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So much doom and gloom in Tenerife
with the stagnant property market, bars closing down, people leaving
and the strong Euro playing havoc with the pound, we thought we
would write a “happy story” today and one thing that is certainly
not on the wane is the remarkable website: Tenerife Forum
Warner Bros have chosen Tenerife as one of the locations where
they will shoot scenes for a remake of the movie “Clash of the
Titans”. A team of 350 people will be working on location in the
island alongside Hollywood stars Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson. The
island will earn 2.5million Euros in revenue and it is hoped that it
will raise the islands profile, the knock-on effect being an
increase in Tourism.
The film crew team will stay in Tenerife from May 15th until June
3 with most of the 2.5million Euros being spent on accommodation,
transport and maintenance, in addition to recruiting over 100 extras
and temporary support staff from the local population. A local
company, Sur Film Production & Services obtained all the necessary
film permits, managed auditions and sourced local offices.
The film is being directed by Louis Leterrier, who was
responsible for “The Incredible Hulk” and “Danny the Dog”. Working
alongside actors Liam Neeson “Schindler’s List” and Ralph Fiennes
“The English Patient” will be Sam Worthington “Terminator Salvation”
playing the lead role of Perseus, and Gemma Arterton “Quantum of
Solace”. The main cast also includes Mads Mikkelsen “Casino Royale”
and Jason Flemyng “The curious case of Benjamin Button”.
“Clash of the Titans” chronicles the struggle between men, kings
and gods, and is based on the feature film of the same title
released in 1981,starring Laurence Olivier and Ursula Andress. The
new version is set for release in the USA on 26th March 2010.
Almost 20% of the movie will be
shot in Tenerife in the municipalities of Icod, Buenavista del Norte
and Guía de Isora and in the Teide National Park. Scenes will also
be filmed in London and Wales whilst aerial photography will be shot
in Iceland and Ethiopia.
A member of the local Costa del Silencio residents association
has expressed their dismay over the current state of the
“improvement work” slowly being done in the area. the work was
recently reported as complete but, as seen by the photos, it is
“K.Dawson” had this to say:
“FACE LIFT COMPLETED.
Head line in the Island Connections News this week.
The Arona council and Regional Tourism Minister Rita
Martin are surely having a Laugh.
The facelift is anything but complete. 1000`s of
residents have been living a nightmare for months now as the attach
photo`s show. No one knows what is happening and when. Inadequate
diversions if any have been erected and then they are wrong the day
Not only the residents and tourist have no idea how
to navigate the fiasco the same applies to delivery lorries, police,
fire, ambulance and most of all the basura (garbage) wagons who
simply cannot get to empty the bins, and are left for days on end.
Clean Arona, I don`t think so, Rats are having a
field day in light of the situation and have even been known to be
Homes and businesses have been cut off for access for
several weeks, without notice and are suffering as a result of this.
Flicks bar is situated on the sea front of Amarilla
Bay, the owner Zina, stated that she sympathises with the business
at the top of Silencio as she herself knows what the knock on effect
is having. Due to mass reconstruction of the bay that is included,
Flicks Bar has many concerns over the well being of their customers
who are finding it very difficult and unnerving to enter the bay,as
the diversions are taking place behind unlit rocks and wasteland,
customers and residents alike are expected to drive or walk in a
very remote area which surrounds Amarilla Bay, thus making walkers
an easy target for thugs.
Albatros Landlady asks, if gardens are supposed to be
in place opposite,(above the pig in the dip) why on earth have they
decreased the pathway, this leaving little or no walkway for
pedestrians, mothers with children in buggies and people who are
wheelchair bound, is there any plans for them being taken into
consideration. When is this going to be finished? This is affecting
everybody, businesses are down and suffering extremely bad, this is
not the only concern from the Albatros, there are many, like the
many concerns all owners both residential and business owners have
Silencio is losing many holiday makers as they are
paying to go elsewhere, even when they have arrived for them it is
like a Holiday from Hell… Holiday makers are saying, we come here
for peace and quiet and to relax, we work all year round to come to
Costa del Silencio, (coast of silence) they are now calling it Costa
del Hell, and the reason, The face-lift is going too slow
Maybe Mr Revron and the Tourism Board are proud of
their achievements but the Residents and Business owners of Silencio
are certainly not.
Perhaps when the work is completed this fact could be
reported. But until then I think all officials that are stating
Silencio has been finished should GET UP TO DATE FACTS and report
whats really going on in Silencio.
Resident of Silencio”
Many thanks to K.Dawson for contacting us. Lets hope the work is
finished as quickly as possible. Times are difficult enough at the
moment without the local authorities making things worse.
A 47 year old man was arrested on
suspicion of murder after the discovery of the body of Carmen Rosa
Dorta, his estranged wife, in her home in Agua Dulce, Tenerife
The couple had been separated since 2004 and their relationship
had until that point been a violent one. Carmen Rosa Dorta´s body
was found at 2.30pm after her sister had reported her as missing.
She had not been seen for three days. A judge had previously issued
a restraining order against the man prohibiting him from coming
within 600 metres of her.
A search for her had led police to her house where her body was
found along with evidence of a violent struggle. The crime scene was
cordoned off while a team of forensic experts from the Guardia Civil
in Santa Cruz conducted an investigation.
The husband was arrested shortly after 5pm by officers of the
Guardia Civil in Granadilla de Abona whilst apparently driving the
vehicle of the deceased. The detainee has been transferred to the
Guardia Civil post in Playa de las Americas.
A day of mourning was declared today in the municipality of Guia
de Isora for Carmen amid widespread condemnation of her murder.
The German supermarket group Lidl recently announced that they
would be opening 12 stores throughout the Canary Islands. The
announcement brings to a close several years of speculation and
bureaucracy and the stores will provide some welcome competition to
the other supermarket chains operating here.
Famous in the UK for undercutting the large chains such as Asda
and Tescos, Lidl began branching out into cut-price electronics such
as plasma TV´s, laptops and PC´s, although they are just as famous
for their jaw-droppingly low prices on everyday goods albeit they
are usually wrapped up in unpronounceable foreign brands – a small
compromise for a much lower price.
With the first stores set to open in 2010, a total of six will be
located in Tenerife, three in the South of the island in Adeje, Las
Chafiras and Granadilla and three in the North in La Laguna, Puerto
de la Cruz and Santa Úrsula. Additionally, a large logistics
division should be operational in Guimar by the end of the year.
Another four stores will be opened in four Gran Canaria (Telde-Jinámar,
Ingenio, Agüimes and Vecindario), one in Lanzarote (Arrecife) and
one in Fuerteventura (Puerto del Rosario).
A total of 500 jobs should be created by the companies expansion
and there are already55 people working for Lidl throughout the
The Tenerife Cabildo and regional government have been urged to
do more to increase the islands visibility in the Russian market. An
estimated 92,000 Russians visited Tenerife in 2008 and whilst a 10%
rise on this number is predicted in 2009, it is felt that
competition from other countries such as Italy, Turkey, Cyprus and
Greece is hampering Tenerife´s potential. 2008 visitor numbers were
up 27% on 2007 so the slight slowdown in growth needs to be
addressed – according to Natalie Tours, a tour company represented
throughout Spain which has offices in several Russian cities
providing an substantial inroad to the Russian market.
Over 9 million Russians per year holiday abroad so the potential
is there but Tenerife must not be allowed to fall behind those
competing for this lucrative market. The Canary Islands have held a
dominant position in recent years but are in danger of falling
behind since Italy, Cyprus and Greece have reached similar market
A delegation from Tenerife will travel to the annual Moscow
International Tourism Fair at the end of this month where they will
attempt to reach a conclusive agreement on the role of government in
terms of the islands promotion.
English newspapers in Tenerife
With the many free Tenerife newspapers you can keep up to date
with news in Tenerife and the Canary Islands.
You will find that many of the English bars in Tenerife will have
regular deliveries of the free weekly English newspapers in
The free English news papers in Tenerife have all the latest news
and, for example, listings of property for sale in Tenerife, second
hand cars for sale in Tenerife, Tenerife car hire, properties to
rent in Tenerife, Tenerife tourist attractions, the Tenerife weather
reports and Tenerife weather forecasts, Tenerife births, marriages
and deaths, as you can see the papers are much like the free
newspapers you will find at home.
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Tenerife music: native legacy
When the ambitious Spanish conquest eventually made its way
to the Canary Islands and took them as part of the
ever-expanding Spanish empire, there were already indigenous
communities inhabiting the islands. While these "Guanches" were
- by European standards - quite primitive, they did have a
developed culture which included religion, language and music.
While very little remains of the indigenous forms of music and
dance, there is evidence that they existed..
Tenerife music: traditional
Due to the combination of cultures playing into the Canary
Island's colorful history, traditional Tenerife music - just
like its food, society, sports, etc. - is a fusion of African,
Latin American, European and indigenous Guanche music. The first
step towards the traditional Tenerife's music we hear today was
the Spanish conquest and subsequent colonization of the islands.
Tenerife music: folk
Tenerife - as well as its fellow archipelago members - has a
popular and celebrated folk music scene. The city of La Orotava,
for example, is famous for its folk groups and boasts hundreds
of them! You can basically divide popular folk music, which
you'll typically finding setting the atmosphere at traditional
festivals and events, into two major groups.
Tenerife music: the timple
One of the most fundamental and representative elements to
traditional Canarian folk music is the timple, or the Canarian
guitar. Similar to a ukulele, the timple is like a miniature
version of the guitar and strumming its four (or five) strings
produces light, higher-pitched music.
Tenerife music: today
Tenerife may be out there in the Atlantic Ocean, but it has
kept right up with major musical trends like jazz, rock and -
these days - even hip hop. Jazz music first made its mark in the
Canary Islands back in the 1940's with La Palma's Minerva jazz.
The style simmered and enjoyed a certain popularity, but really
came into its glory in the 1980's when South American jazz
arrived in the islands and rapidly created a following.
Throwing in additional European and African, the Canary
Islands produced first-rate artists - such as Polo Ortí, Kike
Perdomo, Gato Gótico and Jazz Borondón - and a style of jazz
known for stylistic innovation. Today, the annual Canary Islands
Jazz Festival draws internationally renowned artists year after
year and makes Tenerife and its fellow Canary Islands a
veritable jazz nucleus.
Meanwhile, when rock 'n' roll hit England's music scene, the
style almost immediately surged in Tenerife. From then on, it
has followed world trends through epochs of psychedelic, disco,
punk, heavy metal, pop and hip hop. Endless performers, singer /
song-writers and bands have emerged since 1956's Los Diablos del
Rock - the Canary Islands' first rock group - and the rock scene
boasts year-round festivals throughout the islands.
Tenerife music: classical
On the more classical side, Tenerife's Symphony Orchestra is
one of the best in the world and performs in Santa Cruz's
incredible, ultra-modern Auditorio de Tenerife.
As far as music venues go, the jaw-dropping Auditorio de
Tenerife, one of the islands most emblematic buildings, is the
venue par excellence. Designed by famous architect Santiago
Calatrava (he of Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences, Athens'
Olympic Stadium and Barcelona's tele-communications tower), the
brilliantly white, ultra-modern structure is perched upon Santa
Cruz's coast and looks - quite appropriately - like a cresting
wave. Not only is the Auditorio de Tenerife home to the Tenerife
Symphony Orchestra, one of the best orchestras in Spain, but it
also hosts a wide range of concerts, operas and other cultural
Although the island of Tenerife lies only a little way to the
north of the Tropic of Cancer, the unique combination of both Gulf
and Trade Winds that sweeps the island, somehow prevent it from
mirroring its nearest neighbor the Sahara desert.
Statistics show us that Tenerife features the lowest temperature
difference between summer and winter for anywhere in the world, and
average daily temperatures vary only slightly throughout the year
making Tenerife an ideal all year round holiday destination.
Tenerife is divided by a mountain range which then effectively
creates two very differing climates in a very short distance.
The cooler northern part of the island is a lush tropical
paradise with banana plantations and palm trees. Here it is quite
possible that you will experience a significant number of cloudy
days, and perhaps even a few rain day during your visit. In contrast
the south of the island is hot and dry with almost a desert like
A point certainly worth making when contemplating a holiday to
Tenerife is that the main weather station is located in the north of
the island, therefore the weather reports in many of the UK's
national newspapers will be taken from the islands capital of Santa
Cruz, and as such, may not represent the true temperatures and
conditions in the south.
Tenerife South Weather
Those looking for Tenerife beach holidays, and hot sunshine,
usually head to the southern resorts of Tenerife.
Tenerife's high temperatures, rarely dropping below 18 degrees
centigrade, make for superb all year round Tenerife Golf Holidays
and beach holidays.
Tenerife Spring temperature and Tenerife Winter temperature
ranges from 18 degrees centigrade to the early 20s, whilst in peak
season Tenerife summer temperature often climbs up to the 30s, and
higher when the African weather comes across from the Sahara.
The Trade Winds, as with the other Canary Islands, bring cooler
temperatures than would otherwise be experienced at this latitude.
Tenerife still remains the most popular destination for winter
sun holidays for UK holidaymakers.
Average Tenerife weather temperatures
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