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Tenerife’s Worst Natural Disaster in Tenerife News of the Week


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.

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The Dangerous Park & Rude Guests in Tenerife News of the Week


Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife.

El Hierro Eruption Update
Another week of earth tremors on El Hierro with 93 being registered on Sunday. Only a few of these have been felt on the surface as many occur at least 20km below ground. The biggest of yesterday’s tremors registered 3.9 on the Richter scale. What this means has scientists divided with some claiming the tremors could be as a result of the land settling following the undersea eruption off the coast of El Hierro. Others believe that there is some evidence to suggest that there is the possibility of another undersea eruption developing to the north of El Hierro.

Meanwhile the undersea volcano near La Restinga continues to spew pyroclasts into the sea some of which have been reported as reaching the surface still glowing.

A Trip to Parque García Sanabria Could Make Your Children Sick
A visit to Santa Cruz’ favourite park is potentially dangerous for the young ones according to Professor James Nogué. At a Conference on Clinical Toxicology in Santa Cruz, the good professor pointed out that at least two of the plants in the park (Nerium Oleander & Thevetia peruriana) were toxic and that eating their flowers and leaves could lead to vomiting and diarrhoea. This was a worry to the professor as children are apparently prone to stuffing any flower they come across into their gobs because they look pretty and smell sweet. Allowing your children to chew on any plant they come across in a public garden seems like a recipe for a display of projectile vomiting. Flower munching should be be left to the sheep and goats. Come to think of it did he say children…or kids?

Goodbye to Tenerife
Apparently the author Christopher Isherwood finished his novel Mr Norris Changes Trains whilst staying in a small hotel in La Orotava. Mr Norris Changes Trains is often included in a collection of Isherwood’s writing called The Berlin Stories which includes Goodbye to Berlin ““ better known to many by the name of its movie adaptation Cabaret.

Do Something different on Tenerife ““ Take Part in a Political Protest
Here’s a new angle about something to do on holiday ““ political tourism. Head into Santa Cruz on the 12th November for the demonstration against the proposed controversial and environmentally dodgy Port of Granadilla (ironically situated next to the bio-climactic village that has been heralded on some green eco travel sites as evidence of Tenerife’s move to embracing green tourism). The protest takes place on Avenida Anaga from midday. Afterwards you can even explore the city; a case of sightseeing and doing something good for Tenerife’s environment in one outing.

Tourism on Tenerife is on the Up
Whilst the dark shadow of another (continuing) recession hangs over the world, it’s smiles and back-slapping on Tenerife as tourist figures continue to look much healthier than last year.
Between June and September official statistics show a 7.3% increase in visitors to Tenerife over the summer months. British holidaymakers registered a huge 21.4% increase. But the biggest increase comes from Eastern Europe with the Russian market increasing by 32.2%.
The upwards trend has affected both north and south areas of the island with the south enjoying an 8.9% increase and the north, after 3 years of registering a downward trend, registering a 3.4% in visitors.

The only negative was the amount of Spanish visitors to Tenerife whose numbers dropped by 9.4% over the summer.

And the reasons for this optimistic surge? Politicians will claim innovative tourist policies (attending travel fairs and the like) and interventions. But we know the real reason that British visitors are at the top of Tenerife’s tourist tree”“ an absolutely shocking summer in Britain.

And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to”¦The Guardian & Observer Travel Awards
This prestigious event took place on Tenerife recently when the great and the good of the travel industry descended on Tenerife in their shiny evening gowns and sleek DJs…not that the world outside of the island would know much about Tenerife’s role in events.

Some of the local press on Tenerife have described the awards as being ‘a huge success for Tenerife.” At Tenerife Magazine we have to disagree (we make a habit of not running with the pack).

Despite all the stops being pulled out by the Cabildo and Tenerife Tourist Board and despite the fact that guests were ‘treated’ to trips around the island, there was nary a mention online. There were certainly no travel articles praising the island. Nada.

This glitzy event organised by Guardian and Observer rewarded Tenerife’s hospitality with deafening silence. The island may benefit by having adverts in the Guardian and Observer but it’s not quite the same as having positive reports about the island from some of those who attended. It’s almost as though those involved were embarrassed to mention they had actually stayed on Tenerife.

This isn’t the first time that an event on Tenerife involving the travel press has generated very little post-event publicity and the chances are it won’t be the last. Part of this is possibly down to naivety on the part of Tenerife’s officials and politicians (we don’t believe they fully appreciate the image that Tenerife has amongst the travel press in the UK). But ultimately there’s no excuse for treating the hospitality of your hosts with what appears to be disdain.

By not even acknowledging that the awards took place on Tenerife in their Travel Awards 2011 Winners” article, that’s exactly what the Guardian and Observer did.

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Headline Tenerife ““ The Week in News: May 23


Tenerife Magazine’s round up of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife

Spaced Out Tenerife
Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi gave us one of the most stunning photos you’re ever likely to see of Tenerife when he snapped an ‘out of this world shot” of the Space Shuttle Atlantis docking with the International Space Station directly above the island.
Hmmm, looks like clear skies over the east and west as usual.

Changing the face of El Médano
The future of the Hotel El Médano hit the headlines again when Tenerife’s Ministerio de Medio Ambiente declared that the hotel’s terraces over the sea were to be pulled down because they don’t comply with coastal laws. El Médano’s seafront is one of the most picturesque in the south of Tenerife, partly due to the Art Deco styled hotel jutting out over the sea, but the law is the law isn’t it?
Not if you’re the planned Port of Granadilla where this week a species of previously ‘endangered’ underwater grass was conveniently reclassified by the government as being merely ‘of general interest” and by doing so allowed work on the controversial port to go ahead.
Apparently what’s good for the goose is not always good for the gander.

Tenerife – Centre of World Communications
Once the centre of the world for explorers seeking their fortunes in the Americas, it seems appropriate that Tenerife will once again be at the centre of things with thousands of miles of undersea telecommunications cables routing through the island, connecting Tenerife with Europe, Africa and America. It’s predicted that in two years, internet access on Tenerife could be amongst the quickest and cheapest in the world.
Great news, now all that has to be done is for someone to explain to businesses on Tenerife what the internet actually is.

Santa Cruz Tuned in to WI-FI
The capital took a great leap forward this week by launching free WI-Fi in ten points in the city including Parque García Sanabria and Plaza de España. Technology Promotion Councilman Jose Alberto Diaz-Estébanez warned that there might be ‘bugs” in the initial stages ““ I don’t suppose he meant the ants crawling over my notebook as I lounged on the grass in Parque García Sanabria.

Plans for a North and South Tenerife Train are Derailed
Spain’s austerity measures could keep the Tenerife train in the proverbial sidings until at least 2012. The freeze on funding for railways and roads means that it’s unlikely the Tenerife government is going to receive the subsidies from the state for the project that they were hoping for. La Opinion reported that the Tenerife Government were considering looking for private investors instead, so if you’ve got a spare 1,800 million euros lying around that you don’t know what to do with…

Simply Red in Concert in Adeje

The ginger mopped one and his band added two new venues to their ‘Farewell’ tour ““ Venice and Tenerife ““ YAY. The band will be performing at Golf Costa Adeje on July 20.
Ginger hair? Pale skin? Tenerife in July? I hope Mick brings plenty of sun cream otherwise it might end up being more Simply Lobster Coloured in concert.

And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to…
The Auditorio de Tenerife who only a couple of weeks ago told one of the Tenerife Magazine team that they couldn’t take photos of the iconic auditorium and this week announced a competition…for the best photograph of the auditorium. The words messages and mixed come to mind.

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