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Flight update

Posted by dolly diver on April 16, 2010
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Airport help line 922 759 027/ 922 759 028.

Flights restrictions in the UK caused by a huge ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano will remain in place until at least 1am on Saturday.

The latest advice from the Tenerife authorities is for intending flight passengers to most Northern European destinations not to travel to the airport unless they have confirmation that their particular flight is leaving and when. This way they are hoping to avoid unnecessary chaos at the airports.

People are advised to contact their tour operator or airline to find out what is happening with their flights. For more information call Freefone Turismo de Tenerife: 00800 100 101 00 where operators can offer help in English, German, French and Spanish. Tour operators are also being asked to check first before bringing bus loads of people to the airport. The Spanish Airport Authority also has a helpline 902 404 704 & el +34 91 321 10 00 with information about upcoming flight cancellation.

Grand Charity Gala – Sat April 17th

Posted by dolly diver on March 31, 2010
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Has anyone seen Bruno?

Posted by dolly diver on March 26, 2010
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brunoJohn and Jean Oliver, long time visitors to Tenerife, were returning to Reina Sofia Airport on 16th March following a month’s stay at Los Gigantes. They parked their hire car in a car park at Los Abrigos whilst they had lunch at one of the popular sea-front restaurants.

On return to the car, they discovered that that the vehicle had been entered and various items removed from the locked boot including their passports, a laptop computer, their UK car keys and several other personal items.

The Oliver’s travel mascot – a cuddly baby gorilla called “Bruno” was in the stolen travel bag and is, therefore, also missing. Bruno has travelled for over 20 years all over the world with John & Jean and is sorely missed. If you come across him, please contact losgigantes.com – a reward payment is possible.

The moral of this story is, of course, never leave your passports & other valuables in your car – always take them with you!

Sponsored Walk – Sunday 7th March

Posted by dolly diver on March 4, 2010
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Los Gigantes hit by blackout again

Posted by dolly diver on March 1, 2010
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A second blackout in just over a week, hit not just Los Gigantes but the whole of Tenerife for several hours early this morning.

The problem occurred at 1am at a sub-station in Las Caletillas. 50% of power was restored by around 5am to Santa Cruz and the south of the islands. Full power should be resumed during the course of today.

The emergency services had few serious incidents to deal with because the blackout occurred during the night, but a few people had to be rescued from lifts.

thomson-aircraftA new deal has been signed between Thomson holidays and Durham Tees Valley airport to provide a weekly flight to Tenerife.

The new service will depart from Durham tees valley airport on Saturdays at 08:00 and return at 18:15

Lidl is finally open

Posted by dolly diver on February 22, 2010
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lidlThe German supermarket chain Lidl, who’s aim is to offer clients maximum quality at the best possible price, has now opened in the canary Islands. On their respective opening mornings large queues were waiting and gifts of flowers, balloons and parasols were given out to the happy shoppers.

12 Lidl stores have opened in the Canary Islands. In Tenerife they are located in Puerto de la Cruz, Granadilla, La Laguna, Adeje, Santa Úrsula, Las Chafiras. In Gran Canaria they will open in Telde and Agüimes on February 25th and in Ingenio and Vecindario on March 4th and in Arrecife (Lanzarote) on March 11th and Puerto del Rosario (Fuerteventura) on March 18th.

Storm damage report

Posted by dolly diver on February 18, 2010
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 	stormy-seas-playa-arenaStormy seas, high winds and heavy thunderstorms continue to cause chaos to the whole of the Caranry Islands.

In our local area yesterday heavy metal manhole covers were lifted out of their places by the sheer volume of water causing the closure of the main road in Playa Arena. Today the clean up begins as dozens of council workers clear mud and rocks from the roads.

The new beach and car park in San Juan has been badly damaged due to a river of flood water which was too much for the drains. (See pics below) At the time of flooding 2 cars were washed down from the car park on to the beach.

Waves of between 4.5 and 5.5 metres have been recorded. A yacht ran aground on the coast of Puerto del Carmen in Gran Canaria yesterday while the Fred Olsen ferry was forced to return to Tenerife after attempting to enter the port of Agaete in Gran Canaria. Further crossings were cancelled.

In Las Calletillas, wind ripped off a gas station roof, which resulted in some people being evacuated from their homes.

Schools and universities are closed until further notice and several roads to Mt. Teide remain closed due to heavy snow, rain or rock falls. Carnival events in Santa Cruz were cancelled yesterday and again today.

Many places were without power yesterday, and today from around mid day until 4pm the whole of Tenerife was without electricity.

Several flights have been cancelled or delayed but all ports, airports and bus services are now operating normally.

It’s not over. There are more storms lurking in the Atlantic, due to hit us over the weekend, so don’t put out your garden furniture yet, but it looks like we may have a bit of a reprieve for tomorrow.

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Storms for Los Gigantes

Posted by dolly diver on February 1, 2010
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Los Gigantes continues to be battered by high winds and torrential rain. The orange alert issued by the Met Office is extended until Tuesday evening.

A yellow alert for the south of Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro has been issued with warnings of heavy seas and gale force winds which could reach up to force 6 or 7.

Floods and electricity cuts are causing major chaos and the fire brigade and local authorities are working round the clock to unblock drains and clear the blocked roads of rocks.

 	flooded-beach-road-los-gigantesThe Cabildo de Tenerife Road Services Department has closed the TF-631 road from kilometre 3 to 4.8 from Abades to San Miguel de Tajao in Arico, due rock falls caused by torrential rain falls. The TF-21 Teide road from La Orotava is also closed because of hail storms. Access to the National Park using any of the other roads is not recommended.

Because of torrential rainfall and possible flooding, the following advice is a guide for the general public to follow:
1. Stay calm and stay at home; be on the alert for possible danger areas such as gullies and drains etc. nearby.
2. Keep watching local media for the latest weather updates.
 	stones-washed-on-to-road-in-el-varadero3. Avoid driving during heavy rain. If you have to drive, pay particular attention to the depth of the water and be careful when braking. If your vehicle starts to fill with water, park it safely and abandon it.
4. If you are driving, keep to the major roads avoiding secondary roads, and drive in a lower gear.
5. Don’t cross bridges if the water has risen above the road level.
6. Don’t go into the lower areas of your house if they are flooded, such as garages and basements etc. If you are flooded, leave your house and find higher ground.
 	flooded-road-in-el-varadero7. Disconnect the electrical power in these circumstances. Don’t use lifts in case there is a power cut.
8. If flooding has trapped you in the upper levels of your house, don’t attempt to leave it by swimming as you could be swept away by the current. It is preferable to call 112 and wait for help.
9. Keep a battery powered radio and follow instructions issued by the Protección Civíl through the press, television and radio.
10. Avoid unnecessary phone calls in order to keep lines open for emergencies.
11. In case of emergency, call 112.
These guidelines will be updated as weather conditions change.

Train to Fonsalia

Posted by dolly diver on January 16, 2010
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 	navegaciontrenArticle from Tenerife News
‘The train now leaving for Fonsalia’….. words which will eventually come true.

As promised, Tenerife Cabildo has approved a plan which will extend the proposed train of the south to Fonsalia (the small village between Alcala and San Juan).

The idea received cross-party support last March and the formal document has now been approved. It will go out for public consultation for 70 days and also to the various public administrations.

Four alternative routes at a cost of 307 million Euros were studied. Including five kilometres of tunnels and one and a half viaducts.

The train service will eventually unite Fonsalia with Santa cruz with the journey time taking 52 minutes.
The trains will run every 15 minutes and will be capable of reaching speeds of 220kms an hour.