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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Aemet activates yellow warning in the Canary Islands for maximum temperatures of 36 ºC

Aemet activates yellow warning in the Canary Islands for maximum temperatures of 36 ºC

The State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) has activated a yellow warning in the Canary Islands for a heatwave that will bring with it maximum temperatures that could reach 36 degrees, as reported on its website. The yellow warning, which will come into effect this Friday at 6:59 p.m., will affect the peaks of Gran Canaria with a maximum of 34 degrees, mainly on south-facing slopes, and on the midlands of the west, south and southeast of the island, where there will be maximums of 36 degrees.

There will also be a yellow warning in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, mainly affecting inland areas in the south of both islands, and in Tenerife, where the heat will be especially noticeable in the south and southwest of the island.

On Saturday, the risk of high temperatures will continue to affect Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, and will extend to La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro. 

In Gran Canaria, highs of 36 degrees will continue to be recorded, mainly affecting the midlands of the west, south and southeast. In Fuerteventura there will be maximum temperatures of 34 degrees, affecting mainly inland areas in the south of the island, and in the rest of the islands it will mainly affect the midlands and slopes oriented to the south and southwest, where the thermometers can reach maximums of 34 degrees.

La Aemet activa el aviso amarillo en Canarias por máximas de 36 ºC

Adeje Patron Saint Festivities dedicates proceeds to the island of La Palma

Fiestas Patronales de Adeje 2021

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, has announced that the proceeds from the cultural events organized for the town's Patron Saint Festivities will be used to help the island of La Palma in the face of the crisis generated by the eruption of the volcano.

“At first, we considered suspending the events, as a show of solidarity with the sister island, but we understand that this action not only does not help the affected people of La Palma at all, but would also harm the cultural sector hired for the realization of those acts, just at a time when the economy is beginning to reactivate for thousands of families. At that point, the Government team decided that the best way to help the island of La Palma was to allocate the proceeds we obtain from these events to contribute to the needs of the affected people”. In addition, the mayor explained that a "zero row" (where you can make a donation only, without buying tickets) will be established to raise more funds for La Palma and that the government team "is studying other forms of aid from the City Council."

The program of events for the Adeje Patron Saint Festivities, which can be consulted from today on the municipal website, have been chosen based on the current level of alarm on the island of Tenerife. Although it will not be possible to hold mass events such as the pilgrimage, the capacity of the events will be limited and with the proper sanitary measures, the Council has opted for the organization of various concerts and cultural events. 

Likewise, the parish priests have announced that the traditional religious program will be held, with limited capacity, such as the mass in honor of the patron saint, the Virgin of the Incarnation, which will take place on Sunday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the parish church of Santa Úrsula. Two other important religious moments will be on Monday, October 11, with the mass for the patron saint, Santa Úrsula, and on Sunday, October 17, with the Romera mass in which the Adeje Folklore group will perform with music and dance.

The festivities will begin on Saturday, October 2 with the traditional "Descent of the image of the Virgin of the Incarnation" and then the raising of the flag will take place. After the ceremony, around 7:00 p.m., the proclamation will be read, which this year will be given by Emilia González Delgado, a graduate in Physical Sciences from the University of La Laguna, communicator and television presenter. The proclamation will be enlivened by the Lux Aeterna sacred music concert. Both the Proclamation and the three religious ceremonies will be streamed through the council's website and social networks, as well as being broadcast by Radio Sur Adeje, local and regional television stations.

These 2021 fiestas will also have space for music with the performance of several concerts, among which the one by Agoney, which closes his tour in his hometown, will be on October 16 at 8:30 p.m. at the Campo de Fútbol de Adeje (Adeje Soccer Field). Another of the concerts that can be enjoyed during these festivities will be that of Locoplaya on Friday, October 15, also at the Adeje Soccer Field. The most Canarian music will come from the hand of Benito Cabrera and Jemp Meléndez on Friday, October 8 at 8:30 p.m. in Plaza España. The concerts of "Tarasca" will take place there, on Saturday, October 9; and that of Troveros de Asieta, on Monday, October 11, both at 8:30 p.m.
Comedy will come to the festivities from the hand of the Abubukaka Group with its work "The Carnival of the Animals", on Sunday October 10 at eight o'clock at night. Comedian Kike Pérez will be in charge of humour on Sunday October 17, after which the Sabina tribute concert “Noche Sabinera” will take place.
Kids will have their space on Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Plaza España with the children's show "Clowns en route FIC 2021" with the performance of Carlos Adriano & Bubble On Circus. The circus world will have a special place within the Patron Saint Festivities since the International Clown Festival is incorporated into the program, which will take place in Plaza Salytien in Costa Adeje, with varied shows, in the morning and afternoon on 9 and 10 October.
The cultural offer will be closed by the traditional Canarian clothing pattern making workshop given by María del Carmen Almenara. This event is organized by the Cabildo de Tenerife (MAIT) in collaboration with the Department of Citizen Participation and Coexistence.
People interested in attending the events must make the reservation through the website www.adeje.es since the current level of alarm due to COVID19 requires capacity control and other preventive health measures.
Other social events
Within the Patron Saint Festivities, other outstanding social events will take place. This is the case of the Cadena Ser nationwide program, Hora 25, with the journalist Aimar Bretos, which will be broadcast from the Adeje Convent on Friday, October 1.
Another of the events postponed by the pandemic and which finds its place within the Patron Saint Festivities, is the inauguration of the mural dedicated to the visibility and enhancement of outstanding Canarian women. The mural, entitled "Brave, valuable, visible", will have its official presentation on Wednesday, October 13 at 12 noon. The work, made by two Adeje visual artists, Alba González Fernández and Aída Cecilia Hernández, can be seen finished on Calle Hermano Pedro, at the rear of the Adeje Cultural Center. This initiative has been promoted by the Council of Equality of the City Council, directed by Desiderio Afonso Ruiz.

On your marks for the Tamaimo Hillclimb

Image: Barliamotorsport Subida A Tamaimo

One of the most popular motor sports events on the island, the Subida a Tamaimo (Tamaimo Hillclimb) is going ahead on Saturday, October 2 in Santiago del Teide

At the presentation of the event on 21 Sep at the Ayuntamiento Santiago del Teide (Santiago del Teide Town Hall), Mayor, Emilio Navarro began, "First of all, I want to send a hug to all the people of La Palma." Regarding the event, he assured that “the main focus is safety, which is why we could not carry it out last year. We are at level 2, we have learned and the situation has improved, so we were clear about celebrating the climb”. 

Loly Guanche, president of organisers, Escudería Barliamotorsport, also began her intervention with words of support for the residents of La Palma. She continued saying that “Tamaimo has a great story behind it, I have received very nice messages from the drivers, very emotional”, which shows the importance of its return to the calendar." "We are very satisfied with the rate of registrations, in addition to having drivers from several islands," she added. While waiting for confirmation, the start at 5,200 m of the route will be started by the Formula-Rally participants, who will give way to those who compete in speed. At the moment, she declared that there are none registered in sport regularity. Loly Guanche continued highlighting that there will be private security for the event, in addition to the fact that the information "can be obtained by means of a QR code or via the official website (www.subidatamaimo.com)". The head of the organization stressed the importance of public collaboration, "all we ask is that they take precaution watching the event, in addition to the obligation to follow all measures to contain the spread of COVID."

A total of 96 entries appear in the official list of participants published by the Barliamotorsport Team; 86 in Speed and 10 in the Formula Rally section, guaranteeing an undoubted appeal for the event that will be held this Saturday in Santiago del Teide, between Los Gigantes Cliff and Tamaimo town centre.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2017

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

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

In 2017, the court was made up as follows:

  1. First Maid of Honour was Laura Rodríguez Jorge, with the costume named, 'Oración Caribe' (Caribbean Prayer), designed by Daniel Pagés and representing McDonald's and newspaper, La Opinión de Tenerife.
  2. Second Maid of Honour of Santa Cruz' Carnival was Samantha Rodríguez Abrante, with the costume entited, 'La Joya' (The Jewel), designed by Francisco de Borja Ledesma Abreu and representing Canary Islands' honey rum brand, Ron La Indiana.
  3. Third Maid of Honour was Carla Cabrera González, with a costume entitled 'Aguas de Victoria' (Victory Waters), by designer Santi Castro and representing shopping centre Centro Comercial Añaza Carrefour.
  4. Fourth Maid of Honour was Shaila Perdomo Quintero, with a costume entitled 'Alba', designed by Eduardo Martín Quintero and representing shopping centre Centro Comercial Alcampo La Laguna.
The theme of Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival in 2017 was "El Caribe" (The Caribbean). The Carnival Queen Gala was directed (for the second consecutive year) by Enrique Camacho, and singer Jadel also repeated as master of ceremonies, this time accompanied by Andalusian artist Roko. More than 5000 spectators witnessed the gala live at the Recinto Ferial, an event for which tickets had been sold out just a week before. The Gala was broadcast live by Televisión Canaria and Televisión Española, through La 2 and TVE Internacional, being the year it had the most international coverage in the media. 

The Gala staged a cruise through the Caribbean, where there was a tribute to the carnival of different Caribbean countries such as Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, Bahamas, etc. Also during the Gala was a tribute to Antonio Messeguer, who said goodbye to the character to whom he had given life during the carnivals of the last four decades, Fidel Castro, with a great ovation from the spectators. 

2017 will also be remembered as the year of the inauguration of the Casa del Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a museum dedicated to the history of this emblematic festival.

El Rosario celebrates its patron saint festivities in Machado from October 1 to 10

The festivities in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary will take place in the Plaza de la Ermita de Machado

The festivities of the district of Machado (El Rosario) in honor of the Virgen del Rosario, patron of the municipality to which it gives its name, will be held again in its 2021 edition, repeating the successful formula of the festivities of La Esperanza: the creation of a Cultural Enclosure with which guarantees the security measures and the online broadcasting of the events so that, given the capacity restrictions, a greater number of people can enjoy the programmed events. 

The patron saint festivities will take place between Friday 1 and Sunday 10 October.

The events begin on Friday, October 1, starting at 9:00 p.m., with a tribute concert to the festivals of the Canary Islands, which will feature performances by the Los Ideales orchestra and the singers Pepe Benavente, Falo Rodríguez, Argelio Rodríguez and Lope Gallardo. This event will be broadcast on the YouTube channel of the Latin music station Radio Rumberos FM.

On Saturday, October 2, starting at 8:00 p.m., it will be the turn of the Big Band Revelation, a new format devised by the Barranco Hondo Revelation orchestra in a "big band" format. To end the first weekend of celebration, on Sunday 3 the first Eucharist will be celebrated in honor of the Virgin of Our Lady of the Rosary, with the participation of the MCA "Princesa Yaiza", and starting at 7:00 p.m. the II Meeting of Soloists, under the musical direction of Marcos del Castillo and with the voices of Miriam Reyes, Iván Quintana, Javi Hernández, Miriam Cruz and Virginia Torres. This meeting will be broadcast on municipal social networks.

On the occasion of the festival of Our Lady of the Rosary, on Thursday, October 7, which will be a holiday in the municipality of El Rosario, the solemn Eucharist will be officiated in the hermitage of Machado from 12:30 p.m. and, from At 7:00 p.m., a special concert by Los Cantadores will take place, which can also be followed through the municipal social networks.

Finally, on Thursday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m., the traditional mass will be offered for the deceased of the neighbourhood and the municipality; while on Sunday the 10th, at 12:30 pm, the festivities will conclude with the Solemn Eucharist, with the accompaniment of the MCA «Princesa Yaiza».

To attend any event it is essential to register in advance by calling 922 01 01 60 Ext. 1004, 1008 and 1007 or by sending an email to fiestas@ayuntamientoelrosario.org. All performances are free and people registered in El Rosario will have priority. 

El Rosario recupera sus fiestas patronales, que se celebran en Machado del 1 al 10 de octubre

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Brocheta de pollo al romero (Rosemary chicken skewers)

Brocheta de pollo al romero (Rosemary chicken skewers)

As the folks at La Laguna Ahora explain, "This recipe is ideal for an informal meal, we saw it in Oliver’s Twist and we could not resist trying it, with a really delicious result. The rosemary chicken skewers are very tasty, prepare a good portion because you are going to love them." We assume they're referring to Oliver’s With A Twist in Los Cristianos, so making this yourself will tide you over while you wait to get a booking. 

3 filleted chicken breasts
12 slices of bacon
1 lemon
1 head of garlic
1 sprig of rosemary
black pepper
olive oil and salt.

Preparation: Start by preparing the marinade, grate the lemon rind without reaching pith, de-leaf the rosemary, peel the garlic cloves and put all the ingredients in a large mortar, add black pepper and salt and crush well. Add olive oil and mix well.

Cut the breast fillets into strips about two fingers wide and place them in the prepared dressing, leave to marinate for a minimum of half an hour.

Cut the bacon slices in half lengthwise. Prepare two or three skewers per person, depending on how much you load them. To do this, take a strip of chicken together with one of bacon, skewer it at one end, fold the chicken and bacon and skewer again. 

Repeat the operation until all the ingredients are used, then, on a grill or griddle, pour a little oil from the marinade and grill them by turning them so that they brown evenly. 

Monday, September 27, 2021

Friday, September 24, 2021

Free Culturarte Tours in Puerto de la Cruz on the occasion of World Tourism Day

Mural in Puerto de la Cruz. Image: WebTenerife

To mark World Tourism Day, on September 25 and 26, 2021, FREE 'Culturarte' routes will be held in Puerto de la Cruz (leaflet in English): two in the morning, one from 10:00 to 12:00, and another from 11:00 to 13:00, and in the afternoon from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. To sign up for these routes, a prior reservation is essential by calling 922 378 400 ext. 3512, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, by email to pfaegjturismoseguro@gmail.com, or directly at the tourist information points located in the Lago Martiánez, San Telmo, Calle Quintana, Plaza del Charco, Old Port and Plaza Mequinez.

PFAE Safe Tourism

The PFAE-Gj Turismo Seguro Puerto de la Cruz 2020 (PFAE-GJ Safe Tourism Puerto de la Cruz 2020) project is developing various free interpretive routes to publicize the value of the history, culture, gastronomy, and commerce in the municipality of Puerto de la Cruz.

The CulturArte route, which has been developed since July, starts from the Castillo San Felipe and runs through the heart of La Ranilla district, with various stops, to discover its history, culture and street art through its murals. “We highlight various anecdotes and symbols, customs and traditions of the neighbourhood, its people and the importance in the municipality throughout history,” stated councillor and head of Culture, Marco González.

The routes are being adapted to an audio guide format, in Spanish and English, and to a virtual format. They are also adapted and targeted to the group to which they are directed, being able to be of benefit to all, from kids to the elderly. 

Is a project that began last March as a Training Program in Alternation with Employment through which 15 young people complement their learning to obtain the Level 3 professional certificate in Local Tourism Promotion and Visitor Information that enables them in the profession of tourist informants and / or promoters. "During these months, more than 2,500 people have been attended at the information points and the route has been made for some 170 people from different groups," said Councillor for Employment María Jesús Hernández

The program, which lasts for nine months, contemplates the theoretical-practical training of this group of young people for 1,315 hours and they receive a training and apprenticeship contract. It is a public employment and training program for young unemployed people without specific training in a profession. The initiative is co-financed by the European Social Fund and the Canarian Employment Service, within the framework of the National Youth Guarantee System of the Ministry of Labor and Social Economy, and is executed by the Puerto de la Cruz City Council.

In addition, the students offer information on the resources, services and tourist products of the municipality, while they are in charge of informing residents, visitors and tourists about the program of celebrations, events and the activities that are going to take place from now until the end of the year. These actions are carried out in the areas of Playa Jardín, Castillo San Felipe, San Telmo, Calle Quintana, Lago Martiánez, La Paz and the C.I.T. 

Arona Gran Hotel reopens its doors today

Arona Gran Hotel

Today is the day chosen for the reopening of the Arona Gran Hotel. The establishment, which had to close its doors in March 2020, returns with news for all its customers, who upon their return will be able to enjoy renovated facilities and completely new spaces.

Time has not been wasted in this year and a half of closure, which has been used to improve some hotel facilities, such as the change of floors in the common areas or the replacement of railings with glass to improve the views of the sea; But new spaces have also been created, such as the expansion of the Up! terrace, located on the roof of the building, which adds a new cube-shaped pool that gives the impression of floating above the sky; and new concepts, such as La Champaneria, which offers 25 sparkling wines from around the world for the most sophisticated customers.

But without a doubt the biggest novelty is its new idea of ​​No Reception. The traditional counter at the hotel entrance is eliminated with the idea of ​​being closer to the client through digitization and personal relationships. The client no longer has to go to the reception for everything, they can be attended to in the place they want, and for that they will have the Hello Spring app from where they can check in, book activities or contact individually with the staff of the hotel, which will ensure that the client does not miss anything during their stay. 

Severe poverty soared by 49% in the Canary Islands in 2020 to affect over 373,000 people

Stock image of a homeless human. Most people in severe poverty (95.2%) have homes.

The Canary Islands is the community with the highest percentage of severe poverty 

Severe poverty grew by 49% in the Canary Islands in 2020 and affects 373,665 people, 16.5% of the total population of the archipelago, 132,285 more people since the start of the pandemic in 2020, according to data collected by the European Network for the Fight against Poverty and Social Exclusion in the Spanish State (EAPN-ES) in their second report 'The Map of Severe Poverty in Spain: The Landscape of Abandonment'.

The archipelago grew more than five points in one year and positioned the autonomous community as that with the highest percentage of its population in severe poverty, ahead of the Valencian Community and Asturias, with 13.4% and 12, 2% respectively.

In the country as a whole, a total of 4.5 million people in Spain (9.5% of the population) live in severe poverty in Spain and 72% of them are Spanish.

The Living Conditions Survey (July 2021), places the income threshold to consider that a household is in severe poverty at 6,417.30 euros per unit of consumption per year; that is, each person must survive on less than 281 euros per month in the case of a family with two adults and two minors, and with less than 535 euros per month if they live alone.

EAPN Spain recalls that with this budget, these people have to cover all their needs, so the main difficulty is having to choose between eating or maintaining an adequate temperature at home, between culture and nappies or between having a computer or shoes.

Regarding the profile of people living in severe poverty in Spain in 2020, the document reveals that 72% are Spanish, many of them with a medium (53%) or high (17.9%) educational level and, in addition, with work (27.5%) and with a home (95.2%).


Furthermore, the study reveals that 14.1% of girls, boys and adolescents (aged 17 or under) live in this situation, a figure that contrasts with 8.6% of the population as a whole.

Another of the data highlighted in the report is that 12% of the people who live in households with minors are in a situation of severe poverty compared to 7.1% of those who live in households without minors; and that 21.5% of the people living in single-parent households (mostly headed by women) are in a situation of severe poverty.

By territories, the Canary Islands, the Valencian Community and Asturias present the highest percentages, ranging between 12.2% and 16.7% of the total population living in severe poverty. In absolute values, the highest correspond to the communities with the largest population: Andalusia, which has more than 980,000 people in severe poverty, Catalonia and the Valencian Community, with 702,000 and 674,000 respectively.

EAPN concludes in its report that after a year and a half of the pandemic, the signs "reaffirm the social bias of the disease", both with regard to the possibilities of contagion and the "profound economic consequences" that it produces among the poorest population.

Specifically, it points out that people who live in poverty eat worse, have more diseases, are more obese, exercise less, live in underfunded or small homes and most of those who manage to work do so in jobs that require face-to-face activity.

The president of EAPN-ES, Carlos Susías, stated during the presentation that in order to face this serious situation of poverty in Spain, tools such as the Minimum Living Income (IMV) must be assessed, and highlighted some aspects improvement.


"The amount of the Minimum Living Income must be improved by placing it above the poverty threshold, as well as its coverage, so that it reaches all the people who need it, especially, those in situations of greater social and economic vulnerability," he said.

Head of Political Advocacy and European Affairs, Graciela Malgesini, pointed out that, in view of the report's data, "poverty is the result of political decisions, inequality and injustice."

"Its elimination is achieved through a high level of social protection, with effective and generous resources, universal public services and quality employment. And it is guaranteed through gender equality and the fight against all forms of discrimination," she stressed.

EAPN-ES warns that the social and economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic will remain and continue to affect the most vulnerable population groups, so it is committed to extending the social protection measures implemented to deal with the social and health crisis. 

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Pata asada canaria: Canarian roast leg of pork, recipe adapted to the home oven

Canarian roast leg of pork, recipe adapted to the home oven Directo al Paladar

Anyone who has been to the Canary Islands knows one of its most popular dishes, oven-roasted pork leg, similar to the mechá meat of Andalusia but with an unmistakable flavour of spices and aromatic herbs. As this dish is normally made with a whole pork leg, today we are going to make Canarian roast leg, adapting the recipe to the home oven, and to a medium family size (serves 6). Of course, you can adapt the recipe to larger quantities, calculating between fifty minutes and one hour for each kilo of meat. 


Lean piece of leg of pork 1.2 kg
Fresh rosemary to taste
Coarse salt
Ground black pepper
Black peppercorns
Fine herbs
Extra virgin olive oil


Start by making diamond-shaped cuts to the skin of the pork leg. Cover the leg with coarse salt and leave it in the fridge for about two hours. After that time, take it out of the fridge, bring it to room temperature and remove the salt.

In a mortar, crush black pepper, fresh rosemary, aromatic herbs and seasonings to your liking. Spread the pork leg with olive oil and paste this mixture of spices on the surface.

Bake for one hour for each kilo of meat at 200º. If using a whole leg or a 3 kg piece for example, protect with aluminium foil after one hour of cooking so that it does not burn. If you use a kilo-odd piece as here, an hour and a quarter is enough, without the need to cover.

Allow the meat cool in the oven once switched off - it will take an hour or more - and then wrap it in aluminium foil and place it in the fridge to cool fully for two hours. 

Canarian roast leg of pork is excellent both cold and hot and can be eaten as an aperitif, as a cold meat, to make sandwiches, and of course also as a main dish, heating it with the juices from the roast and accompanying it with wrinkled potatoes or cooked rice. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The lava advanced at 4 meters per hour and last night it travelled only 15 meters

La Palma volcano Edge of lava estimated by ACO (1)

The PEVOLCA Steering Committee, which was attended by the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska and the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Victor Torres, insisted on prevention as a security measure, since the La Palma volcano is alive and the island continues in an emergency situation, at red alert. Currently the lava advances at 4 meters per hour and last night it only travelled 15 meters. For scientists it is not feasible to redirect the lava and no action can be taken in this regard. [Did somebody try?]

The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, announced today that evacuated people who are in the shelter will be transferred to a hotel in Fuencaliente during the day, while people with reduced mobility will go to a social health centre. The intention of the authorities is to keep the shelter only as the first point in case of new evictions and to continue studying the housing alternatives for people staying in family homes.

The authorities recalled the need to let the emergency services work and stay outside the exclusion radius of 2.5 kilometres from the emission centres (vents) recommended by scientists to minimize the risk of impact from pyroclasts and exposure to gases of the volcano. It is also necessary to stay away from lava flows in the event of possible landslides and high temperatures, in addition to taking extreme precautions against falling ash.

The affected area currently covers 140.44 hectares, with a front of 600 meters. The technical director of PEVOLCA, Miguel Ángel Morcuende, stated that the volcano is still active, releasing lava, and the two flows continue to advance, but very slowly, due to the increase in viscosity and because it is filling in the natural holes of the terrain that is to be found in its path. Mathematical models indicate that it will continue to advance, but it cannot be guaranteed that it will reach the sea.

Morcuende explained that there is only one fissure, with 9 vents or emission centres, although not all are active. There has been a small movement of the lava that was standing in the southern area during the night, but minimal and there is no variation from the previous night. Last night there were several explosive episodes that may continue, although the deformity has not grown and remains at 28 centimetres. According to Morcuende, it is a time of mini stability, but is not known how long it can last.

Regarding the measurements of sulphur dioxide, he indicated that they do not reflect a danger to human health. The plume is at 3,000 meters of altitude. 

Scientific Comittee

The report of the Scientific Committee indicates that the eruption continues to show the same fissure eruptive style, with a strombolian mechanism, in a fissure in a NW-SE direction. Yesterday the main broadcasting centre had a phase of greater explosiveness that intensified at 7:00 p.m. (local time), reached its maximum at 9:00 p.m. and ended coinciding with the partial collapse of the upper part of the cone today at 2:00 a.m. local). In the last hours, a decrease in the average advance speed of the front of the lava flow has been observed to values ​​of 4 m / h. continuing its advance towards the sea.

It reaches thicknesses between 8 and 15 m. Seismicity continues at low levels. Today at 01:25 (local time) an earthquake of magnitude 2.2 mbLg, felt with intensity II, was located. The estimate of the emission rate of sulphur dioxide (SO2) into the atmosphere by this eruptive process during yesterday was between 6,140 and 11,500 tons per day. These values, although correctly measured, are underestimated by the large dimension of the sulphur dioxide plume observed by satellite. The emission of materials reaches 3,000 m according to the Toulouse VAAC.

The volcanic tremor signal shows a tendency to decrease in amplitude at seismic stations, probably due to the concentration of strombolian activity in a smaller number of centres. Likewise, it is found that the deformations have decreased their speed, showing relative stability in the last 12 hours. The deformation measured by the INSAR technique shows an average cumulative maximum of 28 cm.

Regarding meteorological information, the anticyclonic situation continues, with winds from the northeast from the surface up to 3000 meters, with intensities around 20 - 30 km / h (decreasing with height). On the west slope affected by the eruption, the breeze continues to predominate, that is, westerly winds during the day and downward mountain winds at night. The most significant thing is the turn of the wind from north / northeast to west increasing its intensity at this level from 5 km / h to 10-15 km / h, during the next morning at the level of 700 hPa (3000 meters approx.). This factor will influence the movement of ash to the east of La Palma. It is ruled out that any precipitations registered during the next 24 hours are acidic. 

Work is continuing on the numerical modelling of the extent of lava flows and the monitoring of the advance rate of lava flows and their extent. In addition, the daily monitoring of the emission of sulphur dioxide (SO2) from the eruptive foci is continued by means of remote optical sensors mounted on helicopters and the chemical composition of the plume by means of multigas sensors. Ash sampling and washing is done regularly. Field inspections and drone observations are underway.

It is possible that explosive episodes such as those that occurred yesterday (09/21) will be repeated. Given the large thicknesses of the lava flow observed in some points, collapses of its face can occur which, in steeper areas, can lead to the formation of large fragments of lava flow, which can detach from the face of the flow, suddenly reaching distances of several meters from the pouring face, depending on the topography. Also in steep areas, small pyroclastic flows can occur.

If the lava flows reach the coast, the scientists warn that the interaction of the sea with the lava could generate columns of water vapor with acid gases, detachment of the lava front, and the emission of fragments could be produced in the vicinity of the contact (fragmentation snapshot and emission of ballistic fragments). In this sense, the continuous monitoring of the activity has been reinforced and any significant changes observed will be communicated.

Santa Cruz de La Palma opens donation centre for persons affected by the volcano

The Council of Santa Cruz de La Palma has enabled a municipal donation centre in the annex of the Pabellón Multiusos Roberto Rodríguez Estrello pavilion (Cam. Velachero, 38700 Santa Cruz de la Palma), for donations of basic necessities for people who have been evicted from their homes by the volcanic eruption and that will remain open, indefinitely, from Monday to Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In addition, an information point for volunteers will be established to channel all resources and contributions from citizens, visitors and companies directly through the teams that are managing the response on the ground.

Organizations that serve affected people, say that non-perishable food, personal hygiene products, towels, new underwear (only accepted with purchase labels) and masks are urgently needed. Also, warm clothing for adults, infant food and products for people with celiac disease, lactose intolerant and without sugar. It will continue to inform promptly of changes in needs and all donations will be received and forwarded to the agencies that care for people relocated or in vulnerable situations.

The team reports that they are receiving multiple messages, from different parts of the country, from individuals who want to help. However, the emergency situation make it necessary to organize, centralize and channel the resources in the municipality to take care of them the needs of the people who are going through this terrible situation. 

The entire government team is working on several long-term municipal measures to support the needs of the affected people and recall that, "from the first moment, we've made all the facilities and municipal resources available to the management team of this emergency, and that personnel, especially the Local Police and Civil Protection, have turned to contribute to guarantee the safety of the people and the proper functioning of the operation".


Likewise, for people and companies that want to make financial donations, the Council recalls that the Cabildo de La Palma has enabled several channels in order to centralize contributions. The bank account number authorized to formalize national donations through bank transfer is ES47 2100 9169 0122 0017 9456, while in the case of international donations it is CAIXESBBXXX. In addition, people who want to make their donation through Bizum, must access the 'Send donation' tab and enter the code 03747.

El Paso and Los Llanos de Aridane councils have also set up bank accounts for this same purpose. The one in Los Llanos is ES06 2100 1921 1902 0014 1752, while El Paso has two, which are ES26 2100 7109 3122 0015 5652 and ES57 3076 0480 6710 0761 6723. 

Likewise Centro Comercial Meridiano in Tenerife (Av. Manuel Hermoso Rojas, 16, 38005 Santa Cruz de Tenerifehas set up its Information Point as a place to collect donations for people affected by the eruption of the volcano in Cumbre Vieja, on La Palma. Meridiano, in collaboration with the NGO Sonrisas Canarias, will collect and send all donated products to the affected families.

While the Tenerife employers' association, CEOE-Tenerife, has opened a solidarity account to support the victims of the volcanic eruption, in which any company can contribute its help through the following account ES48 3058 1302 6327 2001 1896.

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2016

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

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

In 2016, the court was made up as follows:

  1. 1st Maid of Honour: Flavia Martínez Álvarez, with a costume entitled "Eva" (Eve), representing Autoinsular Citroën and designed by Daniel Pages.
  2. 2nd Maid of Honour: Priscila Medina, with a costume entitled "Desde Italia" (From Italy), representing Radio Club Tenerife and Centro Comercial Añaza Carrefour and designed by Santi Castro.
  3. 3rd Maid of Honour: Tamara Siverio, with a costume entitled "Me siento bella" (I feel beautiful), representing Grupo Fedola and designed by Alfonso Baute.
  4. 4th Maid of Honour: Estefanía García Martín, with a costume entitled "Entre el bien y el mal" (Between good and bad), representing Espectáculos Bravo and Cadena Meliá Hoteles and designed by Antonio Santos Arteaga.

The theme of Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival in 2016 was "The 80s". For the scenery, the LED screen was eliminated and the traditional papier-mache decorations were recovered (of doubtful taste), with eighties motifs including, a pseudo reproduction of a "Game Boy"; a giant cassette tape and a Playmobil doll paying homage to Freddy Mercury. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

A new vent emerges in Tacande (La Palma), a new earthquake of 4.1 and more evacuations

Image: Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN) National Geographic Institute

The night had been one of "tense calm", reports indicate, because "you cannot do anything, other than be aware of ensuring that people in danger are out of their homes", and some people had to be helped "who stayed behind because of animals."

A new earthquake occurred in El Paso at three kilometres deep. A new vent emerged last night in the volcano on La Palma, in the vicinity of the town of Tacande, which has forced the evacuation of a further 150 - 200 people. The new vent is located about 900 meters from the main one and to the north. It's the ninth vent for which there is evidence.

The National Geographic Institute (IGN) detected a new earthquake of 3.1 on the mbLg scale in the municipality of El Paso, although the Red Sísmica de Canarias (Canary Islands Seismic Network) indicates that the magnitude was 4.1. 

It is the largest earthquake on the island since this Sunday. The tremor, which occurred at 9:32 p.m., was felt in the municipalities of Los Llanos de Aridane, Breña Baja, Tazacorte, El Paso, Breña Alta, Fuencaliente, Villa de Mazo and Santa Cruz de La Palma.

Satellites have so far detected the destruction of 166 houses and the advance of lava. Although, the movement of the lava in the volcanic eruption of La Palma has slowed down in recent hours, so was not expected to reach the sea during the night, said the director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Risk Prevention Plan (Pevolca), Miguel Angel Morcuende. This does not mean, he has clarified, that the eruption has decreased its activity and it should be verified in the next few hours if this reduction is a trend or not.

According to the Instituto Volcanológico de Canarias (Involcan), the daily monitoring of sulphur dioxide (SO2) will be essential to analyse the evolution of the current process and to be able to certify the end of the eruption. The values obtained during the second day of this eruptive process (8,000-10,500 tons per day) are similar, but even slightly higher than the values recorded for the first day of the eruption (6,000-9,000 tons per day).

Yesterday the area was blocked due to the number of people who came by car to see the eruption, which is yet another problem that emergency services are having to deal with.

5 of the best trails with high difficulty

Barranco de Masca (Buenavista del Norte)

Continuing from 6 best hiking trails for the whole family, below are the details of 5 of the best trails with high difficulty, for prepared people capable of hard ascents (that's not us!)

Montaña Blanca-Pico del Teide

This is one of the great routes not only of the National Park, but of the Island. Another of the few trails that require an environmental permit from the Cabildo de Tenerife. Due to the restrictions on the number of permits, you have to request a place with a lot of authorization. In addition, it is necessary to book at the hostel, to make the final ascent to the peak of Teide, the highest point in Spain, at dawn after arrival at these facilities. However, the shelter has been closed for some time, waiting for the Cabildo to decide the award of its management. Starting from the side of the volcano, on the Montaña Blanca track, more than 8.3 kilometres of ascent awaits. Lack of oxygen is one of the factors to take into account. The trail starts at 2,300 meters and goes up to 3,500 meters. That is why it is a route not suitable for those looking for a quiet morning. The peak consists of a constant slope, sometimes more than 60% incline, for 5 hours. But once 3,715 meters are reached - official altitude after the last measurement in 2019 - all the efforts are worth it. If the sky is clear, you can see all the islands.

Masca Ravine (Buenavista del Norte)

The iconic ravine in the south of the island reopened on March 27 after 3 years closed for security reasons. Of course, to travel it now you have to ask for permission from the Cabildo, it is forbidden to use the jetty to return by sea - that is, you have to make the ascent back to the Masca hamlet on foot - and to wear a helmet, due to the always latent danger of landslides. One of the main activities that took place at the end of the descent was a boat trip to Los Gigantes in order to avoid the climb on the way back and enjoy the whales that inhabit those waters at the foot of the giant cliffs. Due to the conditions of the jetty, these crossings are currently suspended and the slope must be retraced on foot. During the 10 kilometres of route, the rock walls and the varied vegetation of the ravine will accompany the visitors until they reach the Masca beach and then return to the hamlet. 

Antequera Beach (Anaga)

Leaving the town of Igueste de San Andrés, this route is considered "difficult" by expert mountaineers such as Pedro Millán but "impressive". The trail leads to El Semáforo, an old signalling station for the boats that came to the port of Santa Cruz. Since this track leads to Antequera beach, many hikers choose to organize their return by sea through private services that return them to San Andrés via the Anaga coast. This tour is also aimed at people experienced in hiking, since its high slopes and its steps exposed to the ravine can intimidate less experienced explorers. The terrestrial alternative for the return consists of retracing the road to Igueste again, adding an approximate total of 7 hours to complete the track.

Pico Viejo-Teide

Listed as a route of high difficulty, this trail runs from its beginning at the Parador de Las Cañadas until it ends at the top of the volcano, passing through the famous Pico Viejo crater. The extreme and changing temperatures of the high mountains, such as the altitude and the different slopes make this path a challenge only suitable for experienced mountaineers in search of new challenges. During the 9.3 kilometres that the trail runs, apart from the views offered by the elevated terrain, the Pico Viejo crater awaits. Due to its more than 800 meters in diameter, this location is recognized and is one of the reasons many tourists visit this path.

Afur-Taborno-Palos Hincados (Anaga)

This route through the Barranco de Afur is another of the alternatives to access the beach of Tamadiste, previously mentioned. It is a track of much greater difficulty, travelled by experienced mountaineers and with a length of 10 kilometres. The main difference with its counterpart that passes through Taganana is that it runs through the Palos Hincados section, with areas quite exposed to the void and especially difficult after a humid and rainy winter. It is recommended to make this track circular in the direction that allows access to this section in an ascending direction. The steep slopes and the complexity of certain steps make this trail a challenge not recommended for beginners.

The forbidden trails

A good hiker can never be reckless. But there are bad hikers who, despite the warnings and prohibitions, set out on the most dangerous routes on the island, risking their lives. Two examples are the routes of the Mil Ventanas de Güímar or the Canales de Teno. With roads without any security and in gorges with hundreds of meters of fall into the void, these types of trails have come to claim the lives of unsuspecting people attracted by risk and adventure. “Only very experienced people should go,” defends Humberto Domínguez, president of the Tenerife Mountaineering Federation. "When the last snowfalls occurred in Las Cañadas there were people climbing up wearing shorts or walking shoes," he exclaims, concerned. The problem is that, with the rise of social networks, trails as exotic and spectacular as these go viral and some inexperienced hikers go without being aware of the risk to which they are exposing themselves. Sometimes they have sections that run through private properties. "When people get in, they run the risk of committing crimes and being summonsed for going without the pertinent permits," emphasizes Domínguez. 

NB: We would point out that we absolutely have not tried any of these.

Monday, September 20, 2021

La Palma eruption will last "a week and more"

Summit of the island of La Palma Image by Martin Winkler from Pixabay

President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, explained this Monday that in 48 hours or a little earlier it will be possible to predict the duration of the eruption of the volcano on La Palma. The director of the Canary Islands Volcanological Institute (Involcan), Nemesio Pérez, said on Canarias Radio that it will be the sulphur dioxide emanating from the volcano that will be the "clue" that will indicate the moment the eruption can be declared finished.

"Since yesterday we have been monitoring sulphur dioxide because this is going to be a very important parameter to see when the process is going to end. At the moment it is expelling between six and nine thousand tons a day," he indicated.

Pérez, who believes that it will last "a week and more", has stated that when two or three days are observed without emissions of sulphur dioxide, the volcanic eruption may be given as terminated. "Now we must monitor the effect of the lava tails and minimize the impact they may have on people. We are going to see what the trajectory is in an area where there is a lot of housing, I am very sorry because it is going to destroy everything in its path."

The seven eruptions that La Palma had experienced in historical times until this Sunday - since the Conquest of the 15th century - were all concentrated around the Cumbre Vieja and their duration ranged from one to three months.

The longest eruption of all that have been documented to date on the Isla Bonita is that of Tehuya, which occurred in 1586, which lasted 84 days: from May 19 to August 10.

16 historical eruptions in the Canary Islands

"In the Canary Islands we have had eruptions that have lasted several days and others that have lasted several months. We understand that it is going to be a historical eruption. The biggest problem now is to see the people who have worked all their life to have a little house and the lava is going to destroy it, that is the greatest misfortune because there should be no human losses unless there are intrepid [stupid] people out there," he stressed.

Will the orography change?

Likewise, he doubts that the eruption will change the orography of La Palma. "The island has been made by thousands of volcanic eruptions, what is going to be added is a little more layer, the only thing is that if the lava reaches the sea, the island could be extended a few more square meters", he highlighted. 

Los expertos revelan cuándo se podrá predecir la duración de la erupción en La Palma y cuál será el "chivato"

RIP Canary Islands as volcano erupts?

Live images of the volcanic eruption produced in Montaña Rajada, in the municipality of El Paso on the island of La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain), taken by the Interreg EELabs project camera, which from the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Garafía, Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias), looks towards the Caldera de Taburiente towards the south of the island. View from Roque de los Muchachos

It's always the same when something 'newsworthy' happens. The worst thing I did was read some of the comments (in three languages) alongside La Vanguardia's live reporting of the La Palma eruption yesterday. I'll not bore you with the huge number of totally irrelevant ones, but one, in Spanish perfectly summarized a lot of them, "erupciona un volcán y salen un montón de locos a anunciar el fin del mundo" (a volcano erupts and a mountain of idiots come out to announce the end of the world). Far from it. But, of course, tiny inconveniences like facts aren't going to get in the way of such people's opinions these days.

One comment, in English, really did say "RIP Canary Islands". (Thumps head against laptop.) Hello! The Canary Islands were formed by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. "The Canary Islands and some seamounts to the north-east form the Canary Volcanic Province whose volcanic history started about 70 million years ago." This eruption isn't going to kill / destroy the Canary Islands, if it won't even change the orography of La Palma. Indeed, the island will probably end up a little bit bigger than it was if the lava reaches the sea and makes some new land, as it did after the last eruption in 1971.

As Sheila Crosby on La Palma points out, "This is a small volcano, as volcanoes go." 

It was mentioned in yesterday's news coverage that some media outlets had been using misleading headlines and, frankly, I'm surprised that the Daily Mail hasn't done their usual "Holiday Chaos as Tourists Flee Volcanic Eruption ..." as though throwing themselves into the sea. Or maybe they have, because I'm not reading it to find out. Or maybe the 500 tourists who have been evacuated on La Palma are not British enough for them.

The UK government weighed in with, "If you are in an affected area you should follow the advice of local authorities, including social media updates from Cabildo de La Palma."

The situation in the area of ​​La Palma affected by the eruption "is devastating", because "a lava flow with an average height of six meters literally eats away homes, infrastructures, crops that it finds on its way to the coast of the valley of Aridane”, explained the president of the Cabildo, Mariano Hernández Zapata.

The new volcano [still to be named] that erupted on Sunday in La Palma is emitting 6,000 to 9,000 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) per day and has formed a stream with an average height of six meters that advances at 700 meters per hour, devastating houses in its path, crops and infrastructure. (The lava advances and has already "swallowed" a hundred homes and a school on La Palma.)

The volcanic eruption of La Palma has two fissures, about 200 meters apart, and eight vents through which the lava emerges, explained the technical director of the Canary Islands Volcanic Risk Prevention Plan, Pevolca, Miguel Ángel Morcuende.

Meanwhile, more than 5,000 people remain evacuated from their homes to guarantee their safety in the face of this natural disaster that has led the Military Emergency Unit (UME) to deploy 67 members and 30 vehicles in La Palma. This contingent will be increased to 180 troops and 57 vehicles, while the arrival of three more seaplanes is scheduled for early afternoon, as reported by Defense Minister Margarita Robles. The minister has also declared that the possibility of sending specialized personnel in gases is being analysed, if necessary. The Navy is ready in case it was necessary to "make some kind of approach by sea."

Red Cross has described it as a "true catastrophe"

The president of the Red Cross in the Canary Islands, Antonio Rico, has described this natural disaster as a "true catastrophe". He has warned of the possibility of "a deterioration of coexistence" on the island of La Palma, by the many residents who will see their normal activity interrupted for a time that is impossible to predict and who will have lost a good part of their history. (Elsewhere, I read that already psychological support is being offered.)

The Red Cross has sent twenty personnel to La Palma who have joined the other 15 who were already working on the island to give support to the people housed in the shelter set up in a former military facility located in Santa Cruz de La Palma, as well as to tourists and security and emergency personnel deployed in the area.

This organization is part of the Civil Protection Plan in which all the administrations involved in this geological phenomenon intervene, including the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, who has been on the island since Sunday. Accompanied by the Minister of the Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, Sánchez, this morning visited citizens who have been evacuated from their homes and who are staying at the El Fuerte barracks in Breña Baja. In the afternoon he plans to tour the area affected by the lava flows together with the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres. 

Of course the material losses are devastating for those who have lost homes, but actually, this should be seen as more of a success than of disaster: people had been prepared and knew about packing their Armageddon-out-of-here bag(TM); the experts were able to predict almost to the millimetre where the eruption would occur, and when. It could have been much worse. It still was never going to destroy the Canary Islands, mind you.

Town Hall of Tegueste

Town Hall of Tegueste Photo: Noemi M.M, CC BY-SA 3.0

Plaza de S Marcos, 1, 38280 Tegueste, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

Phone: +34 922 31 61 00

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Traditional Fiestas in Tegueste

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Camping areas opened from Friday in Tenerife

Área Recreativa Pinar Chío

Do you have plans for this weekend? With alert level 2 in force from Friday, September 17, in Tenerife, following the measures dictated by the Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands Government, you can now enjoy the camping and recreational areas spread throughout the island. The barbecues will be kept sealed; however, the use of camping gas is allowed. 

Up to eight people per table are also allowed to stay in twelve recreational areas.

You can already camp in eight areas set up for this purpose in Tenerife. The improvement in the epidemiological situation in Tenerife meant that on Thursday, the Governing Council of the Canary Islands lowered the island from level 3 to 2, something that brings about a relief of restrictions related to leisure. From Friday, following the measures for the use of a mask, safety distance, hygiene and maximum number of people per group (eight, unless they are living together), it will be possible to spend the night in Las Raíces, Las Lajas, La Caldera, Chío, El Lagar, Ramón 'El Caminero', Las Calderetas and Los Pedregales.

The capacity of the camping areas will be 75%. Use will be authorised by the Cabildo, through its reservation centre. Vigilance will be increased against possible breaches.

You can also use the recreational areas of San José de los Llanos, Llano de los Viejos, Las Lajas, Chío, La Quebrada, La Caldera, Las Raíces, El Lagar, Ramón 'El Caminero', Las Calderetas, Los Pedregales and Lomo La Jara.

Up to a maximum of eight people may occupy the tables in said parks, unless they are cohabiting, and always respecting the established opening hours (from 10:00 to 17:00).

Both in the camping areas and on the tables in recreational areas, the use of gas cylinders of up to 3 kilos is allowed (always on a flat surface). The barbecues are still sealed. 

Friday, September 17, 2021

The Canary Islands offer a telephone service for tourists who test positive for covid

Image by Gundula Vogel from Pixabay

The Ministry of Tourism of the Government of the Canary Islands has launched a telephone service called Covid Tourism Managers (GCT), which offers constant support to visitors, who have tested positive, during their stay in a regulated tourist establishment in the archipelago.

Councillor, Yaiza Castilla, explained, "with this service we intend to facilitate the process for tourists during the prolongation of their stay caused by having tested positive for covid, minimizing language barriers and offering close support and treatment at every moment".

Yaiza Castilla stressed that this new tool, which is added to the travel assistance policy that covers the quarantine of tourists on the islands, "is a very relevant step in the work carried out by the Ministry to improve the health security of the destination".

A team of people has been managing cases of positive tourists for the last two weeks, through the Coronavirus Assistance Line (900 112 061 from national phones or +34 922 842 279 / +34 928 846 579 from foreign phones). "We guarantee that the visitor feels supported during the isolation process that they must undergo and we offer them access to all the resources that the destination puts at their disposal to face this contingency", explains the managing director of Promotur Turismo de Islas Canarias, José Juan Lorenzo.

The managers will refer tourists to the travel insurance they have contracted or to the AXA policy contracted by the Government, provided that the established requirements are met. "Once these visitors are housed to comply with the quarantine, the managers will maintain contact with them until the end of the isolation in order to make them feel supported at all times," said Lorenzo. Canary Islands Tourism will coordinate with the General Directorate of Public Health in the event that it is necessary to ensure compliance with health protocols.

The service, which was launched on August 30, is managed by Promotur's technological partner, Atos Consulting Canarias. This telephone support line is operational from Monday to Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and is carried out by a team of people located on the islands who serve tourists in four languages: Spanish, English, French and German.