The Guanches

The next time you are laying on your sun-bed, and lapping-up the glorious sunshine, whilst supping on your latest bottle of cheap Spanish beer -or maybe taking your final puff of a duty-free cigarette, I want you to spare a thought for the ancestors of Tenerife -namely the ‘Guanches’, the initial inhabitants of the Canary Islands, who first discovered these paradise volcanoes eons ago -and who fought mercilessly to keep them. Only then can you thank the Spanish Conquistadors for conquering the islands -and their subsequent descendants for turning them into some of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet -and a place on Earth where one can simply wind down and relax without a care in the world, whilst watching the sun set over yet-another glorious, crimson horizon. But before you do any of that, just take a short journey with me back to where it all began -to the World of the Guanches.

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The ‘Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife’.

The ‘Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife’, (which is second only to the ‘Rio de Janeiro Carnival’ in Brazil) is held in February every year, and it attracts many thousands of people from all over the world. The Carnival, which is affectionately known as the ‘mixing of the masked upper class with the common people’, has been celebrated since the time of the earliest European settlement -and possibly even prior to that. The festival has two parts: the ‘Official Carnival’, and the ‘Carnival on the Street’. The festivities actually begin on the Friday prior to the main Carnival, with a grand opening parade, which reaches a crescendo during the evening, as thousands of people -the majority of whom are attired in outlandish fancy-dress costumes continue dancing the night away -well into the early hours of the morning.

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Dog Kennels in Tenerife

We love dogs at Clear Blue Skies SL, and have a few of our own who are extended members of the “Clear Blue family”. For that reason, we are often asked by clients who are moving to Tenerife (or those already here) if we can recommend somewhere for their best furry buddy to stay when they are away from time to time. Dog owners are often understandably anxious about leaving their beloved pets in kennels, particularly unfamiliar kennels in Tenerife, and trial and error isn’t really an option, as we know from our own experience. A few years ago, we were fortunate enough to discover a Belgian lady called Christel and her Canarian husband, Manuel who were running a dog hotel not too far from the Abama resort in Guia de Isora in south-west Tenerife.

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Entertainers in Tenerife -John G. with his ‘Wet, Wet, Wet’ Tribute Act

Jon ‘G’ (the ‘G’ simply stands for ‘Gibson’) was born on 25th January 1963, in ‘Lennox Castle Hospital’ in Lennox town, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland -an establishment with a rather lurid past regarding its mentally disturbed inmates “Which kind of suits me to a tee”, Jon joked, as we began our interview at the Clear Blue Skies offices in Playa Fanabe. Jon, who has never been married, and has no children, spent the best part of his childhood moving around Scotland with his two sisters (one older and one younger) and his parents, until sadly their father passed-away aged only 49. John has always had a love for music, playing the coronet and trumpet as a schoolboy, which unfortunately included being continually bullied by his peers, who took great pleasure in kicking him and spitting at him in-between lessons and after school.

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Ronnie J, Haynes -A True Entertainer

‘Ronnie J. Haynes’ is a name synonymous with the word ‘Entertainment’ here in sunny Tenerife; just ask anyone in the business -or his multitude of fans, who have simply adored this guy’s magical voice, along with his never-ending smile, his unmitigated charm -and an unequalled charisma that has wowed audiences the world-over for over half a century. Ronnie is simply ‘The Perfect Gentleman’ both on and off stage, and having been a close friend of his for over 17 years, I can say unequivocally that this mans personality has not changed one iota from the day we first met -no matter what may be going-on in the background. Ronnie is a true professional. “What a lucky guy, to have lived such a charmed life”, I have heard one-or-two people say after speaking with him, the cardinal of all sins, envy, creeping slightly into they minds, having seen the adoration that is bestowed upon him after every show that he performs -and yet in reality nothing could be further from the truth!

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Jet Ski Safari’s in Tenerife

Jet-skiing around the south coast of Tenerife is more than just a fun excursion; indeed it is both an exhilarating and exciting experience that one will never, ever forget. My first ride on a jet-ski came right out of the blue one day, whilst I was in the middle of building a multi-storey sandcastle with my three children, Liam, Carl and Hayley, on Las Americas Beach. My daughter was contentedly filling her bucket with water from the ocean (which she intended pouring into the moat I had just built around our ‘castle’) when she suddenly spotted a guy bombing-along the horizon on a jet-ski -and immediately she was hooked!

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Entertainment on Tenerife

In the ’18’ years I have been living on this wonderful island, I have been entertained by some of the greatest exponents of music, song and laughter on the planet…period! Next month I will be attending this years ‘Entertainers Awards’ extravaganza at the Castillo De San Miguel, where men and women from all four corners the entertainment spectrum will be converging for this rather prestigious event -several of whom will be walking away with such coveted titles, as ‘Best Variety Act, ‘Best Band’, Best DJ’ -and ‘Best Newcomer’ -to name but a few.

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‘Sister Act – The Musical’

At the end of this year Tenerife will be opening its doors to a stage production of ‘Sister Act’, a hilariously-funny film, which was one of the most financially successful movies of the early 1990’s -and a film that has also been rated number ’83’ on Bravo’s ‘The 100 Funniest Movies’ list. Such was the movie’s success, that within a year the sequel: ‘Sister Act 2: back in the habit’ was released, which likewise became a box-office smash. Over a dozen years later -in 2006 to be exact, the musical, ‘Sister Act’ premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in California, before opening at the West End’s London Palladium in 2009. In April 2011 the musical opened on Broadway at the Broadway Theatre, and as we stand today it has been performed in no-less than ’12’ countries, having played to over ‘four million’ spectators -in ‘seven’ different languages. Based on the movie, this stage interpretation of the film will be coming to Tenerife over the New Year, as the ‘Winter festive-season Special’ at the Adan Martin Auditorium in Santa-Cruz.

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Restaurants in Tenerife (Part I)

When it comes to talking about restaurants -where does one begin? Living on a sub-tropical island, surrounded by trillions of gallons of water, which in turn encompasses many millions (or perhaps several ‘billions’) of fish, then anyone would think that my choice would be an obvious one…except for me! Having lived for the first 39 years of my life in the UK, I have to admit that the only fish I ever ate as a child, was almost always enshrouded in a crispy golden batter, which was in turn surrounded by a mountain of chips and a great dollop of mushy peas -before being doused in a mixture of creamy tartar sauce -and lots of salt and vinegar!

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Playing Tennis and Paddle-tennis in Tenerife

Tennis is a wonderful sport -for people of all ages, who are generally in good health -the fitter the better, of course -depending on what level one wishes to play at! Whether playing in a ‘singles’ or a ‘doubles’ match, one can normally be assured of sweating-off a few pounds over the course of a couple of hours -particularly if one is playing in a sub-tropical climate, such as we enjoy here in the beautiful Canary Islands. Just like golf, tennis is a very popular sport in Tenerife, and there are several tennis clubs dotted around the island -along with scores of tennis courts belonging to dozens of holiday complexes, both in the south and the northern half of the island.

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