Adeje Water Route, past and present this Sunday

The Adeje councillor for tourism, Ermitas Moreira García, announced details of this Sunday’s Water Route,  which will see performances in costume along the way, underlying the important role water has played in the evolution of the borough.  The route is scheduled to coincide with World Water day (celebrated this week) and the performances will be by the Adeje Municipal Folklore School.  It will be in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English

The councillor explained that “the riches of our heritage are very relevant, not just for residents, but also for those who visit, looking for new experiences.  The re-evaluation of our history, a history which unites us, is a fundamental task in the building of a viable tourist destination. For that reason, the water route is an excellent way to remember the importance of this natural resource, looking at is use and relevance from an historic perspective”.

The route will start at 11am, from the entrance to the Barranco del Infierno, following on to the Arriba mill, the Tres Chorros fountain, the Old Mill, orchards, the Fort House, the Santa Úrsula Church, the Calle Grande, Calle Sindical, and onto the plaza at Cruz del Llano.  An addition this year will be a scene showing the lives of the Marquises of Adeje.

Anyone who would like to take part can do so, and participation is free.  You will need to arrive on time to the starting point at the Barranco del Infierno.

Adeje has always been considered a privileged location, in the past as it is today. The borough had the biggest number of springs along the coast – two higher up where the Erques ravine is, three in the area known as El Aserradero, two in the Barranco del Infierno, one at the top of the Barranco del Agua, another at the foot of the Roque de los Brezos and another beside the Roque de Imoque.  The borough was a settlement area for a large group of Guanches, (the local aborigine inhabitants). This was also the home of the ‘Gran Tinerfe’ one of the most important chieftains in Tenerife in his time, whose statue today is at the entrance to the town of Adeje.

After the conquest of the island, in the south, and particularly in Adeje, water played a very important role as a local resource, with the Rio de Adeje (the Adeje river) flowing from the Barranco del Infierno down to the sea.

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7 Tenerife Stereotypes That Aren’t Always True

Tenerife Stereotypes That Aren't Always True | Cheap Holidays Tenerife

Tenerife is a fantastic island to take a holiday. We know this, and so do the hundreds of thousands of people who visit the island every year. Nonetheless, somehow it has developed a reputation that isn’t exactly accurate. We take a look at the Tenerife stereotypes you may have come across, and separate the truth from fiction.

Tenerife Stereotypes #1. “El Britannia”

One of the most common stereotypes is that Tenerife is full of pubs and bars owned by East End landlords, where the culinary delights on offer are mainly what you’d find in a greasy spoon in Romford. You’ll find a lot of reviews that will have customers complain that there was nothing Spanish about Tenerife. However, this is far from the truth. To experience the ‘real Tenerife’ you have to venture out of your resort and you’ll see the true Canarian beauty of the island.

Tenerife Stereotypes #2: “Tourists Have Spoiled Tenerife’s Beauty”

Another common Tenerife stereotype is that mass tourism has destroyed the island’s beauty. Again, this is far from the case. Tourism has actually transformed the island, especially during economic downturns.

all-inclusive-with-the-girlsIn addition, many residents do not live close to the resorts – and no, they haven’t been turfed out of their homes to make room for those resorts, either. Tenerife’s unique flora and fauna are still intact for everyone to view and enjoy, and sustainable tourism has been put firmly on the Tenerife map. Those seeking an alternative break have been captivated by Tenerife’s natural beauty.

Tenerife Stereotypes #3: “Tenerife Is Just A Place To Get Drunk And Sunbathe”

There is more to life than drinking pints and sunbathing hungover – yes, really! Adventurous types hike in Tenerife and exploring the La Orotava Valley or getting to the top of Mount Teide. There’s also a whole wealth of Canarian culture to get involved in, just beyond the door of your Tenerife resort. Life in Tenerife might be slow, but make the most of it before you return home to the rat race!

Tenerife Stereotypes #4: “Planet of the Apes and Star Wars Were Filmed in Tenerife!”

A lot of tour guides will tell you that the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars films were respectively shot on Tenerife. There is a film commission on the island which shows a list of films that were shot in various parts of Tenerife. However, neither of these films are mentioned. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit Tenerife, the island’s unique landscapes make it feel like you’ve literally stepped into another world!

Tenerife Stereotypes #5: “It’s Grim Up North!”

There is this rumour that in the north it rains a lot and it is cold. In reality, yes, it is a couple of degrees less warm compared to the south of the island and also rains a fraction more during the winter months. Nonetheless, sun-worshippers will be glad to know that you can sunbathe just like you can in the south. Trust me, it’s nothing like a wet weekend away in Skegness!

Tenerife Stereotypes #6: “Tenerife’s Famous Black Sand Beaches Are Dirty”

Another stereotype or myth that is widely believed is that the island’s black sand beaches are dirty. This, of course, is totally false. Tenerife is a volcanic island, and that means, that when you visit a black sand beach, you’re stepping on volcanic sand, filtered down over many years from Mount Teide. In short, you have nothing to worry about. Your feet won’t look like you have just visited a coal mine, we promise!

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Tenerife Stereotypes #7: “Mount Teide Always Has A White Overcoat”

You’ve guessed it, wrong again. This stereotype of visiting Spain’s highest mountain and seeing it with a white overcoat, no matter what time of the year, is false. The majority of the year, the mountain top is without snow. Snow does settle on the top during the winter months and it does occasionally stay longer than expected.

The above article was originally published in Cheap Holidays Tenerife
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Turn it off this Saturday, put the planet first!

The Adeje council will turn off the lights on the main municipal buildings at 8.30 during Earth Hour

Lights on the main municipal buildings in Adeje will be turned off for an hour at 8.30pm on Saturday, for Earth Hour, a campaign run by the WWF (World Wildlife Fund) around the world.  “We in Adeje are united in supporting this symbolic gesture against climate change.  Our commitment to the environment is solid, and we are delighted to join in this worldwide movement as we have done annually over the last five years”, commented Adeje’s environment councillor, Esther Rivero Vargas.

Earth Hour was started in 2007 in Sydney Australia on March 31st.  The following October San Francisco ran a Lights Out  programme inspired by the Sydney Earth Hour, and thereafter the organisers decided to rally behind the international event planned for 2008. Adeje joined in 2012 and has marked the event ever since.    Over the years Earth Hour supporters have successfully advocated for more climate-friendly laws and policies, such as those that have banned plastic in the World Heritage site of the Galapagos Islands.

This year in Adeje floodlights along Troya and Fañabe beach will be switched off as will the lighting by the Farmers Market, and Fort House, sports centres, cultural centres, council offices etc., and they will be dimmed in other municipal zones such as parks and tourist areas.

The council is also inviting the public to take part in the initiative to join together with the rest of the world in calling for “a change to climate change”.  The councillor said, “Every gesture counts, and brings together the small changes individuals are making in their lives to build a future based on clean energies to benefit the planet”.

Globally the WWF brings together 7 thousand towns and cities to demonstrate together against the climate change.

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