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The TIC Newsletter -, Spring 2014
April 01, 2014

The Magic of Tenerife - issue #33
April 1st, 2014

Hi Everyone. At some point during the first two months of the year, Alison and I usually try and get to Tenerife for a short break, staying in her apartment. Unfortunately, this year, it was booked solid. We decided to still head for the Canary Islands, this time to somewhere we'd never been before - Lanzarote. It was very similar to Tenerife...but subtly different, if you get what I mean. But, wow, was it windy!

Anyway, for this newsletter, I'm going to revert back to the format of some previous ones and simply list the various events happening on the island during April, May and June.


If You're Very Fit...

The first half of April sees two fitness endurance tests. The first, on the 6th, is the Las Galletas Half Marathon. Covering a distance of nearly seven miles (so it's not really a half marathon, but never mind), the course takes in El Fraile, Palm Mar and Guargacho (a village Alison and I lived in for a good few years). The race starts at 9am and if you want to take part, you have to be over 18 and fork out 23 euros for the privilege.

Something a bit tougher is the Festival Santa Cruz Extreme, so much so, you'd probably be better off as a spectator, rather than a participant. An endurance test over 26 miles through the mountain terrain of Anaga Rural Park, in the north of the island, it culminates at Las Teresitas beach in Santa Cruz. This event happens over the weekend of the 11th to the 13th.


Two Totally Different Music Events

On April 18th, the popular attraction Siam Park is hosting the first open-air music festival of the season. The "I Love Music Festival" will feature some top DJs, playing from 3pm till midnight. Tickets are either 66 or 127 euros. It's likely to be a crowded, rowdy and sweaty affair. So, if that's not quite to your taste...

On April 27th, none other than the world famous Moscow Ballet Company will be visiting Tenerife, to perform Tchaikovsky's popular ballet, Swan Lake. Taking place at the Auditorio Infanta Leonor, in Los Cristianos, tickets can be obtained from the Auditorio's cafe. Considering the calibre of the performers, they cost a mere 35 euros.


Traditional Events

Of course, this month includes Easter and one event well worth taking in at that time is the Adeje Easter Passion Play on Good Friday (this year April 18th). The town is turned into the ancient Holy Land and up to 300 participants in appropriate costumes re-enact the Easter Story. It starts at midday, but, as it's very popular, get there early.

Fast forward to June now and, on the 26th, is the important religious festival of Corpus Christi. Notable here is the version of the event in La Orotava, where the beautiful, famous sand carpets are created. Large areas of street are transformed into intricate images, using different coloured sand. It's definitely well worth seeing.


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