In Tenerife

Welcome To Janet Anscombe in Tenerife

In real life, I am an ancient historian, and was a university lecturer in Classics & Ancient History specializing in rhetoric, law and politics before moving to Tenerife. I’ve been here now for an astonishing ten years that has gone in a flash, after finding Higher Education had become little more than a processing factory for successful graduates who would be in debt for decades, or unsuccessful ones who were set up by the system to feel like abject failures after being encouraged to aspire to a level of education that was simply beyond them. Tenerife was our holiday home from home before 2004, and the obvious place to choose to retire. It is a sub-tropical haven with a pretty much year-round Spring climate and a language and culture both exotic and familiar. For anyone who wants to stay in Europe but in a place with a buzz, and who has rheumatoid arthritis, like me, and so needs steady humidity and kind temperatures, it is just about perfect.

I live with my husband in a tiny 200-year-old Canarian cottage on the edge of a mountain village a kilometer above the west coast. Our garden is full of flowers and trees, and lizards who now clearly consider us protection and food source combined. We have to resist constant demands for more egg mayonnaise, and shuffle them out of the way as they run at us for more banana now please! One thing I love about living at altitude is that we have seasons, something I think expatriates’ bodies simply need, and in Spring the air is heady with blossom scent from fruit and almond trees, and in autumn it’s a glorious relief to see autumnal colour and falling leaves while watching the mist rolling up the barranco like a steam train! Here’s a view from up here that I never tire of, looking out over the sea to the light show over La Gomera that is different every day. The “blessed isles”. Yes, indeed!

Over the last decade, I have spent quite a bit of my time indulging my interest in houses and homes, particularly interior design but also architecture – ancient architecture was always one of my favourite sidelines in work. My main fields, however, of rhetoric, law and politics have been the launchpad for considerable research into modern Spanish law and politics. If I see this website as having any function beyond that of personal enjoyment, it is as a source of advocacy 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 ideal of “living the dream”, but all too often it turns into a nightmare. I hope this site is helpful to anyone looking for accurate up-to-date information about what is happening here as well as a straightforward guide to the legalities and bureaucracy involved for resident and visiting foreigners, and their rights and responsibilities.

Please investigate the tabs across the top of the page. They lead to information and advice on being legal, owning property or living here – there are also a few private sales for those looking to buy property – as well as questions and answers on a wide range of related topcis. There are links to pages on everything from the rights of consumers generally to those of patients in the health service in particular, and from keeping dogs to donating a body to science! Under “Useful Stuff”, you’ll find some Spanish vocabulary, links to jobs available for English speakers, books written about Tenerife, essential places to visit, readers’ photos, how to stay safe in heat and water, and a full calendar of “what’s on” with links to detailed information about events.

Below on this page are the latest of regularly-updated posts about news and events; 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); and the latest news from the BBC and in English from El Pais. The final tab at the top of the page is to Links and Laws, a whole range of legal, official, practical and inspirational resources for anyone with an interest in this wonderful island I call home.

COPYRIGHT: Apart from press releases or where expressly stated otherwise, I have written every single word of text on this website myself. The entire content therefore belongs to me or the source I quote and the copyright is protected and reserved. Readers are welcome to take text without permission as long as they expressly name and provide a link to this site. If anyone wants to use anything without crediting me in this way, please ask first.


Latest news and events in Tenerife

Click HERE for the What’s On Diary

Spanish Highway Code

There are always heated discussions, arguments and debates about Spanish traffic law, and driving skills, and whether they have the first idea of what Tenerife’s roads are like or whether anyone who wrote the law ever tried to get around Los Cristianos roundabout … but there is a Spanish “Highway Code”. I’ve added the link to the links page, but it can be downloaded HERE as a pdf file or in an e-pub version, or bought in a paper version from the same government link.

Boy in critical condition after Alcalá rocks fall

A 12-year-old boy has been very badly injured after falling onto some rocks in Alcalá, Guía de Isora around 6pm this evening. Bomberos, ambulances with paramedics, staff from the local health centre, Policia Local and Guardia Civil were all involved in his rescue, and his injuries were found to be so serious that he was transferred to Candelaria Hospital. He is now said to be in critical condition.


Third La Caleta Bay Swim Saturday, 2 August

The third La Caleta Bay Swim takes place on Saturday, 2 August. The event, which is organised by Adeje Ayuntamiento and the Anima2 Association, promotes healthy leisure activities and at the same time brings business and people to this coastal part of the borough. The 1,300m swim starts at 4.30pm and is part of La Caleta’s fiesta programme. It has become a firm fixture in Adeje’s sporting calendar, and the council’s sports councillor Alonso Ferrera said “we have been delighted at the high levels of participation in previous years and the way the swim has been supported by residents of La Caleta, and how it has benefited the local economy.”

The meeting place will be at the Plaza de La Caleta (C/ El Muelle and C/ del Varadero) at 2pm, where those registered to swim will get their chip and swimming cap (presentation of DNI/DNE is essential).  Participants will swim from La Enramada to Varadero beach, sea permitting. Swimmers between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age will swim 100 metres, those between 12 and 14 years of age swim 150 metres. Anyone who would like to take part can register up to 28 July, though there is a limit of 150 places. Interested swimmers can find the forms and information on or on the comptetition site

Heroin trafficker arrested at Santa Cruz harbour

A 57-year-old Las Palmas man has been arrested by the Guardia Civil at Santa Cruz harbour with half a kilo of heroin. The man was stopped off a ferry when he was thought to be acting suspiciously, and after being questioned, gave contradictory answers as to the reason for his visit. His luggage was therefore searched, and the man himself was then transferred to a hospital for a radiological exam. The results showed that he had ingested 540 grams of the drugs in five cylinders and was carrying them inside his body. These were expelled under medical supervision and tests showed that the substance was heroin. He has now been charged with trafficking.

Guía de Isora Craft Fair 14 September

Guía de Isora will be holding a Crafts Fair in the Plaza Nuestra Señora de la Luz in front of the church on Sunday 14 September between 10am and 6pm. There will be loads of local arts and crafts, and foods, on display and for purchase. These are always great fun, and Guía de Isora is a lovely old town, so this is definitely one not to be missed. Any registered craftsperson or artisan who would like a stall can inscribe their card with the council between 1 and 29 August (see HERE)

Alcalá’s August Virgen de Candelaria fiesta, with the famous Toste Brothers fireworks

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Apart from being the patron saint of Tenerife and of the town of Candelaria itself, the Virgen de Candelaria is also the patron saint of Alcalá on the west coast. Every August, therefore, on the final day of the town’s fiesta, there is a fireworks display that has become known as the place to see fireworks in south Tenerife. The fireworks are organized by the Los Realejos Toste brothers, who have put on the exhibition now for over 80 years. The show normally starts at 10pm with a procession to the harbour carrying the venerated image of the Virgen, followed by the fireworks at midnight which always last for at least half an hour.

This year’s fiesta is 13-17 August, and as always, the main visual spectacle will be at midnight on the 15th, the whole day is a religious celebration, and events will start around 1pm with a flotilla of boats, one of which will be carrying the sacred statue, sailing in procession between Playa San Juan and Puerto de Santiago. They should return to Alcalá around 3.30pm. A crowd of thousands is expected to be there for the day, many of whom will sail later into the little bay in order to see the fireworks from the sea. The council always asks people to share cars, or get to the town by taxi or bus, to avoid traffic congestion as much as possible.

Above is a short video, not even three minutes long, which should give an idea of how incredible this firework display is!

Don’t call missed 905 numbers back

The Policia Nacional has advised the public not to call any missed 905 numbers back. They say it’s a scam premium line

Tenerife’s sports tourism – unmissable events

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The Tenerife Cabildo says it’s delighted with the way in which Tenerife is becoming a world reference point for some top-class sporting activity, and the above video gives a wonderful taste of the sorts of things that are available here. Upcoming events include:

  • Some of the best windsurfers in the world at the fourth world championships to be held here between 3 and 10 August in El Médano.  More information HERE.

  • The Tenerife Walking Festival between 10 and 14 March next year will be a great meeting open to walkers from all over Europe. Come with your usual hiking group, your family or your children. Choose from 15 excursions in three categories: Coastal, Volcanic and Green covering the island’s huge variety of landscapes from wild beaches to lush mountain trails and passing through breathtaking volcanic landscapes. More information HERE; my original post HERE.

  • Tenerife Blue Trail is the quintessential Tenerife trail, and it’s back, an intense experience for lovers of trail running on 18 October. The big attraction is the Teide ascent plus there are four race formats, with different categories for runners with or without disabilities and different levels of experience and fitness. All are welcome to join in this mountain race – the highest in Spain and the second highest in Europe – running through some of the most unique, stunning landscapes in the world. More information HERE.

  • And if you like extreme sports, Teide Extreme on 4 October is one of the most scenic triathlons in the world, a magnet for the best triathletes every year. More information HERE.
  • To keep up to date with these and all other sporting activities available in Tenerife, the Cabildo has a Travel/Leisure Facebook page HERE, Twitter HERE, and a youtube channel HERE.

    Man in critical condition after jumping into shallows at Poris de Abona harbour

    A 50-year-old man is in critical condition after jumping into shallow water in the harbour at Poris de Abona around 5.30pm this evening. Emergency services were called out with reports that the man was unconscious and in cardiac arrest, and had been rescued by a lifeguard who was attempting to resuscitate him. Paramedics, together with a doctor and nurse from the local health centre, took over the resuscitation efforts and managed to revive him. He was then transferred to Candelaria Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

    Woman dies after car falls in Santa Cruz harbour

    A 49-year-old Italian woman died after her Renault Clio fell into Santa Cruz harbour this lunchtime. at Santa Cruz. Local police, harbour authorities and bomberos were all involved in the rescue effort, but sadly she was unconscious by the time she was extricated from the vehicle and despite attempts at resuscitation, nothing could be done to save her life. She was declared dead at the scene and the Guardia Civil and National Police are investigating the tragic incident.

    Janet Anscombe
    Tenerife News
    July 2014
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