Title: Spain Freestyle Motocross Championship
Location: Tegueste Football Ground
Description: Top motor action from 8pm with some of the best riders around. Starts at 8pm, tickets 18 euros or 12 euros for under 12’s, available from motor bike dealers.
Start Time: 20.00
Tenerife Magazine’s round up of some of the most interesting news stories of the week in Tenerife.
Carnaval is Coming and the Harbingers of Doom are on the Roam
Carnaval in Santa Cruz increasingly seems to come with a doom and gloom addendum. A couple of years ago it was some residents acting as party poopers, this week Tenerife’s president, Ricardo Melchior warned of potential deaths during carnaval if the island’s security forces don’t step up patrols when the late night trams are running. He’s concerned that drunken revellers could cross tracks without looking or fall in front of oncoming trams etc and is urging the security forces to be more vigilant during Tenerife’s biggest party of the year. At present the government is waiting for a response.
However, if the security forces don’t come up with a satisfactory plan for policing the late trams the president is threatening to put a halt to them.
It’s sensible to seek to improve safety, but stopping late night tram services could prove counter productive. Having no trams may force alcohol soaked revellers back on to the roads, creating a solution worse than the perceived problem”¦especially considering there haven’t actually been any tram tragedies during carnaval.
The Endangered Lizard that Doesn’t Exist
Tenerife’s president also fired off a broadside at environmental group Ben Magec-Ecologistas en Acción who he terms “˜ecological guerrillas’. The environmental group have played a major role in trying to prevent the building of the controversial Granadilla port. On Saturday Ben Magec campaigned in the capital Santa Cruz unravelling a huge map to show the support they were receiving from all over the world in their fight to protect endangered species in the area where the port is being built. Their protected species list included a scarab beetle and a particular type of lizard. What rattled the president’s cage about this was that he insists there aren’t any of these endangered lizards in that part of Granadilla. Unfortunately we don’t have a description of this lizard who may or may not be a fictional character.
Achoo it’s the Flu
Despite having a climate renowned for being beneficial to health, the Canary Islands are currently topping the league of numbers of outbreaks of flu across Spain. For the whole of Spain the average figure is around 18 per 100,000 people (lower than normal for this time of year), but in the Canary Islands it rises to nearly 103 per 100,000.
There’s no explanation why it’s so high in the Canaries. One possible reason could be that as they welcome tourists from all over northern Europe, there could be more cases of influenza being brought into the region than in other locations that are less popular with tourists”¦except that the same might be expected in the Balearics where the rate is only around 9 per 100,000. Incidentally the rates in England are only 7.6 whilst in Scotland it’s a bit higher at 39.4. Maybe it’s just that the Canarios are so used to breathing pure air that they’re more susceptible to viruses, like the Guanche before them.
Tenerife’s First Eco Cultural Centre
A round of applause for Tegueste council in demonstrating innovation and environmental awareness when building a new sustainable cultural centre in the El Lomo district of the municipality.
The new centre which was officially opened at the weekend is almost entirely constructed out of wood to blend in with its rural setting and with a design that makes the most out of natural lighting. Energy to heat water comes from solar thermal panels and the centre even has its own plant for treating wastewater which is reused to irrigate the gardens. You could say that all the residents who use it will be able to truthfully say that they’ve had a hand, of sorts, in keeping the garden blooming lovely.
Ice Cold in Tenerife
Anyone who’s been in Santa Cruz during the festive season will know that the city has a wonderful Christmassy feel to it at this time of year. The White Christmas ambience will have visitors to the capital humming dated Xmas classics with even more gusto this year thanks to plans to turn the huge pool in Plaza España into an ice rink. The rink will be open from 10am to 10pm daily for romantics to skate around arm in arm from the 3rd December until the 10th January. Further good news is that there will be medical personnel on hand for those of us who possess two left feet.
And finally the TIT (This Is Tenerife) of the week award goes to Tenerife’s Ayuntamientos for not paying their electric bills.
Tenerife companies paying outstanding bills on anything close to time is a bit of a standing joke, but it’s no wonder that a más o menos approach to settling debts is endemic when you consider the example set by our politicians. The electrical company Endesa has threatened to cut-off electrical supplies to municipal offices and buildings in seventeen councils across the Canary Islands for non-payment of outstanding bills. On Tenerife these councils include Puerto de la Cruz, La Guancha, La Matanza, El Tanque and La Laguna.
The economic crisis is being used as an excuse for many problems, but there comes a point when more and more children are without teachers, rubbish is piling up on the streets of towns and some councils aren’t paying contracted employees let alone their utility bills that the question arises ““ how much of this is as a result of economic crisis and how much is down to inefficiency and mismanagement?
May is almost upon us and we’re heading deep into romerÃa season, so it’s time to polish up those vasos de romerÃa, slip a goatskin rucksack on your back and head into the hills for a dose of local culture, some free nosh and lashings of country wine”¦but remember to watch out for those cowpats.
One of the biggest and best romerÃas on Tenerife took place on Sunday 25th April, way off the beaten tourist track in Tegueste in the north of Tenerife. Tenerife Magazine was there in the middle of the action, dodging goats, oxen and roving bands of muchachos in traditional costume intent on pouring wine down our throats”¦just to bring you photos of the event. Dedicated or what?
The trick is to catch the eye of the people in the carts by waving hands, hats, or whatever you fancy and then catch whatever food is thrown your way. One lapse of attention and it could be a hard boiled one right between the eyes though.
Okay Who Will I Throw This Egg At?
From an early age children are indoctrinated into the romerÃa tradition of handing out food to the crowds”¦trouble is they can’t make up their minds who they should give the food to. You can almost see them mentally going “˜eenie, meenie, minie mo”¦’
Here’s Looking at You Kid
Sometimes you can get a bit too close to the action, but these goats were pretty cool. They’re used to being surrounded by thousands of people. They did get a bit nervous when they passed the guys setting up barbeques however.
Pretty Maids All in a Row
The RomerÃa de San Marcos is slightly different from other similar events as it has more of a youthful atmosphere than most. Subsequently the streets are full of the area’s younger people looking fabulous in traditional costumes. These girls are wearing examples of four different types of traditional dress.
An “˜aaah’ moment at the fiesta courtesy of a couple of Shetland ponies. As well as ponies, oxen, goats, sheep and donkeys there was also the occasional pooch in traditional costume”¦not a stylish look. The harvest float behind the ponies features a mock up of a sugar cane grinder.
Dancing in the Street
Anyone who turned up at the RomerÃa de San Marcos expecting a quaint little fiesta was in for a bit of a shock. The streets around the main plaza were packed full of thousands upon thousands of revellers. It was like carnaval revisited. This area was the dance zone and was lined with kiosks. There were so many people that it was impossible to leave and I was trapped against the counter of a beer stall. Tragic eh? Salud.
Torviscas (Thursdays and Saturdays 9am to 2pm, opposite the Costa Adeje Gran Hotel)
One of the biggest markets in the South; clothes, jewellery, handbags, shoes, souvenirs, books”¦and even a fashion show. There are bargains to be had as long as you can tell The Real Thing from The Pretenders.
Los Cristianos (Sunday mornings 9am to 2pm, next to the Arona Gran Hotel)
Probably the largest market in the South with extensive stalls selling everything from crafts to clothing. Expect to be elbow to elbow with fellow browsers and feel free to practice your bartering skills.
Santa Cruz Rastro (Sunday mornings 9am to 1.30pm, around the African Market)
If you can sell it, you can buy it at the Sunday Rastro in Santa Cruz. By far, the biggest market on Tenerife. From African drums to Zinnia plants; browse the hundreds of stalls in air perfumed with patchouli oil and hot dogs. Not so much a market as a retail experience. Top shopping.
Tegueste (Saturdays & Sundays 8am to 2pm, Mercadillo del Agricultor ““ behind the PCAN station)
Fruit and vegetables straight from the farmer’s fork (often with soil still attached); mouth-watering home-made cakes and bread; hand crafted models and ornaments and best of all, local wine – all accompanied by Latino music. You may need to book a room, or at very least, salsa lessons.
El Médano (Saturdays 9am to 2pm ““ Plaza de Principe)
Neo-hippies and cool dudes selling handmade jewellery, clothing, African artefacts and all things Bohemian. Probably the coolest market on Tenerife; wear your best shades.
Los Abrigos (Tuesdays 5pm to 9pm, top of the harbour)
Tenerife’s only regular night market. CDs, DVDs, clothing, jewellery, belts and more, all a short stroll from the best fish restaurants in the south and perfectly timed to examine your purchases over a plate of seabass and a glass of white.
La Laguna (Every day to 2pm, Plaza del Cristo)
Air thick with the smell of spices, cut flowers and salt fish ““ La Laguna market is the most comprehensive food market on Tenerife. Whether it’s meat, fish or fowl, you’ll find it here; as well as cheeses, cakes, sauces, wines, plants, flowers”¦a foodie’s paradise.
Tacoronte (Saturdays and Sundays 9am to 2pm, Tacoronte ““ Tejina road)
One of the largest agricultural markets on Tenerife with over 100 stalls of produce. Cakes, pastries, wines, cheeses and herbs ““ trash the diet sheet before you go.
Flea Market, Puerto de la Cruz (Saturdays 9am to 2pm, outside Supermercado Municipal)
A colourful local market with a mix of new and second hand goods. Antiques, books, clothes, ornaments and lots of excellent crafts. Inside the mercado on the first floor is a really good farmers” market too – that’s two markets for the price of one, ladies and gentlemen.
Feria Recinto (Avenida de la Constitución, Santa Cruz)
From cars to Christmas and babies to brides, the 40,000 square metres of Institución Ferial de Tenerife is THE place for trade fairs. This coming weekend (19th -21st March) is weddings. Check their website for details.
As markets go ““ this one’s MASSIVE.