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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

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

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Monday, January 24, 2022

The resurrection of Nazareth: the Güímar dragon tree sprouts in the Buen Retiro

The drago of the Colegio Nazaret in Güímar

Back in July last year, it was announced that Tenerife had lost one of its most emblematic dragon trees (Dracaena draco), located in the patio of the Colegio Nazaret (today Colegio Santo Domingo) in Güímar. Said to be the third oldest, at around 150 years old, it had already been reported that it was sick and the prognosis in August was that it could not be transplanted due to biological problems and the damage caused by its collapse. 

However, it's being kept alive together with a "brother" in the 18th century mansion; the botanist who saved the Hermano Pedro tree has taken on its conservation.

"We can't celebrate yet, because it still hasn't taken well, but green shoots can be seen," says Mario Díaz, owner of the spectacular Buen Retiro, a mansion in Chacaica, Güímar, which was the residence of the family of Delgado-Trinidad, marquises of La Florida in the 18th century, referring to the centenary dragon tree (more than 130 years old) that he transplanted in August on his land after having collapsed in the courtyard of the Nazaret school (today Santo Domingo) just a hundred meters away. Although he remarks that he is not a Catholic, he does not mind that there is talk of a resurrection: a botanical resurrection.

It must be remembered that technicians from the Cabildo de Tenerife considered it impossible to recover the drago on August 19, a month after the collapse it suffered in the schoolyard. They explained that it could no longer be saved due to biological problems and the damage caused by the fall in July, according to the island councillor for Natural Environment Management and Security, Isabel García. So it was hopeless. It destiny was to dry up, which is the death of vegetation. The report compiled by the Cabildo stated that "transplanting a dragon tree with its root ball in good physiological condition is not the same as replanting a fallen dragon tree with serious pathologies and in an unfortunate state of conservation." “Even the possible rooting of its arms is also very limited, given that the branches lack aerial roots, the experts added in that opinion.

However, a week later, at the end of August, Mario Díaz received the donation by the nuns and placed it, thanks to a huge crane, near the main garden of the former Buen Retiro hotel, now converted into a music museum. Precisely with violin music, Mario received the dragon tree from Nazareth, convinced that music would make it grow. 

And even if it hasn't grown, at least it hasn't died.

"I don't want to get into controversy with the technicians of the Cabildo, I just tried to make an effort to save the drago and for now it has been worth the effort, although it is still early, because although it is seen that it has begun to sprout, it is still the same it is not well rooted," says Mario Díaz cautiously, who recounts that "at first I watered it, but I remembered that a botanist advised me not to." In addition, the co-owner of the Buen Retiro, together with his sister Elsa, -his family acquired it three decades ago from the nephews of the Marchioness of Florida- has taken care to receive advice from prominent botanists, such as Miguel Torres, who just two years ago saved the well-known tree (esquisúchil) that Brother Pedro planted in 1657 during his stay in Guatemala, in addition to contracting the company Biogarden for the maintenance of this Dracaena Draco whose seed is the same as specimens such as that Mario Díaz already had in his mansion: "They are contemporaries, it could be said that they were brothers," he highlights, recalling that his was planted by the Marchioness of La Florida before she died, without issue, in 1927.

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Festivity of San Antonio Abad in Los Silos

Image of San Antonio Abad in the Former Convent in Los Silos

The Fiestas of San Antonio Abad in Los Silos would normally include the Feria del Ganado y Artesanía (Livestock and Crafts Fair), but of course, once again, the pandemic is not allowing these busy, crowded events to go ahead. 

The only event mentioned by the town hall is a concert this evening by timple master, Domingo Rodríguez "El Colorao" in the former Bernadine convent of San Sebastián, however, it's advertised, necessarily, as being limited capacity.

So we can merely offer you some pictures from a now distant visit to this delightful festivities and a short video from the last ones to be held normally in 2020, to keep the memory alive and the hopes for a return to these wonderfully social events in future.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

There are three times as many dogs registered in Puerto de la Cruz than there are children


There is currently no general pet registry as the laws themselves indicate that it must exist in each of the municipalities, but in Puerto de la Cruz, it has been found that there are three times as many dogs registered in the municipality than there are children.

Puerto de la Cruz council signed an agreement with the veterinary college last week to improve the care of animals in the city, as reported by the council itself on social media. The Animal Welfare area, directed by Alberto Castilla, states that this agreement demonstrates the municipality's commitment to animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.

At the signing of the document that commits both parties, the Mayor Marco González and the Councillor for Community Well-being Flora Perera were also present, along with the President of the Canary Islands Veterinary Council and President of the Tenerife Veterinary College, María Luisa Fernández. The mayor wanted to value the effort of the area to continue taking essential steps to update the presence of animals in the municipality.

Sara Capelli, manager of the College of Veterinarians of Tenerife, considers “the involvement and encouragement on the part of the municipalities essential. Pets are, from now on, another part of the family, with their rights, which indicates that we must train the staff of the town halls, the police, the municipal technicians, etc., and instil in them that sensitivity is no longer a choice, but is reflected in the law. That changes everything." 

Friday, January 21, 2022

Cabildo awards contract for resurfacing Nelson Mandela Avenue, TF-211, in La Orotava


Maybe not the most enthralling news of the week - unless you're a civil engineer - but did you realise that La Orotava even has an Avenida Nelson Mandela (Nelson Mandela Avenue)? Wonder if there's a Casa Nelson Mandela, where El Chico Del lives?

The Governing Council of the Cabildo de Tenerife has awarded the contract for the resurfacing of Nelson Mandela Avenue, in the municipality of La Orotava. The deterioration that the busy TF-211 - which connects the TF-5 highway with the town - presents at this point with important cracks in the surface, potholes and peeling, requires immediate action.

Minister of Highways, Enrique Arriaga, points out that “the works have a budget of 381,120 euros and an execution period of three months. With them, he adds, "not only will the surface layer of the road be replaced, but the accessibility and safety of pedestrians will be improved with the conditioning of pedestrian crossings and the relocation of a bus stop."

Island Director of Highways, Tomás Félix García, explains that "the works include the improvement of the existing drainage". The zebra crossings will significantly improve road safety on this avenue through which an average of 21,000 vehicles circulate daily.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Largest known snowfall on January 20, 1979

The largest known snowfall occurred on January 20, 1979

The second fortnight of January 1979 was a carousel of fronts and squalls from the west and southwest with intense rainfall in the archipelago. In the centre of Gran Canaria, in the Barranco del Gofio, Tejeda, a man was dragged by the floodwaters, causing his death. The Port of Los Cristianos in the south of Tenerife was totally destroyed by the storm. The town of Santa Cruz de Tenerife was flooded when the Santos ravine overflowed. 

The largest known snowfall occurred on January 20, 1979, on the summits of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, and La Palma. In Tenerife, above 1,000 m, reaching in some points up to 5 meters thick. In Izaña 957 l / m² accumulated, almost all in the form of snow. That month up to 15 days of snowfall were registered. 

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Fiestas of San Sebastian 2022 in Adeje

Playa de la Enramada, Adeje Marc Ryckaert, CC BY-SA 4.0

The council of Adeje, through the Culture department, led by María Clavijo Maza, has informed the public that, given the current level of health alert, there will be no cultural or festive events: no blessing or presence of animals in Playa de la Enramada, on the occasion of the festival of San Sebastián, co-patron saint of the municipality. This year, like last year, only religious functions with limited capacity will be held. The main mass, which will be celebrated on Thursday, January 20 at 12 noon, will be broadcast via the council's social networks, as well as by the municipal radio station, Radio Sur Adeje 107.9 fm.

On Wednesday, February 19, mass will be held at eight in the evening and on Thursday the 20th, in addition to the central mass at twelve o'clock, two more homilies will take place, one at nine in the morning and another at six o'clock in the afternoon.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Santa Cruz Carnival 2022 to be held in June


With the original date of the carnival inauguration now less than 10 days away, it was inevitable that Santa Cruz Carnival 2022 would be postponed. At last night's Zoom meeting, attended by 103 people: organisers, representatives of the carnival groups, etc., it was decided that it will be June or nothing. The intended dates are from Saturday, 4 June to Sunday, 26 June, with no details yet of which events will take place on which days. 

Mayor, José Manuel Bermúdez, says the change in the dates is due to the rise in infections caused by the sixth wave of COVID and, is a way to “save” the celebration. Other cities have already set the precedent, such as Valencia with its Fallas or Cádiz with its Carnival. Now it is the turn of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which has decided to move the Carnival to June

With the arrival of the sixth wave of COVID, as explained by the mayor, they have had to make decisions, always to guarantee the safety of people, while also being able to celebrate a party in which more than 9,000 people are involved. “At the moment, the data has taken us to level 4, and the forecast of the Government of the Canary Islands is that Tenerife will continue at that level until the end of the month. That makes going back to rehearsals in the short term practically impossible, and, even if the alert were lowered to level 3, it would still be very difficult to maintain the group meetings,” said the mayor.

JUNE OR NOTHING

Councillor for Fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, admitted that the "window of opportunity" to celebrate the Carnival is the month of June, but if the circumstances continue as currently, there would be no more possible dates, which would force its suspension.

The dates that Fiestas are considering are between June 4 and 26, but with nothing assigned to the different events, which is something that, he says, will be settled with the groups in face-to-face meetings that will take place Thursday and Friday of this week.

Likewise, he made special reference to the children: "We have to see when their contests are better for children's groups, because we understand that it is a month with exams." Designers are also the other group that can be most affected by the transfer of dates.

According to the mayor, it will be in the month of April, “after Easter”, when it will be possible to really know if the new dates are feasible. "For everything to fit together, the groups need to be rehearsing by April 18. If on that date we have another variant of COVID or there is a new wave, that will be when we will really know what is going to happen with Carnival," he said.

CONTESTS & GALAS HELD OUTSIDE

One of the things that the new dates will allow, with potentially better weather, is for the galas and contests to be held outside. This was pointed out by Bermúdez, who explained that "our intention is to create a carnival venue outside, as we did with the May Festivities."

The possible locations are the car park of the Parque Marítimo or the esplanade of the dock, where the Christmas Concert is held, both on the land of the Port Authority, with which the necessary permits would also have to be negotiated. In addition, in the month of June, the Fairground (The Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses) already has its own programming, such as the celebration of two concerts, which would make the assembly of the stage and the events of the 2022 Carnival unfeasible.

In June, in principle, there will be no Carnival in the street. The mayor concluded his speech by pointing out that the idea, therefore, is to ensure at least the celebration of galas and contests. "If the evolution of the pandemic allowed us to go to a celebration in the street, which I doubt, believe me that nothing would make me more excited," he added. 

Almond Blossom Campaign 2022


Mayor of Santiago del Teide, Emilio Navarro presented this morning, January 17, a new edition of the Campaña del Almendro en Flor 2022 (Almond Blossom Campaign 2022), with a program that will integrate a large number of routes, events, contests, gastronomic route, agro-artisan market (as long as the health situation allows it), taking place from January 22 to February 20.

On 22 January there are short and long general routes and a route with pets. On 29 January there is a family route; on 5 February, a route with disabled assistance and on 12 February, a route for Lovers. 

There are also photography and story contests, plus a new edition of the gastronomic exhibition around the almond in which 22 establishments and businesses will participate and various gastronomic workshops.

Mayor, Emilio Navarro, pointed out that the flowering of the almond tree is one of the most important events in the municipality with great repercussions at island level. It is also a tourist product within their commitment to ecotourism. The various council departments have designed a very complete program of events so that visitors will enjoy the spectacle of the white and pink of the almond tree blossom that, together with the lava flows through which it passes, will leave a postcard recorded in the memory of those who can make it.

This year the routes are offered in Spanish only, which is a shame, but this hardly calls for complicated comprehension. There's a nominal charge of 5 Euros per person.

Registration for the routes is essential and must be done through this link.

Monday, January 17, 2022

History of a tradition: San Antonio Abad

The couple who bring out La Pionera every year are interviewed in the film

San Antonio Abad (Anthony the Great) is the patron saint of animals and farmers, amongst other things, and his feast day is held on the anniversary of his death, 17 January

The origin of the livestock tradition - in recent years the fair has gathered some 600 head - in Buenavista del Norte goes back to the year 1528, the date on which the beginning of religious acts around the image of the saint is marked, according to studies collected in the publication 'San Antonio Abad and his festivity', by the historian Álvaro Hernández Yanes, who in turn dates the beginning of the modern romería (pilgrimage) to 1979. 

In the absence of the celebrations of San Antonio Abad, due to the pandemic last year, the town hall of Buenavista del Norte made this delightful film (full 25 minute version), detailing the history of this tradition in the district, in an effort to keep the memory alive. 

In it, many of the regular characters of this fiesta are interviewed, in Spanish obviously, all familiar faces to me having spent almost a decade in the area and going to this fiesta regularly, talking about the importance of the fiesta and what it means to them. 

The films also include lovely footage of the views of the town itself and its surroundings, particularly Teno Alto and the El Palmar Valley and the infamous goats.

They've also posted videos of the previous fiestas and romerias in 2004 and 2005.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Carnival 2022 fate to be decided on Monday

Comparsa group Los Rumberos from 2020

The announcement of the suspension of the Carnival in the street and the new dates of the contests and galas, from February 23 to the beginning of April, is expected

On January 28 the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife should begin with the presentation of candidates and the start of the first contests. However, the current health situation, which has led to the paralysis of the rehearsals, which prevents the groups from being ready for the scheduled dates, as well as the increasing number of COVID infections, which puts a stop to any type of show that is accompanied by thousands of attendees in closed venues, has put the capital city council in the position of having to "reorganize" the carnival calendar. 

Mayor of Santa Cruz, José Manuel Bermúdez, will address the Carnival 2022 schedule, and its alternatives, with the groups in a zoom meeting on Monday, 17 January. Under discussion will be how to formalize the suspension of the carnival on the street, given the the number of infections of COVID that have led Tenerife to level 4 of the restrictions.

During the meeting, both the mayor and councillor for fiestas will report on the new carnival calendar, which largely depends on a return to rehearsals. Since December 15, when Tenerife rose to level 3, the groups have been unable to rehearse, which means that most of the formations have only been able to prepare half of their repertoires for the carnival.

Among the plans that Fiestas will propose, is to delay the contests for more than a month and hold them on the dates when the street party would have been held.

Subject to agreement on the new schedule, Fiestas are working on the idea for the gala for the election of the queen to be the first event, possibly on February 23 - which means it would not suffer any variation from the initial forecast - and the rest of the contests would take place after that to give the groups more time. The delay of more than a month, if it is confirmed that in the first week of February the groups can return to the rehearsals, would make it easier for the murgas to continue with the format of a two-song contest.

Among other ideas is the possibility of postponing the carnival to April or even June, the latter following the precedent set by Cádiz, who have already moved their carnival to the 2nd-12th of that month. That there will be a delay in the dates of the chicharrera-party-par-excellence is a reality, so what remains to be decided is how much that delay will be.

In Santa Cruz, what seems clear is that there will be no carnival in the street. 

Talks have been continuing this week, when the meeting was announced for Monday 17, after which the new schedule of the Science Fiction Carnival will be made official.

Bermúdez abordará el lunes 17 y por 'zoom' el cronograma del Carnaval con los grupos | Santa Cruz anuncia el lunes la “reordenación” de fechas de un Carnaval

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Hurricane-force winds in Tenerife caused several deaths and heavy losses in 1953

Aerial view of the Parish of Our Lady of the Conception of La Orotava
Museo de Arte Sacro El Tesoro de la Concepción, CC BY-SA 4.0

On 15 January 1953 there was a storm with heavy rain and high winds in Tenerife. Hurricane-force winds hit the island and caused considerable damage in the east of the island, specifically in Guimar where the gale attacked with the greatest force. Entire farms were razed by the storm in La Orotava, causing losses of one billion pesetas. In Perdoma (La Orotava) an old woman lost her life and also her little granddaughter. In the parish church there were damages, in the Concepción and in other temples and buildings, and in many houses their windows and doors were damaged. Entire trees were uprooted falling on the roads, especially in the north of the island. In the south of Tenerife, the motorised sailing boat “Breñusca” sank near Las Galletas beach with a loss of six lives

Efemérides meteorológicas en Canarias del siglo XX y XXI

Friday, January 14, 2022

Weekend night service of the trams in Tenerife suspended during level 4 COVID measures

Tenerife trams

The vehicles will not be operational in the early hours on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, between 00:00 and 6:00 a.m., unless otherwise communicated by the relevant authorities

Metrotenerife, the Tenerife tram operator, will suspend the uninterrupted weekend night service that Line 1 offered from 00:00 to 06:00 am. This variation of the service will be maintained as long as these latest control measures established by the Government of the Canary Islands against COVID-19 corresponding to level 4 are in force. The daytime weekend service will continue with its usual frequencies on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. That is, both Line 1 and Line 2, service begins at 6:00 am and ends at midnight.

The maximum occupancy per tram is currently at 75%, with 150 people (all seats occupied and 90 standing passengers). The tranviaonline app has already been updated to the new threshold, so it will notify the user of the degree of occupancy of the next trams to arrive at their stops, where audible warnings have also been activated.

Likewise, Metrotenerife continues to apply hygiene and disinfection measures so that the light rail operates with the highest possible health safety, along with promoting compliance with other important regulations such as the mandatory use of a mask.

Fiestas of San Antonio Abad 2022 in Arona

With Tenerife currently at level 4 of the COVID restrictions, the program for the Fiestas of San Antonio Abad 2022 in Arona are cut down to suit the circumstances. From usually having the first on the calendar of romerías in Tenerife, celebrations are restricted to the following:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 14

12:00 to 13:30 hours: Raising the flag of the municipality of Arona announcing the beginning of the festivities. Cruz de San Antonio.

7:00 pm: Confessions. San Antonio Abad Parish.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15

6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Holy Mass. San Antonio Abad Parish.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 16

10:30 to 11:00 hours: Prayer of the Holy Rosary.
11:00 to 12:00 hours: Holy Mass in Honor of Saint Anthony the Abbot, enlivened by the singing of the parish choir. During the mass, offerings of non-perishable food may be made. San Antonio Abad Parish.

MONDAY, JANUARY 17

6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Prayer of the Holy Rosary.
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Mass in honor of San Antonio Abad. San Antonio Abad Parish.
At the end: Fireworks display in the Plaza del Santísimo Cristo de la Salud

The capacity of the parish church of San Antonio Abad is 70 people (LEVEL 4)

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Vote for the Carnival 2022 poster design

One of the finalists for the Carnival 2022 poster

The Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, through the Autonomous Organization of Festivities and Recreational Activities (OAFAR), opens from 00:00 on Thursday the 13th January, the online voting period to choose the Carnival 2022 poster from among the ten works selected by a jury appointed for this purpose. Now it's the public who will make the final selection.

Voting is open from today until January 23 at 11:59 p.m., and can be done through the Carnaval de Tenerife website at this page.

Only one vote per IP address will be allowed and voting will be blind, so there will be no references to the support that each of the posters collects during the process.

The titles of the 10 works preselected by the jury for this final phase, translate to: "A near future", "Love", "Let yourself be carried away by the dimension of Carnival", " C-Arte-L del C-arnava-l: Carnival art is in the street", "Andromeda Carnival", "Hello, Chicharrícolas", "Carnival Invasion", "Casquimia", "Carnival 2222?" and "Abducted 22".

Councillor for fiestas, Alfonso Cabello, encourages “all citizens to participate, whether they are carnival lovers or not”; since "it is about something more than a simple poster". 

From the first advertising poster designed by Juan Galarza in 1962 for the so-called Winter Festivities, this artistic element has become a business card for the city and an exhibition of its main cultural, heritage and tourist values. 

Los 10 carteles finalistas del Carnaval 2022 de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, a votación

Carnival 2022 almost thirty candidates aspire to become Queens in the three categories

Antonia Garrido Francés, Ylenia Rodríguez Domínguez and Naomi María Cabrera Pulido,
who became the Guardians of the Sceptre in 2021

Although uncertainty still prevails over the dates of Carnival 2022, the desire to return to normality is clearly pushing hard, so much so that the total number of aspiring Queens almost returns to figures of prior to the pandemic. Thus, there were 29 candidates who aspire to the sceptre of the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in its different categories: senior, junior and adult, when the registration period closed.

Councillor, Alfonso Cabello, stated that “the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival is in very good health; we are very proud of the 29 aspiring Queens, their designers and their sponsors”.

The Science Fiction Carnival contests will present 11 candidates for adult queen, 10 for junior queen and eight for senior queen.

The Queen contests that will be held at the Tenerife International Centre for Trade Fairs and Congresses will include Naomi María Cabrera Pulido, Antonia Garrido Francés and Ylenia Rodríguez Domínguez, the court of Guardians of the Sceptre who guard the royal staff from the show Santa Cruz Corazón del Carnaval, the program that closed the 2021 edition.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Government of the Canary Islands is to carry out the first archaeological study of the watchtowers of Tenerife

View of Igueste de San Andrés from the path to the Semáforo de Anaga
Robert Wirrmann, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The project begins a new line of research within Historical Archeology in the Canary Islands

Since the sixteenth century, there are multiple historical references to the watchtowers or lookout posts installed at strategic points of Tenerife to notify the population of the arrival of enemy ships and thus anticipate possible naval attacks. According to the documentary sources, this defensive strategy was carried out by means of an interconnected network of watchtowers that sent and repeated signals of fire and smoke. However, there are practically no archaeological studies on its location and its material characterization.

Against this background, the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage is promoting the first study and inventory of watchtowers and surveillance spaces from an archaeological and historical perspective. This is the first phase of the 'VIGILANT' project, focused on the northeast of Tenerife and directed by a multidisciplinary team from the University of La Laguna and the Catalan Institute of Classical Archeology, in collaboration with research staff from the University of Seville and the University of Barcelona.

The work on the ‘Archeology of the Surveillance Spaces and Watchtowers of the Northeast of Tenerife’, better known as ‘VIGILANT’, has a historical interest related to the visibility of what was the first line of defence in the capital area; and has an archaeological interest in applying new lines of study within Historical and Landscape Archeology. Similarly, it also has a scientific interest in shedding new data on the operation of this network and the creation of the first cultural landscapes after the conquest.

The watchtowers have very specific criteria, "they require visibility between enclaves and must be accessible, among other characteristics," explains Francesc C. Conesa, co-director of the ‘VIGILANT’. Regarding the documented network, the first watchtower started at the Montaña de Tafada and from there it went to the Montaña del Sabinal, the Atalaya de Igueste de San Andrés and the Atalaya de San Andrés. News reached the Castillo de San Cristóbal in Santa Cruz and travelled to the Montaña de Taco and the Montaña de Ofra, the latter now disappeared by urban development. Then they would arrive at the watchtower of San Roque, possibly located in Mesa La Gallardina, and that of San Lázaro, in the current Montaña del Púlpito. From there, the northern notices were received through the Caldera la Atalaya and La Atalaya at the top of the Mesa de Tejina.

The study of the documentary sources is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects to know the historical evolution of the watchtowers, since it allows a reconstruction of the surveillance points and their main uses. After the recovery of fifty historical documents, a geospatial analysis of the territory was carried out that included the recovery of toponymy and the reconstruction of the lines of visibility between watchtowers, at the same time that an archaeological survey program was developed.

The team has determined several types of watchtowers. Jared Carballo, co-director of the project, “there are natural watchtowers, without material evidence but located by toponymy or textual sources, and watchtowers with construction and material remains. In this case, the structures can be small “furnaces” or structures dug into the rock, and in some occasions the heat-altered soil is appreciated”. It should be noted that "the prospects have been superficial, but in a second phase we are going to prepare an excavation project with a view to its possible preservation and conservation and even, in the long term, its integration into new cultural routes", advances the archaeologist Conesa.

El Gobierno de Canarias desarrolla el primer estudio arqueológico de las atalayas de Tenerife

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Pastel de plátano (banana cake)

Pastel de plátano (banana cake) a variation of apple cake

In early lockdown, banana bread had a moment, but you probably haven't tried this version of Pastel de plátano (banana cake) brought to us from the Municipal Market in La Laguna. This recipe is a variant of apple cake, that uses sliced apple, using ripe bananas.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup sunflower oil
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 grams of chopped walnuts
  • 4 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of salt

Method

Preheat the oven to 200º. Grease and flour a baking tin. Mash the bananas with a fork and mix all the ingredients with a wooden spoon, including the oil, except the nuts. Finally, the chopped walnuts are incorporated with a little flour so that they do not sink into the mixture. Place in the oven and bake for approximately 45-50 minutes, until browned.

Monday, January 10, 2022

Emergency Services coordinated 940 incidents on New Year's Eve in the Canary Islands

Emergency services vehicle

The Centro Coordinador de Emergencias y Seguridad (Emergency and Security Coordination Centre) (CECOES) 1-1-2, a service of the Ministry of Public Administrations, Justice and Security of the Government of the Canary Islands, coordinated 940 incidents during the night of New Year's Eve 2021, which represented an increase of 3.4% compared with the New Year's Eve of the previous year, where 909 were registered.

By territories, the Eastern Islands registered 517 incidents, between 9:00 p.m. on December 31 and 8:00 a.m. on January 1, while in the Western Islands there were 423. These figures represent a great variation with respect to the activity of a normal day in the operating rooms, where an average of 500 incidents are received in this time slot.

The highest activity was related to security, with 395 incidents and 42% of all incidents, followed by health, with 346, representing 36.8%. However, if we compare with the previous year, there is a decrease in security incidents by 21.9% and an increase in health by 34.6%.

Seventy-three incidents reported to 1-1-2 in the Canary Islands were for the extinction of fires, many of them related to fireworks, which represents a rise of 128.1%.

The rescues at sea should also be highlighted, with five activations directly related to assistance to migrant boats, compared to one the previous year.

In addition, the CECOES 1-1-2 registered 58 accidents or land rescues, 3.3% less, but some of them of relevance such as the three traffic accidents located in Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. In the first one, a 33-year-old man died after the vehicle in which he was driving overturned in Teguise, Lanzarote, while in Gran Canaria, SUC personnel had to transfer two people to hospital in serious condition, resulting in wounds after being run over on roads in the municipalities of Gáldar and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 

Sunday, January 09, 2022

Arrival of the first steamboat to Santa Cruz

El muelle de Las Carboneras, Old Valleseco docks, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
CARLOS TEIXIDOR CADENAS, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

In 1837, the steamship 'Atalanta', arrived from London, bound for Bombay

The Atalanta was the first double-wheel steamboat and 8 knots of speed that, coming from London and bound for Bombay, with 100 passengers on board, refilled its coal bunkers in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on January 7, 1837. Santa Cruz had been declared a 'Port of Deposit of Coal', on November 11, 1836; As the Royal Order established that the supply should be carried out without tariffs, from this moment on, Santa Cruz harbour became one of the largest coal stations in the world, supplied from Great Britain.

The work of unloading the coal was carried out at anchorage, quickly and efficiently, even at night. The workers of the "black cargo" carried the "Tyne", "Clyde" or the preferred "Cardyff" from the holds of the British-flagged coal steamers to the port and starboard barges, letting it slide through wood planks; Once filled, they transported it to the docks of the importing companies, where the wagons, pulled by mules, took it to the warehouses.

When a ship came to be supplied with coal, it requested it by means of long puffs, each puff corresponding to one hundred tons. From that moment, the wagons began to remove the mineral from the warehouses to take it to the barges, which took it to the ocean liners so that the stokers could proceed to fill coal bunkers. While this work was being carried out, the boats and the deck of the ship were covered with tarps to prevent the cloud of black dust from dirtying it.

With the declaration of Free Ports (1852), the Tenerife dock would become a world-class charcoal station, until the progressive disappearance of the steamships.

On the beach of San Antonio (current Ribera dock), the first coal companies began to be installed to supply ships. These were: Bruce, Hamilton, Davidson and Le-Brun (1852); Virgilio Ghirlanda (1852); Juan Cumella (1857); Cory Brothers (1862); G. Davidson (1868); Juan Croft (1891); Inocencio Fernández del Castillo (1891); etc.

The first company to move (1876) to the left bank of the Valleseco ravine was Tenerife Coaling Company Ltd. Hamilton, formed by Messrs. Bruce, Hamilton, Guillermo Davidson and Le-Brun, forming a model industry for the time, since 12 barges, wagons, scales, etc. were brought in from London and they built a dock and warehouses with a 5,000-ton capacity. Between 1903 and 1910, they came to supply 50% of the coal in this Port.

Elder Dempster's coal warehouses were built, at the beginning of the 20th century, at the mouth of the Tahodio ravine, very close to the North Pier, from where they supplied the numerous vessels of its shipping company.

Cory Brothers and Company Ltd, the largest coal importing company in Cardiff (Wales-UK), which had been associated with Hamilton and Co. from 1884 to 1909, also moved to Valleseco, due to the dock and warehouse that used - located where the Mapfre building stands today - was demolished to extend Imeldo Serís street, until its connection with Avenida Marítima.

In Valleseco they built docks, dry dock and warehouses, being declared by the State, in 1934, a public utility industry, as it was located in the best anchoring area for transit ships, which facilitated fuel import-export operations (Coal).

This industrial complex currently constitutes the only stretch of maritime façade that preserves the stamp and the representative elements of one of the most transcendental stages of the mercantile and port history of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This area has started, since 1990, the file for its declaration as a Site of Cultural Interest.


Image: In the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, next to the San Andrés road, in front of the Valleseco neighbourhood, on the coastline, there are old docks and a dry dock. Two of the docks were charcoal makers, for loading and unloading coal from the barges. At the dock of the company "Cory Brothers and Company Ltd", a steam crane worked that worked until 1956. Another dock, now defunct, was used to load dried fish, as there was a fish salting factory nearby, next to the Valleseco bridge. In the background, in the East Dyke, we see docked 2 oil drilling rigs contracted -until 2015- by the Brazilian company PETROBRAS to the Norwegian Seadrill. To the right, at the tip of the Dique del Este, is the "West Taurus" platform, registered in Panama, IMO: 8768414, built in 2008, and temporarily docked in Tenerife, awaiting orders. The other platform is the "West Eminence", also registered in Panama, from 2009, painted in orange. 

Saturday, January 08, 2022

Tenerife goes to alert level 4, but with lighter restrictions than in summer


The Canary Islands Government decided on Friday to put Tenerife on the highest alert level, level 4, but with less restrictive measures than those it endured in summer when it went through the same situation, taking into account the favorable impact of vaccines.

Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, detailed that this measure is because the most populated of the Canary Islands presents worrying indicators, such as: 26% of the ICU beds occupied by COVID patients, and 28% of diagnostic tests for coronavirus in Tenerife are positive.

Tenerife will be back at health alert level 4 from 00:00 on Monday (10 January) due to its high incidence of coronavirus and the fact that its hospital pressure in ICU has entered high risk. After the entry into force of the decree law of the Government of the Canary Islands that modified the COVID measures, these are the restrictions in force on the island:

General
  1. Capacity: the maximum capacity allowed in outdoor spaces will be 33% of what they have established and 25% in indoor spaces.
  2. Groups of people: groups of people both in spaces for public and private use, closed or outdoors, will be subject to the maximum number of 6 people not being exceeded, except in the case of cohabitants. In the event that the group is made up of cohabitants and non-cohabitants, the maximum number of people indicated will not be exceeded. Cohabiting is understood to be those people who reside under the same roof.
  3. Closing hours: in those establishments and activities that, prior to the pandemic, did not have a fixed closing time, or had a higher one, the maximum authorized closing time will be 1:00 a.m.

Mass events
  • Events with more than 750 attendees may not be held in open or closed spaces.
  • Events with more than 750 attendees may be held reducing their capacity to 750 people, adjusting to what is established in the health authorization and other provisions.

Public shows
  • They cannot be held, neither indoors nor outdoors.

Parties, festivals and other popular events
  • They cannot be celebrated. 

Mythical storm of January 1999

Santa Cruz de Tenerife Muelle Sur Lighthouse

On January 1, 1999, a storm began, accompanied by intense rains and whose negative effects lasted until the 8th. These affected both Canary Island provinces, but were intensely focused on Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where hurricane-force winds reached speeds of 100 km / h and the rains of 112 litres of rain per m2. There was damage to the infrastructure of the electricity company that caused cuts in the electricity supply and serious damage to the company's facilities, whose losses amounted to almost five million euros.

On January 6 and 7, 1999, a strong eastern storm brought huge waves to Santa Cruz and the rest of the archipelago that destroyed many port infrastructures. In Santa Cruz, the Paseo de San Andrés, a large part of the Muelle Sur (South Pier), the pier of the Faculty of Marine Sciences, the Sailing School and the Maritime Park were all destroyed. It also seriously affected Avenida de San Andrés. After the episode in the east came another from the north that brought cold, snow and an unusual hailstorm that gave the streets of San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Santa Cruz de Tenerife the appearance of snowfalls.

Friday, January 07, 2022

Winter Sales 2022 start in the Canary Islands

Rebajas (Sales) Photo: CésarSome rights reserved

The winter sales traditionally begin on January 7, but there are many stores that advanced the offers so that consumers could take advantage to make their purchases for the gifts of The Three Kings. Otherwise, the dates of the winter sales depend on each autonomous community and each brand. The onset is usually the first days of the year and lasts for two months. In the Canary Islands this is from January 7 to March 6.

El Corte Inglés
The sales at El Corte Inglés will begin, as in previous years, on January 7, although since December 26 there were already many discounted products in a campaign that lasted until January 5. The sales on January 7 usually extend until March.

Inditex Group
Brands such as Zara, Stradivarius, Pull and Bear, Bershka, Oysho, Lefties or Massimo Dutti started their sales on their respective web pages from January 1. In physical stores, the usual period: from January 7 to the end of March.

Mango
From January 3 to March 31.

H&M
Their winter sales began on January 3 and last until the end of March. On its website there have been discounts from January 1.

Tendam Group
This group, with the signature brands of Cortefiel, Springfield or Women's Secret, kicks off the discounts on January 7 and extends it until March 7. However, their websites already contained discounts for Reyes.

Thursday, January 06, 2022

Six differences between the El Niño Lottery and the Christmas Lottery in Spain

Lotería del Niño 6 Jan 2006, #99666. Photo: Álvaro Ibáñez Some Rights Reserved

    The El Niño awards are lower than in El Gordo, but in return there are more prize winners

    In 2022, once more, the Lotería del Niño, will be celebrated on January 6. This draw was first held in 1941 and from that date until 1998, it was held on January 5, coinciding with the Noche de Los Reyes (Night of the Three Kings / Twelfth Night). 

    1. The El Niño Lottery draw is held by the modern system, that is, there is a drum for each of the digits that make up a number, drawn for each programmed prize. The Christmas Gordo Draw is carried out by the traditional system: a drum in which all the numbers are drawn and another drum with the prizes, with which prize going to that number also being determined by chance.
    2. The issue for the El Niño draw is much lower than that for the Christmas Draw, with 45 series of numbers, versus 160. However, the number of numbers drawn is the same: 100,000. That brings the odds down to 1 in 900 million compared to 3,200.
    3. The El Niño prizes are lower. The first prize of the El Niño awards a tenth (one ticket = a tenth of a strip) with 200,000 euros, half that of the Gordo de Navidad. The second prize is 75,000 euros (compared to 125,000 at Christmas) and the third is 25,000 euros (half of the 50,000 euros on December 22). There are no fourth or fifth prizes.
    4. In the Lotería del Niño there are three reimbursements: the completion of the first prize —as at Christmas— and two other special reimbursements that are drawn.
    5. You are more likely to win a prize in El Niño than in the Christmas Lottery. While El Gordo awards less than a 7th of the numbers, on Three Kings Day, a third of the tenths win a prize.
    6. The Christmas draw opens up the Christmas holidays for Spaniards, on the contrary, the El Niño draw closes them. 

    Las seis diferencias entre el Sorteo del Niño y el de Navidad

    Wednesday, January 05, 2022

    Three Kings to make annual Royal Progress

    Three Kings in the Heliodoro Rodríguez López football stadium in a previous year

    The Three Kings will arrive at the Heliodoro Rodríguez López football stadium in Santa Cruz, in an Army helicopter at 5:00 p.m., but their reception will be behind closed doors. The children will not be able to be in the stadium to experience the emotion of the arrival of the Kings, but they will be able to watch this on Televisión Canaria, which has organized a special program for this purpose. Without the usual Three Kings Parades, their reception will be followed by five Royal Progresses that repeat the formula of last January 5

    Last year in Santa Cruz, the Three Kings instead made "Royal Progresses" through the five districts of the city, the exact routes kept secret until the last minute to avoid crowds forming. There were no stops, they wouldn't be distributing sweets and wouldn't be able to accept letters in person, just passing by in open top buses, with a police escort.

    This year, the Three Wise Men will carry a geolocator in the capital of Tenerife, so children will be able to see the exact point they've reached and avoid long waits and crowds. The five retinues of the Magi can be followed on reyesmagosensantacruz.com

    The Three Wise Men from the East decided to advance their arrival in La Laguna this year, by visiting seven areas on the outskirts of the city. Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar visited Las Chumberas, Valle Tabares, Santa Catalina, Padre Anchieta, Las Carboneras, San Roque and La Barranquera to greet the children and collect their letters, on Sunday, January 2, Monday 3 and Tuesday 4, so they could avoid crowds by spreading their magic.

    La Orotava too have also again opted for the Paseo Real (Royal Progress), as in 2021, in which the Kings visited all the neighbourhoods of the municipality. There The Three Wise Men will land on Mount Teide and use the cable car to descend, then make their Royal Progress through all the districts of the municipality in open top cars. 

    The Three Kings will ride through the South of Tenerife in convertible cars

    With the parades cancelled, municipalities prepare tours of the neighbourhoods. Alert level 3 for COVID-19 and the increase in infections in recent weeks have determined, for another year, the format of the arrival of Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar to the south of the island. Each municipality prepares receptions in which Royal Progress in convertible cars will predominate. It is recommended to watch them from balconies and windows.

    In Arona, the planned events, which will begin at 3:00 p.m. with the delivery of the keys to the municipality to the Three Wise Men in the plenary hall of the council. From there, a tour in vehicles will begin, escorted by the Local Police and Civil Protection, through the varios nuclei of the municipality to end at 8:00 p.m. at the Los Cristianos Cultural Centre, although no event is planned to take place there to avoid crowds of public.

    In Adeje, the delegation, which will travel in classic cars, will depart at 4:00 p.m. in a non-stop journey that will last about five hours (click this link for details of all the streets it will pass) and the journey will be made without stops. A vehicle of the volunteer firefighters will announce advance warning of the passage of the Kings through the neighbourhoods with enough time so that families can approach or can witness from the balcony. 

    San Miguel de Abona also bets on convertible cars, although the Kings will get up early in this municipality to greet the boys and girls. The tour will begin at 11.00 am in Guargacho and after visiting all the neighbourhoods, will conclude around 6.30 pm at El Frontón. The council has already delivered the keys to the Three Kings and recommends seeing the passage of the Magi from the East from balconies, doors and windows.

    The Three Kings will tour the neighbourhoods of Granadilla de Abona between 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., passing through El Médano, Los Abrigos, Casablanca, Atogo, La Mareta, La Tejita, Sotavento, San Isidro and El Salto; Granadilla town centre, Charco del Pino, Chimiche, El Desierto, Los Blanquitos, Cruz de Tea, Las Rosas and Las Vegas. The council has reported that no stops will be made, nor will letters be collected, nor will sweets be distributed. At 7:00 p.m., they will broadcast the delivery to the Kings by the mayor of the magic key that opens all the houses in the municipality.

    In Guía de Isora, convertible cars will begin to circulate at 5:00 p.m. in El Pozo, El Jaral and Acojeja, and after visiting all the neighbourhoods, will finish the round in the Guía town at 9:00 p.m., according to the schedules provided by the council, which reminds people that the Kings will not stop to take pictures nor collect letters or distribute sweets.

    As in the rest of the municipalities, in Santiago del Teide there will be a Royal Progress. Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar will travel in vehicles through the municipality in a descending direction. The start is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. in the Valle de Arriba and its conclusion is planned for 7:15 p.m. in Puerto Santiago. The council warns that in order to watch the route of the royal procession it will be mandatory to wear masks and maintain a safety distance.

    Finally, Arico will hand over the keys to the Three Wise Men from the hands of their mayor at 10.30 a.m. at the Town Hall and from there the tour of all the neighbourhoods will begin in a double shift: at 11, starting from El Río, and from 16.00, starting in Arico Nuevo. 

    Tuesday, January 04, 2022

    Tenerife Rally 2022 Season Calendar Preview

    Fiat 131 Abarth de Retro Cars Club

    Pending its final approval at the Federación Interinsular de Automovilismo de Santa Cruz de Tenerife (Tenerife Motor Sports Federation) (FIASCT) assembly, scheduled for Saturday, February 19, after the approval of the president, Francisco Negrín, the draft calendar for the upcoming rally season in Tenerife has been published.

    The most important news is the change of date of the Villa de Adeje Rally, which goes from being the event that opened the rally championship in the past to the one that will close the season, taking place on 24, 25 and November 26.

    First in 2022, the Rally Championship for Historical Vehicles

    On the other hand, the Rally Isla de Tenerife Historico is added to the agenda and will be held independently (not integrated at the CCRA Rally Isla de Tenerife) from May 5 to 7.

    The starting signal for the 2022 season will be on Saturday, March 5, with the Palo Blanco Hillclimb; while the closing will take place in the aforementioned Rally Villa de Adeje.

    The hillclimb calendar is maintained with the usual ten climbs, although there are various date changes compared to those recently registered and their changes due to COVID, these are basically the same as in recent seasons. 

    There are still five asphalt rallies, of which three are valid for the Regional Championship: La Laguna, Tenerife Island and Villa de Adeje.

    Rallies on gravel return to the island of Tenerife. The preview includes four rallyesprints (Santiago del Teide pending confirmation), of which Atogo and La Gomera will be regional.

    The Rally Championship for Historic Vehicles is new - in which Regularity Sport vehicles should take a step forward, including the Historic Island of Tenerife, Villa de Granadilla, City of La Laguna, Orvecame-Tenerife Island and, pending confirmation, Isla Bonita.


    NB: We remind you that this is a DRAFT, so there are bound to be changes before this becomes final and, sadly, there are still likely to be changes due to COVID, including restrictions as in the past couple of years, where, even if the event is able to go ahead it may be held "WITHOUT PUBLIC". We will try to keep this updated as the season unfolds.


    DATE RALLY
    RALLYSPRINT
    HILLCLIMB
    MAR 04/05



    Palo Blanco
    11/12




    18/19




    25/26

           Tejina-Tegueste

    APR 01/02




    08/09




    15/16




    22/23 Orvecame Norte



    29/30




    MAY
    06/07




    13/14




    20/21



    Valle Gran Rey
    27/28

    Santiago del Teide

    JUN 03/04



    Guía de Isora
    10/11




    17/18 Villa Granadilla



    24/25




    JUL 01/02



    Güímar
    08/09




    15/16




    22/23


    San Miguel
    29/30 City of La Laguna



    AUG
    05/06




    12/13




    19/20




    26/27




    SEP 02/03



    La Cumbre
    09/10




    16/17




    23/24




    OCT 30/01



    Tamaimo
    07/08

    Atogo

    14/15



    Arona-La Escalona
    21/22 Isla Tenerife



    28/29




    NOV 04/05



    Icod-La Guancha
    11/12

    La Gomera

    18/19



    Los Loros
    24/25/26 Villa de Adeje



    DEC 02/03



    09/10




    16/17
    23/24