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Tenerife’s nudist beaches
food & drink
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Know your embutidos Spanish stuffed potatoes Lanzarote wines
Michael Bolton & Kenny G
Win two nights at Hotel Jardín Tecina
Keeping the kids entertained Loro Parque’s secrets
Tenerife’s best spas
Dos and don’ts of house selling Property of the month
How green are you?
2011 Windsurfing Championships
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The Festival Arona Summer Festival August 12
Parisian producer and DJ David Guetta will be topping the bill, which also lists Roger Sánchez, Rinôçérôse, The Zombie Kids and Bikini Invaders. The festival, sure to delight fans of electronic music, will take place at the Antonio Domínguez Olympic Stadium in Playa de las Américas on August 12 and will also be offering theatre, dance, juggling and other cultural entertainment.
Bajada de las Hayas
Tickets are available from a number of outlets in both Tenerife and Gran Canaria including Tiendas Daily Price, or online at www.aronasummerfestival.com. Islas Airways has special offers on links from the other Canary Islands, from €23 return. The Arona Summer Festival is sponsored by the Canarian Government, Tenerife Cabildo, the Ayuntamiento de Arona and Televisión Canaria.
In 1998, the people of La Guancha in the north of Tenerife recovered an ancient tradition attached to the fiestas of La Virgen de la Esperanza. This popular event began as a kind of Romería or religious procession when local people and their beasts of burden went into the hills in search of beech-tree branches to decorate the square and streets along the procession route. This unusual band would return to the town to a warm welcome from the townsfolk who would offer them food and wine as they passed on their way to the church square to erect their striking decorations.
After several years when lorries were used for the bajada or descent, the original form of transport has been reclaimed. Local people, clad in traditional costume and carrying rods decorated with beech branches and paper flowers, accompany the animals and their drivers along the way. Amid singing, wine and local delicacies, the parade wends its way down from the nearby hillside until it reaches the church square, bringing a day of tradition, good food, local wine, music and dancing to an end. This year it takes place on August 13.
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of the Canary Islands, and La Vírgen de Candelaria is the patron a in her honour, brings pilgrims Tenerife in particular, and this fiest rife, but from all the other and visitors not only from all over Tene along roads and ancient walk lies islands as well. Complete fami unusual for roads to be paths from their homes, and it is not night before the big day, such inundated with these pilgrims on the is the importance of this festival. ramme is the recreation of the Among many of the events in the prog Black Virgin to the Guanches, appearance of the first statue of the d. A group of local people, the ancient inhabitants of the islan legend each year. All events are this eate dressed as Guanches, recr held in and around the Basilica.
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by Carmen Mota The new Carmen Mota ballet is currently running at the Pirámide de Arona at the Mare Nostrum Resort in Playa de las Américas. Featuring popular Spanish rhythms, the first part of the show is dedicated to
o Alborán, is to This year’s most promising artist, Pabl concert will be first His perform in the Canary Islands. following day, the on and 6, ust Aug in Gran Canaria on y Congresos in he will be performing at Magma Arte ess and quality richn a gs Costa Adeje at 10pm. Pablo brin first single, His ic. mus pop ish which is unusual in Span ive weeks as ecut cons six than e mor t spen Solamente tú, ths has been mon two the best seller in Spain, and in only . awarded a platinum disc etmaster.es, Halcón Tickets are available from www.tick nerife.es. Prices Viajes, Carrefour and at www.magmate the day, or €35 on 25 € and vary between €20 in advance for the VIP area.
classic Spanish ballet, while the second part leans more towards the purest Andalusian-style flamenco with live music. It will take you through a series of choreographies to a fascinating universe where the only language that exists is that of the body – movement and passion. With performances Tuesday to Sunday, this show is performed in a unique auditorium equipped with the most sophisticated audio visual equipment. It has a capacity for an audience of 1,874 and a stage which occupies 350 square metres. A night out not to be missed. For more information, go to www.piramidearona.com.
Corazones de Tejina August 28
One of the most original and colourful fiestas takes place every August in Tejina, which lies in the municipality of La Laguna. Corazones (hearts) de Tejina is a festival which is celebrated in honour of San Bartolomé. It originates from the tradition of creating enormous hearts adorned with fruit and flowers, mounted on beech tree branches, which can be as long as 12 metres. The rivalry between the inhabitants of two key streets
becomes clear as the two groups compete to create the most beautiful heart. These fiestas are famous for other traditions too, including the burning of a rag doll, which signifies the end of the celebrations. The main event begins at midday on Sunday August 28 when the hearts are brought in procession to the church square with their individual parrandas. For more information go to www.corazonesdetejina.com.
High notes Festival de Ópera de Tenerife 2011
The annual Tenerife opera festival begins on September 22 with the first of the three programmed operas, Verdi’s Rigoletto, a co-production by the Ópera de Montecarlo and the Festival de Ópera de Tenerife, directed by JeanLouis Grinda, musical direction by José Miguel Pérez Sierra with the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.
Rigoletto, which will be staged on September 22 and 24 will be followed by Tosca, on October 27 and 29 under the direction of the festival’s artistic director, Giancarlo del Monaco, with Gianluca Martinenghi wielding the musical baton. Performances will be in the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín at 8.30pm. The third opera to be staged will be for younger audiences – a hugely popular section of the opera festival and given the ticket prices (€6) an excellent way to introduce children to the amazing world of opera and classical music. This year the festival is offering Donizetti’s La Hija del Regimiento
directed by Carlos Durán. The show is also in the Santa Cruz Auditorium, on Friday September 30 at 6.30pm and Saturday October 1 at midday and 6.30pm. The festival concludes on October 8 with an operatic recital under the title ¡Viva Verdi!, with performances from Jorge de León, Saioa Hernández and Belén Elvira. Tickets on sale from the Auditorium (902 317 327) online from www. generaltickets.com or www. festivaldeoperadetenerife.com.
Unique fiesta Santa Barbara
Encuentro de Siega tradicional August 7
In past centuries, the harvesting of ripe cereals or gathering hay was a task that was done by hand every summer. Earlier in the year, the land would have been prepared, the seeds sown, and the countryfolk would have anxiously waited for the first green shoots to appear. Although nowadays the harvest is actually done mechanically, the men and women of the Canary Islands have not forgotten their ancestral traditions. Everyone would join in to gather the fruits of months of very hard work. Some people remember, and others, especially youngsters, learn how things used to be done through hands-on workshops, exhibitions and information stands. This is an enjoyable educational afternoon which is celebrated in several areas during the summer. On August 7, it is the turn of Icod el Alto, where the ninth edition of the Encuentro de Siega Tradicional Diego Pérez will take place.
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intended For many British people of a certain age, their first contact with naturism â€“ or nudism â€“ will have been jolly black and white films of buxom young blonde women and overly large beach balls. The naturist or nudist philosophy, whilst drawing on many sources, seems to have strong links to the German health and fitness movements from the early 20th century. In the UK, the first nudist club was established in Wickford, Essex in 1924 and the first official naturist beach opened near Hastings in 1978, some two decades after the Duke of Bedford made the PathĂŠ News by welcoming naturists to his ancient family home. Here in Spain, long time residents or visitors may remember the police patrolling the beach during the Franco epoch, to make sure that, despite the risk of strap marks, bikini and swimsuit straps stayed firmly in place, or else... Nowadays, there are nudist camps and resorts in many parts of the world where clothing is optional. >
Nudist beaches have been popular from the offset. There������������������������������������������������� ’������������������������������������������������ s something invigorating and basic about lazing and playing in the sand and then plunging into the waves in the buff. Some are official naturist beaches and others have become unofficially accepted as such by the tolerance of the local authorities and communities. In Denmark all the beaches are clothing optional and in Germany there are even naturist sunbathing areas in some of the public parks in big cities such as Munich and Berlin. Here in Tenerife, there are normally nine beaches, or parts of them, where clothing is optional. However the most accessible such as El Porís, Porís de Abona, and
La Caleta, Adeje, are taken over by family groups during the children��������������������������������������������� ’�������������������������������������������� s holidays, and nude bathers tend to retire to more discreet retreats. Sadly, too, the long-standing and probably most popular of the nudist beaches, Las Gaviotas, San Andrés, is closed off completely at the moment, as the overhanging cliffs make the possibility of a landslide too dangerous. Work continues to make the beach secure, but the council spokesperson was unable to confirm when the beach would be open again. Access to some of the beaches is not for the faint-hearted. Often the paths are vertiginously steep-sided and not terribly well maintained, but the wild beauty of the landscape >
There‘s something invigorating and basic about lazing and playing in the sand and then plunging into the waves in the buff
Playa La Tejita
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Playa Benijo Playa La Tejita Playa Las Gaviotas Playa de los Patos
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discover Perhaps the loveliest of the nudist locations is, not surprisingly, also the most difficult to access. You will need a guide for the three-hour walk, which includes crossing ravines to reach the Playa de Antequera, Igueste de San Andrés, but fishermen from Igueste or Santa Cruz can sometimes be persuaded to act as ferrymen by prior arrangement. This is a truly stunning location in a sheltered bay, very private and definitely well worth the visit. Nudism in the Canaries is now both accepted and popular, do you dare to bare all? sc
Did you know? Nude bathing has been linked to a series of health benefits. Circulation improvements from sun-to-skin contact (making sure you’ve covered yourself in sun cream, of course), muscle relaxation and increased vitamin absorption from swimming au naturel are just a few examples. So not only will you discover some beautiful virgin landscapes, you‘re doing your immune system a favour, too.
once you get there more than makes up for the journey. It������������������������������������������������� ’������������������������������������������������ s advisable to wear sturdy, non-slip shoes and, especially on the northern coast, to consult the tide charts before you visit. Your hotel or local tourism office should be able to help. The lovely, austere beauty of Playa de Benijo, Taganana, in the north east and the occasionally windy Playa La Tejita, El Médano, can be reached after a mere tenminute walk. The latter is not too testing and the nudist area can be found to the left at the base of Montaña Roja. Playa Los Patos, La Orotava, is a 15-minute walk along a footpath heading east from Playa El Bollullo in El Rincón, where there is adequate parking for just €2. However, access is only at low tide and there is the possibility of being cut off if you don��������������������� ’�������������������� t watch the tides. The next beach along the coast eastwards, Playa El Ancón is a 25-minute walk and is well signposted from El Rincón, but there is a testing three-metre climb to get down to it. In El Sauzal, a 50-minute walk left over the stones and rocks from Playa de la Arena, Mesa del Mar, will bring you to Playa Los Arenales. This is a beach with difficult access via a narrow path with steep drops and in some areas you will need to climb up and down with the aid of the fixed rope.
Our thanks go to Bernd Machel, for permission to use some information from his book Die besten Strände, and Turismo de Tenerife for official beach images.
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Playa Las Gaviotas
Some popular nudist beaches around the Islands Gran Canaria Maspalomas, San Augustín Playa del Inglés, San Augustín Montaña Arena, Maspalomas, Playa Las Meloneras, El Oasis, Arguineguín Playa Tauro, Puerto Rico, Mogán Playa Los Secos, Tasarte Fuerteventura Playa de Jandía, Morro del Jable Playa de Sotavento, Morro del Jable Playa Butihondo, Morro del Jable
Playa Janubio, Puerto de Los Molinos, La Oliva Playa Marfolín, El Cotillo, Corralejo Lanzarote Charco del Palo, Teguise Playa de Famara, Teguise Playa Guasimeta, Arrecife, Tías Playa Puerto Muelas, Playa Blanca Playa Janubio, Yaiza La Graciosa Playa de las Conchas
La Palma Cala de las Monjas, Los Llanos de Aridane La Gomera Playa del Inglés, Valle Gran Rey Playa Guancha, San Sebastián de la Gomera El Hierro Playa Verodal, La Dehesa, El Golfo
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Look up the word embutido in most dictionaries and it will just say sausage, which is a deceptive word for the surprising wealth of shapes and variety available in Spain of this delicious produce.
An embutido is simply spiced and seasoned meat placed in a skin, usually these days a manufactured skin, although some makers continue to use intestines. The type of end product depends on the makers’ choice of boiling, steaming or curing the meat, the type and quality of the meat used and the individual recipes. Two members of the same family could well end up making a completely differently tasting embutido. The best of them hand chop the meat into the finest of ‘mince’ and the difference to a machine minced item is obvious on the palate. Salt is popular as a preserving agent and garlic is often included for its antibacterial properties
as well as its flavour. Some are strongly spiced with a powerful aftertaste; others are gentler on the taste buds and offer just the slightest hint of herbs in the mix. Most of the embutidos on offer are made with fresh pork, but that doesn’t mean they are all greasy or fatty, some are very similar to boiled ham such as the Catalana brand, which are a boiled variety perked up with herbs or truffles and gourmet mushrooms for example. The Catalán secallona and fuet are also rightly famous and areas such as Graus in the foothills of the Pyrenees, which offers a good climate for curing are filled every weekend with Cataláns buying their embutido. The Catalán mortadella is very popular too, unlike the mousse consistency of the Italian varieties, it’s more solid and meaty. >
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Extremadura is famed for its meat products and in particular the provinces of Cáceres and Badajoz. The former using a smoked type of paprika called Pimentón de la Vera and the latter best known for their Iberian pigs, which are fed on acorns. Mallorca is famous for its sobrasada, a spreadable embutido with a flavour very similar to chorizo. A Tinerfeñan company, Montesano, has its own factory in Extremadura specialising in Iberian pig products from where they export to the large gourmet markets in China and Japan, but they also have a large factory here on the island where they produce many tons of embutido a year using ‘white’ pork as opposed to the black foot Iberian pigs. Mortadella, one-bite cocktail chorizos and black puddings, cured lomo, sobrasada and the Canarian sweet black puddings (with almonds and raisins) were all in production under the strictest of quality and health and safety controls the day we visited. Their cured products are finished off in the same special air-conditioned drying rooms that they use for their Serrano hams. You can buy whole pieces if you want, your local shop will slice it as thick or thin as you desire, or as Montesano have found, there is a rising demand for a ready sliced product sold pre-packed so there is no need to wait to be served by the sales staff. It’s a popular brand here and one that you will see everywhere to ask for by name. For the amount of work involved and the excellent final product you may be surprised to know that a whole chorizo or salchichón will not cost you a fortune for a gourmet taste explosion. We tried a wild boar salchichón with a pepper crust, a venison salchichón, wild boar chorizo, cured pork loin, secallona and sobrasada at Prestigio & Tradición en Las Zocas, San Miguel de Abona. Open Monday to Fridays from 9am to 1pm (902 211 220), this gourmet club can offer some excellent and different pieces at between €3 and €5 to grace your table and delight your palate. The Spanish eat these meats sliced for sandwiches, diced and added to various stews or simply as tasty nibbles before a meal or on their own as a snack, accompanied by another great Spanish product, their wine. So go on, get stuffed! sc
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Morcilla production at Montesano Sobrasada is a very popular embutido Mortadella is another favourite
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Spanish The main ingredient in this dish, Montesano Iberian sobrasada paté, is made from a national breed of pig, the Iberian pig. However, it isn������������ ’����������� t only the breed of pig that gives the products from this animal their special flavoursome taste, but also the way they are raised and the methods of curing and preparing the various cuts. Iberian pigs feed mainly on grass and acorns during the fattening period, producing a fat that is high in oleic acid and therefore cardio-friendly. The Montesano sobrasada meat paté used in this recipe is available in various stores across the Canaries.
This quick and easy meal is a household favourite in many parts of Spain, especially during the Winter months.
Potatoes stuffed with sobrasada paté Ingredients One kg of small to medium potatoes 300g Montesano Iberian sobrasada paté 250 ml double cream 50g grated cheese salt Preparation Wash the potatoes and put them on to boil in their jackets in a pan full of water with a pinch of salt. From 15 minutes onwards begin to test with a fork and when the fork comes away without picking up the potato, remove from the heat. Leave to cool, peel and hollow them out with a spoon or a scoop, reserving the removed potato. Mash up the reserved potato with the sobrasada paté, put the mixture into a pan and heat with the cream until blended together. Remove from heat and fill the hollowed out potatoes with the mixture. Sprinkle with the grated cheese and put them in an oven preheated to 200ºC until the cheese melts. Serve immediately with a salad. ¡Que aproveche!
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to the glass
If you’ve ever been to Lanzarote and have taken a drive through La Geria region in the centre of the island, and have not had your eyes closed while driving (never recommendable) you will almost definitely have uttered a phrase along the lines of “what on Earth are those?”, in reference to the thousands of half-moon shaped walls that dot the landscape. These world-famous windbreaks, designed to protect the vines in one of the oldest wine growing regions on Earth are so effective and so ingenious that they were showcased at the San Francisco MOMA until April of this year, as part of the exhibition “How wine became modern: Design & Wine 1976 to now”.
What makes Lanzarote wine so special? Lanzarote wines, just as all other wine in the Canaries, are produced by some of the oldest vines in the world – precious survivors of an ecological disaster that changed the nature of winemaking around the world forever. While the arrival of Phylloxera, the most unwelcome American
visitor ever, destroyed vines all across Europe, the Canary Islands, thanks to their geographical isolation, remained free of this incurable disease. This means that today, while growers on the continent have to graft vines onto Phylloxera-resistant American roots (which alters flavour), wines in the Canaries are produced from the original vines and therefore offer not only all the aromas but the health benefits, too. But it’s not just the fact that Phylloxera didn’t reach the Canaries that has favoured wine production in Lanzarote. La Geria benefits from a totally unique landscape: situated slap bang in the centre of Lanzarote, it is the result of several volcanic eruptions that devastated the agriculture that were previously growing there. But who would have known what a blessing this turned out to be, and that it just so happened that the ash and volcanic sand (picón) that covered the fertile soil served to retain moisture from the air (handy to say the least in a area where it hardly ever rains), and that certain plants, such as the vine, grew even better under these circumstances. Vine cultivation,
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The fact that Lanzarote produces such “ excellent wine is a combination of so many fortunate events that it seems too coincidental to be by accident
which was not very popular before the eruptions, really took off, and La Geria began to create the unique landscape we recognise it for today. It has been a protected area since 1994. The layer of picón is generally one to three metres thick. Wine growers dig out hollows, around four metres diameter, so the roots reach the fertile earth below. The crater protects the vines from persistent trade winds (alisios), but, to add further protection, a semi-circular wall (abrigo, literally ‘overcoat’) is built facing north east (the direction the winds blow from). A bodega-hopping trip around La Geria is definitely recommended. Make sure you’re not the one driving, and spend a day or two exploring this magical region. Sample some of the best wines you’ll ever taste and marvel at the history of the production. >
food & drink Bodega El Grifo is the only Spanish winery that has been awarded a prize at the 2011 World of Malvasia Wine Competition
El Grifo Bodega El Grifo was founded in 1775 and is the oldest winery in the Canaries – it’s also one of the ten oldest in the whole of Spain. Built on top of the solidified lava, El Grifo (with its Griffin bird emblem, designed by César Manrique) produces between 400,000 and 600,000 bottles a year. From the humblest of origins, the installations today are the most modern, but the star of the show remains the grapes. Visitors can explore the museum to witness the evolution of winemaking and see ancient equipment, then sample some of the top-quality whites, reds, rosés and dessert wines that make El Grifo so popular. Over 200 years of experience and dedication have left their mark; the “Colección” range of wines offers some truly spectacular varieties that are distributed predominantly among specialist shops and the restaurant industry.
The Malvasia colección wines really deserve a special mention. The Malvasia Seco Colección (dry white) won the gold medal at “Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2010”, a Prestige medal at “Les Citadelles du Vin 2010” in Paris and Silver at the Concurso Internacional Vinalies, Paris 2011. Of the 3,500 wines tested from all over the World, this was the only wine from the Canaries to be awarded a prize. Malvasia Semidulce Colección (semi-sweet) won silver at this year’s Berliner Wein Trophy 2011, and El Grifo Canari was the only Spanish wine to be awarded a prize at the World of Malvasia wine competition, Vinistra 2011, held in Croatia. This World-renowned competition, sponsored by the International Vine and Wine Organisation (OIV) awarded the Lanzarote wine the third highest score. The Canarian El Grifo wine was also given a Prestige medal at Les Citadelles du Vin Paris 2011.
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Stratvs Did you know?
The new kid on the bodega block, the Stratvs winery, opened in 2007 and is located at Barranco del Obispo (Bishop’s Ravine), near Timanfaya National Park. Investment to the tune of €20 million has created this state-of-the-art bodega, which combines artisan tradition with the latest technological advances, all with the aim of improving the quality of the wine while, at all times, respecting the surrounding environment. This is evident from the design of the bodega – driving past you could easily miss it, as from ground level all you’ll see is the old farmhouse, perfectly preserved. The winery and its installations have been built underground, purposely maintaining the original topography of the ravine and in keeping with Stratvs’s motto: “tradition and innovation”. The bodega and its mind-boggling range of equipment (reverse osmosis filters, micro oxidation tanks and a whole list only really understood by wine experts. All you need to know is that the wine is excellent) is all controlled from a central computer and produces around 250,000 bottles each year – 80 per cent white 20 per cent red. Enjoy sampling some of Stratvs’s prize-winning wines, and a top-quality meal at the on-site restaurant. Those keen to learn more can take part in a wine tasting course or visit Stratvs’s library, dedicated exclusively to the world of winemaking. >
Lanzarote’s characteristic sweet wines are made by leaving clusters of grapes to raisin (dry out) in the sun; this increases the sugar content of the grapes
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…it just so “ happened that the
ash and volcanic sand that covered the fertile soil served to retain moisture from the air – handy to say the least in a area where it hardly ever rains…
Bodega La Geria was established towards the end of the 19th Century, and lies right in the heart of the winegrowing region, very close to El Grifo in fact. The present owners have been in charge since 1993, and the bodega has undergone several technological changes in its lifetime that have enabled the production of top quality wines. Today Bodega La Geria is one of the most important bodegas on Lanzarote and one of the most visited in the whole of Spain. Around 300,000 bottles are produced each year, and its Malvasia and Moscatel wines have won several prizes in the past (2010 the most recent for La Geria Moscatel Colección)
Wine and women Often thought of as a male-dominated world, it was great to see the Amalia wine receive a Diamond award in the dry white category, equivalent to a gold medal and the highest distinction, at this year’s Wine Women Awards, which took place in Madrid in April. Amalia, made by Bodegas Rubicón is owned by Germán López and run by his two daughters, therefore complying with the regulations of the competition, which is exclusively for companies whose important jobs are held by women.
The fact that Lanzarote produces such excellent wine is a combination of so many fortunate events that it seems too coincidental to be by accident. Who would have thought that volcanic eruptions and the subsequent ash would prove perfect for vine growth, and that Phylloxera would leave the Canaries untouched. It is almost as though there was divine intervention promoting wine production in Lanzarote. And if this was the work of a higher power, then it is our duty, surely, to go with it. Glass of white, anyone? sn 22
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Hotel Jardín Tecina the jewel of La Gomera The Hotel Jardín Tecina is a unique complex located on a clifftop with fabulous views over the fishing village of Playa de Santiago and across the Atlantic Ocean to Tenerife. Individual Canarianstyle bungalows, whose clever architecture ensures the ultmate in privacy and tranquillity, are set within 70,000 square metres of lush gardens, which contain over 50 species of plants and flowers from all corners of the world. From each of the terraces, guests can watch beautiful sunsets accompanied only by the sounds of birds and the gentle whisper of the sea below. The hotel is only a short walk away from a magnificent golf course set in an island paradise, Tecina Golf. It’s easy to reach, too. Fred Olsen ferries not only link Los Cristianos with San Sebastián, the capital of La Gomera, but also with Playa de Santiago. The Hotel Jardín Tecina is ideal for those seeking a healthy and rejuvenating rest in a natural environment, a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the busier islands. A base for walking, trekking through the magnificent laurisilva forest in the Garajonay National Park, golfing, or just to recharge your batteries, this hotel is equipped with all the facilities you would expect – top restaurants, entertainment, pools, gymnasium, tennis courts, beauty centre, shops, diving centre, Internet, children’s facilities and more. It is ideal for a weekend break, a romantic escape or a longer holiday. Discover the Hotel Jardín Tecina, and discover La Gomera. One visit is never enough.
This month, we are giving away a two-night stay for two people at the Hotel Jardín Tecina, in a double room with breakfast. To enter, answer the following question and send your answer, along with your name and a contact telephone number (essential), by mail, email (Magazine@icmedia.eu) or fax (details on page 4). The closing date for receipt of entries is 10am on Monday August 29 and the winner will be drawn and notified later that day.
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Child’s play Keep your kids happy – and yourselves sane – this summer…
Remember, if they’re out and about they’re not destroying your home, and you won’t have to tidy up afterwards!
“ One of the many great things about living in the Canaries is that the list of things to do is almost endless, and many of them are, thankfully, completely free – a long summer holiday can start to become very expensive when you have to shell out for every little hour of entertainment. We could dedicate an entire edition of The Magazine to things to keep your children (and yourselves) entertained in summer, but here is a taster of the type of activities on offer, to inspire you >
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to jump in the car and explore. Remember, if they’re out and about they’re not destroying your home, and you won’t have to tidy up afterwards! Teenagers tend to be a very particular species, unpredictable in their moods and hard to please at the best of times. The majority of these ideas are for younger children, although some also apply to adolescents.
Water, water, everywhere It’s rare to find a child who doesn’t love the beach. A winner with people of all ages, the very young love playing in the sand and paddling their little feet, the older kids love messing about in the water and parents love the fact that the kids are happy. Some beaches are better avoided due to their pebbly nature or issues with dangerous currents, but as a general rule, beaches in the south are a safe bet. 26
Playa La Pinta, near Puerto Colón, deserves a special mention for its inflatable Iceberg Park, the only one on Tenerife. There is no minimum age, so long as the child can swim, but under-13s must wear a life jacket. The price is €5 for an hour or €10 for a day spent throwing themselves off icebergs and down slides into the sea. Open daily 10am-6pm. Lago Martiánez in Puerto de la Cruz has been a favourite among young and old for years. With seven pools including a lake and children’s pool, bars, kiosks and Jacuzzi, you can spend a full day there. Open daily from 10am-7pm. Adults €3.50 (€2 for residents of Puerto de la Cruz), which includes sun bed and parasol. Children aged 10 and under €1.20, under-3s go free. Likewise, Parque Marítimo in Santa Cruz offers three pools, a relaxation area, gym, kiddies play area, small beach and various eateries. Open daily from 10am-6pm. Admission €2.50 for adults, €1.50 for under-12s, free for the under3s. Sun beds are €2.50 and parasols €3, but these are free for families with young children.
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Kids + water = perfect summer fun Surfing lessons are a great idea for older children Kids of all ages (including mum and dad) are guaranteed to enjoy Karting Club Tenerife Lago Martiánez has been a favourite for years
Watersports When it comes to watersports it really is a case of ‘you name it, you can learn how to do it’ here. Surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing or kayak lessons, there is something to suit everyone. El Médano has several schools, especially for windsurfing, but the minimum age for lessons tends to be 12 years. In Puerto de la Cruz, however, La Marea Surf School runs lessons (and summer camps) for children aged seven and over. Aqualand, Costa Adeje, may not offer the thrills or wowfactor of Siam Park, but it’s a hands-down winner for young children. The new Children’s Paradise area will keep them happy all day, and when they need a break you have the dolphin show. Open daily 10am-6pm. Under-4s are free, and ask about a season pass if you’re resident. Siam Park is simply awesome. From the lazy river that takes you underneath the shark tank, to the largest man-made waves in the world, Siam Park is, from a
visual and an entertainment perspective, incredible. Not great for young children, though, and quite pricy, too, but adults and children over 10 are guaranteed a fantastic day out. Open daily from 10am-6pm. Free admission for the under-3s. Annual passes available, either separately or in conjunction with Loro Parque, which saves you €€€€s
Furry friends Like the beach, it’s fair to say that most children love animals. Jungle Park – formerly known as Águilas del Teide is a great day out. Aside from its world famous bird of prey exhibitions, the park is home to over 500 animal species – more than enough to keep both parents and children entertained. Open daily from 10am5.30pm. Free admission for the under-4s. Look into the annual pass if you’re a resident. If you’re up in the north, a visit to the Mariposario del Drago – Drago Butterfly Farm – in Icod de los Vinos is definitely recommended. Its tropical gardens are home to over 800 varieties of butterfly, with species from all over the world including Australia, Costa Rica and Malaysia. Kids will be fascinated by the breeding centre, where they can watch butterflies being born every day and learn how they fix broken wings. Open daily from 9am – 7pm. Under-2s go free. Children €5, adults €7,50. La Casa del Camello (camel park) in Armeñime is great for spending an hour or two with kids. It’s not huge, which is perfect for small children who get bored easily anyway, but there are camels and donkeys (which you can pay to ride) and other animals such as pigs, goats, chickens, llamas, ostriches and rabbits. There’s also a small park and a bouncy castle. Open daily from 9.30am-7pm. Admission is free (but parents are expected to drink something from the cafe). If you’re near La Orotava, Pueblo Chico is a must. Fun and educational, explore the Canaries in miniature version, from the Guanche origins to modern day. There is disabled access, a picnic area and a > 27
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café/restaurant. Open daily from 9am-6pm. Admission free for under-4s. Adult residents €8,50, children up to 12 years €5.
In the driving seat Also guaranteed to please children of all ages is Karting Club Tenerife, Parque de la Reina. It’s not cheap, but as a special treat you’ll never hear the end of it. Prices are for 12 laps and depend on age; €15 for 10-14 year olds, €10 for 6-9 year olds and, not to be left out, 3-5 year olds can ride co-pilot with a parent – it’s hard to say who’ll enjoy it more (€14).
Soft play Situated in Centro Comercial el Duque, in Fañabé, Miki Park is a favourite with parents and kids alike. There is a mini golf, computer games and a ball pool area with 28
trampolines, which is split into the under-3s area and the over-3s, perfect if you have two young children of different ages. Open daily, 11am-10pm. Prices from €2 to €5 for a daily pass. Based in a warehouse, hidden away in Las Chafiras, the fact that anyone even knows about Parque Infantil Rebujacho is testament to the word-of-mouth it generates. Three storeys high, Rebu is the mother of all ball pools. There’s a decent separate section for the under-2s, with ball pool, mini slide and several toys, and the over-2s can venture into the larger one so long as they are accompanied by a parent – guaranteed to spark arguments over which gets to go on. Open daily from midday-10pm Monday to Friday and 10am-10pm Saturday and Sunday. Prices for unlimited play are from €1.50 (Tuesdays) to €4 (Fri, Sat, Sun). Hopefully this has given you some ideas. A good starting point is to get in touch with your local council to see what activities and camps they have lined up for the holidays. Have fun!���� sn
Life in miniature at Pueblo Chico 2 Siam Park is a great day out 3 Kids will love Drago Butterfly Farm 4 The beach is a winner with all ages
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Loro Parque secrets
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Puerto de la Cruz’s Loro Parque is one of Europe’s leading theme parks. To really make the most of your visit, take the Discovery Tour (in your language), behind the scenes into an intriguing and captivating world.
Spectacular dolphin show Eyeball to eyeball contact with Skyla The enthusiastic Daura showed us around The biggest penguinarium in the world
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We started in the Thai village then moved on to the aquarium to meet Nemo’s relatives, Marilyn the shark, a wondrous fish who fasts for 20 days whilst he incubates the fertilised eggs in his mouth, a sexy freshwater fish with a bump complex, piranhas and many others. At the gorilla compound we find out what they use for bedding material, why they are all males, what and how much they eat and why yoghurt holders must be made of stainless steel and padlocked. At the biggest penguinarium in the world, we see the massive complex needed to filter the millions of gallons of water used. Find out how much they eat, how many tons of snow fall on the penguins every day and how King Penguins look after their eggs. Finally, we visit the killer whales, for an underwater view of their home and to see how they were flown to Tenerife from SeaWorld, Florida. Friendly, playful and curious, the youngest of these orcas, Skyla, often comes to take an eye to eye look at you, a truly unique experience for any animal lover. We chose the Premium Tour, which at €52 per adult (6-11s €34 and 3-5s €12) included entry, the fascinating tour, a complete itinerary, privileged seats at all main shows without queuing and a generous three-course meal at the Patio del Loro restaurant. With this package discount, the tours are popular and we recommend booking on 922 37 38 41. Loro Parque is much more than a collection of animals, take the Discovery Tour for a really memorable day out. sc
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top 5 spas
For the start of our brand new Top 5 series, we thought we’d go for all-out luxury. After all, who doesn’t love a spa? The indulgence, the pampering, the aromas of the myriad lotions, potions, oils and creams that mean we go in looking a little rough around the edges and come out looking and feeling like a photoshopped, polished version of our former selves. We want to make it clear that this Top 5 is in no particular order. Some have won their place because of the range of treatments they offer, others due to the facilities or quality of products used and some thanks to the design of the spa. We’ve seen more spas than many will see in a lifetime, and can safely say that these are the pick of the bunch on Tenerife...
The Oriental Spa Garden, Hotel Botánico No stranger to winning awards, this spa really is special. Maybe it’s the fact it’s based in its own stunning tropical garden, or that it offers both outdoor and indoor Jacuzzis, hydrotherapy pools and treatments. Whatever it is, you disconnect immediately when you walk down the slope into the spa, and are transported to somewhere very, very peaceful, both externally and internally. The Ritual de Oriente is highly recommended, a unique combination of treatments from head to toe, including deep exfoliation, cellular rejuvenation and intense massage for total relaxation.
The design; elegant, very Zen and very beautiful, especially the genuine palace doors given as a gift from a Thai princess. Oh, and the intimate little Jacuzzi in the cave, that almost screams ‘honeymoon baby’...
Not so great:
The spa is exclusively for guests of the hotel. Then again, it does give you the perfect excuse to treat yourselves to a weekend away…
Abama Golf and Spa Resort It’s not only us that gives a resounding thumbs up to the Abama Spa – in June this year it was crowned Best Spa 2011 by the magazine Quality Spa – a publication dedicated to the luxury hotel, spa and wellbeing industries in Spain. This is largely thanks to its innovative Abama Total Wellness program, in which guests are evaluated from top to toe using the revolutionary EIS Diagnostic tool (the only one in Tenerife and so accurate it’s actually quite freaky) and then given a tailor-made program incorporating diet, treatments and exercises to reach optimum health levels during and after their stay.
We love: The snow cabin (only for a few minutes at a time, though…), the Middle-Eastern Rasul treatment using mud from the Dead Sea and the Five Pillars philosophy: rejuvenation, relaxation, revitilisation, balance and beauty.
Not so great: A bit of a labyrinth to find your way to and around the place as it’s set over three levels. Not ideal for anyone with mobility issues.
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Spa Bahía del Duque resort by ESPA Ever since the Spa at Bahía del Duque opened its majestic doors in 2008, the press coverage and award nominations came flooding in – including this year’s Best Spa in the World, to be revealed in Las Vegas on August 17. It isn’t hard to see why – visually the spa is the stuff of dreams, a Mecca for inner peace-seeking folk who want to rejuvenate themselves while making the most of the fabulous Tenerife weather. Sprawled over six hectares, the treatment rooms are located along a candle-lit corridor straight out of an Indiana Jones film, and the showers in the pre- and post-treatment area could easily be mistaken for time capsules. The aloe vera and banana leaf treatment is wonderful.
We love: The design – it’s gorgeous; the private suites for ultimate indulgence and the separate gender relaxation areas to maintain that floating-on-air feeling for as long as possible.
Not so great:
Your experience depends greatly on the weather. Not so much of a problem in Tenerife (it’s not Leeds, is it…) but if it’s too windy, cloudy, hot or wet, it can put a dampener on your open-air thallassotherapy experience.
Yhi Spa, Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora First things first: the Yhi Spa benefits hugely simply from being part of this jaw-droppingly beautiful hotel. Poolside splashing and shouts disappear the second you open the doors to the spa and are drowned out by gentle, calming music and some very clever lighting in what it has to be said is a very well-designed spa. There are a series of treatments based on the Ayurveda philosophy and several exotic massages including the wonderfully named Lomi Lomi, which works opposite parts of the body simultaneously.
We love: The range of local treatments, using products from the islands including volcanic stone and the sea bed. Oh, and the heated relaxation beds. It’s just getting up afterwards that’s the problem… Not so great: It’s only for guests of this exclusive hotel, and your open-air massage bliss could be interrupted by noise from other holidaymakers, due to its closeness to the swimming pool.
Aqua Club Thermal One of the largest spas in Europe, never mind the Canaries, Aqua Club Thermal has a huge thermal circuit area, a complete menu of treatments and the mysterious Photon capsule. Bearing a remarkable resemblance to Wall-e’s girlfriend Eva, the Photon capsule boasts an impressive range of health-giving properties, including reduced joint pain, elimination of toxins, reduction of cellulite and increased blood circulation (not advised if you suffer from claustrophobia). Aqua also offers regular promotions, including couple’s day (Friday) and family day (Sunday), and the latest incentive, the VIP circuit, which includes a glass of champagne and fresh fruit salad.
We love: The flotation pool. The only thing better is a massage treatment while you’re floating – heaven.
Not so great:
The fact that it’s so big can mean it gets pretty busy, so not the ‘escape from the world’ experience you get in smaller, quieter spas. It’s also very bright (unless you go at night, of course).
property selling dos and don’ts
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Down in the exclusive area of el Duque, Playa Fañabé, hidden away from the world in a serene, lush setting is the luxury townhouse development of La Duquesa (The Duchess), and it is here that we find our property of the month. This light, spacious house is set on three levels, with a two-car garage and utility room at basement level that benefits from direct access to the property. The utility room could easily be converted into a fourth bedroom or office, if desired. On the ground floor you find the front garden, entrance hall, small wc, generous kitchen, dining area and large lounge, which opens out on to the jewel in the crown of the property – the fabulous terrace/garden area. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and a family bathroom. All bedrooms come with fitted wardrobes – the master bedroom has, in addition, a generous walkin closet as well as a good sized en-suite bathroom. The two other bedrooms both have doors leading out on to the balcony, which provides great views of the manicured gardens and stunning communal pool (there is also a children’s pool). The house has air conditioning and marble floors throughout and is being sold fully furnished. La Duquesa is so peaceful and safe that it is easy to forget just how near you are to all the amenities you might need. Shopping centres El Duque and Plaza del Duque are a stone’s throw away and the beautiful beaches of Fañabé and del Duque are just a ten-minute walk. This fabulous home is on the market for €455,000. Contact Iñaky Arzurza on 629 24 49 48 for more information.
Have you ever wondered just how environmentally friendly you are? To launch our new Green section, we thought we would start with a quiz. If you can answer ‘yes’ to 10 or more of these questions, then you can safely consider yourself to be on the side of the environment! And if not, try some of these – going green can be fun!
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Do you regularly separate your rubbish for recycling and use the appropriate bins?
Do you have solar panels on your home?
Do you use solar lights rather than electric ones for your garden or terrace?
Do you use low energy light bulbs?
Have you stopped using plastic supermarket shopping bags?
Do you turn your TV and other electrical appliances off standby?
Do you buy refills for cosmetic and cleaning materials?
Do you use re-usable nappies for your baby?
Do you ever buy secondhand goods?
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Do you buy sprays with pulverisers instead of CFC aerosols?
Do you use rechargeable batteries?
Do you print documents on both sides of the paper?
Do you save water by taking a shower rather than a bath?
Do you turn the tap off while you brush your teeth?
Do you use a cold wash in your washing machine?
Do you check your car tyres regularly?
Do you buy local produce?
Do you turn the lights off when you leave a room?
Do you pay your bills online?
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sports windsurfing championship
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The 2011 PWA Tenerife
We couldn’t let this one pass without checking out the ‘designer dudes’ and indeed once you entered El Médano for the days of the competition you were in total dude-dom. Sun-kissed bleached locks ruled the strands if not the waves, and on the beaches and bars in the vicinity there was an excellent happening hippy vibe, with kids and adults adopting the total chill-out look. Watching the fun were locals and visitors, and even if you weren’t quite sure how the guys and gals on the boards were being marked (jumps and waveriding apparently) it was spectacular to watch, and the background music, the on-beach kiosk serving excellent coffees, juices, beers and snacks, and the hours-long entertainment in the water kept us all in the ‘zone’.
The world’s most incredible wave sailors were blown away by the insane conditions that Tenerife delivered between July 14-20. Seven days of mast-high waves and howling winds ensured the official competition was completed early and the remainder of the days were spent relaxing and enjoying the El Médano wave sailing Mecca. The sailors were also treated to a day out at the legendary Siam Park, a round of golf and two incredible meals in El Médano.
Local hero Dany Bruch (“I was super stoked”) was loudly cheered each time he took to the sea, but in fact all the competitors were cheered on and word is that everyone was really happy with the organisation and the event. Let’s hope its back next year. Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Dakine) and Daida Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) secured their second victory on the 2011 World Tour, despite attacks from wave sailing demons Dany Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL 360) and Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) in the double elimination, leading to a dramatic end as the sailors had to confirm their dominance in the nail-biting super-finals. 41
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2011 PWA Tenerife World Cup results Men’s results 1 Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Dakine)
2 Daniel Bruch (Starboard / Severne / AL360)
3 Jaeger Stone (Severne) 4 Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) 5 Alex Mussolini (Tabou / Gaastra)
6 Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC)
7 Boujmaa Guilloul (Starboard / Severne / Mystic)
7 Dario Ojeda
1 Daida Ruano Moreno
(Starboard / Severne)
2 Iballa Ruano Moreno
(Starboard / Severne)
3 Nayra Alonso
4 5 6 7 7
(Fanatic / Severne) Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) Laure Treboux (North / Fanatic) Evi Tsape (F2 / North) Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde) Heike Reimann (Hot Sails)
Men’s Wave Overalls
(after two events)
1 Philip Koster (Starboard / NeilPryde / Dakine)
2 Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde)
(JP / NeilPryde / MFC)
4 Dario Ojeda
(Tabou / Simmer / Dakine / MFC)
5 Daniel Bruch
(Starboard / Severne / AL360)
6 Victor Fernandez Lopez
(Fanatic / North / MFC)
7 Alex Mussolini
(Tabou / Gaastra)
8 Jaeger Stone (Severne) 9 Robby Swift (JP / NeilPryde) 10 Marcilio Browne
(Fanatic / North / MFC)
sailors were swiftly organised into heats of around 20 and allocated 20 minutes to perform their most insane stunts. During that time the judges were looking for the most radical wave ride or the highest and most impressive aerial manoeuvre.
Super-session prize winners Jumps: Victor Fernandez Lopez (Fanatic / North / MFC) – Double forward loop
Women’s Wave Overalls
1 Daida Ruano Moreno
(Tabou / Simmer / MFC / Dakine)
3 Ricardo Campello
(after two events)
(Starboard / Severne)
2 Iballa Ruano Moreno
3 4 5 6 7
(Starboard / Severne) Nayra Alonso (Fanatic / Severne) Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) Evi Tsape (F2 / North) Laure Treboux (Fanatic / North)
(Starboard / North)
7 Fanny Aubet (JP / NeilPryde) 7 Heike Reimann (Hot Sails) Having completed the official competition in record time, the crowds on the beach were hungry for more action from the world’s most radical wave sailors to complete this exciting week. The
(Fanatic / MauiSails) – Double forward loop (Fanatic / North / MFC) – Double forward loop
Ricardo Campello (JP / NeilPryde / MFC) – Double forward loop
Iballa Ruano Moreno (Starboard / Severne) – Backloop Evi Tsape (F2 / North) – Pushloop
Wave Rides: Kauli Seadi (JP / NeilPryde) – Backside 360 Klaas Voget (Fanatic / Simmer / MFC) – Wave 360
Adam Lewis (Starboard / Point-7) - Taka
Karin Jaggi (Patrik / Severne) – Big wave
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body & soul
TLC for healthy
summer Sunshine, heat, humidity and chlorine can damage your skin. The sunâ€™s rays are particularly strong, especially here in the Canary Islands, so the chances of developing wrinkles, age spots or even skin cancer, increase.
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Caring for and protecting your skin, the biggest organ in the human body, involves the same basic routine that you should already be following, which includes adequate nutrition, sleep, moisturising and sun protection. Nourish your skin from within with the best foods, for example low fat yogurt and mangoes (full of vitamin A), berries and soft red fruit such as plums, strawberries and blackberries (anti-oxidants), salmon (essential fatty acids), green tea (anti-inflammatory), avocados (Bcomplex vitamins and essential oils), almonds (vitamin E), cottage cheese (selenium), and lots of water for good hydration –������������������������������� �������������������������������� at least eight glasses a day. Use a natural body scrub – try brown sugar –�������� ��������� once a week before moisturising with a cream or lotion of your choice. Beauty sleep is important too, seven to eight hours are recommended. While you’re asleep your body is busy healing and repairing, which is why
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Keep children safe Even more important than your skin is the pure, soft, sensitive skin of your children. Shame on any parent who lets their little ones get burnt! Not just because it’s painful for them, but you are also increasing their chances of later developing skin cancer. Keep them out of the sun wherever possible, and make sure that they are covered in cream and are wearing a hat.
in direct sunlight with that level of protection. For example, SPF 15 means that you can stay in the sun 15 times longer than you would normally. If you usually begin to burn after 10 minutes, SPF 15 protects you for 150 minutes, but a higher SPF is recommended if you plan to spend lots of time outdoors or if you are particularly prone to burning. Sunscreen is only effective if you use it properly. Protect your skin, and your health, by following these guidelines: Apply a sunblock half an hour before going out, and apply sunscreen every two hours, regardless of its SPF. Cover all exposed parts of your body, not forgetting ears, head, hands and feet. Use the right amount, and add more to sensitive areas. Apply a lip balm with sun protection, too. Remember that cotton clothing offers less protection than an SPF 15 sunscreen, and waterproof varieties may not be totally waterproof, so apply more after swimming or sweating. Check the product expiry date ������������ –����������� sunscreen effectiveness is lost over time. Insect repellants can also reduce the effects of your sunscreen. 46
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The basics With this impressive sporty two-door vehicle, MercedesBenz enters a new market segment, aiming the youthful, stylish and dynamic C-Class Coupé at a customer group aged 35 to 45 for whom professional success, love of life and a strong sense of responsibility are all important. This coupé is fitted with a host of safety features and driver assistance systems and offers both performance and economy. The C-Class Coupé is a fully fledged four-seater featuring the highest quality interior with four sporty, comfortable integral seats. If desired, the backrests in the rear can be folded down to increase boot capacity. There are five powerful direct-injection engines to choose from, three petrol and two diesel, all classed as BlueEfficiency units and with the ECO start/stop function fitted as standard. All automatic versions feature the further enhanced 7G-Tronic Plus sevenspeed automatic transmission. The C 220 CDI and C 250 CDI diesel units and the basic C 180 petrol engine come with six-speed manual transmission as standard. We drove the C 180 BE model, which is capable of reaching 62mph in nine seconds, and a top speed of 139mph. Its average fuel consumption is 38.6 to 42.1mpg with carbon dioxide emissions of 157 to 169g/ km. Available from €36,000.
The test drive It was hard to really “feel” this car until we left the crawling traffic in Santa Cruz and got onto the autopista, which is when we really experienced its power. As soon as we could let the car do its stuff, it did, and willingly. Acceleration was great and the brakes even better (just as well – crazy Canarian drivers…). The suspension was sporty and the steering very sensitive, which is just what you need around the bendy roads on this island. We had a few cases of mistaken identity between the cruise control and the indicator due to the very low positioning of the latter, but all in all a very pleasant driving experience. For the most part we stuck to automatic, but for a while on the open roads we switched to 7-gear manual, which worked superbly. The real star feature of this model is the ECO start/stop function, which meant that every > 48
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The C-Class coupé offers five directinjection engines to choose from There is ample boot space Style and comfort; the interior is hard to fault
3 time you come to a standstill, be it at traffic lights or in a traffic jam (both of which happened a lot), the engine cuts out completely, saving both the planet and your pocket, then starts up smoothly again as soon as you press the accelerator pedal. You can’t fault the comfort or the design; soft leather upholstery on seats that almost mould themselves to your body and more than ample legroom in the front. The retro-look dashboard and instrument panel is very stylish, and the steering wheel Formula One-esque, which we liked. The car isn’t perfect, though. For a start, anyone over 180cm will find legroom a bit of an issue in the back seat – and while both back seats are fitted with isofix
for child seats, the logistics of getting small babies into and out of car seats in this three-door model seem challenging to say the least. Maybe it’s because our model was black, but in the recently released Cars 2 film it’d definitely be a baddie… there’s a mean look about the front spoilers and the fact it’s so low. It looks and feels like a “don’t mess with me” car, which, actually, we rather liked. Respect to the C-Class coupe! (Oh, and if anyone finds out what the illuminated coffee cup symbol on the display means, please let us know. We thought the car was so clever it was telling us we needed a break, but even after drinking a coffee the symbol was still lit up. It still has us perplexed…) sn 49
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