Title: Bolero Festival
Location: Los Cristianos Port
Description: Let’s think big, an 80 square metre stage, live music and dance, and all free at the loading area of Los Cristianos port from 9pm. Should be a major event and great fun.
Start Time: 21.00
Title: Las Galletas Half Marathon
Location: Las Galletas
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Description: Great to watch as well asto run in, many categories for all ages above 18 years. The 10.8 km course goes out to El Fraile, Palm Mar, and Guargacho. Entry is 18 euros or 23 euros after 1 February and includes commemorative shirt, trophies for the first five in each category and cash prizes of up to 750 euros. Starts at 9am.
Start Time: 9.00
Title: Fiesta of San Antonio de Abad
Location: Arona town centre
Description: The first big Romeria of the year as appreciation is shown to the animals that maintain rural life. From 10am there is an artesans fair in the streets featuring arts and crafts and from noon the big parade of animals takes place through the streets around the main plaza. From 4pm until late there is dancing to the Wamampy Orchestra.
Title: Walk For Life
Location: From Magma Centre Las Americas
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Description: The annual Walk For Life on Sun 16 December to raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer. All welcome, wear pink if you can, starts from Magma Centre next to the Las Americas bus station at 11 am and finishes at Plaza del Pescadora in Los Cristianos.
Start Time: 11.00
Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife.
The Most Popular National Park in Spain is…
…Mount Teide National Park which was visited by 2,731,484 visitors in 2011. It feels appropriate that Spain’s highest mountain sits at the top of a list of its most popular National Parks. In second place is the stunning Picos de Europa in Northern Spain whilst Lanzarote’s Timanfaya bubbled under in the hot third position. Although the figures are impressive, they’re usually compiled by statistics taken at visitor centres so the actual figures of numbers of visitors to these incredible parks are probably much higher. Anyone who’s not a Teide statistic is denying themselves the pleasure of seeing one of the true natural wonders of the world.
Sell La Gomera to the Germans
Last week saw a right juicy political bust up in Spanish politics when Pedro Muñoz, the Mayor of Toreno, called Spain’s Minister for Industry, José Manuel Soria a ‘tonto del culo’ (a foolish ass) during a radio interview about the state of coal mining in his region. Not happy with simply insulting the minister, he turned his wrath against the Canary Islands saying that there was nothing more expensive or insular in Spain than the Canary Islands before going on to suggest that giving the Canary Islands back to the Moors or selling La Gomera or El Hierro to the Germans might help Spain’s economic state.
Unsurprisingly his statements caused outrage. After he’d calmed down and thought about what he’d said, Muñoz apologized… to José Manuel Soria. Looks like he’s standing by his views on the Islas Canarias.
Sales, Sales, Sales
The summer sales period started in Tenerife this week with not very high expectations from retailers who hope that they can at least manage to match last year’s disappointing figures. The sales kicked off with a high feelgood factor thanks to Spain being the only team in Europe with any depth of talent at the moment. But the pre-crisis crazy first day of the sales is a thing of the past with retail organisations reporting a decently busy start rather than a manic shopping battlefield. Traditionally the most frenzied sales period lasts for about two weeks and then it completely tails off prompting some to call for the period to be shortened from its September end date.
Hopefully companies moaning about lack of sales will this year cotton on to the fact that you need to actually drop your prices by a decent amount for them to be really competitive.
A Poor Quality of Life in Santa Cruz
A recent survey carried out by the Organización de Consumidores y Usuarios (OCU) of 126 cities, thirty of them Spanish, revealed that Santa Cruz de Tenerife was considered to be one of the cities where people had the worst quality of life… and that was in the onion of people who actually lived there. Santa Cruz was 6th worst on the list, whereas the city at number 1 for having the worst quality of life was Las Palmas de Gran Canaria ““ the Canary Islands didn’t come out of this well at all. Parking, housing, unemployment, health, politics and cultural activities were all factors in how residents judged the quality of life in their city.
Incidentally, the place with the happiest residents in Spain was Pamplona, mainly due to people being satisfied with health services and education in their city.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom for Santa Cruz as it was one of the cities where residents felt the safest ““ personally I’d take that any day over having plenty of places to park the car.
Send Your Postcards in the Morning
Summer’s here and that means early closing for Tenerife’s post offices (Correos). From 1st July until the end of September, the Correos will close at 14.30 during weekdays and 13.00 on Saturdays.
Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dill
Next month sees the inauguration of the ‘Garden of Ashes” at the cemetery of San Luis in La Laguna. The cemetery which is the first of its kind in the Canary Islands will have aromatic herb gardens where people can scatter the ashes of deceased loved ones in an attractively leafy and tranquil environment. Apparently the garden’s creation is to encourage people to stop scattering ashes in Tenerife’s hills and in the sea which, believe it or not, is illegal. It would be interesting to know how many people have been ‘done’ for illegally spreading ashes.
And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to”¦ Arona’s Mayor
It seems that hardly a week goes by without one of Tenerife’s mayors being held to account for ‘irregular’ activities. This week it’s the turn of Arona’s José Alberto González Reverón of the Coalición Canaria party. Santa Cruz de Tenerife’s Provincial Court has ruled that he should be disqualified from holding public office for a period of four and a half years for basically putting two people in good jobs in the town hall whilst completely ignoring the legal selection process.
The mayor will appeal against the decision on the grounds that he doesn’t believe he has done anything wrong. And therein lies the frightening aspect to Tenerife’s politics. These guys honestly do not believe they are breaking any rules which means they have no understanding or grasp of the laws and code of ethics that come with being part of the European Union and that the more savvy European nations adhere to.
Title: Juanjo Martin – Vertigo Tour
Location: Annex Stadium, Playa de Las Americas
Description: Juanjo Martin top Spanish DJ and regular frontliner at Ibiza will be performing at the Playa de Las Americas Annex Stadium on Sat 7 July with other top DJ’s. Hope you are thirsty as the ticket options all seem to involve a free bar, 28 euros (33 on night) VIP 40 euros (45 on night), 5 person bono 120 euros (130 on night) from www.ticketmaster.es under Vertigo Tour.
Of course there were tears but it was smiles and laughter that dominated the two thousand plus pink army that danced through the tourist heart of South Tenerife. The Walk For Life is a loud, musical, happy expression of hope and defiance for all those people and their families touched by breast cancer. This year there was a new route to spread the message to holiday makers, residents and all nationalities, that early diagnosis and huge strides in treatment means the war against this blight on life can and will be won.
Anyone emerging from the nightclubs near the CC Gala start line feeling a little hazy may have doubted their vision as pink took on the form of bunny ears, wings, wigs, and a whole tide of balloons for women and men. Some brought their dogs with them suitably tinted and decorated for the morning.
Recent years had seen the walkers hug the coastline on the way into Los Cristianos but this time they spilled into Avenida Rafael Puig, crossing the border from Arona to Adeje. Sueños del Sur samba band led the way and provided the infectious beat as they put their best feet forward. Hotel balconies filled up and sun bed worshippers pressed their creamy bodies against pool fences to enjoy the passing parade.
Many wore signs dedicating their walk to lost loved ones and others carried photos to inspire them. So many stories were contained within those jaunty steps but everyone had found something positive to hold on to, maybe increased hope for the next generation or a raised awareness that could save a life. As a party, it stood strongly in its own right, even the climb up into San Eugenio seemed easier with friends on every side. At one stage some hairy bikers roared by, they too had added touches of pink, one even had a cute pink teddy bear tied to the bike.
Pouring down into Fañabe, the walkers could feel the sea breeze and see the finish line as they spilled onto the promenade. As they entered the park area in front of the stage, a flotilla of pink and white balloons was released into the sky to rousing applause. The swimmers of Tenerife Masters had their own transport and plunging in at Puerto Colon they were rounding the point ready to swoop onto the beach. The pink skull caps made them easy to spot and their close grouping enabled them to take a well deserved bow before touching dry land.
This year’s total raised stood at 15,000 euros immediately after the walk but the work goes on to raise money for the chosen cancer charities AECC and AMATE. The 2012 calendar featuring the swimmers is on sale for 10 euros and already plans are being drawn for next year. For now though, a lot of feet will be kicking off shoes and socks and wiggling in a bowl of water. For more photos follow this link.
Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife.
Tenerife and the Canary islands at the World Travel Market
The World Travel Market in London came to a close last week. The high profile event is the perfect showcase for promoting travel destinations to the cream of the world’s tourist industry and representatives from Tenerife and The Canary Islands were there to spread the word. So for our header photo this week we’ve gone for a shot of The Canary Islands” colourful stand at the WTM. Tropical and fruity don’t you think?
El Hierro Eruption Update
Despite the island experiencing the most powerful earthquake to date last week, registering 4.6 on the Richter, it appears that there might be a return to normality in El Hierro. Residents of La Restinga have been allowed to return to their homes because scientists believe that the volcanic situation has stabilised. Whilst magma is still being released into the sea and there’s the possibility of another opening occurring to the north of El Hierro, scientists don’t believe another eruption is imminent.
Seismic activity has decreased and although there are still tremors, they are taking place at least 20km below ground.
It’s sounds like good news at last for El Hierro. Let’s hope the scientists are right.
Tenerife’s Worst Natural Disaster
José Luis Hernández, a member of the Canarian Meteorological Association presented a documentary in La Orotava last week about a terrifying occurrence that few people on Tenerife know much about which took place less than 200 years ago.
A tropical storm that battered Tenerife for 11 hours between the 7th and 8th November 1826 resulted in the loss of between 500 and 1000 lives and the destruction of over 400 houses.
The worst hit was the La Orotava Valley where the rain fell so heavily that new ravines were created. Such was the amount of debris caused by landslides, the sea was pushed back more than 200 metres and the mouths of ravines were widened by up to a kilometre. The storm also took the original carving of the Virgen del Candelaria and destroyed a gigantic ancient drago tree in the centre of La Orotava.
Incredibly, despite occurring relatively recently in historic terms, lack of documentation from that time was such that no-one knows what actually happened. It’s only an educated guess that the devastation was as a result of a tropical cyclone similar to Delta in 2005; the difference being that the 1826 storm disastrously coincided with a severe rain front.
We sometimes believe that extremes of weather are a new phenomena caused by climactic change, Tenerife’s history shows us that this isn’t necessarily the case.
The Protest Against the Port of Granadilla
What’s for certain is that there was a protest against the construction of the controversial port at Granadilla; what isn’t certain is how many people actually turned up in Santa Cruz on Saturday 12th November.
The National Police said 3,000; the organisers claimed 5,000 and yet another account reported 10,000 protesters. It would break the mould if for once both police and organisers quoted similar figures.
Apparently some people carried banners which demanded ‘less Industrial Ports, More Schools…”
Amen to that. 3,000? 5,000?10,000? ““ Counting skills clearly need a bit of extra tuition.
Callao Salvaje’s Beach
Playa de Ajabo, the eagerly awaited new man-made beach at Callao Salvaje will be finally ready for sunbathers to lay their towels on by March 2012…just in time for the spring tides to wash it away.
Facetiousness aside, improvements to the pier area will help protect the coast and hopefully prevent this sort of thing from happening.
The End of the Botellón
It increasingly looks like the days of impromptu street parties, botellóns, on Tenerife are numbered. La Laguna council are making changes to the law regarding drinking in the streets that will see fines increased from €90 to between €120 and €302.
What’s interesting is that instead of paying a fine, offenders can opt for community service of up to 18 days for the maximum offence. For the youngest offenders (14 to 17 years of age) this community service is called the Programa de Intervención Socioeducativa and can take the form of activities like street cleaning.
If you thought street cleaners on Tenerife looked as though they were getting younger, now you know why.
And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to”¦The Fiasco of Arona’s Wine Museum
Didn’t know Arona had a wine museum? That’s no surprise. Despite millions of euros being invested into the development of a Casa del Vino, the local council has decided to close it…before it’s even opened.
Residents of the town of Arona, the administrative centre for the tourist resorts of Playa de las Américas and Los Cristianos, are confused and outraged at what appears to be a total mishandling of what could have been an excellent rural attraction for the south of Tenerife.
In theory, restoration of the privately owned, historic building has been going on for the last ten months. But residents claim that not only is there no furniture in the building, rubble from the house has been dumped in a barranco near the town and important historic artefacts such as parts of an old wine press have been destroyed. After 10 months and a lot of money, the Casa del Vino is still in such a state that the council have shelved the project.
Residents and opposing political parties have demanded an explanation from the council about the fiasco of the wine museum that never was and want to know what has happened to the money (reports suggest anything up to 12 million euros) that was supposed to be invested in the restoration. So far they’re still waiting for a satisfactory answer.