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The fascination of Teide

At a height of about 3,700m Teide is the highest mountain in Spain. It sits in a geological depression called ‘Las Canadas,’ which is a gigantic, collapsed dome of rock. In fact Teide is not a single volcano but only the latest of several, some of which are buried under the present cone, while others, such as Pico Viejo, Pico ...Full Article

THE MINES OF TENERIFE

When you’ve travelled along Autopista TF 1, between the south of Tenerife and Santa Cruz, have you ever noticed a little train outside a mine entrance at Junction 14 ...Full Article

MORE STONES THAT SPEAK

This article follows on (after a fashion) from a previous article in the ‘Tenerife News’ entitled “If only those stones could speak.” There we read about two men who ...Full Article

THE SAINT IN TENERIFE

Roger Moore, the world-famous actor best known for his role as James Bond, died earlier this year. Not many people know him as anything else but of course he ...Full Article

If only those stones could speak

In England, when you wander around historic sites such as stately homes or ruined castles, do you ever think to yourself, “If only those stones could speak”? Well, here ...Full Article

The Mudejar Influence

“The what influence?” I hear you say. Is that an anagram or something? Well actually, no, Mudejar was the name given to Arabs, or Moors, living under Christian rule ...Full Article

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 ...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. This family produced some illustrious ...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, he sailed away from Tenerife ...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 1797, when a British fleet, ...Full Article
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