Los Cristianos Sunday Market Closes and Reopens

Avenida Londres Los Cristianos Sunday MarketThe popular Los Cristianos Market in Tenerife closed on Sunday 1st June 2014 without much warning, apparently for security reasons. There has since been much local protest regarding the closure, many local businesses rely on the bus loads of bargain hunting tourists, which the market brings to the area.

We were pleased to note that today, Sunday 15th June, the market has reopened in a nearby new location. That was simply achieved by closing Avenida Londres which is a dual carriageway, in one direction and erecting hundreds of temporary tented stalls for the day, see all the photos below. No one knows yet if this is to be a permanent home for the Sunday Market.

The previous market was in the confined area and during the hot summer months visitors often complained about the high temperatures due to the high density of people and lack of natural ventilation due to the small space, enclosed on two sides.

The new location has a lot more space and some traders are already saying this is a much improved venue for the market with plenty of space and adequate air movement. The market was busy today but with a lot less jostling than before.

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Woman from the UK decapitated in Los Cristianos, Tenerife

A woman from the UK was repeatedly stabbed and had her head cut off (decapitated) by a Bulgarian national in Los Cristianos this morning. This happened in a busy Chinese bargain store in the centre of the town.

According to eye witnesses, the man stabbed the woman several times with a large knife and then decapitated her. All this was in front of many bystanders who were left in complete shock, the man never uttered a single word during this brief and awful slaughter. The man then left the store carrying the head and ran across the road, fortunately he was chased and was brought down very quickly, then subsequently arrested by the police.

This is shockingly bad news for the people of Los Cristianos which is a mellow and peaceful tourist town with a low crime rate and no history of violence. It is awful to think that this woman must have suffered a horrifying death and our heart goes out to her family. Apparently the UK woman who has not yet been named was resident in Tenerife. No doubt we will hear more about this dreadful crime in due course.

Update 14th May 2011 – apparently the assailant was released from a mental hospital 3 months before this murder by decapitation in Los Cristianos. We hope there is a full investigation by the Spanish authorities, only time will tell whether that will happen. There have been many deaths of UK citizens in Tenerife which we feel have not been fully investigated. UK citizens have died or gone missing in Tenerife with some big question marks.

Update 14th May 2011 – The British woman stabbed and decapitated in Tenerife has been named by her family as 60-year-old Jennifer Mills-Westley. Her daughter Sarah said she was “full of life, generous of heart and would do anything for anyone”. She said her mother was enjoying her retirement, travelling between Tenerife and France and visiting her other daughter in Norfolk. Regional newspaper La Opinion said the suspect had received treatment at the psychiatric unit of a local hospital in February after being involved in previous violent incidents.

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Tenerife’s spectacular Alcala Fiesta Firework display during August

Don’t miss Tenerife’s spectacular Alcala Fiesta Firework display during August, watching this video will only give you an idea, you will definately not be sorry if you attend this amazing event but arrive early to make sure you get a parking space, or take the bus!

 

Tenerife – TF1 Motorway Extension Progess Photos

Since our first blog post on the TF1 extension, construction evidence is not hard to see on the stretch between the Armenime roundabout running out towards Los Gigantes. The first part of the motorway to Los Menores has been open now for several months. Works on the slip road to Fonsalia which will eventually connect with the new port stopped at the end of 2009 due to funding problems although much of the hard work had already been done.

We are now seeing the route take shape and if you look on Google’s satellite imaging, even though it is not up to date, you can see construction of various sections of motorway in progress. When Google update the imaging it may be possible to see the exact route of the motorway which seems to have been a closely guarded secret.  No chance of buying up land in line for compulsory purchase at this stage and anyway many, of the locals are saying compensation payments were not that great.

Construction of this motorway is no mean feat because of the number of barrancas and ridges along the route. Millions of tons of earth and volcanic rock have been moved to slice a route through the ridges and that material has been used to elevate some of the dips. In the following photo you can see how they construct a modular concrete wall to retain the rocks, it looks awfully thin when you look closely, no more than 150mm, but it seems to do the job and it blends in quite well with the surroundings. You can click on any photo to see an enlargement.

TF1 Motorway Piedra HincadaHere is another photo showing a large section of elevated motorway on the slip road to Fonsalia, you can see the motorway will rise to cross a bridge on the right but this view has not changed for almost a year now because work stopped.

TF1 Fonsalia Slip RoadWhat is even more amazing is how they construct the bridges across the barrancas, as you will see in the following photo. In this location they constructed a huge column in the middle of the barranca and spanned out a steel bridge which is being used to crane the concrete sections of bridge into place. How they fix them together is not clear, credit to the Engineers for sorting that out.

TF1 Bridge ConstructionThe concrete bridge modules are prefabricated and transported to the bridge location on trucks.

The TF1 motorway extension is quite a project due to the topography of Tenerife and completion will be quite an achievement and of grat benefit to the island.

Eventually the TF1 motorway will extend around the entire island to link up with the motorway serving Puerto de L Cruz. That will make travelling around Tenerife much easier and completion is eagerly awaited to reduce journey times.

Read our first blog post about the TF1 motorway

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Restaurant Margarita Los Cristianos Tenerife

Restaurant MargaritaRestaurant Margarita is something of a local landmark in Los Cristianos, Tenerife, having been so successful it remained unopened for two years, apparently for personal reasons. In July 2010 the restaurant was taken over by new owners who saw the true potential of this restaurant. It has a large but private terrace with an outside BBQ near the entrance, which makes it very difficult to pass it by if you are feeling hungry. The BBQ really is a piece of art, it looks like something fabricated from a sketch drawn by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Inside there are attractive dining areas, a bar area and an upper gallery, not something which you would imagine when looking from the outside. Restaurant Margarita is the image of classyvenue for private parties and would make an ideal venue for a wedding reception. Tenerife is not exactly overwhelmed with suitable and affordable places to host a private party or a wedding reception.

Restaurant Margarita in Los Cristianos is open 7 days a week 365 days per year serving breakfast, snacks and evening meals. The bar is open all day for coffee, drinks & cocktails so if you fancy a nice chilled drink(s) you can just call in. You can even bring your swimming costume because there is pool par upstairs which is also part of the Restaurant Margarita.

The restaurant serves a vast range of home-cooked local Canarian cuisine and also English dishes, Pizza, Pasta, Paellas, and the BBQ is certainly not to be missed. The food is available to take-away, something which is very popular with the locals. The cellar also stocks a vast range of Wines, Spirits and Cocktails.

With Free Wi-fi and designated non-smoking areas, Restaurant Margarita caters for everyone. It is a great location for a business meeting, especially if you need internet access.

Restaurant Margarita is  located opposite the Cristian Sur Hotel, with the Tenerife Sur, Aguamar and Parque Margarita complex all very very close by.

Tel: 0034 922 753 172 and ask for Eddie or Ali. Visit the Restaurant Margarita Facebook page and read the reviews for yourself.

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Another new beach for Alcala in Tenerife

The Spanish government have pledged three million Euros to build a new beach and promenade at La Jaquita (Alcala). Plans to beuild the new beach and promenade have been approved, and the local council says it is hoping to award the contract during the next few weeks.

Mayor Pedro Martín says the new beach at Alcala will complement Playa San Juan, where a tourist information office has recently opened. Play San Juan has grown from a small fishing village to a chic lay back resort since the new beach was constructed there. The new beach at Alcala will strengthen Guía de Isora’s case to be formally designated a tourist town, which will bring more public investment and help local businesses thrive. The project is the second to be undertaken in La Jaquita during the last few years, following the extensive work done to the seafront stretch during 2007.

This is good new for Tenerife Property buyers in Playa San Juan and Alcala where throngs of Brits are increasingly in evidence. Property is still cheap in this area but prices are set to rise along with tourist popularity. There is already a strong holiday rental market in Playa San Juan. During the winter is is popular with northern Europeans and during the summer it is also popular with tourists from mainland Spain.

More about Playa San Juan and the new beach.

Iberia flight diverted to Tenerife due to Medical Emergency

An Iberia Airbus A346 flight was diverted to Tenerife on 15th January following an inflight medical emergency. The flight was en-route from Madrid in Spain to Buenos Aires in Argentina and was carrying 330 passengers.

A 60 year old male passenger on board become unwell and was displaying the symptoms of a heart attack. Fortunately there were three doctors on board and they were able to stabilise the patient.

Iberia then took the decision to divert the flight to Tenerife and after dumping fuel the flight landed safely at Los Rodeos Airport in the north of Tenerife.

The patient was taken to a local hospital and the passengers were taken to various local hotels in Tenerife until the flight could set off again.

The flight departed from Tenerife and arrived in  Buenos Aires 19 hours late due to the medical emergency.