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Man drowns at Playa San Juan Beach

Posted by dolly diver on August 17, 2011
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A local man in his late forties was pronounced dead at the Playa Chica in San Juan on Monday evening.
The man was spotted floating in the water but attempts from emergency services failed to revive him.
Witnesses suggest that the man suffered a heart attack while he was in the sea, and was unable to swim back to the beach.

Woman almost drowns in Puerto Santiago pool

Posted by dolly diver on July 26, 2011
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A 58-year-old woman is in a critical condition in hospital after almost drowning in the pool of an apartment complex in Puerto Santiago.

In the latest pool tragedy to hit the island, the holidaymaker was rescued at around 5pm yesterday after other users realised she was in difficulties. She was tended by the public until the emergency services arrived to rush her to the hospital in Playa de Las Américas, where doctors have managed to keep her alive. Her condition last night was critical.

Award for El Sombrero

Posted by dolly diver on July 15, 2011
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Apartments El Sombrero, located at the heart of Los Gigantes, has recently received an award from tour operator Thomas Cook. Clients have voted them top marks for customer service, friendliness, cleanliness and professionalism.

Heat wave

Posted by dolly diver on June 21, 2011
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Virtually all of Tenerife can expect thermometers to hit the mid-30s today, which will feel even hotter due to the lack of wind.

Lanzarote and Fuerteventura bore the brunt of the high temperatures yesterday and the heat wave is expected to spread to Gran Canaria today. The Met Office has raised the alert status to orange (‘major risk’) for Tuesday for all three islands.

Forecasters say the hot spell will remain until Thursday at least.

The sweltering weather has triggered concern at the prospect of fires on San Juan Night (23 June) getting out of control and causing major blazes.

The tinderbox conditions created by the current hot weather may force a rethink of the locations of the bonfires celebrating the shortest night of the year and the accompanying fireworks which are a tradition in some towns.

Fire brigades fear that sparks and burning embers could be carried by the wind to adjacent scrubland and woods, setting off dangerous fires. No decision has been taken yet whether to restrict the number of bonfires or ban them altogether in at-risk areas as a precautionary measure.

Playa Arena – 16th annual swimming race

Posted by dolly diver on June 21, 2011
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The 16th annual swimming race from Playa de La Arena to Puerto de Santiago takes place at 18:00 hours on 9th July 2010.

The race covers 950 meters. The start line is at Playa de La Arena and the finish line is the beach at El Bajio in Puerto de Santiago.

The race is organized by the Department of Sports Hall of the Historic Village of Santiago del Teide, with the collaboration of the Federation Swimming Insular de Tenerife, Tenerife Referees Committee, Mar Red Cross, Civil Protection, Volunteer Fire Santiago del Teide and the Ad Hoc Underwater Civil Guard.

Entries may be made on website , for more information call 922-86-81-08, lines open from 08:00 to 15:00.

On the day the female swimmers will head off first, followed by the men, in groups segregated by age

Entry fee is Euros 5.

Improvements to the Marina

Posted by dolly diver on June 15, 2011
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Over the last few weeks security guards have been employed on the Marina in Los Gigantes. Any boat owner who has not paid up his fees has been refused entry. There have been many heated arguments and damage to the security gates but the guards have stood their ground which has resulted in a large percentage of the outstanding fees being recovered.

The money recovered is being used to resurface the entire road around the marina. Once completed parking spaces will be marked out to improve the road.

Now the not so good news: Parking fees will be introduced. The cost has not been decided yet but it is expected that a day’s parking will be in the region of Euros 4. It will be possible to enter free for 10 mins or so for deliveries. Business owners will be able to purchase a parking permit.

Ayuntamiento Santiago del Teide Discount Fair

Posted by dolly diver on June 11, 2011
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Discount Fair Puerto SantiagoScheduled for Sunday, July 10th 2011

The City Council of the Historic Village of Santiago del Teide, through its Department of Commerce and the Association of Entrepreneurs and Businessmen of Santiago del Teide (ASEMTEIDE), are organising another Discount Fair, to be held on Sunday 10th July in the Plaza in Puerto de Santiago, 09:00 to 20:00.

Lots of bargains, time to start the Xmas shopping!!!!

The fair will be attended by about 30 companies in the municipality in the following categories: Fashion & Accessories, Furniture, Home and Gifts, Child Clothing, Hardware Stores, Florists, Computers, Perfume, Pet Shops, Bookstores and linens, amongst others. There will be raffles and activities for younger children.

Around 4,500 people visited tourist information offices in May

Posted by dolly diver on June 6, 2011
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tourist-office-los-gigantesThe three tourist information offices in the municipality of Santiago del Teide received about 4,500 visits during the month of May.

The tourist information office in Playa de La Arena recorded around 2,000 visitors, the new office in Los Gigantes recorded 1355 visitors and the office in Santiago del Teide 1100

The nationalities of the visitors are mainly English and German but also a good number of French, Italian and Scandinavian.

The main questions asked by the tourists are advice on places to visit, maps, trails, and brochures.

Attention bar and restaurant owners!

Posted by dolly diver on May 21, 2011
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One staff member must speak Spanish

It has been brought to our attention that in the Cabildo’s Tourism & Planning Department law regulating bars and restaurants, published as decree 90/2010 on July 22 2010, certain minimum conditions are stipulated, and failure to comply could lead to inspectors charging you an on-the-spot fine of up to €3,000.

The decree states quite clearly that you must have staff who speak Spanish. We presume that employing one Spanish speaking member of staff would fulfil this requirement.

Some of the other requirements are that you must have an exit available, other than the main exit, through which you can remove rubbish from the premises; that you must have an adequate extraction system in the cooking area; that electrical equipment must belong to the energy category B or equivalent, and that you must use energy saving fluorescent tubes and light bulbs. Relating to toilets, there should be one toilet and wash basin available for every 50 dining places.

There are many, many more stipulations, and for restaurant owners, it really would be well worth reading this document in detail.

Source – Island Connections

Fish Spa

Posted by dolly diver on May 18, 2011
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Have you tried it yet? If not, Why not?

I’m talking about the new Fish Spa in the marina los Gigantes . The spa was recently opened and is great for your feet, the tanks are all filtered and sterilised constantly for the health of the fish as well as the customers, and a foot bath is mandatory before you can put your feet in the tank, all under the watchful eye of Vicky the Manageress.

The fish are all genuine Garra Rufa and legally imported, the healing effect of these tiny fish is well documented.

When you put your feet in the tank for the first time it can be a little scary, but the mild nibbling sensation is very relaxing, and the massaging of the fish can help to improve circulation.

I can’t wait until my next visit and while you are there and well relaxed, why not pop into one of the bars next door and enjoy a relaxing drink, to round off the experience.
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