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Santiago del Teide county council has issued the route for the 11th annual Santiago pilgrimage walk, the Ruta Jacobea Tinerfeña 2008, The walk is scheduled for July 19th and 20th.

Pilgrims will follow the traditional route this year which leaves from the Santiago Apóstol parish church in Los Realejos. It was at this church that the nine Guanche kings were baptised, the ancient aboriginal rulers of the island who signalled the formal conversion of Tenerife to Christianity after the Spanish conquest.

The route will then take the Pilgrims to the hermitage in the Valle de Arriba just outside of Santiago del Teide, then on to the Santiago Apóstol church in Santiago del Teide.

During the walk several places of historical interest will be visited. The Mirador de La Corona, las Coladas del Volcán de Garachico, Los Campeches, la Fuente del Bardo, and Los Partidos de Franki, before arriving at the hermitage of Santiago, which was built in 1550.

Vehicles are being organised to carry back packs and to provide first aid if required.

Those interested need to contact the Cultural department at the Santiago del Teide town hall or telephone 922863127: Ext. 234 or 235.

There are a limited number of places so book early.

Offering something unique to all Island Residents and tourists in the municipality of Santiago del Teide, The Art of Life is a beautiful setting for health, relaxation and fitness.

With a stunning location within the grounds of the Hotel Playa la Arena on Calle Lajial (just off the main road in Playa Arena, this is the street that leads to the Hotel Playa la Arena entrance). You will find them on the right through the large grey metal gates, just before Syrius Hairdressers and Arena Sports.

The Art of Life Day Spa gymnasium is now being run by personal fitness trainer Billy Munday.The gym has been recently refurbished and extended, is fully air conditioned and includes a separate cardio suite with treadmills, crosstrainers, rowing machines and bikes with gorgeous sea and garden views, plus an extensive private room for fixed and free weight workouts, and abdominal exercises. Downstairs is also a light and airy fitness and dance studio which currently includes classes like Fitness Ball, Agewell aerobics, East meets West evening stretch, Tap Dancing and childrens Hip Hop/Street Dance.

The new fitness trainer Billy Munday has lived in tenerife for 7 years is a national registered personal trainer as well as a R.S.A aerobics teacher. He also has mechanical skills and will personally take on the repairs and maintenance of all the gym machinery to ensure it is in top condition for his clients.
Prior to taking over the gym recently, Billy worked at the Prince Nasim gym in Las Americas followed by a spell at the gym 2000 in Fanabe teaching aerobics. He then felt he needed a complete change of scenery and moved to our corner of the woods and has spent the last 18months working as a personal trainer at the Pancrasio Council Gym.
At The Art of Life Billy is pleased to offer a free personal one to one training session with every monthly membership, and every membership (from 1 day to 1 year) includes use of all the Hotels pools.

The Art of Life also offers an incredible range of massages, holistic therapies and spa treatments from all around the world. Including Tibetan Head Massage, Ayurvedic Massage and Shirodhara, Lomilomi from Hawaii, Refexology, Japanese Reiki and their incredible signature treatments like the Indonesian influence ‘Om Ah Hum’ and the exotic Tenerife influenced ‘Mango and Banana Leaf Wrap’.

Throughout May The Art of Life is offering a fantastic 50% discount for Island Residents on thie 25, 40 and 55min treatments ( a discount price of 15€, 19€ and 25€ respectivly). This offer is available Mon to Saturday.

The Spas opening hours have recently been increased to
8am-8pm Mon- Thurs,
9am-6pm Saturdays,
and 9am-12pm Sundays

For more information and all of the prices please have a good look at  or contact the staff directly on 922 860832.

Price falls of between 2% and 6% have been seen, especially in the South.

Value It, the Santa Ursula based publisher of The Tenerife Property Price Guide, today releases the results of its survey of Tenerife property prices, showing falls in prices for the three regions of Tenerife, (the South and South East, the North, and the Metropolitan region).

During the last six months, property prices have fallen by 3,48% in the South and South East (from Candelaria around the coast to Santiago del Teide). In the North, prices have fallen the least, by 2,64%, and in the Metropolitan region (Santa Cruz, La Laguna, El Rosario and Tegueste) prices have fallen by 3,27%. When general inflation is taken into account (2,1% over the last six months) the real falls are 5.6% in the South, 4,7% in the North and 5,4% in the Metropolitan region.

John Gardner of Value It commented: “These are averages for these regions, and are based upon a survey of 6250 properties for sale. Within each region there have been greater falls in some areas and for certain property types, and a few areas are level with inflation or still seeing prices rise.

Puerto de la Cruz has seen falls below the average for example, while the falls in Adeje are consistent with the southern region as a whole. The answer for people looking to buy in Tenerife is thorough research and knowing the pricing trends in the areas and for the property types. There is no substitute if you want to buy well and protect your investment. For those thinking of selling they can work out what would be a good or competitive price to ensure that they attract serious buyers”.

Photographic competition

Posted by dolly diver on March 6, 2008
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photo competition
Santiago Del Teide town hall are organising a photographic competition titled “Almond trees in bloom”. Open to all non- professional photographers of any age or nationality.

Each exhibitor can enter a maximum of 3 photos. They can be colour or black and white, with minimum size of 25 by 20.

The closing date is the 14th of March.

The judges will be qualified photographers and members of the town council. They will announce their decision on the 24th of March in the town hall. The prizes are as follows:

1st prize……………… 300 euros.
2nd prize………………200 euros.
3rd prize……………… 150 euros.

After the competition the photos will be on display, for a month, in the central patio of the town hall. (Through the main door entrance).

For more information please contact the Departamento de Cultura del Ayuntamiento, telephone number 922-86-31-27 extension 234 or 235.

Translated by John Punton

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