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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 to Fasnia? It’s a green diesel engine pulling two mineral trucks. Tenerife today is not exactly littered with railways, so what on earth are they doing there? ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 caves. The ...Full Article
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