Weather 25th October 2014 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

8.00am and already 25°C it isn´t quite light so hard to take a picture but from what I can see the sky is totally cloud free and for the moment the air feels cool but I am sure it won´t last for long.  The following was taken yesterday morning at around 9.30am in Los Cristianos, it was nice to make the most of the gentle sea breeze but there were hardly any people around.  They didn´t realise what they were missing because the rest of the day was ridiculously HOT!

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I don´t know why there was a yellow alert earlier in the week but on Friday it had been removed as it was so very very hot here in the south, and presumably across the rest of the island, although looking at the webcam there was a fair bit of cloud in the north.  Here in Chayofa 46°C in partial sun and 37°C in deep shade

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The following images are for Las Vistas Beach in the south of the island and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 5.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.

Las Vistas Beach – between Los Cristianos and Las Americas

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Round Up of the News

The following articles that I found interesting this week are taken from The Tenerife News

New look for busy part of Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz council is bringing a new look to one of the main shopping roads in the city and 124,000 euros is to be spent on upgrading nearly 500 square metres between calles Suárez Guerra and Pérez Galdós. The project has a contract time of two months but the company which won the concession hopes to complete it within 45 days.

Getting tough on anti-social behaviour in La Laguna

La Laguna is to get tough over anti-social behaviour in 2015. New bye-laws are being drafted which will prohibit various things, including putting clothes or other household items over balconies or terraces. The new rules will also require dog owners to keep better control over their pets with regard to barking, fouling and smells. In addition, stunts on bikes and skateboards in public places will be vetoed. The bye-laws have been drafted by a special committee which has included members of the public. La Laguna council hopes to approve the for next year.

Regarding pet control, the council says owners must keep dogs in the best of conditions. They must not leave them tied up for any long period of time, strays must not be fed in the street, they must not be brought into public places where they are prohibited and they must not mistreat or abandon them. There will also be strict rules on how people should behave in public, including a ban on spitting, washing or bathing in fountains or ponds. Those who wish to play ball or skateboard will have to respect others and there will be zero tolerance on stunts performed on public staircases, street furniture, railings and so on. Putting up tents within the city will be prohibited and the sale of beverages and drinks in the open will require the right licences. People will also be fined if they exhibit noisy behaviour or have radios or televisions on too loud.

Austrian artist stages show in Adeje

A world-famous artist whose work is described as “visual poetry” is exhibiting in Adeje. Matthias Lidy, who comes from Austria, has staged shows all over the world, including Munich, Paris, Milan, Zurich and Vienna. Both a painter and sculptor, he has been exhibiting since 1982 and his metal sculptures are features of many public spaces and venues. You can see his creations in the exhibition room of the cultural centre in Adeje town until October 29th from 9am through to 9pm Monday to Friday.

“La Mano” opens its doors

Playa San Juan has a new fun space for little children to enjoy. The centre “La Mano” has over 250 square metres dedicated to children’s entertainment, games, new technology and craft work-shops amongst others. It is based on fun and learning and is located in the cultural centre. Children aged from three to 12 are welcome, between the hours of 4pm and 7pm. There are qualified staff and a classroom for those aged ten to 13 who want to study. Another asset is a a free wifi zone. “La Mano” is offered as a facility for busy parents who need somewhere for their children to go in the afternoon.

Capital to look at disabled access

Further efforts are to be made by Santa Cruz to improve its accessibility for all. The capital has agreed to take a look at all aspects of life in the city, for visitors and local people, and to make sure it is disabled friendly. One of the first targets will be pavements and ramps.

It is also hoped to provide translation services for the hard of hearing and to upgrade a children’s play-ground in the García Sanabria park with more suitable equipment.

Footpath accessibility in the Anaga Rural Park will also be looked at, together with the positioning of litter bins and traffic lights which could hinder pedestrians. There will also be improvements at the Parque Marítimo, with the acquisition of an adapted pool chair and water lift. The moves follow a meeting between the city council and the Bureau of Accessibility. Sports councillor, Zósimo Darias also reported that sports facilities are being looked at to make sure they meet accessibility standards. Within four months, another new feature for the city will be a lift for the disabled in the municipal museum.

Tenerife in March will host the national final of First Lego League

The Cabildo of Tenerife , through the Science and Technology Park of Tenerife (PCTT) have organized a new edition of the First Lego League regional tournament Canarias (FLL), which will be held on February 7 at the Auditorio Infanta Leonor in Los Cristianos (Arona ) as a prelude to the national final of the competition organized Tenerife for the first time on March 22, to be held at the International Trade Fair and Congress Centre of Santa Cruz. More info at La Informacion

Work on the Southern Hospital continues to meet deadlines

The president of the Cabildo of Tenerife, Carlos Alonso has called another meeting to monitor the work of the Southern Hospital towards meeting the deadlines for completion of the work, in January 2015, and its operations in early February, giving time for testing of equipment and facilities. Full Story in Europa Press

Canary telescope hunts for Earth-like planets

A new ‘low-cost’ telescope on the Spanish island of Tenerife on Wednesday kicked off what will be an international search for nearby planets which could support life.

The Teide Observatory on Tenerife launched the first telescope to be used as part of the Danish led SONG astronomy programme, whose aim is to scour the Milky Way in search of Earth-like planets. Eventually, eight telescopes around the world will form a network designed to improve our understanding of stars and planetary systems, the news website Canarias7 reported on Thursday.

A night-time view of the Teide Observatory on the island of Tenerife. Photo: Shutterstock

Seven years ago a group of astronomers from the University of Aarhus and the University of Copenhagen’s Niels Bohr Institute had the idea of a global network of small telescopes specifically focused on the study of nearby stars and planetary systems. At one metre in diameter, the new telescope at the Teide Observatory is smaller than many other modern instruments. It can be controlled remotely via the internet and cost just €4 million ($5.07 million) to build.

Some 3,000 exoplanets have been found in the Milky Way, but the vast majority are very different to the planets we know from our own Solar System.  Since opening in 1964, Teide became one of the first major international observatories, attracting telescopes from different countries around the world because of the excellent astronomical seeing conditions. The observatory is operated by the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics. Full story at The Local (news@thelocal.es)

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Weather 24th October 2014 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

The Yellow Alert has been removed and although hot at least at the moment it doesn’t feel as overpowering as it was yesterday. It was a hot night, hard to sleep and this morning current temperature, although a bit early because I’m off to Los Cris now, is 24°C. So at least for the moment feeling good

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Yesterday remained very very hot 43°C in full sun and 31°C in the shade

The following images are for Las Vistas Beach in the south of the island and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 5.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.

Las Vistas Beach – between Los Cristianos and Las Americas

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Tenerife History – Early days of tourism

Last year I wrote about the start of Tourism in the South and how few realised it began in El Medano.  The following is an article also about tourism but this time in the north of the island and Gran Canaria.

This week David Penny takes a look at the early days of tourism and the various institutions created by the British community of the day to cater for both resident and visitor alike.

The start of the tourist movement in the islands was determined by many factors including the promotion of passenger travel by steam ships, which were bringing in manufactured goods and taking out agricultural produce.

In 1895 Mr. Alfred L. Jones (the Freddy Laker of his day) of the Elder Dempster Line managed to reduce the price of a return ticket from Liverpool to Las Palmas to between 15 and 25 pounds in an attempt to secure a greater number of visitors to Gran Canaria.

These new visitors became known as the “Fifteen Pounders”

The increase in the influx of visitors was also linked to improvements in the available accommodation with hotels like the Grand Hotel Orotava, Camacho’s Hotel, The Grand Hotel Taoro, or Quisiana Hotel in Tenerife, and Quiney Hotel, Bellavista Hotel, Santa Catalina Hotel or the Metropole Hotel in Gran Canaria.

Their increasing demands brought about the opening of numerous establishments in all sectors: clothing stores, hat shops, bars, restaurants, photo studios, shops with English goods, and even established banks, which until 1885 were unknown in the islands.

It is noteworthy that these establishments all accepted sterling as the currency of preference and that great steps were taken to ensure that all assistants and clerks were able to converse to a high level in English.

The resident British population, together with the now sizable influx of visitors at this period, created a need for services provided by various British Institutions which were formed around this time:

Las Palmas Golf Club, this is the oldest golf club in Spain. Founded on December 17th1891, it had its first headquarters in Altavista and among many other trophies is the Palmer Cup which is the oldest sporting trophy in all of Spain.

Las Palmas Lawn Tennis Club. This was founded in 1895, its courts were located in the gardens of the Metropole Hotel. It held numerous tournaments – American, doubles and mixed all of which enjoyed great popularity among the islanders. One of the most famous players was Mr. Sydney Head, who won the all Spain championship in 1907 and receivedthe trophy, in Madrid, from His Majesty King Alfonso XIII.

Las Palmas Football Club. The pitch for this club was to be found within Puerto de la Luz, outside the offices of Wilson Sons & Co., near to Santa Catalina Pier. It was a British institution in which the Canary islanders themselves soon changed from being spectators to becoming players and it enjoyed great popularity over a number of years.

Las Palmas Cricket Club was formed around the same time and it was situated between Santa Catalina Clinic and La Casa del Caminero.

Matches were played between every combination of teams includingMarried vs. Single, Male vs. Female, Metropolie guests vs. Sta. Catalina guests and even residents against the crews of visiting British warships.

It caused a Mr. Seddon to comment, in 1903, that the capital of Gran Canaria could be proud of itself as it’s “the only port where you could find golf clubs, cricket, lawn tennis and football, not to mention croquet and poker”.

In Tenerife, El Club Español was founded in 1909 and was located at no.9 Calle Constitucion. Cultural and recreational events were often organised as well as many charitable functions. According to the statutes, only British members were accepted but this was extended, in 1916, to include any English-speaking members, because of low membership numbers, as a result of the First World War.

Orotava Bowling and Recreation Club, which was founded in 1902, soon saw its membership boom. It practiced various sporting activities, most notably, golf, croquet, tennis and badminton.

British Orotava Out-of-doors Games Club. This was a club which developed during the ‘20s. All manner of ball games and other outdoor activities took place here. The building had been extended and modernized over the years and was famous for its card room and bridge championships, it also had a terrace bar and a tea pavilion.

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One area in which Tenerife did lead was with its English language library. It started life in 1831 as the Tenerife Book Society and was initially situated in, what is now called, Sitio Litre in La Orotava and was started by a Mr. Charles Smith, who came here for health reasons.

In 1904 the library opened in its current location within the Taoro Park. It is reputed to hold the largest selection of English books in any library, in a non-English speaking country, in the world.

There was also the British Club of Las Palmas, but this establishment warrants its own article, as it is such an institution and is, in fact, still operating to this day.

It is interesting to note that more seemed to be going on, at this time, in Las Palmas than in Santa Cruz and this was indeed the case; if we look at the British resident population figures for this period we can see that in 1890 Tenerife had 71 and Gran Canaria 189, in the 20 years to 1910 Tenerife had 79 while Gran Canaria had grown to 437.

This was due (according to Ruiz Benetiz de Lugo, writing in 1904) to:”In Tenerife a certain politician owned the coal stores, within the port facilities, and hampered the installation of British companies which he saw as a threat to his monopoly.”

Article by Dave Penny first published in Tenerife News

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Weather 23rd October 2014 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

We are on another Yellow Alert again today for high temperatures and even though I am about to publish this early (yip another appointment in Los Cris before 9.00am – this is going to go on for a few days yet!!) it is already 25 °C and looks to be lining up for another sizzler.

1-DSC04963Yesterday was a scorcher. In the shade 37C and in full sun 46C, although that was here in Chayofa. My friend Aidy posted a picture on facebook showing 53.2C further up the mountain towards Arona.  Phew makes you feel hot and sweaty just thinking about it!!

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The following images are for Las Vistas Beach in the south of the island and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 5.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.

Las Vistas Beach – between Los Cristianos and Las Americas

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Free guided Walking Routes at Teide National Park

There are 37 walking routes at Mount Teide National Park waiting for you. So, today, put on your hiking boots and let’s go hiking in Tenerife.

Mount Teide National Park walking routes

Walking routes in El Teide with different difficulties or lengths, all of them wonderful in a unique environment with lots of breathtaking landscapes.

Even if you are not fond of hiking,  at Mount Teide, you will find the perfect excuse to try. We suggest two special  easy routes and to make it even safer with Mount Teide National Park official guides.

The two guided walking routes last approx two hours, with English and Spanish guides the walks are easy so suitable for all the family, including children who can enjoy our impressive volcanic landscape and learn from the experts about the history and wildlife.

FREE Guided walking routes at EL Teide*

  • Arenas Negras circular walking route that starts and ends at El Portillo information Office
  • Heigh Difference: 50m approx
  • Length: 4,2 Km approx
  • Difficulty: low

You’ll enjoy Arenas Negras Volcanoes and views of Llano las Majas, also panoramic views of Teide National Park

  • Roques de Garcia This walking route takes us around several volcanic necks:
  • Roque Cinchado
  • El Burro
  • El Torrotito, etc…

You’ll get to Ucanca’s plain.You’ll see lots of diferent volcanic formations and enjoy  typical canarian highlands wildlife

  • Heigh Difference: 40 m approx
  • Length: 5,6 km approx
  • Difficulty: low

You need to book these walking routes in advance at Mount Teide National Park Office:

Telephone 00 34 922 922 371
Address Doctor Sixto Perera González nº25 . El Mayorazgo. La Orotava
38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife

I recommend you to contact them in advance if you want specific dates as both are very popular, so  don’t leave it for the very last minute. You can also ask for other guided walking routes in the National Park, If it’s posible they’ll do it Free of Charge.

Remember to take with you:

  • suitable shoes, trekking or hiking boots are the best
  • sunscreen protection , high one
  • water
  • fruit or dried fruit or nuts
  • cap
  • warm clothes

How to get to Mount Teide National Park?
If you are not hiring a car you can go by bus taking :
348 from Puerto de la Cruz or 342 From Las Américas

*These walking routes may vary, always check with the Park office for changes and schedule

Please, take care and respect the environment. We are all responsable of keeping the Park clean and respecting the rules.

Source: Tourismo de Tenerife

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Weather 22nd October 2014 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

This is a bit late today as I had an appointment for 8.45 in Los Cristianos and it seemed pointless adding something when the day was barely light.  Having arrived back home and had the first cup of coffee of the day I can now get my head around what is happening outside.  Firstly to put mainly the holidaymakers minds to rest it is a beautiful day. The sun is shining and not a single cloud in the sky and already it is a whopping 27°C – there is a breeze but that too is warm and does little to refresh.

10.15am 22nd October

10.15am 22nd October

We had some rain overnight and at around 8.15 I took this photo, you may just be able to see the rainbow.

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8.00am (ish) 22nd Oct 2014

Yesterday was nice and warm, if a bit grey and we had a few spots of rain here in Chayofa but nothing to worry about as they hardly wet the ground.

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The following images are for Las Vistas Beach in the south of the island and Puerto de la Cruz in the north of the island and are taken from the webcam yesterday at 12.00, 3.00 and 5.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. You can check this  LINK and it will give you 72 hours of what has been/is happening should you wish to see.

Las Vistas Beach – between Los Cristianos and Las Americas

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