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Los Gigantes Carnaval Program Feb 1013

Posted by dolly diver on February 7, 2013
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Los Gigantes Marina Fair, 12th – 19th of November.

Posted by dolly diver on November 13, 2012
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Los Gigantes Marina Fair, from the 12th till the 19th of November.
A food fair in the bars and restaurants of Los Gigantes (double click on poster for full details)

For weekend program 18th & 19th November scroll to bottom of page

Saturday 17th of November
9am Opening with an exhibition of photos of Los Gigantes, from the past.
9:15am An open doors day for the Adventure and Leisure businesses. They can exhibit their various services during the day, giving discounts and prizes.
9:30am Entertainment with “Rocódromo and Tirolina.
10:00 -12:00 Fire fighting equipment exhibition.
12:00 Exhibition of Key rings
12:00 The start of the 15km Kayak race from Los Gigantes.
12:30pm Exhibition of wallet and bag making
5pm Stilts and tricycles on the street.
5:30pm Origami and paper models.
6:00pm Exhibition of marine animal, all made from recycled waste.
6:00pm Musical bands performing in the marina and on the beach road.
9-9:00pm Fashion show.
10-12; 00pm Live music with the Chango Mantinga and the Caracoles group.
Sunday 18th of November
10:00am Exhibition of photos from the past (Coastal)
10:00am Opening of the mobile Whale and Dolphin Museum.
12:00 Painting exhibition
12.30pm Course “Biology for a Day” Enrolment in the Ludotecas in the district.
3.00pm The release of Turtles and /or Pardelas (Shearwaters) from the Los Gigantes beach
6.00pm Live music from Chango Montinga group.
6.10pm Stilts and trycicles in the street.
6.15pm Exhibition of”El mar de los Sentidos” Discover new sensations.
6.15pm ”Make up” exhibition.
8.00pm Live music with Tio Franklin from the Bandana Group.
10.00pm Close of activities.

Pay and Display on Los Gigantes Marina

Posted by dolly diver on August 9, 2012
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By the end of next week residents and visitors will have to pay to park on Los Gigantes Marina. 

A new barrier and ticket machine are currently being installed at the entrance to the marina.  Hourly fees have not been decided yet but will probably be in the region of 80cents to €1 per hour.  There will be a concessionary rate for businesses and boat owners.

 There are also proposals by Santiago del Teide council to limit the amount of time people can leave their cars in one place on urban roads in the municipality.

The aim of the plan is to achieve a rotation of cars to benefit traffic flow, residents and pedestrians.  All roads will be classified into zones and sub zones.  General roads will allow parking up to one and a half hours, after this time the car will have to be moved and not return to the same space for four hours.  Residents can apply for a sticker for their car windscreens.

Parking in a road with a short term classification will be restricted to 15 minutes whilst general long term will allow parking up to two hours with no return within four hours.  All areas will be clearly marked to show their status.

Residents who would like a sticker will have to provide proof of where they live on application.

The parking plan is currently out for public consultation.

Busy month for tourist offices

Posted by dolly diver on October 12, 2011
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Santiago del Teide’s tourist information offices in Playa de La Arena, Los Gigantes and the town centre had a busy September, with over 3,000 enquiries.

The office in Los Gigantes was the busiest of the three, with nearly 1400 visitors, the majority of them British and Spanish. The local council says the figures are a further reflection of the upturn in tourism enjoyed by the area in recent months.

Los Gigantes gets a starring roll

Posted by dolly diver on October 5, 2011
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CODENAME: MONEYMAN, a new spy novel by Mark Arundel, has recently been
published and it features the west coast of Tenerife as its main location,
especially Los Gigantes, Puerto Santiago and Playa de L’Arena. The book is
on Amazon and here’s a link:

It’s currently in the UK Amazon kindle Top 100 bestsellers list for Spy

Remains of giant squid found off Los Gigantes

Posted by dolly diver on August 25, 2011
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The remains of a giant squid, possibly about 8 metres long, was spotted floating about two miles from the coast of Los Gigantes. The discovery was made by a film crew from the company Aquawork, who was preparing a documentary about the cetaceans’ colony in these waters.

The specimen of the genus Architheuthis was found last month in front of Los Gigantes cliff.

“The animal was in good general condition although some of the tentacles and the eyes were missing. It also showed its original pigmentation,” said Rafa Herrero, a documentary maker, to EFE agency.

According to Ángel Gerrea, professor of the Higher Council for Scientific Research(CSIC) and one of the leading specialists in cephalopods in the world, “it is possibly an adult female, which could be about 8 metres long with intact tentacles.”

Samples of the squid’s suckers and beak were taken and send the Association for the Study of Cetaceans in the Canary Islands (SECAC).

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.

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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There is rather a lot of activity this week in the Los Gigantes Marina when it was revealed that the Clash of the Titans crew and cast had returned to film scenes for Clash of the Titans part two: “Wrath of the Titans”.

Once again Teide National Park, with pine forests and lava fields, Garachico, Guía de Isora and Icod de los Vinos will stand in for Ancient Greece, but it is our famous cliffs of Los Gigantes that will be the backdrop for many of the scenes, with a replica of an ancient Greek ship already berthed in the Marina (pic right).

Local Whale and Dolphin trip boats Nashira Uno and Gladiator have once again been hired for the camera crew but a much larger boat will be needed to carry the 200 local people employed as extras. Filming will take place along the cliffs from Barranco Seco to Punta de Teno.

Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes and Gemma Arterton reprise their roles whilst Jonathan Liebesman replaces Louis Letterier as director. This time it is being filmed in 3D and is scheduled to be in cinemas around spring 2012.

Casting for extras caused havoc around Tenerife last month with over 5,000 aspiring extras queuing up in La Laguna, some dressed in Ancient Greek styled robes in order to improve their chances of being selected. Whilst in El Medano many camped out overnight for a better chance of being chosen. Apparently there were a lot of mysterious illnesses affecting schools and businesses on casting days

The storyline of Wrath of the Titans is about hell being unleashed on earth.
A decade after his heroic defeat of the monstrous Kraken, Perseus-the demigod son of Zeus-is attempting to live a quieter life as a village fisherman and the sole parent to his 10-year old son, Helius. Meanwhile, a struggle for supremacy rages between the gods and the Titans. Dangerously weakened by humanity’s lack of devotion, the gods are losing control of the imprisoned Titans and their ferocious leader, Kronos, father of the long-ruling brothers Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. The triumvirate had overthrown their powerful father long ago, leaving him to rot in the gloomy abyss of Tartarus, a dungeon that lies deep within the cavernous underworld. Perseus cannot ignore his true calling when Hades, along with Zeus’ godly son, Ares (Edgar Ramírez), switch loyalty and make a deal with Kronos to capture Zeus. The Titans’ strength grows stronger as Zeus’ remaining godly powers are siphoned, and hell is unleashed on earth… Written by Warner Bros. Pictures

This second part of Clash of the Titans will be a follow-on to the original which was one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, earning nearly $500million worldwide.

Answers from the Council

Posted by dolly diver on May 2, 2011
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We recently had an exclusive interview with Councillor Steve McKenna, to put to him many of the points which had been raised in the recent string on Los about Norovirus

We asked him, had there been any new cases of the virus, which now must be notified to the authorities.
Councillor McKenna said to his knowledge no new cases had been reported this year.  The public health authority, from Santa Cruz, had been requested by the hotel to help and visited the hotel a number of times during the last year to advise on additional hygiene precautions that should be used to help control the original outbreak and help with the sterilisation of the dining room, although no trace of the virus has to date ever been found in the dining area. The Health authority believed it had not started in the hotel, but was brought in by a client/s from a cruise ship. The authorities and the hotel continue to monitor the situation.

One comment we have heard at frequently is:- There is a common feeling from many of the staff and the tour operators that many of the reported cases of stomach upsets (commonly labelled as Norovirus, but are not) this year are just a means to getting compensation. They feel that the hotel has been unfairly singled out, especially when if you do a web search for Norovirus, you will find that it is prevalent across the UK in hospitals and hotels etc. Councillor McKenna had heard this to but felt it would be inappropriate to comment on it.

I then asked about the outfalls in the area.  Steve answered that all of our outfalls comply with the current EU standards, and that the water quality was checked every two weeks by the environmental health organisation, which is why Playa de la Arena is able to keep it’s blue flag. Steve said that whilst it was not his particular remit he understood that the final connections to the new centralised waste water management scheme for the south and west of the island were due at any time. Additionally the new motorway was being used to provide a waste water route for the upper villages of the area.
At the moment the los Gigantes beach looks as though it will become a blue flag beach in the next few weeks.

The Counicls priorties for the the coming year is the regeneration of Los Gigantes, with the extending of the beach, the opening of a passageway beteen the beach and the marina, and not least the building of a new 400 place car park and community centre, the funds for these projects have already been approved by the parties (Party Popular) hierarchy.

Written by:  Paul Marley