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Tenerife an island for everyone

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Can you imagine getting to the top of El Teide being disabled?  How about going downhill from Chio to Garachico being vision impaired?

Desire to better yourself, self-assurance and team work are some of the things we learned from the NGO Project U-Turn when they visited Tenerife. Project U-Turn is a Belgian NGO that organizes adventure trips for handicapped people and their relatives. They try to stimulate self-assurance, team work and cooperation because every day  means a little victory that requires physical and mental commitment. Participants go beyond self-imposed limits, become aware of their abilities and discover what they are able to achieve.

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Human beings are amazing and each of the last participants who have come to Tenerife this year has confirmed that. Besides, those people have taught us a very important lesson – Where there’s a will there’s a way and barriers can be overcome. Every trip is exciting but, if you also challenge yourself, it becomes an adventure.

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What made that trip so attractive to people with physical disabilities? What made them come back to the Island one more year? An adventure that began when they first arrived in Tenerife, which we believe helped them give their lives a new course.

Day 1. Once in Tenerife, and right after the first meal that was offered by the town council of Arico in El Poris, this adventure began with a walk up to the old road that reaches Arico el Nuevo. From there, along the Camino Real, they got to the Day Training Centre, the premises also provided by the local town council, where the participants spent the night.

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Day 2. From Arico to El Contador, 8km uphill. What was they key to succeed in this hike? Participants helped each other to overcome the different obstacles. Once in El Contador, tents lent by the Boy Scouts of Tenerife were set up.

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Day 3. After riding a mini bus to the intersection with the dirt road that leads to Vilaflor, the hikers headed towards the village and crossed the Barranco del Rio through a very narrow trail, which made them descend in line and carry the chairs. This took more than two hours! Finally, the participants slept in an open area by the old stone house in Los Llanitos.

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Day 4. From Los Llanitos to the hostel in Vilaflor, lodging offered by the town council.

Day 5. Again on a minibus, and thanks to the courtesy of Gaiatours, the adventures visited El Teide National Park. Once there, they rode the gondola to the plateau where trail that leads to the peak starts. During this final assault to the top, the participants had to help each other and for the very last twenty meters some of them were even carried on someone else’s shoulders. It was an amazing triumph! The descent took place with the people’s applauses to the participants and for many the experience became very emotional.

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At the end of the day, everybody returned to the pine forests of Chio where they spent the night.

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Day 6. Along the Montaña Cascajo dirt road, gone passed the Chinyero volcano and  after reaching the trail that leads to Arenas Negras, the hikers continued the trip to Garachico. This was a very difficult downhill journey for them due to the constant steepness of the terrain. Of course, accompanying people helped a lot, showing their will and their spirit of overcoming.

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Once in Garachico, the town council welcomed the participants. After drinking some water they swam and refreshed themselves to symbolize the end of the odyssey. Pride for such an achievement overcame them all. They had been able to cross the Island from South to North in only six days. The crowd on the beach joined the euphoria with applauses. The atmosphere became very emotional.

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That night, the participants had to sleep in Los Pedregales. It was a tough night but all of them could showed a smile on their face.

Day 7. The group was driven to Los Gigantes where the staff of Teno Activo took them for a whale watching tour. One particular moment, when the engine of the boat was turned off in order to let the participants, and especially a blind man who was also hearing impaired, hear the sounds that whales make, was really exciting. The boy smiled. The experience was really heart-warming.

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After a kayak tour along the cliffs of Los Gigantes, all adventurers were taken to the El Atajo holiday cottage in Chio, which was provided by the town council of Guia de Isora.

Day 8. Finally, two more magnificent days were spent at the San Blas Reserva Medioambiental hotel, in San Miguel, where the participants could enjoy the fantastic facilities and the kindness of its staff.

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Tourism of Tenerife wants to thank Teleferico, Exotur, GaiaTours, Medio Ambiente, Cruz Roja, Montaña para Todos, Hospitén Sur, El Teide National Park, Teno Activo, Boy Scouts, Thomas Cook flights department, San Blas Reserva Medioambiental hotel, and the city councils of Arico, Vilaflor, Garachico, Buenavista y Guía de Isora, their help, their kindness and their involvement with the belgian NGO U-Turn. Thanks to all of them the impossible could be made possible.

At the same time, Tourism of Tenerife wants to extend the invitation of U-Turn to all the handicapped people who would like to join them next year for more group activities. For further information, please contact U-Turn at the following email address: info@projectu-turn.com

Tenerife is the perfect place to welcome every tourist because we have a place for everyone in the Island; because it has always been a place for rest or activities, for all who have needed them; because the Island always has something new to offer regardless if you are disabled or not. Tenerife invites you all to come and awaits you with arms wide open.

What beach should we choose?

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During these days nothing seems more appealing than a good dip. But, where can we go? Tenerife, which has almost 70 km of beaches, most of them Blue Flag awarded due to the quality of their water, provided services and accessibility, is the ideal place. So, our only concern will be to decide which one.

In the South beaches usually have golden sands, while those in the North are almost black.

Here you can see a list of the beaches that have been awarded with the Blue Flag:

Golden sands: Playa de Fañabé and Playa del Duque , (in Adeje); El Médano and La Jaquita (in Granadilla de Abona).

Black sands: Troya I and II (in Arona); Playa San Juan (in Guía de Isora); La Arena (in Santiago del Teide); El Socorro (in Los Realejos); Playa Jardín and San Telmo (in Puerto de la Cruz); Arenisco (in San Cristóbal de La Laguna); La Arena (in Tacoronte).

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However, we can always opt for wonderful natural pools. The most popular ones are in Bajamar and Punta del Hidalgo (in La Laguna); San Juan de la Rambla (Charco de la Laja); Garachico (El Caletón) and San Miguel.

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Besides, every single place offers lots of fun activities: windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, etc.

No matter what you choose, sand or natural pool, any option is great for relaxing and enjoying our fantastic coast.

But remember, it is important to measure out your sun exposure. Use sunscreen, drink plenty of fluids and, of course, look after our shores and keep them clean.

Tell us which one you finally chose!

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Golf Tournament 2013

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La Gomera – Tecina Golf Course

 

The 6th edition of Fred Olsen Cruise lines will be at Tecina Golf Course in La Gomera on August the 10th.

The Mode of VI Fred Olsen Cruise Lines golf tournament  will be stableford individual handicap.

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines Golf Tournament 2013 categories:

Gents: 

  • 1st Category Handicaps 0-18,4
  • 2nd Category Handicaps: 18,5 – 26,4

Ladies:

  • One unique category handicap 0- 36

VI Fred Olsen Cruise Lines golf  Tournament 2013 Prizes:

  • Trophies and presents for the first,second and third clasified of each category
  • 14 days – cruise in any of Fred Olse Cruise Lines

 

The following  Promo packages by Fred Olsen and Hotel Jardín Tecina are great deals to attend to the Tournament in La Gomera:

 

  • 2 Nights + Tournament & Unlimited golf with Buggy + FAST FERRY FRED. OLSEN passenger & car
    • RESIDENT*  248.30 € / per person including:
  1.  Accommodation in a double standard room with garden view and half board (breakfast + dinner*) * Principal restaurant / buffet
  2. Tournament + unlimited golf and Buggy (subject availability)
  3.  Return ferry ticket on Fred. Olsen Fast ferry board between Los Cristianos and San Sebastián for passengers and car
  4.  3rd and 4th people in the same car pay the same package rate
    • NON GOLFER (golfer room mate) > 111.80 €
    • NO RESIDENT:
  • Golfer: 257.50 €
  •  Non golfer: 139 €

*Exclusive rate for Residents in the Canary Islands from EU

Promotion valid from 2 persons and 2 nights stay

  • 1 Night + Tournament & Unlimited golf with Buggy + FAST FERRY FRED. OLSEN passenger  and  car
    • Price:  208.50 € / per person (2 people minimum)
    • Price NON GOLFER (golfer room mate) :106.50 €

 

Category of rooms supplements per person per night:

 

– Comfort                side sea view:  7€

– Superior                frontal sea view: 14€

– Junior Suite             + extra saloon : 21€

– Single use: 30€

Following information is required to book your stay:

 

  • Full names and N.I.E. numbers
  • Handicap and licence numbers
  • Ferry arrival and departure times
  • Car model and registration number
  • Your credit card details to secure the booking (card number + expire date + CVC security number)

Please contact Hotel Jardín Tecina to register for the competition or take advantage of these great deals or email: tecinagolfcc@fredolsen.es

 

 

PWA Windsurf world championship 2013 in El Médano – Tenerife

If you  are fond of windsurf PWA Windsurf world championship 2013 in El Médano, Tenerife is waiting for you from August the 3rd till August the 9th with waves discipline

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Gollito with one hand

 

If you’ve been arround El Médano maybe you have had the chance to see how  a few of the best windsurfers train for next PWA Competition in Tenerife – El Médano, which can be followed online here

You can cheer the canarians:

  • Daida Ruano
  • Iballa Ruano
  • Darío Ojeda
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Daida and Iballa Ruano

Or your favourite  international ones:

 

  • Philip Köster from Germany,
  • Víctor Fernández,
  • Ricardo Campello from Venezuela
  • Marcilio Brown  from Brazil,
  • Martin Ten Hoeve from Holland
  • Dany Brunch
  • Alex Mussolini
  • Adam Lewis…

Weather conditions make El Medano the perfect spot for windsurf competitions which you can check online as well to get information about:

  • wind speed,
  • wind gusts,
  • wind direction,
  • wave,
  • wave direction
  • wave periods,etc…

Check also your accomodation in El Médano or nearby before it’s too late  to find the place you have in mind.

If you are not hiring a car, take note of the following bus lines that will take you to El Medano:

  • Line 116 from and to Santa Cruz
  • Line 483 from and to Costa Adeje
  • Line 470 From and to Granadilla and Los Cristianos

Check at TITSA.com frequency or changes.

See you in El Médano!

 

 

Tenerife Fest Costa San Miguel 2013

Every Saturday in August 2013 you can enjoy II Fest Costa San Miguel in Tenerife South and know a bit more about our culture through this great Festival

 

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II Fest Costa San Miguel  2013 Programme

August 3rd  San Blas Shopping Centre at 20.30h

  • Folk groups performances:
    • AC Chaveña
    • AC Aldea Blanca
  • Canarian stick fighting

August 10th at Aguamarina Hotel beach promenade at 20.30h

Folk groups performances:

  • AC Amanecer Guanche
  • Agrupación Amigos de Abona

August 17th at San Blas Shopping Centre at 20.30h

Folk groups performances:

  • AC Guargazal
  • Agrupación amigos de Abona

August 24th at Sandos San Blas Hotel

  • 19.30h: Canarian wrestling
  • 20.15h: Folk performance by AC Guargazal

August 31st at San Blas Shopping Centre :20.30 h Closing ceremony

  • Folk Performances by:
    • AC Chaveña
    • AC Parranda Aldea Blanca
    • Igara
  • Canarian stick fighting

Tenerife Tourist Board and British Airways promote Tenerife

A group of British Journalists have had the chance of visiting Tenerife’s main attractives during a promotional action in the island in which it was included:

  • Anaga’s rural Park excursion,

  • whale and dolphin watching,

  • wine tasting,

  • sightseeing in Santa Cruz, La Orotava and La Laguna,

  • luxury hotels in the South, etc….

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Journalists from British Media in Tenerife

The different media that took part in this trip are from Gatwick airport surrounding area were:

  • “Isle of Wight County Press :32.724 readers;

  • “The Argus” :19.199 readers

  • “Surrey Times” 25.136 readers;

  • “Star Courier” 62.449 readers;

  • Working Informer 27.805 readers

  • “West Sussex County Times” 19.501 readers,

  • “The Sunday Mirror”, a National publication with 1.3 million readers

There is  a five times a week direct flight to Tenerife South Airport from Gatwick with 2.200 monthly travellers by British Airways  and this route was highly demanded by  four and five stars hotelliers who knew there are high class British visitors that prefer flying in business class and book luxury hotels

Tenerife Museums opening hours

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Tenerife Nature and Mankind Museum

 

Museums in Tenerife have extended opening  hours so you won´t have an excuse to miss them.

We are lucky  all Museums open  that seven days a week,  to walk through the past, the cosmos, culture and science. Great news!!

Right?

These are the new opening time for Tenerife Museums from September 2012:

Casa de Carta  Museum of History and Anthropology of Tenerife in Valle de Guerra, opens  every day from 10:00 to 17:00 h.

Museum of Science and  Cosmos, Museum of Nature and Mankind, Museum of Anthropology and History at Casa  Lercaro open from 10.00 am to 20:00 pm From Tuesday to  Saturday and 17.00 h 10.o0h Tuesdays and Sundays

How much is the entrance to the museums in Tenerife ?

The price is almost symbolic considering the amount of entertainment and information available for all of us.

  • Children under 8 years: FREE
  • Residents: 3 €
  • Other visitors: 5 €

And do not forget that every Friday and Saturday from 16:00 pm until closing time Admission is free to the Museums in Tenerife for all without exception.

Concerts in Tenerife

2012 is full of musical events in Tenerife.Pop Stars, worldwide known Djs, and more will fill Stadiums, squares, auditoriums or theme parks  with great electronic music, jazz, rock, etc…

Here you have the list with the best concerts in Tenerife 2012:

History, the best musical in Tenerife
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History , The Musical 

 

In Adeje, Magma offers a walk for all audiences by the best songs ever. A first show with songs from Pink Floyd, Meccano, Tina Turner and The Rolling Stones, Adele, Mozart and much more in a show for the whole family with prices starting at € 14 for resident children up to 45 € for a VIP ticket for adults.

We’re in luck because the rendering is done every Tuesday and Thursday at 9:00 p.m. permanently and also its new Facebook page will keep in touch with them.

Canarias Jazz

In Santa Cruz de Tenerife and La Laguna have a fantastic programme including FREE concerts from July 11 till 14.

Magma Festival

Are you ready for 18 hours of non stop music? Then on July the 14th your place is Adeje. Not only awesome DJs, lots of workshops and competitions to have a great day.

History, The musical

Tuesdays and Thursdays till December, two hours and a half arround the musical history of all the times.Pop, rock, classical, the top hits of the best artists including, Bach, U2, Adelle or Rolling Stones in Adeje. An absolute “Must”

SunBlast Festival:

Let me tell you just one name: Carl Cox.The resident DJ at Space as guest star in a fantastic festival with 3 stages in July. Don’t hesitate in including it in your summer agenda.

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Carl Cox in Tenerife

 

Blues Laguna:

Kirik Fletcher Band is coming for our joy to Aguere espacio cultural on July the 15th

Arona Summer Festival 2012:

If last year you loved David Guetta, this year Arona Summer Festival 2012 has improved to offer you a memorable holidays in Tenerife.

Can you imagine Sean Paul, Avicii, Nervo, and  Ray Castellano the same day? Arona Summer Festival will make it possible.

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Tenerife Arona Summer Festival 2012

Tickets are available from 30€, but there’s also a great deal for small groups. On August the 10th Arona is your place!

We’ll keep adding concerts and festivals but  now you just need to get a place to stay as these Tenerife hotels recommended by Tripadvisor, holidaycheck or Zoover users and share this post with your friends.