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Mushroom poisoning in Tenerife

Posted by dolly diver on January 15, 2009
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 	amanita-phaloidesThree people in Tenerife have been poisoned as a result of picking and eating highly poisonous mushrooms. One person was rushed to hospital for a liver transplant after eating the highly poisonous mushroom Amanita phaloides, which grows in the forests of La Conejera in Santa Úrsula.

The other two people suffered gastro-intestinal problems after eating an unknown species of mushroom picked in La Esperanza, El Rosario, they were treated at home.

The Public Health department have requested that all the Town Halls provide posters and placards to warn the public of the dangers of eating the mushrooms.

Low cost Monarch flights to Tenerife

Posted by dolly diver on January 15, 2009
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As a result of demand from customers for summer 2009 Monarch is to increase its low fare schedule of flights from May 1st to Tenerife.

Flights will be available from Manchester to Tenerife. The airline is offering extra low fare seats, and you can book on line via from as little as £52.99 one way, including all taxes, charges and web booking discount.

Commenting on the additional services, managing director of Monarch’s scheduled service division, Liz Savage said “We have already seen strong demand for our Summer 2009 services, and particularly the Spanish Islands which have been left underserved by the failure and withdrawal of a number of airlines during 2008.

Almond blossom walk and photo competition

Posted by dolly diver on January 15, 2009
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 	almond-walk-santiago-del-teideThis is the 12th year of celebrating Fiesta del Almendro en flor. This year’s annual walk is being organised by María Candelaria Pérez, councillor of Santiago del Teide’s, in collaboration with the Department of the Environment and the Rural Park of Teno.

During January and February hundreds of almond trees in the Santiago del Teite area start blossoming and the site, when all these trees are in full bloom, is quite spectacular.

On February 7th at 9am the walk departs from the Plaza de Santiago del Teide, and passes through places such as the Chinyero Forest Reserve and ends at the Cultural Centre in Arguayo.
There is a registration fee of 5 Euros, but places are limited. You can register by calling 922 86 31 27, extensions 234 and 235.

It is important that you wear adequate footwear and clothing, take water, food and a camera with you if you want to enter the official photographic contest.

Photo competition
Should you decide to enter the almond blossom photo competition you have until 2pm 5th March to hand in your work. Photos can be colour or black and white, with a minimum of 25×20 format. A maximum of 3 entries per person is permitted. The winners will be announced at the Town Hall on 13th March.

First prize. …………………………….. 300 euros.
Second prize …………………………. 200 euros.
Third prize ……………………………….150 euros.

All works will be exhibited in the courtyard of the Town Hall approximately two weeks before and after the 13th March For more information regarding the photo contest contact the Department of Culture Tel: 922 863127 ext. 234/235.

Another Side to Tenerife

Posted by dolly diver on January 15, 2009
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 	cañadesA campaign is being launched this week by the Tenerife Tourist Board to promote the “lesser-known side of the island” in a bid to attract new holidaymakers to the Island.

A film called “Another Side to Tenerife” which highlights the more luxurious attractions of Tenerife has been produced with travel expert Peter Nunn and is now running online on during 2009.
See the film on line

Bad weather continues to batter Tenerife

Posted by dolly diver on January 15, 2009
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 	rainbow-los-gigantes-cliffsAmidst the doom and gloom of the credit crunch which is affecting tourism here in Tenerife, matters are being made even more miserable by yet another spell of rain, high winds and rough seas, it’s the worst weather the Canary Islands have seen for many years. The Los Gigantes area is generally better off than most other parts of the island claiming the highest sunshine records and very little rain.

This picture of a rainbow over Los Gigantes Cliffs was taken this morning at 9am but as I write this the sun is now shining again, although it is still very windy and the sea is a good force 4, tour boats would be crazy to venture out in these conditions.

It is predicted that worst affected areas of Tenerife will be Vilaflor and La Orotava and it is expected that the island of La Palma will be worst hit.

Santa Cruz carnaval 2009

Posted by dolly diver on January 12, 2009
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 	santa-cruz-carnavalIt’s almost carnaval time again here in Tenerife and it is celebrated in every town and village on the island, Santa cruz being the most spectacular carnaval, closely followed by Puerto de la Cruz.

Festivities are due to kick off in Santa Cruz on the 18th Feb and will attract thousands of visitors to the area. All events take place in the decorated streets, with the main events held in Plaza de España. You will find stalls, music kiosks and street parties everywhere which give a truely festive atmosphere.
During carnaval there are daily competitions between various carnival groups, bands and dance schools as well as fancy dress competitions and a parade of antique cars.

The main events are:-
18th February: Gala for the Election of the 2009 Carnival Queen.

A huge gala evening, lasting several hours to elect both the Carnaval Queen and the Junior Carnaval Queen. If you can’t make it to this event then don’t miss it on TV. The costumes get bigger and more spectacular each year.

 	burial-of-the-sardine20th February: Proclamatory Parade.

Cabalgata Anunciadora (Announcing Parade), The newly elected Carnaval Queen leads the parade through the streets. The procession is followed by a firework display.

24th February: “Coso” The apotheosis of Carnival (4 pm)

The Coso Apoteosis, a huge spectacular parade through Avenida de Anaga and Marítima, starting around 4 p.m. Ends in a spectacular firework display around 9 p.m.

sardine-night25th February: Burial of the Sardine.
This is a very amusing event for first timers to Carnaval. Men dress up as “Widows” to mourn the death of the sardine!

1st March: Piñata Sunday
Gran Concurso en la Ciudad de Automóviles Antiguos – a parade of beautiful vintage cars starting from the Calle La Noria in the old part of Santa Cruz.

Full callendar click here

Fancy dress is optional, but if you really want to take part then a costume is a must, any costume goes, but if you want to match this year’s theme it’s “el cine de terror” Horror Films.

 	carnivaltenerifemonsterThis year’s poster was chosen from 111 entries, and the winning poster was by Gonzalo Luis Álvarez Fernández and entitled “Bailarina Monstruosa” (Monstrous Dancer).

Travelling to  Santa Cruz carnaval
Don’t even think of taking a car, it’s a nightmare, you will never get parked. The 111 bus runs to Santa Cruz from Las Americas and Los Cristianos and many extra busses run during the night to ferry people home. If you are staying in the Los Gigantes area there are several local companies like El Mar Services who will be making arrangements. Many of the hotels will also be laying on transport.

Other Carnaval dates:-

Los Gigantes 5th – 9th Mar 2009
Los Cristianos 7th – 16th Mar 2009
Puerto de la Cruz 19th – 28th Feb 2009

Fun Dog Show – Sun 25th Jan

Posted by dolly diver on January 8, 2009
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dogshowThe Santiago del Teide Branch of Asociación San Francisco de los Animales are holding a Fun Dog Show for Pedigree and Non Pedigree dogs, on Sunday, 25th January 2009. This will be held behind the Los Gigantes Hotel, Los Gigantes, Santiago del Teide. It is open to dogs from anywhere on the island.

Entries for the show will be taken at 10.30 a.m. The judging will commence at 11.00 a.m. There will be 4 classes for conformation for both pedigree and non pedigree dogs. The rest of the classes will be fun ones open to all dogs. Amongst these will be an Obedience and Fancy Dress – for the dog! Winners of each class will receive prizes and the first four placements in each class will receive rosettes and certificates. Trophies will be awarded to the top scoring Pedigree and Non Pedigree dogs.

All puppies entered must be not less that 4 months old and fully vaccinated.

There will be a Refreshment Stall selling food and drinks. Why not have a fun day out with your pooch and support our animal charity at the same time?

A full list of classes is as follows:-

Puppy (4 to 9 months) Pedigree not required
Junior (9 to 18 months) ” ” ”
Open (18 months to 8 years) ” ” ”
Veteran (8 years & over) ” ” ”

Puppy (up to 9 months)
Junior (9 to 18 months)
Open (18 months to 8 years)
Veteran (8 years & over)

Best Dog with Children
Dog most like the owner
Handsomest Dog
Prettiest Bitch
Best Six Legs (dog & owner)
Best Condition
Best Abandoned Dog which has been homed
Fancy Dress (the dog)

To speed up registration on the day entry forms will be available for completion in advance from Simple Simons and Ocean Drive in Los Gigantes and the Custom Built Computers/ office in El Varadero.

Please Note Entry fees will be payable on the day.

For more information contact Judith on 922864102

Siam Park – open for a hundred days celebrates its success

Posted by dolly diver on January 8, 2009
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Siam Park celebrated Christmas at the same time that it reached its hundredth day of being open since its inauguration last September, with a very positive balance. The most spectacular theme park with water attractions of Europe closed this first period with the clear objective of offering fun and high quality services, as well as protecting the environment with the latest technology developments, like the first and only Natural Gas plant in the Canary Islands that is used to heat the park´s water. This great achievement means warm water at 24ºC the whole year and minimizes the impact on the environment by the emission of 70% less poisonous gas to the atmosphere.

The park has been visited by thousands of people from all over the world during this first hundred days, distinguished visitors like Her Royal highness Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Princess of Thailand, Begum Inaara, several director of the most important tour operators of the world; Paul Scholes, Manchester united player among others. There are hundreds of congratulation notes from the visitors in Siam Park´s web site and in all the blogs dedicated to the park that come up every day on the internet.

Siam Park has attracted the attention of several national and international mass media, like outstanding news, TV programmes and illustrated reports prestigious publications of England, Germany, Russia, Norway, Cuba, Italy, Scotland, USA, France and Spain among others nationalities. “El Viajero”, supplement of the newspaper “El País”, presented Siam Park with the headline “Human torpedoes at the giant slide – Siam Park, a new waterpark in the south of Tenerife thought big” , “The Independent” placed Siam Park among the top 5 Europe´s theme parks, like number 1 and The Times said in one word “Spectacular”.

The most popular attractions have been The Dragon and the Tower of Power, the surprise of finding the whitest beach of Canary islands stands out, plus the Wave Palace are all the most desired attractions for the visitors.

All the visitors have been really taken by Siam Park´s exotic settings and natural landscapes. The park has been selected to host numerous events as the Tenerife Champions Cup, Kick boxing world Championship, surf clinics, Loro Parque-siam Park cycling prize presentation, and a wide variety of successfully culture activities. Siam Park is scheduling its agenda for this year at this moment to be able to offer a new range of attractions to its visitors. The activities programmed for 2009 started last Saturday with Hawaiian Tropic beach party.

Christoph Kiessling, park´s director, has expressed his satisfaction for the number of visits until today, that proves the international interest in Siam Park and its success. With 185.000 m2, 20 millions of litres of water and all the safety measures the park combines the latest technology that has been used behind the attractions with the mystery of the ancient kingdom of Thailand, that transports visitors to far remote lands.

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Electric shock

Posted by dolly diver on January 5, 2009
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As if this current crisis wasn’t bad enough Unelco have just poured salt in the wound by increasing their prices by 3.4 per cent, and if that wasn’t enough, to add insult to injury, we will now receive our bills once a month, not bi monthly as in the past, meaning our bills will be even greater as we will have the extra administration costs to pay each month too!

The biggest shock was to find they had changed over their system in December and we all had an unexpected bill between Xmas and New Year. The horror of it all was they had taken more or less the same amount as the previous month! Not slightly more than half as I would have expected. Does this mean we can expect a low bill in January?

The increase of 3.4 per cent is only slightly below the 3.5 per cent increase anticipated by the industry. The increase proposed by the regulator was a staggering 30 per cent!

Low cost flights with Iberia

Posted by dolly diver on January 5, 2009
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Iberia has launched special travel rates which will be welcomed by travelers in this time of crisis. They have cut prices on more than 100 domestic and international destinations.

Flight tickets from Tenerife or Gran Canaria to Madrid are reduced to 71 Euros one way. Residents can get a discount of up to 50%. Shuttle flights from Madrid to Alicante, Valencia, Santiago de Compostela, Santander or Majorca are now 22 Euros one way.

On European flights, you can get an inclusive round-trip from Madrid to Lyon in France for 83 Euros, to Paris for 106 Euros and to Toulouse for 135 Euros.

You can also get a round-trip ticket from Madrid to Italy, Milan 97 Euros, Florence and Pisa 100 Euros and Rome 101 Euros. Madrid to Lisbon, Portugal 71 Euros, Frankfurt, Germany 97 Euros, London, UK and Geneva, Switzerland 111 Euros.