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Heat wave to hit Tenerife this weekend

Posted by dolly diver on July 9, 2010
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I’ve spent the past few days planning a family and friends BBQ for tomorrow in one of the BBQ/picknic parks up Teide. The dive centre is closed for the day (wow a day off). I have 15kg of chicken legs thawing in my fridge! Plus there’s a good supply of beer in several friends fridge!

I was rather horrified this morning when the cabildo announced that they were banning fires and bonfires in the woods and hills due to the heat wave expected this weekend and the ban will not be lifted until the weather cools down. Panic what do I do with 15kg of thawed out chicken legs???

From tomorrow, July 10th and until further notice certain parts of the middle and higher ground on the island of Tenerife will be on orange alert due to a heat wave following the weather forecast issued yesterday by the Spanish Met Office.

The temperature is expected to hit 37 degrees centigrade this weekend, and has prompted an official ban on lighting of fires of any kind in recreation and BBQ areas. The Cabildo has confirmed that the ban will not be officially lifted until the weather cools down and the risk of forest and wild fires is reduced.
Some parts of Tenerife will be on orange alert tomorrow, which means significant risk. The affected areas will be the mountains and the lower hills in the south, east and west of Tenerife from 11.00 until 21.00 tomorrow, Saturday 10 July 2010, mainly those which are south and west facing because they received less draught from the cooler north westerly winds.

All visitors and residents on the island are strongly urged NOT to go up into the hills and woods over the next few days until the situation improves. The Island Corporation kindly request that drivers use only the tarmacked roads and avoid forest tracks whenever possible. Holidaymakers and residents are strongly recommended to take extra precautions when visiting the mountains.
In an emergency please call 112.

Our BBQ has been saved, thanks to Fred and Glynis, we are moving our venue to lower down the mountain where it will be a bit cooler at Tajinaste restaurant. We will just have to plan the mountain BBQ for another day.

thomson-aircraftA new deal has been signed between Thomson holidays and Durham Tees Valley airport to provide a weekly flight to Tenerife.

The new service will depart from Durham tees valley airport on Saturdays at 08:00 and return at 18:15

Lidl is finally open

Posted by dolly diver on February 22, 2010
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lidlThe German supermarket chain Lidl, who’s aim is to offer clients maximum quality at the best possible price, has now opened in the canary Islands. On their respective opening mornings large queues were waiting and gifts of flowers, balloons and parasols were given out to the happy shoppers.

12 Lidl stores have opened in the Canary Islands. In Tenerife they are located in Puerto de la Cruz, Granadilla, La Laguna, Adeje, Santa Úrsula, Las Chafiras. In Gran Canaria they will open in Telde and Agüimes on February 25th and in Ingenio and Vecindario on March 4th and in Arrecife (Lanzarote) on March 11th and Puerto del Rosario (Fuerteventura) on March 18th.

Media Pranks of the Day(April Fools to us)

Posted by dolly diver on December 28, 2009
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The yacht, said to belong to one of Russia’s mega-tycoons was ‘pictured’ at berth in Santa Cruz on a secret stop-over.
Other gags included the revelation that regional tourism minister Rita Hernández is to be replaced by Angel Llanos. Other jokes on Spanish newspaper websites include the scoop that National Geographic is to public scientific evidence that Stonehenge is a fake and news of Madrid’s plans to seek the 2018 Winter Olympics after its failed Summer Games bid.

Tragic Accident at Loro Park

Posted by dolly diver on December 28, 2009
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It is with great regret that Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz has announced the death of the Orca whale coach Alexis Martínez, following an unfortunate accident during the first training session at the stadium ‘Orca Ocean’, which as usual, involved seven coaches.
Alexis Martínez was attended to immediately by Loro Parque’s specialized staff and the Canary Emergency Department who responded immediately after a 112 emergency call.
After on-the-spot cardiopulmonary resuscitation he was taken by ambulance to BellVue Clinic, where he went into cardiac arrest.
This news has caused enormous pain to all the Loro Parque Orca staff and the show has been temporarily suspended as a sign of mourning.
Alexis Martínez Hernández was an excellent trainer with 29 years experience. He joined the Loro Parque family in 2004 which he loved. The post Mortem is expected to take place soon.

Yellow alert, heavy rain expected

Posted by dolly diver on December 11, 2009
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The Canary Islands Met Office has issued a yellow alert warning of the possibility of heavy rains.

Weathermen are warning that some areas could see a return to last months conditions with up to 60L per square meter of rain falling in the next twelve hours

The affected areas are expected to include the south and west of Tenerife, anticipated rainfall is expected from around 6pm today.

Umbrellas to the ready!

Tourist Information Office has some good news!

Posted by dolly diver on December 11, 2009
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tourist-office-los-gigantesThe new Tourist Information Office in Los Gighantes was pleased to announce that since its opening on the 16th of October its had over 1,000 people asking for information on various activities etc.

The main Nationalities visiting in October were British (738) Spanish (457) German (227) French (55).

In November 2.225 visitors were recorded with the majority again being British (976) and German (494) and Spanish (46).

More figures to follow in the up and coming months.

Register for your rights

Posted by dolly diver on December 4, 2009
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All the members of the various administrations insist that you gain much more than you lose by registering as a resident at your town hall.

For young mums and students, residents may have the right to grants for transport, school meals and materials. There is a wealth of free cultural and leisure activities for everybody such as theatre workshops, learning computer skills, excursions and holidays within the islands, within Spain and international at very cheap prices, celebra¬tions at Christmas and New Year, folklore classes, hiking and trekking, beach sports, yoga, golf, visits to spas, open air gym classes and Spanish classes.
Tenerife’s island council also has grants available and summer camps, here and abroad for your chil¬dren. They give out craft licences, hunting, fishing and camping permits and help to administer free public transport for those who are eligible.
The local social services department offer personal homecare for disabled peo¬ple or the elderly, tele-assist¬ance, help with paperwork and administration and there is also economic help available in special cases.
There website is www.tenerife.es, which has a selection of branch offices all over the island and a central phone line at 901 501 901 which operates 24 hours but is better 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday.

Los Gigantes Beach

Posted by dolly diver on December 4, 2009
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On December 2nd another small rock fall led to the partial closing of the street leading to the beach.
The landslide, at around 3pm, was reported to the police who apparently.
Mayor Gorrín had ordered the total closure of the road.
But it seems someone in authority later relented under the pressure from residents and retailers and instead ordered a partial closure of the road.
A council spokesman said that the water channel in the cliff was on the move again and it was that which was responsible for this latest landslide, which saw small rocks falling into the street.

Cancer, a foreign medical system, and no insurance cover – how would you cope with that? At times like this Spanish charities such as the AECC (one of two groups to benefit from the Walk For Life on 13th December) are there to offer compassion and kindness.
It’s four years since the Walk For Life began raising money and awareness in Tenerife for breast cancer – last year 2,000 walkers raised 20,000 euros. This year the streets of Playa de las Americas will again become a procession of pink as it winds its way some 3.5 kms from the Mediterranean Palace to the Sal Y Tien plaza. Proceeds will be split between the Spanish charities AECC and Amate.
Men, women, young and old are all invited to join the Walk Of Life on Sunday 13 December at 10.30am for an 11am set off. There will be music, entertainment and commentary in English and Spanish as both communities come together to support the cause. All you have to do is raise some money through sponsorship, or donation, and most of all, turn up in the pink and give your support. There is more information at the website www.carreraporlavida.com or telephone 600 821100.