Crosses and Fireworks in May

The May festivities in Los Realejos combine popular tradition and spectacular fireworks displays.

The streets and homes in the Cruz Santa district are bedecked with makeshift chapels containing crosses and altars, or “enrames”, where the locals apply all their skill to select the flowers to be used for the decorations in this celebration.

The two streets of El Sol and El Medio are the setting for the procession of La Cruz. Their inhabitants are also the creators of a whole array of fireworks to mark the historic rivalry between both streets. This curious event attracts thousands of visitors each year.

(Where: Los Realejos When May 2 to May 3, 2016)  More Info

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Weather 30th April 2016 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

20°C and another sunny day here in the hills above the southern resorts.  Looking down from our walk Los Cristianos is sparkling, the sea is shining and we had even at this time of day to take our walk slowly – still for everyone not wearing a ‘fur coat’ make the most of it.  My furbabies are now chillin.


As predicted yesterday was nice – sunny until mid-afternoon, and although it stayed like that down in Los Cristianos, looking up to where we live in the hills they were covered in cloud.  It was still warm, indeed once home and checking the thermometer which was in deep-shade it showed 28°C.


The following images are from 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 6.00. These times are approximate and are at whatever is the nearest before or after the hour. 

Las Vistas Beach – between Los Cristianos and Las Americas

Puerto de la Cruz

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Foreign Office urges British residents to register to vote in EU Referendum

News release – 29 April 2016

More than 1000 expats per day in Spain are going online to the UK government webpage where Brits can register to vote in the EU referendum.

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Ambassador Simon Manley urges Brits to have their say in EU referendum.

The British Ambassador Simon Manley today (Friday 29 April) described the strong interest among British expats in voting in the referendum as ‘very encouraging’.  Speaking to partners of the British Consulate and local authority foreigners’ departments, who are helping to spread the voter registration message, Mr Manley said:

“The Foreign Office is supporting the Electoral Commission’s campaign to encourage Brits overseas to register to vote, and I’m pleased that so many are already preparing to exercise their democratic right.

“Whether your view is that the UK should remain in or leave the EU, I urge all eligible expats to register to vote in this historic referendum.  You may have spent many years working or living in the UK and perhaps still have strong ties: family, property, or a pension. Whatever your circumstances, the chances are the referendum outcome will affect you or your family.

“So make sure you can have your say. It is for the British people to decide whether we’re stronger, safer and better off as part of the European Union, or on our own.”

Clicks on the from computer users with Spanish IP addresses have averaged more than 1000 daily since the overseas voter registration campaign began on 4 February. Since the beginning of the year, a total of over 80,000 people in Spain have visited

More than a quarter of a million Brits live in Spain and the large majority are thought to be eligible to vote. You must have been on the UK electoral roll within the last 15 years, or if you were under 18 when you left then at least one of your parents must have been on the electoral list.

The deadline to register for an overseas postal vote is 16 May, in order for ballot papers to be sent out from 23 May in time for them to arrive and for you to send them back. Simply visit with your passport, National Insurance number and last UK postcode. The process takes just 5 minutes. If you do miss the deadline, you can still apply for a proxy vote.


Even if you registered as an overseas voter for the General Election last year, you do need to do it again. That’s because – just as in the UK – you must register every year in order to vote in UK elections and referendums.

Expats who want to know more about the EU referendum can visit

You can find out more about voting at

Consular partners and expats who want to use social media to signpost to others where they can register to vote can use this link:

Expats who left the UK more than 15 years ago are unfortunately ineligible to vote because legislation intended to remove the time limit cannot be passed before the referendum date.

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