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​New Coastal Areas for Tourists in Tenerife

New Coastal Areas for Tourists in Tenerife

Several coastal areas of Tenerife have experienced a resurgence of tourism in recent years. One secret holiday destination, well until recently, is Puertito de Guimar in Tenerife where local residents describe the qualities as good weather, the sea, tranquillity and good food, and although this used to a holiday place for local families, it is now welcoming visitors from peninsular Spain and from other European countries.

The Tenerife Government says that this success is due to the planning of entrepreneurs and the conservation of the local environment, but also by more holiday rental properties let by Airbnb and other companies, which has quadrupled in the last two years.

So, Puertito de Guimar in Tenerife has changed from a residential environment to one with multiple attractions for tourists of all ages and nationalities.

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​Man Arrested in Tenerife with Drugs in his Car

Man Arrested in Tenerife with Drugs in his Car

Officers of the Guardia Civil arrested a man in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife with 59 kilos of cocaine hidden in his car this week. The 48-year-old man, who is a resident of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is alleged to be involved in drug trafficking crimes.

This crime occurred on 11 February when officers of the Guardia Civil were verifying the documents of a commercial vehicle disembarking with other vehicles and people at the port after arriving from Gran Canaria. A police dog alerted the officers to this commercial vehicle, and led the point of concealment of the drugs.

The police found a double bottom of the floor with four bags of black colour with various packages with silver wraps, which when opened gave off a strong smell that confirmed cocaine.

This operation was carried out by officers of the Guardia Civil in collaboration with the Tax Authority of Santa Cruz de Tenerife port and the combined unit of Customs Surveillance of Tenerife.

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​Photographic Exhibition at Lanzarote Airport

Photographic Exhibition at Lanzarote Airport

From this week until 5 March, Lanzarote Airport is hosting a photographic exhibition called ‘Beginnings’ that uses the camera obscura technique. The Art School of Pancho Lasso in Lanzarote asked students to take a trip into the past with a photographic exhibition that uses camera obscura or pinhole images made with cameras from cardboard boxes and soda cans. This would help students to learn more about this technique, as well as the principles of photography.

Over 40 students aged between 17 years and 50 years exhibited around 100 images that attempted to show their creativity by playing with handcrafted devices that led to the development of modern day cameras. The result is described as almost ethereal images of the environment of Lanzarote.

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Minor Injuries From Car Accident in La Gomera


Two people travelling in a car between San Sebastian de La Gomera and Hermigua were relatively lucky after their car left the road, as they only sustained slight injuries. Although they climbed out of the car, the vehicle had left the road and was likely to fall into a neighbouring property, but the stumps of the fence prevented the car falling down this slope and potentially causing more serious injuries.

Police were quickly alerted to the scene of the accident, and the injured passengers were given medical support.

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​Preventing Farm Thefts in Lanzarote

Preventing Farm Thefts in Lanzarote

There have been increased thefts from farms in Lanzarote each year and in Teguise, the local municipality has launched a new initiative to try to prevent more robberies from farms.

In one farm in the town of Los Valles, thieves stole most of the farm’s harvest of 750 kilos of potatoes. The town council of Teguise has asked local residents to help identify the alleged thieves and help to recover this potato heist. In addition, more Policia Local officers will be used to carry increase surveillance of local farms.

To prevent this problem from getting worse, another possible solution to end robberies includes identifying the origin of crops purchased by merchants. Any resident of Lanzarote who has useful information about farm robberies should contact the local police.

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Indianos Carnival of La Palma Ends with Huge Crowds

Indianos Carnival of La Palma Ends with Huge Crowds

Santa Cruz de La Palma is starting to return to normal little by little after the massive White Party of Los Indianos that forms the main part of Carnival celebrations on the island. The Island Government estimates that between 60,000 and 65,000 people attended the White Party this year and filled the city with huge quantities of talcum powder.

All those joining local residents of La Palma from other Canary Islands by ferry and plan wore white clothes as is the custom of this White Party. There were many who feared that the 90% chance of rain forecast could spoil the White Party, ruin their new white costumes and make the roads slippery with all the talcum powder being thrown around, but it did not rain and the party continued with total normality. Although some might think it is not normal to throw talcum powder over other strangers in the middle of the city, but this is a symbolic Carnival celebration that remembers many Canary Islanders that left their homes many years ago to work in the Spanish colonies in the Caribbean, South America and Central and North America.

Some might also wonder about the mess caused by this White Party, but the local town hall had a planned operation of clean up with over 100 council workers cleaning through the night when everyone had eventually gone to bed, and it is reported that they collected 40 tons of garbage.

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​Heavy Rain Disrupts Sewerage System in Fuerteventura

Heavy Rain Disrupts Sewerage System in Fuerteventura

The Municipality of La Oliva has attracted much of the rain that fell in Fuerteventura in the earlier part of this week, and in the town of Corralejo, there were several incidents that led to the sewerage system being temporarily blocked.

This rain storm had continued intermittently and was widespread across the island, but with greater intensity in the municipality of La Oliva.

This rain storm in Corralejo ended without serious incidents, but in the Marine Avenue of Caleta de Fuste, the sea storm left images of destruction that were more serious.

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​Corpse Found in Tenerife

Corpse Found on Golf Course in Tenerife

Employees at Amarilla Golf Course in the south of Tenerife found the body of man, which was then reported to the police. Police officers of the Policia Nacional and Guardia Civil confirm the finding of a corpse in the area of Amarilla Golf of San Miguel de Abona in the south of Tenerife.

The body was found in the afternoon of Sunday, and it is suggested the body is a man aged between 354 years and 40 years.

The police report a man of a similar age disappeared a few weeks ago in the south of the island, but cannot yet confirm the identity of this body on the golf course.

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​Canary Islands President Visits Fire Affected Areas of Gran Canaria

Canary Islands President Visits Fire Affected Areas of Gran Canaria

Fernando Clavijo, President of the Government of the Canary Islands visited areas affected by the fire that occurred last September at the summit of Gran Canaria to see the work of environmental restoration and the fight against erosion being developed in this region.

During his visit, Clavijo thanked the effort and dedication of all the workers and volunteers who work daily to preserve this natural environment, the Gran Canaria Biosphere Reserve and to restore its splendour. The President explained that an initial amount of half a million euros had been allocated for all these actions, and subsequently increased to 664,000 euros for reforestation and erosion control works, aid for the repair of public lighting, reservoirs, irrigation pipes, damage to home and agriculture, such as vineyards. Specifically, the municipality of San Mateo has received a grant amounting to 81,533 euros, and the municipality of Tejeda a grant of 32,584 euros.

In total, 72 workers of the public company Gesplan linked to the Ministry of Territorial Policy of the Canary Islands Government have worked at environmental restoration that was to end in mid-January, but this was then extended to 22 February. This work has allowed for the removal and treatment of burned forest biomass, restoration of rural infrastructure, natural roads and greenways.

The President acknowledged that there remained work to be done to continue this restoration, and hopes that all administrations will continue to collaborate, such as the Gran Canaria Government and the Government of Spain.

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​Police Arrest Suspects of Stealing Oranges and Avocados in Gran Canaria

Police Arrest Suspects of Stealing Oranges and Avocados in Gran Canaria

A report by the Guardia Civil published this week says that five people have been arrested for allegedly stealing oranges and avocados from farms in the north and centre of Gran Canaria on six separate occasions.

A specialist team within the Guardia Civil known as the ROCA team investigated these thefts from farms in the Valsequillo, San Mateo and Galdar areas from different farms. One of these arrested is a 38-year-old man, who is a resident of Valsequillo and without a previous police record, and is accused of stealing avocados from a farm in this municipality.

In the municipality of San Mateo, oranges were stolen from a farm in January, and three young people were arrested, who are residents of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and without previous police records.

This intervention by the specialist team of the Guardia Civil managed to recover around 50 kilos of the stolen fruit, which was returned to the owner.

These arrests also involved two robberies in the municipality of Galdar in December 2017 when avocados and other fruits were stolen from two local farms, and a 38-year-old resident of Galdar was arrested on suspicion of this robbery in January this year, who is reported to have numerous police records. 40 kilos of avocados were recovered from this investigation and arrest. In addition, a 53-year-old man and also resident of Galdar was arrested for allegedly stealing avocados from a different farm in this municipality.

This report from the Guardia Civil also notes the potential danger from member of the public who might consume these stolen fruits without relevant health reports, as they could be covered by toxic substances used to control common pests during growing periods, and these chemicals could cause harm to those consuming stolen oranges or avocados. The police recommend that fruit should only be purchased from authorised establishments, and that local residents in these municipalities have given significant help to the police to help arrest those suspected of robbery and to return stolen fruit to the farms that have reported robberies.

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​Tourists Damaging Sites of Cultural Interest in Gran Canaria

Tourists Damaging Sites of Cultural Interest in Gran Canaria

The Government of Gran Canaria through collaboration with several municipalities across the island has started a study to coordinate and organise the huge influx of visitors to areas of natural and tourist interest on the island, such as the case of the Caldera de Bandama or Roque Nublo with better public transport.

Miguel Angel Rodriguez, Councillor of the Environment told a press conference this week that the Caldera of Bandama will be a focus study to measure the volume of visitors, to identify how the surroundings have deteriorated or been damaged and to analyse the possibility of providing better and more regular bus transport for visitors to reduce the use of cars.

In the case of Roque Nublo, the Transportation, Tourism and Environment Department is considering organising a circular bus transport circuit with four stops in Tejeda, Artenara, Cruz de Tejeda and Ayacata, so that visitors can access these important sites by using public transport.

This press conference also indicated that at the base of Roque Nublo there will be an information booth and toilet facilities installed, so that visitors would have minimal services and improved care. Also, the purpose of the circular bus route will be to provide transport for hikers who make routes through combinations of trails.

Other places of tourist interest, such as Tilos de Moya, Caldera de Bandama and Degollada de Becerra, will have specific personnel available to give information and advice to tourists, such as about the Biosphere Reserve of Gran Canaria, the Nature Classroom of Inagua and the Nature Classroom of Laurisolva.

Other initiatives include renovating forest houses with little use that could serve as a refuge for mountain hikers and for rural tourism. There are also plans to create a long-distance path from La Palmita in Agaete to the Lighthouse at Maspalomas, which will have public and private facilities for walkers and hikers to spend the night during the trip.

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​Objectors to New Gas Supply Told to “Calm Down”

Objectors to New Gas Supply Told to “Calm Down”

The Minister of Industry of the Canary Islands Government, Pedro Ortega this week asked those objecting to implementing piped gas in Gran Canaria to stay calm in the current debate of the future of energy across these islands.

Ortega said “I think that in these things we must wait for the waters to calm down for there to be serenity” following a letter sent by the National Commission of Markets and Competition by the Gran Canaria Government which questions the wisdom of the piped gas project announced by Canary Islands Government President, Antonio Morales.

Pedro Ortega said that the Gran Canaria Government is “confusing the Granadilla gas dossier with that of the propane gas, and these are two completely different dossiers, which has caused confusion.” This argument about the introduction of piped gas also included claims that the “sun tax paid by the Canary Islands like those in peninsular Spain was removed in the state budget”. Ortega also says “The Canary Islands were exempt from the sun tax”.

The Canary Islands Government claims that it is continuing to implement the use of renewable energy sources, especially with wind turbines and photovoltaic energy, as well as geothermal energy, as part of the energy mix of these islands.

However, objectors to the introduction of piped gas into the homes of Canary Islands residents at a time of reducing the use of carbon fuels across the world, appear to be unconvinced of this new initiative from the Canary Islands Government.

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​Water in El Hierro is Not Affected by Seismic Activity

Water in El Hierro is Not Affected by Seismic Activity

A study by the Canary Islands Government published this week says that the water of the island of El Hierro has not been affected by the seismic activity registered since 2011.

This report commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water of the Government of the Canary Islands states that the water in underground resources across the island of El Hierro is mostly of very good quality. The report rules out any effect by seismic activity that was first registered in 2011 when the underwater volcano appeared off the coast of La Restinga.

Narvay Quintero, Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Water said “The results of this report assure the quality of water from wells and galleries across the island, but that this water should be managed with criteria based on respect for the environment, so that extracting ground water should be compatible with the production of unconventional resources, so that renewable energies should be favoured to extract this water”.

This document is called Hydro Chemical and Isotopic Environmental Characterisation of Ground Water of El Hierro and was developed during 2016 and 2017, and had the objective of determining the state and conditions of sustainability of reserves of ground water to optimise the management of these water resources to inform hydrological planning.

This report concludes that ground water is fed by natural recharge from rainfall in high mountain areas of Valverde, Tiñor, Nisdafe, Malpaso, Binto and Cres, and provides a mineralisation water flow to the system from low to medium.

In the case of Pozo de los Padrones in Valle del Golfo, this water is judged to be of very good quality, while in the south of the island the historical presence of CO2 causes some natural mineralisation that has traditionally limited opportunities for extraction of water. The report also confirms findings that the continuous seismic volcanic activity located mainly in the south and southwest of the island does not have a verifiable direct influence on the quality of existing ground water.

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​Maintaining the Footpaths and Trails of Fuerteventura

Maintaining the Footpaths and Trails of Fuerteventura

In order to maintain the network of footpaths and trails across Fuerteventura in good condition, the public company Gesplan will carry out maintenance work over the next two years to improve this network of trails, which is very popular with tourists.

Fuerteventura has over 250 kilometres of tracks organised in a network of trails that cross the island from north to south. One of these is Lajares, and this week Minster Nieves Lady Barreto and President of the Fuerteventura Government, Marcial Morales visited one trail where Gesplan staff were working to maintain the quality and access of trails and to check and repair signage needed to guide walkers and hikers.

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​Hotel Industry Workers Receive Their Diplomas

Hotel Industry Workers Receive Their Diplomas

Over 40 professionals of the hotel industry have received their accreditations of professional skills at the IES Faro de Maspalomas in Gran Canaria. These credentials will give them clear qualifications in the hotel and tourist sector.

This diploma award ceremony was attended by the Vice President and Deputy Minister of Tourism of the Canary Islands Government, Cristobal de la Rosa, and the Infrastructure Director of the Regional Executive, Hector Suarez.

This initiative is intended to increase the level of education for hotel workers, and to link education, employment and tourism. This programme was launched by Hecansa and has enabled hospitality employees to have a professional certification after many years of working in the hotel sector, and now recognises their skills with a diploma.

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