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STATEMENT FROM THE TENERIFE TOURISM BOARD, 30th April 2020

The coronavirus situation in Tenerife remains at the low levels of incidence that the disease has had since the very beginning of the outbreak. To date, the number of positive cases detected on the island has reached 1,400, representing just 0.15% of the population (152 per 100,000 inhabitants), a much lower percentage than that of other parts of Spain: Madrid and Catalonia have the highest number of cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with more than 900 and 600 respectively.

Furthermore, of the total 1,400 cases detected in Tenerife, 653 people have already been discharged. In the past few days, there has been a marked decline in the number of new cases on the island, which now remain under 10. This decline has been continuous since March 27th, when the highest number of cases were reached in a single day, 89.

In this manner, the island looks set to soon become a covid-19 free territory.

Situation in destination

At the Tenerife Tourism Board (Turismo de Tenerife), work continues on the relaunch of the destination, to ensure it is in the best possible position when once it reopens for tourism. To achieve this, a comprehensive strategy is being developed, with particular emphasis on aspects such as connectivity, innovation and the development of an ambitious marketing plan.

The likelihood that air connectivity from outside the region will be gradually allowed to resume could provide Tenerife with an advantage, as air transport allows for a greater control of passengers when it comes to detecting possible cases of coronavirus. 

Easing of Lockdown

The Spanish Government announced yesterday its process for gradually lifting the lockdown throughout the country, following the State of Emergency that came into force on 15th March. The restrictions will be lifted in four phases until June 22nd. In the following link you will find a detailed explanation of the conditions of each phase:

https://www.lamoncloa.gob.es/consejodeministros/Paginas/enlaces/280420-enlace-desescalada.aspx

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 

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?

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

The five most spectacular beach sunsets in Tenerife

Sometimes we get lost in our search for the perfect beach sunset; that ideal moment to share with you. It is easy to forget that it is our visitors who best know which corners of our island to visit. So, instead of giving you our selection, we decided to highlight the  beach sunsets that are most recommended by travelers to Tenerife.

Benijo Beach

“There is no other spot like it, so magical, exciting, so wild and so surprising. It is a mythical beach” says Julián. We get it; Benijo is one of those beaches with a unique magnetism that makes locals and strangers alike fall in love with it. 

Julian, one of hundreds of travelers to recommend Benijo, gives some good advice: “To go and enjoy it, it is mandatory to check the tides; especially the low tides, which is when the beach is at its biggest and widest”. 

Las Vistas Beach 

Although we have cheated a bit and visited  at dawn, Las Vistas shines at both ends of the day and is  one of south Tenerife’s flagship beaches. You’ll see why after watching the sun rise and set from the same spot.  

When the sun rises, the sky is flooded with gold, while on special occasions, it dyes the entire horizon purple. For Mali, Las Vistas beach is “the best of Tenerife. Fine white sand and crystal clear water. I’ve been coming to this beach for about 15 years. I repeat almost every year”.

El Médano Beach

Isabel García accurately describes El Médano in the Ocho Leguas blog as “the town with the most kites in Tenerife”. Kite flyers join windsurfers, kitesurfers and other wind-based sports enthusiasts to create a playful dance over the ocean. Montaña Roja, the Red Mountain, is the perfect backdrop to sunset at El Medano. 

Garden Beach

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If Tenerife in itself is a paradise, Puerto de la Cruz is a mini paradise within. It’s a city that retains its genuine seaside friendliness and draws visitors back year after year to pretty Playa Jardín.

 Jordi describes it as “one of the best beaches in Tenerife, with fine black sand .. Very long and wide to play ball, tennis, etc…”. Maria agrees, stating that, “I loved this beach because of how black it is and the contrast of the gardens. It is a very nice place to swim or just to take a walk.”

El Duque Beach

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To finish, we visit what is perhaps one of the most paradisiacal beaches in Tenerife. Sophianne says that, “if you want to relax in paradise, this is your beach. Whenever I can, I go in the morning to take an early dip in the transparent waters. It’s also a beautiful place to walk at sunset and take photos.” 

So there you have it. The five best beach sunset spots in Tenerife. All that’s left is to invite you to visit them and see if you can take that perfect photo to match. It’s not that difficult! 

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.

Six of the most spectacular Tenerife sunsets

Tenerife’s unique sunsets turn places that are already special into something truly wonderful. Here are five Tenerife sunsets that look like they are taken from a work of art.

A Tenerife sunset with spectacular purple hues

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For our first sunset we head to Playa de Las Vistas, in the Arona municipality. If a day in the sunshine and the cool breeze here already sounds good, then wait until it is the magic hour  and you experience one of the best sunsets in south Tenerife.

This purple sunset is a rare event caused by an atmospheric anomaly but every sunset at Las Vistas is the cherry on the cake of a perfect beach day.

Benijo, Tenerife’s most photogenic beach

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From the south to a spot in north Tenerife that is famous amongst photographers; Benijo beach. This hidden spot in remote Anaga has some of the best and most photogenic sunsets in all of Tenerife. 

The beautiful rock formation called Roque de Benijo is the perfect backdrop for your Instagram stories and if you capture it at the magical sunset hour, all your friends are bound to ask you where you took such a spectacular Tenerife photo.

When the sun hides behind the lighthouse at Bajamar

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Bajamar is a low-key spot north of La Laguna where locals and visitors go to swim in the natural pools or walk along the pretty shore towards the iconic lighthouse.

The lighthouse is also the focal point that allows you to have fun with your sunset photos by hiding the setting sun behind its silhouette. This dance of light and shadows adds to any photo of the beautiful sunsets and gives you images and memories that last a lifetime.

The city of many sunsets, Puerto de la Cruz

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If you think you’ve seen all the best beach sunsets in Tenerife,  Puerto de la Cruz still has a few aces hidden up its sleeve. This town may be in the smallest municipality in Tenerife but it is justifiably popular with tourists thanks to its wide variety of landscapes, experiences and activities.

Puerto de la Cruz’s sunsets are a big part of its appeal. For a beach sunset like the one in our photo, head to Playa Jardín. For spectacular sunset views out over the Atlantic, you’ll see superb blues and golden hues from the Atlantic Mirage hotel.

A sunset across the Tenerife fairways

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Tenerife is a golf paradise because its courses were designed by top players and because of its climate and spectacular landscapes. 

The Buenavista Golf course, designed by Spanish golfing great  Severiano Ballesteros, offers unmatchable views out over the rugged northwest coast of Tenerife. From the nearby El Burgado restaurant you can watch the sun drop behind the horizon while you listen to the waves washing against  La Arena beach.

Tenerife’s most spectacular sunset, at Teide

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There is no other place to end this list of Tenerife’s top sunset spots than at the Teide National Park. Whether you at the Montañas de Guajara, like our photographer, or at the peak itself, you have the island at your feet and the landscapes as the sun sets behind Spain’s highest mountain will stay with you forever.

What about you? Do you have a powerful sunset memory from Tenerife? Please join us on social media and tell us about it. We’d love to have the best collection of Tenerife sunset photos on the internet and we’re sure that your photo deserves its place in the gallery.

Stunts Leal Group is backed by The Stunt Club in the Canaries

Canarian film industry is now stronger as the services offered by the stunt team are widen

The Canarian stunt group connected to Canary Pictures Vehicles, Stunt Leal Group, is now part of The Stunt Club, which is one of the major stunt companies in Spain. They have worked in action scenes in international productions like Terminator: Dark Fate, Skyfall, World War Z, A monster comes to see me, Rambo V: Last Blood, Elite, Vis a Vis, La Isla Mínima or The Impossible.

The most recent productions Stunts Leal Group has worked in include national films like Salir del ropero, El silencio del pantano, 4 latas, and series of the digital platform Netflix such as Las chicas del cable or La casa de papel.

Canarian film industry is enriched by the new services offered by Stunts Leal Group, and it means production companies will now have a more direct, simple way of hiring this type of services.

  • 400 metres of Truss
  • Security material and equipment hire for action scenes
  • Bonzos
  • Training actors for action scenes
  • Preparing extras for action scenes
  • Action Coordination
  • Horse department for action scenes and stunt riders for horseback scenes
  • Developing action scenes and firearm tactics
  • Water scenes, underwater equipment and zodiac
  • Different periods fencing
  • Parkour
  • Qualified Stunt drivers
  • Stunts for different action scenes
  • Heights (jumping, falling…)
  • Security and risk control in action scenes
  • Stunt rigging
  • Scene vehicles and logistics support in collaboration with Canary Pictures Vehicles

More info on:

CANARY PICTURES VEHICLES
T. 00 34 622 062 266
john@canarypicturesvehicles.com
www.canarypicturesvehicles.com

Paragliding in Tenerife – a 360º experience

Paragliding in Tenerife is an activity that is becoming increasingly popular among our visitors. Flying as freely as a bird over the sea of clouds, surrounded by the beautiful landscape at the foot of the Atlantic, is undoubtedly an unforgettable experience and the icing on the cake for your perfect holiday in Tenerife. Do you want to know more about paragliding? Where can you practise it? What is necessary? Keep reading, we’ll tell you!

Where to practice paragliding in Tenerife?

In Tenerife there are several paragliding takeoff and landing spots, divided into north (Los Realejos), southwest (Adeje) and east (Güímar). In the 360º panorama you can see the area of ​​La Corona, one of the most famous starting points. As soon as you take off you can admire the entire La Orotava valley in all its splendor.

Other relevant areas for paragliding are Ifonche (Vilaflor), Taucho (Adeje), Izaña (from where you can land both in the north and in the south), the Güímar hillside or the Fasnia volcano.

Izaña‘s takeoff point is one of the most famous and sought-after, as it is 2,300 metres above sea level. It is a unique flight because it starts with direct views of Mount Teide and you can land in Puerto de la Cruz in the north as well as in Güímar in the south. If you do not know which starting point to choose, then you will certainly not regret this one with these amazing views of Mount Teide.

Despegue Parapente Teide

When to do paragliding in Tenerife?

The weather conditions in Tenerife make it possible to practise paragliding actually all year round. However, the best time for experienced pilots is in the months of October to May.

Some landing areas, especially those that involve beaches, are only available during the winter months. So if you want to descend on a beach, plan your flight during the winter season.

In addition, it is always advisable to consult the daily weather conditions, both for the landing area and for the take-off area. And who could better advise you on this? The experts of the Canarian Federation of Paragliding: mail fecda@fecda.org or phone: +34 928400805 // +34 615602329.

Despegue Parapente Tenerife La Corona

What do I need for paragliding in Tenerife?

There are several options, depending on your skill level and the flight you are interested in:

The experience of flying

In Tenerife there are a lot of companies with a wide range of tandem flights for the different flying areas of the island. No previous experience is necessary, as you will always be accompanied by a pilot who will fly the paraglider.

You just have to relax, smile and feel free as a bird; a dream that can become reality today.

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Learn to fly in Paradise

If you want to learn to fly and have control over the paraglider, no problem, as the flight companies offer different learning courses.

The paragliding professionals teach you all the techniques and secrets, from the basics to improving or perfecting your flying technique.

Ride the wind

If you already know how to fly, then you can paraglide with our own equipment. Due to the personal characteristics usually equipment is not rented. Remember to check the local regulations for a safe flight. If you have any questions or doubts, contact the Canarian Paragliding Federation.

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Now you know, all about paragliding in Tenerife… Do you want to overcome your limits on the island? Then click here.