Archive for October, 2007
Stagnant waters for CDT

Another goal less draw for CD Tenerife, this week at home to Cordoba. Lots of good build up play but too often they just wanted to pass in front of goal instead of having a pop.

There could have been a perfect start, after 5 minutes, when Iriome went down in the box but the ref ignored the appeals for a penalty. Santos was again on of the most creative players for Tenerife but attacks either fizzled out or ended in high hopeful balls that Nino had no chance of getting. The first half closed with a good chance each, Martinez forced a good save from Julio Iglesias and another former Tenerife player, Arteaga failed to react at the near post with the goal at his mercy.

Into the second, Santos went close, Arteaga was denied by Juan Pablo in the home goal but the stalemate remained. Longas hit the side netting just before Cordoba had their best spell of the game after 75 minutes, Pablo stood firm to deny the visitors.

Omar came on for Iriome and looked lively but even with Cordoba reduced to 10 men after second yellow for Aurelio, it was clear it was gonna be another frustrating game. Omar hit the post at the death but it finished 0-0. Nice to see Sicilia come over to clap the Grada fans and throw his shirt into the crowd, top man.

Another good crowd, 11,000. Tenerife will need to be sharper on Wednesday night at home to unbeaten Malaga in the Copa del Rey, kick off 9pm. Should be a great game, contact the Armada Sur if you want to join in the party.Â

Did the earth move for you?

Well did it, at about 6.30pm last night? There was an earthquake just 50km south of our neighbouring island, La Gomera, measuring 4.2 on the richter scale.

Don’t get too concerned, there are 100’s of them in and around the Canary Islands all the time, but usually too small, too deep down or too far out to sea to notice. This quake was felt in San Sebastian, the main port and capital of La Gomera and in some southern and western parts of Tenerife.

It was the biggest since 1989, and that registered as 5.2 on the richter scale. There was virtually no damage, just a few pleasantly surprised wives and girlfriends. Just to put it in context, last months quakes that hit England were 4.8 on the richter scale.Â

“Fish? Did someone mention fish?”

 Loro Parque WhaleThere’s no mistaking that aah feeling. The whale is a majestic figure and recently I was lucky enough to go behind the scenes at Loro Parque to meet the whales and two of their trainers at the Orcarium.

Steve is an experiened trainer but Lia from Puerto de la Cruz has just started. Find out what their day involves and find out more about them and the four star turns. You can see the two page story under features in The Tenerife Sun, pick up a free copy from one of 300 points around the island or see the online version above. If you haven’t experienced Loro Parque yet, get up there soon.

Street Art? a Capital idea

 Serpents de la Guerre

Not enough southern holiday makers take time out to visit Santa Cruz, Tenerife’s capital, in the north. That is the finding of research done by Santa Cruz council, and from this week you will see a big poster campaign in the south to tempt people, and their wallets, up there.

Vibrant and interesting, there is always something going on in Santa Cruz, the tram has become an exciting part of the city and the Plaza de España renovation is nearly complete. A sea water lake, fibre optic lighting and a tunnel under the plaza past the ancient fortress, are just some of the new features.

Double Epee

Art figures heavily in the capital and until December 15 you can see some new sculptures by Greek artist, Sophia Vari. Most are by the Plaza del Principe, leading from the headquarters of Caja Canarias bank, the sponsors of the exhibition. There are also works by the Auditorium and the Plaza de Patriotismo. You will also find many older sculptures spread around the city and several art galleries.

If that wasn’t enough, all the top fashion shops are in Santa Cruz and there’s history by the bucket full. The 110 or 111 buses will whisk you up there in just over an hour from Las Americas or Los Cristianos or if you drive, the parking under the bus station came out the cheapest in the city in a recent survey, so go and enjoy. OK, where’s my cheque from the tourist board?

The Beach is bright, the beach is Orange

Las Teresitas

Forget the ongoing political row about the financing, and possible corruption surrounding Las Teresitas beach, it’s wonderful. Man made (take a bow man) from imported sand and protected from erosion by a rocky arm that embraces the bay, it’s huge and orange.

The back of the beach is lined with palm trees and refreshment kiosks but behind that and the main road, is just a sheer cliff face, no hotels, shops or any commercialism. The beach starts with a small shanty town of crumbling fishermens houses and an array of boats on the sea, but beyond that there is loads of swimming room. The sand though is amazing, fine and light orange but getting darker as it gets wet at the shoreline and even the sea seems tinted, the colour reminded me of Caramac chocolate bars.

Midweek it was sparsely populated, but it would take a lot to fill it. Maps and bus routes make it look like it is a little way from San Andres but it leads straight on from it, and San Andres has a good selection of bars and restaurants. The 245, 246, 247 and 910 buses will get you there from Santa Cruz or you can drive, there’s a fair bit of parking behind the beach and it takes about 20 minutes. Looking out to sea, you can see the hook nose of the Santa Cruz Auditorium, round the coast, that’s how close you are.

It has to be said, it can get very windy there, but well worth a look to see probably the best beach on the island.