Award winning public plaza in Adeje


Adeje’s Plaza de España has won the top prize in the Canarian ‘Manuel de Oráa y Arcocha 2008-2017 architecture awards, in the landscape and public space category. The prize is for the plaza’s projection as a reference point in both modernity and the preservation of local heritage. The plaza was also the winner in the World Architecture Festival New & Old section in the Public Space category a few years ago.

The prize is awarded by the Official School of Architecture of Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro, and is dedicated to recognising work in creating spaces that respect and emphasise the worth of local heritage and natural resources. The Plaza de España does just that, flanked by the Convento de San Francisco on one side, the Santa Úrsula Martir church on the other and with the awe-inspiring Barranco del Infierno as a backdrop, each a recognised point of cultural and natural interest, with the Plaza designed to enhance each of these features.

The renovation and redesign of the Plaza de España was the work of Tenerife architect Fernando Martín Menis (Estudio Menis Arquitectos) who is also responsible for the Magma & Congresos building, two structures that have become focus points in the borough for different groups and events, as well as viewpoints in their own right.

The Plaza de España is 1,182m2 with a 446m2 stage space and a garden zone. Work on the renovation and redesign was carried out in 2009 and 2010 financed by the Plan E2009 and Plan E2010. Since it reopened it has helped revitalise local businesses and become a much-used centre for events and public get-togethers.


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May magic in Adeje

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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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Arts & Crafts in Adeje


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Adeje’s Plaza de España hosts the annual Arts & Crafts fair tomorrow, Saturday May 17th and Sunday May 18th, with a series of parallel events taking place in the Plaza and around the town.

Over 70 stands will be in place, most of them displaying arts and craft wares or food produce. The Cruz Roja, the Cabildo ‘Recíclope’ campaign and the Los Olivos Centre will also have stands, as well the Adeje Clean and Healthy promotion which will mark the end of this particular campaign.

According to the councillor for culture, Nayra Medina Bethencourt, “the Arts & Crafts fair is a very important event for Adeje and provides a showcase for traditional handicrafts from the island”.
Stands will show and sell everything from ornaments, clothing, jewellery, toys and dolls, woodwork, glassware, and paintings. Visitors will also have the opportunity to taste cakes, biscuits and other local delicacies including island honey, breads, cheeses, and much more.

The fair is open to the public from 10am to 9pm on Saturday and 10am to 8pm on Sunday with free entry. During the two days there will also be a number of folklore performances by Isogue, the Boleros de Armeñime, the Imoque Cultural Association and the Municipal School of Folklore.

In parallel the council will also be congratulating the winners of the schools pets photo competition, which was part of the Adeje Clean and Healthy campaign. Children will receive their prize on Saturday in the Plaza de España after a short puppet show by the Garabato company who have toured local schools with the show. There will also be a small mural prepared by children visiting the fair under the supervision of the Cruz Roja.
Other activities taking place around the town include an exhibition of hunting dogs in the section of ground opposite El Galeón as you drive into Adeje from the motorway. This is happening at 12 noon on Saturday and is open to the public. On Sunday, at noon, in the Plaza de España there will also be a demonstration from the owners and dogs who have been taking part in the council’s Dog Obedience classes in recent months.

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Adeje Fiestas Fun

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This weekend sees the local Adeje fiestas really take off, with a host of events scheduled from Friday to Monday, which is a local fiesta with schools and many businesses closed.

On Saturday from 9am the Cross event takes place – you can sign up on the morning with categories from junior to senior, with races from 10am.

On the same morning there is also an exhibition of classic Volkswagen cars in the car park in front of the town’s main post office.

From 6.30pm on Saturday evening there will be performances from different local bands, and later on the main parade up the Calle Grande from 8.30 with lots of local groups, dancers, cheerleaders, fun and famous figures taking part not to mention an estimated 96 kilos of sweets to be handed out. The evening ends with music and dancing in the Plaza de España with the Orchestra Sensación Gomera.

Sunday is the day dedicated to the  Virgen de La Encarnación with various religious events taking place and a procession through the main streets of the town.

From 10pm the Plaza de Espana will enjoy a tribue concert by Esther Ovejero to Cavela Vargas, with the Wamampy orchestra bringing the evening’s events to a close.

Monday October 14th is a local holiday and is Dia de Santa Ursula. From 11am there will be children’s activities bouncy castles, and attractions in the plaza.  At six o’clock there will be a decade of the rosary and a mass in honour of Santa Ursula, followed by fireworks.

That evening promises a lot of laughs with a festival of humour in the Plaza de España:

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The following is the list of events taking place in Adeje during the 2013 Municipal Festivals

Friday September 27th
7pm IV Adeje Gastronomy Festival, “”
Centre for Development of Tourism Costa Adeje (CDTCA)

Friday October 4th
6pm Mass and presentation of the Restored Painting of the Image of the Rosary
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
8.30pm Concert, Beselch Rodríguez, “Timple Band”
Music with timple
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre €6

Saturday October 5th
6pm Celebration of th e Eucharist and traditional descent of the Virgin de la Encarnación
Followed by the raising of the banner for Mary
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
8.30pm 25 Anniversary of the Adeje Municipal School of Folklore and Group
Exhibition hall, Adeje Cultural Centre
Tuesday October 8th
6pm Solemn Triduum: Eucharist and Offering
The elderly, infirm and health care workers.
Santa Úrsula Parish Church

Wednesday October 9th
6pm Solemn Triduum: Eucharist
Santa Úrsula Parish Church

Thursday October 10th
6pm Solemn Triduum: Eucharist and Offering
Young people, educators, parents and religious teachers.
Santa Úrsula Parish Church

Friday October 11th
9pm Night Clay Pigeon Shooting
Municipal Shooting Stadium, Taucho
10pm, Gala Night, Adeje-80
Plaza de España
Midnight Street Party with music from “La Clase Aparte”
Plaza de España

Saturday October 12th
9am Street Races open to the public
El Galeón
9:30pm Fiesta Weekend Tenerife 2013
Exhibition of Classic Volkswagen Cars
Parking beside Post Office
6.30pm Bands Competition
Plaza de España
8:30pm Traditional Parade with Floats
Calle Grande
11pm Street Party with music by the Orquesta Sensación Gomera
Plaza de España

Sunday October 13th
6pm Civil Procession with the Municipal Banner
From the Town Hall to the Iglesia Matriz
6.30pm: Solemn Eucharist and Offering
From the different parishes
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
Procession of the Blessed Image
Carried by the bearers of the Virgen de la Encarnación and accompanied by religious and civil authorities, members of the Hermandad del Santísimo, the Mujeres Adejeras con la Virgin collective and and the Adeje Municipal Band
10pm Show with Esther Ovejero “Tributo a Chavela Vargas”
Plaza de España
Midnight Street Party with Orquesta Wamampy
Plaza de España

Monday October 14th
11am Children’s Event
Bouncy Castles, shows and workshops,
Plaza de España
6pm: Holy Rosary
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
6.30pm Solemn Eucharist in honour of Santa Úrsula
Sung by the Santa Úrsula Parochial choir
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
Procession of the Blessed Image
Accompanied by the Adeje Municipal Band, the clergy and authorities
10pm Gala night with humour from Eloisa, Yanely and Lili Quintana
(En Clave de Ja)
Plaza de España

Tuesday October 15th
6pm The story of Adeje through the eyes of its women
A visit to the Casco Histórico de Adeje
8pm Inauguration of the Exhibition “Stanislaw Lem y la Ciencia Ficción”
A social-cultural event by the ARKA collective
Adeje Cultural Centre
8pm 42nd Roque del Conde Football Tournament
In Triangular Format, C.D. Águilas, Fañabé C.F. y C.D. Armeñime.
Adeje Municipal Football Ground

Wednesday October 16th
8pm Senior Citizens Festival
Adeje Centro Cultural Theatre
9pm 42nd Roque del Conde Football Tournament Final
Adeje Municipal Football Ground
Thursday October 17th
6.30pm Children’s Festival l
Plaza de España
10pm Art Factory
Plaza de España

Friday October 18th
6pm Meeting with Riveira
Roundabout Calle Palo Mayor
9pm Miss Sur Competition
Plaza de España
11pm Street Party with Alto Standing
Plaza de España

Saturday October 19th
10am – 4pm Sport on the street
Plaza de España
3pm Rally Slot Villa de Adeje
Adeje Youth Centre
6pm Mass and union with La Gomera
Homage to the Virgen de Guadalupe
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
7.30pm I Villa de Adeje Wrestling Match
Plaza de España
9.30pm XXIX Villa de Adeje Folklore Festival
25th Anniversary of the Adeje Municipal School of Folklore and Group
Plaza de España

10:00 – midday Livestock Fair
El Cerco
11am Pilgrim Mass
Santa Úrsula Parish Church
1pm Romería y Offerings to the Municipal Patrons
Calle Grande
Followed by
Big Street Party with Kimbara and the Orquesta Korinto Band
Plaza de España


Adeje wins Science and Innovation title


The award-winning Plaza de España in Adeje

The award-winning Plaza de España in Adeje

Adeje is the only Canarian region to have been awarded the title of “Science and Innovation Town”, a distinction issued by the national Economic Ministry this week.
The title recognises those Spanish councils who have worked particularly hard to use innovative methods to improve their overall character and offer within the professional and IT marketplace. According to Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, this title, only given to four Spanish regions overall, “is mertited and recognises the time spent on renovating and using innovative means” to upgrade the region. The mayor said that the introduction of fibre optic cables into all of the municipal centres and the digitilisation of the town’s archives were just some of the examples of the way the borough was moving with the times.
The title is given to towns and regions that have sucessfully applied the I+D+I (Investigation+development+innovation) concept and are creating opporunities for the use of science, new technology and innovation as an integral part of the town and borough’s operations. The other three regions to receive the title are A Coruña, Salinas in Alicante and Puerto Lumbreras in Murica.
The mayor has also recognised the excellent advances in this area by both pri
vate and public companies and businesses in Adeje. Among the borough’s achievements and campaigns that contributed to the awarding of the title were Adeje Impulsa, the CDTCA, the municipal fibre optic installation plan, the Creatic workshop, the Adejetec open days and the WAF architectural prize for the redesigned Plaza de España.