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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

Festivals in Tenerife and other large gatherings are still not able to be held with social distancing and other restrictions still in force. Events listed here, therefore, are subject to cancellation or change without notice. Such circumstances are beyond our control.

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

The Fiestas del Cristo recover cultural events under strict security measures

Fiestas del Cristo in La Laguna 2021

The setting for the celebration of religious events will depend on the level of alert on the island, although it's most likely that the main ones will take place in the Plaza del Cristo.

The emblematic Fiestas del Cristo in La Laguna this year will celebrate cultural events in their traditional location of the Plaza del Cristo, after being severely restricted last year.

These events will take place under a strict security protocol, in compliance with health regulations and that means reducing the capacity, so access will be by ticket only, available at www.mueveticket.com and at the point of sale in the square, in addition to all the usual health and security measures and subject to the evolution of the pandemic situation.

On Sep 14th, the big day of the festivities, the pyrotechnic display returns at 11:30 pm. This year they have fireworks that considerably reduce noise pollution by almost 60%.

There will be a fun fair in the military space attached to the square, if the epidemiological situation allows it and the island drops in level, "as a clear sign of support for the situation by which the fair operators have passed”, also with restricted capacity, capacity control and an associated security plan, to make these Fiestas del Cristo safe.

Events began last Friday with the reading of the proclamation announcing the festivities, on horseback, through the streets, a tradition that had not been carried out since 1984.

RELIGIOUS EVENTS

Regarding religious events, "we cannot confirm timetables or spaces in detail because we are still at level 4 and we are still hopeful of ​​lowering the level and having a greater amplitude of the stage." “The best scenario would be the transfer of the Holy Christ to the cathedral, which today seems almost impossible; the second scenario would be to stay like last year, inside the sanctuary; and the third would be the use of the Plaza del Cristo for the two most important events, on the 9th and 14th, which seems the most plausible option.

The main events will begin on 9th Sep, with the descent of the image in the sanctuary at 11.00 hours, as is tradition, and in the afternoon procession with the Brotherhoods and the Army Artillery Regiment in the Plaza del Cristo.

Meanwhile, on 14th Sep, the big day, at 11.00 the solemn mass would begin in the square, after which, the figure of Christ would return to his sanctuary at noon. That night, the idea would be to celebrate mass again in the plaza, accompanied by the Achamán group. 

Among the cultural events, the the symphonic concert returns to the Plaza del Cristo this Friday at 9:30 p.m. The Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra will interpret themes from Mexican folklore, accompanied by typical instruments of the country and four voices well versed in this genre: Fabiola Trujillo, Mara Pérez, Manuel Estupiñán and José Santana.

In addition, the Plaza del Cristo will also host, as always at 9.30 pm, the Night of Humor, this Saturday; the Reggaecan Festival, on 9 Sep; the Youth Festival of the City of La Laguna, on the 10th; the Sabandeños Festival, on the 11th; the Day of Traditions, the 13th; and the Night of Orchestras, on the 14th, "as a stage show, without dancing" stressed the mayor.

The Teatro Leal will also be the scene of performances such as that of Pablo Milanés, on the 11th; Fimucité, on the 17th; Ainhoa ​​Arteta, on the 18th; or an acoustic one by MClan, on the 24th, among other cultural, sporting events and exhibitions. 

Tenerife in September 2021

Baile de Las Libreas, El Palmar Photo: Buenavista del Norte Town Hall (More images)

There are no national public holidays in September, but the following Municipal Holidays:

  • 7 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora del Socorro in Güímar
  • 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de la Luz in Los Silos
  • 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de Abona in Arico
  • 8 September: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios in Tegueste
  • 13 September: Festivity of San José in San Juan de la Rambla
  • 14 September: Festivity of the Most Holy Christ of La Laguna.
  • 20 September: Santísimo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte in Guía de Isora
  • 29 September: Festivity of San Miguel Arcángel in San Miguel de Abona

September's highlights, apart from the various local fiestas in towns and villages, are particularly the Fiestas in Honour of the Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna (Holy Christ of La Laguna) in La Laguna. Any events that are able to take place, we'll cover separately.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Town Hall of Santa Úrsula

Town Hall of Santa Úrsula

Carretera España, 2, Santa Úrsula, 38390, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Phone: 922 301640

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Traditional Fiestas in Santa Úrsula

Friday, August 27, 2021

Cristóbal de Ponte, founder of Garachico

Iglesia de Santa Ana (Church of Santa AnaWolfgang HolzemCC BY-SA 4.0
In 1520, Cristóbal de Ponte, the founder of Garachico, ceded a plot to construct the church.
The dedication of the church to Saint Anne was inspired by his wife, Ana de Vergara.

Cristóbal de Ponte (~1447-1532) was born in Genoa (Italy) and died in Tenerife. He participated with other compatriots, in financing the conquest of Tenerife; and his financial contribution must have been important, judging by the generous distributions of lands that resulted. Historian Cioranescu, relates that Cristóbal de Ponte was the first inhabitant of Garachico “at least, the first whose memory has been preserved. He had a house on his land since before 1499; he made a sugar mill around 1501 and water saw around 1504”.

"... a native of Genoa, patrician of said city and whose name was inscribed in the Libro d'oro della nobiltà di Genova (Golden Book of that city). He passed to Spain and entered the service of the Catholic Monarchs, who authorised him to attend the conquest of the Canary Islands and there he rendered important services to the Spanish sovereigns. These, to reward him, granted him extensive divisions in the district of Daute, Tenerife Island, where he settled in 1497. In the year 1500 he founded the city and port of Garachico."
   
Son of the also Genoese, Juan Esteban de Ponte, he lived in La Caleta de San Pedro, and his estate in El Tanque was located in the Realexo de Daute, above Garachico. He built on his property the chapel of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, later San Sebastián, where he maintained a clergyman chaplain. Cristóbal de Ponte married, in 1503, Ana de Vergara, who died in 1514, daughter of García de Vergara and María Hernández and sister of fellow conquistador and Sevillian Jewish conversoPedro de Vergara

Cristóbal de Ponte, overlooking the Parque Puerta de la Tierra

On the wall overlooking the Puerta de la Tierra in the park of the same name in Garachico, is this bust of Cristóbal de PonteTo commemorate him, the sculptor Eladio de la Cruz, made a high relief, bronze bust of the founder who appears flanked by the coats of arms of Genoa and Garachico. The work is displayed on three natural stone monoliths designed by Lorenzo Dorta García. Several anchors, some from the old port and others donated by the port authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, complete a paved and landscaped complex. 

In 1527 he was summoned by the Inquisition. He excused himself by saying he could not come because of his many years and ailments. In later writing he alleges that he is a sick man, very weak and skinny and has lost much of his sight in such a way that it is necessary for him to have a guide. Cristóbal de Ponte's will was opened upon his death in 1532, on May 11, before Antón Martín, public notary of Daute. His sons Bartolomé de Ponte retained the inheritance of Daute and Pedro de Ponte, that of Adeje.

Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles and Convento de San Francisco RobertoZNCC BY-SA 4.0
The former Franciscan convent - the oldest of the five convents that were built in the town - and church of Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles in Garachico, Tenerife, were founded by Cristóbal de Ponte, in 1524.
This church is burial place of the aforementioned founder and his wife, Doña Ana de Vergara.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Pastel de Tres Leches (Three Milk Cake)

Pastel de Tres Leches in a bar in El Palmar, Buenavista del Norte

It's not a great image and you can see that I'd already made a right mess of the table with my main course, but this is a desert I had once, as a birthday treat, in a bar in the El Palmar Valley in Buenavista del Norte. It was their version of the dessert, Pastel de Tres Leches (Three Milk Cake), a sponge cake soaked in a mixture of three kinds of milk

To be honest, we sub-title this "heart attack pudding", because you can almost feel your arteries hardening before you dig your spoon into this calorie, carbohydrate, cholesterol and fat-laden delicacy, but it's probably OK if reserved for a once-a-year treat. 

And an easier, lazier, recipe that is this tasty, you will not find.

Ingredients

Sponge cake (make it if you must, but a "block" of bought Madeira cake works great.)
1 can of condensed milk
1 small can of evaporated milk
Small pot of double cream
A slurp of rum (to taste)

Method:

Place each portion of sponge in a deep dish.

In a bowl or blender, combine the three milks and add a splash of rum to your own liking.

About half to an hour before you wish to serve, pour some of the drunken, milky mixture over the sponges and allow them to wallow in the fridge for that time to soak some of it in.

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2012

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2012, Carmen Gil González

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2012 was Carmen Gil González, with a costume entitled, "Imperio" (Empire), designed by Santi Castro and representing Zona Comercial Tranvía.

In 2012, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Guacimara Afonso Martín, with a costume entitled 'Del color de la guayaba' (The color of guava), representing newspaper La Opinión de Tenerife and McDonalds and designed by Daniel Pagés.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Cecilia Navarro Arteaga, with a costume entitled 'Quisiera ser' (I would like to be), representing Barbacoa Tacoronte Fiesta Canaria Carnaval and designed by Expedita Hernández.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: Jéssica Guardia Carrillo, with a costume entitled 'Aurora' (Dawn), representing NTM Digital and designed by David Hernández.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Fabiola Vera Martínez, with a costume entitled 'Siboney', representing Centro Comercial Meridiano and designed by Saliarca Creativos.

Carmen Gil González, Reina del Carnaval 2012 de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The theme of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2012 was "Flower Power. The prodigious 60s". The stage was initially going to be giant, but due to lack of budget it ended up being a long panel, with sixties motifs, such as a colourful bus, peace symbols and a Vespa scooter, with two other bright coloured panels on the right and left. On stage there were also images of previous carnival queens, legends such as "Don't worry be hippy" and figures and drawings of characters in hippie costumes. The stage was also decorated with buildings in the city drawn in a psychedelic style. 

At the carnival queen gala, themes such as the arrival of man on the moon, the Vietnam War, student protests, the fight for the protection of nature and the emergence of the New Age were highlighted. These themes were mixed at the beginning of the performance in a conceptual way trying to emulate the artistic forms of that time. It was followed by a tribute to music groups and singers of the 60s, among which the Beatles stood out, with a huge yellow submarine, the Rolling Stones, with the characteristic mouth and large tongue, Fifth Dimension and Ben E. King with mythical songs performed by musicians from the islands, some of them with the lyrics changed to a more carnival tone to melodies such as, "Yellow Submarine ", "Stand by me ", "Aquarius" or "Let the Sunshine In". 

TelevisiónCanaria broadcast the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival Opening Parade, for the first time in its history. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Town Hall of San Miguel de Abona

Town Hall of San Miguel de Abona

Ctra. a los Abrigos, 30, 38620 San Miguel, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Phone: +34 922 70 00 00

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Traditional Fiestas in San Miguel de Abona

Monday, August 23, 2021

The offering of the Hearts of Tejina in the plaza is cancelled for the second year

Corazones de Tejina

The festivities in honor of San Bartolomé de Tejina will be held, for the second year, mainly with cultural events of reduced capacity. That is why the offering of the Hearts of Tejina in the square is cancelled and will take place inside the church, according to the council. 

The festivities began on August 1 with the proclamation by researcher Leopoldo Izquierdo Fernández and included the VII Conference on Historical Dissemination of the History of Tejina, at the Unión Theatre Tejina. The Theatre will also host the Art Festival, on Monday the 23rd, and the musical performances by Miriam Reyes and Vocal 7, on Thursday the 26th and Friday the 27th, respectively. Sunday 29 will be when the tribute to the Feast of the Hearts takes place, with events in the church and in the cultural space. 

La ofrenda de los Corazones de Tejina en la plaza se cancela por segundo año

Festivities of the Hearts of Tejina, Tejina, Tenerife. August 24, Saint Bartholomew's Day.

Los Corazones de Tejina, on the island of Tenerife, is a festival declared an Asset of Cultural Interest that is more than 100 years old. It is celebrated in the last week of August and without a doubt it is one of the most striking traditions that are celebrated in summer, due to the cross-shaped structures that have two wooden hearts and arranged vertically. They are decorated with flowers, with flour cakes with of traditional and religious allegorical motifs, and with fruits. The hearts, which can measure up to 12 meters high and weigh almost a ton, accompanied by their respective parties from their neighbourhoods, are brought to the church square. There they are received by the saint, San Bartolomé, at the door of the church and an emotional act known as the Offering takes place. 

Friday, August 20, 2021

Cestería Canaria (Canarian Basketry)

Handmade baskets from the Valle de el Palmar

Nowadays, some artisan work is still maintained thanks to the effort and commitment of local artisans, and through promotion in workshops. The cane and wicker baskets used in the past to collect the harvest and carry stones stand out. Local crafts can be purchased in stores or at the craftsman's house, as well as admired at crafts fairs. 

In practically the whole of the Canary Islands there are basketry centres, in most cases, very rudimentary. Basket weaving was an activity that was closely linked to the rural world, therefore, it was an art oriented towards domestic consumption, which sought the functionality of the product. This was so, until very few years ago. Nowadays, as with most handicrafts, it has become a luxury product, with a basically ornamental purpose.

The material varies according to the island and the type of model to be made. Normally chestnut, follao (Viburnum treleasei), wicker and cane, are used for the toughest jobs as they are very resistant. While the 'colmo', (as rye straw is known, especially on the island of La Palma and El Hierro) and laburnum, are used more in fine basketry, where the importance is more in the decorative that in the practical.

Straw basketry

There are a wide variety of baskets made with straw, for sewing, etc. Usually made with bramble, raffia or threads. The straw baskets are typical of La Guancha and Buenavista, in Tenerife, Ingenio, in Gran Canaria and Breña Alta, Breña Baja and Mazo, in La Palma.

Rod basketry

The hardness of the rod (follao) allows to make very resistant works such as hand baskets, boats, baskets, foxholes, bread and clothes baskets, baskets with covers, baskets or serones. The stick baskets are typical of La Orotava and Los Realejos, in Tenerife as well as in Breña Alta and Breña Baja, in La Palma.

Cane and wicker basketry

Cane and wicker basketry dates from the first years of colonization. It is used to make among other things hand baskets, bread baskets, shrimp pots, reed cages for birds and reed drums to catch moray eels. The traps, drums and cages are built mainly in Icod de los Vinos and San Andrés, in Tenerife, while baskets are more frequent in Los Sauces and Barlovento, in La Palma and Sabinosa in El Hierro. Currently there are very few artisans who work the reed in a traditional way.

Pírgano basketry

The elaboration of pírgano (central nerve of the palm leaf) basketry, depends on the availability of palm groves. Elaboration is a particularly masculine task, due to the considerable physical strength that working with this material requires. This type of basketwork is produced mainly on the island of Gran Canaria. 


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Town Hall of San Juan de la Rambla

Town Hall of San Juan de la Rambla

Calle Diecinueve de Marzo, 31, 38428 San Juan de la Rambla, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Phone: +34 922 36 00 03

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Traditional Fiestas in San Juan de la Rambla

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2011

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2011, Naomi Cabrera Pulido

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2011, was Naomi Cabrera Pulido, with a costume entitled, "Cien años de historia" (One Hundred Years of History), designed by Leo Martínez and representing newspaper El Día, who won for the 3rd consecutive year.

In 2011, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Fabiana Milena Vera Martínez, with a costume entitled "Cabaret", representing Tranvía de Tenerife (Tenerife Tram) and designed by Santi Castro.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Sonia Hernández Fumero, with a costume entitled "Freyja", representing Centro Comercial Meridiano and designed by Saliarca Creativos.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: Carmen Idaira González Díaz, with a costume entitled "Felicidad" (Happiness), representing Redetel Telefonía S. A. and designed by Juan Carlos Armas.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Naomi Cordobez Hernández, with a costume entitled "Canaima", representing Floristería Tin and designed by Juan Carlos Armas.
The theme of Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival in 2011 was "Enrique González and the murgas of the Canary Islands". The theme honoured, Enrique González Bethencourt, the father of the murgas, founder of several carnival events, such as the Burial of the Sardine and of murgaAfilarmónica Ni Fú-Ni Fá, who had died in 2010. The stage at the International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses had decoration dedicated to Don Enrique with portraits formed like a great clown costume. To the sides, trumpets and instruments characteristic of the murgas. The gala for the election of the Carnival Queen was directed by Sergio García. The final of the murga contests was held, for the first time, at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López Stadium with an audience of 20,000 people. 

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

The strange crime of Vilaflor

Casa de los Soler in Vilaflor

At sunset on August 17, 1840, when he was heading down the road from Granadilla to Vilaflor, near the small hamlet of Cruz de Juan Bello, just over a kilometre from the town, Don Alonso Chirino del Hoyo-Solórzano, VII Marquis de la Fuente de Las Palmas, was assassinated by twelve masked men. Nobody admitted it and the case is unsolved.

Subsequent investigations failed to find anything out about that case and the file was dismissed. A thick veil of silence was spread over the entire region and not a single word came out of the mouths of the local people. You only heard them comment: "They say they killed the Marquis?" And the invariable answer was: "So they say."

We know the face of this noble from a portrait made of him by the Puerto de la Cruz painter Luis de la Cruz in 1815. In it he appears when he had just turned twenty-three years old. He wears a black frock coat, white vest, shirt and collar. The dark and deep eyes, the straight nose and the thick lips stand out in his face, distilling the image of him as aristocratic arrogance. When he died he was 48 years old.

To understand the causes of his death, we must go back to the 15th century. 

The region of Chasna belonged in pre-Hispanic times to the Menceyato de Abona (Menceyato was the name given to Guanche kingdoms) and when the island was conquered, the lands and the use of the waters became the property of Pedro Soler, a Catalan from Tarragona, who created a sugar mill and founded the town of Vilaflor or Chasna. In 1601, a grandson of his managed to be allowed to establish a mayorazgo (a privilege allowing an individual to entail his estate so that his property, real or personal, could be passed on intact to a successor) that comprised a large part of the lands of what today are the municipalities of Arona, San Miguel and Vilaflor.

In the Plaza de San Pedro, in front of the church, stands the manor house of said mayorazgo, in which its gallery on stone columns stands out. Further down in the ravine, a water mill also owned by the Solers survives, although not in use. The president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Ricardo Mechior, expressed during a visit to the municipality held in 2004 his desire for this institution to buy and restore the Casa de los Soler.

From the beginning, the relations between this family and the locals were not good. The abusive model of leasing in kind without a contract allowed landlords to evict tenants, who found themselves in times of drought, condemned to starvation and emigration.

The attitude of the owners of the mayorazgo provoked countless lawsuits and even popular uprisings against the family. In fact, the people of Chasna spent almost two hundred years without paying the fee for the usufruct - the right to enjoy the use and advantages - of the land and water.

Over time, the mayorazgo passed into the hands of the Chirino Soler family and in 1825, when Alonso Chirino inherited the marquisate from his father, he wanted to recover it by claiming the rights to the lands that had been cultivated by the peasants since time immemorial. A judgment of 1833 found in his favour and when it was ratified in 1840, the murder took place.

There were no reports and it was not known who the perpetrators were. This species of Tenerife social conflict between a feudal lord and his vassals has traditionally been considered as an example of the free and proud character of the people of Chasna in the fight for their rights, but for the historian Nelson Díaz Frías, author of the Historia de Vilaflor de Chasna, the murderers were the representatives of the rural Chasna oligarchy or mafia, which was clearly the most affected by the restoration of the mayorazgo

Even today, if you talk to the older people of Vilaflor and the issue of the murder of the Marquis de la Fuente de Las Palmas comes up, don't be surprised if they say: "They say they killed the Marquis." Nor are they surprised if you answer: "That's what they say." 

Monday, August 16, 2021

The famous Sangría of San Roque

Sangría

Whilst the romería once again cannot take place this year, because of the pandemic, we can get the flavour of the event. There are many ways to prepare Sangria, but today we give you the near mythical recipe for the sangria usually distributed in the Romería de San Roque in Garachico, which usually takes place each year on 16 August.

Sangria takes its name from the reddish color obtained from its main ingredient, red wine. (Sangre = blood. Sangria means bloodletting in Spanish). There are different types of sangrías, with white wine or with champagne, but this is made with red wine.

Tips for making the perfect sangria
  • First of all, use a decent wine, neither a gran reserva nor a tetra-brick.
  • Always use hard fruit, such as peach, apple, pear, etc. Never use canned peach or pineapple.
  • The maceration time of the sangria must be at least 2 hours. In that time we will give the fruit time to transmit flavours to the wine.
  • Sweeten to taste, but remember that the fruit itself or if orange or lemon soda is added, it will already add sweetness.
  • You can add cognac or any other alcohol. Your call.
  • Put the ice in the glass, at the moment of serving. If you make a bowl of sangria as is normally done, leave it only with the fruit and do not add ice to the bowl, because if the ice melts, the sangria will be water.

Ingredients:

1 litre of red wine
1 peach
1 apple
1 pear
Half a melon
1 cinnamon stick
Orange peel
Lemon peel
Sugar to taste
Half a litre of lemon, orange or plain soda

Note: Increase each ingredient by half a litre of and half a fruit for every two people.

Method:

Place all the peeled and cut up fruits in a large bowl, add the wine, soda, sugar (to taste), citrus peels and the cinnamon. Let the sangria marinate for two hours and serve cold. 


Sunday, August 15, 2021

The State to auction the Punta de Anaga Semaphore Station for 22,000 euros

Igueste de San Andrés - El Semáforo

Offers for this facility, which dates back to the end of the 19th century, may be submitted until October 15; The winner will be known on the 26th of the same month

The Ministry of Finance and Public Function is putting the Punta de Anaga Semaphore Station up for public auction with a starting price set at 22,260.64 euros. 

The historic building, which turns 126 years old and has been included in the heritage red list due to its high degree of deterioration, passed into the hands of the State in 1970, when the Ministry of the Navy handed it over to the Treasury as it was considered unnecessary as a point for communication with ships.

As detailed in the announcement by the Ministry of Finance, both the land on which it stands and the building itself goes up for auction. Thus, the extension reaches 1,194.84 square meters, while the property, with masonry and concrete walls, has 247.25 square meters and consists of a single floor that includes three houses and an observatory.

The date set for this auction, which also includes two other properties, one in La Orotava and the other in La Laguna, will be October 26, 2021, starting at noon. Then, the list of bidders will be read and the envelopes containing the sealed bids will be opened. Offers may be submitted until October 15.

Not everyone is happy about this: Mayor of Santa Cruz, José Manuel Bermúdezcriticizes the decision of the central government and asks them to suspend the auction and rehabilitate the historic maritime signaling station for the "enjoyment of all".

The Semaphore of Punta de Anaga, according to the Santa Cruz chronicler, José Manuel Ledesma, was one of the first 20 electric semaphore stations that were built on the Spanish coast, by Royal Order on June 9, 1884. Its staff were made up of two lookouts and a signalman; the lookouts being chosen from among graduate officers of the reserve, navy boatswain or pilots of the Merchant Navy, all with more than five years of service.

Built of red tuff, 222 meters above the cliff, it has a rectangular body, with two houses, a kitchen and a toilet, another rectangular body attached to the previous one, which served as a home for the orderly, and a third hexagonal body intended for an observatory. . 

El Estado subasta el Semáforo de Punta de Anaga por 22.000 euros

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Tenerife, the paradise of pools

Piscinas Naturales de Garachico

The island monopolizes the majority of natural pools (61 of 117) in the Canary Islands that have just been declared of regional tourist interest

Tenerife is the Canarian paradise of pools. From north to south, from east to west, the Tenerife coast is full of well-known or undiscovered natural pools full of unimaginable biodiversity. In addition to being a hallmark, they have become a great claim for those looking for a different way of enjoying the sea, more in contact with volcanic nature. 

You just have to look at the internet, where hundreds of articles circulate with classifications of the best pools in the Canary Islands. For this reason, the Ministry of Tourism has just declared 117 of these pools of regional tourist interest. And Tenerife accounts for the largest part: 61 out of 117, 52% of all the Islands.

The Charcos de Marea Master Plan presented last week includes measures to improve the service facilities with an investment of 29.4 million euros. Fernando Miñarro, general director of Tourist Infrastructure of the Canary Islands, explained that the most accessible and visited natural pools have been selected, as well as the best equipped and with the greatest landscape values. "The objective is to improve all the facilities with the utmost respect for the enormous biodiversity in these pools. At no time is it intended to modify the landscape. It is a plan to improve accesses and car parks, with actions to minimize the impact of the urban intervention already carried out or to be carried out”, details the person in charge of this department of the Ministry of Tourism.

In Tenerife, the municipality with the most lava hot tubs is, by far, La Laguna (28). And within La Laguna, most are at, Punta del Hidalgo (27). This part of the coast linked to the Anaga massif has a volcanic platform that juts out into the sea for a kilometre and extends for more than four kilometres, with a succession of pools and coves of black sand between streams with shapes sculpted at the whim of the waves and tides. There are Punta Arroba, Redondo, Intermedio, Alargado, Cumplido, El Redondillo, De Las Ovejas, Del Mono ... and Charco Del Diablo (The Devil's Pool).

The north of Tenerife concentrates those best known by the local population: Charco del Viento de La Guancha, El Caletón de Garachico, La Laja de San Juan de la Rambla or Los Charcones de Buenavista del Norte. But in this list of the Government of the Canary Islands there are also interesting options in the south: El Roquete de Arico, los 8 del Malpaís de Rasca (Arona), el Del Marqués de Adeje, La Jaquita de Guía de Isora ... "What we are looking for is simply to put value these extraordinary corners of our coast, which provide a different and unique experience, at the same time that we guarantee their preservation", details Miñarro. The Minister of Tourism, Yaiza Castilla, contributes as other objectives "the consolidation of a specific model of intervention in the coastline of conservation and integration in the offer of the destination" with placement of signs, general improvements –which concern safety– and new facilities, such as a shaded areas.

This first census of natural pools of regional tourist interest arises from a larger project. The embryo is the work Charcos en Marea, edited by the Ministry of Tourism and in which a detailed study of the 492 tidal pools registered in the Canary Islands is carried out. Its author is the architect and scholar of the volcanic coasts of the Canary Islands, Alberto Luengo, a work that is part of the Ecoáreas-Mardetodos project, which has been developed by the Government of the Canary Islands since 2014.

The classification was made from a screening of those 492 described by Luengo's work. "First half was discarded and then there were 117 that we consider to be perfectly suited to the selection criteria," says the general director of Tourist Infrastructure of the Canary Islands. Tenerife accumulates the largest amount, perhaps because there is a tradition on the island that goes back a long way and that has prompted some municipalities to finance actions in the most well-known pools. But the rest of the Islands are also of great value, apart from the wild ones, which have not entered this list because they are more inaccessible and because the priority in them is to keep their natural world intact. In addition to the 61 in Tenerife, 18 in Fuerteventura, 11 in Lanzarote, 10 in Gran Canaria, 8 in La Palma and El Hierro and 1 in La Gomera have been identified as being of tourist interest.

Sergio Hanquet, photographer and diver, knows the pools of the Canary Islands very well. But above all he knows the enormous natural wealth that they hide. "There is much more than what people imagine: algae, crustaceans, fish, octopus ... Even salts are formed that are also very interesting." Most of those species, are characterized "by a great resistance to constant changes in natural conditions". "It must be taken into account that many of these habitats fill and empty depending on the tides, suffer jumps in temperature and salinity ...". "Those who visit these places must take into account the enormous variety of life they possess" and asks for "a lot of respect for the natural environment and to bathe with great care". "What cannot happen is what happens sometimes, that you come to a pool and you find accumulations of waste. They are delicate ecosystems and you can enjoy the pool but with great caution", he emphasizes.

This Charcos de Marea Master Plan goes in parallel with specific plans developed by some municipalities that pursue the same objective as the regional Executive. The most significant case at present is that of La Laguna and its Sendero Litoral de Punta del Hidalgo project. After obtaining the Blue Flag for the also known as Camino de San Juanito, the Lagunero mayor, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, promotes this part of the coast - from the Roquete beach, next to the Fishermen's Association of Nuestra Señora de la Consolación, up to the Charco de la Arena– on a maritime path with services and equipment and without altering its natural values. It is precisely in this coastal strip of Punta del Hidalgo where 27 of the 117 pools declared of regional tourist interest are concentrated.

Tenerife, el paraíso de los charcos

Friday, August 13, 2021

Candelaria, again without August festivities

Peregrinación a Candelaria (Pilgrimage to Candelaria)

Mayor of Candelaria, Mari Brito, has confirmed that, for the second consecutive year in her municipality, there will be no August festivities in honor of the Patron Saint of the Canary Islands. “There will be no pilgrimage nor celebrations in the street, since the Council is not going to encourage the mass gathering of people. We will try to make the festival reach [people] through audiovisual media, as we did in 2020,” she explained.

The main objective is to avoid risk that may promote the advance of contagion.

“We have already discussed this with the Dominican community and they share our concern about the evolution of the pandemic. Now, we do not have the same tools to control the spread of the virus, therefore, the basilica will be closed on the night of August 14 and the events will be broadcast on television. They are going to be filmed without an audience so that people can live their faith from their homes in safety," she stressed.

The mayor hopes to once again have the understanding and responsibility of the citizens. “We will fight coronavirus with the mechanisms we have. In addition, there is enough time during the year for those who wish to be able to walk to Candelaria”, she concluded. 

Candelaria, se queda un año más sin fiestas de agosto: no habrá peregrinación ni celebraciones en la calle

The Cabildo too recommends not making a pilgrimage to Candelaria

Minister of the Natural Environment and Security, Isabel García, recalled that "due to prevention measures to face the health crisis, the traditional trails of the summit will be closed to walkers from 6:00 p.m. on August 13 to 6:00 a.m. on August 16." The Highways Area will not close the TF28, as has been done in other years due to the presence of walkers, since the Candelaria Council itself has advised against a pilgrimage. It should also be noted that the Candelaria basilica will remain closed on the night of August 14.

“The celebrations in Candelaria this year will not take place, it is very important to avoid concentrations of people, so we recommend extreme care and common sense and therefore, from the Cabildo Security Area we urge the population not to carry out the traditional pilgrimage”, indicated the Minister of Security, Isabel García.

However, from the Cabildo it is recommended to follow the celebrations through the media that will broadcast the festive events. Televisión Canaria will broadcast the Proclamation on August 13 at 10 p.m. by Pepe Dámaso; a documentary "The skin of faith" about the Guanche Ceremony on August 14 at 9.30 p.m., and the offering to the Patroness of the Canary Islands on August 15 at 10:00 p.m., all of them recorded in advance.

El Cabildo recomienda no realizar peregrinación a Candelaria con motivo de las fiestas de la patrona

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Canarian quesillo, one of the most typical and easy to prepare desserts on the islands

Quesillo canario

Quesillo is one of the most typical and easy to make desserts in the Canary Islands, it is similar to flan, but made with a lot of condensed milk and on top of that, it's often served with cream in bars and guachinches throughout the island. A veritable calorific bomb, but nobody knows why it's called a quesillo since it doesn't contain any queso (cheese). 

Ingredients:

1 can of condensed milk of 370 g
1 and 1/2 cans of whole milk (measure with the condensed milk can)
5 eggs
The zest of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons of sugar or liquid caramel

Method:

In a bowl, pour the condensed milk, the whole milk, the beaten eggs (as for an omelette) and the lemon zest and mix well until a homogeneous mixture is obtained.

Make the liquid caramel: for this pour the sugar into a saucepan and melt it over low heat, without stirring, until it acquires a golden hue and is totally liquid. Be careful, it burns easily! (If you don't want to complicate life, just use liquid caramel from a bottle.)

Pour the liquid caramel into a mould, spreading it well over the entire surface.

Pour the milk mixture into the caramelised mould, then cook it slowly over a bain-marie for 1 hour and a quarter approx., taking care that the pan does not boil dry.

Remove from the heat and remove the mould from the pot. When it's cooled refrigerate for a minimum of 8 hours. To serve, unmold it by turning it over, but do it onto a plate or dish with a lip, since otherwise the liquid caramel may overflow.

Quesillo canario, uno de los postres más típicos y fáciles de preparar de las islas

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2010

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2010, Alicia San Juan McNulty

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2010 was Alicia San Juan McNulty, in a costume entitled, "En el País de las Maravillas" (In Wonderland) - her name is Alicia (Alice), after all - designed by Leo Martínez and representing newspaper El Día.

In 2010, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Estefanía Ruiz Sabina, with a costume entitled "Aromas de sándalo" (Sandalwood scents), representing Centro Comercial Meridiano and designed by Saliarca Creativos.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Milagros Jerónimo Fumero, with a costume entitled "Lágrimas de luna" (Tears of the moon), representing Tranvía de Tenerife (Tenerife Tram) and designed by Santi Castro.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: Verónica Rodríguez Díaz, with a costume entitled "Por ti volaré" (For you I will fly), representing NTM Digital, Electronics store in Puerto de la Cruz and designed by Alfonso Baute and David Hernández.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Nazaret González Martínez, with a costume entitled "Mundos diferentes" (Different worlds), representing Grupo Número 1 and designed by Miguel Ángel Castilla Abreu.
The theme of Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2010 was "Tenerife, the history of a Carnival". An old acquaintance of the Tenerife Carnival, Sergio García, returned as director of the galas. The stage in the International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses, with a very special decoration and dedicated to the 400-year history of Carnival. Large mirrors could be seen, so that the public could be present in the setting of the stage, and together with these several images of the representative posters of the carnival. 

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Fiestas de San Roque in Garachico 2021

The Fiestas Patronales de Santa Ana y San Roque in Garachico this year, unfortunately, are being celebrated in a very different way from what was imagined at the last edition, but the town is celebrating, within the limitations set by the health situation.

Last year it was hoped that the town would be able to celebrate the Romería de San Roque, on the big day of these festivities this year - after it was cancelled last year because of the pandemic - but it is still not to be. Instead, at 6pm on Monday, 16 Aug 2021, the Pilgrimage dance with the Guaracha Orchestra will again be broadcast on the fiestas' Facebook Page.

Garachico Town Hall have produced a Program for the Fiestas de San Roque (PDF), which details the events that have been taking place since 23 Jul, including exhibitions, religious events and those that are being broadcast via social media. It's also full of pretty pictures to brighten your day.

Monday, August 09, 2021

Town Hall of La Laguna

Town Hall of La Laguna. Image: Javier Losa, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Ayuntamiento de San Cristóbal de La Laguna (La Laguna Town Hall) building, located next to the Plaza del Adelantado, was ordered to be built by Alonso Fernández de Lugo after the conquest of Tenerife in order to house the island council. Initially, several constructions were carried out and the current one, which dates from 1540, has undergone numerous modifications and reforms throughout history, particularly during the reign of Fernando VII

Address: C/Obispo Rey Redondo, 1, 38202 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. Phone: +34 922 60 11 00.

Official Website | Facebook (Cultura La Laguna) | Twitter | Youtube 

Traditional Fiestas in La Laguna

Sunday, August 08, 2021

The Canary Islands observatories will broadcast the Perseid rain live

Teide and the Milky Way

The sky-live.tv channel will broadcast the Perseids from the observatories of the Canary Islands on the night of August 12 to 13, when the activity of this meteor shower is estimated to reach 100 meteors per hour.

Although the first records of the Perseids date from the year 36, it was not until 1835 that the Belgian astronomer Adolphe Quetelet identified the radiant of this meteor shower (the point in the sky where they appear to be born) in the constellation Perseus, from the that are named after them. The Perseids, also known as 'Tears of Saint Lawrence', is a meteor shower originating in the cloud of dust and rocks that Comet Swift-Tuttle has left behind in each of its orbits around the Sun.

Every year around this time the Earth traverses the comet's trail and, when the small particles that came off it brush against the Earth's atmosphere, the luminous traces that we know as 'shooting stars' are produced. This year the activity of the Perseids occurs between July 17 and August 24. The maximum is expected at dawn from August 12 to 13. Those nights and those of the next few days, between August 11 and 14, will be the best to enjoy this meteor shower.

In addition, the low luminosity of the Moon - there will be a new Moon on August 8 - will facilitate the possibility of seeing even the weakest meteors. According to the calculations of the standard models, the activity of the Perseids will be around 100 meteors / hour (ZHR or zenith hourly rates).

COUNTING STARS IN THE FAMILY

For the Perseids of 2021, the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have come together under the citizen science project 'Contadores de Estrellas' (Star Counters).

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Caution Goats Crossing in Teno Alto

Typical oncoming traffic on the road to Teno Alto

Technical architect, Rafael Díez, has endeavored to adapt the danger sign for cattle to the goat reality of this corner of the Teno Rural Park

Rafael Díez Alcalde is a technical architect for a company hired to offer specialized assistance to the Teno Rural Park. When they addressed the need to install a danger warning sign for goats crossing on the winding access road to Teno Alto, this 51-year-old asked himself: "What does a sign with a cow mean in Teno Alto?". 

Traffic regulations only contemplate the design of the silhouette of a cow on the P-23 sign. 

He then put all his efforts into a new icon, a unique sign for Teno Alto. The danger signs foreseen by the DGT have the silhouette of a cow (P-23) and a deer (P-24). They mean danger due to the proximity of a place where the road can frequently be crossed by all kinds of domestic animals, and danger due to the proximity of a place where the road can frequently be crossed by wild animals. In the second case, it does not refer only to deer.

Ducks Crossing sign in the UK
Díaz Alcalde began to look for regulations, "such as the 1968 Vienna convention on road traffic, which speaks of using as a symbol the silhouette of an animal of the species, domestic or wild, that is most likely to be found in each area." He did not give up and found curious examples. It's common for other countries to use the silhouettes of the most frequent animals in certain areas. In Australia the yellow danger sign with the silhouette of a kangaroo is a national icon, like that of bears in Canada, but the red triangle with a white background also houses silhouettes of wild boars in Croatia, moose in Sweden and many other animals such as bears, horses, ducks, squirrels, sheep, pigs, frogs or camels.

The exception that most interested Díez Alcalde is the Doñana National Park, in Andalusia, where you can see danger warning signs with silhouettes of lynx, snakes, rabbits, wild boars, birds, partridges and even butterflies. After much internal debate, he was put in charge of making the silhouette from a photo, with the help of a designer friend, and placed the image of a Teno Alto goat in the centre of this personalized sign. He hopes that, if there are no problems, it will be placed on the road that gives access to this Buenavista hamlet, with a double objective: to warn drivers of the possible presence of loose goats and to become a new symbol for Teno Alto. "Maybe even tourists will stop there to take pictures with the sign," he says. For now, the mayor of Buenavista del Norte, Antonio González (SSP), does not dislike the idea either: "Using these signs would contextualize much better the type of livestock that visitors to Teno can find and would be more accurate than the image of cow". 

Precaución: cabras sueltas

Friday, August 06, 2021

CD Tenerife calendar for 2021/2022 season

Estadio Heliodoro Rodríguez López home of Club Deportivo Tenerife
Image: JUAN BLAS tenerife, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Blanquiazules (Blue and White team) will visit CF Fuenlabrada on the opening day of the next season (14/15 August). The debut at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López will come with Real Sporting de Gijón in the second game (August 21/22). The first derby (Canary Islands derby) will be played at home on matchday 10 (16/17 October) and the second at home (01/02 January). CD Tenerife will close the season by hosting FC Cartagena.

The Canary Islands derby on matchday ten of LaLiga SmartBank (Segunda División), is when CD Tenerife visits the Gran Canaria Stadium (16/17 October). CD Tenerife will close the first half of the championship as a visitor, taking on Real Zaragoza (December 18/19).

The regular phase of the league championship will conclude for the blue and white team at Heliodoro Rodríguez López, playing against FC Cartagena (May 28/29).


Thursday, August 05, 2021

Chayotas rellenas (Stuffed Chayotes)

Chayotas (Chayotes)

You may be wondering what chayotas (Chayotes) are, well for those who don't know, it's a fruit (Sechium edule) of the (Cucurbitaceae) gourd family (courgette, pumpkin, cucumber, squash, marrow, watermelon) although it is usually treated like a vegetable. It is native to South America and reached the Old World during the so-called Columbian exchange. It has an oval shape, similar to a pear, the skin can be light green or dark green depending on the variety, with deep indentations and small soft spines. It is not usual to see it in supermarkets, because it's not very commercial, but it is found in municipal and farmers' markets.

Chayota or chayote is very suitable for people who want to lose weight, since it contains very few calories and due to its high potassium content, helps eliminate fluid retention. 

Ingredients:

3 large chayotas
200g ground meat (half beef and half pork)
1 onion
2 or 3 garlic cloves
1/2 green pepper
2 tomatoes
Oregano
Black pepper
Salt
Oil
White wine
Parmesan

For the Béchamel:

25 grams of butter
50 grams of flour
450 ml milk
Nutmeg
Black pepper
Salt

Method:
  • Cut the chayotas in half and soak them with plenty of water (to cover them) for about 15 or 20 minutes, so that they lose the gelatinous substance inside.
  • Drain the chayotas, with a knife scrape the remains of the sticky substance. With a sharp knife, extract the seed from the centre, leaving a hole, and remove the skin.
  • Put plenty of water in a large pan, add salt, and cook the chayotas until tender (about 20 minutes approximately), you can also steam them. They must be done but al dente, so they do not fall apart.
  • Meanwhile, peel the garlic and onion, chop them small and in a pan with a little oil, sauté them.
  • Add the finely diced pepper and sauté.
  • When the onion mixture is becoming translucent, add the meat, season to taste, add a little oregano and sauté over high heat until the meat is golden brown.
  • Add a splash of white wine and reduce.
  • Then add the finely chopped tomato and continue sautéing until everything is well combined.
  • Fill the chayota halves and arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or greased with a little oil, cover them with the béchamel sauce and sprinkle with the grated cheese.
  • Gratin in the oven at 200ºC, until golden brown on top.
Preparation of the béchamel:
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan.
  • Add the flour and brown it a little until it forms a paste and takes color.
  • Add the milk slowly and beat continuously with a whisk, over medium heat. Season with salt, black pepper and a little nutmeg and continue stirring until it begins to thicken, then remove from heat and immediately pour it over the chayotas

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Puerto de la Cruz is going back to 'The 90s' for the next Carnival

Wall art in Puerto de la Cruz

Puerto de la Cruz has chosen the theme for its next carnival, in which it will return to 'The 90s' to relive that decade and share a time full of icons in the world of art and culture, and social advances and events that marked the history of Spain, Europe and the world.

A total of 878 people participated this past weekend with their vote, choosing 'The 90s' ​​with 42% of the votes cast. The other candidates were 'Japan' with 22%, 'Lost Civilizations' with 18%, 'Latin America' with 12% and 'Carnaval under 0' (Frozen?) with 5% in last place.

With this result, the Puerto carnival groups, including the designers, are already preparing their, costumes and floats in the hope - COVID permitting - of returning to some sort of normality within the next 7 months, from 17 February to March 7, 2022


PS: If you're wondering: 90 things we love about the '90s

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2009

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2009 Ana María Tavárez Mata

Carnaval Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 2009 was Ana María Tavárez Mata, with a costume entitled "Embrujada" (Bewitched) designed by Leo Martínez and representing newspaper El Día.

In 2009, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Raquel de Ara Carballo, with a costume entitled "Vuelvo de La Guaira en correíllo cargada de loros stop besos Concha" (I return from La Guaira in a Correíllo loaded with parrots, stop, kisses Concha), representing Centro Comercial Santa Cruz Carrefour and designed by Santi Castro.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Leonor Barreto Fuentes, with a costume entitled "Aria de amor" (Aria of love), representing Centro Comercial Meridiano and designed by Saliarca Creativos.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: Gisela Dorta Melo, with a costume entitled "This is for you, I love you, Thank you", representing Centro Comercial Alcampo - La Laguna and designed by Juan Carlos Armas.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Nuria Niebla Plasencia, with a costume entitled "Nirvana", representing Tranvía de Tenerife and designed by Santi Castro.
The theme of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife was El cine de Terror (Horror Cinema). 

Known as "The Anti-crisis Carnival", the main stage at the The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses, was scaled back and completely flat, without sculpted or modelled elements of scenery. Its decoration was based on large format prints, with traditional motifs from the first horror movies. 

The Official Carnival song that year was "Chicharrero de Corazón", by the Murga Ni Pico Ni Corto, becoming the first song by a carnival group to be the official song for these fiestas, and which had a tremendous reception at the Gala of the Carnival Queen, being danced and sung by all the carnival troupes of Tenerife. The "Ave Satani" (satanic hymn from the horror movie The Omen, could be heard several times in the introduction to the gala. 

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