Media Player Los Gigantes!

Improvements to traffic flow at the Los Gigantes junction

Posted by dolly diver on April 11, 2008
Posted in Local News 

Junction Los Gigantes

A motion has been accepted unanimously by all political groups to ask the Cabildo to change the access road into Los Gigantes.

The plan is to convert the existing T junction to a roundabout, at the entrance of the village beside Colonial Park.

The new junction will allow the flow of traffic from Puerto Santiago to continue up the road towards Tamaimo without having to queue with the traffic turning left into Los Gigantes.

Translation by John Punton

Translations and Spanish lessons
tailored to your work commitments
call John 610243303

Improvements to beach at Puerto Santiago

Posted by dolly diver on April 11, 2008
Posted in Local News  | Tagged With: ,

Puerto Santiago Beach

The mayor of Santiago del Teide and Island officials visited the beach area in Puerto Santiago, earlier this week, with a view to renovate the location.

Meetings are now in progress to decide on the feasibility of modernising the walkways, seating areas and gardens.

Translation by John Punton

Translations and Spanish lessons
tailored to your work commitments
call John 610243303

2nd Trade fair for Puerto Santiago a huge success

Posted by dolly diver on April 11, 2008
Posted in Local News 

Trade Fair - Puerto SantiagoThe Trade Fair held at the plaza Puerto Santiago last Sunday is claimed to be a huge success by the Ayuntamiento, 31 business and all the visitors who enjoyed the day.

Children had great fun on the bouncy castle and were also kept occupied with a painting competition.

Translation by John Punton

Translations and Spanish lessons
tailored to your work commitments
call John 610243303

A roundabout for La Caldera’s dangerous road junction

Posted by dolly diver on April 11, 2008
Posted in Local News  | Tagged With:

La Caldera junctionThe Cabildo has been asked by Santiago Del Teide’s council to consider building a roundabout at the La Caldera road junction (by the police/fire station).

There are regular accidents at this black spot as tourists, and residents new to the area, are confused as to who has the right of way.

The Mayor has commented that a roundabout would significantly improve the safety of the junction.

Translation by John Punton

Translations and Spanish lessons
tailored to your work commitments
call John 610243303

Facelift for Puerto De La Cruz

Posted by dolly diver on April 11, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife  | Tagged With: | 1 Comment

Puerto de la cruzPuerto de la Cruz in is due to receive a “facelift”.

The overhaul is estimated at around €12 million (£9 million) and as tourism is the primary industry in this region and the move has been described as “essential”.

“We are keen to develop and boost tourism in Puerto de la Cruz and now have a dedicated team in the local council focused on promoting the best we have to offer in both the Spanish and international markets,” mayor of Puerto de la Cruz, Dolores Padron Rodriguez, commented.

Severe gales in the region

Posted by dolly diver on April 11, 2008
Posted in Local News  | Tagged With: , , , ,

Rough sea in Puerto De La Cruz
Picture: Puerto de la Cruz – Sunday

Many parts of the Canaries yesterday were still in the grip of the ferocious winds that have battered the region since Saturday.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled in La Palma and Gran Canaria due to the high wind speed.

Puerto de La Cruz and other northern areas of Tenerife were badly hit. Local police and firemen were kept busy with calls for assistance and several major tourist attractions closed as a precautionary measure.

Winds speeds in excess of 130 kmh were recorded and major damage was caused to one apartment block.

The authorities also ordered the closure of schools in El Tanque and Icod de Los Vinos. In all, almost 60 schools in Tenerife closed.

Closer to home – Los Gigantes has escaped severe wind damage but high seas, cloud and a bit of rain have kept the tourists off the beaches. All whale and dolphin trips as well as diving excursions were cancelled.

Editors comment – Still much warmer than UK!!!

Press release from the British Embassy in Madrid.
From April 1st 2008, British nationals who permanently reside in Spain will have to present the Spanish equivalent of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if they require medical treatment whilst visiting the UK or any other EU member state.

This applies to UK nationals who either:
a) live in Spain and make Spanish Social Security contributions
or
b) live in Spain and receive healthcare while receiving a state pension or long term incapacity benefit from the Department for Work and Pensions through the registration of an E121.

Failure to present the Spanish EHIC could result in you being considered as a private patient, which may mean you are charged for your treatment.

The Spanish equivalent of the EHIC is called la Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea and can be applied for at your local (in Granadilla) Spanish social security office (INSS). These cards have to be renewed annually. More queues!!

For more information, visit www.dh.gov.uk/travellers  or call 00 44 191 2181999

(UK nationals who use an E106 do not need to apply for the Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea. They can continue to use their UK EHIC.)

SeahorsePhoto by Nev: Los Gigantes Diving Centre

FOR 18 months it has been a closely guarded secret. Seahorses, the exotic creatures from tropical waters, often found off the coast of Tenerife, are alive and well in the Thames estuary.

The Zoological Society of London discovered the colony in 2006 but decided to keep quiet until legislation could be put in place to protect the seahorses. They live in the river’s estuary, between Essex and Kent.

Scientists have greeted their arrival as an indicator of the increasing purity of the river’s water. Fifty years ago they declared the river biologically dead – killed by the pollution that was the product of industrialization and urban growth.

Almost 3 years ago one of our sister companies Ocean Eye were involved in the filming and tagging of this species of seahorses off the coast of Los Gigantes.

Read the full story:-
http://www.holiday-diver.com/Issue.1-Marine.Life-Tenerife-Octopus.Cove.The.Home.Of.The.Seahorses.html

and view a short film clip:-
http://www.holiday-diver.com/Issue.1-Video-Seahorses.html

for more about under water filming
www.ocean-eye.com
www.ocean-eye-video.com

Nature Centre at Masca now open to the public

Posted by dolly diver on April 10, 2008
Posted in Local News  | Tagged With: , , ,

Masca
The newly opened Nature Centre at Masca, inaugurated on 27 March, aims to provide information that will bring the area, its culture and people to public notice in the rest of the island and to visitors, while preserving a privileged environment, Teno Rural Park, for future generations.

The centre is open to the public and is destined to providing information about Barranco de Masca (ravine) and Teno Rural Park. The exhibition is essentially theme-based and is equipped with multimedia material about the area surrounding Masca and its main natural, environmental (geology, geomorphology, fauna and flora) and cultural values and is displayed through a series of informational and interactive panels and audiovisual media. A guide is also present. Read more

Monarch launches winter schedules

Posted by dolly diver on April 10, 2008
Posted in News about Tenerife  | Tagged With: , , ,

Monarch airlinesStaying ahead of the game is key to an airline’s success and award winning low fare airline Monarch is once again leading the way by announcing its Winter 2008/2009 schedules from Birmingham and London Luton, with the schedules for Manchester and London Gatwick to be announced shortly.

The schedules, which are on sale now via www.flymonarch.com  includes increased frequencies to Tenerife.

Commenting on the launch of the schedule, Liz Savage, managing director of Monarch’s scheduled services, said: “We’re once again ahead of our rivals by putting our entire Winter programme on sale before the summer months begin, and with more flights to the destinations our passengers want, we’re giving them exactly what they want too.

“Demand for travel to the Canary Islands in particular has been huge for Winter and we’re pleased to be able to offer 15% more seats compared to last Winter from Birmingham and 10% from London Luton”.