Art in Granadilla de Abona

I have a Facebook friend Larry Dobson, we have never met, so I don’t really know him but from reading his posts I like him. He has an odd sense of humour (so have I), he is non-judgemental (I like to think I am too) and being a musician he is artistic.

It is no secret that I love art, particularly sculptures and street art or in the words of one Hilda Ogden ‘Murials….’ I have several blogs on these with another scheduled for close to the end of November on the street art in the Ranilla area of Puerto de la Cruz. Yes that’s right NOVEMBER even as a kid I always had a lot to say and I haven´t changed, so if I was to die in the night, nobody would know for the next 6 months as I have so much ‘stuff’ scheduled to hit my blogs between now and the middle of 2018.

Anyway back to Larry. He captured an image which he posted on facebook and I couldn´t make out if it was an advertisement or a mural. He told me there were a few in Granadilla where he lives and kindly went walkabout the following day taking pictures for me to use.

I rarely get up to the pretty little town these days and when I do it is on an evening to eat at one of my favourite places Tasca Tierras del Sur so I didn’t know about these. I think they are just what I need to spur me to take a trip further up the mountain – hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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Playa San Juan – Tenerife

The biggest attraction of Playa San Juan for both locals and visitors is its beach and ever since new sand was imported, this small fishing village has had a growing tourist market. I don´t mind admitting it is one of my favourite places on the west coast because despite the tourists it retains its Canarian roots.

There are several places to leave your vehicle, all within a few meters of the beach. In fact, there are two beaches; the locals invariably congregate on the natural black sand, leaving the expanse of golden(ish) sand for the holidaymakers. Sheltered by the harbour and a breakwater, means the sea has only a little swell, making it safe for children and excellent for swimming.

The promenade is wide and sturdy looks beautiful with its pergolas overflowing with flowers, and the sea shimmering in the heat of the day. The candy striped changing booths and stylish wooden beach chairs give it a ‘South of France’ feel. In addition, there are toilets, showers, and a playground for little ones.

Back to the boardwalk head to the old pier for a variety of restaurants, cafes, and bars all reasonably priced. There are also several information points here giving the history and origins of the town. In the opposite direction, at the far end is an old limekiln, which has undergone restoration. In the past, the lime made the blocks from which houses in Playa San Juan were built, in fact, most of the old houses are made from this material.

Just before arriving at the kiln, some steps lead to pathway that meanders along the coast to the Abama Hotel. The place looks like something from a Star Wars film. Very prestigious and names the likes of Bill Clinton amongst its clientele. From this coastal walkway, the views of the area are splendid.

Playa San Juan has a nice mix of nationalities, not a wild night out kinda resort, but recommended for those who wish a tranquil break from city life.

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Culture, Traditions, Pilgrimages in September & October

Having looked at the tradition of celebrating the Virgen del Carmen that takes place this month, I was asked by readers what other fiestas occur at this time of year. There are quite a lot for September as culture, tradition and pilgrimages are part of Tenerife’s everyday identity and can be found in all corners of the island. So below are the events that I have found in September and tagged on to the end is October, because from what I can see there is only a couple of events, although you may know differently.

Los Abrigos’ Fiestas Patronales de San Blas

The most beautiful maritime procession is celebrated at this time each year in Los Abrigos. The festivities commemorate the Virgen del Carmen, San Blas, San Blasito and Brother Pedro Betancourt. The Plaza Agua Dulce is the starting point for a procession to the harbour, and music, fireworks, a communal paella, and floral offerings thrown in the sea follow.

Fiestas del Cristo de La Laguna

La Laguna is on holidays throughout the month of September, though the big day is the 14th, when the image of Christ comes to Plaza del Cristo in a procession and traditional fireworks deafen the city for a few minutes. The Sabandeño Festival, the concert of the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, youth concerts, comedy nights, sporting events and children’s activities make a broad program of events attracts thousands of visitors each year come to enjoy the holidays with los laguneros.

Celebrations of Christ of Tacoronte

Sports tournaments, photo contests, Urban and White Night Festival during the first week to warm things up. From 16th things will warm up with Festival of Art, election of the Queen of the Festival, processions, street parties, fireworks display, Crafts and Antique Fair to complete the nearly 3 weeks of festive events.

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Romería de Socorro

This pilgrimage takes place in Güímar and is the oldest not only in Tenerife but in the entire Canary Islands. On 7th September, pilgrims journey all the way from the Church of San Pedro in the town centre to the chapel of the Virgin on the beach of El Socorro. In the afternoon, a celebration commemorates the moment when the virgin of Nuestra Señora del Socorro appeared to the Guanche people on the beach of Chimisay. The following day, the figure of the virgin is once again carried to the town and returned to the church of San Pedro.

La Librea de Tegueste

This event dates back to the 17th century and was declared in 2007 and event of Cultural Interest. It has its origin in several traditions, all with the aim of thanking the saints for delivering the people of the town from either plague or the attacks of pirates. The locals in traditional Tegueste costumes re-enact scenes of rural life, while, soldiers march the streets towards the captain’s house and a battle breaks out between the boats and the castle, ending in an impressive display of light and sound. The Librea is celebrated every 3 years early in September and has become a key festival in the town.

Fiestas del Santísimo Cristo

Early in the month, La Laguna celebrates its festival in honour of the Holy Christ and the devotion is immense. The main day is September 14th, in which numerous events occur and include a traditional military parade, the magna processions, open-air parties, and the much-anticipated firework display with its deafening explosions. The display attracts visitors from all over the Island.

In September, the struggle between good and evil, represented in the form of dance is staged in several districts but mainly in the north of the island.

Baile de las Libreas

The ancient celebration of the Librea Dance takes place during the festival of the Virgen de la Consolación in El Palmar. As the parade passes along the streets, three pairs of male dancers (three dressed as women) dance to the sound of tajaraste music. Joining the dancers are two flute players and two drummers, as well as a devil and a deviless symbolising good and evil. The dance was originally intended to protect the crops from evil spirits

The Dance of the Devil and the Deviless

In Icod de los Vinos during the night, the devil, and the deviless take to the streets accompanied by a host of giants and huge-headed figures to entertain the old and the young with their dancing. This tradition was first celebrated in the area’s neighbourhoods during Corpus Christi festivities

Sabandeño Festival

The folk group, have been recognised for over 40 years worldwide. Sabandeños often share the stage with other national and international renown bands and musicians. It is a great opportunity in early September in La Laguna. More information: here

Traditional Threshing in Buenavista

The old district of El Palmar, in Buenavista, is the setting for the traditional threshing when the older generations relive and revive this activity. The celebration reveals the secrets traditionally used to obtain grain from wheat. Every year, horses and cattle are guided across the threshing ground to complete the task.

Pilgrimage of San Miguel

During the second half of September, the pilgrimage of San Miguel is held in honour of San Miguel de Arcángel. People from all around the town and beyond come together for this popular event. The scene is set with pilgrims dressed in traditional outfits; there is a procession of horse drawn carts and plenty of Canarian food and wine that make the perfect accompaniment to a day of fun and excitement.

Almond Gathering

On the last Sunday in September, the residents of Vilaflor along with visitors who are passing through the area head out on a journey to collect almonds. The nuts they gather are sold at the end of the month in the Aripe Almond Fair, in the municipality of Guía de Isora.

Boreal Festival

This festival is held every September in Los Silos in order to spread the importance of caring for and respecting the environment. The coast of the municipality hosts many activities from releasing a turtle, recycling workshops, concerts, flea markets and an eco-tourism fair.

Tenerife Opera Festival

Held every year from September to May. Tenors, sopranos and baritones of international stature present prestigious works such as Tosca, Rigoletto, and Aida in the Adán Martín Auditorium and Guimerá Theatre in Santa Cruz.

October

The Librea of Valle Guerra

This is one of the most important events in the festivities that honour the Virgen of El Rosario. It is held once a year on the Saturday nearest to 7 October, the day of El Rosario. The event comprises of a parade of floats carrying the Virgin to the church plaza and the re-enactment of the naval battle of Lepanto, which took place in 1751 between the vessels of the Turkish Empire and those of the Holy League.

Canarias Folk Fest Arona

The folklore of the Canary Islands is one of the richest and most varied in the world. This festival aims to bring Canaria music and culture to both visitors and residents. Performances and concerts every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from October to March (except Christmas and New Year) are celebrated in Los Cristianos, Las Americas and Las Galletas

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Things to do in Tenerife in September 2017

What to Expect

Since moving to Tenerife 12 years ago I have always found the beginning of September to be our hottest month weather-wise. Sometimes too hot for us locals but a perfect month for holidaymakers. Average temperatures range from 20°C on an evening with average days, in the shade being around 26°C and several highs of 33°C here in the south while in the north you can expect average day temperatures to be around 23°C.

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Highlights

Although the celebrations start in August for the Celebrations in Honour of the Virgin of the Carmen the main day for those wanting to get a taste of the real Tenerife is Sunday 3rd September the day starts early with games and activities by Los Cristianos beach but the highlight is when the Virgen is transferred to the old pier of Los Cristianos accompanied by the Band of Music of Arona. After her trip around the bay the celebrations continue until the early hours with music and dancing.

The Pinolere Handicraft Fair will bring together 220 artisans from the Canary Islands from 1, 2 and 3 September, of whom 65% will be from Tenerife and around 35% from the rest of the Islands.

Oktoberfest! The great Bavarian party in Puerto de la Cruz when the town is transformed once again into a piece of Germany, with good German beer, music and food (When: 27 August to 3 September Where: Plaza de Europa, Puerto de la Cruz)

Concert dedicated to Celso Albelo Where: Plaza de Cristo, La Laguna When: 1st September Admission free

Suena Festival welcoming outstanding groups and artists, including icons of Spanish pop. Renowned singer-song-writer Mikel Erentxun will perform at Teobaldo Power La Union and Café Quijano, on Saturday 2nd, 16th and 30th respectively. All concerts start at 9pm Tickets can be purchased HERE (Where La Orotava)

The RFB Ballet de Moscú is returning with Don Quixote, a ballet based on Cervantes’ Don Quixote de la Mancha. (When 3rd September, Where Los Cristianos Auditorio Infanta Leonor at 7.00pm)

Romería del Socorro de Güímar – September 6th a multicoloured snake of people walk among the volcanoes of the Badlands of Guimaras as they carry the Virgin from Güímar to Socorro.

Intimate Concerts organised by Department of Historic Heritage  (When 7th September Where  Casa La Bodega Free Admission / Limited Capacity)

 

‘Los Lavaderos’ will host a cycle of acoustic concerts called ‘Lavaderos Live Music’, every Thursday in September, starting at 8:00 p.m. They will perform Kalima & Solfatara (Thursday 7), Three Jazz (Thursday 14); Francisco Abad & Edelisa Gómez and Version 2 (Thursday 21) and Tribute to Manzanero (Thursday 28). Where Santa Cruz)

Maluma – The Colombian singer will make our hips move to the rhythm of his “Maluma World Tour 2017” with hits like Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy. (When September 8th Where the port of Santa Cruz)

XXXVI Crafts Fair of Guia de Isora 10:00 to 18:00 hour in Church Plaza 10th September

II Cyclisturist solidarity 2017 from San Juan de la Rambla. September, 10th

10 years of Boreal Festival! (Where: Los Silos When 13th – 16th September)

 

 Summer Carnival will fill the streets of Puerto de la Cruz with its joy and magic. (September 15th to 17th)

Children of the 80s – Alice DJ will light up the evening with her Ninety’s hits, including “Better Off Alone”, “Back In My Life” and “Will I Ever”, among others. (When: 16th September, Where: Hard Rock Hotel Playa Paraiso)

David Bisbal The Spanish artist visits the island with his Hijos Del Mar Tour. (When September 16th Where: Pabellón Insular Santiago Martín de La Laguna).

Faro to Faro – One of the most significant events of trail-running in Tenerife. A route of 171 kilometers that leaves Teno and arrives at Santa Cruz with the sole intention of overcoming an unparalleled challenge, (When September 22 – 24 from 20:00 at the Lighthouse of Teno, to travel for 45 hours to the Farola del Mar, an icon of the city in the heart of Santa Cruz. All the information is available at www.faroafaro.com

Natura Salud the largest fair dedicated to health in the Canary Islands (When 22 – 24 September, Where: Recinto Ferial Santa Cruz)

XI International Film Festival of Tenerife (FIMUCITÉ), tribute to the Italian filmmaker Lucio Fulci, which will consist of the screening of the feature film “El Más Alla” with live performance of the original music directed by Fabio Frizzi. (When September 22nd Where Infanta Leonor Auditorium, Los Cristianos)

Tenerife Comedy Club is back on Saturday 23rd September with headliner Andy Askins, MC David Longley and Scott Bennett Tickets from Website

In this closing concert of the XI edition of FIMUCITÉ, we will enjoy a fascinating tour of the most recognized soundtracks of cinematographic masterpieces based on stories of the novelists Stephen King. (30th September, Auditorio de Tenerife)

II Crossing to Nado Murallas del Infierno in the municipality of Santiago del Teide that will be scoring for the Spanish Cup. 24th September.

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 recognized 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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Doors

Some may consider me strange, even “sad” but I have an obsession, (that might be too strong a word), but certainly a fascination for doors and doorways.

Recently I was in door heaven as in Italy I was spoilt for choice. In every town there are narrow streets and alleyways where I could indulge in seeing old doors. Some belong to homes where people still live; others have long been abandoned, neglected, and left derelict for many a year.

In my imagination, each door has a story to tell. Some have been around for centuries and seen great changes others have witnessed times of extreme hardship, poverty, and war. Many hide family secrets.

Big, small, old, new, square or arched stained, and paned, what are their secrets, what begs me to want to see what lurks beyond. Are they open or closed? Do they welcome in the breeze, or lock out something unknown? Whatever their message some of us find them intriguing.

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