Schools in Tenerife

With a new school-term approaching, signifying a brand new year for thousands of pupils throughout Tenerife, I thought that I would give my readers some general information on both British and Spanish schoSchool-1ols on the island. All of the Spanish state education schools welcome pupils from other countries, on the proviso that the parents are resident -and that all of the necessary documentation is in order. However, all of the required books and stationary, etc. must be provided by the parents, a list of which is given at the start of each school year. Uniforms are not required. There are also private Spanish schools on the island, which charge tuition fees.

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Castillo De San Miguel -A Great ‘Knight’ out!

The ‘Castillo De San Miguel’ must be one of the most unique buildings in the Canaries -for where-else can one find an authentic-looking ‘Castle’ in this archipelago of Spanish islands? Once inside the grounds it is like disappearing into a time-warp, as one is immediately transported back a thousand years -to medieval times -and the days when the fabled ‘Knights of the Round Table’ ruled the land -and King Arthur’s Court was awash with feasting and merriment, as jesters and jugglers performed their various acts and antics -and ‘Merlin the Magician’ cast all kinds of spells -and mixed all sorts of potions in his ever-bubbling cauldron.

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The ‘Tenerife Bluetrail 2015’ Marathon Race

The ‘Tenerife Bluetrail 2015’ race, which has been organised by the Island Council, will be staged on 24th October this year -and the fact that this year’s event has been included as part of the FEDME Spanish Mountain Racing Cup, means that it will encourage competitive runners from all over Europe to join in the challenge. A maximum of 2,000 runners are being allowed to enter the race -and as over 1,200 have already registered their entries, it means that both time and availability are running-out swiftly for those who are hoping to be included in this somewhat prestigious event.

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‘Whales and Dolphins’ cruises from Tenerife

There are many ways of sampling ‘A life on the ocean-wave’, from dinghy’s to cruise-ships, speedboats to hovercraft’s -and pedalo’s to ferries, but none can be more relaxing -or more enjoyable, than spending an afternoon on one of the fabulous ‘Freebird’ Catamarans. ‘Freebird Sailing’, which was founded in 1994, has the largest catamaran fleet in the Canary Islands, boasting ‘5’ superb vessels, which spend their days taking hundreds of holiday-makers around Tenerife’s southern coast.

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Parascending around the bays of Tenerife

In keeping with my ‘Life-on-the Ocean-wave’ (or under the ocean-wave, as the case may be) theme this week, I have decided to do a blog on the pleasures of Parascending -which many people would believe is not for the fainthearted, but let me assure those of you with a little sense of adventure out there that it is completely safe -and undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating and exciting excursions on the island. I first tried my hand at this amazing experience with a handful of friends on the Balearic island of Mallorca -and the results were nothing less than hilarious! At first we were all taken out to a floating platform, a few hundred metres out to sea, where we disembarked our speed-boat, while our ‘captain’ began setting-up the winch, which would be pulling us along behind his boat, before attaching the huge zeppelin-sized umbrella, which would be lifting us into the air with the greatest of ease, before gliding us around the coastal fringes of Magaluf Bay.

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Submarine adventures -in Tenerife

It has been over a decade since I last climbed aboard a submarine; a time when my three children were still relatively young (Liam was 13, Carl was 11 and Hayley was only 9 years old) and so for them this was going to be the adventure of a lifetime! When I was a teenager I remember being enthralled by a television series called ‘Voyage to the bottom of the sea’, a science-fiction serial about the crew of a submarine that came up-against all kinds of sea-monsters, including giant squids -the size of King Kong!

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Weddings on Las Terisitas Beach

Las Terisitas beach, which sits peacefully below the Anaga Mountains in a place called San Andres, which is situated a few miles north of the capital, Santa Cruz, will now host weddings for up to 100 guests. The go-ahead has been given by Spain’s Coastal Department, although prior permission will be required -and a set fee per person will have to be paid. In addition to this a separate deposit will be required, although this will be refunded in full, so long as the stretch of beach used is left in the same condition as it was prior to the wedding celebrations.

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Learning to scuba-dive in Tenerife

In May 2000 I decided to learn to scuba-dive (SCUBA stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus by the way), primarily because my eldest son, Liam, had just turned 12 in the February, and so he was now old-enough to learn to dive with me. Actually, they had just reduced the age to 10, but Carl, my youngest son, would not be 10 until the 10th July -and Hayley had only turned 8 on Christmas Day -and so the pair of them did the ‘bubble-tank’ course, where they are taught all the principles of diving in the confines of a swimming pool -the same as Liam and I would be doing, -only they would not be allowed to do the final dive in the ocean at the end of the course.

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