A Short break in Puerto de La Cruz

Treat yourself and enjoy a short break in  Puerto de la Cruz in May. I’m sure you won’t regret the decision, as it’s not only a charming area in the North of Tenerife, there’s a lot going on during May.

Planning a Short break in Puerto de La Cruz: booking a hotel

The first thing people usually do when planning a short break  in Puerto de la Cruz is looking for acommodation. There’s a wide range of options available, from a top 5 star hotel , as Hotel Botánico with:

 

Hotel Botanico
Puerto de La Cruz Hotel hotanico
  • incredible gardens,
  • an intimate Spa to get rid of any stress, real experts in wellbeing with Thai massage experts and fabulous beauty treatments
  • classical decoration in their rooms and suits.
  • Four restaurants : Oriental, Italian, Mediterranean and Spanish gastronomy at La Parrilla

Luxury experience with no doubt.

For those on a budget 19€ per person is quite a hot deal, a well located  Puerto de La Cruz Hotel, Hotel Apartments Noelia Playa with:

  • self catering facilities available
  • fabulous views to El Teide from top roof pool and many rooms,
  • walking distance from bus station, Playa Jardín and city center
Puerto de La Cruz hotel
Puerto de La Cruz hotel apartments

Absolute good value for money.

Short break in Puerto de la Cruz: what to do in May

May is one of the best months to come to Tenerife, warm weather, not too hot, and lots to do:

Puerto de la Cruz  Mueca 2012:

From 11  – 13 in May This Street Art Festival will offer us performances, concerts, exhibitions, theatre in lots of public places and locals all over Puerto de La Cruz. An amazing cultural experience with artists form Mexico, France, Cuba, etc.. in a three days Festival full of creativity .

Blanco Bar: every Night a surprise

Nightlife has changed in Puerto de La Cruz since Blanco Bar opened. Monthly programmes including commedy, magic shows, gastronomy, rock, djs, they usually do great bands tributes as Dire Straits , exhibitions aaaand great cocktails at areally afordable prices. Friendly bar where you’ll feel at home.

Other Places you would also like:

Botanical Gardens: for a ridiculous price, mainly symbolic, more than 39 plants and trees , water plants as water lilies, or exotic ones Madagascar Dragon tree or Ginko Biloba at a green small place.

Loro Park : spend the hole day between dolphins, sharks, white tigers, orchids, whales and more. No matter if you are a child or an adult, you’ll enjoy for sure

Lago Martianez: sea water pools by the sea side designed by César Manrique.

 

To keep updated about what is going on in Puerto de la Cruz check our agenda of events in Tenerife.

See you soon !

 

Concerts in Tenerife: polemic discount price and rumours

Since the very Beginning Rock Coast Festival has been one of the most polemic topics in Tenerife.

Will it be done? What bands are coming? Are they serious? How would they get the money for such festival?

Like it or not, Rock Coast Festival 2012 is in the final count down and LM producciones have been doing a massive effort to promote it all over Europe.

They have been criticised because of lack of information, irregular updates, etc…Now, that we all know all the bands that are performing live in Tenerife they have launched a limited time offer to get two vouchers for the 3 days festival paying just one . Get more info about this discount in Tickets at Rock Coast Festival 2012 in Tenerife.

What’s wrong with this promo? you may wonder . Nothing wrong for those who haven’t purchased the 3 days voucher, as I said before 2 people enjoy for the price of one voucher, it’s even cheaper than 2 people going just one day, but the polemic  was originated  by the ones that had already bought 3 days voucher and do not live in the island, they’ll get extra vouchers, that’s what the organicers say, but that compensation does not satisfy them.

Rock Coast Festival 2012
Discount price at Rock Coast Festival

 

And the latest rumor was literally caught in Facebook and Twitter.

David Bisbal concert in Tenerife. One of the most popular latino singer, David Bisbal, said he’ll be in Tenerife in September, many people demanded an official confirmation , but the fact is that he assures concerts in Tenerife and Canaria in September only via social networks  , in his official website those concerts , part of his acoustic Tour “David Bisbal Acústico” are not yet listed….to be Continued

 

 

Costa Adeje Gran Hotel – Creative cuisine

Costa Adeje Gran Hotel 
Costa Adeje Gran Hotel

 

Tenerife is not a gastro destination as may be Asturias and the Basque Country, and yet we have products of exceptional quality and some chefs able to turn them into art.

The Restaurant, La Laja, at Costa Adeje Gran Hotel,  is one of those    establishments that is surprising, because of the environment, for a more than a balanced value for money that puts a luxury kitchen available to all.

Original and exotic dishes: octopus Lasagna, cherne tempura with pork, caramelized banana ice cream ….. the pleasure begins deciding between the various proposals full of originality,to seduce the most demanding guests.

Elegant, not too many tables and a professional team whose attention is remarkable, La Laja, creative Canarian cuisine with signature chef Pablol Aznar.

Today we see the Canarian cooking that is done in Costa Adeje through a very delicious dish which ingredients and recipe you will find by clicking on the link below

Goat’s cheese lasagna with palm tree honey and coriander powder

 

 

Ingredients 

  • goat cheese
  • palm tree honey syrup
  • water
  • agar – agar
  • maltosec

Costa Adeje Gran Hotel

Restaurante La Laja

Avd. Bruselas, 16 ( junto al Costa Adeje Gran Hotel)

38660 Costa Adeje, Tenerife

Telephone: 922 719 421

Booking: info@gfhoteles.com

Opening: 19.00 – 22.30h

Closed: Wednesday and Thursday

 

 

Diving in Tenerife – La Rapadura

Diving in Tenerife  – La Rapadura

I was shocked when I saw the picture . Can’t even describe what is in the shot. But I can assure you that diving in Tenerife in La Rapadura, Santa Úrsula has to be one of those once in a life time experiences.

I don’t dive, even when I adore sports, I’ve been always afraid of diving but I can’t explain why. right after the  impresive photograh by Francis Pérez, double page, featured at National Geographic , with that small yellow point, Delioma González, by that giant group of rocks under the water, I just changed my mind.

I’m still afraid but I want madly to see what she saw, so I’m trying as soon as I can.

I posted the picture in our  facebook  fan page and everybody loved it. that was the best thing I’ve recently done, as because of sharing, I virtually met Juan Raya Rodríguez who was with Francis and Delioma  diving at La Rapadura making one of the most wonderful underwater videos I’ve ever seen .

So, please,  watch it and enjoy the marine kingdom we have in Tenerife

Restaurants in Puerto de La Cruz – La Parrilla

Today we are up to Spanish cuisine made so well in the kitchens of the restaurants in Puerto de la Cruz.

A few days ago we had dinner at La Parrilla, a restaurant with Andalusian decoration  at Hotel Botanico, to try the tasting menu by chef José Marín.

I admit, I’m a fan of food, a # gastrovictim. I love to eat and of course, eat well.

Discovering a restaurant becomes adventure and charm is added, meeting who is behind each dish. In the case of the restaurant La Parrilla, seems chapters of a story, getting the same feeling that being stuck for a good book, you want to know what happens the next page and also do not want the pleasure reaches end, in my case, the dessert.

Determined to surprise me, I was in the hands of José Marín who decided for me what would be a fabulous dinner, please, check my menu:

Appetizer
Toast with lobster salad
Tasting Menu
Restaurant Puerto de La Cruz - La Parrilla
  • Consommé of Guinea-hen with goose liver ravioli flavoured with truffles
  • Salad of “Pámpano” fish and tomato flavoured with basil and puree of black
  • olives
  • Sea bass with citrics and potato confit flavoured with vanilla
  • Pork tenderloins with plum sauce and caramelised nuts
  • Lemon & raspberry cake with fresh fruits of the season, almonds & meringue.

So if you want to treat yourself , just book in La Parrilla and enjoy your meal!

La Parrilla
Avd.Richard. J Yeoward Nº1
38400 Puerto de la Cruz
Tenerife
Reservationss: 902.080.000
Closes :Saturday and Sunday ( except June, July, Agust, September)
Winter opening: 18.30 – 22.30h
Summer opening: 19.00h -23.00h

Hotel Jardines de Nivaria – mushrooms recipe

Carpaccio of morel mushroom with tomato and fennel flavour, served with a mustard sorbet

This is the more than delicious recipe that Hotel Jardines de Nivaria offer us today, as part of a very special menu, mushrooms menu for a price of 40€ per person

La Cupula Restaurant at Hotel Jardines de Nivaria
La Cupula Restaurant at Hotel Jardines de Nivaria

Ingredients (for 6 people):

• Morel Mushroom 240g

• Fennel 33g

• Mustard seeds 35g

• Tomatoes 50g

• Sugar 15g

• Cream 30g

• Glucose 19ml

• Inverted sugar 12ml

• Sage flower 6g

• Basil leaves •

Ice plant 40g

• Lemon 4g

• Olive oil 10ml

• Tender garlic

• Violet

Elaboration:

1. Clean the morel mushrooms with a brush to remove all the impurities.

2. Make the ice cream in the Paco Jet with the mustard, glucose and inverted sugar

3. Now, we cook the morel mushroom in oil with the tender garlic for 30 minutes at 68º.

4. Poach the tomatoes and cut them in perfect squares, add the cutted fennel and mix everything with olive oil.

Mushrooms recipe
Wonderful mushrooms dish at La Cúpula Restaurant

Preparation:

Put the morel mushrooms one after the other on the plate creating a circle and then we add all the rest of ingredients: the mustard sorbet with the herbs (ice plant, sage flower and violas), the tomatoes, a bit of salt and ready.

But if you prefer trying this fascinating dish Just get to La Cúpula:

Hotel Jardines de Nivaria

Restaurant La Cúpula

C/París s/n 38660 Costa Adeje

Opening: 19.00 – 23.00h ( closes on Sundays)

Reservations: 922 713333

 

Follow them in facebook or twitter @adrianhoteles

 

Enjoy your meal!

Popular festivities in May in Tenerife

Local festivities in May in Tenerife
Local festivities in May in Tenerife

The Following dates are important for locals, they are some of the most the popular festivities in Tenerife : Romerías

 

–  Mayo 12th

  • Romería in  Tejina

 – May 13th

  • Romería de San Isidro de Arguayo en Santiago del Teide
  • Romería de la Virgen de Fátima en el Valle de San Lorenzo

-May 13h

  • Romería Chica – Los Realejos

-May 20th 

  • Romería de Guamasa
  • Romería de Guía de Isora
  • Romería de Valle Guerra

May 30 

  • Romería de San Isidro en Los Realejos
You may wonder what a romería is. It’s a religuious celebration to honour a local Saint or Virgin and a special occasion for us, locals to wear our traditional dresses, traje de mago.
We usually do certain route on foot or with horses and people also sing traditional folk songs and play guitar and timple, so the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming.
A Romería is also a good chance to mix with locals, try our gastronomy and wine, there’s usually wine tasting and typical gastronomy as well .
On the same dates, sometimes there are bailes de Mago, where you “have to ” wear your traje de maga to join the traditional party where we also have the chance to dance to the sound of our popular music.
You are invited to join us!

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