Cabildo bus shuttle to Teide

Operativo Nevada

Free bus service to the Teide National Park this weekend

For safety reasons, access by car is only one way – up through Chío and down via Boca Tauce and Vilaflor from 08.00 am to 18.00 on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February

 This weekend the Cabildo has activated Operation Nevada (8.00-18.00) to ensure the safety of visitors to the Teide National Park after heavy snow fall 18-22 February.

The decision is subject to change, depending on the number of vehicles and the weather as AEMET is forecasting winds with strong gusts in lower hills and highlands and rain is also expected in the north tomorrow.

President Carlos Alonso explains: “Currently, access to the National Park is complicated because we have not yet cleared all the roads and because it is a natural area so this operation is to ensure orderly and secure access.” Alonso is calling for patience and prudence on the part of visitors and residents to prevent accidents.

Access to the Teide National Park is only from the south of the island. Northern access roads remain closed as teams work hard to remove the ice and snow from the tarmac. For this reason the following roads remain closed:

TF-24 La Esperanza, which is cut off at Arafo at kilometre 24

TF-21 La Orotava, cut off at Ramón Caminero at kilometre 24

Recent snow falls of up to 135 mm high in Izaña should continue on the ground for at least a couple of weeks, which means that Operation Nevada may well be repeated next week but with more roads open to vehicles.

The Teide National Park can be visited to the cable car station but only by using a discretionary bus service offered free by the Cabildo on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February departing from Vilaflor. Bus company TITSA is also operating the normal services to Vilaflor: line 482 from Los Cristianos to Vilaflor and line 342 El Teide to Costa Adeje.

Access by car is only permitted to Boca Tauce one-way via Chío (TF-38) and going down by Vilaflor (TF-21). It will not be possible to go into the National Park due to the lack of sufficient parking spaces to ensure the transit of bus emergency vehicles. To reach the cable car, you must take the free shuttle bus departing from Vilaflor.

Bus shuttle

The free bus service will depart from Vilaflor to the cable car and not make any stops. Parking areas for cars will be provided in Vilaflor.

15 buses will operate a continuous service between 10.00 hours and 16.00 hours:

 The first bus from Vilaflor to the Cable Car will be at 10:00 am and lthe ast departure from Vilaflor to the cable car at 15:00. The first bus will return from the Cable Car to Vilaflor at 11.30 am and the last at 16.30 hours.

 If necessary, the number of buses will be increased.

The Civil Guard will activate special traffic controls at these points to regulate the movement of vehicles. The Red Cross will have two ambulances on standby for evacuation.

Under Operation Nevada there will be a free lane on the road for emergencies so vehicles will have to drive on the right. A field hospital and three ambulances will also be available near the Teide

 

Forest tracks, footpaths and BBQ areas

For security reasons, any recreational forest trails leading to or from the closed road sections in the mountains will be cut off.

For more information on closed tracks

http:// www.tenerife.es/pistas/

More information on the website of the Cabildo of Tenerife

www.tenerife.es

www.diariodetenerife.info

Or call the Citizens Service Centre (901 501 901) and Highway Information Centre (CIC) 900 210 131 www.cic.tenerife.es

The information will also be updated on the Cabildo’s social networks.operativo_nevada (002)

Snow white Teide

Shiny white Teide

A webcam shows the island’s snow covered peaks while visitors enjoy sun and beach at the coast

Snow has fallen like never before in Tenerife. This weekend, the sun rose on Mount Teide completely covered in white, offering a spectacular picture postcard view of the National Park and the island’s peaks. Road maintenance teams from the Cabildo are working hard to clear the heavy snowfalls and ice from the roads but for now, all access to the National Park remains closed as a precaution.

If you are on the island and waiting to go up over the next few days to enjoy the snow, or if you are at home and want to see what is happening live at Teide, this is the image broadcast live from one of the cameras at the Astrophysics Institute of the Canary Islands:

And while this is happening in the highest part of Tenerife, the temperatures in the rest of the island are still like spring. The sun is shining and the beaches continue to be there for you to enjoy the over 20 degrees Celsius marked by the thermometers.

Have you ever heard that Tenerife is an island of contrasts? Well, over the last few days we have had the clearest example of this. Check out this camera, also live from one of the island’s southern beaches, Las Vistas in Los Cristianos (Arona):

playa-las-vistas

https://www.skylinewebcams.com/es/webcam/espana/canarias/santa-cruz-de-tenerife/playa-las-vistas.html

 

Back at the Berlinale!

Come and meet with TFC co-ordinator from 12 to 15 February

Berlin International Film Festival is one of our favourite events of the year. In a very professional though relaxed atmosphere, we meet lots of producers eager to learn about the Island. Tenerife Film Commission will be heading for Berlin very soon.

At the Berlinale, which runs for 10 days (from 11 to 21 February), we’ll be at the European Film Market in the Martin-Gropius-Bau building. We’ll be there along with other Canary Islands like La Palma, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote at the Canary Islands booth in the umbrella stand Cinema from Spain.

As usual, we’re going to Berlin to show producers our qualities as a film set. They can learn about the island’s natural areas, its spring-like temperature year round, its different villages, towns and cities…in short, Tenerife’s potential to double as nearly anywhere else in the world.

One of our strongest points is the tax incentives companies can benefit from as opposed to those available in other areas. Our 35% tax break to productions shot on the Island make us a highly competitive location. In addition, Tenerife has first-rate experienced production companies who have already worked in shoots like Fast & Furious 6 or the latest movie of the Bourne franchise —to be released—, are just two examples of Hollywood major productions that have chosen the Island as their location.

We are very excited about attending the Berlinale. When we’re back in Tenerife, we’ll be more than happy to tell you all we did there and if we are lucky, (we think we will), tell you about new shoots and productions on the Island. See you when we get back!

You can have a meeting with Tenerife Film Commission co-ordinator from 12 to 15 February. These are her contact details:

Concha Díaz

Tenerife Film Commission

+34 647 346 462

film@webtenerife.com

www.tenerifefilm.com

Film rouge

Seven Islands Film, member of TFC, now offers a make-up caravan too.

The company Seven Islands Film, member of Tenerife Film Commission, has just added one more service, a new make-up caravan. The vehicle has state-of-the-art equipment: two hydraulic chairs, washing unit with hot water, lit make-up mirrors, interior HMI lighting, air-conditioning, shower room and toilet. It can be hired with driver and cleaning service.

The caravan adds to the wide range of services offered by Seven Islands, from location scouting and getting shooting permissions to taking full care of your production or co-production, including the possibility of using tax incentives.

To learn more:

SEVEN ISLANDS FILM

T. 00 34 922 274 457

info@7i­lm.com

www.7i­lm.com