An emergency simulation is going to be carried out in Tenerife and Gran Canaria in the Spring. The drill for the crisis situation is organized by the Spanish army, specifically the Unidad Militar de Emergencia (Military Emergencies Unit), and will involve a “large-scale natural catastrophe”. The UME says that over 2,000 will be taking part in the drill which takes place here between 21-26 March and which will be based on the scenario of a simultaneous level 2 earthquake in Gran Canaria and level 3 eruption in the upper Güímar valley while a toxic cloud from both catastrophes impedes air and sea communication between theREAD MORE

This coming Sunday, 26 January, fashion writer and internationally renowned stylist, Lupe Castro (@mscastrorides), together with event organiser and owner of Slow and Co. Kim De Coster, will be hosting ‘Out With the Old, In With the Green’ – a New Year’s clothes swap they describe as the most stylish event of the season at Hotel Suite Villa María. The future of fashion is all about sustainability and swapping clothes means new looks without the environmental impact. So, this glamorous and stylish event is a way to refresh your wardrobe for 2020 while remaining sustainably on-trend without buying into fast-fashion fads. The concept is simple.READ MORE

Photo: Alicia Barquero Padrón. This year’s programme of almond blossom walks in the Santiago del Teide foothills has now been unveiled. As previously there is a range of routes with varying levels of difficulty, and for different aspects of the spectacular phenomenon. Details of them all and how to sign up for them are HERE. The annual Almendros en Flor campaign in Santiago del Teide is one of the most popular in Tenerife, and it’s now in its 23rd year. These walks are always hugely popular because they’re through a stunning environment in the hills when the almond blossom is blooming, surrounded by beauty withREAD MORE

Photo collage: Adeje Ayuntamiento. As every year, the first fiesta in Adeje’s year gives an opportunity to see some real Canarian tradition in the heart of the tourist area. The fiesta is of one of the town’s patrons, San Sebastian, and takes place in La Caleta on Sunday and Monday, 19 and 20 January, with horsemen riding into the sea, and pastoral farmers dragging their goats and sheep into the water for the animals to be blessed. The event’s draw makes it almost more a spectacular tourist event than a religious one, but despite the tens of thousands of people who turn up to watchREAD MORE

Updated 16 January: Canarian president Ángel Victor Torres has announced that the new decree has been approved today and will become valid immediately, indeed it will be retroactive to 1 January. It will be published in the BOC tomorrow.   Updated 10 January: The Canarian Government has announced that it is to provide an alternative solution to the subsidy previously given on prescription costs by the former Government to those with an annual pension of less than €18,000. The Government stressed that with jurisdiction over health, regional authorities were empowered to pass such measures and so the 10% co-payment will be eliminated by a decree which theREAD MORE

UK Ambassador Hugh Elliott, has sent the following message to all British nationals in Spain. Please see HERE for all updated information about Brexit as it affects UK nationals in Spain. As you know, the UK will be leaving the EU on 31 January and we are on course to leave with a Deal, so I wanted to explain some of the jargon around the parliamentary process and, crucially, what all of this means for British nationals living in Spain. Citizens’ rights have always been an important part of the negotiations on our exit from the EU. Indeed the citizens’ rights parts of the WithdrawalREAD MORE