Updated 16 October: Two 30-year-old German bathers died today in playa del Bollullo in the La Orotava municipality. Emergency services say that a third 24-year-old German also nearly drowned in the attempt to save the two who died, but he was saved and transferred to Hospiten Bellevue for evaluation. Both swimmers who died suffered cardiac arrest, which is a symptom of cold water shock, after swimming at the beach in which a red flag was flying prohibiting bathing. They were taken to the harbour at Puerto de la Cruz but were declared dead at the scene after all attempts to resuscitate them sadly failed. Updated 9READ MORE

Updated 14 October: The Cabildo has now approved proposals to levy charges on a range of services in the Teide National Park are now approved, and will include fees for permits for guided ascent to the peak, visitor centre, parking, etc. The fees have not yet been set but there will be discounts for Canarian residents, and will be introduced relatively slowly and piecemeal in line with reinvestment in maintenance from monies raised, which are expected ultimately to amount to some €3m annually. Updated 3 June 2017: As reported in February last year (below), the Tenerife Cabildo now manages the Teide National Park, and has considered levying charges on aREAD MORE

Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento. Updated 13 October: Adeje Ayuntamiento says that the final weekend of the Adeje Patronal Fiestas will have a packed programme of events. ending of course in the traditional romería along the Calle Grande on Sunday. Tomorrow, Saturday, there will be a “traditional seed festival”, hosted by the department of the environment and the Canarian Seeds network in order to increase public awareness of the need to recover and strengthen the local agricultural strands to ensure the quality of Canarian produce. There will be workshops and demonstrations in the Plaza de España at the top of Calle Grande throughout the day and from 9pm musicREAD MORE

Updated 11 October: Tropical Storm Ophelia could convert into a hurricane today or tomorrow and is currently travelling northeast on a course between the Azores and Madeira where it could turn west to head across the Atlantic or fizzle out into blustery conditions for the mainland. Ophelia already has an “eye”, and its maximum sustained winds are almost 110km/h with gusts far higher, and a minimum central pressure estimated at 992mb. I pass this on from meteorologists so that people have accurate information, and be reassured that they insist there is absolutely no threat to the Canaries, nor any cause for concern in these islands,READ MORE

Graphic: IGN. A cluster of tens of seismic tremors has been registered over the past few days under Cumbre Vieja in La Palma, the largest being 2.7 on Richter scale. The authorities are increasing their monitoring of the situation but have stressed that the tremors are very deep, and although such intense clusters are not commonplace, the current one is not beyond the range of normal for an active volcano. Early this morining, too, at 6.38am, tremor of 4 on the Richter scale was registered south of Tenerife. IGN confirms its depth at 25km and various reports from the public show that it was clearly feltREAD MORE

Many shops, banks and offices will be closed this Thursday, 12 October, for the celebration of Día de la Hispanidad, or Spain Day. The national public holiday commemorates the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus on 12 October 1492, something that has particular significance for Spain because it transformed the still developing modern nation into a world Imperial empire which lasted until 1898. The celebration takes place every 12 October, with a military parade in Madrid’s Plaza de Colón attended by the Royal Family and the most important members of state, including the Government and the majority of the Presidents of Spain’s autonomous regions.READ MORE