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After the huge success of the Plaza party which was held at the square in Los Gigantes on 30th August, organised by the Carnival commission and the Ayuntamiento. It has been decided to organise a similar event to celebrate Tourists Day on Sat Sept 27th. There will be various events taking place around the hotels, in the streets and in the square at Los Gigantes.

The full program will be available shortly and posted on our “what’s on locally” page.
The pictures below are from the Plaza party Aug 30th 2008

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Lions Grand summer Draw – winners announced

Posted by dolly diver on September 3, 2008
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Lions Grand summer draw - Green Corner - Los GigantesFor full details of the Lions Grand Summer draw which took place at the Green Corner – Los Gigantes  on Friday 29th Aug 2008

click this link
http://lionsclub.losgigantes.com/whatwedo.htm

Tapas Route winner

Posted by dolly diver on September 3, 2008
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Tapas route winnerThe awards presentation of the recent “Ruta de la Tapa”. (tapas route) competition took place at the Town hall last week by the Mayor, Juan Ramos Damian Gorrín.

The competition was organized by the Department of Trade and Tourism, in collaboration with the employers’ association, Dealers Santiago del Teide and Eating Plan de Tenerife.

The contest, held during the first ten days of August, had a total of 25 participating bars and restaurants from the Santiago del Teide district.

There were 3 judges, one member proposed by the Department of Trade and Tourism of the council, one by the employers’ association of the municipality and a third by the Food Plan de Tenerife.

The outcome of the contest was as follows:

A first prize of € 300 was awarded to the Restaurant La Taberna de Verin, Edif Eva – Los Gigantes, whose tapa was called “La Tapa de Verin”

Second prize of € 200, went to Tuscany Restaurant, in Playa de La Arena, for their entry called “ Montadito la Toscana”. (montaditos Tuscany).

Third prize of € 100 went to Little Italy Restaurant ,Tamara – Los Gigantes, for their tapa called “Champiñones Rellenos de Salsa de Queso”. (Mushrooms Stuffed with Cheese Sauce).

The event was also attended by representatives of participating restaurants in this first ever “Ruta de la Tapa”. All entrants were handed a diploma of participation.

“Hi Sheila”, It was Councillor Steve Gerald’s voice on the phone, “Coastal clean up on Sat 9th Aug, can you put it on your news, we need volunteers………………and you’re taking part too – aren’t you”?

“Oh er um – yes, I think I’m free”. It was a 9am start – hate getting up that early on a Saturday but it was a worthwhile cause and it’s always a good story for this news blog, so a note was made in the diary.

A few days before the event I received another call. “Can you help out at the dive centre we’re busy and could do with an extra pair of hand for a few days”?

I was there in a shot, any excuse to get me out of the office and go diving for a while. DaRKeTaMiN, losgigantes.com webmaster, volunteered to answer the phones and keep things ticking over for a few days.

Now there was a problem how could I take part in the clean up as well as take people diving. Talking it through with instructor Andy we came up with a brilliant idea – we would all take part in the clean up. There was a beach we passed regularly which was covered in rubbish, it didn’t look nice, and there was also one of our popular dive sites which needed a good tidy up too. How to get volunteers? – you offer them a free dive. In a few minutes we had a full boat of volunteers. So it was a call to Steve to let him know.

pedaloSo on the day it was the usual 9.30 kit up for a 10am start. Our 1st job was to clean beach at Octopus Cove (called Echo bay by tourist boats) the rubbish included the top half of a pedalo, which had been washed up there about 2 years ago. The sea had been very flat and calm for the past few days but on this particular morning wave action made it difficult to get on and off beach and it was also difficult for the dive boat to stay in close. Rubbish consisted of shoes, fish boxes, the pedalo, and a huge length of rope easily 3 inches in diameter (very heavy), many bottle, cans and cartons, which filled 4 large bin liners.pedalo-on-board

Next stop was to drop of rubbish of in Puerto Santiago. This proved difficult as wave action prevented us from going against the harbour wall and everything had to be swum to the steps. The local firemen were taking part in the clean up too and were waiting for us. swimming-rubbish-ashore-in-puerto-santiago We did get some odd looks from them as we pulled in with the pedalo balanced on top of dive gear. At this point the harbour crane developed electrical difficulties but after much twiddling and banging they eventually got it working and lifted the pedalo from the water. Our next planned destination was dive site Punta Barbero – the rocky point off Playa Arena beach – a lovely dive site, but spoilt by rubbish. It has been cleaned up by us in the past so the opportunity for another clean up was taken.

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Divers spent approximately 45 minutes in the water and once more many bottles, cans and cartons, as well as an old tyre were collected. A large item we wanted to move was a supermarket trolley which was tangled up in an old fish trap. It was sent to the surface on a lifting bag but was too heavy to safely bring on board, it had very sharp, rusty edges. It was decided that it was too risky to try to tow it back to Puerto Santiago harbour in the swell, so we towed it further out to sea and cut it loose. How a supermarket trolley got there in the first place is beyond me!

customers-and-staff-of-los-gigantes-diving-centreThe decision was then made not to go back into Puerto Santiago because of the swell so we went back to Los Gigantes marina and disposed of the rubbish in the bins provided by the marina.

Thirty other volunteers including the Surf Club Punta Blanca and the volunteer Firemen took part in the beach cleanup of Crab Island and the beaches at Puerto de Santiago and Playa Arena. A total of almost 500kg was collected.

The event ended with paella at Puerto Santiago square for the volunteers, sadly Andy and I had to miss out because we had to get back to work!

A good day was had by all.

Janice and VeraVera is now 90yrs old, and in recent months she has suffered a stroke as well as a ruptured ulcer, but has miraculously recovered sufficiently to be allowed home and is now in the care of her daughter Janice, who has given up her job to look after her.

Janice and Vera were living in Tamaimo in a top floor apartment with 40 steps. Vera, needs 24/7 care, she is unable to walk unaided, and can’t be left on her own. Janice cannot help her Mum up and down the steps on her own. The ladies were virtual prisoners in their own home.

Janice was desperately looking for an apartment on the coast, it had to be ground floor with wheelchair access, and she must be able to park close to the entrance to get her Mum in and out of the car.

Then I had the answer for them. My ground floor apartment in Florencia, Los Gigantes would soon be available and would be ideal for them. Janice was delighted, there is wheelchair access, she would be able to take her Mum across to the square for a coffee and to see the shops, she could park at the door to get her Mum in and out of her car and it would be much warmer than Tamaimo in the winter for them.
There was one slight drawback, the apartment needs to be fully refurbished and that could take several weeks, but there was an answer. They could move into my apartment on the next floor up until the work was done, there was a lift so the problem was solved – or so we thought!

A few years ago several of the owners decided they wanted a lift in the building and I was approached and asked if I wanted a share. Being only 1 floor up I really didn’t need use of the lift so I didn’t go in as a shareholder, but I said I had no objections to them going ahead.

About 3 weeks ago I approached the community president, the administrators and 3 of the shareholders and asked if the ladies could pay for temporary use of the lift (the lift can only be used with a key). A genuine reasonable request, I didn’t see a problem.

The reaction I received was unbelievable. The answer was clearly no – you are not a shareholder. “But it’s not for me it’s for a 90 year old lady who is in a wheelchair and they are offering to pay” For the next two weeks I was run around in circles and could get no clear answers of how to get a key. The administrators of Florencia said it was not up to them. The community president was unhappy to say the least that the administrator had given me her telephone number and the fact that it was for a 90 year old in a wheelchair she declared it was not her problem. I can’t put into words how I felt.

Now in a dreadful dilemma I was left with no choice but to get legal advice. The lawyer’s jaw dropped in disbelief when I explained the predicament. I gave him a list of all the information, “leave it with me and I will see what I can do”. The lawyer was given the exact same run around as me!

Now frantic, the night before the ladies moved I had one last idea. I spoke to three of the shareholders, all well known business men in the village, and asked each one if they could possibly help the ladies and let them have a key at least for the move as they had all their own furniture. They all told me “NO” and one of them told me to carry the ladies and all their furniture up the steps myself! I really can’t repeat my reply.

On the morning of the move my lawyer made one last attempt on behalf of the ladies. He spoke with the President and the Administrator, as well as three of the other key holders and, guess what???

Vera and all her furniture were carried up the stairs and due to community politics she is once again a prisoner in an apartment.

S. Widdrington
Florencia – Los Gigantes

Request from Santiago del Teide Council

Beach clean up

Santiago del Teide Council is organising another coastal clean up for the Los Gigantes area, like Alcala did last week.

The event will be on Saturday 9th August, meeting at 9.00am on the marina of Los Gigantes.

Volunteers are wanted to help local fire men, local surf club and the local youth club to clean the coast.

Everyone is welcome, so please come along and help to keep our coasts clean.


8.8.08 Update: There has been a last minute change of plan for the clean up tomorrow. Because of parking problems the meeting point is now the beach in Puerto Santiago at 10.30am

gardens-los-gigantesThe municipality of Villa Historical of Santiago del Teide, together with the Agency for Employment and Local Development, is immersed in a project to improve all the municipal gardens.

Currently the gardens of Playa de La Arena, Los Gigantes and Viewpoint Archipenque are being worked on. Work will gradually continue its way through all the districts of the municipality.

Sports Centre – Los Gigantes, new restaurant now open.

Posted by dolly diver on June 30, 2008
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Tipsy Terrace Bar and Bistro officially opened yesterday. To celebrate the occasion there was entertainment by various well know singers in the village and a special menu prepared for the day.

For the next two weeks the new restaurant will only be open at lunchtime, but Sally aims to have the restaurant open in the evenings with the full evening menu available by mid July.

The cost of walking to paradise

Posted by dolly diver on June 18, 2008
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If the Cabildo get their way, visitors will have to pay for the privilege of walking down the Masca ravine.

The official environmental reason is clear, the paradise needs protecting and that costs.

A similar toll is paid to walk through Hell’s Gullie, el barranco del infierno, on the south side of the hills.

Forty years ago the village of Masca was almost com¬pletely isolated. In recent years it’s become such a tourist at¬traction that the paths on the walk are becoming badly eroded and the main bridge was burnt through in the fires.

The other reason may be economic. The mayor of Buenavista, the mu¬nicipality to which Masca belongs, is also keen to do his bit for the environ¬ment but his council could benefit even more from the proceeds from the paying walkers. Ecologist groups like Ben Magec see that economic sideline as the main reason behind the initiative. They are op¬posed to having to pay to walk anywhere.

Others, like the guided walk organisation Patea tus Montes, are entirely in favour of a charge to walk down the Masca ravine. According to their spokesman the damage caused by people walking has been brutal. These guides already charge €18 a head for transport to and a guide during the Masca walk. Anyone who can’t face the walk back up the barranco can pay €10 for a boat trip to Los Gigantes marina.

On June the 4th 2008, Maxims Restaurant re-opened in a brand new location – Cuevo del Polvo, the former home of El Guanche, on the main road between Alacala and Los Gigantes, just above El Varadero.

The new setting offers, easy parking and spectacular sea views from the cliffs of Los Gigantes to El Varadero, The terrace is the perfect setting to enjoy a delicious meal while watch the sun setting over La Gomera. In the cooler months you can dine in the very tastefully decorated interior.

The owner, Denis Kets, is from Belgium. After loosing his job 9 years ago in his home country he looked for a brand new start. Denis and his son packed up their belongings and moved to Tenerife, attracted by the weather and the lifestyle.

His new life started in Las Galletas working in an apart/hotel whilst his son enjoyed his new school and the challenge of learning another language, then in Dec 2006 he opened Maxims in Los Gigantes. There he met Christina.

Christina, (left) having worked in the Swiss Chalet, Ireland for many years where she won the Irish Tourism Award in both 1984 and 1985 moved to Tenerife in 1986, eventually becoming the owner/chef of La Bodega in Puerto Santiago for 10 years. Due to family commitments she retired.

Fed up and bored with retirement she became, and still is, chef of Maxims, preparing and cooking a mouth watering selection of French and Belgium cuisine with that little twist of luxury that can make an evening really special. All produce is prepared specifically to your order using only the highest quality fresh products.

 

Every Friday and Saturday evening, as well as Sunday lunchtime, you can dine at your leisure and enjoy listening to their resident pianist – Julia – playing a selection of much loved tunes gently in the background.

For more information about their superb menu and opening times, check out their website
http://www.maximslosgigantes.com

Tel: 922 862 415 or 653 944 995