness), representing Centro Comercial del Mueble and designed by Miguel Ángel Castilla Abreu.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Ana María Pérez Meneses (Queen in 2005), with a costume entitled "Estudio 54. Las libertades" (Study 54. Freedoms), representing Grupo AC Bingo Colombófilo and designed by Juan Carlos Armas.
The theme of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2001 was Space Odyssey: A spaceship was the main feature of the stage at the Plaza de España.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

The pandemic contributes to a trend towards authentic and sustainable holidays

Teide National Park

That ours is a society committed to the environment has been made clear. So much so that, during the months of lockdown, citizens have actively participated in caring for the planet, by incorporating new sustainable behaviours into their lives.

In fact, almost 20% of Spaniards have adopted new habits during confinement to protect the environment, such as including new waste in their habit of recycling, reusing objects rather than discarding them or avoiding the consumption of plastic bags, according to data from the recent study "Sustainability, environmental commitment and recycling after COVID-19".

There are those who are looking for conventional tourist destinations and those who are looking for alternative ones, those who want to disconnect in a spiritual way or those who want to share directly with the local culture of the place that hosts them, In short, there are many ways of doing tourism, and above all responsible tourism and the market offers a wide range of possibilities.

But to consider that a trip is responsible, we must not only think that it is reduced to an adequate environmental practice, but that it must contemplate all the good personal relationships that this implies, such as cultural and social respect for the host populations and societies. It goes beyond a mode or form of travel, it must be an attitude.

People who travel today are more socially and environmentally conscious than ever, looking for places where they are safe and know that they are causing the least impact on the planet's resources.

The tourism sector in Spain has enjoyed sustained growth over the last decades, expanding the variety of its offer: coastal, mountain, rural tourism, etc. Public entities and private companies now seek to differentiate themselves and offer a unique and sustainable experience to their visitors. Smart cities are no longer limited to just large cities or pilot projects, but are expanding rapidly throughout the entire geography.

The growth potential is undeniable, a transition is currently being experienced towards a new era in which the physical world is connected to the digital world. The vision of a smart world, with connected cities, allows us to imagine a more efficient, liveable, safe and resilient world. The benefits that technology provides to cities are: it provides security, increases the efficiency of public management and promotes transparency in the face of government decisions, among other advantages.

Once we transform our tourism model of sun and beach towards other attributes such as sustainability, respect for the environment, the conservation of historical artistic heritage and the management of smart cities; We will be able to maintain or even raise the capacity to attract international tourism to other profiles of visitors with a higher purchasing power who seek to live quality experiences beyond the overcrowding.

More and more initiatives, companies and places are betting on preserving the flora and fauna of vacation spots as much as possible. Projects that are committed to intelligent and minimally invasive tourism that allows us to continue enjoying authentic natural jewels without damaging or transforming them. The fight against plastic, cleaning the oceans or the inclusion of all economic sectors are some of the keys to a trend that is here to stay.

In parallel there is human sustainability, that which struggles to maintain and conserve the morphology of towns and cities so that they continue to be unique, differentiated spaces and above all places of meeting and coexistence of cultures, so that they do not become theme parks for the mass tourism. In short, we are convinced that this model is here to stay and that it has a clear objective.

Pueblos y rincones para disfrutar de unas vacaciones, auténticas y sostenibles

Monday, June 07, 2021

Town Hall of Güímar

Town Hall of Güímar Javier Sanchez Portero, CC BY-SA 3.0

Ayuntamiento de Güímar, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, 4, 38500 Güímar, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. +34 922 526 100. Website | Facebook 

Traditional Fiestas in Güímar

Sunday, June 06, 2021

La Laguna is committed to the tradition of floral tapestries for Corpus Christi

The mayor values ​​"the effort and affection of many people who keep this celebration alive, not only in El Casco (the historic centre of the city), but in the various towns and neighbourhoods of our municipality"

La Laguna celebrates the Corpus Christi festival this Sunday with the challenge of beginning to recover and strengthen the use of traditional floral motifs in the making of decorative elements.

The elaboration of a large tapestry of 10 meters long by 5 wide, in the atrium of the Cathedral, the making of a carpet as far Juan de Vera street, and the recording of a documentary video around this festivity, make up, after the parenthesis that the pandemic brought, "the first step for the Corpus Christi in La Laguna to resurface in all its splendour, as one of the most important festivities in the Canary Islands," said mayor, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, at a press conference. He thanked the involvement "of the many people who help to maintain and enhance this tradition."

"Many of the festive events in our city have a religious origin, but their significance goes much further, since they also have an important artistic, cultural and anthropological component," the mayor recalled. He indicated that the commitment is to "gradually recover the tapestries made with flowers, as was done in the past, and promote the use of plant materials and aromatic plants from our mountains to decorate our streets." 

Along with the mayor, were councillor for fiestas, Badel Albelo; the dean of the Cathedral, Juan Pedro Rivero; the designer of the tapestry, Moisés Barreto; the carpet maker, María de los Ángeles Díaz Herrera; researcher Julio Torres; and the author of the poster for this edition, Juan Cairós.

"Recovering traditions makes a difference in a municipality like San Cristóbal de La Laguna", said Badel Albelo, who joined the thanks to all the people who make it possible. Compared to last year, in which no type of celebration could be held, the recovery of this event is "a starting point so that our festivals and traditions continue to be in the place they deserve."

The dean of the Cathedral declared that the Corpus and La Laguna intrinsically linked in such a way that we could almost say that the city was born around the Corpus Christi procession of 1497. 

The Corpus Christi festival dates back to the founding of the city, as Julio Torres recalled. "The first act that was celebrated in the city after the conquest was Corpus Christi, celebrated by the friars who accompanied the Adelantado Alonso Fernández de Lugo." Starting in 1907, carpets with floral elements began to be made, but over time and given the difficulty of obtaining materials, one of the main values ​​of this tradition was lost, which was to scent the streets. "Recovering it is not easy, but with determination and work we are going to get there," he said.

The person in charge of making the new tapestry, Moisés Barreto, explained that the design will have a central Eucharistic motif dedicated to the Blessed Sacrament, with the letters JHS surrounded by a large sun, all with a frame of flowers and plant motifs. There will be about 6,000 roses, greens, yellow broom, dates and other natural elements typical of this holiday. In addition, within the atrium of the Cathedral a central aisle will be made dedicated to Saint Joseph in his jubilee year.  

Friday, June 04, 2021

Guía de Isora Hillclimb

12º Subida Guía de Isora Naviera Armas Trofeo Allegro

On June 4, 5 and 6, the Escudería Tance Isora Motorsport returns to action with the organization of a new edition of the Subida Guía de Isora (Guia de Isora Hillclimb), this year again scoring for the top national category, with important discounts for national and inter-island teams to travel to the event thanks to an agreement with Naviera Armas.

The roar of the engines will take over the atmosphere in the municipality of Guía de Isora with the celebration of the 12th Guia de Isora Naviera Armas Trophy Allegro Isora Hillclimb. It will be the second event of the calendar of the Spanish Mountain Championship (CEM) and third of the Canary Islands Championship of the same specialty.

On the usual route of the TF-463 and with a total distance of 5,200 meters, the Ascent Guía de Isora Naviera Armas Trofeo Allegro Isora has become an unmissable event. 

Friday, June 4, from 4:00 p.m., the twelfth edition of the Automotive Ascent to Guía de Isora Naviera Armas Trophy Allegro Isora will begin, with technical and administrative checks at the Youth Creation and Training Center in Playa de San Juan.

The City Council appeals to the caution and responsibility. "We have before us the challenge of once again celebrating this important automobile event and continuing to maintain the good data in terms of infections in Guía de Isora," said the Sports Councilor, Paúl Santos, after a meeting held with the Escudería Isora Motor Sport, AEA, civil protection of Santiago del Teide, Civil Guard, Local Police and volunteer personnel.

On Saturday, June 5, the priority pilots' training sessions (8:30 a.m.), the first two official training sessions (at 9:30 a.m. and at 11:30 am), will be held on the TF-463 road, the road that connects Playa de San Juan with Guía de Isora and the first two official races (at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm).

On Sunday, June 6 the third training session (at 9:30 am) and race 3 (at 11:30 am) will be held.


The TF-463 between Guía de Isora and Playa de San Juan and all its accesses, (from km 3,240 to km 9,390 approximately). Saturday: Closing: 07:00 h. and opening: 6:30 p.m.

Sunday: Closing: 8:00 a.m. and opening: 2:00 p.m.

* Between heats the road will be opened for at least 15 minutes in the direction of the race, maintaining all the necessary safety measures.


On the streets: Corriente de Mar; Rompeolas; Marejada, Mar Picada; Marejadilla (parking will be prohibited); Calles Mar en Calma; Mar de Fondo and Mar de Leva: two-way traffic, with access only for residents.

For any emergency, contact the organization's incident telephone number, 616 37 72 70.

All the information about the event is available [in Spanish] on the official website.

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Quesadilla from El Hierro

Quesadilla from El Hierro

Quesadilla herreña, or quesadilla from El Hierro, is a typical and artisan pastry from the island of El Hierro. At the beginning of the 20th century, the family that owns the bakery Adrián Gutiérrez e Hijas (and daughters) created this dessert and continue with the tradition to the present day. Generally shaped like a flower, the main ingredient of the quesadilla is the Herreño cheese (raw white goat’s cheese from El Hierro)


1 kg Herreño Cheese
3 eggs
250 gr Flour
1/2 kg. Sugar
Matalahúva (anise)


Place the cheese in a food processor and process. Next, add the eggs, a little anise, the lemon zest, and the sugar. Stir and knead everything until you get a paste, then add the flour little by little while continuing to knead. Add a little cinnamon to taste (if desired).

Taking moulds (if possible, the typical shape: flower or star), flour or grease them and cover them with a fine layer of puff pastry (or just line them with baking paper, if you prefer). Then, take portions of dough and place them in the moulds on top of the pastry (or paper). Also, instead of putting them in individual moulds, it can be done in a large one, and if you do not have puff pastry, then you can grease the mould and pour in the dough directly. 

Heat the oven, and bake the quesadillas at 180º - 190º for 50 minutes until golden. 

Quesadilla herreña

The historic town of Granadilla de Abona to celebrate its 2021 Festivities

Granadilla de Abona is to celebrate its festivities in honor of San Antonio de Padua and Nuestra Señora del Rosario after two years. The events will take place from June 4 to 13. Mayor, José Domingo Regalado, and the councillor for Culture and Festivities, Eudita Mendoza, presented a program where the orchestras of the municipality: Panamay and Scorpio, will star in a video to be broadcast at 8:00 p.m. on the 4th - presumably via their social media.

On Saturday, the 5th, the XXXIII Feria de Artesanía (33rd Handicraft Fair) opens, in addition to an exhibition of photographs of previous romerías in various squares of the historic centre of the town.

The craft fair is scheduled to take place this year, on June 5 and 6, in the Plaza San Antonio de Padua. Hours are 10:00 to 20:00 on Saturday 5th and from 09:00 to 14:00 on Sunday 6th.

Although there will be no romería, on June 6, at 8:00 p.m., a folkloric offering will take place to San Antonio de Padua by the soloists and dancers of the municipality, the Viñátigo and Parranda Chasnera Folkloric Groups. On the 11th, at 9:00 p.m., a virtual gala for the election of the Queen of the Festivals will take place. And on Sunday, the 13th, a floral offering will travel through the main streets of the town. 

There is a full program to download (PDF) from this page at the council's website.

Las fiestas patronales retornan con actividad presencial y virtual

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

The pandemic and the tourist crisis eliminates a hundred taxis from the airport

Tenerife South Airport

The sector is relying on the opening of the British market to get it out of the doldrums; the service is reduced to 33% in Granadilla de Abona

“Among the colleagues there is silence and sighs of resignation, Víctor Ramos, president of the Granadilla de Abona Taxis Association, told Diario de Avisos, who warns of how “it's going badly” for the sector in the south of Tenerife. "There are colleagues who have left a bank crying after having obtained a license four years ago, because they are paying for the car and have encountered this scenario," he said.

The situation has improved slightly compared to recent months and hopes are pinned on the reopening of the British market. "Before the lockdown, 140 cars were working at the airport, now there are 40 of us, but at the most critical moments of the quarantine the number did not exceed 16," said Ramos, who confirmed that "the same planes arrive as before, but now with a 50% occupancy, double the number of travellers who came months ago”.

The busiest day at the airport is Saturday, where up to half a dozen trips take place, triple the number of any other day of the week. The sector maintains a fleet reduction of 66% with rotations, that is, only one in three drivers works daily.

Despite the timid signs of recovery due to the progress of the vaccination campaign in Europe, the crisis continues to hit the taxi sector. "As there is no nightlife or people who work in the tourist area, fewer taxis and more buses are taken," said Ramos, who, like his companions, pinned his hopes on the gradual opening of hotels.

During the worst months of the health crisis, the sector, which has 191 licenses in Granadilla de Abona alone, registered a drop of up to 90% in services due, above all, to zero tourism and the near closure of the airport. 

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2000

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2000, Shaila Martín Ramos

Carnival Queen was Shaila Martín Ramos in a costume entitled, 'Manila Yerichana', designed by Juan Carlos Armas Febles and representing rum brand, Ron Santa Teresa. Shaila died in 2003 at the age of 19.

In 2000, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Luna Quintero Montico, with a costume entitled "Rumbo a las estrellas" (Heading to the stars), representing Centro Comercial Alcampo - La Laguna and designed by Leo Martínez.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Tamara Hernández Hernández, with a costume entitled "Eterna" (Eternal), representing Cinco Océanos and designed by David J. Díaz Medina.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: Silvia Lozano Medina, with a costume entitled "Alejandría" (Alexandria), representing Grupo AC Bingo Colombófilo and designed by Frank Romero.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Ainara Machín Martín, with a costume entitled "Alma llanera" (Llanera soul), representing Almacenes El Kilo and designed by Leovid Canarias.

The theme of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2000 was Pirates. A pirate galleon was the centrepiece of the scenery, surrounded by palm trees, islands, beaches and waves.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Tenerife in June 2021

This year's design for the Corpus Christi carpet in La Orotava

Once again, June does not have any Public Holidays, but there are some days where there will be closures of shops and offices at individual municipality level, which are: 

  • 10 June: Infraoctava of Corpus Christi in La Orotava
  • 14 June: Festivity of San Antonio de Padua in Granadilla de Abona
  • 24 June: Festivity of San Juan in Garachico, Guía de Isora, Los Silos and San Juan de la Rambla
  • 29 June: Festivity of San Pedro Apóstol in El Sauzal and Güímar

The first of those on Thursday 10 June 2021, is for what would, under normal circumstances, be one of the month's biggest events, the Día de las Alfombras (Day of the Carpets) for Corpus Christi in La Orotava. Last year's had to be cancelled, but his year there will be a sand carpet made in the square in front of the Town Hall in La Orotava. The design, will be somewhat smaller than usual to leave space for two rugs made with flowers. This year again we will not see the carpeted streets full of people and no procession. 

Likewise, with the annual Fiestas de San Juan on 24 June - see the crowds on Playa Jardín beach in Puerto de la Cruz - we're sure these will be suspended again this year.