They sometimes say that the more things change, the more they stay the same, but while things have certainly changed in 2018, they could change even more profoundly next year. Let’s hope, then, that whatever happens with regard to Brexit, things will stay the same in ever so many other respects, particularly in terms of the peace and prosperity Europe has enjoyed in the 70+ years since the end of the Second World War. Even here in the Canaries change must come, however, because the traditional carol, Vamos Cantemos Somos Siete (Let’s sing we are seven), remains hugely popular in these islands but the seven are now eight, with La Graciosa officially included this year as one of the Canaries. The carol, in the video below, is a great regional favourite, and in a changing world these islands are a comforting home so I hope you like it too if you haven’t heard it before.

In astronomical terms, also, today is very significant in terms of change because it is the winter solstice, and so as the year turns from the dark towards the light once again, it’s time to wish everyone who reads In Tenerife a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you all have the reassuring comfort of continuity and security this Christmas even in the midst of tumultuous change. Thank you all for your support over the past year, whether here, or on Facebook or twitter, and I hope that 2019 will be happy and healthy, and prosperous and peaceful, for us all as we navigate into a future unknown.




A Breif History of the Santa Cruz Carnival Music

Tenerife’s carnival dates back hundreds of years to the island’s earliest European settlement in the late 15th century.  The Carnival of Santa Cruz is the second most popular of its kind in the world after the Rio de Janeiro carnival in Brazil. The Spanish conquest in...

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...

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...

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,...

The Pyramids of Güímar

The Pyramids of Güímar are six rectangular pyramid-shaped, terraced structures built from lava stone without the use of mortar. They are located in the district of Chacona, part of the town of Güímar on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, Spain. The...


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