Fantastic Unveiling of the Incredible MELVIN Restaurant

Both for visitors to Tenerife and those lucky enough to live here permanently, this is an island where you are veritably spoilt for choice in terms of places to dine out. Whether you are looking for somewhere for a quick bite to eat, or something a bit fancier, there really does seem to be something for everyone, whatever your budget and taste. While competition may be fierce in the food and drink scene though, we are always excited to see new options appearing, especially if it is somewhere offering a truly unique dining experience.

Because there are so many restaurants competing for people’s attention and interest here, it really does take somewhere truly special to stand out. Well, one recent addition to the excellent stock of places to dine in Tenerife, that has recently arrived is the incredible MELVIN Restaurant, based at Las Terrazas de Abama in the South of the island. This is sure to make a significant impact on the fine dining scene in Tenerife, with exceptional food, a stunningly beautiful location and a top-class team.

As is befitting of such an incredible restaurant, there was an exclusive event to unveil it yesterday to a select group of invitees which the team here at Tenerife Magazine were invited to. As we arrived we were greeted very kindly by all of the staff including the organisers of the event, Laura Soruco, Hotel General Manager at Las Terrazas de Abama and Desiree Lopez, Sales Manager. We also spoke to head chef Diego Dato, who trained under Martín Berasategui, who with eight Michelin stars, is widely seen as one of the best chefs in the world.

Fine Dining Experience @ The Melvin Restaurant


Posted by Las Terrazas de Abama on Tuesday, April 24, 2018

MELVIN is a fantastic concept that combines the personality and vision of well-renowned architect Melvin Villarroe, with the amazing culinary expertise of Martín Berasategui. The influences of these two forward-thinking individuals can be seen in all aspects of the restaurant, from the delicious menu, right through to the beautiful design which fully incorporates natural light.

The inside area of the restaurant looks out through a number of sets of glass doors onto the huge terrace area. This wide use of glass within the design allows those dining inside to be able to fully appreciate and enjoy the fantastic view outside and the stunning natural light offered in Tenerife. The design helps to combine the inside and outside of the restaurant, by blurring the distinction between the two.

The overall style of the restaurant is modern, elegant and sophisticated, without seeming pretentious. The kitchen area is also fully on view, creating a feeling of theatre as the food is prepared in view of those dining, again creating and adding to the feeling of openness.

Outside there was a live band playing a selection of different jazz tunes which fit the mood of the evening very well, perfectly complimenting to the chilled-out ambience of the evening.

Throughout the event, those who attended were served a selection of different beverages.

Later on, a huge variety of different finger food prepared by Diego and his team including gazpacho, different types and croquettes and seafood paella were brought out to attendees, who were more than happy to try.

There were also speeches from Laura, Diego and others to thank everyone for coming to the event and talk about how excited they are to launch such a fantastic addition to Las Terrazas de Abama, and the contemporary fine dining scene in Tenerife.

All in all this event provided a fantastic unveiling of the incredible MELVIN restaurant which we’re more than certain will continue to become a huge success in Tenerife. You can already see from the reviews that Diego and his team have received on Tripadvisor that the restaurant is quickly moving up through the ranks due to the quality of food, excellent hospitality of the staff and fantastic views. We hope to see you there sometime in the future!

Photos by Kate Michelle Conti (aka The Italian Chica)
Video by John Dale Beckley

To find out more about MELVIN restaurant and make a reservation, then head over to the website and follow them on Instagram.



Finding Shopping Paradise in Icod de Los Vinos

Ask your average visitor to Tenerife or ex-pat resident what they know about Icod de los Vinos and they’ll tell you it’s the home of the Millenium Drago Tree. Those more familiar with the area might well add that it has the picturesque cove and tranquil beach of San Marcos. But ask a Canario what they know about Icod de los Vinos and they’ll tell you it’s the best place on Tenerife for shopping.

With the Three Kings safely returned to the East and shopkeepers all over the island taking a red marker pen to their price labels, Tenerife Magazine heads off to the picturesque town of Icod de los Vinos to find out why Tinerfeños believe there’s a whole lot more to Icod than just a drago tree.

Shopping in Icod de los Vinos
Strolling down the busy pavement of Calle Key Muñoz in Icod de los Vinos, my eye is drawn by a sign which tells me I can buy clothes imported from Miami and New York from just €9.95. Popping inside, my fingers are itching to reach for the credit card as tailored dresses and skirts, so different from the usual, mass produced merchandise that fills the racks of major chain stores, yearn to be tried on.

My shopping senses awakened, I decide to take a look down Calle San Sebastián where I”M stopped in my tracks by the sight of exquisitely tailored Italian imported dresses wearing the sort of price label they would presumably not be seen dead in, were they still to be in Italy. Further investigation reveals an entire shop dedicated to French and Italian couture at prices that were eyebrow raising before the sales and are now just too good to ignore.

The trouble with buying fashionable little Italian numbers is that you simply have to have shoes and a handbag to match, and naturally some new earrings, maybe a necklace…

To those in the know, Icod de los Vinos is the place to come when you want to refresh your wardrobe, step into this season’s shoes, stock up on some fine wines or find the perfect gift for special occasions without busting the budget. In other words, Icod is a shopper’s paradise.

One of the oldest settlements on Tenerife, after the conquest Icod was quickly recognised for its fertile valleys. From 1496 sugar plantations were planted across the area attracting wealth and settlers to make it their home. But in the 17th century the sugar trade collapsed and the first vines that came to lend their names to the area were planted. Today the municipality of Icod de los Vinos produces excellent wines, predominantly cultivating the listan grape variety, under the Ycoden-Daute-Isora denomination label where, across eight municipalities, almost a million kilos of grapes are processed.

The wealth generated by the wine industry distilled a culture of commercialism in Icod de los Vinos which is evident in the 200 or more shops that make up one of the oldest shopping centres on Tenerife. Beneath the benign gaze of Mount Teide and the traditional balconies, family businesses have thrived here for decades. Keeping their prices low and their stock constantly changing, the shopkeepers of Icod aim to ensure their customers will return and, judging by the crowds who are enjoying the winter sunshine as they gather carrier bags by the armful, it’s a strategy that’s working.

Time for Tea
Having toured the main shopping streets of San Agustá­n, San Sebastián, Key Muñoz, Infanta Isabel and De la Cruz, it’s time for a sit down and a nice cup of tea. Turning the corner onto Calle San Sebastián at the Town Hall, I spot tables and chairs outside a quaint little tea shop and spotting the sign on the window, I have to do a double take as the words ‘rosy Lee’ jump out at me. Inside, Rosy Lee looks for all the world like Miss Marple might be sitting in the window with a pot of tea and a fairy cake, musing on her latest murder mystery.

Flower wallpaper and wooden shelves stacked with Twinings tea and pots of relish form the backdrop to elegant tables on which China cups, antique tea pots and dainty milk jugs sit. Ordering a pot of breakfast tea, I notice English cake trays with home made cream buns and the display cabinet which is filled with scrumptious looking cakes, its counter adorned with rows of marzipan mice and pastel coloured fairy cakes.

“Are you British?” I ask the owner, Nátalie Delgado, as she places my pot of tea before me.
“No. I was born in Puerto de la Cruz,” she replies in an accent that would have you swear in court that she was born and bred somewhere south of Bristol. “But I spent 10 years working in England and I have a lot of English friends who constantly pick me up on my accent.”
All I can say is, Nátalie didn’t just learn how to speak like a native while she was in England, she perfected the art of making a grand cup of tea too.

Malvasía Wine
Sated of shopping for the day, I head back to the car and find myself looking into the doorway of the Museo de Malvasí­a where the walls are covered with framed quotations from Shakespeare, Keats, Ben Johnson and Herman Melville and the shelves are filled with the subject of those quotations Malvasí­a wine, the Canary Islands” most famous tipple.

Housed in one of the beautiful, historic houses that line Plaza de la Pila, the Museo is a mine of information on the historic grape and its famous advocates. Stocking a wide selection of malvasia wines from across the Canary Islands, the museum also offers wine tastings so you can try before you buy. It’s all the excuse I need to indulge in a little more quality assurance of the products on offer in Icod de los Vinos.

“Oh Knight, thou lackest a cup of canary; when did I see thee so put down?” asked Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night.

Quite right, Sir Toby, it will never do. Adding a bottle of the Bard’s favourite tipple to the day’s haul, I bid adios to Icod…until next time.


Cecilia Navarro, The Queen of Tenerife Carnival 2016

She won the sceptre with its Fantasy “White sand desert”.

Cecilia Navarro, won the title of the Queen of the Carnival of Tenerife 2016 last night. The suit was created by designer Daniel Pages.

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Gala Election of the Carnival Queen was devoted to the theme chosen this year, – the 80’s. One of the highlights of the act was the interpretation of different songs from the golden decade of pop music by members of the carnival groups of Tenerife.

Following the coronation of the Gala Queen yesterday, the party hits the streets tomorrow, Friday the 5th of February. After the tour, the festival begins in the streets of the city, with the music in different scenarios across the centre of the capital and the local bars, full of dressed up people ready to have a wonderful time to the sound of the music.

Other essential dates are first Carnival Day (Sunday, February 7), the Gran Coso Apotheosis (Tuesday, 9), the Burial of the Sardine (Wednesday 10), and the second Carnival Day (Saturday 13).

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Did you know you may be eligible to vote in the EU Referendum? British Embassy launches expat awareness campaign

If you have been on the electoral roll in the UK within the last 15 years then you can register to vote in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.

The British Ambassador Simon Manley this week launched a major campaign to make expats aware that they may be eligible to have their say in the EU referendum – provided they register to vote in good time.

Speaking at a meeting with representatives of the expat community to launch the registration campaign, Mr Manley said:


“Interest among expats in the EU referendum is high, but awareness that you may be able to vote is low. We want as many expats as possible to be aware that they can have their say.

“You can register to vote in a few minutes via the government website – and do encourage your friends, family and colleagues to do the same.”

The British Embassy in Madrid is backing a global campaign by the Electoral Commission to encourage Britons who live overseas to register to vote.

Some 283,000 Britons are registered on the padrón as resident in Spain, but just 11,000 are registered to vote in the UK. So the vast majority of expats will miss out on having their say in the referendum – unless they take a few simple steps.

To register as an overseas voter, you must have been registered in a UK constituency within the last 15 years. All you have to do is visit with your passport details and National Insurance number to hand, and the postcode of where you last lived in the UK.

You can choose how you want to vote: by post, by proxy (voting by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf), or even in person if by chance you will be in your UK local authority area on polling day.

All it takes is five minutes to register. And because overseas voters must allow enough time for their ballot paper to be posted from the UK, you should do it now rather than wait for the final deadline, at which point it may be too late to use a postal vote effectively.

Postal ballot papers will be despatched about a month ahead of the referendum – earlier than for the General Election last year – giving overseas voters more time to receive, complete, and return their ballot pack to the UK.

The Embassy is urging Brits to pass on the register to vote message via its ‘Brits living in Spain’ accounts on Facebook and Twitter, the expat media and a wide range of partners that work with the British Consulates in Spain.

If you are active on Twitter then do tell others that #YourVoteMatters and add the URL so that they can register too.

Go to and make sure you can have your say.

British Ambassador Simon Manley (centre) and expat community representatives gathered in Javea, Alicante province, to urge expats to Register to Vote.
British Ambassador Simon Manley (centre) and expat community representatives gathered in Javea, Alicante province, to urge expats to Register to Vote.

Meteor shower in Tenerife 14 December

The collision of small fragments of Asteroid Phaeton with the atmosphere will lead to one of the most striking rains stars than are produced annually, with about 100 shooting stars per hour.

The maximum intensity is expected at 18:00  Canarian time on December 14.

The best time for observation will be the night of 14 to 15 December. This year, amateur astronomers and anyone who want to contemplate, you can do like I was in Tenerife, an island that has one of the clearest skies in the world. The broadcast will be online on television and from the Tenerife Tourism website

During the meeting it was also connected with the islands of La Palma and Fuerteventura as well as Caceres.

There will be two broadcasts, one at 17: 55-18: 10 TU and another at 22: 00-22: 45 UT.

Make a wish! proposed that for each meteor, a wish is made. Those who are interested can send in a video or text on Twitter with the hashtag #UnaEstrellaUnDeseo #WishonaStar and quote @



Matt Damon is back for The Bourne

Photo by Frank Marshall
Photo by Frank Marshall

Tenerife becomes a popular filming location for many mainstream and independent films. Due to lower tax than elsewhere in Europe, The Bourne is back and it’s shooting here.

Matt Damon, director Paul Greengrass and a crew are filming for a new Jason Bourne action spy thriller in Tenerife. It’s the fifth Bourne film since sequel began in 2002 as the Bourne Identity where Matt Damon played a CIA assassin suffering from extreme memory loss.

Universal Pictures also produced The Bourne Legacy in 2012 with a different team and characters. Unfortunately the film failed to have the same success as the Damon-Greengrass partnership. There are several examples of the same mistake being made. Is it time to learn the lesson and stick to the “original”?

The production will contribute and help boost the island’s profile as the Canary Islands’ filming spur rise alongside the Spanish mainland.

The new film had commenced on the 8th of September 2015 and is due to be released worldwide in July 2016.

According to, other high profile productions shot in Tenerife in recent years have included the action sequel Fast & Furious 6 and the historical fantasy Wrath of the Titans.


Bricks and Mortar in a Hot Latin Quarter

With over 30 years’ experience of living in Tenerife and being involved in the Tenerife real estate industry, David Wood has the knowledge and the contacts to not only help you find your ideal property in Tenerife, but to negotiate the best deal for you and to lead and support you through a seamless buying process.

Everyone at Woods the Estate Agents recognises that not only are you searching for your ideal property in the sun, you are investing in your future and a new lifestyle. You can rest assured that here at Woods, we will support you through the entire search and purchase process of your new property in the Canary Islands and continue to give you on-going support to help you find your feet around the island. We will inform you of everything you need to know about living in the Canary Islands. From schooling and banking… to eating out and shopping!

Having been born and raised in Tenerife, Chris Wood (David Wood’s son and Director of Woods the Estate Agents) left the island to further his education in the UK. Here he explains why he decided to make the move back to his home of Tenerife and hopes you may be able to relate to how he feels.

“After completing my A-levels and gaining a degree in Hospitality Management at Leeds Metropolitan University, my father and I went in to business together and opened a small chain of fish and chip shops in response to the financial crash of 2008. Over the course of four years we had opened four takeaways and a restaurant in Yorkshire. Business is going very well and we have a great reputation locally.

However, Tenerife has always had its place in my heart and for me; to put it simply… you only live once! England is a great country but personally, it’s not for me. I don’t know about you, but I don’t see the appeal in looking forward to a few days of sunshine every 6 months and have to put up with all the rushing around while outside it’s dull, grey, cold and wet AND having to pay excessive taxes and extortionate prices on just about everything just to stay alive and pay bills.

So having said that, what makes Tenerife so great? Tenerife has all the ingredients you need for a happy, social, active lifestyle. There’s the year-round sun, activities, the food, the landscape, the places to socialise and the great people. All this… and it’s cheaper to enjoy it all than in the UK!

The Property Market in the Canary Islands is showing strong signs of recovery. This has given us the perfect opportunity to get back to what we do best – sell properties in the Canary Islands.

I’m sincerely looking forward to helping my clients find their ideal home in Tenerife and supporting them through the whole buying and settling in process.”

Woods’ Tenerife Bucket List

Whether you have lived in Tenerife for years or you’re looking forward to making the most out of your new life in Tenerife, here’s a quick bucket list of things which we think every resident in Tenerife should do! You can visit our Tenerife Bucket List blog post to find out more information on each one.

Climb Mount Teide

Mount Teide

Sometimes it’s easy to take for granted the everyday view we have of the 3,718 meter tall “Pico Del Teide”. It peers over us on a daily basis and appears to be so still it sometimes appears to be painted on a canvas! Well, it really is there and it’s only a 45 minute drive to “Las Cañadas Caldera” – the large crater in which the Peak of Teide’s base sits. The entire area around Teide’s Peak is a National Park and was pronounced as a World Heritage Site in 2007. Therefore, to climb to the very top of Teide, you must obtain a permit. Visit our blog post to read everything you need to know and to view Woods very own video and stunning aerial photography taken high above the peak not seen anywhere else!

Trek down Masca’s Barranco

Masca Village In Tenerife

This fantastic walk from the town of Masca down to Masca Bay is a continuous decline and usually takes 3 hours to hike down at a leisurely pace.
You start the trek in Masca – a small picturesque town which is worth a stroll around itself before heading off on your expedition! There’s plenty to see in Masca, the traditional buildings, the Ethnographic Museum, the Church of the Immaculate Conception (constructed in the 18th Century) and there’s also a good choice of restaurants to choose from.

Barranco del Infierno

Hell's Gorge On Tenerife

This 4 hour long trek (6.5km round trip) is a favourite amongst hikers as it is reasonably safe and there is only a shallow gradient. The walk takes you through the lush green Barranco (valley) del Infierno which starts at Calle Los Molinos in Adeje. At the end of the walk you reach a spectacular natural pool with waterfall originating from high up in the cliffs. Upon your return, why not have lunch or dinner at Otelo’s! They do fantastic garlic chicken…

Try an Extreme Sport

Hiking Success, Woman On Trail In Mountains

It may be the norm to come to Tenerife for a nice relaxing holiday but Tenerife’s landscape lends itself to a wide variety of extreme sports which are all guaranteed to get the adrenaline flowing!

Surfing – There’s a surf school on the beach opposite “The Patch” in Las Americas. Hourly rates are quite reasonable and the waves are more forgiving to beginners.

  • Windsurfing and Kite surfing – There are a number of surf schools to choose from in El Medano.
  • Scuba Diving – Tenerife’s coastline is host to numerous world-renowned dive sites with a selection of wrecks, underwater cliff faces and even a downed DC10! The waters off the coast of Tenerife make for a comfortably warm and clear dive all year round.
  • Rock Climbing – One exhilerating way to explore the rugged volcanic terrain of Tenerife is to go rock climbing. Teide’s National Park draws climbers from all over the world with challenging climbes like “El Capricho”. But if you just want to try it out, Martianez and Valle Tabares, both in the north, offer easier routes for the beginners.

Go Wine tasting

Runnung Red Wine

There are numerous Vineyards around the Canary Islands which are open to visitors and provide guided tours… and of course, the all-important sampling!

Find Tenerife’s Secret Traditional Canarian Restaurants

Are you a fan of those little restaurants which are “off the beaten track” and offer the best traditional, local food around? Note down these places now and add them to your list! You can find out where each one is by visiting Woods the Estate Agents’ blog.

  • El Cordero
  • El Deposito
  • Amigos del Norte
  • Tasca de Nino
  • Irache Gara
  • Oasis in Adeje
  • Otelo (there is a new one in Puerto Santiago but the original is in Adeje which is found at the start of the Barranco del Infierno Trek)
  • Las Gangarass in Buzenada
  • Los Goteras

BBQ’s on Teide

The National Park around Teide has several barbecue and camping sites to choose from. The atmosphere is great as you tend to find locals up here who visit the barbecue sites for family get togethers.

If you decide to try any of the above, please let us know what you though by contacting us on Facebook! We’d love to see your photos. If you think we’ve missed anything out, we want to hear your additions to Tenerife’s Bucket List so you’re welcome to visit our Facebook page and send us a message.


Tenerife Business’s Set A Red Hot Record At InganeYami Golf Tournament

It wasn’t just organizers Pearly Grey Ocean Club that raised the standard higher than ever at the fifth Ingane Yami Golf Tournament on Saturday 19 July 2014.

The Golf Costa Adeje course welcomed 20 teams of four and the Tenerife business community dug deep to sponsor the event and donate prizes for the grand draw. The end result was a record total raised of 14,765 euros to help the continued growth of the children’s village in Kwa Zulu – Natal, South Africa.

The intense heat could have been a factor but from the four ball Texas Scramble start at 9.30 am the teams made light of it to be finished in plenty of time for the sit down buffet lunch in the club house at 2pm. They were helped round by a cool breeze and food and drinks at holes five and nine.

Many of the sponsors had been involved since the project started in 2009 and the tournament has become a firm favourite on the Tenerife sporting calendar.

Competition was keen but the eventual winners were Alan Hardy, Rick McKenzie, Chris Elkington, and Danny on 57 closely followed by Paul Greenwood, Bradley Greenwood, Paul Sidney Fellows, and David Morales on 59. There were plenty more chances for glory with nearest the pin at six of the holes and the longest drive for Eugenio Vonk and Tina Pazera.


The ambitious Ingane Yami childrens village is rapidly taking shape with the first houses occupied but there is a long way to go and Pearly Grey Ocean Club in Callao Salvaje have plenty more fund raising efforts lined up. You can find out more about the difference the village is making at


Stephen Hawking headlines STARMUS Festival

Stephen Hawking headlines STARMUS Festival

Acclaimed theoretical physicist to give a keynote presentation at Tenerife Auditorium, host venue for the international event 22-27 September

Tenerife – 26.05.2014. The international Starmus Festival, organized by the Government of the Canary Islands and Tenerife Cabildo and directed by astrophysicist and researcher at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC), Garik Israelian, will feature internationally acclaimed British physicist and cosmologist, Stephen Hawking.

The international event will be held from 22-27 September 2014 and is a unique opportunity for promoting the island abroad both from a scientific and tourism standpoint. The Festival also has the support of the Cabildo de La Palma, the International Astronomical Union and the IAC.

The official launch of Starmus 2014 was attended by the President of the Tenerife Island Government, Carlos Alonso; President of the Canary Islands Government, Paulino Rivero; the Tenerife Minister for Foreign Affairs, Delia Herrera, and Garik Israelian, astrophysicist and researcher at the IAC.

Addressing the media today, Carlos Alonso pointed out how Tenerife and the Canary Islands, in general, are attractive to science because of their natural resources, which are of particular importance to the tourism sector with increasingly popular activities like star gazing for example. Meanwhile, Delia Herrera welcomed the presence of a scientist of the likes of Stephen Hawking, “a star among the stars”, while stressing the efforts made by the authorities to get Hawking involved in Starmus as a keynote speaker at the Festival .

The president of the Canary Islands Government, Paulino Rivero, stressed the fact that the Starmus Festival brings together nature, culture, knowledge and science; proof that the Canary Islands use their natural resources for different purposes. In this regard, he stressed the impact of tourism on the regional economy, “a pillar we must diversify.” Underscoring the economic effort made by the institutions involved to be able to stage the festival, he recognized the work of the IAC and Garik Israelian’s role as keynote to the celebration of this scientific event. Garik Israelian then informed the media about the steps taken to arrange Stephen Hawking’s visit and he revealed that the famous cosmologist will speak on the origin of the Universe.

The renowned British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking has said he “is looking forward to attending the Starmus Festival” and that he knows about the island of Tenerife and the Canary Islands Observatories. Hawking will deliver his speech at the Auditorio de Tenerife at the opening session of the second edition of Starmus, whose theme is ‘Beginnings: The Making of the Modern Cosmos ‘.

Prof. Hawking will be accompanied by an array of internationally famous speakers including astronauts, cosmonauts, astronomers, cosmologists, chemists, biologists and Nobel Laureates. He will also join in the round table to be held inside the Gran Telescopio Canarias (GTC) at the Observatory Roque de los Muchachos on the island of La Palma.

Cosmologist Stephen Hawking is regarded as one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Albert Einstein. His work on the origins and structure of the universe, from the Big Bang to black holes, has revolutionized the field, whilst his multimillion best-selling books A Brief History of Time (1988), The Universe in a Nutshell (2001) and The Grand Design (2010), have helped to popularise science and make it accessible to everyone.

A Brief History of Time broke all book sales records in a way that it would have been hard to predict. By May 1995 it had been in The Sunday Times best-sellers list for 237 weeks breaking the previous record of 184 weeks, selling 10 million copies in ten years. This feat is recorded in the 1998 Guinness Book of Records.

Stephen was diagnosed with ALS a form of Motor Neurone Disease, shortly after his 21st Birthday, and was given 2 years to live. In spite of being wheelchair bound and dependent on a computerised voice system for communication he still manages to combine a family life (he has three children and three grandchildren) and his continued research into theoretical physics, together with an extensive programme of travel and public lectures. He also still hopes to travel into space one day!

Stephen Hawking was born on 8th January 1942 (exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo) in Oxford, England. The son of a research biologist and a medical research secretary, his upbringing gave him a strong curiosity about the university. He was drawn to physics and mathematics as the sciences that offer the most fundamental insights into the world. He studied natural sciences at Oxford University, where he was awarded a first, and then moved to Cambridge to begin a PhD in cosmology.

Professor Hawking has twelve honorary degrees. He was awarded the CBE in 1982, and was made a companion of honour in 1989. The recipient of many awards, medals and prizes including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the National Academy of Science.

In 1979 he accepted the post of Lucasion Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, a post once held by Isaac Newton. Tradition required that he step down at the age of 67. At the same time he took up a post as director of research at Cambridge stating emphatically that he was not retiring. The voice of Stephen Hawking was used in Pink Floyd’s last album “Division Bell” in the song “Keep Talking”.

Other speakers at Starmus will be Robert Wilson, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the cosmic microwave background radiation. Sir Harold Kroto, Nobel Prize winning chemist, who discovered complex carbon chains in the interstellar medium and determined they were produced by carbon stars. The great ethnologist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, legendary guitarist from Queen and astrophysicist Brian May, astrophysicist Jill Tarter, Chair at the SETI Institute, and astrophysicists Bernard Oliver and Robert Williams, former chair of the International Astronomical Union. More names will be announced soon.

Three Apollo moonwalkers will also speak: Apollo 14’s Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 16’s Charlie Duke, and Apollo 17’s Jack Schmitt (the last man to walk on the moon. Cosmonaut Alexi Leonov (the first man to walk in space and commander of Soyuz-Apollo mission) will be joined by four fellow cosmonaut space walkers.

Starmus Activities

The Starmus Festival is open to everyone young and old, beginners, amateurs and professionals. Anyone who holds a passion for astronomy, science, the arts and music, and who has a desire to know more about where we came from and what’s out there.

Activities at Starmus are not just limited to the four days of talks. There will also be a Teide “Star Party”, gala dinner, cocktail reception, space legends tribute, a roundtable discussion in the GTC telescope, Sonic Universe contest and tours to visit the observatories in Tenerife and La Palma. Attendees will have plenty of opportunity to mingle freely with the scientists, artists and rock stars, and casually talk over the Universe and what it all means.

Further information on the Starmus Festival at