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 	sponsored-walk-2009The Santiago del Teide branch of Asociación San Francisco de los Animales would like to thank Allison Barry for organising her second Sponsored Walk for the benefit of stray and abandoned animals within the municipality Santiago del Teide.

Twenty three walkers and six dogs participated in the walk which took place on Sunday, 15 March from Alcalá to Pilgrim’s Bar in Playa de la Arena. Stewart, the owner of Prilgrim’s kindly sponsored a buffet for the walkers. This was much appreciated by all.

One of the dogs on the walk was a Podenco Canario which had recently been picked up by a member. She was skin and bone and brought the plight of many dogs on the island to the attention of the public. Despite her thinness she managed the walk without problems

The branch would like to thank all the people who participated in the walk and lastly but by no means least the sponsors. The event raised 1,110 euros. All monies will be used for the benefit of stray and abandoned animals within the Municipality of Santiago del Teide.

For sale – Barceló Santiago and the Barceló Varadero

Posted by dolly diver on March 21, 2009
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barcello-santiagoThe latest rumor around town is that both Barceló Santiago Hotel (right) and Barceló Varadero (below) are up for sale.

According to the Spanish press, several of Spain’s major hotel chains are preparing to announce that up up to seven hotels could be up for sale throughout the Islands.

Sol Meliá in Puerto de la Cruz, have had the Parque San Antonio and the Tamarindo, up for sale for several months now.

 	barcelo-varaderoBarceló is pulling out of Lanzarote completely, their two hotels, the Hotel La Galea and the Barceló Lanzarote are also for sale.

The sale of the Barceló Santiago and the Barceló Varadero, will leave the company with hotels only in Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura.

The recent down turn in tourism has meant that these major companies are looking into destination which could be more profitable to them such as Dominican Republic, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.

We can only hope that these hotels are sold to a company which does not offer fully inclusive holidays! but that’s probably too much to wish for.

Carnival 2009

Posted by dolly diver on March 16, 2009
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 	carnival-queen-los-gigantes-2009Los Gigantes carnival 2009 was celebrated from 5th – 9th March. The event was 5 evenings of fun and laughter for the many hundreds of residents and visitors of the area.

The photos can be viewed in our photo gallery

A short video of each event has now been uploaded to our video page (allow a few seconds to load) the events are:-

The election of the Carnival Queen
Children’s Fancy Dress
Masked ball
Grand Parade
Burial of the Sardine

A souvenir DVD is available to purchase for €10 + p&p. For more information email or collect a copy from our office in El Varadero (next to Sunflower restaurant) Tel 922 862713

Sponsored Fun Walk

Posted by dolly diver on March 11, 2009
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Sponsored Fun Walk

Asociacíon de San Francisco de los Animales

With or without dogs – Suitable for all ages


15th March, 2009


9.30 a.m. at the Gran Melia Palacio De Isora
(new hotel in Alcalá)


Pilgrims Bar in Playa de la Arena

For further information & sponsorship forms
Contact Allison on 617697761

Sponsorship forms also available at
Simple Simons & Ocean Drive in Los Gigantes and the Custom Built Computers/ office in El Varadero.

Sandwiches for walkers kindly sponsored by
Pilgrims Bar

All monies raised will be used for the benefit of stray & abandoned animals within the
Municipality of Santiago del Teide

Country Dave’s 70th Birthday Party

Posted by dolly diver on March 7, 2009
Posted in News about Tenerife 

 	dave-70thOn Monday 23rd February 2009 Country Dave Scofield reached his 70th birthday.

On the day before, he turned up at Restaurante Tajinaste ready to sing and entertain the customers, unaware that many of his friends had conspired to throw party for him.

Everyone had brought food and what a superb spread it was.

Walking in from the bright sunlight, it took Dave a couple of seconds for the penny to drop. His surprise and delight was matched only by the evening of fun we all enjoyed. Several other local singers joined in the festivities to give us a real mix of music. It was, for most people, an evening to remember (and for one or two an evening to TRY to remember).

Thanks to Fred and Glynis at Tajinaste for organising the event.
Cheers Dave. Enjoy being in your 8th decade, and keep on singing.

Dave sends his thanks to all who celebrated with him; for all the cards and presents but especially thanks for the friendship.

By J. Thornley

The election of this year’s carnaval queen

Posted by dolly diver on March 4, 2009
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The gala for the election of the queen will take place this Thursday, March 5, from 21:30 pm in Plaza, Los Gigantes.

The above 3 young ladies all hope to become queen of the Los Gigantes carnival, the candidates are: María Mari Mederos, Bonita Marie-Mitchell and Yanira Mendoza Rivero.

There will be a spectacular show of dancers, singers and entertainers, presented by Tina Leon, and Stephen McKenna will be translating into English.