A very special Town Hall meeting

There were no reports of any major opposition to the motions before the house!


The students from Los Olivos 2nd class help a meeting in the Town Hall recently

Second class students from Los Olivos CEIP recently ‘took over’ the Adeje Town Hall and held a special extraordinary session of the council, discussing their concerns and ideas and presenting them to the mayor and councillors. They mentioned cultural and educational matters as well as security, health and more.

The mayor of Adeje, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, was present to meet the students and listen to their debate and to tell them how important democracy was in our lives. When the visit was finished the students also visited other culturally important buildings in the town, including the Fort, the Plaza de España and the Convent.
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Christmas cheer in Adeje

adeje-christmas-posterChristmas is coming to Adeje and with it a month full of fun family activities. The Adeje council has put together a programme of cultural, liturgical and sporting events, not to mention working on the different cribs and nativity scenes throughout the borough, Christmas markets, concerts and a lot more. And the full schedule of events comes to a spectacular conclusion on January 5th when Their Majesties, the Three Kings of the Orient arrive by helicopter to Adeje and then take part in the annual parade up the town’s main street.

Among the eagerly awaited events too is the New Year’s Eve party in the Plaza de España, with music from the Milenium Band, the Sensación Gomera orchestra and the Maquinaria Band.

The cribs and nativity scenes are all worth visiting include the one designed and crafted by the Adeje Senior Citizens, on display in the lower level of the Adeje Cultural Centre. On Friday December 9th the Armeñime scene will be open to the public, in La Viña on December 18th and the living nativity will take place in Tijoco-la Hoya on Friday December 16th at 8.30pm.


Over the first weekend of December the Tenerife LAN party is taking place in the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA) alongside the Christmas Fair – with something for everyone in the family. This is on from Friday December 2nd to Sunday December 4th, until 9pm each day. Saturday December 3rd will also see the Asociación San Juan host their Christmas market in their grounds, the municipal band play the Santa Cecilia concert and the official switching on of the Christmas lights take place along the Calle Grande at 7pm. This will be followed by a gospel concert in Los Olivos with Gospel Shine Voices.

There is also a gospel event, though of a different nature, Esther & Augusto, on Tuesday December 6th in the Convent. And the following Saturday the Gospel Shine Voices can be heard again, this time in the Plaza de España. Also on that evening the public can enjoy the Christmas market along the Calle Grande, from 5pm to 1am along with music, bouncy castles, story-telling, etc. Saturday 17th is the date for the military concert in the Magma centre, with music from the Adeje municipal band, the Guía de Isora band and the musical unit of the Canarian Command and the Nº2 Army Band BRICALM-XVI.

The last week before Christmas sees the Christmas Unity Concert on December 22nd in the Plaza de España with the participation of many of the municipal cultural schools and bands, and the annual Carol Service in Callao Salvaje is on December 23rd at 7pm.

The full Christmas programme is available, in Spanish and English, on the Council webpage, www.adeje.es.

Christmas Programme 2016

Friday December 2nd

4.30pm: III Children’s Games event

El Galeón Pavilion

8.30pm: Concert ‘De la Isa al Bolero’ with los Huaracheros and Amigos del Arte, Güímar

Adeje Cultural Centre

5pm – 9pm: TENERIFE LAN PARTY Christmas Special and Adeje Christmas Market 2016

Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA)

Saturday December 3rd

10am – 8pm: Asociación San Juan Christmas Market

Asociación San Juan

7pm: Santa Cecilia Concert with the Adeje Municipal Band and the Christmas Lights switch-on

Adeje Convent of San Francisco

8pm: Concert Gospel Shine Voices

San José Parish church, Los Olivos

10am – 9pm: TENERIFE LAN PARTY Christmas Special and Adeje Christmas Market 2016

Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA)

Sunday December 4th

10am – 9pm: TENERIFE LAN PARTY Christmas Special and Adeje Christmas Market 2016

Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA)


Tuesday December 6th

8pm: Gospel Concert, Esther & Augusto, (Negro spiritual), Blood Cotton.

Adeje Convent of San Francisco


Thursday December 8th

5pm: Celebration of the Immaculate Conception

La Concepción


Friday December 9th

7.-30pm: Blessing of the Armeñime Nativity Scene

Armeñime Cultural Centre


Saturday December 10th ‘Spending Christmas in Adeje’

5pm -1am, Special Christmas market, bouncy castles, story-telling, workshops, music, theatre, etc …(collection of ‘good as new’ toys and non-perishable foods)

Calle Grande, Adeje

9.30pm: Concert Gospel Shine Voices

Plaza de España


Sunday December 11th

11am: Walk for Life, in association with the Spanish Cancer Association and the Association of Women with Breast Cancer.

Leaving from Compostela Beach, Avenida de las Américas to the Magma Arte & Congresos Centre


Tuesday December 13th

5pm: “Christmas photography”. Come along and take selfies with the photocall set-ups made by the students of the Barranco de las Torres, Fañabe, Tijoso Bajo, Los Olivos, Armiñime and Adeje Casco primary schools.  From December 13th – January 7th.  Adeje Cultural Centre Exhibition hall.

9pm: Carol singing, with the Imoque cultural association.

Streets of La Postura.


Wednesday December 14th

8pm: Carol singing, with Boleros de Armeñime

Los Olivos


Thursday December 15th

8pm: III Christmas Concert with Grupo Cardón

Calle Grande


Friday December 16th

6pm: Rhythmic Gymnastics Christmas Gala

El Galeón Pavilion

6pm: Theatre, “Luces y Sombres de la Navidad”, San Juan Theatre group

Asociación San Juan

6.30pm Ballet Beanky  Christmas Gala

Adeje Cultural Centre

8pm: Factory Christmas special

Adeje Youth Centre

8.30pm: Living Crib, Tijoya residents association

La Hoya Plaza


Saturday December 17th

10.30pm: II Tenerife Race Ponle Freno 2016

Leaving from Siam Mall

8pm: Christmas Concert with the Adeje Municipal Band, the Guía de Isora Banda de la Luz and the Musical Unit of the Canarian Command and the Nº2 Army Band, BRILCAM-XVI

Magma Arte & Congresos


Sunday December 18th

11am: Christmas nativity play with the catechism class

Armeñime parish church

6pm: Children’s workshops with Christmas crafts, bouncy castles and a visit from Father Christmas

Plaza César Manrique, La Postura

8pm: Celebrating La Esperanza and the Blessing of the Nativity Scene in the La Viña hermitage

La Viña


10.30: Carol singing, with the Adeje Folklore Municipal School

Calle Grande


Monday December 19th

7pm: Luminarias exhibition and neighbourhood event

Plaza de Armeñime

8pm: Carol singing, with the Armeñime Parrando Boleros

Streets of Armeñime


Tuesday December 20th

5pm: Christmas festival

San José parish church, Los Olivos


Wednesday December 21st

8pm: Parish talk with Andrés Brito about the Turin Shroud

San José parish church, Los Olivos


Thursday December 22nd

5pm: Christmas festival

La Milagrosa parish church

8pm: ‘Christmas Unity’ concert

Participants: Adeje School of Music and Dance, borough folklore groups, Adeje Municipal Band, Ballet Beanky.

Plaza de España


Friday December 23rd

7pm: Carol Concert

Callao Salvaje

8pm: Carol singing with the Adeje Municipal Band

Calle Grande


Saturday December 24th

Midnight:  Carol singing with the Santa Úrsula choir

Calle Grande


Monday December 26th

7pm: Christmas cinema ‘El viaje de Arlo’

Plaza de España


Tuesday December 27th

7pm: Christmas Cinema ‘Mortadelo y Filemón contra Jimmy el Cachondo’

Plaza de España


WWednesday December 28th

6pm: Children’s theatre ‘La Ruleta Fantástica’

Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.  Price per person – one new toy.

8.30pm: Adult storytelling with Óscar Bacallado

Canarian Library, Calle Grande


Thursday December 29th

8.30pm: Concert, ‘Alma de Bolero’

Calle Grande


Saturday December 31st

11pm: New Year’s Eve, with Grupo Millenium and the Maquinaria and Sensación Gomera orchestras.

Plaza de España


Tuesday January 3rd

5pm – 7pm: Children’s workshops, bouncy castles and delivery of letters to Their Majesties, the Three Kings

Plaza Los Olivos, Plaza La Hoya


Thursday January 5th

5pm: Arrival by helicopter of Their Majesties the Three Kings of the Orient and their official welcome.

Municipal Football Stadium, El Galeón.

Entry: 1 euro. Tickets can be bought in advance at the Adeje Cultural Centre or on the day itself at the stadium. Places are limited.

19:00. Three Kings Parade with lots of special guests from the world of children’s cinema and television.

Calle Grande, Adeje


Who will you walk for?



OnSunday December 11th the boroughs of Arona and Adeje come together again to Walk for Life.  The walk is now in its 12th year and works to raise awareness about breast cancer, support those diagnosed and their families through two Spanish associations, and raise funds for research into curing this disease.


The official presentation of the event took place this morning in the Regency Hotel Country Club with founder Brigitte Gypen, the Adeje and Arona health councillors Amada Trujillo Bencomo and Pura Martín Pérez, and television journalist and this year’s honorary walk Marshal, Pilar Rumeu Gutiérrez de Salamanca. Brigitte said, “This is a solidarity event which allows us raise awareness of breast cancer from a positive point of view, celebrating life.  We have a few surprises in store for walkers this year – last year there were 3,300 taking part, and we hope to better than this year”.


The councillors referred to “the synergy between the two local councils of Adeje and Arona” as a key part of the success of this event and mentioned other ongoing projects that the Spanish Cancer Association and Amate are involved in with the Walk for Life movement throughout the year. They added that early detection, mammography, early treatment and less cuts to funding for the health service were also vitally important in the battle to reduce deaths from breast cancer.

TV journalist Pilar Rumeu Gutiérrez de Salamanca said she was honoured to be the Marshal for the walk this year, adding that journalists had very much a part to play in movements of this kind.

This year the walk will leave from Compostela Beach by the Avenida de la Américas, Arona, and follow the road (3.5km) to the Magma Arte & Congresos centre.  During the walk there will be refreshment stands where people can get a drink or piece of fruit. There is also a run for life planned.  More details on all this and registration details are on www.carreraporlavida.com .





























Five top tourist boroughs form association



The five tourist boroughs of Adeje, Arona, Guía de Isora, San Bartolomé de Tirajana and Mogán between them welcomed 6.2 tourists last year – that’s almost half of all the visitors to the Canary Islands in the same period. Translate that into overnight stays and the percentage increases to 64.7%. More than reason enough for the five to decide to come together to form an association to take mutual decisions and deal with matters that affect all of the member boroughs.
The five mayors of the member councils of the new association, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, José Julián Mena, Pedro Martín, Marco Aurelio Pérez and Onalia Bueno, came together this morning to form the new grouping, to be called (translated), The Association of Canarian Tourist Boroughs, with their official HQ in the Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (Costa Adeje Tourism Development Centre (CDTCA).

During the act of establishing the new group all five mayors were very clear that they would be uniting their energies to meet the challenges of world tourism and increasing competiveness, within which the Canaries needs to advance beyond the traditional tourism model which is essentially based on ‘sun and sea’ into new areas with diverse products and segments.

Each of the founding members stated their belief that individually they should do more than lead the process of renovation in their individual boroughs, but also coordinate to insure the best possible allocation of available funding from public bodies for that purpose. It was obvious, they said, that current levels of public budget funding were not sufficient to adequately improve public infrastructures and other zones that require upgrades in the coming years.

The five mayors agreed that the tourism sector should be playing a more active role in the diversification and international aspects of the Canarian economy. They will move to establish increasingly integrated connections with other sectors such as agriculture, fisheries, technology and industry. They also wish to look at the potential offered by the islands’ geographical position with regard to Africa. European funding and grants will be another area of special attention with plans to use such monies to improve relations with our neighbours and improve economic links.

The new association states it is not exclusive and is open to other ‘members’ that share its philosophy and objectives.

Objective: The coordination of unified action by the main Canarian tourist boroughs to defend common interests.

1. Intensify the promotion and development of advances designed to improve the product and the tourist destination as well as offering improved and more efficient public services.
2. Encourage investigation and increased use of new technologies which make possible development and innovation from a borough point of view.
3. Develop communal projects to attract regional, national or international funds.
4. Promote administrative cooperation between borough members among businesses and sector interests.
5. Make possible the participation in or integration with national or international bodies.
6. Strengthen collective strategies as a way of increasing prosperity and local competitivity.
7. Develop synergies and joint strategies in urban innovation based on better municipal management.
8. Promote training and qualification for employment in the tourism sector adapted to the current state of the sector.

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Girl power in Adeje



The Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga recently hosted a special reception to greet and congratulate some of the borough’s younger athletes on recent successes, including Alexandra Rinder, Paula Otero and the Tenesay rhythmic gymnastics club and local junior footballers.

Alexendra Rinder was second in the most recent bodyboarding world championships, Paula Otero Fernández is the trainer of the Adeje municipal football school, Tenesay were the runners up in the Spanish nationals in rhythmic gymnastics junior category, and the Costa Adeje women’s football club recently won promotion to the second division.

In what participants described as an emotional event, the mayor along with the sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera met the sporting stars. The mayor spoke of the huge pride the town had in their sporting girls and boys, “who have helped promote Adeje”.


He added that as well as the sporting achievements of the players, the work done by Paula

Otero to promote fair play in the borough was hugely important. Recently this trainer had overseen a game in which her team were much stronger than their young rivals and were shown that it was more important to play the game than score too many goals (which they could have achieved with relative ease).

During the reception he commented that for the council “assisting and funding municipal sports is something we have seen as important over the years. For us this isn’t money spent but money invested in education, in values and in promoting a healthy lifestyle, all of which will bear fruit in the future”.

Juan Carlos Mohino
And the Adeje sporting story continues – just a few days after the above event the local ‘sensei, who is in charge of the Adeje Judo School, was runner up in the world judo championships, veterans category.

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Protecting children and adolescents


I Children and Adolescent Protection Day will focus on new regulations

The I Adeje Children and Adolescent Protection Day will take place on November 30th bringing together experts from relevant fields to look at the evolution of a protocol of actions when and where needed. The event is organised by the Adeje Council, the Department of Children and Families in conjunction with the University of La Laguna who are accrediting the training during these days.

Attendng the inauguration of the first of these ‘days’ will Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and the Director General of the Regional department of Child Protection and Families, Mauricio Roque González, who will be charged with outlining the modification of the child and adolescent protection system following the implementation of the new national law (Ley Orgánica 8/2015).

The day will continue with a talk by Jorge Carlos Fernández del Valle, from the Department of Social Intervention at the University of Oviedo, who will tackle challenges to intervention under child protection laws in Spain. He will be followed by Estefanía Ocáriz, a doctor in psychology from the Basque Institute of Criminology, who will give a presentation on the profile of the young offender, criminal activities and effects of educative measures.

The afternoon sessions will see the University of La Laguna education psychology professor Luis A Garcia Garcia address psychoeducational intervention for adolescents in the 21st Century, and end with an analysis by Manuel Campos Davó, from the provincial prosecutors office, of the actual situation young people find themselves in here in Tenerife, and the problems associated with protection and reforms.

These working days were established following months of work on child protection with different relevant agencies – legal, administrative, public, police, etc. The Adeje mayor noted that the event reflects “the preoccupation and sensitivity we have always had in Adeje to the problems of minors. We want to be able to anticipate and be ready to respond appropriately to changes in the law affecting children. Our objective is to take the most inclusive decisions we can,” referring to the need to be aware of the work or challenges facing the different bodies dealing with young people. He also said that this wasn’t simply an issue or a solution for Adeje, “but regional, which can be examined here with the intention of developing protocols for action that can apply to the whole of the Canarias” and all agencies implicated in the care of young people.

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Adeje says No to violence




“We would rather not have to be here every November 25th but sadly we still have to solve this problem…” Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga

Adeje marked International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women with a series of events involving the members of the Adeje public with special attention on the young people. At midday in the Plaza de España there was a reading of an official manifesto against domestic violence in the presence of secondary students from the two public secondary schools in the borough and sixth class students from the Adeje Casco primary school. The children also wrote messages of support. Accompanying the Adeje mayor were councillors and council staff. Following the reading of the manifesto there was a minute’s silence.


The mayor said that “we don’t want a world where men kill women – but we have a society that is sick and wounded. No violent death is justified, and this kind of violence is sad and repugnant and we must continue to do all we can to put a stop to it. Speaking to the hundreds of students in the plaza he said, “we would rather not have to be here every November 25th, but sadly we still have to solve this problem and the message has to come from our young people, who have to work for a world that is more just, more equal, where men and women respect each other and share their lives without violence, in freedom, responsibly”.

The borough also hosts an annual short story competition with entries from the three secondary schools and this year the winners were all from the Costa Adeje International College: Silvia González Sierra, Lisa Gaudioso and Alejandro Ferrer with a special mention for Alba Quintero Guerrero. The Adeje councillor for equality Carmen Lucia Rodríguez said it was “very important that our young people are aware of the problem and unfortunately we are seeing cases of control in relationships and love badly understood among adolescents. So we hope these kind of initiatives will help open the eyes of our young people”. The prizes were presented on Friday afternoon as part of the day’s activities.


Students of IES Adeje were the winners in the group art competition, with which the council is both promoting awareness of the issue and creativity among students. Winning students were Valeria Méndez Carlos, Águeda Quintero Rivero and Paula Siverio Herrera, Paola F. Blas Selas, Cristina Esquivel García and Natalia Llamas Ciruelo and Imane El Hejri Azaui and Oriana Fernández Fernández . The council give special mention to Ana Sofía Pastor González, Francisco Hernández Cairós, Álvaro Hernández Herrera, Miguel Arzalluz Otaño, Elijah Faulconbridge Ojeda, Kristina Serdyuchenko, Asheley de los Ángeles Vargas García and Alba María Fumero Alayón.

The council also launched a video today using the song Elle by Bebe, sung by local student Katy Castro with Luis del Amo. Members of the Adeje public, police, civil guards, fire-fighters, doctors and nurses, and other collectives took part and the video is also subtitled in other languages.

Throughout the year the council offers help to anyone who needs assistance or help in dealing with domestic and gender violence. On offer are psychological assessments, practical help for victims, police and legal assistance, etc.

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Recycling school children


Yesterday pupils from sixth class in Adeje Casco primary school spent a day out at Ascan Torrabonaf UTE, the company in charge of rubbish collection in the borough. The visit was the first schools visit of the week and part of the European Waste Prevention Week programme for Adeje.
The visit was designed to help the younger members of the borough learn more about waste collection, separation and placement in the relevant containers and promote recycling as an education tool. The overall aim of the European initiative is to reduce the production of waste materials and promote the best waste management practises. The results are positive both for the local environment and the promotion of sustainable tourism.
“People in Adeje are already quite committed to recycling, but its important to continue to work to improve results…awareness among our student population is fundamental as they can transmit the information back into the family. What we want is that the children see that waste that is collected doesn’t all end up in one container but undergoes a rigorous process of separation which in turn leads to reuse”, commented Councillor Carmen Rosa González Cabrera.

The students saw the lorries that collect the rubbish, and told how many containers there were in the borough. They saw all the machinery that is used and how the process works. Thereafter they were able to see how waste produce is sent to the relevant container and how it can be then sent on for recycling. The students and their families were also invited to take part in the La Caleta clean-up on Friday and Saturday of this week along the coast.
These school visits are seen as very important both to the campaign and to the schools, who are reporting increasing interest in recycling. During the rest of the week pupils from the Las Torres, Los Olivos, Tijoco Bajo, Fañábe and Armeñime schools will also visit the installation, and in total over 300 students will see, first hand, how the borough manages its waste.