Photo: La Orotava Ayuntamiento. I’m always asked well in advance about the Corpus Christi carpets in La Orotava, so for those who want to make plans to see La Orotava’s Corpus Christi carpet displays this year, 2017’s festival will be celebrated on 22 June. The making of the famous alfombras form part of La Orotava’s fiestas patronales, the week-long celebration being in honour of Corpus Christi, San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de La Cabeza, and the day of the carpets is one of La Orotava’s two municipal public holidays. The carpets are world famous, and have held the Guinness World Record for the largest ephemeral carpet displayREAD MORE

Updated 26 April: The Government was already in the final stages of redrafting its Vivienda Vacacional decree to comply with demands from the Monopolies Commission to allow private renting in touristic areas provided legitimate conditions were complied with, and now there will be extra pressure to finish with the first of several imminently expected judgments from the Canarian Supreme Court. The ruling that has been released is for the action taken by FEVITUR (Federación Española de Asociaciones de Viviendas y Apartamentos Turísticos), and confirms that several aspects of the existing VV decree must be changed, not least that of permitted areas: the Court said that it wasREAD MORE

Photo: FCO. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed that Helen Diaz de Arcaya Keating, the British Vice Consul in Tenerife, has been presented with her medal for the MBE she was awarded by the Queen last year. The MBE is an honorary recognition of more than 35 years helping British citizens in Tenerife. The presentation was made today in the Real Casino de Tenerife by the UK’s Ambassador to Spain Simon Manley, who said he was delighted “to present this award to Helen as recognition of her many years of hard work, often out of hours and in the most distressing of circumstances, that have broughtREAD MORE

Photo: Arona Ayuntamiento. Arona Policía Turística have seized over 80 kg de goods in 15 interventions in just three days of a special operation against street vendors in the coastal paths in Los Cristianos and Playa de las Américas. The council says that it had become aware of a growth in peddlers along the whole of the municipality’s coastline and a corresponding deterioration in the image the area gives to tourists, as well as the unfair advantage such itinerant vendors have over local businesses who pay their taxes and contribute to public services. The police operation will continue so as to enforce article 50 of council bylaws established inREAD MORE

Photos: Adeje Ayuntamiento. It’s a sight to behold, and for the Adeje faithful, walking the statue of the Virgin Mary along the old path from the top of Adeje town to La Caleta is the fulfillment of a promise made generations ago, as well as a modern opportunity to celebrate the coming together of the people of the town. The annual Rogativa de la Virgen de la Encarnación (Supplication of the Virgin of the Incarnation) takes place on the third Sunday of Easter, namely two Sundays after Easter Sunday, and so will be held this Sunday, 30 April. It will start around 9am with the procession leaving Santa Úrsula Church at theREAD MORE