How and where to vote this Sunday



If you are a citizen of the EU and on the census you are entitled to vote in the Adeje council elections

If you are an EU citizen, or member of a country that has voting agreements with Spain, and are on the electoral register, you are entitled to vote in the local elections this Sunday. Spanish citizens will also be casting their vote for the insular and regional bodies.

You should have received a polling card through the post telling you where your polling station is – however if you have not received such a card you are still able to vote if you are on the census, but do bring some form of photo identification with you – passport, driving licence with photograph, and residency certificate. Even if they are out of date they should still be accepted as long as they are the originals. Polling stations are open from 9am to 8pm on Sunday May 24th.

Overall 22, 677 are entitled to vote this Sunday in Adeje, an increase of over 3.500, and nearly 3,000 of those are non-Spanish. Four years ago the turnout was 53% or 10,115 persons.

This year the number of electoral tables has increased from 23 to 38 in 12 polling stations. There is, however, no polling station in the Costa Adeje bus station, those voters should present at the Magma Arte & Congresos centre and, as per last year for the European Elections, voters from Playa Paraíso will vote in the Armeñime Cultural Centre.

As this is a list system, you chose the complete list of the party for which you wish to vote. The list and envelope may have already been delivered to your house or you will find it in the polling station, place it in the appropriate envelope – in the case of Europeans the list and envelope is white – and give it to the returning office who will place it in the ballot box. Spanish national are also voting for the Cabildo (green list and envelope) and the regional government (Sepia list and envelope)

Polling stations in Adeje

Adeje Cultural Centre
La Postura Cultural Centre
Fañabé Cultural Centre
Armeñime Cultural Centre
Tijoco La Hoya Cultural Centre
Adeje School of Music and Dance
Security College (Las Nieves)
Magma Arte & Congresos Centre
Callao Salvaje Cultural Centre

EMMA registration open!



The EMMA, the Adeje School of Music and Dance, has opened registration for existing students who want to renew their course for the 2015/2016 academic year. Those who wish to change their speciality have until June 8th to do so and the dates for new students to register are from June 15th – 19th.

Places are allocated on a strict ‘first come first served’ basis, depending on the discipline.

Registration is taking place in the Las Torres sports centre in the mornings from 9am to 1pm and the School of Music in the afternoons from 5pm – 9pm. Payment can be made in a lump sum or over a series of payments. Those families on the municipal residents register will have reduced prices for courses, and there will be discounts/subsidies also available for families in financial difficulties.

The disciplines on offer at the EMMA are music and movement, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, flugelhorn, saxhorn, clarinet, oboe, concert flute, saxophone, percussion, cello, violin, piano, drums, modern singing, accordion, guitar, bass guitar, and dance.

Blue Flag bonus


Adeje is the borough with the most Blue Flags in the province

Adeje can now boast four Blue Flag beaches, a reflection of the quality of the beaches, the water and the services. It is the borough with the most Blue Flags in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and along with Tías and San Bartolomé de Tirajana, each with four, is in the top group of the Canary Island zone. Altogether the region now flys 41 Blue Flags.

The beaches awarded the right to display this internationally recognised symbol of quality are Troya I-II, El Duque, Fañabé and Torviscas. It is a clear signal that Adeje is continuing to value and invest in quality for its tourism destination in all areas, from the hotel offer to ancillary zones, natural spaces and leisure activities. .

Flags awarded to Troya I-II, El Duque, Fañabé and Torviscas beaches

The Blue Flag Programme is owned and run by the non-government, non-profit organisation the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Flags are awarded to beaches and marines that meet high standards in areas such as hygienic conditions, water quality, safety, environmental education and information, the provision of services and general environmental management. Beaches and marines are inspected by independent inspectors and flags are awarded or withdrawn annually. The flags are a mark of quality and recognise the effort in tourist destinations which work to defend sustainable development.

The Blue Flag is a voluntary eco-label awarded to more than 4000 beaches and marinas in 49 countries across Europe, South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean. In Spain almost 600 beaches and marines have won the right to fly the flag, a number which places the country in the top bracket.

Wooden it be nice! Adeje Arts and Crafts



The Fair takes place on Saturday May 16th and Sunday May 17th in the town’s Plaza España

The Adeje Arts and Crafts Fair, organised by the local department of culture, will focus on work in woodcraft this year, with demonstrations in other specialities also scheduled over the weekend of May 16th and 17th in the town’s Plaza España.

From 10am in the morning to 9pm on both days there will be a series of activities open to the public, with activities for young children scheduled for the morning hours, craft workshops with trained monitors from the Convivencia project.

Music will also feature during the two day event with performances from Grupo Boleros from Armeñime on Saturday at 12.30, and students and musicians from the Adeje Folklore school from 7pm. On Sunday the Parranda from Grupo Boca del Paso will entertain the public in the morning and that evening José Manuel Ramos will perform ‘Desde adentro’ at 8pm.

The Adeje Arts and Crafts Fair has been an annual event since 2000, with over 100 stalls selling Canarian crafts and hand-made goods to the public, made by artists and artisans not just from Adeje but from all over Tenerife and the other Canarian Islands. Many of the stalls celebrate the use of traditional craft methods, using materials such as wicker, wood, glass, resin and fabric, producing a range of items for sale including traditional clothing, jewellery, carpets and hangings, musical instruments, and food items such as honey and cheeses and a firm favourite, the traditional biscuits and cakes.

Summer University registration open


People interested in signing up for a Summer University (UVA) course can do so now

Registration for summer courses with the Adeje Summer University is now open. You can register in person in the ULL in Calle Viana 50, La Laguna, in Adeje in the Cultural Centre, from 9am to 2pm, Monday to Friday, or online,

The courses on offer this year, organised by the council and the ULL, are in 20 hour blocks and can be used by students for extra credits. They focus on alimentation, gender issues, physical/sporting activities, medicine and hyperbaric nursing, marketing tourism products, family and school, etc. The university runs from July 20th – 24th.

People on the Adeje padrón, registered students in official educational centres, unemployed persons and retirees will be offered discounts, and again this year there will be a public transport service put in place to bring students from the north of the islands, with stops in La Laguna, Santa Cruz, Barranco Hondo, Candelaria, Güímar, Porís de Abona, and San Isidro.

The courses:
(The courses are listed here in Spanish as they will be taught in Spanish – they could be of interest to you or your friends or family currently studying)

Género, clase y culturas en intersección (Gender, class and cultures intersecting)
La ciudadanía transnacional y sus desafíos’, under Esther Torrado and Rodrigo Fidel Rodríguez.

Actividades físico-deportivas de ocio y recreación (Physical-sporting leisure activities ) directed by Adelto Hernández

Alimentación y dieta saludable (Alimentation and a healthy diet), led by Gonzalo Brito.

Medicina y enfermería subacuática e hiperbárica (Medicine and aquatic nursing and hiperbaric care) Atención al politraumatizado y plan de emergencias’, course director: Antonio Alarcó.

Retos y tendencias en el diseño y comercialización de productos turísticos (Challenges and trends in design and commercialisation of tourism products), with Eduardo Parra.

Integrando la diversidad: familia y escuela (Integrating diversity: family and school), course director: Desirée González..

Por un deporte sin violencia (Sport without violence), with Patricia Pintor.

May magic in Adeje

adeje-baile de magos (12)

The Adeje department of culture has a host of activities planned for May under the title “Adeje vive las tradiciones” (Adeje, bringing traditions to life).

In the town’s cultural centre until May 15 there is a delightful exhibition of work from the San Juan centre, “Cuéntame un cuento” (Tell me a story), which the kids will certainly enjoy. On Friday May 9th the public can enjoy Arabian Nights, an evening of dance, acrobatics, magic and music, also in the Adeje cultural centre, at 8.30pm, (€8).

ADEJE-FERIA DE ARTESANIA (3)The XV Adeje Arts and Craft fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday May 16th and 17th, in the Plaza de España with a range of stalls selling hand crafted goods, folklore performances, food stalls, etc. On May 20th the foodie theme continues with a dessert workshop making ‘chasnera’ cakes (with almonds), and that takes place in the CDTCA.

On May 28th there are a series of healthy-inducing events, with solidarity pilates, massages and a zumba class, all taking place in the Adeje Cultural Centre, monies going to local charitable causes.

The month finishes with some fun events, the Baile de Magos, or traditional Canarian costume dance, held in the Plaza de España on May 29th (just ahead of Canaries Day which is May 30th) – and you have to dress traditionally to take part, but entry is free, and this is a lovely evening for all the family. Book a table with the department of Culture if you are interested.

On May 30th La Caleta hosts the II Festival Imoque with performances from Los Cebolleros from Galdar and el Zumacal from Gran Canaria and with Alba Pérez and José Manuel Ramos. And the month ends with a concert for Canaries Day on May 31st at 11.30am in the Plaza de San Sebastián, La Caleta with the Adeje Municipal Band.

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