Adeje is ready to celebrate one of its most popular fiestas, San Sebastián

 

 

 

Those who wish to participate as riders must register by January 18th

Adeje council is getting ready to celebrate one of its most popular fiestas, San Sebastián, which sees thousands of people from Adeje and the rest of the island congregating in the La Emramda beach zone in La Caleta. This is also one of the oldest fiestas, with celebrations dating back over five centuries. The year the main event takes place on Sunday January 20th. Those who wish to take part as riders with their mounts (horses, camels, donkeys, etc) must register in the Adeje Cultural Centre, between the hours of 8am and 3pm, weekdays, by January 18th and must have their animal’s registration papers, civic insurance and the relevant vaccination documents.

The celebrations begin on Saturday January 19th at 8pm with mass sung by the Boleros de Armeñime group, in honour of San Sebastián de Mártir. This is followed by a procession with the statue of San Sebastián, accompanied by the Adeje municipal band. At 10pm the San Sebastián folklore festival takes place with La Diata, the Asociación Cultural Imoque and the Adeje Folklore Group.

Sundays’ events begin at 12 noon with mass, sung by the Santa Úrsula parish choir, followed by the procession bringing the statue of San Sebastián along the customary route to the sea accompanied by horses and riders. Other animals are also present in front of the church for the public to view, from sheep to goats, oxen, and people also bring along their pets for the traditional blessing of animals which happens after the parade.

Over the weekend the public can also enjoy an open-air exhibition, ‘San Sebastián, a tradition’ with photographs from the municipal archive. There will also be performances from local singing and dance groups as well as stalls selling Canarian produce, and food and drink.

The security plan for this year’s festival includes the presence of a qualified veterinarian to guarantee the well-being of the animals present, and determine their fitness to participate in the parade.

Festival origins
The festival of San Sebastián has been celebrated in Adeje, and the rest of the island, since the beginning of the 18th century, and he is one of the borough’s patron saint, and someone to whom many Adeje people have prayed to for ‘favours’ or assistance, today as in the past. These days the fiesta has become a hugely popular tradition that goes beyond its religious significance, and contributed greatly to the continued social harmony of the many peoples who live in the borough.

Adeje’s statue of San Sebastián, which normally resides in the hermitage in front of the church, was created in the Bririllo de Valencia workshop and brought to Adeje in 1916, mentioned in an article published in the Gaceta de Tenerife on January 29th of that year. It has a classical aspect, smaller than life-size, and made from carved wood and polychrome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Caleta Fiestas – Programme of events


The Adeje fiestas continue, with La Caleta ready to celebrate.

 

Tuesday 31 July
6pm, La Caleta Cultural Centre, Local artists’ exhibition
6.30pm, La Caleta Cultural Centre, Dessert competition,
9pm, Evening performance

Wednesday 1 August
12 noon, La Caleta sports pavilion, children’s games
7pm, Fiesta parade
9pm, Evening performance

Thursday 2 August
6pm, La Caleta Cultural Centre, ‘Parchís’ card competition
6.30pm, La Caleta sports pavilion, children’s activities
11pm, Evening performance

 

Odour-free La Caleta!

La Caleta has a new rubbish collection system

La Caleta, in Adeje, now has a new modern rubbish disposal system, unique to Adeje, which is an electric compactor system for organic waste. “With this initiative the council is responding to local needs to improve waste collection in the area where there are a lot of residents and tourists and a high concentration of restaurants”, said the councillor in charge of municipal services, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera.

Representatives of the council, including the councillor for the area Carmen Lucía Rodríguez del Toro and a representative of the municipal sanitation company UTE Ascan Torrabonaf, presented the plan to the La Caleta residents association, introducing what is a new and modern collection system for organic waste as well as new recycling waste containers.

The compactor has a capacity of 14m2, or 14,000 litre, and can be used 24 hours a day, with a hydraulic opening and closing mechanism that will greatly reduce odours in the zone. “With the new system the neighbourhood of La Caleta will see its waste management improve and overall the collection will be more efficient” assured the councillor. She said the new compact containers were the equivalent of 40 of the old waste containers, and the council had acquired a specific area for their installation chosen to avoid problems for residents.

During the week representatives from the UTE Ascan Torrabonaf service have been down in La Caleta to explain the new system to residents and restaurant owners. The council is also happy to offer recycling courses for any establishment that would be interested.

Use of the new containers should be done by following the instructions on the information panels. By pressing button on the panel the tray for depositing waste bags will be accessed, place the bag in the appropriate area and close the tray to allow the machine to begin the automatic compacting operation.

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La Caleta night run this weekend

 

 

This year the race also features a special ‘2 km of confidence’ which is part of the “Moving the Planet” social project

The La Caleta residents association, with the support of the Adeje council, have organised the La Caleta Night Run for the third year running, to be held on Saturday January 27th. This year the race will also include a special section called ‘2 km of confidence’ where parents who are running will be masked and move according to the instructions of their children. This initiative, part of the “Moving the Planet” social project, is designed to raise awareness about blind people and create greater family ties.

This year Spain’s youngest sport’s presenter and ‘influencer’ Jesús Hernández, who is just 9 years old, who will run with his father.

“Moving the Planet” is a social project designed to inspire levels of responsibility for the planet in people, to improve the world we live in through actions and sporting and leisure events.

Before the 2 km masked event, which starts at 7pm participants can enjoy a zumba master class with Mariana at 6pm. At 8pm the 5k and 10k races get under way and the night will end with a concert featuring the Orquesta Toque Latino.

Registration is online, www.conxip.com or in TDC Adeje and TDC Cabo Blanco sports shops. Monies rasied will be used by the La Caleta residents association to fund the move to have village declared a European Cardio Safe Space, accredited by the European Foundation for Health, Research and Education.

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Waiting for the La Caleta wave

 

The bodyboarding championships is taking place this weekend

Tomorrow, September 9th, the El Cabezo La Caleta de Adeje bodyboarding championships are taking place. The competition is part of the Canarian circuit and seen as one of the most important dates in the sport’s calendar.

This week Adeje youth councillor Zebenzui Chinea Linares and the Canarian Surf Federation (FCS) president Ángel Lobo Rodrigo, spoke to press about the event, explaining that the four separate competitions taking place on the day are all wave and weather dependent. The categories are the Open Bodyboard, Bodyboard under 18, Dropknee Open and Bodyboard Local Open. All participants must be registered with the federation and the competition will be designed to accommodate the numbers registered to compete and the sea conditions.

The El Coqueluche association are the local event organisers with a number of money prizes on offer, as well as sporting grants. Bodyboarders should have ideal conditions tomorrow, with La Caleta considered one of the best spots for waves coming from both directions, offering perfect clean tubes for top class manoeuvres on the boards.

Ángel Lobo Rodrigo said the organsiers would be doing a 7.30am check and the competition is open from 8am until 8pm. According to Lobo Rodríguez “the La Caleta wave is very special, mythical. It is produced, above all during the summer months, with the waves of the force of the south, waves formed between South Africa and Argentina which travel up the coast of Africa, the Gulf of Guinea and Cabo Verde until they reach the southern part of the Canarian archipelago, and La Caleta, bringing us some of the best waves in Europe” for this kind of sport.

Even if you are not taking part this is also an excellent spectator sport and a chance to relax in one of Adeje’s excellent coastal spots.
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Open air cinema for the kids


Summer nights for all the family
This year the Adeje council and Fundación CajaCanarias are teaming up to bring you the best kids films, shown in the open, free and fun for all.
Three top films are being shown for the public in August. On Thursday 10th Independence Day 2 will be in La Caleta, on Friday August 11th it’s the turn of El Puertito in Armeñime with Hotel Transylvania 2, and on Saturday August 12th the people in Callao Salvaje can enjoy a screening of Ice Ace: El Gran Cataclismo, in the Plaza del Mirador, the plaza at the bottom of the main street.
All the films will be in Spanish, starting at 9.30pm, free and open to all.

Coastal protection plan

FITUR STAND TECHNICIANS

From El Puertito to La Caleta 

The work involved in participating in the Madrid International Tourism Trade Fair, Fitur, is about much more than simply selling a destination and counting the economic costs and benefits; it’s also about promoting the protection of the elements which made the destination special, and in the case of Adeje there are natural assets of huge importance to the residents and visitors to Adeje. Tourism itself is a tool to improve the quality of life of those residents.

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During this year’s fair the Adeje authorities have been meeting with a myriad of bodies, public and private, who are involved in future plans for the destination. One of those meeting, actually outside the confines of the trade fair hall, was in the Ministry of the Environment where Adeje mayor Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, and the tourism, environmental and urban councillors, Ermitas Moreira, Esther Rivero, and José María Álvarez respectively met with the subdirector of public domains, Josefa Solenou, the head of concessions, Benito Carreras, and Ana García Fletcher, sub director of coastal protection.

Adeje presented their plans for coastal protection from El Puertito to La Caleta “outlining the need to evaluate the public zone conditions which exist to develop a plan whose main aim is to protect and regenerate the marine ecosystem of our borough”, said Esther Rivero. The delegation are hoping to persuade the coastal authorities to cede control of the zone to the council who will then introduce a series of programmes that will work to protect the zone and ensure a development that is 100% sustainable and in line with natural growth. The council had two associations with them to present the plan – the Asociación Océano Sostenible and the Fundación Loro Parque, represented by David Novillo and Javier Almunia,

According to the council the ministry representatives were very interested in the plans and the initial evaluation was very positive, said the mayor, who added that his conviction was that the department was well disposed towards the project, with future meetings to flesh out the proposal already scheduled.

The ministry was also visited by the Arona mayor José Julián Mena and the environment councillor José Luis Gómez, to discuss issues affecting our neighbouring borough, beach concessions, improvement of services and the regeneration of certain zones. Both boroughs continue to work in harmony on certain matters.

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Q for quality
During last’s night’s proceedings at the fair, open to the public until Sunday, the Tourism office in Troya beach was awarded a Q for Quality Tourism, an award that recognised the excellent work carried out by the personnel who staff the office.

It is predicted that up to 100, 000 people will visit the trade fair this weekend. And while the majority of the members of the public who attend are from the Madrid area, each year, organisers say, more and more people travel longer distances to attend and find out about the holiday destinations on offer. Many of those are expected to visit the Costa Adeje and Arona stands.

Saludos, Gabinete de Comunicación

Riders to the sea

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On Friday Adeje celebrates San Sebastián, one of the oldest fiestas on the island

Adeje is getting ready to celebrate the feast day of one of its patron saints, San Sebastián, with the main event taking place on the La Enramada beach on Friday, January 20th, after 12 midday mass. This fiesta was first celebrated here in Adeje during the 16th century, though has been adapted over time.

Devotions begin on Thursday January 19th with a sung mass at 8pm in the church in the San Sebastián plaza in La Caleta, with the Armeñime Parranda Boleros. This will be followed by a procession in the locality with music from the Adeje town band, and the evening will end with a fireworks display. There will also be an open-air photography exhibition telling the story of the celebrations down the years and a folklore festival with the participation of a number of groups, including the Adeje folklore school, Imoque and La Diata. There will also be tables and stalls offering food and drink.

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According to the councillor for creativity Adolfo Alonso Ferrera, “San Sebastián is a sign of our identity in Adeje, and a festival that brings a multitude of people together from many different parts. In recent years the feast day has become an important one in the borough’s tourism calendar and many people now schedule their holidays to coincide with the event.”

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The big day is Friday January 20th, with mass in the San Sebastián church at midday sung by the Santa Úrsula parochial choir. This will be followed by a procession with the Puerto de la Cruz trumpet and drum band, and then the traditional riding of horses into the sea at the La Enramada beach. The statue of the saint is then carried to the water and returned to the church where he meets the statue of the other patron of Adeje, the Virgin of the Incarnation. The religious acts then conclude with a blessing of all the animals that have been brought along, from cattle to pets.

Given the large number of people expected to attend the events, in particular on Friday, the council will have a large number of security and safety personnel in attendance.

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Coordinated risk training

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In a simulation exercise held today (June 22nd) in La Caleta, to deal with a supposed non-toxic propane gas leak, the co-ordination of the different services was praised by the Adeje mayor who stressed that the actual possibility of a risk of this nature was extremely small, but that it was always better to be properly prepared.

“We are very pleased at the level of co-ordination we have seen today. The presence of gas is new to the region, and an event of this kind, though extremely remote, needs to be anticipated with 14 kilometres of propane gas pipes (non-toxic) present. We need to know how we would react in a risk situation, testing and verifying the measures in place, and improving them where we need to”.
Shortly after 10.30 the sirens of the fire brigades were heard from a distance rushing to deal with the 112 emergency call, which marked the start of the exercise. Local police were on hand to divert traffic away from the reported gas leak, the national police were co-coordinating their response, the civil protection unit advised members of the public, residents and tourists, and the ambulance service was on hand to attend to the only ‘victim’ of the gas leak. Also present were members of CECOPAL, the Adeje emergency co-ordination group who oversee borough risk situations.

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A well-coordinated affair, visitors looked on interestedly, with many praising the work of the services and the initiative itself. The Adeje council had posted notices all over La Caleta, in Spanish and English in advance of the exercise to avoid unnecessary panic. The advance preparation also included the co-operation of the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel which was directly in front of the supposed gas leak and who played a full part in ensuring their staff and guests were kept up to date on developments with fire fighters in and near the hotel grounds during the simulation. All the other hotels in La Caleta were also fully supportive of the initiative.

The ‘emergency’ was caused by a digger inadvertently rupturing a distribution pipe for the DISA gas suppliers. Their spokesperson Francisco Plato, who was present at the event, said “we are talking about a situation that his highly unlikely but it has been a very useful exercise in testing the lines of communication and co-ordination between the different teams that would be called into service during an emergency situation of this kind”:
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