Christmas activities in Adeje continue to fill the festive calendar from now until the end of the year, with concerts, theatre and lots of surprises for everyone.
This Thursday December 2st the popular Christmas Unity Concert, at 8pm, is happening in the Plaza de España with performances from a host of different music and performance groups and individuals including the Tenerife International Dance Centre, and for the first time Adeje welcomes soprano Sally Li on stage.
On Friday December 22nd the La Hoya live Nativity performance is taking place with the residences of the neighbourhood brining the story of the birth of Jesus Christ to live, and this year a new feature will see Ainhoa Aguilar and David Urbano singing ‘Deja que entre el sol en ti’, an adaption of ‘The Flesh Failures/Let the Sunshine in’, from the musical Hair. The Adeje School of folklore will also be performing. This event takes place in the La Hoya main square from 8.30pm.
On Saturday December 23rd the Clownbaret company will be onstage in the Adeje Cultural Centre from 6pm (entrance: a new toy). At 7pm the annual Christmas Carol concert in Callao Salvaje, organised by the Callao Salvaje Community church and the Adeje council, brings together many traditions and singers and also sees an annual donation of toys (unwrapped please) for Adeje’s children in need. And on the Calle Grande in Adeje town the Adeje municipal band will playing from 8pm.
The Santa Úrsula choir sing carols in the Calle Grande on Christmas Eve night and on December 26th, from 5pm, the new Adeje children’s Christmas Park will open in the El Galeón sports centre until January 5th. There will also be open-air cinema (Gru, mi villano favorito 3 and Guardianes de la Galaxia 2, in Spanish) in the Plaza de España from 7pm on December 26th and 27th.
Thursday December 28th at 8.30pm there is an adult storytelling session in the Canarian Library with actress Carmen Cabeza and on Saturday December 30th in the Plaza César Manrique there will be loads of fun for children with bouncy castles, performances and lots more, and at 7pm a Christmas concert in the San Sebastian Church in La Caleta.
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Bus station upgrade and new route to improve public transport
This morning Carlos Alonso, president of the island Cabildo, was in the Costa Adeje bus station to announce details of a new route, improvements to some important existing ones, and changes and increased parking in the bus station itself. All the changes are geared towards improving the public transport service available to residents and visitors here.
From September the new route, the 424, links Los Cristianos and Costa Adeje via Torviscas Alta, passing by the borough’s main theme parks and commercial centres. The route is in respond to public demand and will benefit both residents and tourists.
Speaking at the announcement of the new route, Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga underlined “the importance of a good public transport service for both residents and tourists “, adding that the Adeje council would continue to work with the Cabildo to improve that service for all.
Cabildo president Carlos Alonso referred to the need to continue to work to improve transport options and said sustainability was linked directly to a properly working public service. He also alluded to the need for improvements in north-south links on the island.
Titsa, the public service bus company, also announced changes to the 483 route which links Los Cristianos and Los Abrigos, extending operating hours until 00.15am, serving Las Chafiras and Golf del Sur. The 473 (Los Cristianos – Costa Adeje – Callao Salvaje) will also extend its hours of service to 00.10am and the last bus will leave Los Gigantes at 1.30am. The company have added six extra runs to the 110 Saturday service between Costa Adeje and Santa Cruz.
The station in Costa Adeje is also due for an overhaul and the plans include extra parking to allow commuters use the station and the bus services on offer with increased ease.
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A pink wave united the boroughs of Adeje and Arona to raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer, and the event raised over €20,000 euros which will go towards research and to organisations working with patients and families directly affected by breast cancer
A pink wave formed by over 4,000 walkers united Adeje and Arona this Sunday. The Walk for Life, now in its 13th year, works to raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer.
Organised by the Foundation Carrera por la Vida/Walk for Life and both councils, with the collaboration of the Tenerife Cabildo as well as private sponsors, the event also raises funds for research into cancer treatment and cures and for cancer suffers and their families. This year over €20,000was raised according to the organisers, with funds certified by an appointed notary.
This year’s honorary Grand Marshall was para-athlete Gema Hassen-Bey. Taking part were Brigitte Gypen, the mayors of both boroughs, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and José Julian Mena, and thousands of other walkers.
The walk began at 11am at Siam Mall in Adeje, walking along the V Centenario Avenue, along Rafael Puig LLuvian Avenue and to Las Americas Avenue in Arona, with a bus travelling in parallel for those mobility challenges and difficulties in completing the 4 kilometre walk…
Brigitte Gypen said that now “we have twenty thousand reasons to meet again next year and bring even more people along”. Arona mayor José Julián Mena, stressed the importance of the event in raising awareness about breast cancer with many families in South Tenerife suffering as a result of the disease. “We want them to know that they can depend upon us”, he said, as well as calling for the proper provision of health services in the south of the island. He also underlined the importance of early detection in the fight against the disease.
Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, said that this was a special “international” day every year for everyone taking part. “It has become an event that promotes social harmony” as well as calling for better treatment for cancer sufferers and stressing the importance of early detection.
Launched today, December 15th, Expovida 2020 is a new tourism and health concept, inviting the world’s leading health innovators and providers to come together under one roof, in Adeje, in the perfect location, the Canary Islands.
In what was Sky Park, this private enterprise, at a projected cost of €150 million, completely funded by private enterprise, will be a permanent expo offering tourists a new reason to visit Adeje. With 1,600 m2 the space will have a myriad of zones featuring different aspects of health and wellbeing, and will be inviting different countries and companies to use the space to promote the latest medical and technological developments in the world of health.
The building will be topped by a massive sculpture of ‘Evva’, an interactive sculpture as, says architect Roberto Delgado, the interior of the ‘body’ will house different salons for learning, promotion, and interaction with health exponents and providers.
Adeje’s tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira spoke at the launch of the project welcoming the initiative, “a pioneer at European level and an axis for health and wellbeing. With this initiative Adeje will become a reference point for investigation, diagnostics and health-related conferences and events from both professional and training points of view. “
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King Felipe VI lauds Adeje, Arona and San Bartolomé de Tirajana as excellent examples in the renovation of Spanish tourism
Spain’s King Felipe VI spoke at the Maspalomas International Tourism Forum yesterday (Thursday Dec 14th) and made particular mention of the work of the tourism destinations that are members of the AMT, the Canarian association of tourism boroughs.
His majesty singled out the work carried out by Arona, Adeje and San Bartolomé de Tirajana as excellent examples of how renovation works within the tourism industry. He also met with mayors of the AMT member boroughs and those of Guía de Isora and Mogan.
“Three Canarian boroughs are among the top eight in Spain for overnight tourism stays”, the King told the forum. “These are older destinations how have worked hard to meet the renovation challenge”, he added. Also present were mayors from the member boroughs of the Tourism Sun and Beach Alliance, Salou and Benidorm, an alliance to which Arona, Adeje and San Bartolomé de Tirajana also belong. Among other topics, those in attendance discussed collaborative projects that they are preparing for the next Spanish tourism trade fair, Fitur.
Representing the Canarian boroughs were mayors, José Julián Mena, (Arona), José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga (Adeje) and Marco Aurelio Pérez, (San Bartolomé de Tirajana) as well as tourism councillors from Guía de Isora, Arona, Adeje,, and San Bartolomé de Tirajana,.
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The Adeje-based Focus group, representing foreign residents in the borough, has had a busy year with some new projects scheduled for 2018.
The Focus Group is an informal advisory group established to reflect the concerns and needs of the non-Spanish speaking international community living in Adeje, and to liaise with the council on matters of mutual interest and concern. It has evolved over the last two years with a working group of members from different nationalities coming together once a month to see how we can advance the integration of foreign national groups into the day to day life of Adeje and meets once a month.
The group’s working language is English, but it is not just for English people – instead it is for residents who have English as their primary language, or in the case of some, as their second language after their mother tongue. There are members from the UK, from Ireland, from the Ukraine, and are working to invite members from other countries.
During the year Focus organised or co-operated on a number of projects of interest to foreign residents in Adeje, including the first in a series of guided tours of historic parts of the borough of Adeje. Given the large number of British people in the borough there were also a number of Brexit-related events and public meetings.
At the end of 2017 the group moved the base for the meetings to the Adeje Escuela de Seguridad y Convivencia (the Adeje school for security and social harmony, based in Los Olivos), which is the council’s centre for many international cultural and social groups. And with cooperation from the school there are a number of new projects scheduled for 2018.
In 2018 the group hope to help in the plans for an international day for foreign residents. They are also inviting other cultural and social organisations to meet with them to discuss shared challenges and interests and examine the possibility of establishing an information centre for different nationalities based in Adeje working through different languages.
Military music and much more, Christmas in Adeje
Christmas in Adeje continues this week with another host of activities happening in the town and smaller villages in the borough. The main event for many will the annual military music concert which takes place this year in the Plaza de España, with the Canarian military Band and the Tenerife 49 Infantry Regiment Band, on Thursday December 19th at 7pm.
In the Adeje Cultural Centre on Wednesday the Añaza Gospel kids, the CEIP Las Torres children, and the Adeje school of music and dance children’s choir will be performing and there will also be carol singing in Los Olivos that evening with the Boleros de Armeñime.
Around the smaller neighbourhoods there is also much to do, see and enjoy. Tomorrow, Tuesday December 12th, the streets of La Postura will echo with carols sung by the Imoque Cultural Association. On Wednesday the Armeñime nativity scene will be presented and in the same village there will be a church performance of the birth of Jesus at 11am on Sunday and a light show later on at 7pm on the same day.
On Friday December 15th the Christmas Rhythmic Gymnastics Gala takes place in the El Galeón sports pavilion and there is also a performance of flamenco in the Adeje Cultural Centre and later on the Santa Úrsula choir will sing carols along the Calle Grande.
On Saturday December 16th the Asociación San Juan hold their annual Christmas market in their centre (11am – 6.30pm).
Sunday December 17th will see thousands of walkers join the Carrera por la Vida – Walk for Life, the breast cancer solidarity event, leaving Siam Mall at 11am walking to Arona’s Compestela Beach. Later that evening there will be a children’s event in the Plaza César Manrique.
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The ‘Mar y Tierra’ tapas created by the kitchen in Loren’s Tasca has won top prize in the Adeje tapas route competition. The restaurant wins a basket of products valued at €300 from GM Cash & Carry. The winner of the cruise (for members of the public) was María Anjara Herrera, and the cruise was donated by the Zona Comercial Abierta Adeje Centro businesses and companies association.
There was a tie for second place, with Taberna Amores and the León de Venezia restaurant receiving the same number of votes from the public for their tapas, ‘Delicias de cordero al breve’ and ‘Filleto Poleton’ respectively. The latter was awarded the title of best professional tapa, voted on by an independent jury.
Third place went to El rincón del Sushi de Adeje with ‘Maki crujiento con salsa de anguila’. The voting members of the public who won dinners at the restaurants of their choice in second and third places were Celine Podesta, María Adele Ferrera Tarife, and Arsenio Fernández Moreno.
There were also a selection of lunches and dinners at participating restaurants and they were won by Sergio Fabián González Verón (Restaurante Tasca Italiana), Amadeo Barba Santos (Casa Juan), Lorenzo Morín Hernández (Tasca El Cañón), Mónica Ortega restaurante (Tapas Bar La Salud), Leidy Carolina Hurtado Angulo (El Puente), María Dolores Borrego Durán (Restaurante Cafetería Compostela), Patricia San Román (Bar Pastelería La Favorita), María Jesús De Cabo Mosquera (Metro Pizza), Franca Gambato (Rincón De Aranda) and Carlos Díaz (Bar Cafetería Atlántida).
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