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Garachico: The principal port in the Island of Tenerife

‘The Principal Port in the Island of Tenerife’ – it’s hard to believe that that was once Garachico, and yet it was true for about 200 years. In 1588 Garachico had 400 houses, which made it twice the size of Santa Cruz. The description comes from a book written by an Italian military engineer, ...Full Article

The Iriarte family and La Casa Iriarte

In Puerto de la Cruz there is a traditional Canarian house called La Casa Iriarte (The Iriarte House) where, unsurprisingly, the Iriarte family lived. ...Full Article

Part II: Tenerife under Siege

After the Battle of Santa Cruz on the 25th July 1797, in which Nelson lost not only the battle, but also his right arm, ...Full Article

PART I: Tenerife under Siege

“Don’t worry everyone, this happened a long time ago” The Battle of Santa Cruz took place during the Napoleonic Wars, on the 25th July ...Full Article

A spiritual experience

One thing that Tenerife has plenty of is ravines, or ‘barrancos’ to those in the know. Another feature of which there are many is ...Full Article

Agatha Christie and ‘The man from the sea’

I’m sure everyone in Tenerife knows that Agatha Christie visited the Canary Islands to finish her book ‘The Mystery of the Blue Train’, which ...Full Article

Explorer, translator, soldier and spy

Sir RIchard Burton (1864) By the time he was forty years old, Richard Francis Burton had become famous for his travels in Africa and ...Full Article

25th July – The anniversary of Nelson’s attack on Santa Cruz in 1797

One of the most important days in the history of Tenerife is commemorated with a re-enactment every year, but if you’d like to find ...Full Article

Jupiter! Hercules! Tiger! Horrible invincible! Dread! and clumsy?

The list sounds like a variation on the seven dwarves, but not so, read on … Here’s something to do for a day out ...Full Article

“It’s industry Jim, but not as we know it”

A little while ago I was given a book entitled ‘Tenerife y sus pueblos’ (‘Tenerife and its towns’, or ‘Tenerife and the thirty-one municipalities ...Full Article
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