Tenerife’s motor racing circuit finally gets complete go-ahead from Canarian government

Image: Tenerife Cabildo

Update 18 May 2015: The Cabildo has awarded the contract for the construction of the motor racing track to Kiti Trans SLU, an Italian company which will carry out the works in the name of Onda Rossa SL, in participation with the Italian business Axia SRL. The contract for the works involves an investment of some €30m, paid effectively by the allocation of a 35-year management deal for the Italians. As far as Tenerife is concerned directly, however, this projet is now on the starting grid, with works forecast to be completed in 21 months.

Original post 29 October 2014: It’s been delayed for a very long time, and has overcome hurdles of every type, but now it’s on the starting grid. The Tenerife motor circuit has finally received the go-ahead from the Canarian government. Nothing now stands in the way of tenders to run the track. With the utmost backing of the Tenerife Cabildo, the Circuito de Tenerife in Atogo near Granadilla is underway. It will be overwhelmingly financed by private initiative but apparently interest is extremely high. The track will be able to provide facilities for all sorts of motor racing on up to nine track formations allowing for everything from carcross to motor cycling to Formula One. The project is forecast for 2017, and the Cabildo sees enormous tourism advantages for Tenerife from the circuit, not least because it is near the island’s main international airport and its principal tourism infrastructure.

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Canarian Food Fair Los Cristianos 25-26 April 2015

















Canarian food artesans will be putting on the 11th Feria de Alimentos Canarios at the Plaza del Pescador outside the Cultural Centre in Los Cristianos on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 April. As usual, the event will comprise displays, exhibitions and offers of all sorts of Canarian foods, including cheeses, gofio, wines, honey, sweets, even fruits and vegetables, and herbs. Stalls will be open between 10am and 8pm both days. There is more information HERE for those who might wish to have a stall at the fair, but for the rest of us, it’s another opportunity to enjoy what has become a very popular regular Canarian food fest.


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Meteor showers in the Canaries in 2015

Update 19 April: The second meteor shower of 2015, the Lyrids, will be visible this Tuesday and Wednesday, 21-22 and 22-23 April. There’s a chart HERE of where best to look out for them. Astronomers say that the best time will be shortly before dawn, especially on the night of the 22-23rd, but any time after 10pm on either night should be rewarding. Apparently they’re expecting this year to be a bumper one for the Lyrids.

Original post 5 January: The first meteor shower of 2015 was the Quadrantids, which hardly provided any show a couple of nights ago since the peak only lasted a few hours, and there was an almost full moon which didn’t set until just before dawn. With this year’s Quadrantids not giving the best show, below is a full list of this year’s other meteor showers. The next is the Lyrids in April:

January 3-4 Quadrantids
April 21-22 Lyrids
May 5-6 Eta Aquarids
July 27-28 Delta Aquarids
August 11-12 Perseids
October 8 Draconids
October 21-22 Orionids
November 4-5 South Taurids
November 12-13 North Taurids
November 17-18 Leonids
December 13-14 Geminids

Click HERE for full information on them all.

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The Famous Los Realejos Fireworks Display 3rd May 2015

Although not a Tenerife-wide public holiday, Los Realejos’ Cruces & Fuegos fiesta on 3 May draws people from around the island and even further afield. The fiesta was granted National Tourist Interest status last month and so this year’s fireworks might be even more spectacular than usual! The display has long been recognized as the best fireworks display in Tenerife, and indeed, is now officially one of the best in the whole of Spain.

The whole fiesta is famous for being a competition between two streets in Los Realejos for the best firework display, a tradition that started, incredibly, in 1770. The Hermanos Toste themselves date back to 1788 and have a factory in Los Realejos, the only one in the Canaries that makes fireworks.

This year’s display will be broadcast live as usual and streamed from the Ayuntamiento’s website HERE from around 9.30 … the whole thing lasts for around three hours! This short video of 2011′s displays will hopefully give some idea of what to expect.

Info from Janet Anscombe

Annual May Crafts Fair in Adeje 16th – 17th May

Adeje’s popular annual Arts and Crafts Fair will be held on 16 and 17 May, as usual in the prize-winning Plaza de España between the Ayuntamiento and the church at the top of Calle Grande. Registered artesans with a carné de artesano who would like a stall can apply between now and 1 May – details HERE. For those of us who just enjoy looking at and buying the arts and crafts, as well as sampling the foods and events that accompany the market, the fair will be open to the public on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 between 10am and 8pm.

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Traffic Speed Control Campaign 13th April 2015

Tráfico has announced a speed control campaign for this week starting today and lasting until Sunday 19th, and focusing on conventional roads rather than motorways. Tráfico says that at least 350 deaths a year could be avoided if everyone complied with speed limits, and that someone knocked down at 80km/h has no chance of surviving the impact, whereas at 30km/h the risk of death is reduced to just 10%. This campaign will, as normal, use support from local police forces for checkpoints.

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Bodegas Torres wins again 2015

Bodegas Torres has been voted – for the second consecutive year – ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brand’ in the ranking produced annually by the leading British magazine Drinks International.

06.04.2015 – The jury made up of more than 200 of the world’s top masters of wine, sommeliers, educators and journalists awarded Torres the highest distinction, thus leading the ranking of more than 50 brands from all over the world which the magazine defines as “a pool of established names that have proven themselves to be respected global leaders.”

Holly Motion, editor of the ‘World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’ says: “When branding relies so heavily on reassurance it is an even greater achievement to not only appear in this list but keep hold of a position in it.”  Bodegas Torres has achieved this, being the number one in the 2014 and 2015 ranking, after holding the second position in the previous three years.  Moreover Torres is the only Spanish and European winery having obtained this highest distinction so far.

In this year’s ranking Torres is followed by another Spanish winery Vega Sicilia, Penfolds from Australia, Villa Maria from New Zealand and Chateau d’Yquem from France.  The countries with greater presence in the list are France with 13 wineries, followed by the US with seven and Spain, Chile and Australia with six wineries each.

The ranking is elaborated on the basis of the opinions and perceptions of the jury members who were asked to base their three votes on the following criteria: the wine should be of consistent or improving quality, it should reflect its region or country of origin, it should respond to the needs and tastes of its target audience, it should be well marketed and packaged and the wine should have strong appeal to a wide demographic.

General Manager Miguel Torres Maczassek stated, “Having been chosen for the second consecutive year fills us with pride and satisfaction, and it is of course a recognition for all the work and effort of all our employees, distributors and the five generations of the family.  All have contributed to the prestige of our brand and it being perceived as a guarantee of quality all over the world.  Our commitment is to continue producing high quality wines that reflect even more the personality of each region and each vineyard, authentic wines and the great quality.”

For more information, visit the Torres website: www.torreswines.com.

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Circolandia back in Los Cristianos Sunday 12th April




















Circloandia has always been a massive success when it’s come to Tenerife, and now it’s back! The spectacular interactive show features 20 or so international artists – clowns, acrobats, magicians, and much more – from Russia, France, Brazil, Senegal and Spain, including award-winning Monte Carlo circus performers and a Guinness World Record holder! Oh, and Spiderman …

The show will be performed for one night only at 6pm this Sunday, 12 April, in the Infanta Leonor auditorium in Los Cristianos.Tickets cost €10 if bought in advance from the Los Cristianos cultural centre (Monday to Friday, 9am-2pm), or €12 at the door on the night.

Info from Janet Anscombe

Tax and UK Pensions

I am frequently asked about tax on UK pensions, questions along the lines of whether residents should be paying tax here on UK pensions, both state and occupational pensions where providers deduct any tax necessary at source. People ask if they should be filling in tax returns here as well, and whether that actually means they’ll be paying tax twice. Mostly, they ask for easy-to-understand information in English.

As I’ve said before, I’m not able to answer tax questions, because I’m neither informed nor qualified, but I know a man who is! Given the number of times I’m asked these sorts of questions, I’ve now asked for clarification from Paul Montagueof Blevins Franks, and as usual he has come up trumps. I’m very grateful to him for the following answer, and recommend him for any further assistance anyone requires.

If an individual is a tax resident in Spain, or a de-facto tax resident meaning that they are living here but not making a declaration of any kind (and these are being hunted as we speak), then under normal circumstances they have an obligation to declare their total incomes received from anywhere in the world on a yearly tax return here in Spain. This return should be made sometime from the 1st of May and before the end of June and refer to income(s) received from the previous tax year; which is a calendar year here in Spain. State pensions, company pensions and private pension fund/SIPP payments should be included.

When you make your first tax return in Spain, you will be met with a tax bill which you obviously have to pay. So for a period, you are/have actually paid taxes on the same income in both the UK and Spain but be assured that this can be dealt with. As follows…when you pay your Spanish taxes for the first time, your accountant can then ask the Hacienda (the Spanish tax office) to provide a tax certificate which is written in both Spanish and English and clearly states that from a certain date, you are a tax resident in Spain. This certificate should be included with THIS form (also available HERE), completed and sent to the tax office – address included on the front page of this form. The individual would then receive a return of tax paid (from the HMRC) when he or she became tax resident in Spain and there would be no future tax collections taken from your UK sourced income.

It sounds messy but is quite a simple affair which usually takes about 6 weeks to complete. I would advise that everyone makes a return even if this would be a nil return as you would benefit from this for example, you would not have to pay the non-resident tax on your main home in Tenerife or importantly, your main home could avoid succession taxes on death if certain criteria is met. Be aware that you do not have a choice where you pay your taxes.

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Adeje Easter Passion Play, Good Friday, 3 April Update

Update 1 April: Adeje Ayuntamiento says that there will be one or two changes for the town’s Passion Play this Friday, which will be broadcast not only on Spanish television’s La2, but also streamed live HERE.The most notable changes are in the Herod and Pontius Pilate staging areas, costumes, and some upgrades to the Jerusalem marketplace, recreating the ambiance of the era. The Municipal School of Music and Dance will participate as Herod’s dancers, and new too is the dance which will be performed by the Beanky Ballet on the stage where the Last Supper will take place. The script has also been made more intense. All the music is written by members of the Municipal School of Music and Dance (EMMA), and will incorporate some traditional Canarian musical themes and instruments.The whole of the Calle Grande, from the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Plaza España, will be a stage dressed to resemble Biblical time, with plants, cloths, sculptures and altars, etc., and with live farm animals in the staging areas. Anyone uploading photographs and videos during and after the performance is asked to use the hashtag #PasionAdeje2015 to give the event even greater visibility.

For their own safety and comfort, the council asks the public to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, including a sun hat and adequate sun cream, and to bring water. In particular the public is asked to follow the instructions of the local police, bomberos and civil protection units who are there to ensure everyone’s safety, and not to cross the temporary barriers erected to keep the streets clear for the performance itself.

Update 24 March: Adeje Ayuntamiento says that the staging of The Passion will take place from 12 noon on Good Friday, 3 April, on Calle Grande (the road fron the post office up to the Town Hall), and be broadcast live on Channel 2, TV España in Canaries

The council says that its religious Easter events begin in earnest this Friday, 27 March, known to Christians as the Friday of Sorrows: the full Easter programme can be found HERE. The many different processions which will be held over the next several days will allow the public to see the borough’s many different sacred images and statues, some of huge artistic importance, most of which have been carefully restored in the last decade or so in the Council Heritage Conservation Workshop. Cultural councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt said that “Easter week in Adeje is of particular importance in the cultural calendar of the borough, with the people of Adeje taking part in many of the different acts and events, above all in the staging of The Passion.”.

Bethencourt added that the council understood that not everyone celebrates Holy Week and therefore disruption was minimised. During the passion play itself, however, the whole of Calle Grande is turned into a stage for the reenactment of the last days and death of Jesus of Nazareth. From the Jerusalem marketplace, the last supper in the Plaza de la Cruz del Llano, the Herod and Pontius Pilate stage, to the crucifixion itself in the Plaza España with the amazing Adeje skyline and Barranco del Infierno as a backdrop, if you haven’t seen it, don’t miss it. If you have, you’ll know why you want to see it all over again! As I’ve said in previous years, get there early, and ideally by public transport or taxi, because this gets packed out! The council’s video from 2013 above should give a flavour of this stunning spectacle.

Original post 10 March: I’ve posted in previous years (see HERE) about Adeje’s Easter passion play, and its drama and emotion. It will be no different in 2015, of course, and if anyone would like to be more than a spectator, but would actually like to take part in the enactment itself, you can sign up to do so now in the Cultural Centre in Adeje between 8am and 10pm, or by phone to 922 756 246. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

This year’s preparations are now underway, and each year some 300 “actors” take part in the passion play, the vast majority of them residents in the municipality. The event is famed worldwide, and tens of thousands attend, a great number of them tourists in the area. It is televised live internationally, too. Adeje Ayuntamiento’s culture department says that such coverage allows those who cannot attend in person to watch, but that the best way to experience the passion of the Pasión is as an actor involved in the production itself.

info From Janet Anscombe