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The recent undersea eruptions just off the island of El Hierro have served as a timely reminder of the volcanic nature of the Canary Islands. The dark sand and rugged coastline particularly at La Caleta and the mountains and barrancos that make Adeje such a beautiful place to visit are further reminders of how the islands were formed and the constant seismic movements, normally too small and remote to register.
It’s perfect timing for a series of special talks to arrive in Adeje. Una Ventana Volcanica En El Atlantico (A Volcanic Window In The Atlantic) will take place at the Adeje Cultural Centre on 8, 9 and 10 November at 8.30 pm. This is not a knee jerk reaction to recent events but the latest in a year long tour of this roadshow designed to inform and educate about the nature of the islands and the procedures that are in place in case of an eruption.
The talks are free and have already been to all six other Canary Islands. The last eruption in Tenerife was in 1909 at Chinyero when despite great alarm and evacuation of villagers no deaths were recorded. One of the main volcanic monitoring stations in the world is at ITER in Granadilla and their scientists have helped to set up the touring series of talks. Despite the increased media coverage El Hierro has seen no real damage from the latest incidents, the fishing village of La Restinga has been at the forefront with the 500 inhabitants evacuated for their safety but the risk level has dropped considerably although major surveys are now underway.
It’s not easy to cross musical boundaries but Antonio Carmona does it with ease. After mixing flamenco with pop and other modern trends as a member of Ketama he went solo and brings his new tour to Nooctua in Adeje on 29 October. The concert has been brought together by promoters Xenox Produciones in partnership with Hotel Jardin Tropical.
Antonio has worked with a host of major artists like Nelly Furtado and as well as singing he is equally impressive on guitar. Nooctua is the former Tropicana nightclub in the centre of Adeje just down from the TF1 motorway.The concert starts at 9.30 pm and tickets are 20 and 35 euros from www.generaltickets.com/cajacanarias
Congratulations to Jabel Hernandez and Sirelis Corujo for being crowned Mr and Miss Tenerife in the election gala at La Laguna on 24 and 25 September. The 30 male candidates pulled in 6,000 people to Plaza del Cristo and the ladies followed up with 5,000 the night after.
All the contestants looked assured thanks to a pre contest presentation gala at Hotel Jardin Tropical in La Caleta a few nights before. The 60 candidates and a specially invited audience of 160 got a sneak preview of the best that Tenerife province (includes La Palma, El Hierro, and La Gomera) had to offer. The show was hosted by TV presenter Daniel Montesdeoca and a special menu was served created especially for the event.
There were mixed fortunes for the local entrants in the big finals, 18 year old Ikram Zovaovine from Adeje got a consolation title of Miss Simpatia , and Daniel Afonso Castillo from Tijoco made the last five of Mr Tenerife. Better luck next time when Hotel Jardin Tropical expect to host the presentation gala for the fourth straight year.
The musical summer is hotting up in Tenerife and much of it is centred on Costa Adeje. Time to get ready for another great nine hour feast of live dance music on Saturday 10 September at Siam Park. The action starts at 3 pm and builds up during the afternoon and evening towards the arrival of one of Europes top DJ’s, Fedde le Grand from Holland.
The venue is the amphitheatre just above Siam Park, a purpose built open air auditorium with banked seating looking down on the performance area and beyond over the park. There’s a full bill of music all the way including DJ Real El Canario, Glowintedark, Steve Foster, Bassjackers, DJ Leon, and DJ Dario. Prices range from 26 euros for basic entrance to 102 euros in the VIP zone. For full details and to book tickets go to www.farraworld.com and prepare to have fun.
Another big coup for Costa Adeje, this time on the sporting front. Male and female stars of beach volleyball will take to Playa FaÃ±abe for the Continental Cup from 30 September to 2 October as they strive to reach the London 2012 Olympics.
This qualifying event will feature pairs from some of the top nations in the world including Spains rising female stars and the highly rated Spain mens pair of Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira. As part of the package to bring top international sport to Costa Adeje, clinics will be held to teach aspiring young players how to improve their skills on the sands. The competition will be run on a knockout basis similar to the Davis Cup in tennis with the best of three sets deciding the winners.
As the world looks to Horse Guards Parade in London for the Olympic finals in 2012 Costa Adeje will feel a surge of pride to know that the road to medal glory passed through the golden sands of Tenerife.
Costa Adeje will be a beacon for Tenerife celebrations on the night of San Juan, Thursday 23 June. This traditional celebration of the longest day always involves late night beach parties with bonfires and dips in the sea as souls are cleansed and wished made at this pivital time of the year.
Parties will be springing up along the beaches of El Duque, Fanabe, Torviscas, and La Caleta but if you have your own beach it’s a good excuse to throw an extra special party. Siam Park have live music with David de Maria singing from 10 pm, it’s free to enter but places are limited so be ready when the doors open at 9 pm.
Noche de San Juan is one of the most impressive nights of the year and with the current scorching weather a midnight dip could be just the thing to keep cool.Â It’s all about cleansing and renewal and you will see people jumping small bonfires as well as purging themselves in the sea.
The trade mark flowing locks may have been shorn but Michael Bolton is still a legendary singer songwriter and he will be bringing his big hits like How Am I Supposed To Live Without You to Golf Costa Adeje on the evening of 8 July. The Connecticut born 58 year old carved out a niche with soft rock ballads in the 1980′s and 1990′s before putting his recording career on hold to concentrate on acting and producing as well as establishing his own charitable foundation.
Now the lion will roar again in his only Spanish concert of the year, following in the wake of previous concerts at this open air venue by Elton John, Rod Stewart and Simply Red. Canarias Live Sun Festival have been behind the previous concerts and will again be promoting this evening of Tenerife music. Ticket details and sales outlets have yet to be announced but there will be plenty of ways to buy tickets for the big night well in advance.
The festive celebrations may have been put away for another year but there is plenty more to look forward to in Costa Adeje in 2011. Wild horses should drag you to the first big event of the year, San Sebastian day 20th January featuring natures wonders as the agricultural heritage of Tenerife is celebrated.
Adeje is very proud of its patron saint San Sebastian and as his special day falls during celebrations for San Antonio de Abad, the patron saint of animals it’s a great excuse to make a big splash. It all starts at 11 am in the church plaza of La Caleta as stalls and a fair gather for people to mingle and enjoy some good traditional food and drink. A temporary farmyard is set up in the shade with goats, pigs and chickens taking centre stage, horses also play a key role and they are groomed to be at their best and children can enjoy short rides on some of the smaller mounts.
The main purpose of the day is to bless the horses and at noon they head a procession down to Playa de la Enramada and are rode onto the sands and down to the waters edge. People grab any vantage point they can to witness the horses playfully striding into the sea among the waves steered as best they can by their riders, donkeys also get a look in and the scene is an amazing spectacle for all to see. Definately an experience not to be missed.
Make a date in your diary, Sunday 12 December and make an effort to help a cause that affects everyone. Breast cancer touches many lives and families but advances are being made in treatment and raised awareness can mean early diagnosis and a better chance of survival. That’s why The Walk Of Life has become such a big charitable and social event in the south of Tenerife. Last year 2,000 people took part and raised 8,400 euros.
This years event starts at 11 am from Salytien in Playa de Las Americas but most people will arrive from 10 am to enjoy the live music and to listen to comperes Katy Kennedy and Carlos. The Walk Of Life unites all communities and nationalities in Tenerife, and with pink clothing the fashion of the day, it’s a colourful spectacle to enjoy.Â The route has been changed a little this year and will end up at the Plaza del Pescadora at the old Los Cristianos beach, some 3.5 kms in total.
This years charities are AMATE and AECC who both do wonderful work and will make full use of every euro raised. There are sponsorship forms available, look out for the posters or call 600821100 for more information. There are more fun and games waiting at the finish line with cheer leaders and a blues and jazz singer. So if you live in Tenerife, or are on holiday come along and put your best foot forward. You can show your good intentions by joining the event online http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=177912528891319
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