Tenerife has Talent

I don´t advertise on my blogs, if I discuss a bar, restaurant or whatever it because of personal experience which I either loved or hated. If it was just OK I don´t bother – who wants to hear about something that is only average. I also never go into detail about individuals, although I do mention friends in passing. So where is this leading?

Many visitors and residents of Tenerife over the years have got to know the talented Cara, Cher, Madonna tribute entertainer, aka Ann Collings. We have been Facebook friends for a long time although we don’t really know each other. A few years ago I did spend an enjoyable afternoon in her company at a BBQ where I was expecting a ‘diva’ (well what would you expect seeing these images)

Instead, what I found a lovely person, a lady in the true sense of the word, who was happy to make cups of tea for anyone and never once promoted her amazing talent.

Since the beginning of this year, Ann has returned to another of her talents, drawing. Although she started at 4 years of age and has a degree in art, she stopped drawing 23 years ago. Below are some of the pictures she has recently posted and she hasn´t lost any of her skills.

Despite the fact that she is now taking commissions, she is still unassuming. Rather than hit every Tenerife group imaginable to advertise what she is doing, she is only posting on her own timeline, and I thought more people should be aware of what she does. 🙂

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If you would like a personal drawing for you or a member of your family, you can send a PM (contact through the link above) for more details.

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Culture, Traditions & Pilgrimages in February

Never will you witnessed such a combination of colour, joy and costumes as you will see in February when the island gives itself over to Carnival.


Joy, colour, rhythm, and glitter flood the streets in this, the most emblematic Tenerife celebration. The capital’s carnival the second largest in the world, with only Rio de Janeiro Carnaval being bigger. In Santa Cruz 2017 the main parade will be on Tuesday, 28 February, and the burial of the sardine on Wednesday 1 March. This year’s theme will be The Caribbean.


Different groups made up of child and adult murgas, troupes, street musicians and musical groups compete each year to win the prize for the most spectacular choreography or the best musical arrangements. The goal is to fill the streets with rhythm, colour and a Brazilian party influence. They are phenomenally popular and there is television coverage of all the groups taking part.

The glittering sequined, feathered costumes are impressive but the huge float structures that surround the candidates who compete to be Carnival Queen are straight out of a fantasy story. Each year the gala grows bigger as the various events are broadcast on TV stations. The aim is to choose the best ambassadors to represent the island and party for the upcoming year.

The Queen, her attending maids, and Carnival groups are even more impressive when parading the streets of Santa Cruz in the spectacular Grand Opening Parade. The main streets of the city are blocked to traffic for a several hours to host the elaborate parade of colour that brings together the whole family.

Shrove Tuesday is marked by dancing and glitter for the Coso Apotheosis walk through its streets. Like the opening parade, this is a family affair broadcast live on TV. The Coso represents the end of the celebration of Carnival, but the people of Santa Cruz actually know that the party will continue for a little longer.

A deep-rooted and one of the funniest Carnival celebration is the burial of the sardine, an emblematic fish for people of Santa Cruz, who call themselves chicharreros. The fish is accompanied by hundreds of widows and mourners, mostly men dressed as women who swoon and weep inconsolably as they say their last goodbye to the holidays.

Each year Carnival transforms the city and infects chicharreros, locals, and visitors alike from all over the world….. Until next year.


Source and Images courtesy of WebTenerife
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Things to do in Tenerife in February 2017

What to Expect

Just like January, February is one of our unpredictable months, weather-wise. It can be cool, cloudy and there is the chance of rain. Last year was unseasonably warm with the average temperature for the south a constant 23°C while night time temperatures were also high at 19°C. In the north, these figures dropped to 16°C and 11°C.


In Spain Carnival is celebrated in many different ways, but here in the Canary Islands, especially in Tenerife, carnival is special, and celebrated by everyone from the very young to the very old. It is celebrated in the streets where there are constant parties, music, and everyone in costumes; it is something intrinsic in our culture.


The biggest and the best is in the capital Santa Cruz and runs from 19th February to 5th March with the Main Parade on 28th February and the Burial of the Sardine on 1st March. This is followed by Los Cristianos and Puerto de la Cruz who will both have their main events in March.

33rd International Festival of Music of the Canary Islands – This festival is celebrated from January to February the only music festival that takes place during the winter months. The FIMC takes place in Santa Cruz and you can find more information here

Feast of Candles and Virgen de la Candelaria – Every February two popular events are celebrated honour of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of the Canary Islands. On the night of 1 to 2, the lights of the town are extinguished and the faithful form a procession while praying carrying candles (When:  1 to 2nd February 2 Where:  Candelaria)

X Memorial Cup Maximo Moreno in Adeje –  competitions of Baseball, Softball and Kikingbol, in the municipal field of Tijoco Bajo. (To 12th February)

The Municipal Band of Music of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, under the direction of Óscar Navarro with Radovan Cavallin (clarinet) as soloist. This is part of the XXXIII Canary Islands Music Festival  (When: February 2 at 20:30 Where:  Auditorio de Tenerife)

Mister Global Spain – The beauty contest this year chose Santa Cruz to celebrate its annual event. (When: February 5th at 17:00 Where: Teatro Guimerá Tickets: box office theatre and  www.tomaticket.es)

Almendro en Flor Route – Begin the year with a walk to enjoy the natural spectacle of almond blossoms in the municipality of Santiago del Teide  The approximate duration is 4 hours and difficulty is average. For more information visit the Casa de la Juventud de Adeje or call 922 78 18 08. (When Sunday, February 5)

The Children of the 80’s back by popular demand after a smashing opening party at the Hard Rock Hotel. The first tickets have reduced price and they are now available HERE

XC San Felipe, where the public can follow almost the entire course and live the excitement of the races from start to finish. (When: Feb. 18, 13 to 19h Where: Playa Jardin, Puerto de la Cruz Information and registration: www.ciclismocanario.es)

4th Canarias Folk Fest Arona 2016/2017 –With crafts and food market, from 16:00 and performances by folk groups this traditional event is held regularly in Plaza La Pescadora, Los Cristianos, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, every two weeks, starting Wednesday, November 30, 2016 and ending on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

Calendar – February : 8, 9, 22, 23 – and March : 8, 9, 22, 23.

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)

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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Spanish Quiche

I call this ‘Spanish Quiche’ because I add stuffed olives. It is about as Spanish as I am but it just makes a change from the normal Quiche Lorraine.


1 blind baked flan case made from shop bought shortcrust pastry


1 packet of bacon lardons (naturally from Mercadona)
3oz cheese I prefer mature Cheddar but any will  do
12 stuffed green olives halved (get those with pimento NOT anchovy)
2 eggs beaten
¼ pt Single cream

Fry bacon until crispy then drain and place in the bottom of the pastry case.

Cover with the cheese and olives then mix the beaten eggs with the cream and pour over the top.

Place in the centre of the oven and cook for approx. 30 minutes at 180C or until the filling is set and golden.


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Santa Cruz inhabited by sculpture.

One of the reasons I love Tenerife is art is not confined to walls you can find it everywhere. Our capital is full of stunning sculptures making it something of an open-air art gallery.

Few places can boast street art from some of the best-known artists in the world. Graceful lines and undulating curves captivate from Britain’s most prominent Yorkshireman Henry Moore and Spain’s Joan Miró.

Stroll through the avenues and parks and in every corner, you will find art.

Chirino’s “My Lady Tenerife” and “Sin Título” by Andrés Alfaro, “Ejecutores y Ejecutados” a structure by Xavier Corberó. The beloved Chicharrero depicting the tiny blue fish so typical of these waters and a symbol of the capital and the island.

Near the hotel Mencey in the Plaza de Lavaderos is a sculpture dedicated to the washer women of the town. There are several life-sized bronze sculptures outside the Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África depicting the everyday lives of a fisherman and a street seller, close by a nice sculpture of workmen resting on a bench.

Who can ignore the twelve-metre high ‘Movil’ or the controversial Monument of the Angel?

I have a couple of favourites, Garciarramos “Tree” opposite Plaza Europa depicts a young woman, her body transformed into a tree trunk and her hair and arms the branches, and the coolest of all, the stunning “Per Adriano” outside the Teatro Guimerá.

Residents make no attempt to hide their love of art and few cities can boast sculptures as important as those in Santa Cruz, it is important we appreciate how lucky we are to have this luxury to see in our everyday life.


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