Weather 29th August 2015 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

Fabulous start to the weekend, 24°C brilliant blue sky with just the odd cloud and a bright sun sparkling on the sea.

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Yesterday stayed mostly cloudy but hot, and also at times quite humid which I hate. Temperatures were similar to previous days so low 30s and didn´t cool down until 8.30pm when we could wait no longer for ‘walkies’ but it was still 27°C

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The following images 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 the previous 72 hours to see what has been/is happening on these webcams so particularly useful.

Overlooking Las Vistas Beach

Puerto de la Cruz

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La Gomera – An Island of Secrets

Viewing point in the Garajonay National Park with views over the ‘sea of clouds’

Viewing point in the Garajonay National Park with views over the ‘sea of clouds’

We suggest a few days’ break in La Gomera, known to many as the Canary Islands’ “magical island”, a place where time seems to stop. You’ll be able to experience the wonderful sensation of immersing yourself in a legendary natural setting on a visit to the Garajonay National Park, which has been distinguished with the World Heritage designation. You’ll be able to relax on beaches with dark sand and crystal clear waters. You’ll have the chance to discover ancestral traditions and explore the extensive network of trails to see for yourself why the UNESCO has declared this place a Biosphere Reserve.

Standing on top of the clouds. Can you picture it? This is just one of the secrets La Gomera holds.

You’ll be able to experience this sensation in the Garajonay National Park, a vast unspoilt rainforest with a dense vegetation of laurisilva trees, where you’ll have the chance to see what is known as the “sea of clouds”. This atmospheric phenomenon is caused by winds blowing in from the sea, and means visitors often find themselves standing on top of the clouds. You’ll find several viewing points to enjoy this fabulous spectacle.Laguna Grande lake is one of the most popular spots in the Park. Legend has it that on nights with a full moon, witches used to call out the devil here. The stone circle in the centre of the open space symbolises this story. For the most spectacular views, we recommend the viewing points of Igualero, César Manrique, Los Roques and La Punta. This last viewing point offers vistas along the coast, while the others are facing inland.

Other secrets of La Gomera include its numerous species of endemic flora and fauna. The best way to see them for yourself is to come and explore one of the many paths in the extensive networks of trails, where you’re guaranteed to discover animals and flowers you’ve never seen before. One of the most representative species is the giant lizard of La Gomera, in danger of extinction. Work is currently under way to recover its population and hopefully it will be shown to the public in the future with the opening of a Lagartarium.

Cliffs along the coastline – Thanks to its numerous gorges, the island’s scenery is especially spectacular when viewed from the sea. For example, a boat tour offers the chance to see the natural monument known as “Los Órganos” (“the Organs”), a cliff which is volcanic in origin and recalls a giant organ with towering pipes. There are also boat tours which will take you to some of the whale sighting areas. Naturally, in La Gomera you can enjoy the sea all year round thanks to the mild temperatures typical of the Canary Islands. You’ll find beaches and coves, mostly with black sands, crystal clear waters, and –in many cases– in practically undisturbed natural settings.

An island of traditions – Did you know that the inhabitants of La Gomera have their own language, and that it has been used for centuries? This is the language of whistles known as the “silbo gomero”, a technique which reproduces the Spanish language by means of a series of whistles. It is taught in schools, appears in numerous festivities, and is featured in demonstrations and competitions designed to raise awareness of this cultural phenomenon. Its importance has been recognised by the award of the UNESCO Intangible World Heritage designation in 2009.Even Christopher Columbus himself is sure to have been familiar with this curious language, thanks to his stopover in La Gomera on his voyage to the Indies. If you visit the capital, San Sebastián de La Gomera, you’ll discover a secret with an ancient history: the well from which Columbus obtained the water for his voyage across the Atlantic.

The flavours of La Gomera – You can’t leave La Gomera without sampling its gastronomy. Its most famous products include ‘almogrote’ and palm honey. The first is made with the delicious cheese of La Gomera, and the second is derived from ‘guarapo’ (palm sap), and is used in desserts, cocktails and dishes such as baked milk pudding. We also recommend the watercress potage, delicious when served in the typical pinewood bowls, in keeping with the local custom.

First published in  Spain Info
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Costa Magallanes – new coastal tourism brand for Granadilla

Bay of La Tejita, where Ferdinand Magellan anchored commanded five ships. / GIVES

Granadilla de Abona released a new symbol of identity with which it will seek to strengthen its tourism brand abroad: ‘Costa Magallanes’ Is a name that commemorates the famous Portuguese navigator who in 1519 landed in El Medano.

The new label was announced to newspapers yesterday by the Councillor for Tourism, Maria Luz Fernandez and will be officially unveiled at the next edition of the International Tourism Fair (Fitur). The Council aims to show the full potential the municipality has to offer visitors along its 16 kilometres of coast and inland areas.

“We are creating a tourism product that encompasses a wide range of activities including culture, education, sports, history, etc. We are not a part of the island that is crowded by tourists, we don´t have a large hotel base, and we do not want to become massive but we do have a lot of quality tourism. El Medano has opened up to tourism, but still manages to keep the essence of a fishing village, and will continue to do so in the future, said the Councillor.

Fernandez is clear that what tourists are looking for when they arrive in El Medano is, above all, rest. “We have a large number of elite windsurfing athletes who go to bed at 10pm and get up at 6am in the morning to catch waves. Then there are the families who know they can enjoy a beer in the square while keeping an eye on children playing on the beach “she said.

As well as wind sports being one of the great attractions of the town, under the name Costa Magellan, Granadilla also seeks to strengthen the knowledge of other areas: “We have a network of stunning trails and a wide range of rural hotels that once known, people usually visit again. We have very high repetition rates, so our work should continue to focus on customer loyalty. That is one of the keys”.

The official presentation of Costa Magallanes, which in practice means a new tourism product, is one of the developments that will fly the flag of the Canary Islands in the next edition of Fitur, considered the most important European tourism fair which will be be held in Madrid between 20 and 24 January 2016.

First round the world boat

Granadilla, and the region of Chasna, entered world history on October 3, 1519, when five ships commanded by the Portuguese sailor Ferdinand Magellan, accompanied by the Spanish Juan Sebastian Elcano, anchored in the bay of El Medano. This expedition, which sought to find a new spice route, made the first world tour by boat. The historical fact was described by the official chronicler of the trip, the Italian Antonio Pigafetta, one of the 18 sailors who returned to Spain after being around the World for the first time.

Pigafetta, explorer and geographer, reported the brief stopover in Tenerife in his book Relazione Viaggio primo intorno al mondo, published in Venice in 1536: “We start from San Lucar on September 20, heading southwest, and on 26th came to a Canary Islands, called Tenerife. We hiked there for three days to find a suitable place to procure water and firewood. Then we find a port, called Monte Rosso (Red Mountain), where we spent two days … “

Source: Diario de Avisos

 

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Calendar of Feasts and Festivals of the Municipality of Arona 2016

Although I posted the following yesterday afternoon, readers who are not members of Tenerife Forum will have missed it, so check out the dates and make a note in your diaries then you are sure to catch all the fun.

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Weather 28th August 2015 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

It is a bright morning not much sun at the moment, quite a bit of cloud cover and temperatures are 23°C but the air feels fresh and I’m looking forward to a nice weekend.

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Yesterday was typical for August, hot 34°C, sunny and plenty of happy people around town. Nice to see the holiday-makers enjoying themselves.  Last night was also very warm even at midnight it was over 25°C but for me that is a nice time to sit outside on the balcony and enjoy the quiet.

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The following images 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 the previous 72 hours to see what has been/is happening on these webcams so particularly useful.

Overlooking Las Vistas Beach

Puerto de la Cruz

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A (Real) Day at the Beach

Lying on the beach enjoying the sun and sea breeze, doing some water sports, trying some local food for lunch and rounding off the day with a cocktail while watching the sunset… here’s the recipe for a dream day at the beach in Tenerife.

There are days when you don’t fancy doing much at all, except just relaxing. Well, you can do just that in Tenerife, but not in your hotel room with the curtains drawn. We’re talking about lying on a sun lounger at the beach listening to the hypnotic sound of the waves and soaking up the sun while the cool sea breeze caresses your skin. Sound appealing? Well that’s just the basis for an enjoyable day at the beach.  If you want to get even more out of your day, whether alone, with your partner, family or friends, you can add lots of extras to enhance your day and make it a truly unforgettable experience.

Here’s our plan for you to spend 24 hours in Tenerife that includes a bit of everything, but always with the beach and sea as the star attractions.

CHOOSE YOUR IDYLLIC BEACH

Close to a hundred beaches stretch along the north and south coasts of the island. The ones in the north are more wild, especially as most are of black volcanic sand. We suggest checking out the beaches of El Socorro (Los Realejos) or Playa Jardín (Puerto de la Cruz), for instance.

If you prefer golden sand, Las Teresitas, in Santa Cruz, is over three kilometres long, so there’ll be plenty of room for your towel and to let yourself be seduced by this tranquil setting. If you decide to head south, there are lots of golden beaches to choose from, such as Playa de Las Vistas (Arona) or Torviscas (Adeje), to name just two.

HAVE FUN AND MORE BESIDES

At the beaches of Tenerife, you’ll often find options to complement your sunbathing and refreshing swims with other activities that require a minimum of effort. From donning your mask, flippers and snorkel to explore colourful sea beds teeming with life, through to more daring options like parascending, windsurfing or kitesurfing. For such sports, El Médano is definitely one of the best places to head, whether you’re a beginner or an expert. Here, you can enjoy your favourite sport in excellent wind and sea conditions combined with an ambience that is both bustling and inviting at the same time.

GREAT SEAFOOD AT MASÍA DEL MAR

All over the island, restaurants serve traditional food that turns them into culinary temples where eating is about more than simply satisfying your hunger. On this occasion, we’re recommending one such restaurant where they create exquisite seafood specialities: Masía del Mar, in La Caleta de Adeje. It’s easy to find as it stands on a pedestrian-only street that ends at the picturesque cove after which this fishing village is named. A useful tip: before sitting at your table, take a leisurely stroll through the narrow streets that lead to the cove, and have a refreshing swim next to the small boats moored on the pebbles. Then, having worked up an appetite, you can head back to the restaurant.

Guests are met by Marivi who runs the restaurant and tells them all about the mussels, langoustines, shellfish, crabs and lobsters they serve that attract hundreds of diners to the restaurant every day.  What to have? Paella, “arroz caldoso” (a delicious rice soup), “zarzuela de marinera” (seafood casserole), bouillabaisse… Whatever you choose, you won’t regret it. This spacious, well-lit establishment has various dining rooms where you can try their exquisite dishes, as well as a terrace with spectacular views.

PAPAGAYO BEACH CLUB

A day at the beach wouldn’t be “a real day at the beach” without a fabulous sunset, and if we throw in some good music, great food and enticing cocktails, we can only be talking about one place: Papagayo Beach Club, at Playa de Troya beach in Arona. Since its opening in September 2012, Papagayo has become the island’s number one hotspot at any time of the day and night. It has two floors with a very tasteful decor, so you’re sure to find a corner to chill out in;  including the outdoor area, with exclusive Bali-style beds and “VIP palapas” (thatched-roof shades), as well as the indoor restaurant.

They serve a wide variety of dishes, as well as different breakfasts to start the day or lunches that include sushi specialities and gourmet burgers. Of course, there is also an extensive choice of international dishes: rice with lobster is probably the star of the show, but they also have grilled Iberian pork with potatoes and seasonal vegetables, or chef’s special sea bass.

In the evening, you can enjoy fabulous sunsets from here, which is yet another great reason to come along. In good company, trying some of the many cocktails or signature G+T’s, all makes for a truly sublime experience. If you like gin and tonic, you simply must try a G´Vine Floraison, made with slices of grape and raspberry (or strawberry) and a sprig of basil accompanied by Fever Tree tonic. Later on, you can enjoy some great live music, including soul, funk and flamenco. At weekends, the cabin attracts great artists from both the national and international electronic music scene. Papagayo Beach Club opens at 10.30am and doesn’t close until 4 in the morning (6am on Fridays and Saturdays).

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Weather 27th August 2015 – Los Cristianos/Las Americas

It is a very quiet morning, almost feels like the weekend with nobody around, no dogs barking and the Italians not screaming their goodbyes as they go off to work.  It is peaceful sitting here coffee in hand watching the clouds clear from what is now a bright blue sky and the sun rise over the horizon and spread shadows across the mountain down to the coast. Temperatures are a pleasant 24°C

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Yesterday started very warm and continued the same and by mid afternoon it reached 33°C but a lot hotter in full sun.  Then suddenly around  4.00pm a welcoming wind, cool and fresh, sprang up and a few clouds covered the sun.  This lasted until early evening then changed back again to a clear almost cloudless sky.

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The following images 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 the previous 72 hours to see what has been/is happening on these webcams so particularly useful.

Overlooking Las Vistas Beach

Puerto de la Cruz

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