The famous Los Realejos fireworks 3 May

The famous Los Realejos fireworks 3 May

Although not a Tenerife-wide public holiday, one part of Los Realejos’ Cruces & Fuegos fiesta on Friday, 3 May, draws people from around the island and even further afield. The fiesta itself is part of the Fiestas de la Cruz held throughout Tenerife (see HERE), but in Los Realejos it lasts just over a month from the end of April to the beginning of June, and the fireworks are what people come from far and wide to see. They have been granted National Tourist Interest status and are simply spectacular, long recognized as the best by far in Tenerife, and now officially one of the best in the whole of Spain.

The fireworks are staged as a competition between two streets – Calle El Medio Arriba and Calle El Sol – in Los Realejos for the best display, a tradition that started in 1770. The fireworks manufacturers Hermanos Toste themselves date back to 1788 and have a factory in Los Realejos, the only one in the Canaries. The displays are always broadcast live widely on social media (especially Los Realejos Ayuntamiento) from around 9.30pm, with the whole fireworks display lasting for around three hours. The following short video of 2011′s displays will hopefully give some idea of what to expect.

Source: Janet Anscombe

Arona’s annual Feria del Libro in Los Cristianos

Updated 11 April: Just a reminder of this book fair which runs from today until Saturday at the Cultural Centre in Los Cristianos. Readings, and workshops, and entertainments, and much more all on offer. Original post 1 April: Arona Ayuntamiento’s Culture Department...

Annual El Médano triathlon Sunday 31 March

The annual El Médano triathlon takes place this Sunday, 31 March. The event, now in its 24th year, starts at 8.30am with hundreds again expected to take part. As usual, many more are likely to be lining the routes to watch the competitors swim, then cycle, and finally...

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Santa Cruz food fair – Salon Gastronómico de Canarias 2019

Santa Cruz food fair – Salon Gastronómico de Canarias 2019

It has been a great success in the previous five years, and the sixth Salon Gastronómico de Canarias will be held between 21 and 23 May in the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz, on the left at the first main junction on the TF4, the road from the TF1 to the auditorium. Even though the fair is designed for professionals in the food industry, it is also open to the general public, and there’ll be 150 or so stands, with cookery demonstrations, equipment displays, interactive sessions, cocktail making workshops, ham cutting classes, wine tasting, etc.

Some 10,000 are expected to attend the event, about which there is more information on the Recinto Ferial’s website HERE. There is also a dedicated website for GastroCanarias generally HERE. There are some photos that I took at last year’s Salon Gastronómico below: this food fair has everything from food trucks to top quality wines from the mainland made with grapes that were at one point almost extinct, and from cooking demonstrations and competitions to the occasional human-life-sized chicken … and if nothing else, they have paprika jam from Lanzarote that is sublime! THESE people know how to make jam!


Source Janet Anscombe 
https://www.janetanscombe.com/incidents/santa-cruz-food-fair-salon-gastronomico-de-canarias.html

30 May is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day

A couple of weeks still to go but Thursday 30 May is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day, a Canaries-wide public holiday in celebration of the anniversary of the first official Parliamentary session of the islands on 30 May 1983, some 10 months after the Canaries became an...

Can you help find this missing man?

Donato Rosa Oramas has been missing from El Médano since Friday 10 May. He is 57 years old, 1.67m tall, has short grey hair, and when last seen was wearing a black tracksuit with white side bands, blue sandals and a brown and white striped polo shirt. If anyone can...

Full and complete original version of West Side Story comes to Santa Cruz auditorium in July

Full and complete original version of West Side Story comes to Santa Cruz auditorium in July

The classic Broadway musical West Side Story is coming to the Santa Cruz auditorium between 4 and 6 July, the Cabildo has announced. There will be five performances of the original and complete version of the tragic love story – a modern Romeo and Juliet – against the backdrop of the gang culture of the New York Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks: the first performance will be on the 4th at 8.30pm, while there will be two performances at 6pm and 10pm on the 5th and 6th. Tickets are available from the auditorium box office between 10am and 7.30pm Monday to Saturday (except fiestas), online at www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by phone to 902 317 327. The video below will hopefully give a flavour of what’s in store in case anyone still doesn’t know the stage or film production! 

 

Source Janet Anscombe
https://www.janetanscombe.com/news/full-and-complete-original-version-of-west-side-story-comes-to-santa-cruz-auditorium-in-july.html

 

30 May is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day

A couple of weeks still to go but Thursday 30 May is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day, a Canaries-wide public holiday in celebration of the anniversary of the first official Parliamentary session of the islands on 30 May 1983, some 10 months after the Canaries became an...

Can you help find this missing man?

Donato Rosa Oramas has been missing from El Médano since Friday 10 May. He is 57 years old, 1.67m tall, has short grey hair, and when last seen was wearing a black tracksuit with white side bands, blue sandals and a brown and white striped polo shirt. If anyone can...

The Languages of Tenerife

The Languages of Tenerife

The native language is Spanish. In the south English is spoken by everyone with German and Italian common too, but in the north, fluent English is spoken by fewer people. No big problem should be anticipated regarding communication, though.

A good tip is to pronounce a soft ‘c’ as an ‘s’ instead of ‘th’. So gracias is pronounced ‘gras-yahs’ not ‘grath-yahs’ or ‘grasth-yahs’.

 

The official language of Tenerife is Spanish, but the accent is comparable to South America, as is mainland Spain. You will find that most locals speak English, especially in popular tourist destinations. It’s always fun to try talking to locals in their own language. Even if it is basic, trying to do this is polite.

 

In the Canary Islands, you speak Spanish in the Canary Islands in the Canary Islands. This variant is very similar to Caribbean Spanish and is characterized by the omission of the consonant and the inhalation or nose. The Portuguese strongly influenced the language and dialect heard today due to the historical efforts to colonize the canary islands. Even Tenerife’s unique and delicious world famous drink the barraquito has portuguese roots.

 

A language that is unique to the canary islands that you might unknowingly hear during your visit to Tenerife is Silbo, a whistling language from the island of  La Gomera (viewable from anywhere on the southwest coast of Tenerife, like Costa Adaje) Using Silbo is a very effective way to communicate with people 5 km away before pulling out the phone and also when stuck in traffic it can be very convenient. It is sometimes referred to as the Spanish “whistle” and it is worth noting that the name “silbo” is accompanied by the automatic word “silbar”. This means “tweeting in Spanish”.

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The Beautiful Garachico

The Beautiful Garachico

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like stepping back in time to another world. There’s even a village (El Bailadero) named after a coven of witches rumored to have danced around fires there. Hike from Benijo to the Roques de Anaga, two rocky outcrops in the sea with geological and ecological importance, or try and find the elusive Roque de Bermejo boat community, only accessible by a three-hour hike.

Anaga Mountains

If you’re looking for something off the tourist trail, head to to the Anaga Mountains in the north east of the island. Formed by a volcanic eruption 7-9 million years ago, this prehistoric mountain range is the oldest part of the island, and a trip here feels like...

The Ancient Drago Milenario Tree

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The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

The Awe-inspiring Punta de Teno,

This rugged, rocky headland ten kilometers from Buenavista is the most westerly point on the island and a great place to get away from the crowds and blow away the cobwebs with a bit of bracing sea air. Admire the active lighthouse perched precipitously on the rocks, or relax on the bay and enjoy stunning views of La Gomera, La Palma, and the Teno Mountains. A word of warning: Check the forecast before you go as the road there is closed in bad weather.

The Punta de Teno lighthouse is an active lighthouse in the municipality of Buenavista del Norte on the Canary Island of Tenerife. The current lighthouse was the second to be constructed on the narrow rocky headland of Punta de Teno, which is the most westerly point on the island. It is one of seven lighthouses which mark the coastline of Tenerife and lies between the Punta Rasca lighthouse to the southeast, and the modern lighthouse of Buenavista to the northeast.

The first lighthouse was completed in 1897, as part of the first maritime lighting plan for the Canaries. Built in a similar style to other Canarian 19th century lights, it consists of a whitewashed single story building, with dark volcanic rock used for the masonry detailing. The light was shown from a lantern room at the top of an eight-meter high masonry tower, attached to the seaward side of the house, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It remained in service until it was replaced in the 1970s by the new modern tower.

[Source: Wikipedia]

Anaga Mountains

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The Ancient Drago Milenario Tree

No trip to Tenerife would be complete without a glimpse at the Drago Milenario (‘Dragon Tree’), the national symbol of the island. So-called because of its red resin, which looks like ‘dragon’s blood’ and is reputed to have numerous medicinal benefits, it has been...

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Five Star Complex at Los Gigantes

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