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The Mando Economico of the Canary Islands

In the Anaga hills, high on a ridge above the valley of Igueste de San Andres, is a little ruined hamlet of about six or seven houses called Las Casillas. They were obviously built a long time ago and then abandoned, only for at least one of them to refurbished and re-occupied. You can tell from the modern-ish tiles in ...Full Article

The Spanish inquisition in the Canary Islands

Mention the Spanish Inquisition to many people and images of the ridiculous ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’ sketch come to mind, when bursting into a room shouting, “No one expects the Spanish ...Full Article

JOHN HAWKINS…An English pirate in Tenerife

Every English person has heard of Francis Drake, to us he was a hero who circumnavigated the world, ‘singed the king of Spain’s beard’ when he destroyed the Spanish fleet ...Full Article

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. ...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
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