Friday, December 31, 2021

New Year's Eve Chimes in the Canary Islands broadcast from La Palma for the first time

Campanadas de fin de año de Canarias desde la isla de La Palma

Presenters, Nieves Álvarez and Roberto Herrera will say goodbye to the year from the Canary Islands, this year for the first time from the island of La Palma

In addition, the end of the year TVE program from the Canary Islands aims to support and encourage the inhabitants of the island of La Palma, who are living through a very difficult situation that has completely changed their lives and both Nieves and Roberto want to do their bit to help as much as possible: “We are going to be in a very special place like La Palma. I think there is a bond of solidarity and we will be surrounded by people who are unfortunately not having a good time. We will be dining with the victims, and we will enter 2022 with them! The most important thing, for me, is to tell them: You are not alone!"

Nieves Álvarez is one of the most visible faces of TVE, being the presenter of Flash Moda since it began in 2012, as well as the spokesperson for Spain's votes in Eurovision and for the fourth consecutive year, she will repeat her Eurovision appearance, this time in Turin.  

Campanadas de fin de año de Canarias desde la isla de La Palma (Via)

Meanwhile, Radio Televisión Canaria (RTVC) says goodbye to the year from Los Llanos de Aridane, also in La Palma, with the chimes from the clock on the tower of the Church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, with a program hosted by Victorio Pérez and Fátima Plata, in which the Isla Bonita (beautiful island) will star with music, dance and humour.

Low noise fireworks for 2022 in Santa Cruz

End of year fireworks in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The City Council of Santa Cruz will will welcome 2022 with simultaneous pyrotechnic displays in the five districts of the city after the traditional New Year's chimes

Santa Cruz de Tenerife will welcome the new year with a low sound impact pyrotechnic display that will cover the five districts, as fireworks will be launched simultaneously from different locations. Councillor of Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, "after the success achieved last year, we once again repeat a formula that visually encompasses the five districts, so that the joy of these fiestas will be closer to more people." And "that Santa Cruz is a city for everyone, so low noise pyrotechnics will be used again."

After the New Year's chimes, the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council has planned five launch zones for the fireworks, one per district. The usual location of the Plaza de España in the Centro-Ifara District, the Dársena Pesquera in the Anaga District and the parking lots of the Muelle de Añaza in the Southeastern District. In the Salud-La Salle District, land on José Antonio Escuder Street, on the corner of Las Cañadas Street, will be used for this purpose; and in the Ofra-Costa Sur District, the vicinity of the Juan XXIII Sports Center, located next to Maestro Borguño street, on the corner of Avenida Príncipes de España.

The current situation of sanitary restrictions led the City Council to desist in the organization of any type of party in the Plaza de España to say goodbye to the year, as was customary before the pandemic. (La Laguna too ruled out celebrations in the street for New Year's Eve.)

Santa Cruz recibe 2022 con fuegos artificiales de bajo impacto sonoro

San Silvestre La Laguna Run returns in 2021

The finish line of the race and the year.

La Laguna recovers its traditional sports farewell to the year with the return, in its 2021 edition of the mythical San Silvestre Run 2021, taking place on 31 December, New Year's EveSaint Sylvester's Day. The City Council confirmed the news regarding the event that was awaited by all the runners who, last year, were unable to participate in the most emblematic race of the municipality due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

Numbers were limited to 1,500 this year, and were filled early, since the health situation does not advise carrying out a race with twice as many people, which is the level of participation in previous editions. This year too, works being carried out on Calle San Agustín “will force us to make modifications to the circuit, but the race will remain at the usual distance that ranges between five and six kilometres." Nevertheless, this is seen “as great news for everyone, since it is another step in the recovery of one of the symbols of athletics at the regional level. Undoubtedly, it is a race that, due to its meaning and atmosphere, has already become a classic for people who love physical activity and who hope to say goodbye to the year doing sports on the streets of a city that is a World Heritage Site.".

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Carnival Main Parade in Santa Cruz 2020

The Coso Apoteosis del Carnaval Tenerife (Carnival Main Parade) in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is usually held on Shrove Tuesday, which was Tuesday, February 25th, 2020.

For now, the 2020 Carnival Main Parade was the last to be held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife as Carnival in 2021 was suspended due to COVID and only virtual events were able to be held. Plans are underway to prepare for Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2022 that would normally be held between Friday, 25 February 2022 and Sunday, 6 March 2022.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Why is 'April Fool's Day' celebrated on December 28 in Spain and Latin America?

Every December 28, Spain and Latin America commemorates Día de los Santos Inocentes (Holy Innocents' Day) as an opportunity to play tricks on the naïve. However, it is a tradition of more than 2,000 years and with a tragic origin. 

Every December 28, the pranksters have fun with their jokes that range from black humor to white lies and false and dramatic news [although how you tell the difference these days is a complete mystery].

However, in reality the tradition - of more than two thousand years - has a tragic origin. The "Day of the Innocents" began as the Catholic feast of the "Innocent Children", in commemoration of the slaughter of all children under two years ordered by Herod upon learning that the Messiah had been born.

With the passage of time, the pagan tradition took away the tragic aspect of the date until it became the "Day of the Holy Innocents": an opportunity to play tricks on the naïve.

Por qué se celebra el Día de los Inocentes el 28 de diciembre

Monday, December 27, 2021

Covid certificates became mandatory in the Canary Islands on December 25

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands positively values ​​the decision of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) to ratify the implementation of the COVID certificate in the Canary Islands, on a mandatory basis, for all sectors that are subject to capacity restrictions on islands that are at alert levels 3 and 4.

This measure came into effect after its publication in an extraordinary government bulletin (BOC) on Christmas Eve, and will have an initial validity of one month, a period during which it will be subject to monitoring and evaluation, without prejudice to the possibility of an extension based on of the evolution of the epidemiological situation.

The entry into force of the mandatory certificate for establishments and activities subject to capacity limits on the islands at levels 3 and 4 does not allow them to benefit from lower level measures, as was the case when the use of the COVID certificate was voluntary.

Access requirements

Access to the establishments, facilities or activities for public use established in the standard will require the accreditation of the absence of active COVID-19 infection for users over 12 years and 3 months. This accreditation will be carried out by displaying the negative result of a diagnostic test for active COVID-19 infection, carried out in a legally authorized laboratory with a maximum of 48 hours in advance, and self-diagnostic tests are not admissible.

This accreditation may be replaced, at the option of the interested party, either by the voluntary accreditation of vaccination, showing an official certificate of having received the complete vaccination schedule in accordance with the provisions of the Vaccination Strategy against COVID-19 in Spain, starting of the 14 days after the date of administration of the last dose of the complete vaccination regimen, or by having recovered from the disease between the previous 11 and 180 days, through the exhibition of an official certificate.

Accreditation will be carried out by displaying any of the planned certificates, in digital or paper format, to the persons designated for access control by the person who owns or is responsible for the establishment, facility or activity, who will carry out their verification .

At the entrance of the establishments, facilities or activities, in a visible area, an informative poster will be placed to the public about the necessary nature of this documentation for access to it, as well as about the non-conservation of accredited personal health data.

Establishments, facilities or activities for public use for which access will require accreditation

The accreditation of the established health requirements will be required for access to the following establishments, facilities or activities for public use, publicly or privately owned:
  • Hotel and restaurant establishments open to the public, whose resolution granting an opening license has a capacity of more than 30 people. The dining rooms (not cafeterias) of formal education centres are exempted from this measure, with respect to students and teachers.
  • Nightlife establishments and activities, whose resolution to grant an opening license has a capacity of more than 30 people, as well as in those others in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food is allowed.
  • Establishments and spaces dedicated to recreational and gambling activities, whose resolution to grant an opening license has a capacity of more than 30 people, as well as those in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food is allowed.
  • Events and celebrations with a concentration of people and music festivals attended by more than 500 people, as well as in those others in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food or drink is allowed.
  • Sporting events attended by more than 500 people, as well as those in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food or drink is allowed.
  • Public shows attended by more than 500 people, as well as those in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food or drink is allowed.
  • Cultural activities in cinemas, theatres, auditoriums and similar, whose resolution granting the opening license has a capacity of more than 50 people, as well as in those others in which, regardless of their capacity, the consumption of food or drink is allowed.
  • Gymnasiums and similar equipment.
  • Health establishments and centres for visits to admitted patients, as well as to accompany users to consultation, diagnostic tests, cures or treatment, except in the cases of minors, disabled, dependents or people whose health or other circumstances They are required, at the discretion of the health personnel of the centre or establishment.
  • Residential or day healthcare establishments for visitors and people outside the institution.
Required in open and closed spaces

The accreditation of the sanitary requirements will be required for access both to the open spaces and to the closed spaces of the establishments, facilities or activities indicated.

The establishments and activities in which it will be required are those that offer the highest risk of contagion, usually related to leisure activities, or those in which there is a special relationship with vulnerable people, such as health or social health establishments.

Voluntary COVID Certificate for the islands in levels 1 and 2

The Ministry of Health recalls that the Order of the Minister of Health, also ratified by the TSJC, which establishes the use of the COVID certificate on a voluntary basis in establishments and activities subject to limits, continues to be valid for the islands that are in levels 1 and 2. The implementation of the certificate in the establishments allows them to apply measures of a lower level than that of the island in question.

COVID SCS Reader App

The Ministry of Health made the COVID SCS Reader app available to citizens at the beginning of December that can be downloaded from the Apple Store, Google Play and Huawei App Gallery, in order to facilitate the use of the COVID certificate in all establishments and activities that want it. 

The following links may be of use to British visitors: 

Sunday, December 26, 2021

The eruption on La Palma is over

Photo: Gobierno de Canarias

The Minister of Public Administrations, Justice and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands, responsible for the operation and, director of PEVOLCA, Julio Pérez, announced, this Saturday, 25 December, the completion of the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the island of La Palma, following 10 days of no lava flows, after 85 days. 

All the indicators of volcanic activity on La Palma corroborated the signs of exhaustion to end the eruption in Cumbre Vieja, which began on 19 September.

Pérez appeared after the daily meeting of Pevolca accompanied by the spokesperson of the Steering Committee of the Special Plan for Civil Protection and Attention to Emergencies due to Volcanic Risk (PEVOLCA), Miguel Ángel Morcuende, as well as a spokesperson for the Scientific Committee, María José White, among others. In his appearance he has admitted that after this "volcanic autumn" that began on September 19 and has remained until December 13, 85 days, in which this situation has been a "priority" of the Canarian Government and said that they feel "relief" because now they will be able to dedicate themselves "fully" to the rehabilitation of the destroyed areas.

This is not the end of the emergency. The counsellor has indicated that the Pevolca plan will continue "at red alert", since as long as danger remains, it must be kept activated. He has indicated that "gases, ashes and heat" continue to exist, therefore they are the risks that remain, although he has pointed out that unlike the eruption, which was unknown when it could conclude, those risks are known and that they will be concluding.

On Monday, the relocation plan will begin to be studied, which "will have to be safe and orderly, gradual", advancing that the forecast is that in the first half of January they can agree to some relocations and try to see how to re-establish some essential services. Pérez stressed that, for this reason, they will not leave from La Palma, because the de-escalation must be anticipated carefully, although he admits that the rhythm will be different and the priorities will be different, but the plan will remain active after what he has described as the greatest catastrophe in the Canary Islands and the longest eruption in the archipelago.

The cone of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, is about 200 meters to about 1,100 meters above sea level, and in it there are six craters. In this process, 9,090 earthquakes have been registered, with the highest magnitude of 5, registered on November 19, at 01:08 am, at a depth of 33 kilometres. There remain remnants of seismic activity that can last for months, as happened in Tagoro, in El Hierro, which continued for two years. 

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Christmas Day Concert in Santa Cruz 2021

The XXVII Edición del Concierto de Navidad de Puertos de Tenerife (27th Christmas Concert) takes place on Saturday, 25 December 2021 at 21:00hrs, in the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife - which last year, like so many events, was unable to take place - and is a lovely tradition to watch on Christmas Day evening. The concert will be held without an audience, given the increase in covid-19 infections diagnosed on the island.

The concert may be followed live on Radio Televisión Española, on the website and on the social networks of the Tenerife Port Authority. It will be broadcast live from 9:00 p.m. on December 25 through Televisión Española en Canarias, its website, and via radio, by Radio1, Radio5 and Radio Exterior. Later, it will be broadcast on Los Conciertos de La2, and the International channel of RTVE (how to watch the international channel). You can also follow it live at

In the XXVII edition of the Christmas Concert, the leading role, as ever, will fall to the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra (OST) under the direction of its honorary conductor, maestro Víctor Pablo Pérez, who will be accompanied by the Tenerife tenor Airam Hernández, a soloist of consolidated prestige at national and international level.

The program contains easily recognizable classical pieces such as Nella Fantasia (Ennio Morricone), Star Wars, suite for Orchestra (John Williams), Alfonsina y el mar (Ariel Ramírez) and Malagueña (Ernesto Lecuona).

At Christmas, the Puertos de Tenerife (Tenerife Ports Authority) becomes one of the most important stages of the classical music circuit in Europe in the open air - usually with 20,000 spectators every year - and with its traditional broadcasting through TV and internet, to national and international level. The concert that was born as a Christmas greeting from the port to the people of Tenerife for the commemoration of the five hundred years of the founding of the city has become an internationally recognized event that represents an invaluable projection of its culture, its climate and people.

Se mantiene el concierto de Navidad en Tenerife, pero con cambios por la COVID

El Concierto de Navidad de Puertos de Tenerife será sin público

Friday, December 24, 2021

Mandatory Face Masks in Spain from 24 Dec

Face masks must cover the nose and mouth, not just your baubles!

As was announced yesterday, from today, Friday, 24 December, the use of face coverings is once again mandatory for anyone over the age of 6 years old on all forms of public transport in Spain and in many other indoor and outdoor public spaces, even when social distancing of 1.5 metres is observed. (The use of face masks on children between 3 and 5 years of age is recommended.) Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, said the measure will be dropped "as soon as possible", when the pandemic is under control again.

Face masks are mandatory in Spain

  • In any closed space for public use or that is open to the public
  • In any outdoor space for public use
  • On all public transport and passenger stations, cable cars. Also in private passenger transport, including the driver, if the occupants of said passenger cars do not live at the same address. 

Exceptions - when wearing a mask is not required:

  • During the practice of individual sports activities
  • In natural spaces (mountain, beach) and on walks in the open air, alone, or with a family member or friend, as long as you keep a 1.5 meter distance. 
You should carry a face mask with you at all times. 

Face masks must cover the nose and mouth.

Christmas Eve menus in the Canary Islands

Although an eternal spring persists in the Canary Islands, Christmas is celebrated with the same enthusiasm as everywhere else. Christmas in the archipelago is not white nor do you expect to see Santa Claus transporting his gifts in a sleigh on the snow; The sun continues to shine, but even so these celebrations are the most endearing, familiar and full of traditions of the year. The traditional prevails in the gastronomy of the islands, with numerous Canarian Christmas recipes with which to share these important dates with the family.

The Canarian recipes for Nochebuena (Christmas Eve) are made for all tastes, with a wide variety of dishes and ingredients that allow all the palates of the family to be happy.

The typical Canarian Christmas meals cover all types of gastronomy, from fish and meat to snacks and sweets. If you also water these delicacies with the magnificent wines of the different denominations of origin of the Fortunate Islands, the success will be complete.

If you are going to celebrate a Christmas lunch or dinner in Las Palmas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, San Sebastián de la Gomera or in any of the wonderful cities and towns of the Canary Islands, you have a wide range of foods and recipes to celebrate the holidays with the aroma of the best island tradition.

Quesos canarios (Canarian cheeses)

Tender, creamy, cured … the assortment of Canarian cheeses is extensive and delicious. Each island has such excellent cheeses as Palmero, Majorero, Media Flor, etc., and they are the best appetizers to start the festivities.

Morcilla dulce canaria (Canarian black pudding)

Like Canarian cheeses, these sticks of sweet blood sausage are great to start the table during the feasts of the holidays. Very tasty and light, in addition to the blood sausage itself, this recipe includes almonds, raisins, aromatic herbs and spices, with a simply spectacular result.

Pata de cochino asada (Roast pork leg)

A starter that adds shine to any table. These exquisite pig feet are flavoured with garlic that is introduced into the meat through small incisions. The skin is decorated in the form of a square mosaic and is smeared with lard. Baked, the dish is crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside that is to die for.

Cabrito en adobo y albóndigas de conejo en salmorejo (Goat kid in adobo and rabbit meatballs in salmorejo)

Two of the most classic Canarian Christmas recipes that make up two magnificent starters. Both dishes are a tribute to the senses and a way to start lunch or dinner in style. In adobo kid, the meat is marinated with sauce or adobo, while the meatballs are bathed with the traditional Canarian salmorejo and served with basmati-type rice.

Pescado encebollado (Fish with onions)

Recipes with seafood cannot be absent in the Canary Islands, where they are one of the great foundations of its gastronomy. The fish most used during the Christmas holidays are cod and cherne (grouper), which are made with onions and accompanied by wrinkled potatoes with red or green mojo, other classics of island cuisine.

Lapas a la plancha con mojo verde (Grilled limpets with green mojo sauce)

Very simple recipe and also very popular in the Canary Islands. With very few ingredients (limpets, olive oil, parsley, coarse salt and the classic green mojo) you have a dish with a delicious seafood flavour that any fan of good food will fall in love with.

Crema de salmón (Salmon cream)

A perfect first dish made with salmon, potatoes, vegetables and milk. Although its preparation is somewhat slow (you will need about an hour), it results in a delicious dish for which it is well worth the wait a bit.

Conejo al salmorejo (Rabbit in salmorejo)

One of the Canarian Christmas recipes par excellence, which is usually served as a second course and which is a guarantee of success due to its simplicity and flavour. An infallible bet that, requires the meat to be marinated for a full day.

Truchas de Batata (Sweet Potato Turnovers)

Postres canarios (Canarian desserts)

The icing on the cake (pun intended) of a good Christmas feast are some of the many wonderful Canarian desserts. The best way to end meals with a smile before moving on to sparkling wines, cavas, and other spirits over lively table settings. Let's see some of the essentials: 

Truchas de batata (Sweet potato turnovers)

OK, trucha actually means and translates to trout, but no, they are not fish for dessert! Canarian turnovers with sweet potato are puff pastry filled with sweet potato, lemon, almond, egg yolks, sugar, cinnamon and anise. An explosion of flavour typical of the Christmas season in the archipelago that provokes a real enthusiasm in the whole family.

Dulces tradicionales (Traditional sweets)

The typical Canarian desserts are the best finish for any menu, and there is a good variety on the islands: Tejeda almond polvorones, gofio mousse, Moya sponge cakes, almond cheese ... they are perfect as culmination of banquets.

The Canarian Christmas recipes are a real gift to enjoy these endearing holidays in the company of the family and with the privilege of being able to do so in a spring climate. But don't be surprised if you see Santa Claus carrying his gifts in shorts and on a surfboard.

Ten Commandments for a Safe Christmas

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has come up with the following Decalogue (Ten Commandments) or recommendations for social and family gatherings to provide the greatest possible security and to help avoid the possibility of transmission of COVID-19, especially during the celebrations of the Christmas holidays, especially for possible reunions between family members who don't live together.
  1. It's advisable to avoid meetings between people who do not live together.
  2. If they are held, celebrate them outdoors or in well-ventilated areas, avoiding closed spaces.
  3. Keep the capacity as low as possible; avoid contact between people from different “coexistence groups” or “bubble groups”.
  4. If any invitees have symptoms, they should not attend the celebration. They must isolate themselves and call the 900 112 061 - the coronavirus line in the Canary Islands.
  5. If a guest is a close contact of a case, they should not attend the celebration.
  6. An additional measure is to obtain a negative diagnostic test just before attending the gathering. A negative result is not a substitute for the other measures.
  7. Maintain a safe distance at all times, including at the table during lunch or dinner, between non-cohabitating people.
  8. Wear a well-fitting mask for as long as possible and only remove it when eating and drinking.
  9. Promote proper hygiene (hand hygiene, do not share glasses or utensils ...)
  10. Reduce time at the table to reduce the risk of transmission.
Preventive measures for this Christmas

The Ministry of Health recalls that a series of restrictive measures are currently in force to stop the increase of coronavirus infections during the Christmas holidays.

Thus, in private gatherings on 24 and 25 December, in islands in levels 2 and 3 (Tenerife is at level 3), the maximum is 10 people, which may not be exceeded, except cohabitants, with the recommendation that all of the guests are fully vaccinated. For gatherings in public and hospitality spaces the limit is 8 and 6 people at levels 2 and 3, respectively.  

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Stewed yams, a delicacy for Christmas Eve

Ñames (Yams) at the Mercado (Municipal Market) in La Laguna

Stewed yam is one of the most typical products of the land on the tables of the Canary Islands, especially in Tenerife and La Palma, in the Christmas and Carnival celebrations and is undoubtedly one of the favourite desserts at Christmas. This tuber, a direct relative of potatoes, sweet potatoes and cassava, is usually served, with mojo, as a garnish to accompany salty fish, but during these holidays it is presented as an appetizer or dessert, chopped and sprinkled with sugar, cinnamon or accompanied with palm honey. 

The already stewed yams arrive at the markets around Christmas.

In the Canary Islands it is one of the oldest crops (mentioned by the biologist and writer José de Viera y Clavijo in the 18th century) and present in the basic diet, especially in the past. It is often said that "yams have killed a lot of hunger", because it was an important resource, especially in times of famine or poor harvests.

The so-called ‘ñamera’ (yam plant - often seen in squares all over the islands - requires a lot of water, so the ravines and springs (patameros) are the traditional areas of cultivation on the islands. Also for this reason it is more common to find them on the northern slopes of the more humid islands, especially on those of La Palma (Barlovento, and San Andrés y Sauces) and Tenerife (Macizos de Anaga and Teno), La Gomera and Gran Canaria.

Although it does not need much care, the plant can reach a height of 90 centimetres and the tuber is deep-rooted, making it difficult to harvest. This is probably why it isn't usually a cash crop. Small tubers that form at the base of adult plants, sown in pots and then transplanted, are usually used as seeds. However, the most common is to replant tubers or the upper part of the root in spring, with cut stems.

Of the ñamera in the Canary Islands, only the tuber is consumed, while in other areas of the planet the stems and leaves are also cooked. The tuber is highly valued for its sweet taste and texture, but it can only be eaten stewed, as it contains certain substances that make it indigestible raw, causing serious intestinal problems.

The traditional process of stewing in the Canary Islands is somewhat cumbersome, since it requires several days and a previous treatment of heading and drying of the tubers. However, it is the most common form of consumption, although Gran Canaria and La Gomera are also often added raw - without previous stewing - as a vegetable for stew.

The manner of consumption is also different depending on the island. In Tenerife and La Palma it is usually eaten accompanied by salted fish, fried eggs, or as a dessert at Christmas, Carnival and Easter, accompanied with cheese, cinnamon and sugar, or palm honey. In Gran Canaria and La Gomera it is also added to stews and sancochos, to give them a special sweetness and thickness.

Historically, the yam leaf was also used, either to cover certain products that were to be kept fresh or moist, or as a cover for a jug or canteen to transport fresh water.

Ñames guisados, un manjar para Noche Buena

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The lottery administrations in Tenerife that have distributed the most El Gordo prizes

Bar Pilón in Buenavista one of the 'lucky lottery sellers'

On December 22, 2021, the Lotería de Navidad (Spanish Christmas Lottery), better known as El Gordo (The Fat One), will be drawn at the Teatro Real, Madrid, which this year will distribute 2,408 million euros in prizes and is the date that awakens the most excitement throughout the country and that every Canarian has marked on their calendar.

Last year, the first prize went to number 72897, which left 1,200,000 euros in the Canary Islands in the form of three tenths (one ticket is a tenth of a strip) that were sold in Tenerife and Lanzarote. In 2021, although we will not be able to tell you the number that will be awarded, what we have done is compile for you some of the lottery administrations in Tenerife that have distributed the most prizes, in case luck falls again. 

San Bartolomé de Tirajana, Puerto de La Cruz and Telde are the most fortunate municipalities in the Canary Islands with El Gordo, as the first prize in these locations fell three times. Meanwhile, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Arrecife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Granadilla de Abona and Los Realejos have received the El Gordo on two occasions.


Tenerife's gas station, La Chasnera, located in Granadilla de Abona, has been known since 2013 as 'El Surtidor de la Suerte' (The Luck Dispensor, or Fountain of Luck), on occasion it has even been compared to Doña Manolita, the most famous Lottery Administration in Spain, located in Madrid .

In 2013 they sold a complete series of 200 million euros, 79,712 and since then, each year, they have returned to spread joy in the form of award-winning tickets.

The queues that form at the station that has been giving the first prizes for seven years, in what is already one of the best-known lottery administrations in Tenerife, were endless in 2020 (and again in 2021 - Long queues in La Chasnera to buy the Christmas Lottery), although it was estimated that sales were 30% lower than the previous year.

According to compilations made by DIARIO DE AVISOS, based on the information collected in the last 4 years, in La Chasnera the third prize has fallen in 2018 and 2019; the fourth prize in 2019; fifth prizes in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 and the Gordo in 2018 and 2020.


In the Pcan de Abades store the sale of tickets began in June 2018, when it distributed a third and a fifth prize. The following year, in 2019, it again distributed luck, by awarding tenths corresponding to the third prize, for 1,406,000 euros, of a fourth and three fifth prizes.

The owner of this service station is Juan Antonio González, who opened the gas station in 2000. He didn't know then that it would become one of the lottery administrations in Tenerife that generates the most joy among its customers.


Another of the lottery administrations in Tenerife that stands out the most for the sale of winning tickets is at the El Bohío service station, in La Matanza de Acentejo.

For example, on December 22, 2018, one of the fifth prizes went to this gas station.


In 2018, El Gato Negro, one of the most popular lottery administrations in Tenerife, celebrated having sold El Gordo. "We gave the Fat, we gave the Fat, in the Black Cat", sang Pili, Varinia, Eli and Katia, the four employees of the premises.

It was not the first time that a large prize was awarded in this administration, but the workers' celebration exuded the same joy. If we look back, we find that, in 2011, the Black Cat sold 15 tickets of the third prize of the Christmas Lottery to a bar in the town of La Victoria or that, in 2007, it sold tickets awarded with the Gordo.


The Christmas Lottery is sold at the Goya de San Isidro tobacconist, which is often fortunate.

In 2018, for the fifth consecutive year, this tobacconist gave a prize in the Extraordinary Christmas Draw, this time being a fourth. For this reason, we place it on the list of lottery administrations in Tenerife that have distributed the most prizes.


Other administrations of the Lottery in Tenerife in which a Christmas Lottery prize has fallen in recent years are:
  • Bar cafetería Andrés, in San Juan de la Rambla, which has awarded fifth prizes in 2017 and 2018
  • The El Perón lottery office, which has been handing out Christmas Lottery prizes for three consecutive years
  • Bar Pilón in Buenavista
  • The administration of El Corte Inglés, in which El Gordo fell in 2018
  • The lottery administration located in CC Viña del Mar, in Las Américas, which awarded the third prize in 2019, this being the second time it had distributed a large prize

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Christmas and Three Kings handicrafts and gastronomy markets in Santa Cruz

Gastro Navidad Market opened on Friday

The Alameda del Duque Santa Elena and the Plaza de España are home to more than 50 artisans and more than 20 food stalls

Last Friday, the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council inaugurated the annual craft and gastronomy markets in the Alameda del Duque de Santa Elena, near the Plaza de España. Since then, many people have been taking the opportunity to take a walk among the stalls, to find the perfect gift for Christmas, or to taste typical products of the islands.

More than 50 stalls of handmade products and typical food are located in this area of ​​the capital in some markets that will be open until after Los Reyes. Some of the stalls will be open to the public until Thursday, January 6 and Sunday, January 9, respectively. 

There are food stalls that are hard to resist. In them you can find Canarian products, sushi, crepes, sweets, coffee and wine, among other things. But, in addition, there are talks on local products and cooking workshops, such as one on honey, which was held this weekend. All this, accompanied by music, dancers, acrobats and entertainment for the little ones.

The craft market will be open every day, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., except on 24 and 31, which will close at 5 p.m. On December 25 and January 1, it will open from 12 noon to 10 p.m., and on Three Kings Eve, 5 Jan, until 5 a.m. Stalls dedicated to gastronomic products will remain open from 5:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., except on Sundays, which will open at 12 noon, and both Saturdays and Sundays, which will close at 1:00 a.m. 

Carnival Main Parade in Santa Cruz 2019

Floats heralding the approaching parade on Tuesday 5 March 2019

Afilarmónica Nifú Nifá the grandfathers of carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Priscila Medina Quintero in the Carnival Main Parade Tuesday 5 March 2019

Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019

Comparsa Los Cariocas 2019

Susana Conde Alba 1st Maid of Honour 2019

Susana Conde Alba 1st Maid of Honour 2019

Comparsa Tropicana 2019

Viviane Cordobés Ramos 2nd Maid of Honour

Third Maid of Honour in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Inma Afonso Darias

Third Maid of Honour in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Inma Afonso Darias

Comparsa Los Rumberos 2019

4th Maid of Honour: Raquel Iboleón Laynez, with a costume entitled “Al alba venceré” (At dawn I will conquer), designed by Daniel Pages, representing McDonald’s and La Opinión de Tenerife in the Carnival Main Parade in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Tuesday 5 March 2019.

Fourth Maid of Honour in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Raquel Iboleón Laynez

Comparsa Bahía Bahitiare 2019

Las Celias de Tenerife

Las Celias de Tenerife

Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Ylenia Rodíguez Domíngez

Junior Carnival Queen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Ylenia Rodíguez Domíngez

First Junior Maid of Honour at Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival 2019, Aroa García Abreu

Second Junior Maid of Honour in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Oriana Cabrera Lorenzo

Third Junior Maid of Honour in Santa Cruz 2019 Karen Irene Acosta Almenara

Fourth Junior Maid of Honour in Santa Cruz de Tenerife 2019 Ithaysa Delgado Aguilar

Fifth Junior Maid of Honour in Santa Cruz 2019 Cynthia Gazmira Cubas Padilla

Coso Apoteosis - Carnival Main Parade in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on Shrove Tuesday, 5 March 2019. And this is still only a small selection. 

Monday, December 20, 2021

The 10 most typical Spanish Christmas dishes

In a few days, we'll be celebrating Nochebuena (Christmas Eve), one of the most important nights of the year, and as such, the menu chosen for dinner must be very special. For the occasion, families usually prepare recipes that they don't make during the year, with the idea of offering something different. Here are some of the most typical Spanish Christmas dishes.

Spain is a very culturally and gastronomically varied country. For this reason, Christmas dinners are different in different regions. What's more, there are even places like Catalonia where they don't celebrate Christmas Eve, but the tradition is to have a great family meal on December 25. The products that are consumed in Spain on these dates vary according to the area and according to the raw materials that exist in the place. However, as in France, despite not having a common dish par excellence, there is a tendency to consume high-quality or highly elaborated products to give that special and magical touch to the night. Thus, in Galicia seafood is the main protagonist, spider crabs, lobsters, crayfish, prawns, crabs and much more, marinated with white Ribeiro wines.

In the Basque Country, on the other hand, they opt more for fish and elvers, although without neglecting shellfish either. In addition, traditional desserts such as goxua or intxaursalsa stand out. Further south, in Castilla-La Mancha or Andalusia, stuffed turkey tends to have a leading role. And always, anywhere, you will find specially made sweets.

Cordero lechal (Roast suckling lamb)

Roasted lamb is a typical recipe from Castilla-La Mancha, but at Christmas it is present throughout the country. The meat of the suckling lamb is that of an animal of about 25 or 30 days of life, which is why it is so delicious. It is not necessary to add spices because they will only hide its flavour. It is one of the tastiest Spanish Christmas recipes. 

(Lamb certainly is the most popular choice for Christmas throughout Spain. In the Canary Islands you would be more likely to encounter a goat kid, cooked on the barbecue.)

Cochinillo al horno (Roast suckling pig)

Baked suckling pig mixes the crunchy texture of its skin with a juicy meat. It is a famous dish in Segovia and Ávila and has become one of the most typical Spanish Christmas recipes.

Besugo al horno (Baked sea bream)

One of the most classic fish recipes is the baked sea bream. It is a very simple recipe but its price can be high. You can also find it from a fish farm at a more affordable price. It is one of the classic Spanish Christmas recipes.

Escudella de Nadal

Escudella de Nadal (Christmas Soup)

Escudella i carn d’olla, the so-called galet soup, Escudella, is one of the traditional dishes of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. It is one of the most used Spanish Christmas recipes in those communities. Galets are a pasta shaped like shells, which instead of being stuffed, is cooked together with some small meatballs, separately, on the one hand the broth with galets and the meatballs on the other. There is a particular version of this soup that can be called "Escudella de Nadal" (Christmas soup) or "sopa de galets" (galets' soup) and it is very typical on Christmas Day. 

Escudella de Nadal - recipe in English.

Bacalao con coliflor (Cod with cauliflower)

A humble and cheap dish that has been served during Christmas in northern Spain and Galicia. If the ingredients are of quality, the result is extraordinary. It is another of the most typical Spanish Christmas recipes.

Cocido murciano con pelotas Avicentegil, CC BY-SA 4.0

Cocido de pelotas (Stew with meatballs)

Cocido de pelotas (stew with meatballs) is a tradition as the main dish on Christmas Day in the Murcia region. In fact, a cup of soup with meatballs on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day is never missing from any Murcian table.

Cardo de Navidad (Christmas Milk Thistle)

The milk thistle (Silybum marianum) is part of the gastronomic heritage of Navarra, Aragon, La Rioja and the Basque Country. The Christmas thistle made with the stalks is cooked accompanied by nuts, clams or ham. Another of the most typical Spanish Christmas recipes. (In foods, milk thistle leaves and flowers are eaten as a vegetable for salads and a substitute for spinach. The seeds are roasted for use as a coffee substitute. Don't confuse milk thistle with blessed thistle (Cnicus benedictus).

Pavo relleno (Stuffed turkey)

Turkey is the dish that many families choose for Christmas Eve dinner and that we most associate with Christmas, perhaps due to the influence of Anglo-Saxon culture, where it is an irreplaceable dish for these dates.

Calamares rellenos (Stuffed squid)

One of the most typical Spanish Christmas recipes that are chosen as an alternative to meat and fish is stuffed squid in any of its variants.

Arroz con leche (Rice pudding)

It is a classic of Asturian desserts for the Christmas holidays. Its preparation requires patience but the result is a sweet with an irresistible creamy texture. One of the most typical desserts in Spanish Christmas recipes.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

December 2005 storm claims one victim

Even our usually bone dry barranco was still running on 20 December 2005

On December 19, 2005 and when the inhabitants of Tenerife had not yet recovered from the serious consequences that Tropical Storm Delta had left, there was a new episode of intense rains on this island that, together with strong winds, left a mortal victim: a woman, resident in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, when she accidentally fell into the Fañabe ravine and was swept away by the flood. This storm also left other material damage, such as: the TF-1 highway cut due to the flooding of the highway and cancellation of flights at Reina Sofía airport, which had to be diverted to Los Rodeos and Gran Canaria airports. 

Efemérides meteorológicas en Canarias del siglo XX y XXI

Saturday, December 18, 2021

La Laguna nativity scene route 2021

La Laguna opens the doors to more than twenty nativity scenes distributed throughout different parts of the municipality

The route of the nativity scenes in La Laguna includes a total of 25 nativities, spread over different parts of the municipality, from La Cuesta and Taco to Valle de Guerra and Punta del Hidalgo, has opened their doors so that they can be visited by all those who love this Christmas art. A tradition that, thanks to the collaboration of the Department of Culture and the Nativity Scene Association of La Laguna, has been recovered after the 2020 parenthesis caused by the pandemic.

The route, which can be consulted in paper format and through social networks, is made up of the 22 works that are participating in the contest, with more than 20 years of history in Aguere and which also returns this holiday season, and of three other elaborations that, although they are not competing in this contest, wanted to join the itinerary.

The mayor of La Laguna, Luis Yeray Gutiérrez, encouraged citizens to enjoy this exhibition “deeply rooted in the La Laguna town that, thanks to the dedication and dedication of hundreds of people, has been passed from generation to generation until it has become one of the most outstanding and long-awaited Christmas events”.

The 25 works are spread over the areas of Taco, La Cuesta, Geneto, Las Chumberas, Tejina, Bajamar, Valle de Guerra, Guamasa, El Ortigal and the city centre and are in different styles, such as outdoors, diorama and biblical. The president of the Nativity Scene Association, Francisco Roldán, reported that the doors will remain open until January 5. 

Detail from the Nativity at the Iglesia de La Concepción