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The VIIIth bycicle touring Chaveña in the South of Tenerife

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The roads of the south of Tenerife were a witness this Sunday of the eighth edition of the popular March Bycicle Touring Chaveña, which counted 128 participants. The appointment was organized by the Insular Federation of Cycling of Tenerife and the Cycling Club Chaveña, with the collaboration of Granadilla of Abona's Sports Department , with a route of 72 kilometers.
The VIIIth bycicle touring Chaveña started at 9:00 am. The councilor accompanied the cyclists along the whole tour..

The municipalities of Granadilla, San Miguel and Vilaflor were places choosen and around 12:00 the course was in the Place Doctor Pérez Cáceres of Vilaflor for the regrouping. After thirthy minutes they took the way back to Granadilla. (Insular Federation of Cycling of Tenerife)

Blue Flag for the beaches in Tenerife

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The Blue Flag is a selective eco-label awarded annually by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) to ensure the continued compliance of its criteria. This award requires the beaches and marinas that receive it to comply with a series of specific criteria, based on four main areas:

  • water quality
  • environmental education and information
  • environmental management
  • safety and services

The Blue Flag is managed by the Health Department of the Canary Islands Government through its Directorate General for Public Health.
The international campaign rewards the efforts made by local authorities and marina management to comply with the high levels of demand required. The reward guarantees environmental quality, caring for the environment, accessibility and services, and a high standard of water quality.
Technicians from the Environmental Health Service of the Directorate General of Public Health of the Health Department of the Canary Islands Government work to ensure that conditions are met and collaborate with local corporations requesting assistance when submitting applications for this universally acknowledged award. The technicians permanently oversee the health standards of candidate beaches and marinas and provide guidance for local authorities to ensure that their application for the Blue Flag award is successful.

Blue Flag beaches in Tenerife in 2011:

Granadilla: El Médano and La Tejita.
Arona: Las Vistas and El Camisón.

Adeje: Troya I-II.
Santiago del Teide: La Arena. (awarded with the blue flag for 25 consecutive years, till present)
Tacoronte: La Arena (Mesa del Mar)

We look forward to see you on these lovely and safe beaches!

 

Places To Visit Tenerife Top 10

A selection of the most important places for our tourism information .
Considering that is possible to enjoy  different activities  and visit many other nature spots in Tenerife, according to our tourism information agents interviewed we have classified the 10 most interesting places of Tenerife that you might not get lost if you come to spend your holidays.
Ttry yourself  to realize  a selection of those, wich are in our opinion, the places to bear in mind to enjoy the island.
In this post, there are just 10, but could be more. It was a very simple question made: If you had to recommend 10 places to visit in Tenerife, wich would be?

1. National Park of Las Cañadas del Teide.

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Undoubtedly, the most visited place in Tenerife is El Parque Nacional de las Cañadas del Teide (Mount Teide National Park) wich lodges the highest peak of Spain (3.718 meters on the sea level).
From Costa Adeje, you can reach the National Park by the roads of Vilaflor or Chío. From the North side of the island, you can drive by the roads of La Orotava or La Laguna (La Esperanza).
Inside the National Park you can find El Centro de Visitantes (The Visitor Center), where you can get more information and enjoy the services of bar, restaurant and a souvenirs shop. You have also the possibility to go up to 3.550 meters of the vulcano by the Teleférico (Cable Car).
If you like hiking, It's also possible  here thanks to the footpaths net of the National Park. (Free guide  service is possible booking  previously Phone 922 290 129). To go up to the very top of the vulcano (3.718metres), you need to be provided with a special permission.

2. Caserío de Masca (Masca Village).

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It is located inside of  Parque Rural de Teno (Teno Rural Park), within the municipality of Buenavista del Norte. Inside of this landscape scenery   the deepest ravines of the island of Tenerife are located.
The Village of Masca has been declared an ethnographic and architectural place as an example of the ancient natural architecture in the Canary Islands. The oldest building is the house of the Avinculados. One of the houses has been conditioned to lodge a museum and a handicraft center.
If you like hiking, the Barranco de Masca (Ravine of Masca) is one of the most spectacular of the island. It starts up in the mountains and goes down to the sea. In case of being interested in realizing this  footpath, we recommend you to book previously the collection service with some of the boat companies., avoiding thus  you have to come up the same way. They will take you up to the Marina of Los Gigantes


3. Acantilado de Los Gigantes (Los Gigantes Cliffs)

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This is one of the most photographed sceneries of the island. Its impressive vertical walls, some of them with more than 600 meters of altitude, go deep into the sea down to approximately 30 meters under the sea. The Acantilados de los Gigantes is a great natural resource that fascinate  scuba divers.
If you have arrived at Los Gigantes by car, you can take the opportunity of the trip and approach up to the previous point of our list, El Caserío de Masca.

4. San Cristóbal de La Laguna

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It has been  declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
Its historical center supports an excellent conservation level and its streets offer you several monuments and historical buildings together with a big shopping area. It is an important traditional university city.

5.-Parque Rural de Anaga (Anaga Rural Park).

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This place  lodges an extraordinary natural biodiversity and it is located at one of the topmost points in which the island of Tenerife is settled.
A wonderful scenery, spectacular cliffs and leafy forests of laurisilva. El Parque Rural de Anaga is one of the areas of major ecological value of Tenerife and enjoying it means to dedicate time to cover some of its footpaths. It stands out also, a beautifull beach of volcanic black sand: la Playa de Benijos.

6. Drago Milenario, Icod de los Vinos (The Dragoon Tree of Icod)

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It is one of the most important natural, cultural and historical symbols of the Canaries. El Drago Milenario de Icod (The Dragon Tree of Icod) wich is considered the oldest tree of the archipelago is now around 800 years old,over 16 meters high and has a circumference base of 20 meters.
An endemic garden has been made around the tree, specially didactic and illustrative, which has small dragon trees, teasels, tabaibas,etc…
It has become the most popular attraction in Icod and it is situated next to the Iglesia de San Marcos

7. Valle de La Orotava

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It is a wonderful picture with Teide's shape at the back. We suggest  you to stop at the viewpoint of Humboldt (road TF 21) to enjoy a nice panoramic of the Valley.
Furthermore, on the way, you can visit the Historical City Centre which has been considered an Artistic Historical Whole by the Central Government due the architectural treasures.


8. Vilaflor

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If you decide to go to the Teide by the road of Vilaflor, you could stop at this pleasant and quite village in the South of Tenerife.
It´s the highest municipality in Spain and it is located at 1400 meters above sea level. This village is surrounded with pines and almond trees, with excellent architectonical examples like the Parish Church and the old House-Palace of the Soler family´s who founded the village.
Trekking, mountainbiking and hiking are some examples of the activities for enjoying this municipality.

9. Garachico

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The Village and Fishing Port of Garachico wich was declared Heritage of Cultural Interest with the Historic Whole Category, shows you a brilliant past with convents, churches, mansions and so many other interesting buildings like the Chapel of San Roque, the Ex Convent of Santo Domingo de Guzman or the old Convent Of San Francisco.
The Town was rebuild in 1706, when Garachico was buried because of the eruption of the volcano of Trevejo.
If you have time enough, after  visiting its important Architectural Heritage, you can enjoy the natural pools, beaches and coves.

10. Paseo Litoral desde La Caleta hasta Los Cristianos (La Caleta- Los Cristianos Seafront Pedestrian Promenade)

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In here you  can enjoy a very long promenade that links both municipalities  Adeje and Arona and it has become the most popular activity among tourists.
This is a seafront  pedestrian promenade of approximately 9 kms. Different beaches, hotels, restaurants and shops  compose the Touristic Town Centre of Costa Adeje and Playa de las Americas-Los Cristianos.
Besides, you´ll feel the pleasant marine breeze and the warm sun, always seeing in the horizon The Island of La Gomera.

We have ruled out some other important places which heve been mentioned for our tourism information agents:La Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Candelaria. It lodges the Patron Saint of the Canarian People.
Parque Rural de Teno Alto ( Natural Park of Teno Alto) which is a hamle located in the Rural Park of Teno.
Puerto de la Cruz, a tourist city in the North of the island where it is possilbe to enjoy the small volcanic beach of  Playa Jardín. and fhe pleasant atmosphere that invites you to relax and rest. The capital of the Island, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is a city where you can walk along  boulevards and pedestrian streets to discover a great shopping choice.

Obviously, we are aware of that thematic parks, leisure and beaches have not been mentioned in this top 10. We will do it next time.

What do you think about this Top 10? Do you like it ? will you visit them?

More information at webtenerife.com

HOVIMA wins Check Safety First Group Award for exceptional standrads

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As it appears in the article dedicated to HOVIMA Hotels, in the UK on line web page of  Travel Daily News.com:

"HOVIMA Aparthotels has been awarded Check Safety First’s prestigious ‘2010 Group Award’ for achieving exemplary health and safety levels across all its establishments last year. Using Check Safety First’s E-Cristal auditing system, the Tenerife based group has been commended for its excellent standard shown in the management of hygienic sanitary risks.

The HOVIMA group has worked tirelessly with Check Safety First to ensure the safest environment for guests. E-Cristal has been used by each establishment to gather and record the latest hygiene data relating to legionella, food safety and fire safety. Collecting this information has helped HOVIMA’s management maintain consistently high standards across the chain, which is upheld by independent audits undertaken on a monthly basis.

“Since working with Check Safety First in 2007, we have raised standards in each HOVIMA establishment. This award is an indication of all the hard work the team has put in over the past year to ensure that guest safety is our highest priority. We are extremely proud to be given such an accolade,” explains Candelaria Perdigon, quality manager at HOVIMA Aparthotels.

Steve Tate, chairman at Check Safety First explains, “Every year, we are delighted to single out one group that has consistently achieved outstanding levels of health and safety. We have been extremely impressed with HOVIMA’s hard work to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for guests across all of its establishments.”

As part of HOVIMA’s consistent commitment to health and safety standards, all of its aparthotels have been listed on checksafetyfirst.com. This is the only website to provide the travelling public with access to a database of hotels that have obtained consistently high standards of hygiene & safety."

HOVIMA cares about your fidelity!

We are more than glad to let our clients know that HOVIMA continues to reward your fidelity, starting with your second visit, till the 25th or more one, as it happened with one of our HOVIMA Guests, which came for the 25th time this October 2011, at HOVIMA Santa Maria. We called it the “silver stay”…and we really appreciated our Mrs. and Mr. Debruyne faithfulness in keeping booking with HOVIMA all this last years; so we tried to make this “silver stay” anniversary as memorable as possible for them…starting with various details and inviting them to our La Vieja Restaurant, where they enjoyed a lovely dinner. By this article we take the chance again to thank them publicly for the confidence they placed in our company and we look forward to continue seeing them around here. Kind regards,

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