Things to do in Tenerife in April 2017

What to Expect

After a mainly warm March, temperatures continue to rise in April, although there is a chance of cloud and showers particularly in the north of the island. In the south, noted for being generally sunnier, the daily average temperatures last year fluctuate between 22°C and 25°C in the shade with the odd day reaching 28°C. In the north, these were 19°C to 23°C.

Highlights

The big one this month is the Pasión in Adeje.  The event is famed worldwide, and thousands attend, many of them tourists. 300 actors take part each Good Friday and the action starts at 12.00 in Adeje town and lasts for 2 hours.  You will, however, need to get there early to get a good spot.

Holy Week in La Laguna is a solemn affair ending on Good Friday, with the Procession of the Holy Burial. In Guía de Isora scenes of the Passion are constructed using floral elements. The result, beautiful ephemeral works of art that blend with the tradition and characteristic elements of a religious celebration.

Advance notice is being given of the closure for two days of the Teide cable car to enable staff to carry out technical work to enhance the facilities. The dates are April 25th and 26th

The Tinerfeña Federation of Bands begins its Spring Musical concert program. Like previous years, every Sunday to June 18 at 11.30 in the Chamber Hall, Auditorio de Santa Cruz  free entrance until full capacity.

Joe Longthorne is back in Tenerife for one night only. (When 1st  April Where: Showtime Las Americas)

Boat Show enjoy a nautical exhibition where not only you can see amazing boats, also participate in workshops to learn how to make nautical knots and more surprises. (When April 1st to the 9th Where Siam Mall)

Tribute to the 80’s with tributes to Queen / U2 / Héroes del Silencio (When: 1st April Where: Waterfall, SC. Ticket online at www.tomaticket.es Presale €10 with 1 Heineken included or on the night €12 with 1 Heineken included)

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Noa – at the Open Sea Festival where the Israeli artist will present songs from her latest work (When April 1  Where Guimerá Theatre)

Estrellas has got Talent – singing, dancing, acting from some of the islands most talented youngsters.  Tickets HERE €6 under 5s Free (When 2 April, 2-5pm, Where: Karting Las Americas)

Classical Music Concerts by Trio Bohemio, Openar Ensemble and Duo Natale, (When: 2, 9 and 16 April Where: Casa Ábaco, Puerto de la Cruz)

XXI Half Marathon Las Galletas – the cash prizes will be awarded by strict order of arrival, regardless of the category of the runners. (When: 2nd April Where: Las Galletas) Registration through the website

Julieta Venegas – For the first time, the Mexican singer will embark on a European tour accompanied on stage by Matías Saavedra and Sergio Silva, two of her great musicians. (When April 5 at the Guimerá Theater in Santa Cruz)

Tegueste Tours a series of routes throughout the municipality to promote the culture, landscape and products of the area. (When: April 7, 22 and 29 Where:  Tegueste Information and registration: www.tegueste.es)

Saborea La Orotava – a tapas route and competition where a selection of tapa is priced between €2.50 – €4 and customers can vote on their favourite to win meals for two. (When to 7th April Where: La Orotava)

VII Canarian cheese fair will this year feature cheese from La Gomera. Also the 5th Insular Cheese Contest, which coincides with the fair will take place. (When: April 8th and 9th, Where: Pinolere Museum and Ethnographic Park)

Plenilunio – one of the most interesting cultural, gastronomic and commercial days of the year. (When: April 8 Where: Santa Cruz de Tenerife Information: HERE)

Feria del Saldo – 30+ local businesses will offer stock they wish to liquidate at bargain prices. (When 10am and 7pm on 8 and 9 April Where: Plaza Príncipes de España, El Medano)

“Vamos de Pateo” offer eight routes. The next walk on April 8th, will show the beauty of the tajinastes in bloom. Places are limited and registration is €10 which includes guide, insurance and transportation, email deportes@sanmiguelabona.org

Nicky Jam the multi-award-winning international performer arrives in Tenerife to present his new work Phoenix. This will be the only concert he gives in the Canary Islands. (When 8th April  Where El recinto portuario de Santa Cruz)

BADHABITS-MALASCOSTUMBRES intended for an elderly audience who seek, within a single space, to dine and party until dawn. (When 13, 14 and 15 April from 8 at night to 8 in the morning each day Where MAGMA Art & Congresses)

Northern Soul is back from 18th April until 1st May at the Soul Lodge, Pueblo Canario.

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The I Love Music Festival – more than 25 artists will perform on four stages (Techno Stage, Main Stage, Electric Stage and DnB Stage), over nine hours. The tickets, with prices ranging from 55 euros, can already be purchased through www.farraworld.com In addition; those interested in camping will enjoy its inauguration from, Thursday 13 April. (Where: Golf Costa Adeje When: April 14th)

XV Feria del Libro de Adeje (Book fair and Comic Book Fair) – Last year, English language authors were invited to participate. This year we would like to extend that and invite non-Spanish authors to take part, so British, French, German, Swiss, American, Australian, Moroccan, Senegalese, Chinese, etc. as well as illustrators and artists of comic books.  (When 21-22 April Where: Adeje)

VI CANARY ISLANDS CAR SHOW – For four days, the Tenerife Fairgrounds will become the capital of the automotive sector. (When Thursday 20th to Sunday 23th April Where: Recinto Ferial de Tenerife)

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Tales of Hoffmann – an opera adapted for children (Where:Symphonic Hall, Santa Cruz When April 29 at 6:00pm and April 30 at 12:00pm)

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Tenerife Symphony Orchestra – Enjoy the OST often accompanied by guest sopranos and other talented soloists. They perform the works of well known composers to make each peformance a memorable evening can be enjoyed by aficionados and amateurs alike. (When every Friday until Jun 23rd 2017, Where Auditorio Adán Martín, Santa Cruz)

Craft Fairs – Artesanía de Tenerife has announced the date of craft fairs for 2017 in Tenerife. The fairs, both small and large, sell unusual products from really creative and talented individuals, all of whom are officially recognised with a carné de artesano. The full list of dates is HERE

Whilst these are some of the most interesting events, there is an overwhelming amount of activities on Tenerife each month. Click on the links below to see what is happening elsewhere.

Tenerife – Attractions

Tenerife offers a wealth of attractions follow the LINK to get just a few ideas.

Tenerife – Tours

Guided tours both free and private as well as numerous excursions are available throughout the year.  For a few ideas follow the link to Tenerife Tours and Days Out

Tenerife – Sporting Activities

Year round temperatures averaging 22 degrees combined with a low level of rainfall provide an ideal climate for outdoor ventures. Whether on land, at sea or in the skies, Tenerife provides outdoor adventure for all types of travellers. Check them out HERE

Tenerife – Markets

Everyone loves a market and the island is home to a wealth of covered, outdoor and street markets. Many specialise in a particular type of goods while others selling the same product move from site to site. Most open early in the morning and close early afternoon. Follow this link for a list of Tenerife Markets

Tenerife – Museums

The museums of Tenerife are accessible to all sections of the community regardless of limited mobility or communication. Follow the link to find a comprehensive list of Tenerife – Museums

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Chicken Croquettes

I cook lots of chicken mainly for my dogs, sometimes the smell just gets to me, and I think I’ll have one of those joints, or sometimes there are pickings left from a roast dinner. In the past, I have made chicken rissoles but found them a little dry; however, there are so many simple meals you can make at home with chicken that I thought this time I would make croquettes.

Ingredients

12oz cooked chicken
Thick béchamel (see below)
Flour for coating
1 egg for coating
Breadcrumbs for coating – about 100 grams

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Method

Shred the chicken, I use my food processor for this. We like celery and onion in our croquettes, some people like ham and it is at this stage I add the ‘extras’ and chop in the food processor as well. Put the chopped chicken, into a mixing bowl. Then make the white sauce.

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50g plain flour
25g butter
250ml milk
a dash of grated nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste

I like a good Béchamel sauce, but I can´t be bothered with making a roux so I use Delia Smith’s all in one method and simply put everything in the saucepan together. You then bring to simmering point but whisk all the time and you don´t get any lumps. Then turn the heat down to low and cook gently for 5 minutes to take the raw taste of the flour away. Stir from time to time.

Mix the chicken and any extras with the white sauce.

Roll out a sheet of Clingfilm, pop the mixture onto it, and refrigerate for half an hour. It isn’t essential, but it does help to keep the mix firm.

After mixture is chilled, shape into patties or sausage shapes. Dip into the flour, then the egg and then the breadcrumbs

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Fry in hot oil, turning them regularly, until they are golden brown. You can freeze the croquettes and place in freezer bags. Then when need a meal heat them from frozen on baking sheet at 200° until hot.

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Sculptures of North Tenerife

A short while ago I wrote about the Sculptures in Santa Cruz that I love. It triggered a memory of when I was writing for an estate agent friend about certain towns where he had property and as I checked out the north of the island, I found some impressive pieces.

Everyone who visits Puerto de la Cruz knows the Fisherwoman. She is quite pretty, far more attractive than I imagine many of her trade and it is clever the way the fish fly out of her basket as she rushes to sell her wares but I’m not overly taken with the type sculpture that depicts people, it is the other stuff, the simple and unpretentious that I find fascinating.

Having said that there is a giant I’m fond of. She sits in a small park in La Quinta among the family houses, and apartment buildings, and she has a unique view of the Santa Ursula coast.

I learnt that in Tacoronte there is a sculpture of a Sardine Tin. It is outside the former home of Óscar Domínguez and because I had no idea it was there it was totally overlooked. However, there will be future visits.

I’m not sure whether to class the Fuente La Alhóndiga in the same town as a fountain or a sculpture but I love the lines.

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The 30ft Whale skeleton in Los Silos is very beautiful and an insight into what life in Tenerife was like.

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In Garachico, I hate the statue that commemorates the Derrame del Vino when local wine growers poured gallons of wine down the drain, in protest to the British monopoly of Canarian wine.

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However I love

In the square in El Palmar the locals have to be fleet of foot unless they want to be caught by the devil. These statues represents an old and traditional event held every September when the villagers stage a dramatic confrontation with the devil.

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Of course that isn´t all of the sculptures in the north, look no further than El Lago Martianez in Puerto de la Cruz or the Parque García Sanabria and don´t forget the South of the island….. However, that’s for next time.

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Bioclimatic Houses in Tenerife

I’ve always enjoyed looking at houses, not with the intention of buying but because I’m nosy. With this in mind, we took a trip to the Casas Bioclimaticas at the ITER technological park and what a fascinating trip it was.

Tenerife is known for its wind, whether you’re into kite boarding or wind surfing so it is amazing to find this residential development of 25 homes located in an isolated but exceptionally peaceful area, between sea, mountains, and right next to a wind farm! They are also just a few minutes’ walk from several, practically deserted beaches.

To find this unique ‘village’, take the TF1 motorway towards Santa Cruz exit 51 or from Santa Cruz exit 52. Follow the signs and when you get to the industrial estate, stop at the barrier, give your details and they will let you through.

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The first stop is the Visitors’ Centre, itself a bio-climatic building, close to the houses. There you will find a cafeteria, shop and terraces where you can view the Wind Farm and Montaña Pelada in the distance. There is an exhibition area with a model of the whole ITER project, different kinds of renewable energies and some of the exhibits are interactive so you can ‘fiddle’.

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The centre and walkway are easy to negotiate on your own, but once a week there is a guided tour through the houses and this answers all your questions about renewable energy.

The project had an inspiring beginning. In the 1990s, construction in the Canary Islands was haphazard with little care for the impact on its surroundings. The Casas Bioclimaticas started as a competition with the idea of generating awareness about constructing homes in an efficient way. Architects from 38 countries submitted almost 400 designs and 25 winners were chosen. These designs allow experts to compare different solutions and decide which are the most efficient. The data is used to design environmentally friendly buildings across the world.

The houses were opened to the public in 2011 and were all individually designed, using recycled and recyclable materials. They are all 100% energy efficient, make maximum use of the available wind power and blend in with the landscape. The gardens are planted with only plants native to the island and there are small water features like ponds dotted around. The furnishings are all from local interior designers and the overall result is that each home has character and style.

Even though experimental all the houses are available as holiday rentals through the ITER who also run the wind farms either side of the TF-1 motorway. Tel:  922 747 758 or email casas.bioclimaticas@iter.es.

 

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Hiba Hiba – Los Cristianos

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Hidden away around the back of the Passarela Oasis Shopping Centre is Los Cristianos is Hiba Hiba. We have parked by this restaurant on several occasions, liked the look of the clean and chic décor and as we both like Moroccan and Turkish food thought because there is a lot of cross-fertilization in that area we would probably like Lebanese food.

We have eaten in the Balkonen in Las Americas, but being in a popular resort did wonder if the food there was adapted to meet tourist tastes. However, when we suggested eating at Hiba Hiba with friends one Saturday night it was fully booked. Not to be deterred we thought we would give it another go.

Because it had been a long day shopping we called ahead one Friday evening and asked if their €12.95 set meal was available as a takeaway. Fortunately, it was so armed with carrier bag we headed home to sit in front of the telly and hopefully enjoy a Lebanese meal.

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The menu is extensive and the Set Meal served between 5.00 and 8.00pm includes Hummus, Avocado, Felfel, and Baba Ganug dips served with Lebanese bread. A starter from a choice of four and a main course from six groups, so loads of choice.

I went for the Kibbeh, minced lamb with pine nuts for my starter and my main was the Shish Taouk, Cubes of marinated chicken breast in a peanut sauce served with Arabic rice. Jim didn´t fancy the set meal but went for the Red Pepper puree with nuts and honey and the Chicken with peaches served with Arabic style potatoes.

When we opened our cartons, they all looked delicious and we ended up sampling each other’s, so had a good spread of tastes. It was all well prepared and my chicken was particularly delicious and the rice I can only describe as aromatic with a hint of garlic and cardamom. (Unfortunately, I hit the record button when taking a picture of my plate, so that is captured from a video 😦 .) Moreover, Jim’s chicken although it looks a little messy was wonderful.

Although we didn´t experience waitress service Louise, from West Yorkshire, (that’s on the sunny side of Lebanon) who took our call and served us with our takeaway was lovely and couldn´t have been more helpful, explaining which dips were mild and which were extremely hot.

Next time we will eat IN the restaurant, I am already looking forward to the Lamb with Plums, as readers know I love fruit with my meat.

You don´t always have to eat ‘local food’ and having such a diverse and richly varied restaurant scene as we have in Tenerife is yet another reason we love the island.

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