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Fiesta of San Antonio Abad
The Fiesta of San Antonio Abad is held in January each year and the fiesta can be found in the small Tenerife Town of Arona.
The Fiesta of San Antonio Abad is held in January each year on the closest Saturday to the 20th
As with any Spanish Fiesta having fun is the key to this party and there is a good selection of activities to help keep you occupied. Even though the actual Saints Day is only on one day of the week the fiesta is celebrated over the entire week.
The celebrations last throughout the week and the main emphasis are of course on food and music.
The busiest and most important day of the week is the Saturday when the town crowns its beauty Queen and holds a large open air party with live music and all kinds of dancing. Sunday Morning is the main religious focus of the festival and a large number of people dress in traditional Canary Island costumes and a large procession takes place.
San Antonio Abad is the patron Saint of a diverse selection of subjects which range from animals all the way through to various skin diseases.
San Andrés Festival
The Canary Islands celebrate Spanish Carnivals particularly in two cities: Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, being one of the most famous festivals.
29 - 30 Nov
Carnival festivities take place usually in February, forty days before Holy Week, as in most of the countries celebrating this. Every city, town or village celebrates Carnivals in Spain, (‘Carnavales’), although two of the most famous, apart from those in Brazil, are the carnivals of Las Islas Canarias.
Two cities, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife, maybe due to the warm weather of the islands, celebrate this festivity in a very similar way to the Carnivals in Brazil. In fact, each region in Spain performs carnivals according to their own traditions.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is located in Tenerife, one of the islands belonging to the Canary Islands archipelago. Their carnivals are very famous in all Europe. During approximately two weeks, several groups wearing colourful dresses go round the streets, while people, in their disguises party, sing and dance. So, we can easily find there are two types of carnival celebrations here: the first one, all those groups, around one hundred, who spend the whole year preparing their beautiful dresses and, on the other side thousands of people who just want to have fun and enjoy the celebrations, dancing all kind of music, from Caribbean to last heats.
Carnival groups have different categories:
Las Murgas: They sings their own songs, generally referring to politic or social issues but with humour and irony
Las Comparsas: Similar to Murgas, but they also dance. They members, non-professionals, may spend nearly six months preparing the lyrics, choreography and dresses.
Las Rondallas: “Las Rondallas de Tenerife” are very typical in this island. A masculine or mixed chorus, and other people playing guitars or lutes among others form them. They songs are related with opera or zarzuela and the previous Sunday to Carnivals there is a Festival at the Auditorio de Tenerife where the best Rondallas receive the prizes.
These categories can also be found in other carnival groups, in different Spanish cities.
But what about Las Palmas de Gran Canaria? One of the most spectacular facts concerning carnivals in this city is that everybody concentrates in a big and nice place named El Parque de Santa Catalina. This is the ideal place for parades and contests. We won’t find here just rondallas and comparsas but also the contest to choose the Queen of the Carnivals. Lately they have also organized another contest to find the best… Drag Queen!
And finally, when carnivals are ending, every city in Spain celebrates “El entierro de la Sardina” which could be translated as “The Sardine’s Burial”, a parade to express that we have to stop dancing, singing and having fun, as Holy Week is coming soon and we’ll have to be prepared for that
Carnivals: Celebrated during February in Tenerife, carnivals are the most important celebrations in all the districts of Tenerife particularly in the capital Santa Cruz.
More information about carnivals in Tenerife, Spain
Corpus Christi: (June) Carpets of flowers and volcanic earth in La Orotava and La Laguna.
Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria: (14/15 of August) Festival of patron saint of the island in Candelaria.
San Andrés: (29/30 of November) New wine tasting festival in Icod, La Orotava and Puerto de la Cruz.
According to many people the carnivals in Tenerife, Spain are one of the most well-known features of Tenerife and the best after those of Rio de Janeiro. All the islanders gather together at these annual festivities in a mass outburst of collective gaiety.
The main celebrations take place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the areas near the port where people dance to the sound of the best Salsa groups.
Few are the inhabitants of Tenerife who do not prepare their fancy dress to show off during theses happy days.
During the twenty seven days of the carnivals in Tenerife, Spain many important festivities are held such as the election of the Queen, competitions of street bands, processions and above all the impressive cavalcade which blends "Caribean" and "European" into a garland of colour and spectacle.
Whoever visits Tenerife, Spain during the month of February should not miss the vibrant and bustling celebrations and if possible join the crowd in fancy dress
Music Festival of the Canary Islands: (June) One of the most prestigious European classical music festivals with the best performers and orchestras taking part.
Opera Season: (October, November and December) Organised by the Tenerife association of Friends of the Opera (+34 922272535).
Sabandeño Festival: (September) Folklore Music Festival with Canary and Foreign groups in La Laguna during the festivities of Christ.
Las Palmas International Film Festival The 8th edition of the Festival is to be held between March 16th and 24th, 2007 and is all of a challenge for the organisers: they have to live up to the standards already set by previous editions and which are now expected by the many critics and cinema goers from all over the country who come to the event, standards which they often consider to be a requisite (using the word with all due caution.Therefore, the International Film Festival will continue along its lines of investigating the ‘fringe’ cinema, not only the ‘fringe’ from its geographic perspective but also from the aesthetic perspective of new and marginal visions. This means that there will be films from many parts of the world represented in the main sections, with a whole retrospective series devoted to Moroccan filmmakers, to the Israeli Avi Mograbi and various others of the most outstanding authors from the Far East, who now stand as references for the future generations. Independent films from the States, outside the classic box office hits, will also be represented in that they, too, are on the margin, the ‘fringe’, and re-present a new and refreshing perspective for future film directors to follow. So the re-edition of the now classically successful ‘Novísimos USA’ will again figure on the list of what’s on.
Tenerife, the Canary Islands
by: Tony Riley
Tenerife, in the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa, although belonging to Spain is a popular destination for holidaymakers worldwide. Here we take a look at what makes Tenerife so popular. Tenerife is the largest (2034sq km) and highest(3718m) of the Canary Islands. Mount Teide is Spain’s highest mountain. The South of Tenerife, particularly Playa de las Americas, is famous for it's nightlife scene. The South has both superb dark and golden beaches attracting many tourists, whilst the North of Tenerife is built around the thriving capital city of Santa Cruz. Tenerife has an estimated population of 655,656.
Tenerife is an island with a real ‘north-south’ divide in more ways than one.Party animals head south for sizzling beaches and the hottest nightlife in the Canary Islands, whilst in the North of the island even the sun takes it easy! The resorts of Playa de las Americas and Los Cristianos have all but merged to form one big tourist destination. Puerto de la Cruz is lusher, quieter and cooler and popular with the older crowd. Golf courses, yacht marinas, conference centres, theme parks, beaches... Tenerife offers a complete range of leisure activities to satisfy all kinds of tastes.
There are lots of beaches in Tenerife. The most popular are along the South coast: 'Los Cristianos' and 'Las Américas' with grey sand and surrounded by hotels and apartments. Going up along the east coast is 'El Médano', a long bay beach preferred by windsurfers because of its strong winds; and more to the north, the 'Teresitas' beach with white sand imported from The Sahara.
The Orotava Valley serves as an example of the north's fertility extending to the limits of 'Las Cañadas' Park on the west shore of the Island. It's completely covered with banana plantations and orchards. There are also many golf courses on the island such as Golf del Sur, Amarilla Golf and Country Club, Abama Golf Resort .. Mt. Teide is Spain's highest peak and the most visited tourist attraction, you can take a cable car to the top of the dormant volcano. Situated just above The Tropic of Cancer, about 200 miles from the North African coastline; Tenerife is the largest of the Canary Islands, an archipelago that was formed almost six million years ago when the earth was still being formed from constant volcanic action. Tenerife was itself the result of three land masses being fused together and thrust up from the seabed over eons, and Mount Teide, the highest point in Spain has become the focal point of this island.
There is very little modern history relating to Tenerife, and most that is recorded covers the most recent five hundred years. Tenerife is well documented in naval battles history, and has connections with Christopher Columbus, the Malmsey wines that were once produced on the island and exported throughout Europe during the 15 century, and the Guanche race that lived on Tenerife about this time. The Spanish Crusades brought Christianity to Tenerife, before continuing onto South America, and it was the Italians who first introduced The Carnival to the island. The Carnival that is celebrated each year on Tenerife is now the largest in Europe and only second in size to the one in Rio de Janeiro.
The island of Tenerife has long been known as a holiday retreat, but since the construction of the Reina Sofia airport in the south of the island, and the development of Playa de Las Americas, Tenerife has become the European winter holiday playground for millions of Northern Europeans. With almost 8 million tourists visiting Tenerife each year, it is not surprising that there is a massive self-catering holiday market, and with the majority of tourists choosing the south and west coasts of Tenerife for their holiday, Los Cristianos and Playa de Las Americas are at the top of most peoples list when deciding on a destination. The local Town Councils have ensured that tourist needs are considered when making planning changes, and together with new pedestrian streets and wide roads, several beaches have been formed during the past few years. Making new beaches on Tenerife is no easy operation, and the Los Cristianos "Las Vistas Beach" was formed over a two year period with sand literally hovered off the ocean floor. The Island of Tenerife with 7 championship golf courses has become a winter hot spot for many golfers, who are only too pleased to swap three jumpers and an umbrella, for a summer shirt, plus- fours and a factor 50 sun cream. Within 20 minutes drive of Playa de Las Americas; there are 5 superb championship golf courses, plus a 9-hole course at Palm Mar.
At 3,718 metres high, Mount Teide is without doubt the focal point of Tenerife. It is at the centre of one of Spain's great National Parks, and if you are arriving on the island by air during daylight hours, it is impossible to miss this spectacular volcano. Mount Teide is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the island of Tenerife, and during the winter months, thick snow sometimes covers the mountain, while the beaches on the south coast are crowded with sunbathers.
With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, it is no small wonder that Tenerife has become known as the Fortunate Isle. Tenerife is full of colour nearly all year round, with bougainvillea and hibiscus splashing a variety of reds, yellows, purple and orange, and when coupled with all the aromas that you associate with tropical climates, words like paradise and fortunate are often used to describe Tenerife and the other Canary Islands. For many tourists, lying on a sun bed by the pool or on the beach reading a book is their idea of a perfect relaxing holiday, but for many, the need to stimulate the mind is paramount, and here on Tenerife, there is multitude of interesting things to do to fill your holiday time.
Los Cristianos & Playa de Las Americas; Los Cristianos has matured during the past 40 years, and what was once a small fishing harbour with a few houses that served the local hillside communities, is now a major holiday resort with an international flavour in shops and restaurants. Los Cristianos is some 18 km from the airport and there is a new dual carriageway that connects the town centre with the TF1 motorway. Many of the streets close to the beach have been made pedestrian friendly, and wheelchair access ramps are at most junctions. The Fred Olsen fast ferries that connect Tenerife with the neighbouring islands of La Gomera and La Palma, leave Los Cristianos at regular intervals throughout the day, and on occasions, some cruise liners drop anchor in the bay and arrange excursions for their passengers. There are two very good beaches that serve the residents and tourists, and the promenade is lined with gift shops, restaurants and bars. With safety in mind, there are first-aid posts and regular police patrols, plus toilet and changing facilities. The Los Cristianos harbour is the starting point for many sea excursions, and there are two large beach areas lined with sun beds and parasols. The beach promenade is quite level and where there are steps; ramps have been formed for pushchairs and wheelchairs. In the town centre, there is the usual church square with several tapas bars and other shop units. Playa de Las Americas has risen from a desert waste 40 years ago, into the most popular winter- sun holiday destination in Europe. Playa de Las Americas has something for everyone, be it sandy beaches, luxury shopping malls, 5* golf, all night discos or simply a McDonalds' beef burger. At only 10 minutes drive from the Reina Sofia airport, Playa de Las Americas is to sun and fun seekers, what Las Vegas is to gamblers. There are excellent beaches with safe swimming zones, and from the Puerto Colon Marina, where there are some superb ocean going cruisers, there is a variety of boat excursions and water sports that can be reserved. Fañabe is the most recent area of Playa de Las Americas to be developed. Only a few years have passed since the last bananas were harvested, and now multimillion Euro hotels like the Bahia Del Duque and the Sheraton La Caleta hug the Adeje coastline. Hollywood style shopping malls with luxury goods and fine restaurants await the millions of tourists who flock here every year, 5* golf is close by at the Adeje 18-hole championship golf course, or the Las Americas 18-hole course, plus the wide avenues abound with pavement cafes that serve a variety of cafes and liqueurs. So book your flight and join Bill Clinton, Robbie Williams and Jennifer Lopez in holidaying in Tenerife. Timanfaya National Park
The Montañas del Fuego (Fire Mountains) were created between 1730 and 1736 when more than 100 volcanoes, covering more than 50 km², rose up and devastated this part of the island (including several villages). The last eruptions were in 1824, however due to the low rainfall (and therefore lack of erosion) this area appears much the same as it did just after the eruptions. In 1968 the area was declared a national park, Parque Nacional de Timanfaya.
This part of the island is a must for any visitor to the island because of its unique 'Martian' landscape and rare plant species.
After you arrive at the visitors Car Park you will witness several demonstrations of 'how hot' the area is (temperatures just a few metres below the surface reach between 400°C and 600°C).
Dry brush thrown into a hole in the ground catches fire immediately, while water poured into a bore hole erupts seconds later in the form of steam – like a mini-geyser.
The 'El Diablo' restaurant provides an impressive backdrop to all of this and serves Canarian food which is cooked using geothermal heat (A cast-iron grill placed over a large hole in the ground). It is advised to arrive here early if you would like to sample the food, since the Kitchen closes at 3.00pm.
While it is not possible to just wander freely around the Volcanoes, a Coach Trip around the National Park (La Ruta de los Volcanos) is included in the entry fee. The Tour features an Audio Commentary that includes excerpts from the diary of a local Priest who was an eyewitness to the devastating Eruptions.
It is also possible to take a Camel ride across the Volcanic landscape (not included in the entry fee).
Admission: €8 Euro (Includes Coach Tour around the National Park)
Opening Hours: Everyday 10.00 - 18.00
Telephone: +34 928 840057
Restaurant: +34 928 173105
Fiesta Santa Luca13 December Gran Canaria
On December 13th the fiestas in honour of the patron saint, Santa Lucía, are held on Gran Canaria. These fiestas have been declared a tourist attraction, as they manage to combine religious festivals with public sentiment.Aqualand Costa Adeje Tenerife
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