What to Expect
June is the start of the dry season when rain is a rarity. In coastal areas, the temperatures generally are a very pleasant 25/29C during the day and 19/20C at night. It may feel perfect, but there is a danger of overdoing it so be careful and continue applying the sun cream unless you want to join those sporting the lobster looks. With the warm sea temperature, now is the perfect time to take a dip or enjoy the many water sport activities that take place around the southern resorts. June is a bit of an in-between month when it comes to tourist numbers. The Northern European’s (Swallows) have departed after Easter and there is a quiet period before visitors from the mainland arrive from late June onwards.
Some of the best fiestas take place during the month. Corpus Christi is one of the oldest religious festivals of the island, dating back to 1496. It is difficult to imagine anything quite as beautiful as the tapestries of sand and flowers. At first it was just spreading heather and different coloured flowers but in 1907 the first carpet of flowers as we now know them was produced in La Laguna, this continues today and they can be seen in several areas including Adeje and La Laguna. The highlight, has to be an elaborate tapestry created in the plaza in front of La Orotava’s Town Hall that depicts biblical scenes made from volcanic sands from Teide National Park. These tapestries are quite special but only last a few hours, when the Procession of Christ takes place and the town visitors walk across them. Program for La Orotava 2012
Fiesta de San Juan. At the beginning of summer, residents in Tenerife look forward to the most magical night of the year. In almost every district, large bonfires are lit on the eve of San Juan. Beaches become gathering places for locals who follow the tradition of jumping over bonfires in order to reduce evil to ashes so they can face the rest of the year. Open air concerts and firework displays are organised and at daybreak in Puerto de la Cruz, there is the ritual bathing of goats.
The festivities in honour of San Antonio de Padua are celebrated every June in Granadilla with a popular folk festival. It is one of the most important events in Granadilla where you can find typical food and music, sporting events, children activities and much more. The main celebrations will be:
2nd Taifa Dance XII traditional Canarian dress in the street, next to the Municipal Sports Pavilion.
9th The ‘XXIV Canaria Craft Fair’ exhibit typical products of traditional crafts plus music in the evening from Wamampy + Tropin
10th Mass sung by the folk group ‘The Chasneros’ evening party with music from Delicious Latin Mambo Orchestra
12th End of festival Fortress + Sensation Orchestra Gomera
Other Fiestas, Romerías and Pilgrimages taking place in June 2012 are
3rd Pilgrimage of San Isidro in Guamasa, La Laguna
15th Dance of Wizards of Orotava
17th Pilgrimage of San Isidro Labrador and Santa Maria de la Cabeza in La Orotava
17th Procession of St. Anthony of Padua in Icod Alto, Palo Blanco, Los Realejos
23rd Walk Romero of San Juanito in Punta del Hidalgo, La Laguna
24th Tour of San Isidro Romero in Las Carboneras, Anaga
24th Pilgrimage of San Juanito in Igueste, Candelaria
24th Pilgrimage Ifonche in Vilaflor
24th Pilgrimage of San Isidro in Tacoronte
30th Tour of St. John Romero in Bajamar, La Laguna
1st ‘From Farm to Table’ Come to the Historic Village of Granadilla de Abona from 10am to 2pm you will find the products in the Farmers Market and 6pm to 11pm enjoy this delicious combination of tapas and wines.
2nd Arona in Colour – Las Galletas starts 6.00pm a fiesta which includes skating, gymnastics, music, childrens activities and competitions.
to 2nd Legend and Traditions This shows the evolution of music and traditional dance of the Canary Islands since the time of the conquest to the present. Venue - Espacio Cultural Aguere de La Laguna
2nd Piano Concerto and the Choral Cabrera Aday of the Municipal School of Music and Dance of Arona. Civic Center of Cabo Blanco Free Entry
2nd Childrens/ Youth Choir Iglesia de la Peña de Francia - Puerto Cruz, 20:30 Tickets €5
To 3rd ”De Tapas por Garachico” for the fifth consecutive year taste the best traditional and most creative ‘tapa’. Info from Garachico Tourist Office
4th – 24th Gastronomic Route Arona, taste and tradition – Info from Los Cristianos Culture Centre.
5th, and 12th Tango Masterclass. Ámbito Cultural El Corte Inglés. 19:00.
7th, 14th, 21st and 28th Tapas in La Laguna - there is more information Here
Regional Gastronomy Meetings Enjoy the cuisine of Tenerife, prepared with regional products and accompanied by local wines. The municipalities of the island and “Saborea Tenerife” are organizing “Muestras Gastronómicas Locales de Tenerife”, a gastronomic meeting which aims at creating a favorably environment for producers and consumers and a way for the tourist to get to know the local cuisine.
to 17th June – La Orotave - Queso, gofio, conejo, papa bonita
to 24th June – Santiago del Teide - Ajo y tomate del Molledo
8th – 10th Veteran Squash Competion of Spain – the greatest tournament of the year at National level held in the Canary Islands, More info: www.squashcanarias.com
9th Youth Festival 2012 Granadilla 23.00 with performances by DJ Hermes, DJ Jason Thomas, DJ Rangel, Khepa Dj, Dj Fran, Sophia Darell, DMB Crew Dynasty and SFD.
10th Canary Run, 8.5km Las Americas
to 10th Tapas Party 2012 held with the participation of cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants in La Orotava will lead up to the festival of Corpus Christi and San Isidro Each tapa €2 Participants and Info HERE
11th June – 3rd July Molledo’s Garlic and Tomato Fair - Some of the best restaurants of Santiago del Teide are participating with delicious dishes prepared with these traditional products. Along the gastronomic route, you may find different activities such as courses, tastings, show cooking, children’s workshops and more. Link to Programme
16th Ritmos del Mundo (world rhythms) – Siam Park, Las Americas. Welcome the summer with the big opening party of the season: Hours and hours of music and dance with Genairo Nvilla, Real El Canario, Chuckie, Kenny Dope and Glow In The Dark. Tickets range from €26 – €66 for the VIP pass. Information and tickets: HERE
16th Santa Blues Festival, Plaza de la Torre de la Concepcion Santa Cruz. Live blues starting at 9 pm and free. This year’s performers are The Delta Saints from USA, and The Spikedrivers from the UK.
18th – 19th Crafts Festival In the square outside Auditorium Infanta Leonor, Los Critianos, 25 stalls of craftsmen from different areas of Tenerife.
19th and 26th Masterclass Jazz Fusion dance El Corte Inglés Santa Cruz
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