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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 in mainland Spain during the Middle Ages. The next question is how to pronounce the word. For us English our first attempt will probably sound something like ‘muddy jar’, which ...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

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 barrancos were a ...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 she did not enjoy writing. ...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 Asia. His best known exploit ...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 out about the event at ...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 for the British in Tenerife. ...Full Article
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