Spain’s estado de alarma has been lifted, and the country’s borders are partially open: all Schengen & EU countries including the UK may enter the country, as well as 15 third-countries that have been deemed appropriate by the EU. Tenerife has left phase 3 and so we are in the New Normal, a stage likely to last until Spain declares an end to the health emergency, which the Government has indicated will only be when a vaccine is developed or a guaranteed treatment becomes available. The main effects for us personally are: arrivals do not have to quarantine but must fill out a form withREAD MORE

Police have detained a man, seemingly British and in his 30s, after they were called out to a tragic incident in Los Abrigos around 9am this morning. Initial indications are that the man killed his father, thought also to be British, in what appears to have been a frenzied attack resulting in the older man’s death from multiple stab wounds. Hopefully there will be further information throughout the day, but since an investigation is already underway, much will be sub judice.READ MORE

Photo: Canarian Agriculture Minister Alicia Vanoostende. Gobcan. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love Canarian wine! We all seem to have a favourite but one thing is never disputed, that it’s a world-class product with fame stretching back centuries to the days of Shakespeare and Cervantes. Each island has a range of its own individual wines, and while we might debate the relative merits of El Hierro dry or Lanzarote medium-sweet, La Orotava reds or (a personal favourite) Ycoden Daute Isora whites, we will surely not quarrel over the supreme quality of them all. This quality is quite literally put to the test each yearREAD MORE

A 57-year-old cyclist died after a collision between his bike and a car in Avda Islas Canarias, the road that runs along outside Lidl, in Las Chafiras. Emergency services say that they were called out around 11.30am with reports of the accident, but that ambulance crew were unable to help the cyclist who was in cardiac arrest and unresponsive despite repeated attempts to resuscitate him. Unfortunately, he was declared dead at the scene.READ MORE

As Clio and I were discussing in one of our recent podcasts, the whole summer season of fiestas is a write-off this year because of the covid19 health emergency, but councils will be seeking to fill some of the gaps with safe events to entertain their local residents. Adeje is one of the foremost in planning this, as Clio mentioned, and now the council has unveiled it Summer 2020 programme, making good on its promise to support local culture. The events are taking place in July, August and September in different parts of the borough, and although entry is free, booking on is required inREAD MORE

Updated 23 June: The Canarian Government has now instructed Granadilla Ayuntamiento to take the necessary measures to ensure the work on the hotel is stopped after the ruling by Costas to suspend the construction licence, and so reduce the financial risk for public funds that any indemnities might involve. Regional minister José Antonio Valbuena, head of the Territorial Planning Dept, has condemned what he called the anomalies and irregularities behind the authorization of the hotel’s construction, saying that he held Granadilla Ayuntamiento and the previous regional Government in particular responsible for them. The developers meanwhile have said they intend to appeal the ruling by Costas. UpdatedREAD MORE