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Coronavirus in Tenerife, tourist information

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The Coronavirus has caused a lot of questions and doubts amongst Tenerife’s tourists and visitors. Here, we will try to answer the main questions and give you as much useful information as possible.  

The status of Tenerife’s airport

The official source of all information about the airport is AENA. Tenerife’s airports will remain open but with limited operating capacity. 

AENA’s official advice is to:

  • Always check the state of your flight with your airline
  • Don’t go to the airport any earlier than 90 minutes before your flight time
  • Maintain a one metre distance between yourself and other people

We publish the list of outbound flights from both Tenerife’s North and South airports on our social media profiles every day. If you have any doubts about getting back to your home country, please contact your consulate. It will be able to give you detailed information about getting a seat on a flight back home. 

If you plan to travel to the airport using public transport, please allow an extra hour of travel time as some services may not be running.  The aeroexpress line from Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje has been cancelled and the route is now covered by bus lines 111 and 711 in both directions. Passengers must buy a Ten+ card at the Los Cristianos or Las Americas bus stations as cash payments are not currently allowed.

How long will the State of Alarm last

The State of Alarm will last until at least May 24th 2020 but could be extended for a further 15 days. All restrictions remain in force until the State of Alarm is officially lifted. 

Hotel closures

From March 19 hotels have closed to business due to a decree from the Ministry of Health that affects all tourist accommodation establishments in Spain. 

As a consequence, hotels cannot accept new guests during the national State of Alarm. Current guests have a seven day grace period, until March 26, to leave their hotel. This shutdown will last as long as the State of Alarm, including any extensions to the alarm period. 

How does the State of Alarm affect Tenerife? 

From Saturday 14 March, 2020 the Government of Spain decreed a State of Alarm covering the whole country. This lasted for an initial period of 15 days and was extended by the Spanish parliament until at least May 24th. During the period, these are the restrictions that could affect tourists and visitors in Tenerife:

  • People are only allowed out of their home or accommodation for the following reasons:
  • To buy food, medicine or other essentials
  • To travel to a health centre or hospital
  • To travel to work
  • To assist the elderly or other dependent persons
  • To attend to urgent business at a bank or insurance company
  • Due to force majeure or an emergency
  • All journeys must be carried out alone unless your companion is a child, elderly person or other dependent. 
  • All shops are closed to the public, except those that sell food, essential items, medicine and medicinal items, hygiene products, press, stationary, vehicle fuel, and pet food, and those that operate online. 
  • Consuming food or drink inside an open shop is forbidden, as is forming groups and not maintaining the correct safety distance between people.
  • All restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses are closed with the exception of those that deliver.
  • Museums, libraries and monuments are closed as are all sports, entertainment and leisure venues.
  • Public transport continues in a limited capacity. Check the reduced bus timetable from local bus company TITSA:

For more detailed information about the State of Alarm, please see our official announcement.

Travel restrictions to non-EU countries 

THe European Council has limited non-essential travel to and from countries outside the EU and the Schengen Zone. Entry into the EU for all non-EU citizens with the following exceptions. 

  • Residents of the EU or Schengen Associated Nations who are returning to their primary residence.  
  • Holders of a long-term visa issued by a member country who are headed to that country. 
  • Transnational workers
  • Healthcare professionals travelling for work purposes. 
  • Freight and good transports workers who are travelling for work purposes and those aviation workers essential to commercial air travel activities.
  • Diplomats, consular staff and international aid agency workers travelling for work purposes. 
  • People travelling for essential family reasons.

Entry may also be denied to European Union citizens who are not registered as Spanish residents or are not travelling onwards to their residence in another EU country. These restrictions are in place for 30 days from March 23.  

Tourist Information Services

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Tenerife Tourism has launched a tourist helpline service for any visitor who needs assistance or information about Tenerife, COVID-19, or future visits to the island. Contact the service via telephone, email or via the GOIO virtual assistant. 

  • Telephone numbers: (0034) 922 255433 / 678 226 838 / 922 386 000 – 9:00 to 21:00 (+0 GMT).
  • Email: info@webtenerife.com
  • Goio virtual assistant:

Remember to stay safe and in your home or accommodation. It will be a pleasure for us here in Tenerife to welcome you back in the future and continue to make great memories together. You can keep up with us at our corporate blog here 

Coronavirus in Tenerife, tourist information

The Coronavirus has caused a lot of questions and doubts amongst Tenerife’s tourists and visitors. Here, we will try to answer the main questions and give you as much useful information as possible.  . 

The status of Tenerife’s airport

Tenerife Airports Coronavirus

The official source of all information about the airport is AENA. Tenerife’s airports will remain open but with limited operating capacity. 

AENA’s official advice is to:

  • Always check the state of your flight with your airline
  • Don’t go to the airport any earlier than 90 minutes before your flight time
  • Maintain a one metre distance between yourself and other people

We publish the list of outbound flights from both Tenerife’s North and South airports on our social media profiles every day. If you have any doubts about getting back to your home country, please contact your consulate. It will be able to give you detailed information about getting a seat on a flight back home. 

If you plan to travel to the airport using public transport, please allow an extra hour of travel time as some services may not be running.  The aeroexpress line from Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje has been cancelled and the route is now covered by bus lines 111 and 711 in both directions. Passengers must buy a Ten+ card at the Los Cristianos or Las Americas bus stations as cash payments are not currently allowed.

Hotel closures

From March 19 hotels have closed to business due to a decree from the Ministry of Health that affects all tourist accommodation establishments in Spain. 

As a consequence, hotels cannot accept new guests during the national State of Alarm. Current guests have a seven day grace period, until March 26, to leave their hotel. This shutdown will last as long as the State of Alarm, including any extensions to the alarm period. 

How does the State of Alarm affect Tenerife? 

From Saturday 14 March 2020 the Government of Spain has decreed a State of Alarm covering the whole country. This will last for an initial period of 15 days and can be extended by the Spanish parliament. During the period, these are the restrictions that could affect tourists and visitors in Tenerife:

  • People are only allowed out of their home or accommodation for the following reasons:
  • To buy food, medicine or other essentials
  • To travel to a health centre or hospital
  • To travel to work
  • To assist the elderly or other dependent persons
  • To attend to urgent business at a bank or insurance company
  • Due to force majeure or an emergency
  • All journeys must be carried out alone unless your companion is a child, elderly person or other dependent. 
  • All shops are closed to the public, except those that sell food, essential items, medicine and medicinal items, hygiene products, press, stationary, vehicle fuel, and pet food, and those that operate online. 
  • Consuming food or drink inside an open shop is forbidden, as is forming groups and not maintaining the correct safety distance between people.
  • All restaurants, bars and other hospitality businesses are closed with the exception of those that deliver.
  • Museums, libraries and monuments are closed as are all sports, entertainment and leisure venues.
  • Public transport continues in a limited capacity. Check the reduced bus timetable from local bus company TITSA here: https://bit.ly/39i1Gg0

For more detailed information about the State of Alarm, please see our official announcement.

How long will the State of Alarm last

The State of Alarm will last until at least April 11 2020 but could be extended for a further 15 days. All restrictions remain in force until the State of Alarm is officially lifted. 

Travel restrictions to non-EU countries 

THe European Council has limited non-essential travel to and from countries outside the EU and the Schengen Zone. Entry into the EU for all non-EU citizens with the following exceptions. 

  • Residents of the EU or Schengen Associated Nations who are returning to their primary residence.  
  • Holders of a long-term visa issued by a member country who are headed to that country. 
  • Transnational workers
  • Healthcare professionals travelling for work purposes. 
  • Freight and good transports workers who are travelling for work purposes and those aviation workers essential to commercial air travel activities.
  • Diplomats, consular staff and international aid agency workers travelling for work purposes. 
  • People travelling for essential family reasons.

Entry may also be denied to European Union citizens who are not registered as Spanish residents or are not travelling onwards to their residence in another EU country. These restrictions are in place for 30 days from March 23.  

Tourist Information Services

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Tenerife Tourism has launched a tourist helpline service for any visitor who needs assistance or information about Tenerife, COVID-19, or future visits to the island. Contact the service via telephone, email or via the GOIO virtual assistant. 

  • Telephone numbers: (0034) 922 255433 / 678 226 838 / 922 386 000 – 9:00 to 21:00 (+0 GMT).
  • Email: info@webtenerife.com
  • Goio virtual assistant: webtenerife.com/goio

Remember to stay safe and in your home or accommodation. It will be a pleasure for us here in Tenerife to welcome you back in the future and continue to make great memories together. You can keep up with us at our corporate blog here  www.webtenerife.com/blogcorporativo/

Tenerife through the eyes of travellers

In this post, dedicated to the female travelers who visit us, we’ve curated a compilation of stories that we hope will inspire you on your next trip to Tenerife.

Alex 

Alex Outhwaite is a popular newscaster in the UK. She came to our island to record a report for Sky TV, but the island surprised her more than she expected. On her trip she saw cetaceans in the sea, learned about Canarian culture and the “shepherd’s jump” and, of course, visited the Teide National Park.

Alex recently uploaded a photo of herself paragliding over the island and reminisced about the good times she spent here. “The truth is that I did not expect such spectacular places to exist in Tenerife.” 

Jakiya

Jakiya came from Senegal to spend a few days in Tenerife with a group of colleagues from her country. Together they visited places like Masca, Icod de los Vinos and El Médano. Jakiya is a born traveler who left her job to travel the world and inspire others to dare to discover new places.

Marta, María and Lucía

Marta Soriano, María Valdés and Lucia Bárcena are passionate about the world of fashion and styling. They came to Tenerife to attend the island’s  International Fashion Fair, but couldn’t resist dipping into our gastronomy. They returned from Tenerife knowing how to make a Mojo sauce and wrinkled potatoes, and with the memory of the taste of wines that once  enticed Shakespeare.

Emily

Emily is one half of the Along Dusty Roads blog team along with her partner Andrew. She came to Tenerife in 2018 and set out to explore the active side of the island; kayaking in Los Gigantes, walking through the volcanic landscapes of Mount Teide, and seeing the stars after nightfall. A whole experience that changed the way they saw Tenerife.

Pauline

Pauline is a passionate traveller from Luxembourg.  She got to know Tenerife in-depth as it was her “base camp” for an ambitious sailing trip across the Atlantic. She also took these 25 photographs that will make you fall in love with Tenerife.

Kristin

Kristin from Germany believes in sustainable travel and, together with her partner Rayco, traveled to different places in Tenerife. From hiking in Anaga to the streets of La Orotava, Kristin knows the island very well because it was the place where she and her partner decided to get married.

These are just a few examples of travelers of all kinds who, for one reason or another, decided to make memories in Tenerife. Are you ready to start your own Tenerife journey?

The 3rd Ibero-American Quirino Awards will be held from 16th to 18th April in Tenerife

The call to the Co-production and Business Forum is still open

The Ibero-American Animation Quirino Awards have announced the nominated titles in the nine categories of its third edition, which will be held on April 18th in the island of Tenerife. The selection reflects the richness, creativity and diversity of the animation produced in the Ibero-American space and includes everything from films for the public to author or experimental works made by both consecrated filmmakers and new talents.

With 14 works each, Spain and Portugal top the list of countries with the greatest participation, followed by Argentina and Brazil with 10 nominations respectively. Among the nominees are also works from Chile (4), Mexico (4), Bolivia (2), Colombia (2), Costa Rica (1) and Paraguay (1), which aspire to be finalists in the nine categories of the Awards: feature film, series, short film, school short film, animation for video game, commissioned film, visual development, animation design and sound design and original music. The 39 nominated works were selected from the 219 applications received.

The Spanish film “Klaus” and the Portuguese short films “Uncle Thomas Accounting for the Days” and “Nestor” are the works with the highest number of nominations (4 each). Among those selected are works nominated for the Oscar and Goya awards, and others selected and awarded at international festivals such as Annecy, Locarno, TIFF, DokLiepzig, IDFA or Havana, among others.

The Portuguese animation confirms its good moment tripling its presence compared to last year. This growth, together with the usual presence of Brazilian works in the Quirino Awards, triggers the participation of films in Portuguese, which come to cover some of the categories such as Best Short Film and Best Visual Development.

Feature Films, Series and Short Films

Animation aimed to the family audience predominates in the Best Ibero-American Animation Feature Film category, in which Spain accumulates three nominations: “Klaus”, the first feature film by Sergio Pablos Oscar-nominated animator in the category Best Animated Feature Film and distributed by Netflix; “Turu, the Wacky Hen”, Spanish-Argentine co-production that has more than 84 thousand spectators in Spain since its premiere on January 1st; and “Elcano and Magellan, The First Voyage Around the World“, new feature by Ángel Alonso (“El ladrón de sueños “) nominated for the Goya 2020 Awards.

This category is completed with the Chilean “Homeless”, a film aimed at the adult audience, inspired by the successful TV series written and directed by Jorge Campusano, José Navarro and Santiago O’Ryan; the Argentinian “The Longleg“, a film made in cut-out and photo-collage directed by Mercedes Moreira (only female director nominated in this category); and the Colombian “Reconciliation Stories”, a transmedia social research project that collects stories of violence victims in Colombia.

On the other hand, works from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Portugal and Mexico will seek to be finalists in the category Best Ibero-American Animation Series. Among the nominees are series broadcasted on some of the main animation channels in the region, such as the Chilean “The Legend of Zeta and Ozz” (Cartoon Network Latin America); the Argentinian “Mini Beat Power Rockers” (Discovery Kids); the Spanish “Momonsters” (TVE), which has the participation, among others, of the Tenerife studios 3Doubles Producciones and Vitotito; the Mexican “Space Chickens in Space” (Disney XD Latin America); and the Brazilian “Tainá and the Amazon’s Guardians” (Nickelodeon). This category is completed with “Crias” (RTP), a didactic series that brings together 29 filmmakers from Portugal and France and was selected in the last edition of the Annecy festival.

Portugal and Brazil lead the nominations in the category Best Ibero-American Animation Short Film. In this category, the Portuguese animation is represented by “Uncle Thomas Accounting for the Days”, a new short film by the renowned director Regina Pessoa (“Tragic Story with Happy Ending”, “Kali, the Little Vampire”) who has participated in more than 80 festivals worldwide; “Purpleboy“, a reflection on the gender identity directed by the Brazilian Alexandre Siqueira; and ” The Peculiar Crime of Oddball Mr Jay “, a stop-motion film directed by Bruno Caetano.

I Bleed”, a work based on a true story that seeks to make visible the daily life of a person with HIV; and “Flesh”, animated documentary directed by Camila Kater, are the Brazilian short films nominated in this category, which is completed with the Colombian film “The Cubicbird”, recognized as Best Animated Short Film in the latest edition of Bogoshorts.

An international jury will choose three finalists in each category, that will aim for the awards to be delivered at the ceremony on April 18th in Tenerife. The finalists of each category will be announced at Casa de América de Madrid on Tuesday, February 18th. The jury is made up of Colombian Alfredo Marun (Disney Television Animation); Polish Anja Franczak (Human Ark); Salvadorian Simón Vladimir Varela (Production Designer and Visual Development Artist for several studios, including Pixar, Disney, Warner, among others); the American Vera Verba (Sesame Workshop YouTube Channel) and the French Véronique Encrenaz (MIFA Annecy).

The Quirino Awards organization also announced the nominated works in the School Short Film categories -where 5 of the 6 nominated works are directed by women- commissioned film, animation for video game -category included as of this edition-, visual development, animation design and sound design and original music.

List of all the nominated works here.

 The call to the Co-production and Business Forum is still open

In parallel to the awards, the Quirino Awards intend to continue generating networks and favoring the circulation of works on both sides of the ocean. For this, a new edition of the Ibero-American Co-production and Business Forum will be developed, which will take place on April 17th and 18th in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Participation in this Forum is open to professionals from Latin America, Portugal, Andorra and Spain, as well as distributors, channels, sales agents and potential co-producers from the rest of Europe and North America interested in Ibero-American animation. Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney TV Animation, Discovery Kids, Sesame Workshop, Zodiak Kids, RTVE, Human Ark, Momakin, Barley Films and Indie Sales are some of the channels and companies that have already confirmed their participation in the forum, which has the collaboration of ICEX and Animation From Spain. The second edition of this Forum convened 300 professionals from 20 countries that participated in more than 630 B2B meetings.

Registration must be done through the Quirino website before February 20th (early bird) and March 2nd (final deadline).

About the Quirino Awards

The awards are named after the creator of the first animated feature film in history, the Italian-Argentine Quirino Cristiani, who in 1917 directed “The Apostle”; an Argentine production in which 58,000 drawings made by hand and shot in 35 mm were used, in addition to several models representing public buildings and the streets of the city of Buenos Aires.

The Quirino Awards, which have the main sponsorship of the Cabildo de Tenerife through the Tenerife Film Commission, reflect the determined commitment that has been made for years to animation on the island. This commitment also materializes in concrete actions to support the blooming local industry, assistance to major international markets and the promotion of the “Tenerife Isla Cartoon” brand, specific to this sector.

The initiative also has the sponsorship of ICEX Spain Export and Investments, City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, PROEXCA, TEA, HP and Tangram Solutions; the collaboration of ICAA, AECID, Ibermedia Program, Embassy of Brazil, Embassy of Portugal, Auditorium of Tenerife and RTVE; and the support of DIBOOS, SAVE, Pixelatl, 3D Wire, Ventana Sur Animation!, La Liga de la Animación Iberoamericana (the Ibero-American Animation League), Casa de América and Annecy Festival, as well as the associations: APA – Association of Animation Producers of Cordoba Argentina; ANIMAR CLUSTER – Argentine Animation Cluster & VFX; ABCA – Associação Brasileira de Cinema de Animação; Animachi Chile; GEMA Colombia – Animation Entrepreneurs Group; Guild of Animators of Ecuador; ACDMX – Association of Digital Creatives of Mexico; Peru Animation and Casa da Animaçao of Portugal.

More info at Premiosquirino.org

We’d love to meet up with you

MiradasDoc, Kidscreen, European Film Market and Series Mania, our next engagements

At Tenerife Film Commission (TFC) we’d like to tell you first-hand all the news and advantages that make Tenerife an increasingly attractive place to shoot international series and feature films. That’s why we’re travelling with local production companies to the most relevant events in the first quarter of the year: Kidscreen Summit and European Film Market (Berlinale).

We’ll start at MiradasDoc Market, in Guía de Isora, Tenerife on 6 and 7 February, an international market for documentaries focusing on the South of the globe.

We’ll be in Miami (US) at Kidscreen Summit, (from 10 to 13 February), under the Animation from Spain umbrella. Production companies Drakhar Studios, In Efecto, Mondo TV Iberoamérica and Tomavisión are joining us.

Then, from 22 to 25 February, we can meet up at the European Film Market and at the Berlinale Series Market where we’re travelling with production companies La Crème Films, Seven Islands Film, Macaronesia Films and Sur Film. We’ll be there with Canary Islands Film (the promotional Canarian film umbrella) in the Cinema from Spain stand (MGB C1). We’d like to highlight that on 23 February in the morning we’re taking part in the Canary Islands Film’s event to talk about sustainable film shooting. If you’d like to come, do ask for an invite.

We’re also attending the Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux (France), from 3 to 5 March and will be represented at Series Mania, (Lille, France) from 25 to 27 March through Canary Islands Film.

In Tenerife, production companies can benefit from 40% deduction for foreign productions or 45-40 % tax credit for Spanish productions or co-productions. In addition, companies can be established at the Canary Islands Special Zone (ZEC) and pay 4% on Corporate Income Tax as opposed to 25% paid in the rest of the country.  The island also offers valuable local talent plus experienced production companies and rental equipment companies. 

To arrange a meeting please write to film@webtenerife.com or call +34 647 346362.

TENERIFE FILM COMMISSION

www.tenerifefilm.com

Welcome to the sunny island of Tenerife!

A great place to film your summer campaigns in the middle of February  

Where could be a better place for Northern European’s supermarket chains to film their summer campaigns than the sunny island of Tenerife in the middle of February when the continent is bracing for Arctic weather? 

In January 2019, German major supermarket chain Edeka was pondering where to kickstart their summer marketing campaign , featuring several German celebrity chef on their barbecue grills. There has to be a house that looks like one of those in Germany. There has to be a garden, that looks like one of those in Germany. The key to all is the sun factor and that the celebrity chefs need to rekindle the spirit of summer in front of the “grillen” after a long winter spell in Germany. Scouts were sent out to look for the perfect location, when local Tenerife company Seven Islands Film came up with the solution which they are familiar with. Edeka took an instant liking to the location and the rest is history! Click here to see the campaign. 

The latest news is that Edeka sets to return in 2020 to take advantage of the same sunny setting. In fact weather has always been a top tier factor when it comes to producers opting to film in the Canary Islands, with Tenerife as a frontrunner (although there are seven islands in the Canary Islands) due to its developed infrastructure including flight connections with major European cities. 

As one of the longest running production companies in the Canary Islands, Seven Islands Film is equipped to provide full production services to shoots of all sizes of feature film, television drama and commercial. Not to mention facilitating qualifying audiovisual projects to take advantage of the 40% tax rebate in the Canary Islands. Its principals will be attending Berlinale from 21st to 26th February as part of an ongoing marketing effort to meet with international film and television producers with projects at various development stages.

SEVEN ISLANDS FILM
T. 00 34 922 274 457
info@7ifilm.com
www.7ifilm.com

Occidental Santa Cruz Contemporáneo, a film friendly hotel

The establishment specialises in film crews

The Occidental Santa Cruz Contemporáneo hotel, located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife city centre, has been chosen by nearly twenty production crews in the past few years. International feature film crews like Jason Bourne, Rambo: Last Blood or of series such as Dr Who or Silent Witness have enjoyed the hotel’s flexibility and discretion.

It has 150 rooms and there is a swimming pool available from June to September plus solarium, WIFI, laundry, car park options 50 metres away and all kinds of services to suit the special needs of film crews. Also, being in the centre of town it’s ideal for your days off. You can enjoy our coffee shop and our à-la-carte restaurant, or practise sport in the emblematic Garcia Sanabria park, just one minute away.

And if you’re curious about it, here goes a list of the feature film titles, TV series, commercials and photoshoots the hotel has welcomed (in addition to those mentioned above) in the last few years: Maus; El mejor verano de mi vida; Operación Concha; Tiempos de Guerra; Girls with balls; Kill Skills; Sky Rojo; Amina Rubinacci; Lo&Behold; Stylist Magazine; Hasta que la boda nos separe; Hogarth Worldwide; La Templanza or Meli Ecofuegos.

For further information:

HOTEL OCCIDENTAL SANTA CRUZ CONTEMPORÁNEO

T. 00 34 922 271 571

santacruzcontemporaneo.comercial@occidentalhotels.com 

www.barcelosantacruzcontemporaneo.com

A Christmas walk through La Laguna

Walking through the streets of San Cristóbal de La Laguna at Christmas takes you to another world. Start on Avenida Trinidad, where the characteristic scent of roasted chestnuts invites you to warm up with a handful of this traditional Christmas snack. 

Next, a stroll along busy Calle Herradores, one of the main main streets in La Laguna. Until the 19th century, this was the capital of Tenerife, hosting important artists and figures of recognized prestige that gave the city the charm that, centuries later,  made it a World Heritage Site.

Calle Obispo Rey Redondo is one of the prettiest Christmas spots with an illuminated walkway all the way to the lovely Plaza del Adelantado. This is the spot where locals and visitors alike take a photo and create a Christmas memory. 

However, the Plaza del Adelantado itself has its own breathtaking festive attractions. Stone benches with angel wings illuminated with LEDS; another perfect photo spot where you often have to queue and get to share the moment and Christmas cheer with other sightseers. 

After visiting the Plaza del Adelantado, where by the way you can also try some local Christmas sweets, the next La Laguna Christmas highlight is in the Plaza del Cristo. Here, a giant tree all of 20 meters high lights up the whole square and the La Laguna Market. This historic square was once on the edge of the town and separated the urban zone from the countryside, also known as the “Vega Lagunera”.

And while we talk of history, let’s not forget the divine local tradition known as “Lo Divino” where groups of neighbours walk the streets with instruments and sing popular local carols and Christmas songs to the delight of all passersby. This tradition has been maintained over the years and you still see groups of people walking the peaceful streets of La Laguna, drums in hand, singing the best known carols.

If Christmas at La Laguna has a defining characteristic, it is a peace and tranquility that allows you to enjoy it at your own pace. Wander between highlights and take in historical buildings, festive nooks or just the gentle bustle of local life. La Laguna invites you to relax, disconnect and enjoy the environment around you. 

A small challenge to finish: Take a photo in each illuminated corner and create a colorful album of memories from a place that is said to be the city with the most beautiful street in Spain.

How to prepare a Barraquito coffee, Tenerife’s star drink

The Barraquito is one of the star drinks of Tenerife. Its mixture of liquor, coffee and lemon captivates locals and visitors to the point of wanting to take the recipe home. We head to an iconic spot for the drink, El Camino in Puerto de la Cruz, to learn the secrets of the perfect Barraquito.

Carlos, our Barraquito ambassador, first shows us a 2016 video that has been seen thousands of times. He tells us how this coffee is an international drink: “They arrive from everywhere, Germans, Poles… the Poles go crazy and ask for ‘Barraquito, Barraquito’ as soon as they arrive, they come with the idea already in their heads.”

As we chat, we prepare the delicious layered drink. First comes the condensed milk; then Licor 43 “to give that cheerful touch”; above this, the espresso coffee; and finally a layer of milk and one of milk foam. Thus the five characteristic colors of the barraquito are achieved. It is essential to finish the recipe with a small slice of lemon and a little cinnamon sprinkled on the foam.

Carlos tells us that part of Barraquito’s success lies in the fact that it is not made in any other part of the continent. “Europeans love their coffee and this one is nothing like Macchiato or Latte. Those are more commercial coffees but the Barraquito is unique, I have been serving them for more than 30 years.”


The first thing to do when drinking the barraquito is to sink the lemon peel into the drink and then stir well with a spoon to mix all the flavors and create a homogeneous color. In the first sip the citrus flavor of the lemon invades the palate almost immediately. Then, the strong note of the Licor 43 kicks in with a strong aftertaste in the throat that no other coffee has.
With each sip the palate adapts to the initial surprise and the softness of the coffee mixed with the sweetness of the condensed milk comes through. The drink does not tire; on the contrary, as you get used to the liquor and the citrus you begin to perceive other flavors, like the cinnamon touch that crowns the glass.

The Barraquito also changes its name depending on where you are in Tenerife. In the capital (Santa Cruz, La Laguna) you may have to ask for a “Zaperoco” or “Barraquito especial”. This is because the standard Barraquito comes as a “leche y leche” coffee made with milk and condensed milk (also known as a “café bombón”). Marcial Morera, in his Dictionary of Canarian Language, states that the origin of the “Barraquito” comes from a man named Sebastián Rubio, nicknamed “Barraco”, who used to ask for the drink in bars of the capital of Tenerife.

What is the real secret of Barraquito that makes it so unique? Carlos is very clear on how to prepare his at El Camino. “Like everything in life, you have to put in love. The Barraquito, made with love, is perfection.”
We leave the bar with a good shot of energy and a big smile; it is true that things made with love taste much better.