In real life, I am an ancient historian, and was a university lecturer in Classics & Ancient History specializing in law and politics before moving to Tenerife. I’ve been here now since 2004 when I left Higher Education, which for me had become too much of a graduate processing factory to be meaningful. Tenerife is wonderful, a sub-tropical eternal Spring amazingly within Europe, and with a language and culture that is simultaneously different and familiar. I have rheumatoid arthritis, and I find that the climate here, with its generally steady humidity and gentle temperatures, is just about perfect.
I live with my husband in a tiny 200-year-old Canarian cottage on the top edge of a mountain village a kilometer high overlooking the west coast. Our garden is full of flowers and trees, and lizards who are now so used to us that they have to be shuffled out of the way as they teem to us for titbits, whether cheese, fruit, or particularly eggs! One thing I particularly love about living at altitude is that we have seasons, and in Spring the air is filled with the heady scent of the blossom on the fruit and almond trees, and after the blazing heat of summer, to be surrounded by autumnal colour and leaf shedding while the mist rolls up the barranco is a glorious relief. Another thing I especially love is the light, which is different every day. Here’s a typical photo, from outside the house looking down to La Gomera. The “blessed isles”. Yes, indeed!
We are now in our tenth year here, and I have spent my time indulging a longstanding interest in houses and homes, investigating everything from interior design to physical construction, the rhetoric of sales techniques, and particularly, the legal aspects of the property market, as well, indeed, as most aspects of the expatriate experience in Tenerife. If I see myself as anything, it is as an advocate for anyone thinking of moving here, or actually living here and struggling with bureaucracy and legalities.
Ideally in such a place, people would be stress free and fulfilling their dream, but all too often it turns into a nightmare. I hope that this site will be helpful to anyone looking for accurate up-to-date information about what is happening in Tenerife, as well as a straightforward guide to the legalities and bureaucracy involved in being a resident or property owner here.
Below on this page are the latest of regularly-updated news and events posts; for earlier items, just look to the right and click on the main news link or on a particular date in the calendar (just hover over a date and it will show you the posts made on that day). The right hand column also has buttons to “follow me” on Facebook, Twitter or by RSS feed; a search box to help locate news items or information of interest; links to recent comments made by readers (please do express opinions or ask questions – just click on individual headlines to find the comments box); Tenerife Sur current and tomorrow’s weather; and the latest news from the BBC and in English from El Pais.
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Update 6 December: Arafo’s Christmas programme is HERE.
Update 3 December: Now, Puerto de la Cruz Ayuntamiento has released its Christmas programme, HERE.
Update 27 November: Santa Cruz Ayuntamiento has now released its Christmas programme, which can be viewed HERE.
This Christmas is already underway with Adeje’s announcement of its Christmas and New Year 2013-14 programme of events. These start this Friday, 29 November. with the Christmas market, on Friday 29 November through to Sunday 1 December, in the car park outside the music school in Las Torres. This is on the fountain roundabout just down the road from Mercadona. On the 29th, too, the traditional Belén (nativity) will be opened at 6pm in the Adeje music school itself. For the rest of the programme, see the Ayuntamiento’s website HERE, or click HERE to download in English. I’ll post other local programmes as they become available.
Update 6.30pm: The TF1 is like a river in the Guimar area … a huge amount fallen in a few minutes. And now the forecast (orange alert) is for 100mm this evening between now and midnight in south, east and west Tenerife.
Update 6 December: There has been quite a bit of speculation in the press and on social networks about a “hurricane in formation” to the west of the Canaries which was notified by the National Hurricane Centre in Miami. This had just a 20% chance of forming into a tropical storm, and was very unlikely to affect us even if so – the NHC is in Miami because that’s where hurricanes head after starting in our area. All that really needs to be said about it is that this weekend’s weather is an indirect effect of this system. which is today said to be weakening still further.
What is strengthening, however, is the front that was already forecast for the middle of next week. That is heading east and gaining force as it does so. There is nothing to suggest at present that it will bring conditions worse than last weekend, but official and amateur meteorologists are following it closely. Clearly we’re going to have some weather worth reporting next Wednesday or so.
Update 5 December: It’s not over yet. More rain is forecast for this weekend, though not torrential: Aemet has activated a yellow alert for up to 15mm (15 litres per square meter) from 6pm today in La Palma and El Hierro, and from midnight in Tenerife and La Gomera. The alert lasts until 7pm tomorrow, Friday. Not too bad, generally speaking, but Wednesday and Thursday look set, at present, to come close to repeating the other day’s torrential downpours. More information on this, no doubt, over the next few days.
Update 2 Dec. 8pm: Apart from the school closures announced for Güímar, the Canarian Government has confirmed that classes continue as normal throughout Tenerife tomorrow.
Update 5pm: Güímar mayor Carmen Luisa Castro has announced that classes have been cancelled in CEIP Alfonso X y el el IES Mencey Acaymo. in the municipality tomorrow because of flooding caused by today’s torrential downpours. Agache also has classes cancelled as a precaution.
Update 3.45pm: Arona Ayuntamiento has just set up an emergency helpline which will be in place between 4pm today and 8am tomorrow morning. The line is for an emergency coordination centre, and the public is asked to call 092 from within the municipality (922725562 from outside) if they have any particular problem due to the weather.
Update 3pm: Arona has announced suspension of sports and outdoor activities, apart from the public swimming pool, for today due to the weather. Similar cancellations announced by Candelaria, Santa Úrsula, Arafo, Güímar, Guía de Isora and Santa Cruz Ayuntamientos. Schools remain open …
Update 2.30pm: Adeje – all council organised sports and cultural activities for this afternoon have been suspended due to the weather. Further information in due course.
The TF1 is like a river in parts, and Cabildo urges caution because of rockfalls in various parts. The junction for Punta Prieta (Güímar) is closed.
Update 2 December: Aemet has raised the yellow alert for rain in Tenerife to orange level for this afternoon between midday and 6pm. Some 30mm per hour of torrential is forecast over the island generally but mainly in the east. This evening and overnight returns to yellow alert, with up to 20mm per hour forecast for the whole of Tenerife.
Original post 1 December: The old saying is “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight. Red sky at morning, shepherd’s warning“, and if this morning is anything to go by, the forecasters could be right when they talk about a “significant amount” of rain tomorrow. The forecast lasts for the whole of next week, indeed, and a yellow alert is already in place between today and Tuesday: as ever, this could be extended into the latter part of the week, or increased to orange level. For the moment, it’s calm, and that sky really is beautiful …
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Update 5 December: The cable car might itself be on a somewhat restricted timetable due to the weather, but access from the top of the Teleférico to Teide’s peak is now confirmed as closed to the public for security reasons until, at present, Monday 9 December. The announcement comes as the Canarian Government issues a pre-alert for continued rains over the weekend, and Aemet’s yellow alert starts for rains in the western islands.
Original post 4 December: The Teleférico, the cable car that goes to the top of Teide, is a traditional part of many visitors’ plans around the Christmas period, and this year will be no exception, I’m sure. It’s worth noting, however, that the cable car closed the day before yesterday as a result of the stormy conditions and restricted times have been announced for today because of continuing conditions. It will be best to check in advance before going. The above photo, released by Teleférico del Teide, shows why …
Adeje sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera has announced an intensive free-diving adaption course to be held in Adeje’s School of Aquatic Activities between 5 and 8 December: practical exercises will take place in Tenerife Top Training’s pool, with sea diving off La Caleta. The course is being run by Paco González Castro, and those who complete it will receive a diploma signed by free-diving professional Umberto Pelizzari and a licence appropriate to the training level attained.
Anyone interested in learning more about free-diving and its techniques can now register by calling 922 775 319 or 609 048 351, or sending an email to email@example.com. Adeje residents are entitled to a 20% discount, and there is a 50% discount for under-18s – I’m afraid the press release doesn’t give the actual price for the course.
Just a reminder that Adeje’s annual Christmas market will be this Thursday, 5 December, in Calle Grande, something that to many is far more traditional than the new mercadillo in the El Galeón car park. As well as the market, which runs from 5pm, there will also be street theatre, music, games, children’s entertainments, and more besides. Please be aware, too, that there will be collection points for non-perishable items which the council will distribute to the needy for Christmas. The Christmas market is starting off a long weekend because Friday, 6 December, is a public holiday for Día de la Constitución - the last public holiday, indeed, apart from Christmas Day itself, of 2013.
Two posts on the Teléferico in one day! The Teleférico del Teide is running an competition to find the best photo of El Teide. The competition is open to anyone, amateur or professional, who has an unedited original photo, and all they have to do is enter their details and upload the photo on the #LoveTeide tag on Teleférico’s Facebook page HERE - direct link to enter is HERE.
The competition is open for entries between now and 31 December, and the prize is the Atardecer y Estrellas en el Teide con el Teleférico (Dusk and Stars on Teide with the Teleférico) for a couple – worth €110 per person – and a Teide ascent guidebook. The winner will be published on 20 January.
Update 3 December: A breath of Christmas relief with November’s figures, which show a reduction of 931 in the numbers of unemployed, a drop of 0.33% compared to October. Not much, but at this point I’m sure we’ll take any positive sign! There are now 283,378 people out of work in the Canaries. It is the eastern province of Las Palmas which has benefited in the main, however, with 820 of the 911 living in Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura or Lanzarote. Tenerife’s numbers (including La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro) fell by 111.
Update 5 November: October’s unemployment figures rose again, with a further 237 added to the queues of the jobless throughout the Canaries. The increase represents a growth of 0.08% on September, with Tenerife performing twice as badly as Las Palmas, though the Government is at pains to stress that in year-on-year terms, it actually represents a drop of 1.22%, with 3,511 fewer unemployed than this time last year. There are, however, still 284,309 people without work in these islands.
Update 24 October: Unemployment fell in Spain between July and September by just under 73,000, the biggest quarterly drop for several years, but these islands suffered the largest increase in any autonomous region, with an additional 22,000 out of work. Despite official claims only yesterday of a “recovery” that would see the Canaries come out of recession before the end of 2013 (yesterday’s post HERE), figures for the last quarter released today by the National Statistics Institute show that Canarian unemployment figures not only fail to confirm the rhetoric, but have also bucked their own downwards trend of the past few months, suggesting that the positive statistics were indeed the result of no more than a summer blip. There are now 393,400 people in these islands out of work, meaning that Canarian unemployment now stands at an horrendous 35.12%.
Update 2 October: Canarian unemployment has fallen again. Hardly at all, but the downward trend continues. While Spain as a whole has seen September’s unemployment figures rise by 25,572 people, an increase on August of 0.54%, the Canaries is one of just five autonomous regions where it has dropped with 2,009 fewer people out of work, a fall of 0.70%.
There are now 284,072 unemployed in these islands, still an horrendous figure, but down not just from last month, but also from this time last year – interannual figures show a drop of 1.64% compared to a rise of 0.41 in Spain. September is the first month that unemployment has gone up in Spain nationally in six months, a rise presumed to be due to the end of summer employment contracts. Here in the Canaries, one might have expected that factor to apply just as much. That it didn’t, and indeed that out of work numbers fell, can be taken as a real sign of some hope.
I’ve pruned this post to make it more manageable on the home page. Previous posts are HERE.
Update 2 December: Despite the timescales as posted immediately below, which saw the Icod-El Tanque extension completed next year and the Adeje-Santiago extention waiting until 2015, the Cabildo has now announced that the schedule and funding will be rearranged so that the south extension works will be brought forward, and the Adeje-Santiago stretch completed, in the main, in 2014. The Cabildo is now putting the change of schedule to the Canarian Government for final approval.
Unfortunately for those who live in the Tijoco-Tejina-Vera de Erques areas, it is their part – the ongoing seemingly insuperable problem with bridging the barranco de Erques – that will have to wait until 2015. The “main part” of the extension to be completed next year is the túnel del Bicho and the Vicácaro bridge. This means that the TF1, as far as traffic is concerned, will still end at Adeje, and resume at Tejina to continue on to Santiago del Teide (the so-called “chicken run” stretch), where it will find another gap awaiting completion through El Tanque.
I suppose we should really be pleased that some works are going ahead, but at some point they really are going to have to come to terms with bridging that Erques barranco … otherwise the whole extension will have been something of a joke.
Update 7 November 2013: The Tenerife Cabildo and the Canarian Government have jointly announced funding for next year that guarantees the completion of the TF1 extension by 2015. Cabildo president Carlos Alonso said that the island would receive €146.7m from the regional government for road development, a sum which would permit prioritised works to continue despite “brutal” cuts in funding from Madrid. The road funding in Tenerife will be directed to completing the northern Icod-El Tanque portion of the ring road with funding of €131m; this should be open to traffic during the course of next year. The southern Santiago del Teide-Adeje stage, with total funding of €10m between 2014 and 2015, should be open in 2015.
Because this saga has been ongoing so long, I’ve split previous posts to make it less unwieldy on the front page. All previous posts are HERE.
It was inevitable at some point. A 63-year-old Russian man died around midday today after drowning at Playa de las Vistas. The poor man was pulled from the water by fellow bathers, but despite assistance from lifeguards, emergency services, and both national and local police, attempts at resuscitation failed and he was declared dead at the scene.
Lifeguards say that in such emergencies, instant attention is essential, as indeed are proper provision of supplies. They expressed their fury at the impotence they feel at essentially having to stand and watch this sort of thing happen. They conveyed deep sympathy to the family of the dead man and said that they hoped, in due course, the family might consider taking legal action against Arona Ayuntamiento.