Mount Teide, a 360º visit to the highest peak in Spain

The giant Mount Teide, 3,718 metres high, rises above the clouds in Tenerife. If you see its peak as you approach the island, you know you’re close to your vacation. On the return flight its majestic and characteristic silhouette says goodbye. This is, without doubt, the icon of Tenerife, the protagonist on postcards and photographs with thousands of memories. Surely you also want to visit this magical volcano again someday. Thanks to new technology, we can bring you closer to the Mount Teide National Park today.

Visit El Teide 360º 

Did you know that many people visit Teide on Google Maps? Our travellers love to share their experiences about this natural wonder and upload countless photos and stories to the famous Google tool. The summit of Teide, by itself, has more than 1,000 reviews. To these must be added those of other places, such as the viewpoint of the Llanos de Ucanca, the Roques de García or the viewpoint of La Fortaleza.

We invite you on a digital trip, comfortable from home, so you can explore Mount Teide for yourself: a visit to one of the most beautiful corners of Tenerife in 360º.

Do you see all the volcanic rock around you? If you approach the summit, you will have an even better view. Take a look behind you, enjoy the infinity of the landscape that surrounds you, with the dark lava flows.

An incredible experience is when you reach the top: you’ll have Tenerife literally at your feet. With a bit of luck you will see the sea of ​​clouds rocking against the hills and mountains of the island and giving you the feeling of floating in a magical paradise. On a clear day, the spectacle is a bit different, because then you can see Tenerife in all its splendor and even other islands, with the Atlantic Ocean colouring the horizon blue. The highlight, of course, is when you can enjoy the sunset or sunrise from Teide; an experience to remember for life.

From the sea to the clouds

The most amazing thing about the ascent to Teide National Park is that you can drive from the beach to the volcano in just one hour. Do not be fooled by the heat of the coast! If you want to climb Mount Teide, it is better to wear warm clothes to protect yourself from the cold. In addition, in summer it is advisable to bring sunscreen and a hat to avoid burns. When you visit Mount Teide in the winter, remember to exercise extreme caution. Inform yourself about possible road closures before driving to the National Park.

360º trip to Tenerife

Mount Teide is not the only place on the island you can visit digitally. Do you want to fly over the Anaga Mountains? See how the beaches of Tenerife look from above? Or maybe you make a short trip to one of the theme parks on the island… No problem, let’s go:

Now that you can almost touch the landscapes and contrasts of the whole island, how about leaving the mouse, keyboard or cell phone and experience Tenerife live?

Film shooting in Tenerife brought over 9.6 million Euros in 2017

The Island welcomed 104 film productions last year, including 10 feature films

'Tiempos de guerra' shooting
‘Tiempos de guerra’ shooting

 

Tenerife was host to a total 104 national and international film productions, which brought more than 9.6 million Euros to the Island. These figures evidence the strength of Tenerife as a film location, thanks to its superb natural features, a powerful local film industry and very competitive tax incentives.

Special mention deserves the growth of the animation industry last year, which saw three new companies setting up business on the Island, which created over one hundred jobs. One more company is scheduled to establish in Tenerife, where they will hire a good number of local professionals within the next few months.

This situation is not the result of chance, as Cabildo de Tenerife has been committed to the film and animation sectors for years, as this sector has the potential to create qualified jobs on the Island, a line of work that falls within the Tenerife 2030 strategy, fostered by the Cabildo. The Island has managed to build a powerful ecosystem with a good combination of taxes, talent and quality of life plus the institutional support to the film industry.

According to the statistics of Tenerife Film Commission (TFC), the Turismo de Tenerife department in charge of promoting the Island as a film, commercials and photoshoots location, in 2017 the number of photoshoots totalled 40. Commercials amounted to 23; there were 18 TV programmes; and a total of 10 feature films were shot. There were also three short films, three documentaries, two music videos and four TV series. All in all, TFC answered 250 requests last year, while the total number of shooting days amounted to 635.

Expenditure on the Island ranges from 2,000 and 15,000 Euros per day for photoshoots for catalogues and advertising respectively, and 50,000 Euros per day can be spent in a TV commercial production. As for feature films, spend ranges from 20,000 to 35,000 Euros in European productions and can reach up to 350,000 in North American super productions. The 9.6 million Euros spent on the Island by film productions in 2017 are good for the tourism and film sectors, as this amount was spent in hiring equipment, crew, local talent, transport, accommodation, and maintenance, among others.

As for feature films, the Island welcomed the shootings of ‘El cuaderno de Sara’; ‘Sol a cántaros’, ‘Happy people’, ‘Apocalipsis Vodoo’, ‘Operación Concha’, ‘Yucatán’, ‘Platon’ and ‘Girls with balls’, in addition to the animation films ‘Tadeo Jones 2: Las aventuras del Rey Midas’ and ‘Las máquinas de vapor de Oz’. The series shot in 2017 include ‘Pro and Cons’, ‘Tiempos de guerra’, ‘Kill Skills’ and the second season of the animation series ‘Cleo’.

 

Training

Last year the Cabildo fostered a training programme for the film sector with the collaboration of the Clúster Audiovisual and the Government of the Canary Islands, along with the support of Fundación MAPFRE Guanarteme, which trained a total of 87 students.

Some of the activities carried out include an executive production workshop; head of locations for film and advertising; light & grip technical workshop; film production in English; plus a session on administrative advice for the commercial production sector.  There was also a course on ‘Voice and dubbing’ by the Escuela de Actores and the company T-Lab which was attended by 22 people.

In addition to this and thanks to the funding of Fundación MAPFRE, more than 80 students were trained in different skills demanded by the animation companies that have set up on the Island.

New shootings

Tenerife will host the shooting of the film ‘La viajante’ in April, produced by Canaries company Digital 104. In May the feature film ‘Blanco en blanco’, by ‘El Viaje Films’ will start shooting. A few days ago, the production of the film for television ‘Vacaciones con amigos’ was finished. It brought 750,000 Euros to the Island. It will be premiered at prime time on the German TV channel ARD (which has the largest audience in the country).

On the other hand, work goes on for the second season of the animation series ‘Emmy & Gooroo’, a production service provided by Tenerife production company Tomavisión.

Last year Tenerife Film Commission agreed the sponsorship to hold the first Quirino Awards of Latin American Animation on the Island. The event will take place from 5 to 7 April in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Tenerife Film Commission

Tenerife Film Commission offers production companies all the advice they may need on locations, permits and the services they may require while shooting on the Island. TFC has a total of 47-member companies, which means a 27 per cent increase and the creation of new categories like animation, drones, transport and logistics.

The wide range of areas suitable as film locations, including volcanic, subtropical, urban, coastal and marine landscapes within a very short distance, means the Island can double for many different places in the world in just a few kilometres. Technology and the network of local production companies, the tax advantages and incentives for productions and an privileged climate that allows shooting exteriors year-round, make up the attractions of Tenerife as an ideal film location.

 

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The best hiking trails in Tenerife: Tenerife Walking Festival 2018

Explore Tenerife’s best hiking trails: along the coast, through forests and volcanic landscapes. This is how we could define the Tenerife Walking Festival 2018, one of the most important hiking events in Europe. From May, 22nd to 26th, hikers from all over the continent will meet in Tenerife to share an extraordinary experience: stunning trails, authentic gastronomy and unique culture.

Coastal, volcanic, and green routes

The natural diversity of the island creates so many different facets, from volcanic landscapes to coastal paths in just a few kilometres. This allows a big variety of walking routes at the Tenerife Walking Festival 2018, with up to 22 options available.

Coastal routes of Tenerife

Tenerife is a window open to the Atlantic. That is why many of the island’s trails run parallel to the sea, highlighting especially the spectacular sunsets overlooking the ocean and other islands. At the Tenerife Walking Festival 2018 you can enjoy one of the most magical beaches of the Canary Islands, Playa Benijo, or explore the colourful contrasts of Malpaís de Güímar.

Volcanic routes of Tenerife

The volcanic routes of Tenerife seem taken from another planet. Not in vain, in the Mount Teide National Park was filmed the second part of “Clash of the Titans”. Even several “rover” vehicles have been tested here because of the similarity of the ground with that of the lunar surface. You also have the option of doing night trails and the universe itself guides you by illuminating your path to you capture unforgettable memories.

Green routes of Tenerife

Dense trees and bushes form a green paradise where nature breathes and the senses awaken. Whether you are crossing the forest of Agua García or immersing yourself in the magical wetlands of Anaga, you will breathe the fresh air and relax in nature.

Puerto de la Cruz, headquarters of Tenerife Walking Festival 2018

One more year Puerto de la Cruz will be the meeting and starting point of our festival. Its pleasant temperature and its proximity to the sea, makes it the ideal place to share anecdotes and travelling stories after an intense day of walking. For this reason, the event’s official bar, the Dynamic Bar, will offer nightly entertainment and special discounts for the participants.

But you can also explore the city, because on Sunday, May 27th, two free urban tours are offered in Puerto de la Cruz. On the one hand, you can follow the footsteps of the Canarian artist César Manrique or visit the various gardens, i.a. the Botanical Garden, Sitio Litre and Taoro Park.

Tenerife Walking Festival, a sustainable event

One of the commitments of the Tenerife Walking Festival is sustainability, with the “zero footprint“ as the target. This means that the carbon footprint of the festival is calculated, and to compensate for it, measures are analysed to reduce it in future events. With the help of a group of nature-loving volunteers, planting activities are carried out in some areas of the island.

Hiking at your own pace

The best thing about the festival is that its multitude of trails also allows a multitude of experiences. Whether you are an adventurer in search of great challenges or you prefer easier routes with a low difficulty and less physical effort,… you surely will find your path to an unforgettable experience at the Tenerife Walking Festival.

Tenerife hosts the shooting of the German film “A Family Holiday with Friends”

The film will be shot on location for a month and production-spend on Tenerife will be 750,000 Euros

©Daniell Bohnhof

The German television film, A Family Holiday with Friends, is shooting in Tenerife this month (from 21 February to 21 March). It is a 90-minute film produced by Bavaria Fiction, Degeto and the ARD television channel. Local production company Seven Islands Film is assisting and the Cabildo de Tenerife is supporting through Tenerife Tourism Corporation’s Film Commission.

 

The Cabildo Councillor for Tourism, Alberto Bernabé, explains that the shooting “will spend around 750,000 Euros on the island on accommodation, equipment rental or maintenance, proof of the important economic and promotional impact of this type of film shoots.” Mr. Bernabé added that this production, “confirms once again Tenerife’s value as a natural film set that suits all kinds of film productions, with a full network of highly experienced and professional service production companies plus incredible local talent.” The German crew is made up of some 30 people plus 50 professionals and a hundred local extras hired by Seven Islands Film.

The film will be premiered at prime time on the German TV channel ARD (which has the largest audience in the country). Six million people are expected to watch it, a figure that will be increased in subsequent screenings. This means a major promotion for the Island in its third tourism source market, which is only outranked by Great Britain and mainland Spain. The TV movie features some of the most stunning places on our Island, from the historic centre of La Orotava to the Chío forests, including Teide National Park, Santiago del Teide, Adeje, Arona, Guía de Isora or San Miguel de Abona. Some of the shots were taken from a helicopter.

©Daniell Bohnhof

A Family Holiday with Friends is a romantic comedy where two couples of friends and their children come to Tenerife for an idyllic holiday. They realize that despite their differences and dissimilar outlooks on life, friendship and love are their most precious possessions.

 

The history of Carnival in Tenerife

We are still in carnival mood, because some municipalities of Tenerife are still celebrating carnival. Colours and rhythms flood the streets. Everybody is invited to participate in the big show. But how did it start with the carnival in Tenerife? Do you know the origins of this popular event?

Origins of the carnival

There is no consensus on the origin of the term “carnival”. Some experts consider that it comes from the medieval Latin “carnelevarium”, which means “to remove the meat“. This refers to Lent, when consumption of meat is forbidden. Other studies, however, point to a more mythological origin on the “Carrus Navalis” (pronounced Car Navalis), which has a religious background.

In any case, it is true that the carnival has survived attempts at censorship and oppression throughout history.

History of Carnival in Tenerife

The carnival found its way to the islands through the European culture of the Spaniards in the 16th century. According to historians, the carnival was already so popular that the wealthy classes of the island celebrated it with dances and parties in the cities.

During the 19th century the carnival began to evolve. In addition to dance and party, various exhibitions, competitions and costumes were added. At that time, the use of masks began to spread. Women of the high society used them to mingle with folk festivals without being recognised.

Popularity of the carnival

The carnival became, little by little, an increasingly attractive party, not only for the locals, but also for the tourists that began to arrive during the 20th century.

In 1925, Tenerife’s first carnival programme was launched by the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which from then on was responsible for organising the event. We can say that this was the actual birth of the so-called “Murgas, Comparsas, Rondallas” and various carnival groups that designed ever more complex and elaborate costumes.

During the dictatorship of Franco, attempts were made to suppress these associations. Finally in 1961 they accepted the carnival under the beautifying name “Winterfest”. In 1967 it receives the award “Celebration of National Tourist Interest” and in 1980, once again with the name “Carnival”, it received the recognition “Festival of International Tourist Interest”.

You will not come to Tenerife during carnival? No problem, then visit the House of the Carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. An exhibition where you can admire the lavish costumes all year round, including those of the Carnival Queens, and learn all about history.

Carnival in Tenerife

It is the event to which everyone is invited. Friends and families spend weeks or even months designing their original outfits.

Thousands of tourists flock to the capital to see the Carnival Queen and her entourage on the parades… The big parade “Coso Apoteosis 2018” brought 7,000 tourists and journalists from countries such as Russia, Finland, Poland or Denmark to Tenerife.

When the carnival comes to an end, the costumes and the drums are returned to their place; but not for a long time, because the next carnival is coming soon.