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Blue Flag award yet again for Playa arena.

Posted by dolly diver on July 28, 2010
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playa-arena-beachBlue Flag status is awarded to beaches in more than 30 countries in Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Canada and the Caribbean. The Blue Flag requires compliance with water quality standards, safety, general services and standards of environmental management.

The Blue Flag is a badge awarded annually by the Foundation for Environmental Education to the beaches and marinas that meet a range of environmental conditions and facilities.

This year the awards went to the beaches of La Arena in Santiago del Teide (for the 24th consecutive year),El Médano, Leocadio Machado and La Tejita in Granadilla de Abona, Las Vistas and El Camisón in Arona, Troya I-II (Americas I-II) in Adeje,  El Socorro Los Realejos, Playa Jardín in Puerto de la Cruz and La Arena (Mesa del Mar) in Tacoronte.

Many of these awarded beaches have a wide range of services such as showers, bars, restaurants, telephones, surveillance, police, Red Cross, toilets, sun-beds and umbrellas for rent, rental of sports equipment and access for disabled. Others have alternative services such as parking, camping or nudist area. Each has got its own personality and charm. Golden sands and white or black sand, wind and waves for water sports or quiet relaxation and serenity, different beaches to suit all needs.

Due to the number of Blue Flags beaches Tenerife is now  high on the list of best venues in the world.

Source: Tenerife News

Gala Queen – Puerto Santiago Fiesta

Posted by dolly diver on July 27, 2010
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Gema Montesdeoca, age 16 who represented Puerto de Santiago was crowned this year’s Gala Queen of Puerto Santiago fiesta which took place on July 22nd 2010.

Candidates were: Martin Yaridé Guanche, Tamaimo, Beatriz Linares Díaz The Molledo, Marquis Coraima Hernandez La Caldera, Gema Montesdeoca Puerto de Santiago, Lucía Martín Guerra Santiago del Teide, Álvarez Delgado Arguayo.

The gala was presented by Rebecca and Alexis Rojas Paniagua. Entertainers were MM Ballet Dance act, singer Priscilla Estévez, comedian Jesus Farray and Fog starring Irinea and Pepe Benavente.

Hover cursor over pic for names – click on pic to enlarge

This year’s Playa Arena to Puerto Santiago swimming competition, which was the 15th organised by the local council, attracted over 300 competitors.

First place in the men’s race was claimed by Francisco Javier Perez with a finishing time of 12 minutes and 51 seconds. Second place went to Jose Carlos Baez Gonzalez with a time of 12 minutes and 54 seconds and third place went to Ciro Ascanio Gutierrez with a time of 13 minutes and 59 seconds.

In the women’s race first over the finish line was Design Escatllar with a time of 15 minutes 28 seconds, second place was Usoa Gala Arocena with a time of 15 minutes and 29 seconds while third place went to Carmen Elsa Dominguez with a time of 15 minutes and 50 seconds.

There was also prizes for locals who entered. In the men’s category first place went to José Juan Casañas with a time of 16 minutes and 47 seconds, second place went to Thomas Jonay Glez Garcia with a time of 18 minutes and 13 seconds and third place went to Javier Diaz Linares with a time of 18 minutes and 15 seconds.

Local women’s category was as follows: first Dácil Hernandez finished, using a time of 21 minutes and 21 seconds, second place went to Vanessa Sanchez with a time of 23 minutes and 52 seconds, while the Third place went to Ana Belén Socas with a time of 27 minutes and 9 seconds.

Heat wave to hit Tenerife this weekend

Posted by dolly diver on July 9, 2010
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I’ve spent the past few days planning a family and friends BBQ for tomorrow in one of the BBQ/picknic parks up Teide. The dive centre is closed for the day (wow a day off). I have 15kg of chicken legs thawing in my fridge! Plus there’s a good supply of beer in several friends fridge!

I was rather horrified this morning when the cabildo announced that they were banning fires and bonfires in the woods and hills due to the heat wave expected this weekend and the ban will not be lifted until the weather cools down. Panic what do I do with 15kg of thawed out chicken legs???

From tomorrow, July 10th and until further notice certain parts of the middle and higher ground on the island of Tenerife will be on orange alert due to a heat wave following the weather forecast issued yesterday by the Spanish Met Office.

The temperature is expected to hit 37 degrees centigrade this weekend, and has prompted an official ban on lighting of fires of any kind in recreation and BBQ areas. The Cabildo has confirmed that the ban will not be officially lifted until the weather cools down and the risk of forest and wild fires is reduced.
Some parts of Tenerife will be on orange alert tomorrow, which means significant risk. The affected areas will be the mountains and the lower hills in the south, east and west of Tenerife from 11.00 until 21.00 tomorrow, Saturday 10 July 2010, mainly those which are south and west facing because they received less draught from the cooler north westerly winds.

All visitors and residents on the island are strongly urged NOT to go up into the hills and woods over the next few days until the situation improves. The Island Corporation kindly request that drivers use only the tarmacked roads and avoid forest tracks whenever possible. Holidaymakers and residents are strongly recommended to take extra precautions when visiting the mountains.
In an emergency please call 112.

Our BBQ has been saved, thanks to Fred and Glynis, we are moving our venue to lower down the mountain where it will be a bit cooler at Tajinaste restaurant. We will just have to plan the mountain BBQ for another day.

This year’s swimming race from Playa de La Arena to Puerto de Santiago takes place at 18:00 hours on 10th July 2010 entries will be accepted up to July 6th.

The race covers 950 meters. The start line is at Playa de La Arena and the finish line is the beach at El Bajio in Puerto de Santiago.

The race is organized by the Department of Sports Hall of the Historic Village of Santiago del Teide, with the collaboration of the Federation Swimming Insular de Tenerife, Tenerife Referees Committee, Mar Red Cross, Civil Protection, Volunteer Fire Santiago del Teide and the Ad Hoc Underwater Civil Guard.

Entries may be made on website and the municipal website Or for more information call 922-86-81-08, lines open from 08:00 to 15:00.

The categories are female and male, divided into groups according to age. Entry fee is Euros 5.

The “Acantilado de Los Gigantes”, fifth annual underwater photographic competition, sponsored by the City Council of the Historic Village of Santiago del Teide, with the collaboration of the Tenerife Cabildo, will take place from July 3rd – 10th 2010.

The amazing volcanic rock formations, caves, tunnels and arches plus the amazing diversity of marine live in the Los Gigantes area make it an ideal location for the competition.

The Digital Underwater Photography Contest “Cliffs Los Gigantes” is open to all underwater photographers who wish to take part. (Subject to the number of places and compliance with the rules of the competition).

For more info visit
Entry fee is € 150 for Category A and 120 € for Category B. This fee includes participation rights in the contest and a place on four boat dives departing from Los Gigantes Marina.

The awards for “Category A” are:

1. First place: trophy and 2,500 euros.

2. Second place: trophy and 1,500 euros.

3. Third place: Trophy and $ 1,000.

The awards for “Category B” are:

1. First place: trophy and 1,000 euros.

2. Second place: Barbolight LED Flashlight.

Tenerife Pantry in the Plaza de Los Gigantes

Posted by dolly diver on June 15, 2010
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This past weekend a local produce sale was held in the Plaza Bouganvilla, Los Gigantes.
It was an event in which farmers from different parts of the island could show their products (honey, cheese, pastries, wine, potatoes … ) The event was organized by the Local Development Agency, Tourism, the Department of Agriculture Hall of the Historic Village of Santiago del Teide and Tenerife Pantry.

The Pantry is a project of the Tenerife Cabildo de Tenerife and Tenerife Rural Foundation. The aim is to promote the local produce of the island. Among the initiatives under this project include the creation of the website ( where users can access the different products of the land with the possibility of purchasing from home.

Jose Joaquin Bethencourt, Minister of Agriculture of the Cabildo of Tenerife, said that “one of the priorities in this area of the council is to relocate to society the importance of eating local produce because they all represent our culture, tradition and source of wealth for our people.”

23rd blue flag award for Playa Arena beach

Posted by dolly diver on June 15, 2010
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 	playa-arena-beachPlaya arena beach has become the most awarded beach in Tenerife. Since 1987 as it has been awarded the blue flag each year for the past 23 years.

The Blue Flag is a recognized symbol to stringent health and environmental levels, the presence of adequate sanitation and waste, rescue services, first aid and lifeguard as well as wheelchair access and other facilities for the disabled and free wi-fi internet access.

Fonsalía port is one step closer

Posted by dolly diver on May 19, 2010
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Plans for the new Fonsalía port (between Alcala and San Juan) have already passed the draft, blueprint and environmental impact stages and, if economically viable, will go out to tender in late 2011.

Councillor for Public Transport and Works Juan Ramón Hernández also announced that at the end of June this year, all documentation will be open to the general public.

The new port will be created on an artificial platform going out to sea, separated from the mainland by a narrow arm of water allowing for the movement of currents and avoiding stagnant water so as not to alter the peculiar morphology of the coastline.

This will create a 15.5 hectare “island” to accommodate commercial, fishing and marina use via a 200 metre long bridge with four lanes for vehicles and pavements for pedestrians. 2.77 hectares will be dedicated to fisheries and 5.50 hectares to sport.

It will have 739 metres of vertical breakwaters, 840 metres of artificial rubble breakwaters, four berths for commercial vessels, 460 moorings for pleasure boats and thirty for fishing boats.

Socialist deputy Julio Cruz said the port of Fonsalía is essential and very important for the Canary Islands and Tenerife, “especially considering that the port of Los Cristianos has collapsed.”

It will be an important logistics and communications hub between the Canary Islands, and should be constructed as quickly as possible as it will benefit two million users.

Source:- Tenerife News

West Tenerife’s got talent 29th & 30th May 2010

Posted by dolly diver on May 7, 2010
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West Tenerife’s got talent

29th & 30th May 2010 you don’t have to be a professional artist to enter Tajinaste’s


They may or may not be young, they may or not be pretty, they may be professionals or amateurs but for one afternoon with nothing to lose they’re daring to go for it.

Heats will be held on the Saturday with the final on the Sunday. Both starting around 14:30
Acts and/or sponsors of the act you are nominating can obtain an application form from Tajinaste restaurant (see below how to get there) or by email from
Alternatively call 610062353 or 678195750 and give details of the act.

There are many categories, female/male vocalists. duos, bands, instrumentalist, comedian, novelty acts, magic acts, dancer or dance troupe or other.

How to get there
From Los Gigantes Police/Fire station follow the road up the hill on the Tamaimo road for aprox 1km. Turn right into the village of La Caldera (there is no sign post) go past the laundry and turn left after the little church. Follow the very narrow road until you come to a fork in the road (aprox 1km). Fork right. Here you will see a small car park and the restaurant.

A taxi from Los Gigantes is around €3.50 and the restaurant owner will call a return taxi for you.