La Caleta swim this weekend

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The La Caleta cross-bay swim has become one of the most popular events of the summer calendar, and is part of the two week long La Caleta fiestas that have started this week.
This year the swim takes place on Saturday July 30th, and will see up to 150 participants swim 1,300 metres from the La Enramada beach to the Varadero beach. There are also a series of shorter swims for younger participants. The swims will begin after midday, with the organisation based along the pier near the Varadera beach.

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While registration has officially closed, if there are still places left you might be able to register (contact acanima2@gmail.com) and certainly last year the younger swimmers were able to participate by registering on the day.

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It’s all part of the festivities in La Caleta in Costa Adeje, with a host of activities taking part from now until August 8th. (Full programme in Spanish, http://www.adeje.es/cultura/agenda/3121-fiestas-de-la-caleta-2016#Evento-3124)

New five-star hotel for Adeje

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Canarian president Paulino Rivero: “Adeje is a borough where things are done well, in a quality manner, and where they are going in the right direction”
Last week authorities oversaw the laying of the first stone in a new hotel complex in Adeje, between La Enramada and La Caleta. The hotel is being built by a partnership between the Flanders 10 Invest company and Barceló Hotels & Resorts who will run the hotel, to be known as Barceló Corales Suites Resort, when complete. This will be a five-star establishment and the promoters say it should be open in three years.
Present at the event were representatives from both companies, Willy Deceunick from Flanders 10 and Simón Pedro Barceló, co-president of the Grupo Barceló. Also attending the event were Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, Cabildo president Carlos Alonso, regional president Paulino Rivero, and the Tenerife-based national government representative Guillermo Díaz.

The Barceló Corales Suites Resort will have two main buildings, one just for adults, with 121 junior suites, and the other family based section, with 114 apartments. There will be three communal pools, 51 small private pools, 4 restaurants and 3 bars. The directors predict the new resort will also create 300 new jobs.
According to Willy Deceunick the project will respect all the environmental regulations of the area, which he considers to be a mark of the quality of the zone. Both he and Barceló also praised the “involvement of all the relevant administrations (regional and insular) and the Adeje council in helping us move this Project forward which will improve the tourism offer and create jobs”.

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The mayor of Adeje José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “Adeje is one of the best tourist destinations in the world – it is both attractive to visitors as well as creating wealth and jobs locally. We are happy to support projects such as this one, projects which improve the lives of our people and those who visit us.” He added that he and his government would continue to work with those proposing projects that support professionalism and quality job creation.
Regional president Paulino Rivero also praised Flanders and Barceló for “this quality product”, adding this government were delighted to support projects which improved the competitivity of the tourism sector which in turn generates wealth in the Canarias. He also praised the work being carried out in Adeje stating, “Adeje is a borough where things are well done”, lauding the quality and direction of the borough and the manner in which it looks to the medium and long term in planning.
The two partners are expected to invest over €30 million in the project.

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Alexandra Rinder – Queen of the Waves…

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The 16 year old Adejera is the youngest world champion body boarder in the history of the sport
At just 16 years of age Alexandra Rinder, from Los Menores, is the youngest ever world bodyboard champion. The young Adeje champ was crowned queen of the waves in Portugal last weekend.

Alexandra, whose mother Andrea is from Germany, and father Peter is from Austria, rode her first wave at the age of 9 in La Caleta, and the rest is body boarding history. “When you catch a wave the feeling is impossible to put into words” says Rinder. And on her title, “it’s a dream to be doing what I love – I’m very lucky”. She added that the competition was hard, “I’m exhausted, but I got there. I know I could make history, so I am really happy and pleased”.

During the week Alexandra and her family were invited to the Town Hall where they were received by Adeje sport’s councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera and deputy mayor Epifanio Díaz Hernández who mentioned how proud the council is of Adeje’s Young people “who are achieving excellent results in all they set out to do and for the borough of Adeje this victory of Alexandra’s, a young person we have watched from the start of her interest in the sport, is a huge source of pride. She has won the most important title of her career, and done so younger than anyone before, as a result of years of work, dedication, and application.

Over the years she has also won a number of Canarian, Spanish and European titles. She says “I always take to the podium with the Canarian flag, I am so proud of where I come from”. She enjoys the support of the WAWA, Science and Adeje council.

Congratulations Alexandra!

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La Caleta Bay Swim

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The III La Caleta Bay Swim takes place on Saturday August 2nd and is jointly organised by the Adeje council and the Anima2 Association. The event, says Adeje sports councillor, Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, promotes healthy leisure activities and at the same time brings business and people to this coastal part of the borough.

The swim will start at 4.30pm and is over 1,300 metros. It is part of the La Caleta fiestas programme and has become a firm fixture in the borough’s sporting calendar. Alonso Ferrera said, “we have been delighted at the high levels of participation in previous years and the way the swim has been supported by residents of La Caleta, and how it has benefited the local economy.”

The meeting place will be at the Plaza de La Caleta (C/ El Muelle and C/ del Varadero) at 2pm, where those registered to swim will get their chip and swimming cap (presentation of DNI/DNE is essential). The race begins at 4.30 with participants swimming from La Enramada beach to Varadero beach, sea permitting..Swimmers between the ages of 6 and 12 years of age, will swim 100 metres, those between 12 and 14 years of age, 150 metros.

If you would like to take part you have until July 28th to sign up, or until the 150 places have been filled. Interested swimmers can find the forms and information on the Adeje webpage, www.adeje.es or on the comptetition site, http://travesiacaletaadeje.blogspot.com.es/.

Pilgrimage to La Caleta

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Join the local pilgrims walking with La Virgen de la Encarnación from Adeje to La Caleta

On Sunday May 4th, as well as celebrating Mother’s Day in Spain, Adejeros will be celebrating their revered statue and patron, La Virgen de La Encarnación. The statue will be carried from the church of Santa Úrsula in the town’s main street and carried, with a number of scheduled stops, down to the San Sebastián hermitage in La Caleta, fulfilling an annual promise made over 300 years ago by local pilgrims.
According to the history books, the statue of the Virgin de la Encarnación was brought by Pedro de Ponte to Adeje town in the XVI century to protect her from raiders and pirates along this part of the Adeje coast. The locals, not too thrilled by the decision, promised to bring her down to her original home every year as a pilgrimage, and so the tradition was born. It is believed that the first Virgen de la Encarnación statue was found along the coast of La Enramada shortly after the arrival of the Conquistadors and has been revered locally ever since.
Today the statue still makes that annual trip, in the “Rogativa de la Virgen” in the company of the people of Adeje and beyond, in a four hour journey that is both religious and cultural. According to the Adeje cultural councillor “every year more and more people are taking part …and it is a perfect way for the people of Adeje to share their culture.” She added that the council were grateful for the dedication of those who carry the statue along the way, the Porteadores de la Virgin and the Mujeres Adejeras con la Virgin.
Everyone is welcome to join in the event, but the councillor does advise those taking part to “bring water, fruit, hats and sun protection”.
The pilgrimage makes a number of stops along the way where there will be musical, poetic and liturgical interventions. The first will be at the Adeje Cemetery, where those who are no longer with us will be remembered. Following on, the walkers will cross the bridge over the motorway (expect minor traffic delays if you are driving at this time), and carry on to the Portón de la Virgin, through the stone arches near the police station, where there will be another stop.
The third break will be at La Era where walkers can also rest for a while before the last stretch of the walk which will see the statue received by Saint Sebastian, the other patron saint of the zone. The two statues enter the church together and mass follows.
As with many of Adeje’s religious festivals this is also a family event, open to everyone, resident and visitor, to take part. But do heed the words of the councillor, water and loads of sun-screen.

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Christmas Celebrations and Traditions, Near and Far

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Adeje is a cultural cross roads, a salad bowl of traditions and practises, and Christmas is just one of these times when we tend to remember how we celebrated this festive season in the different countries of our birth.
With people from over 120 different countries living in our multi-cultural borough, it would be virtually impossible to list all the different traditions that are represented here today. But what is interesting is how immigration over the years has seen some practises from our past travel to new lands and adapt to new communities?
Here in Spain the most obvious example at Christmas is, no doubt, the fact that Santa Claus now visits many many children in Spain – in the past he left most of the gift-giving to his good friends the Three Kings, who brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But as communities in Spain and in Adeje began to welcome families from other lands, Santa Claus agreed to include Spain in his busy schedule.
But while we now share many customs, some we still observe in our own way. For instance for most Spanish people the big Christmas meal, where family come together, is dinner on Christmas Eve. Traditional meals will almost inevitably include prawns or other shellfish, with meats or fish as part of the main course. Most businesses close at lunch time on December 24th to give people time to get home and get ready for the meal, and while small presents may be exchanged that night, the big day for presents in Spain continues to be Kings Day, January 6th. December 25th is really a day to relax, and attend religious services for those who wish to.
To those of us who are from the UK or Ireland, December 25th is the day when our children will wake up early (too early for many parents!) and search eagerly for their presents under the tree. That afternoon is when we will have our Christmas lunch or dinner- with turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes and vegetables. Regional differences may see goose served instead of turkey, in Ireland a boiled ham is frequently served alongside the turkey, in the UK ham, roast beef or roast pork may be the second meat. Cranberry sauce is standard for the turkey as well. After the main course Christmas pudding is served, often lit with a dash of whiskey as it enters the dining room, and usually accompanied by cream or brandy butter. In many households the pudding is made months in advance, and steamed on the day.
The next day is traditionally our day to relax and get over the excesses of the large meal.. In the UK December 26th is Boxing Day, the name probably stemming from the old custom in Britain of giving a ‘Christmas Box’ to tradesmen and women on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. This is turn is linked to an older tradition which saw many servants who had served the family where they worked on the 25th allowed home on December 26th, often with a box containing gifts and bonuses, and sometimes leftover food. In Ireland the day is a Feast Day, St Stephen’s Day and the day of the Wren Boys!
The Wren Boys traditionally were groups of small boys who would hunt for a wren, and then chase the bird until they either caught it or it died from exhaustion. The dead bird was tied to the top of a pole or holly bush, which was decorated with ribbons or coloured paper. On St. Stephen’s Day, the wren was carried from house to house by the boys, who wore straw masks or blackened their faces with burnt cork, and dressed in old clothes (often women’s dresses.) At each house, the boys sing the Wren Boys’ song in return for money which would be used to hold a dance for the whole village. Even today groups of Wren Boys will be seen on St Stephens day, but without dead wrens.

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Similar to the Wren Boys but not just in Ireland, Mummers would also go from house to house, and they would perform plays and wear disguises, often of straw, and ask permission before entering the house. Mummer performances would have been the first kind of folk theatre experienced in the UK and Ireland, and these would have been generally light-hearted occasions with audiences allowed to laugh and comment during the play. This tradition has also travelled with immigrant waves in previous centuries, and today you will find Mummer groups performing theatrical works in Russia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and many other parts of the world.
Christmas is a very special time in Germany too, the country which has brought us the notion of the Kris-kind, or Christ chid, which many of us have adapted to use for gift giving among groups of friends or workers. There, on December 6th, many houses receive a visit from St. Nicholas. On the night before, children place their newly cleaned shoes by the front door in the hope that Nicholas might fill them with nuts, fruits, chocolate, and sweets and not a stick which they will get if they have been naughty. The German excellence in baking and biscuit making comes into its own too at this time of year. Christmas markets are hugely popular and traditional in Germany and are held in many towns and cities during December, with hand crafted gifts and produce on offer in the most of picturesque settings. The Advent Calendar, also a German invention, is now found in many countries around the world, whether home made or shop bought, and is a lovely way for children to count down to December 25th.
The Christmas Crib first appeared in Italy though has undergone changes since then with many countries adapting the concept and adding different figures. In Sweden on December 13 young girls visit homes bringing cakes, dressed in long white robes and wearing a crown of candles like Saint Lucia. Lucia was a martyr, probably from the 4th century, who helped Christians who were persecuted by the Romans to survive by bringing them food in their hiding places, wearing a crown of candles.
Christmas is celebrated throughout the African continent by Christian communities, and there are approximately 350 million Christians in Africa. The Coptic Christians in Ethiopia and Egypt celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December in their calendar, which is the 7th of January for most of the rest of us, similar to the Russian Orthodox church. However, some Russians observe two Christmases and even two New Years, following both the church and the secular calendars.
Take care here in Spain on December 28th – while you probably won’t see Wren Boys, you might find yourself the victim of a prank or two. This is Dia de los Inocentes, which is, in a sense, the Spanish version of April Fool’s Day.
As in most part of the world celebrations are pretty spectacular on New Year’s Eve. While many of us might watch the count-down on television tuned into Big Ben in London, for Spanish people who live in the peninsula they will probably watch the clock and celebrations in the Puerto del Sol, in Madrid, though don’t forget it will be 2014 an hour earlier there. Local television stations here will be tuned to Santa Cruz, but if you are in Adeje why not go down to the plaza in La Caleta where the year will be rung in style with live music and lots of fun. Also remember to bring your grapes. In Spain traditionally people eat one grape for each stroke of the clock at midnight on December 31st, and for each grape you swallow you should have a month’s good luck in the year to come.
January 6th is the probably the most important date of the year for Spanish children. Even those who might have been good and received a present from Santa Claus in December will know that it is the arrival of the Three Kings, Melchior, Balthazar and Gaspar, that sees their ‘big’ present delivered. Parades take place in many towns and here in Adeje the Kings arrive by helicopter at 5pm on January 5th to the main town football stadium and at 7pm there is a terrific parade up Adeje’s Calle Grande with each of the Kings on a magnificent float handing out sweets to passers by. There is loads of colour and fun during the parade with a host of other characters taking part. The next day children will wake early to find out what they have been left – and hope it’s not a lump of coal!

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In Ireland January 6th is also celebrated, but it is know as Nollaig na mBan or Women’s Christmas, and is a day when men traditionally did all the housework. In Canada, in Quebec have a celebration called “La Fete du Roi” They bake a cake and place a bean in the middle. Whoever is the lucky discoverer of the bean, gets to be the king or queen, according to tradition.

 

Give A Little, Help A Lot…

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It’s all relative – what might seem like nothing to you could mean a happier Christmas for someone else. So take just a few minutes of your time to pick up either a gift for a child or some non-perishable food item and drop it into the San Sebastian Commercial Centre in La Caleta this Thursday, December 19th. From 10am to 8pm people will be collecting on behalf of the Adeje social services division to help those in need, and there are many.
During the day there will be other events taking place. From 11.30 to 1pm the excellent Puchi Méndez will host a live transmission Hoy por Hoy Tajaraste, and from 5pm to 8pm the kids can go wild, with bouncy castles and other activities, while the adults can enjoy a canapé or two, or a wee cake, there will be a raffle for beauty prizes from Elixir Wellness and lots more, all taking place on the first floor of the San Sebastian Commercial Centre.

Free Diving Adaptation

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The Adeje sports councillor Adolfo Alonso Ferrera has announced that interested members of the public have from December 5th to December 8th to sign up for an adaptation course in free diving. The course will take place in the Adeje Municipal School of Aquatic Activities in La Caleta.

The course is designed for people who are interested in aquatic activities and who want to learn a new kind of control through different breathing and relaxation techniques. During the intensive course participants will be told about proper nutrition and the workings of the human body, all designed to facilitate the adaptation to this kind of discipline.
As well as theory, participants will take part in practical exercises in the pool in Tenerife Top Training, and sea diving off the La Caleta coast. The course director is Paco González Castro. Those who complete the course will receive relevant reading materials and a diploma signed by world free diving expert, Umberto Pelizzari and a licence reflecting the training level completed during the course.

The aims of the course include encouraging people to enjoy aquatic activities while at the same time working to ensure that accidents in the water are avoided.

Registration is open from December 5th, and interested parties should call 922775319 or 609048351, or send an email to apneaacademy.we@gmail.com .

If you are a registered resident in Adeje you can benefit from a 20% course discount, with up to 50% for under 18s. All those who take part in the course will be covered by a group insurance.

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La Caleta Festival Programme

Swim Across La Caleta Bay, August 3

Swim Across La Caleta Bay, August 3

Thursday July 25
Decoration of streets and Fiesta Centre

Friday July 26
9.30pm, Fiesta Centre, Charity Dinner with a night full of surprises and show from GRUPO KIMBARA

Saturday July 27
8pm. Children’s Festival
10pm, Hour of Chance in the Fiesta Centre

Sunday July 28
5pm. Childrens games and bouncy castle in the Fesitval Centre

Monday July 29
6pm. Children’s games in the Festival Centre (organised by Dept of Culture)
9pm. Hour of Chance, Fiesta Centre

Tuesday July 30
6pm. Children’s Fishing Competition, pier
9pm. Hour of Chance, Fiesta Centre

Wednesday July 31
6pm. Table football competition, Bar Tere y Manoli
9pm. Hour of Chance, Fiesta Centre

Thursday August 1
6pm. Domino competition Bar Tere y Manoli
7.30pm. Street spectacular announcing the official start of the fiestas
9pm. Grupo Mesturado, ventroliquist Javier and his dolls, Pepe Benavente

Friday August 2
12 midday. Junior boat competition, pier
6pm. Parchís competition
6.30pm. Envite card competition, Festival Centre
8pm. Dessert competition Festival Centre
11pm. Dance, GRUPO KIMBARA and MAMBO LATINO

Saturday August 3
11am.  Swim across the Bay of La Caleta, (organised by Adeje Sports Department)
12 midday. Traditional games at the pier
6pm. Domina and Parchis finals
9pm. Mass in the small village chapel in honour of Nuestra Señora del Carmen, followed by a procession through the streets accompanied by the Banda del Patronato Musical de la Villa de Adeje. The event ends with a fireworks display created by Hermanos Toste.
11pm.  Street Dance with music from DELICIOSA and MAMBO LATINO

Sunday August 4
12 midday. The statue of the Virgen Nuestra Señora del Carmen is brought to the pier
1pm.  Traditional maritime procesion with the statue brought out to sea and along to El Puertito, La Enramada and La Caleta.

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Followed by a huge paella, with music from the Orquesta Santa Úrsula.
8pm. Dance with music from Zona 4, trophy presentatin, and election of next year’s committee.