Elderly swimmer dies at Puertito de Güímar

Elderly swimmer dies at Puertito de Güímar

An 81-year-old man died this morning at Puertito de Güímar’s Playa del Cabezo. Emergency services say that they were called out just before 9am with reports that the man had been pulled unconscious from the water, with fellow bathers attempting resuscitation. Sadly, however, the ambulance crew dispatched who took up the efforts were unable to bring him back and he was declared dead at the scene. He is assumed to have drowned but an autopsy will determine the precise cause of death.

Source: Janet Anscombe

The Brexit post: appointments have not been stopped for British nationals seeking to register with the police, but their availability is low due to high demand and low staffing during August

Updated 8 August: There has been some controversy over recent weeks about police appointments for residency appointments, with claims that the police had stopped giving them entirely to British nationals. This is simply incorrect. Appointments are still being given...

Autumn arts and crafts fairs in Tenerife

Artisan fairs are a regular event throughout Tenerife, and they are always well attended, with people browsing and buying the products of some really creative and talented individuals, all of whom are officially recognized with an artisan card, a carné de artesano...

Motorcyclist dies in collision with car in Tacoronte

A 54-year-old motorcyclist died when his bike collided with a car near the plaza in C/. Fray Diego in the Tacoronte area last evening. Emergency services say that they were called out shortly before half past nine with reports of the accident and requesting assistance...

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Thursday 15 August is a public holiday

Thursday 15 August is a public holiday

Just a reminder that this Thursday, 15 August, is a public holiday for Asunción (Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven), the fiestas patronales for the whole island, and the focal point of the celebrations is the veneration of the Virgin in Candelaria itself – see post HERE. Banks, and many offices and shops will be closed. For a full list of 2019′s public holidays, please see HERE.

Source: Janet Anscombe

The Brexit post: appointments have not been stopped for British nationals seeking to register with the police, but their availability is low due to high demand and low staffing during August

Updated 8 August: There has been some controversy over recent weeks about police appointments for residency appointments, with claims that the police had stopped giving them entirely to British nationals. This is simply incorrect. Appointments are still being given...

Autumn arts and crafts fairs in Tenerife

Artisan fairs are a regular event throughout Tenerife, and they are always well attended, with people browsing and buying the products of some really creative and talented individuals, all of whom are officially recognized with an artisan card, a carné de artesano...

Motorcyclist dies in collision with car in Tacoronte

A 54-year-old motorcyclist died when his bike collided with a car near the plaza in C/. Fray Diego in the Tacoronte area last evening. Emergency services say that they were called out shortly before half past nine with reports of the accident and requesting assistance...

Alcalá’s famous fireworks for fiestas patronales on 15 August

Alcalá’s famous fireworks for fiestas patronales on 15 August

Apart from being the patron saint of Tenerife and of the town of Candelaria itself, the Virgen de Candelaria is also the patron saint of Alcalá on the west coast, and every August, not only is there a major fiesta actually in Candelaria (see HERE), but there is also a fireworks display during Alcalá’s own fiestas patronales that has become known as the place to see fireworks in south Tenerife. The fireworks are organized by the Los Realejos Toste brothers who have put on the exhibition, involving hundreds of kilos of gunpowder, for over 80 years. The display is acknowledged as the best on the island after only the famous Los Realejos competition itself.

The fireworks display is part of the fiestas’ main religious day, which always falls on 15 August. The day starts around 10am with a procession carrying the venerated image of the Virgen to the harbour, a flotilla of boats sailing along the coastine between Playa San Juan and Puerto de Santiago for much of the afternoon, and finally, the fireworks at midnight which always last for at least twenty minutes and often over half an hour. There is always a huge crowd of many thousands, with a considerable number sailing into the little bay in the evening in order to see the fireworks from the sea: there’s an increasing trend too for chartered boat trip tickets being sold for the event. For non-locals, Guía de Isora ayuntamiento always asks people to share cars, or to get to the town by taxi or bus, to avoid traffic congestion as much as possible because the whole area is always packed.

Immediately below is a short video which should give an idea of how incredible this firework display is, and below that, a 20 minute video from Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento of the full display from 2017.

Source: Janet Anscombe

The Brexit post: appointments have not been stopped for British nationals seeking to register with the police, but their availability is low due to high demand and low staffing during August

Updated 8 August: There has been some controversy over recent weeks about police appointments for residency appointments, with claims that the police had stopped giving them entirely to British nationals. This is simply incorrect. Appointments are still being given...

Autumn arts and crafts fairs in Tenerife

Artisan fairs are a regular event throughout Tenerife, and they are always well attended, with people browsing and buying the products of some really creative and talented individuals, all of whom are officially recognized with an artisan card, a carné de artesano...

Motorcyclist dies in collision with car in Tacoronte

A 54-year-old motorcyclist died when his bike collided with a car near the plaza in C/. Fray Diego in the Tacoronte area last evening. Emergency services say that they were called out shortly before half past nine with reports of the accident and requesting assistance...

Los Corazones de Tejina

Los Corazones de Tejina

Photo: Turismo Tenerife.

In a similar vein to the Los Realejos fireworks in May, another Tenerife town has a competition between streets. During this month, three huge hearts – each one 12 metres tall and not far off the weight of a small car – will be the centrepiece of a competition between El Pico, Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo, streets in Tejina, a quaint little town in La Laguna municipality. Los corazones de Tejina – the hearts of Tejina – are created from natural products including wood, flowers, fruit, and even bread, and are part of the town’s fiesta of San Bartolomé.

Tenerife Turismo says that the festival is a unique event in Tenerife, with Tejina filled with music, flowers, smaller hearts, a fair, competitions, traditional food and dancing. The main events, though, are the romeria, fireworks and the raising and procession of the hearts through the town over the weekend culminating in Sunday 1 September. This is one of the most colourful and dramatic traditions in Tenerife, and certainly one that’s very old, and it has been declared a Heritage of Cultural Interest.

Source: Janet Anscombe

The Brexit post: appointments have not been stopped for British nationals seeking to register with the police, but their availability is low due to high demand and low staffing during August

Updated 8 August: There has been some controversy over recent weeks about police appointments for residency appointments, with claims that the police had stopped giving them entirely to British nationals. This is simply incorrect. Appointments are still being given...

Autumn arts and crafts fairs in Tenerife

Artisan fairs are a regular event throughout Tenerife, and they are always well attended, with people browsing and buying the products of some really creative and talented individuals, all of whom are officially recognized with an artisan card, a carné de artesano...

Motorcyclist dies in collision with car in Tacoronte

A 54-year-old motorcyclist died when his bike collided with a car near the plaza in C/. Fray Diego in the Tacoronte area last evening. Emergency services say that they were called out shortly before half past nine with reports of the accident and requesting assistance...

Famous Perseid meteor shower peaks on Monday

Famous Perseid meteor shower peaks on Monday

The famous Perseid meteor shower will peak on Monday 12 August, though meteors have been visible for a week or so now and will remain visible for some time after the peak. The Perseids can produce over 50 meteors an hour with a large percentage of very bright shooting stars, and they’ll need to be because there’s a full moon this year. Even so, the Cabildo has put an action plan in place to ensure safety for all the cars they’re expecting in the caldera to try to view the shower. Although the Perseids actually radiate from the constellation of Perseus, they are visible all over the sky, so just look up after midnight. For a full list of the other meteor showers this year, see HERE.

Source: Janet Anscombe

The Brexit post: appointments have not been stopped for British nationals seeking to register with the police, but their availability is low due to high demand and low staffing during August

Updated 8 August: There has been some controversy over recent weeks about police appointments for residency appointments, with claims that the police had stopped giving them entirely to British nationals. This is simply incorrect. Appointments are still being given...

Autumn arts and crafts fairs in Tenerife

Artisan fairs are a regular event throughout Tenerife, and they are always well attended, with people browsing and buying the products of some really creative and talented individuals, all of whom are officially recognized with an artisan card, a carné de artesano...

Motorcyclist dies in collision with car in Tacoronte

A 54-year-old motorcyclist died when his bike collided with a car near the plaza in C/. Fray Diego in the Tacoronte area last evening. Emergency services say that they were called out shortly before half past nine with reports of the accident and requesting assistance...

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