Pre-Christmas wine and tapas with Santiago del Teide’s Acantilado de Sabores in Playa la Arena Saturday 7 December

Pre-Christmas wine and tapas with Santiago del Teide’s Acantilado de Sabores in Playa la Arena Saturday 7 December

Santiago del Teide has announced that this year’s Acantilado de Sabores will be held on Saturday 7 December at Playa La Arena between 7pm and midnight. Again, the focus will be very much on local wines and tapas for some lovely traditional pre-Christmas Canarian produce.

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Arona Ayuntamiento says that this year’s Los Cristianos wine and food festival will be held at the Plaza Pescadora on the Paseo Marítimo around the harbour between 12 noon and midnight on Saturday 23 November. There’ll be Canarian wine on offer with traditional tapas,...

We will remember them

We will remember them

    Photo: Royal British Legion. Tomorrow, it will be 101 years since the end of WW1, but it is today when church and civil services will be remembering those who died in the Great War, the war known as the war to end all wars. Those years are nothing in terms of...

Christmas in Tenerife 2019-2020

Christmas in Tenerife 2019-2020

  Updated 18 November: Puerto de la Cruz got the announcement out first, but Arona will actually be the first to light up the borough, the big switch on of Christmas lights throughout the municipality taking place next week on Friday 29 November. Preparations and...

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Autumnal Tenerife – November is chestnut month with fairs in honour of San Andrés

Autumnal Tenerife – November is chestnut month with fairs in honour of San Andrés

Just as it’s conker time in the UK, November in Tenerife is a cosy and autumnal month with chestnuts roasting over many a live coal in braziers in the streets. The reason is a series of fairs in honour of San Andrés, the saint whose namesake St Andrew’s feast day in Scotland is on 30 November. Here in Tenerife, it’s celebrated on the 29th, though the fairs can take place several days either side of this.

These autumn fiestas and fairs are all different, and often involve an imaginative range of ways of making as much noise with metal objects as possible, or even racing downhill on anything from homemade go-karts to kitchen trays, but however they’re celebrated, they all involve wine and, particularly, chestnuts. Most of Tenerife’s chestnuts come from the Acentejo region of the north (see HERE), and the area always has a series of events throughout November to mark the period.

One of the biggest of these events in south Tenerife is always in Valle San Lorenzo. This year, the Tarde de Castañas, Dulces y Vino is on Friday 29 November between 5 and 10pm. There’s even a free bus for those coming in from outside the town.

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Arona Ayuntamiento says that this year’s Los Cristianos wine and food festival will be held at the Plaza Pescadora on the Paseo Marítimo around the harbour between 12 noon and midnight on Saturday 23 November. There’ll be Canarian wine on offer with traditional tapas,...

We will remember them

We will remember them

    Photo: Royal British Legion. Tomorrow, it will be 101 years since the end of WW1, but it is today when church and civil services will be remembering those who died in the Great War, the war known as the war to end all wars. Those years are nothing in terms of...

Christmas in Tenerife 2019-2020

Christmas in Tenerife 2019-2020

  Updated 18 November: Puerto de la Cruz got the announcement out first, but Arona will actually be the first to light up the borough, the big switch on of Christmas lights throughout the municipality taking place next week on Friday 29 November. Preparations and...

Traffic disruption this weekend as President of China visits Tenerife

Traffic disruption this weekend as President of China visits Tenerife

It’s unlikely that we’ll get a glimpse of the Chinese president himself but anyone on the roads this weekend is almost certainly going to see the effects of his visit as police and security teams’ plans will inevitably involve delays and road closures. Although information about the plans is somewhat restricted for security reasons, confirmed details released so far show the President arriving tomorrow and leaving on Sunday, and staying at the Abama Hotel near Playa San Juan. Traffic disruption is therefore expected on the TF1 between TFS and Guía de Isora from 7.30pm tomorrow, Friday, and then the southern access roads to the Teide National Park will be closed between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday (northern access routes are apparently unaffeced) as the President is taken on a tour. Then finally on Sunday the TF1 between Guía de Isora and TFS could be affected by delays from 6pm.

 

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Arona Ayuntamiento says that this year’s Los Cristianos wine and food festival will be held at the Plaza Pescadora on the Paseo Marítimo around the harbour between 12 noon and midnight on Saturday 23 November. There’ll be Canarian wine on offer with traditional tapas,...

We will remember them

We will remember them

    Photo: Royal British Legion. Tomorrow, it will be 101 years since the end of WW1, but it is today when church and civil services will be remembering those who died in the Great War, the war known as the war to end all wars. Those years are nothing in terms of...

Christmas in Tenerife 2019-2020

Christmas in Tenerife 2019-2020

  Updated 18 November: Puerto de la Cruz got the announcement out first, but Arona will actually be the first to light up the borough, the big switch on of Christmas lights throughout the municipality taking place next week on Friday 29 November. Preparations and...

The Christmas lottery in Spain – 2019 video(s) released today

The Christmas lottery in Spain – 2019 video(s) released today

It’s that time again …

The Christmas lottery adverts are similar in Spain to the John Lewis adverts in the UK, often real tear jerkers, and this year’s campaign has not one but four videos telling the stories of those Unidos Por Un Décimo (United by a tenth). The videos, and indeed the Christmas lottery campaign itself, have a dedicated official website HERE and all tell a story based on the theme of those united by sharing a lottery ticket.

I’m often asked about the Christmas lottery, known as El Gordo (the Fat One), which is drawn just before Christmas every year with much fanfare. The tickets (billetes) have a number and are divided into tenths (décimos) which each cost €20. So what you are buying for €20 is one tenth (a décimo) of one ticket (billete). The ten décimos in a ticket means that a whole ticket costs €200.

The overall pot is enormous – we are talking €2.38 billion this year! This is the biggest lottery of them all, hence being known as The Fat One of course, but this vast prize is the total prize pot. There are five top prizes – divided between all the tickets sold with that number – and then hundreds of smaller prizes known as ‘la pedrea’ (shower of prizes). Tickets are released in around 200 ‘series’, so there could be 200 or so billetes with the same number in different series, making 2000 or so decimo holders who are winners of any given prize.

El Gordo is marketed as tradition, and the whole thing is made magical with the draw taking hours and televised live with lots of gold decorations and huge ball drums with singing children drawing the numbers. But the chances aren’t great when you take into account that you have to match the number and then, if you have a décimo, win only a tenth of the ticket’s prize value. Really, what makes El Gordo the real “fat one” is that it’s a massive revenue-generating exercise for the government. And, of course, winnings are now taxed!

I wouldn’t wish to put anyone off buying a piece of a dream for Christmas, and El Gordo certainly has that fantasy feel about it, but I would say that the best bet is a Bonoloto ticket. These cost virtually nothing compared to El Gordo tickets, and have comparatively really quite decent prizes for winners – in the single millions for tickets costing €3 or so – and the ticket price goes to charity! An alternative is the Primitiva, which is also cheaper to play and gives bigger individual prizes than the main draw! For those who want to take part in El Gordo, however, this year’s El Gordo is on 22 December and you can buy tickets on the dedicated website. Whichever lottery you participate in, I hope your lucky number comes up! Mucha suerte a todos! Good luck everyone!

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Arona Ayuntamiento says that this year’s Los Cristianos wine and food festival will be held at the Plaza Pescadora on the Paseo Marítimo around the harbour between 12 noon and midnight on Saturday 23 November. There’ll be Canarian wine on offer with traditional tapas,...

We will remember them

We will remember them

    Photo: Royal British Legion. Tomorrow, it will be 101 years since the end of WW1, but it is today when church and civil services will be remembering those who died in the Great War, the war known as the war to end all wars. Those years are nothing in terms of...

Christmas in Tenerife 2019-2020

Christmas in Tenerife 2019-2020

  Updated 18 November: Puerto de la Cruz got the announcement out first, but Arona will actually be the first to light up the borough, the big switch on of Christmas lights throughout the municipality taking place next week on Friday 29 November. Preparations and...

Spain’s deadlock ends as PSOE-Podemos agreement gives the country its longed-for stable Government at last

Spain’s deadlock ends as PSOE-Podemos agreement gives the country its longed-for stable Government at last

Updated 12 November: Perhaps it is possible to learn lessons after all. This time, there will be stable Government after the failed efforts of the past administration have finally succeeded in achieving a pact with Podemos. The two party leaders, PM Pedro Sánchez and Pablo Iglesias jointly announced the deal to unblock the paralysis that has affected the country for too long. Technically, the deal is more a confidence-and-supply agreement than a coalition but I imagine Spain won’t care about the technical detail since the agreement is set to last for the full four-year term. Stable Government. That must be nice …

 Updated 11 November: Spain’s political statis seems set to continue after yesterday’s election with the Socialist PSOE winning but without an overall majority. PM Pedro Sánchez says that he will now look for ways of breaking the deadlock and announce plans shortly.

The two stories of the day, however, are the collapse of the centre-right Ciudadanos (Citizens’ Party) who were once on the verge of coalition Government but who have now plummeted to sixth place nationally with Party leader Albert Rivera resigning this morning, and the meteoric rise of the far-right Vox, polling in third nationally and actually winning in the Murcia region.

Apart from Vox’s jubilation and Ciudadanos’ despair, the main centre-right Partido Popular are also happy today, leader Pablo Casado bringing the Party back into the electoral mainstream, gaining 22 seats to make for a clear second-place showing. Some minds, however, will inevitably now be envisaging another election some months down the road.

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Arona Ayuntamiento says that this year’s Los Cristianos wine and food festival will be held at the Plaza Pescadora on the Paseo Marítimo around the harbour between 12 noon and midnight on Saturday 23 November. There’ll be Canarian wine on offer with traditional tapas,...

We will remember them

We will remember them

    Photo: Royal British Legion. Tomorrow, it will be 101 years since the end of WW1, but it is today when church and civil services will be remembering those who died in the Great War, the war known as the war to end all wars. Those years are nothing in terms of...

Christmas in Tenerife 2019-2020

Christmas in Tenerife 2019-2020

  Updated 18 November: Puerto de la Cruz got the announcement out first, but Arona will actually be the first to light up the borough, the big switch on of Christmas lights throughout the municipality taking place next week on Friday 29 November. Preparations and...

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Arona Ayuntamiento says that this year’s Los Cristianos wine and food festival will be held at the Plaza Pescadora on the Paseo Marítimo around the harbour between 12 noon and midnight on Saturday 23 November. There’ll be Canarian wine on offer with traditional tapas, and live music and dancing as well. This is the third time for this event which has already become a very popular annual Canarian food fest in the approach to the Christmas season, and this year is not likely to be any different!

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Los Cristianos wine and food festival 2019

Arona Ayuntamiento says that this year’s Los Cristianos wine and food festival will be held at the Plaza Pescadora on the Paseo Marítimo around the harbour between 12 noon and midnight on Saturday 23 November. There’ll be Canarian wine on offer with traditional tapas,...

We will remember them

We will remember them

    Photo: Royal British Legion. Tomorrow, it will be 101 years since the end of WW1, but it is today when church and civil services will be remembering those who died in the Great War, the war known as the war to end all wars. Those years are nothing in terms of...

Christmas in Tenerife 2019-2020

Christmas in Tenerife 2019-2020

  Updated 18 November: Puerto de la Cruz got the announcement out first, but Arona will actually be the first to light up the borough, the big switch on of Christmas lights throughout the municipality taking place next week on Friday 29 November. Preparations and...

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