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Playa de la Arena beach, in the municipality of Santiago del Teide, receives its twenty-first consecutive year of the award “Blue Flag Beach”.

The beach is 175 metres in length and is between 50 and 75 meters wide, has 9 public toilets and 20 showers, it is well geared up for those people with mobility difficulties or blindness. Medical facilities are located just 20 metres from the beach

This recognition is granted on the basis of accessibility, water quality, environmental information to users and respect for legislation

6 other beaches that have won this recognition on Tenerife. El Médano and Leocadio Machado, in Granadilla de Abona; Las Vistas, in Arona; El Socorro, in Los Realejos; Playa Jardín, in Puerto de la Cruz; and La Arena, in Tacoronte.

Blue flags are granted by an international panel of judges made up of representatives of the Nations Programme for the Environment, the World Tourism Organisation, the International Life-Saving Federation, and of a range of organisations devoted to the conservation and protection of nature.

Possible strike action by taxi drivers

Posted by dolly diver on June 6, 2008
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An un kept promise by Canary Islands Government to reduce the tax on fuel by 30% from Jan 2008 has Taxi drivers up in arms.

Jose Luzardo, president of the Taxi drivers Association, claims the situation is reaching the point where drivers were actually losing money.

The taxi driver’s representatives will have a meeting with government officials on 11th June, in the hope of finding a solution to the problem. If no solution is found then strike action will be called.

Over 1000 drivers caught breaking the law

Posted by dolly diver on June 6, 2008
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Since 1st May, when new laws regarding driving licences were introduced to make driving without a licence a criminal offence, more than 1000 drivers have been caught breaking the law.

Of 1,014 drivers stopped in routine road checks, the majority, 939, had never passed their driving test. 53 were banned by police for various driving offences, pending a judicial hearing, another 11 were banned from driving after loosing all their points under the new system and 11 more had been banned for serious offences.

Violation of the new law is punishable by up to six months in prison, or depending on the circumstances, between 31 and 90 days community service.

Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife

The Tenerife Cabildo, with the Council for Youth and Culture for Santiago Del Teide are organising a concert by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) on 12th June 2008

The Magma Centre in Las Americas is the venue for the performance. (From the motorway on the right hand side, it’s the building with the odd shaped roofs opposite Siam Park)

The Santiago del Teide Council are organising a trip to the event. The price is €10 per person which includes entrance to the concert, transport and insurance. There are a limited number of places so book early.Magma Convention Center

For bookings contact the Youth Centre, behind Dumbo’s in Puerto Santiago
For more information tel 922 863127 ext 234 Mornings or 922 868013 Afternoons

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There is a painting exhibition in the Fisherman´s Museum, Puerto Santiago, this Friday 6th of June 2008.

It is titled “Trópico de Gémenis” by the group of Contempory art Entropía Málaga.

There will be music from the pianist Juan Carlos Pérez.

Present will Mayor Gorin, María Candelaria Pérez García, Councillor for culture, Francisco Morales and all the cast artists.

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Assn San Francisco de Los Animales – Sponsored walk

Posted by dolly diver on June 5, 2008
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Ferry repairs

Posted by dolly diver on June 4, 2008
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Fred.Olsen Express informs that from Monday 02 June 2008, the timetables on its lines La Gomera-Tenerife, La Palma-Tenerife y El Hierro-Tenerife, will be modified. The reason for this readjustment is the compulsory technical service to which the Benchijigua Express will be subjected.

Fred.Olsen Express plans to return to the usual timetable after Friday, 13 June 2008. Shown below are the provisional timetables that will apply from 02 June to 13 June:

For more information, clients can call the Information and Booking Office of Fred.Olsen Express (902 100 107), consult the Web or call in at their local travel agency.

LA GOMERA – LOS CRISTIANOS – From Monday to Sunday: 07:45 – 10:30 – 16:30 – 18:30
LOS CRISTIANOS – LA GOMERA – From Monday to Sunday: 09:00 – 12:00 (MWFSun) – 13:30 (TueThur Sat) 17:30 – 20:00

LA PALMA – TENERIFE – From Monday to Sunday: 06:00 (Calling at La Gomera)
TENERIFE – LA PALMA – From Monday to Sunday: 20:00 (Calling at La Gomera)

TENERIFE – EL HIERRO – Monday – Wednesday- Friday and Sunday: 12:00 – (Via La Gomera)
EL HIERRO – TENERIFE – Monday – Wednesday – Friday and Sunday: 14:30 – (Via La Gomera)

Santa Surf Pro Junior

Posted by dolly diver on June 4, 2008
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Grade 4 ASP Junior Men’s Event
Tenerife Canary Islands
4 – 8 June 2008

Santa Surf Pro Junior to Start Tomorrow in Tenerife, Canary Islands

The Santa Surf Pro, an ASP Europe 4-Star Pro Junior event, will kick off tomorrow at the famous beach of El Socorro on the island of Tenerife in the Canarian archipelago. With 96 surfers ready to battle for the prestigious crown and consistent waves expected for the five-day waiting period, Europe’s best under-21 surfers will gather for the biggest event ever on the European Pro Junior circuit and try to seize the US$ 4000 winner’s prize. Read more

Jamiroquai to play in Tenerife

Posted by dolly diver on June 3, 2008
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Fans of the UK’s Number One funk, jazz and soul band will be delighted to hear that Jamiroquai are set to play in Tenerife on 14th June, as part of the Aguaviva Festival.

The band has enjoyed worldwide success since its beginnings in 1992, and with 7 albums, 26 hit singles and numerous prestigious awards behind them, the group remain at the top of their game today.

Lead by charismatic front-man Jay Kay, the band revolutionised British Urban music and are instantly recognisable to a whole host of nations across the globe. Thanks to an inimitable blend of a distinct sound, a collection of quirky hats and a pair of very quick feet, Jamiroquai have clocked up over 21 million album sales and 5 world tours. Their single “Return of the Space Cowboy” is still Kiss FM’s most played track of all time. Their latest album, High Times, is a packed full of hit after danceable hit and is testimony to their enduring popularity.

Check out their official website    for all the latest info on the group.

To get your tickets to see this amazing band at the Estadio Los Cristianos for the Aguaviva Festival, visit  or call 902 405 504.


Ithaisa Medina González (left)representing Tamaimo, wearing a traditional Canarian dress which was worn in Orotava during the 18th century, was this years Queen of the Santiago Del Teide Romera

Folklore group “Voces de Mujer” and Asociación Cultural “Magec”Kept everyone entertained throughout the evening.

Salsa dancing to the Arguayo Band nicely rounded off the evening.