Celebración de San Antonio Abad, Güimar, Tenerife

Sunday 25 January, Güimar - Celebración de San Antonio Abad, is celebrated in the town streets with Exhibtions of Birds, Goats, Peacocoks, Lambs and all kinds of other live stock.


The Agricultural Market, had been moved to Plaza San Pedro, but the usual stall holders were there with their fresh products , plus the local trades people were showing off their wears as well, including the blacksmith, carpenter and various other Arts and Crafts stalls.  

The Churches had been well  decorated and looked wonderful.

Plenty of activities through out the day, with the procession at 13.30 pm, which was accompanied by local folklore groups and bands.

Murgas/Carnaval Tenerife

Murgas  -  What does it mean ?  

The Collins Spanish/English Dictionary translates ' dar la murga ' as ' to be a pain ' or in other words  'to be a Pest'. The other meaning is - ' Band of street musicians'.

As far as I can see both translations are relevant, firstly they are a group of musicians which perform on the streets (In this case 'The Carnival' ), secondly their  repertoire seems to be a literary composition in verse or prose of examples of human follies , which are held up for ridicule, in the case of The Carnival they aim mainly at politic's  and politicians and have plenty of double meanings- so yes depending on you point of view - they can be  ' a pain'......, but very funny and enjoyable one's.

This is all done in a light hearted way and very comical . The Murga Bands make-up is always done in caricature and their costumes are normally themed around clowns clothes, which all adds to the fun.

Don't be taken in by the word BAND, they don't have have instruments like you would think... do you remember when you were a kid, wrapping paper around a comb blowing on it and making a noise.....well that's what they play their music on, a bit more sophisticated, made to look like trumpets etc. but  they still make the same sound. 
The first murga appeared in Santa Cruz de Tenerife  Carnival in 1917, giving life the following year to these satirical groups of the Carnival. They are normally mixed groups of men, women and children, although there has been female bands since 1972, being when the first one was founded, there have always be separate children's bands since the early 1920's.  

In 2014 The Children's murga  'Pita- Pitos ' was awarded first prize in the The Children's Murga Competition , the theme of the 2014 Carnival being 'Cartoons' . The group led by Kilian Santana played ‘The actions speak louder and love cooking ‘ and ‘ Put your dream to play.’

 Images taken from - http://carnavaldetenerife.com/

Mt. Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands

Mount Teide, The highest mountain in Spain and the third highest Volcano on a volcanic ocean island in the world, the two highest being Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in Hawaii.

Mount Teide stands at 3,718 metres (12,198 ft) above sea level. From the Atlantic ocean floor it stands at 7,500 mtrs (24,600 ft), making Tenerife the tenth highest island in the world.

The volcano is still active, although classed as 'sleeping' the last eruption was in 1909  from the northwestern Santiago rift  El Chinyero. The earliest recorded eruption was in 1704, The Guanches, the island´s first settlers, would certainly have known of other eruptions, but there is no written evidence of these, the full list of recorded eruptions can be found here.

Having said that, in 1492 Christopher Columbus wrote in the ships log that he saw ' A great fire in the Orotava Valley' as he sailed past in 1492, but there is no evidence of an eruption at that time.

Teide National Park includes the volcano and the surrounding area which in total is an area of 18,900 hectares (73 sq mi). It was named a World heritage Site by UNESCO on 29th June 2007. According to the Instituto Canario de Estadistica (ISTAC), it is the one of the most visited National Parks in the World, with a total of 2.8 million visitors, in 2013 it was the ninth most National Park in the world.

Access to Mt. Teide is gained by cable car, although certain restrictions have now been put place, due to erosion of the mountain. The cable car takes you up to the La Rambleta, from where you get a spectacular view of the surrounding area of the National Park. The cable car runs from 9 am to 4 pm, weather permitting.

The trail from La Rambleta to the summit is by permit only, which can be obtained by applying on line to www.reservasparquesnacionales.es . The permit is given for one date and specific time.

For more information regarding climbing to the summit and permits required follow this link 

Info, text and images taken from  - http://www.webtenerife.co.uk/                                                                                                                      http://en.wikipedia.org/

Introducing Tenerife

Introduction.Tenerife is the largest of the Canary islands, of which there are 7 major and 6 Smaller islands.
The westerns Islands of Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro form the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, whilst the eastern Islands of Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura form the province of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The Canary Islands lie between 96 and 304 km (60 -90) Miles off the North West Coast of Africa, but they are a part of Spain.

The island of Tenerife covers an area of 2057 sq km (794 sq miles) and is shaped like an Isosceles triangle with Mount Teide, The Volcano in the centre rising to 3718 m (12,199 ft) with The Caldera de las Canadas,,a gigantic collapsed crater,surrounding the peak.

The population currently stands at approximately 1,000,000 inhabitants, this obviously is not counting the tourists.

Tenerife is fortunate to have warm temperatures all year round, rarely falling below 18 degrees C in the coastal areas, the norm being in the mid 20s, rising to the 30s in the summer months.
Temperatures are on average around  three degrees cooler when going in land away from the coast.
The north side of the Island is cooler than the south.
Rain fall is generally confined to the  winter months October through to March, there is very little and even less on the South Coast, but when it rains it tends to be heavy, it very rarely lasts long and all is normally back to the normal sun the day after, again the north coast getting more rain than the south.

Spanish is the main language on all the Canary Islands, although if you ask a Canarian, they will tell you they speak 'Canarian', which is a version of Spanish.
In the tourist areas you will be understood speaking English or German along with a few other languages.

Being a part of Spain, the currency is the 'Euro' (€).
There are plenty of banks, even away from the tourist areas, all having cash machines, so the normal cards can be used to obtain cash.
Travellers cheques can be used, although they seem to be less popular now.

In Tenerife you drive on the right .
Cars are readily available for hire, you normally get the best deals by booking online before you leave home.
If you need transport form the airport to your accommodation, it's worth considering booking a car from the airport.
All road signs etc., are the same as any other European Country. Speed limits and Alcohol Levels are very similar as well. It is best not to have a drink when you are going to drive, they are very hot on breathalyzing.
Updated Rules of the Road as of December 2009.

Opening Hours
In the tourist areas shops, restaurants etc. are open all day from  9/10am until late.
Offices, Banks and official places open 8/9 am until 1/2pm.
In some areas they still work the siesta hours this being 8am - 1pm then 5pm - 8pm. It all depends on which area you are staying in, just check on arrival.

The Titsa bus service is excellent and covers almost all of the Island, even going up to Mount Teide, the fares are reasonable and  'Bono' cards can be purchased if you intend to make use of the service on a regular basis,    these offer good discounts.
There are ferries to all the other main Canary Islands as well as inter island flights from the north and south airports.
There is a tram service running from Santa Cruz to La Laguna every 3 minutes or so.
Taxi's are always available.

This number will put you in touch with the emergency services, Police, Ambulance and Fire.
There should be someone there who can speak your language.

The health care on the Island is excellent, but you do need insurance, if you qualify for an E111 in your country of residence, you will be able to use it.

There are numerous dentists on the Island, you will be able to find one that speaks your language.
They are all private. So check to see if your holiday insurance covers this.

There are a lot of cafe's and bars even shopping centres with free WiFi connections, some of the cafe's you have to buy a drink and they will give you the password.
There are lots of internet cafe's in all areas.
Mobile phones operators are - Movistar, Vodaphone, Amena.
There are a few phone kiosks with banks of phones in some of the tourist areas, the receptionist puts a line through to a booth and you pay when you have finished the call, they are cheaper and it saves you having to keep feeding change into the payphone.

There are two airports - Tenerife South Airport -  Reina Sofia (TFS)
                                    Tenerife North Airport   -  Los Rodeos (TFN)

There are some very nice 5 Star hotels on the Island for those of you who enjoy a bit of luxury, at certain times of the year they offer some good deals.
All inclusive Hotels are also very popular, plenty of 4,3 and 2 star accommodation is readily available.

Rural Hotels - These tend to be traditional Canarian buildings which have been converted into small hotels, under strict guide lines to keep the character of the buildings and surrounding intact, they are normally found in land away from the coast, ideal for people who want to see the real Tenerife ie. The villages, scenery etc.  

Pensions - These can be found all over the Island, normally the cheaper end of the market, basic, but clean, ideal if you want one night in a place and move onto the next.

There are 8 Blue Flag beaches on Tenerife along with many more superb beaches.Some of them like El Medano are natural black sand, some like Playa de las Teresitas, Santa Cruz were made with imported sand from Africa and others have been created from the sand on the sea bed.

A few of the beaches have been designated as nudist beaches.

In Puerto De La Cruz and Santa Cruz there are superb Lido's.

Best Time to Visit
It is said, that you can find a Fiesta on any day of the year in Tenerife, I don't think that's far from the truth, they love their fiestas and fireworks and the all year round weather doesn't interrupt them too much.
The main ones being:-
  • January -  5th/6th Three Kings processions
  • Feb/Mar - Carnival -  The parade falls on Shrove Tuesday, but that is the last Tuesday of Carnival month. It's the second biggest Carnival, the biggest being Brazil.
  • April - Semaña Santa - Easter Celebrations - Good Friday being the main day when The Easter Story is played out theather style, a famous one being in the town of Adeje.
  • May - May Celebrations - all kinds of activities in the City of Santa Cruz and other towns, to celebrate the coming of Spring.
  • June - Corpus Christi - The Famous Sand Carpets of Oratava and other towns on the Island.
  • July/August - The Main holiday season, all kinds of Fiesta and Events.
All the villages on the Island have their own Fiesta, everyone is always welcome.

Types of Holidays -Tenerife has a lot to offer 
  • You can  just crash out and enjoy the beach and the sun or just lie around the pool, .
  • Explore the Island by car or public transport.
  • Walking holidays are very popular, with many ancient and historic paths to explore.
  • Rock climbing and bouldering.
  • The month of the Carnival.
Main Attractions
Teide National Park
  • Masca the Hidden Village
  • Loro Park
  • Piramides de Guimar
  • 1000 Year Old Dragon Tree in Icod
  • The Old Town of Oratava- Famous for the Corpus Christi Carpets and Wooden Balconies.
  • Vilaflor - Highest Village in Spain


The volcanic history of Tenerife is completed when the eruptions of which we know about are located. The Guanches, the island´s first settlers, would certainly know of other eruptions that are not considered as historic as only those for which a written reference exists are considered as historic eruptions.

The 1704 - 1705 eruption: This eruption, a typical fissure eruption,   occurred through three, clearly distinguishable emission centres: Siete Fuentes, Fasnia and Montaña de Las Arenas, all aligned along a 13-kilometre long fracture.

The Garachico eruption (1706): On the 5th of May, 1706, about 8 kilometres south of the town of Garachico, Montaña Negra came to life in an eruption that lasted nine days. Of all the historical eruptions in Tenerife, this is the only single point one and also, the only one that has caused considerable material damage.

The Chahorra eruption (1798): This is the only historical eruption that has occurred within the boundaries of what is now the Teide national park. The eruption started on the slopes of Pico Viejo, on the 9th of June, 1798 and continued until the 8th of September of the same year. This is the longest-lasting of all the historical eruptions that have happened in Tenerife.

The Chinyero eruption (1909): The last eruption to have occurred in Tenerife was the Chinyero eruption. It started on the 18th of November, lasting 10 days. The original nine mouths of the volcano were later reduced to three main ones.

 Image from - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teide

Image /Article from - http://www.webtenerife.co.uk