Back for More Celebrating the re-launch of this guide, we have transformed this product to not only serve as the typical material for presenting the University and everything it has to offer, but to take advantage of a magazine-like publishing which gives us more space and freedom to explore other aspects of Tenerife and the different events and locations you can enjoy during your stay. From the most common tourist attractions, to the current expos and exhibitions, to the entertainment and night life, to the most traditional festivities. Since you already traveled so far, thereâ€™s no excuse to take in as much as possible. We intend to produce this digital magazine on a monthly basis or, if the social and institutional agenda requires it, twice a month. Making it one more service for all the students, not just the Erasmus newcomers, so that they can be up to date in all the information of the University and what the island has to offer, like Carnavales on late February or the many Romerias that are celebrated after Spring Break. Social events that are definite mustsees to enjoy and learn about the culture here in the Canaries.
issue 01 / Fine Arts
La Laguna University
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Back for More
The School and You
New Faculty 33
Fine Arts Study Plans
Fine Arts Masters
La Laguna University Common Spaces
Transportation Learning How to Move Around
Housing The Right Choice for You
Tenerife Cultural Activities, Nature and Sports 5
History La Laguna is located in Tenerife, Canary Islands, 100 kilometres off the Northwest Coast of Africa. San Cristóbal de La Laguna (La Laguna for short, Spanish for “The Lagoon”) is a municipality of the northern side of the island of Tenerife. The city was founded between 1496 and 1497 by Alonso Fernández de Lugo and was the capital of the island after the conclusion of the conquest of the islands. A declining population and economy in the 18th century resulted in the moving of the capital to Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1723. Since then on Santa Cruz has been the capital of the island of Tenerife. The University of La Laguna was founded in 1701. La Laguna was declared a World Heritage Site on December 2, 1999 and several streets of historical significance have been made pedestrian. The city was outstanding in three aspects. First, in the military aspect, due to the presence of the soldiers who participated in the conquest. In 1723 the Captaincy General of the Islands was transferred to La Laguna. Second, as a religious centre of the island. Many temples joined the first parishes, especially religious convents: Augustans, Dominicans, Jesuits, Bethlemits and feminine orders founded their convents in La Laguna. The religious relevance of La Laguna ends with
the creation of the Nivariense Dioceses that establishes its see in the city, in 1818-1819. Third, in education: since its beginnings it had a University, enlarged with different academic grades and with studies supplied by the convents until 1927 where the University of San Fernando de La Laguna was built. San Cristóbal de La Laguna known as La Laguna, with its 150.661 inhabitants is the third most populated city in the Canaries. La Laguna has “El Consejo Consultivo de Canarias”, “La Diócesis de Tenerife”, the International Tenerife North airport and the first University of the Canary Islands, so the city it has always been considered as the intellectual centre and cultural capital of the Canaries.
La Laguna University
info This institution has its main campuses (Central, Anchieta, Guajara and Ofra) in the city of La Laguna and one more in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Two hundred years after its founding, the University of La Laguna is still a benchmark in the Canary Islands, and it is reaching out to the world. Currently, this public institution is composed of more than 26,000 people, including students, teachers and administrative staff. Its catalogue includes degrees from first and second cycle, masterâ€™s degrees and PhD programs in all areas of knowledge, some of them with a quality award by the Ministry of Education. The ULL is fully integrated into the European Erasmus Mobility Programme. Thanks to several cooperation agreements, the ULL welcomes students from a huge number of Latin American universities, North African universities from countries like Senegal and strengthens bonds with universities in the western Atlantic coast, such as Cape Verde, Morocco, Mauritania, Gambia, Angola, etc. More than a thousand students benefit from mobility programmes.
Many of the main Universities campuses are very close to the city center of La Laguna, some at a walking distance or bicicle for that matter. If however you wanted to go to the Guajara, Ofra or Santa Cruz Campus, all of the instalations are extremely well connected either with the many bus lines by Titsa or the multiple stops that the Metro offers. After the jump, some useful links for more information on transport, visiting and getting to know La Laguna and Santa Cruz.
Virtual visit of the city: http://www.visitlalaguna.es/ How to get to La Laguna: http://www.visitlalaguna.es/llegar_la_laguna. jsp Tourism in La Laguna: http://www.visitlalaguna.es/node_633.jsp
The Five Campuses A Photo Overview
Santa Cruz Campus
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
History Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital, secondmost populous city of the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands and the 21st largest city in Spain, with a population of 222,417 in 2009. Santa Cruz de Tenerife is also the capital of the island of Tenerife and capital of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Located in northeast quadrant of Tenerife, about 210 kilometres (130 m) off the northwestern coast of Africa within the Atlantic Ocean. The port is of great importance and is the communications hub between Europe, Africa and Americas, with cruise ships arriving from many nations. The city is the nerve center on domestic and inter-island communications in the Canary Islands. There are several facilities of the La Laguna University in Santa Cruz, including the Fine Arts School and the Naval Sciences Faculty. Its harbour is one of Spain’s busiest; it comprises three sectors. It is important for commercial and passenger traffic, as well as for being a major stopover for cruisers en route from Europe to the Caribbean. Also has one of the world’s largest carnivals. The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife now aspires to become a World Heritage Site, and is the most important of Spain and the second largest in the world. The main landmarks of the city include the Auditorio de Tenerife (Auditorium of Tenerife), the Santa Cruz Towers (Torres de Santa Cruz)
and the Iglesia de la Concepción. Santa Cruz de Tenerife hosts the first headquarters of the Center UNESCO in the Canary Islands. The city is a melting pot of diverse cultures that give it a cosmopolitan character. The largest distinct communities have immigrants from: Latin America, Africa and Western Europe. In recent years the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has had a significant aug bizarre constructions, the horizon (Skyline) is the sixth in height across the country, only behind Madrid, Benidorm, Barcelona, Valencia and Bilbao. The area on which now stands the city and the municipality of Santa Cruz de Tenerife has been the subject of human occupation since the time of the Guanches, approximately 2000 years ago, as attested by the archaeological sites found. The area was known to the Guanches, the first inhabitants of the island, as Añaza. Later, it became one of the most important ports of the Atlantic and the Canary Islands, a status it retains to this day. This former fishermen’s village rose to prominence after a Volcano destroyed 17
the port of Garachico in the 18th century. Santa Cruz became the major port on the Island. It first won its independence from La Laguna and, in the 19th century, was awarded the status of Capital of the Canary Islands province by King Ferdinand VII. Between 1833 and 1927 Santa Cruz de Tenerife was the sole capital of the Canary Islands, until in 1927 a decree ordered that the capital of the Canary Islands is shared with the Las Palmas, it remains as at present. In recent years, it has become clear that there exists a de facto union with neighbouring city San Crist贸bal de La Laguna (141,627 inhabitants as in 2005 census) due to the rapid population growth and lack of empty space between both, forming a merged metropolitan union home to 420,198 inhabitants including nearby municipalities Tegueste, Candelaria and El Rosario. Regarding this situation, the mayor of Santa Cruz, Miguel Zerolo Aguilar and his La Laguna counterpart, Ana Mar铆a Oramas Moro, both belonging to the Canarian Coalition, have stated several times to local media that they share a willingness to proceed to a full political union between their municipalities, even though the decision is due to be postponed to a date after the forthcoming local elections in 2007. Very useful website: http://www.webtenerife.com/index.htm Official Cabildo website: http://www.tenerife.es/wps/portal/tenerifees
The School and You With sporadic antecedents that went back to the 18th century, the studies of Fine Arts in the Island of Tenerife begin to be given, with academic validity and rank of Upper School, in 1947 (ministerial decree of 22 of Dic. of 1947). After its final Incorporation to the University of The Gap as Faculty in 1978 (Real Decree of 29 of Sep. Of 1978), a renewal is produced and kept up of its technical and pedagogical content. Since then, the Faculty of Fine Arts has centered its teaching in the classical plastic matters as the drawing, the painting, the sculpture and the engraving, as well as in the arts of the image and the design and in the techniques of restoration and, also, in the theoretical reflection that generates the complexity of the artistic process and its multiple interconnections with the present company. In these moments the Faculty, that counts on some 600 students and a staff of 61 professors, confronts the challenge of the incorporation to the process of European convergence while is initiated the construction of a new building in the campus of Guajara and with educational the greater transformation since its entrance in the University, upon being created the new titles of degree in Fine arts, Design and Conservation and restoration of goods Cultural, that will permit the access of our students to the future offering of postgraduate course. Although The Fine Arts installations aren’t
situated near the main Guajara Campus nor La Laguna, it is located within the outskirts of the Santa Cruz city center and very well connected either with the bus lines or the metro, the closest stop being right over the school, metro stop Conservatorio. It is no doubt worn with age but it’s big, industrial spaces serve extremely good for practicing the arts, wether it’s painting or sculpting, forging or photography.
Above: The new prefabricated classrooms are completely equipped for everything from History lessons to learning how to create 3D objects and figures following the instructions on the huge projection screens.
Below and RIght: Some more pictures of the building. A courtyard that communicates with some more classrooms, workshops, office of the dean and counselors. Also a picture of the conference room where the usual student meetings and presentations take place.
No doubt recognizable by itâ€™s white walls, like if it were a huge canvas, it serves for all the ramifications that form part of the Fine Arts Degree: Painting, Sculpture, Contemporary Art, Illustration / Animation, Design, Conservation / Restoration and Art Education. Each of which take advantage of the installations for the diverse activities. Also, there is a cafeteria to grab a bite if you have very little time in between classes or the Library, where you can find a collection dedicated specially to the Arts, serving as an annex to the main Guajara Campus Library. Wether you are currently undergoing one of the old study plans or the newly instated degrees youâ€™ll be able to continue your studies here in the La Laguna University. The new study plan that adapts to the European standards will certainly not be any trouble when it comes to choosing the subjects which adapt best to your own, make sure you course the same amount of credits as in your University. The wide range of classes will help you undergo the continuos learning process behind the practice of the arts, from Historical to Contemporary. And even if it seems like the biggest help while your here would be your Erasmus guidance counselor, you can surely count on the many teachers that make up the faculty to help you overcome any problem or question. It is recommendable that you also take advantage of the Spanish course offered by the University for Erasmus students, because as much as any teacher is willing to lend a hand, not all teachers speak English. Faculty Webpage: http://www.facultaddebellasartes.com/ 25
Academic Calendar The academic calendar of the University is divided in two semesters. The first semester starts in September and ends in January; the second semester starts in February and ends in June. The exam periods take place in January and June. For more information related to bank holidays and vacations please visit the link:
Welcome Week The Vice Rectorate of International Projection, together with the University Association for International Relations, organise the welcoming students. These events take place at the beginning of each semester and allow foreign students to meet each other, get useful infromation of the University and the activities offered as well as the city of La Laguna.
New Faculty The rector of the Universidad de La Laguna, Eduardo Doménech, accompanied by the Director General of Universities of the Canary Islands, Juan José Martínez, vice president of Infrastructure and Heritage of the ULL, Pablo Gonzalez, the Dean of Fine Arts, Alfonso Ruiz; and the architect of the company GPY, Juan Antonio González, held today, Thursday 16 September, a look at the works of the future Faculty of Fine Arts now under construction on the campus of Guajara, and is expected to culminate in late 2011. The building will occupy about 27,000 square meters that will employ for administrative offices, classrooms, workshops, exhibition spaces and an entrance plaza that will connect the building with the rest of campus Guajara. The estimated cost of civil works will be about 26 million euros, which should be added that apply to the furniture project, which was not budgeted and develop until they are more advanced works. The rector of the ULL welcomed the momentum that carried the works, especially when taking into account the great difficulties that had to implement them. Reported that the building has already reached its maximum height, and will soon connect the two bodies are now erected, which have not been together since we first must be removed power lines that disrupt the site. The dean of Fine Arts said that the completion of this work is the realization of a dream for over
thirty years, and found that faculty members participated in the design of the building to ensure that it fits all your needs . Thus, the new facility will be fully adapted to the recommendations of the European Higher Education Area, and will allow provide up to five degrees: the degree of Fine Arts has already been deployed, with another two degrees in Design and Restoration, and two official master . According to Alfonso Ruiz, these titles could not have been conceived in the old facilities, and designed with the new building in mind. For the director general of colleges, the Faculty of Fine Arts is the most emblematic building of the infrastructure plan, with a budget of 58 million euros, regional executive for the Canarian universities until 2013. "At the completion of the works, this option will be the best across the country in their area," he stressed. For its part, the architect of GPY stressed the values are not only functional, but aesthetic, the new building, adapted to education "experimental and creative" as the Fine Arts, and foster a "productive space that will help generate new spaces and images. " According to a report provided by GPY Arquitectos, factors such as the shape of the plot. orientation in relation to sunlight, prevailing winds and major visual basins, have led to the building has a
very particular way, which define a "skin" of horizontal slats that connect interior and exterior. This skin takes on an undulating curve that takes place at different levels, protecting and wrapping the space inside the building. Its lamas configuration prevents direct sunlight, keeping the different rooms adequate levels of humidity and temperature stable, thanks to the openings that allow cross-ventilation in all units. The project proposes a distribution of open applications via a proposal for flexible organization, with spaces that may alter its capacity with a modular and movable partitions. There will be a series of spaces with the facilities. The interior courtyard garden, the covered gallery that structures the relationship between the various classrooms and services, and terraces that articulate the paths along the ring circulations are proposed as exhibition and educational spaces, to enhance heavy use the building, in a qualified on their own spatial configuration.
Currently, the Bachelor of Fine Arts is in the process of extinction. The first two courses are no longer teaching, replaced by the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and exist only for the purpose of overcoming unresolved by students enrolled in previous courses. The degree curriculum, which currently teaches third through fifth, can choose between a career in general and other organized tours. From the first two years with content entirely common, the race was going from specialized third party. Then, students who wish to target their studies at one of the itineraries can choose between painting, sculpture, drawing, design, tecnografía, restaurants and arts education and cultural management. If, however, want to structure their studies in a more open, you can choose from the wide range of electives, compulsory and taught in the seven trunk routes. Currently, the Centre is developing new degrees consistent with the EHEA will begin to be taught from 2009-10. So you are joining our faculty at a particularly important: this course begins teaching the first degree in Fine Arts, adapted to European Higher Education Area. Our qualifications also have a new building adapted to the methodology of these studies is already under construction on the
campus of Guajara and that will undoubtedly be one of the best in Europe. The state of the work ensures that you can enjoy it before the end of undergraduate studies now begin. So you’ve arrived at our house at a particularly exciting for us, an illusion that transmitirte hope that your enthusiasm to join in this important moment of your life, no doubt begin to define your future. The teachers of this faculty hope that this stage that you start now you’ll join us for many years. The degree course through their mobility programs will allow you to study in other centers in Spain and Europe if you like and at the end will give you the opportunity to follow us studying new degree or even to bind themselves to the University through doctoral programs and research. The new European university wants to ensure that students are linked with the University throughout their lives, and find in it the place to hone their skills or improve your career whenever you want. We also hope that from today the Faculty of Fine Arts is your house, and so be it forever. From the Centre’s management team and on behalf of his entire teaching staff will do our best to be so, and we give you our warmest welcome.
2001 Degree Study Plan
First Year Drawing I (Process of Configuration and Analysis) Painting I (Configuration Process) Volume I (Configuration Process) Theory and History of Art Form Analysis and Representation : Color Form Analysis and Representation : Volume Representation Systems I
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First Cycle :
Second Year Drawing II (Implementation and Creation) Painting II (Implementation and Creation) Volume II (Implementation and Creation) Art and Thought I: Renaissance to Baroque Artistic Anatomy Principles of Conservation and Restoration Introduction to Design Foundations of Art Education and Cultural Management.
Third Year Fundamentals of Visual Languages Procedures and Techniques
Art and Thought II: Aesthetics and Modernity Photography Representation Systems II
Second Cycle :
Fourth Year Project I Idea, Concept and Process
Fifth Year Project II
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The training program's Degree in Fine Arts from the University of La Laguna can be divided into three parts. One would be basic training, consisting of three modules with a total sixteen subjects, one would be composed of auxiliary materials (three courses) and electives (an offer of eight subjects that should take four), and the third would be the formation specific artistic creation. Artistic creation is considered the core activity of the Fine Arts, from the professional standpoint as a researcher. However, the scope and versatility of the processes of artistic creation in the contemporary world is difficult to collect in the training program two large blocks, so she makes available to the student with an enhancement of its technical expertise and theoretical work focusing mainly in the second cycle, towards the direction that has the Final Year Project. Thus, the fundamental module of the second cycle consists of four courses in which students who have completed their basic training may be initiated and examine the processes of artistic creation, assisted by five technical support specific subjects. This large block formation may develop, student choice in any of four different orientations proposed for the Final Year Project:
2009 Grade Study Plan
Sculpture Illustration-Animation Painting Trans-disciplinary projects. Each of these resources will provide the student guidance theoretical, methodological and technical challenges specific to face artistic creation from different technical and visual media, allowing specific training to enhance their art in a format consistent with their natural affinities and interests.
First Cycle :
Visual Culture and Contemporary Artistic Drawing I Photography Introduction to Art History Techniques of Expression in Modern Language Introduction to History Cultural Anthropology Introduction to Philosophical Problems Sculpture I Painting I
Second Year Representation Systems Photography and Video Sculpture II Painting II Drawing II Introduction to Artistic Creation Workshop on Techniques and Technology I Culture and Contexts Drawing III
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Teachers Just to give you a glimpse of all the subjects you’ll be able to course while here, we offer a complete list of all the current teachers that form part of the Faculty of Fine Arts. Always lending a helping hand.
Fátima Acosta Hernández Severo Acosta Rodríguez Juan Francisco Acosta Torres Juan Carlos Albaladejo Manel Aldeguer Aldeguer Adrián Alemán Bastarrica Rosana Ara García Miguel Arocha Isidro Francisco Aznar Vallejo María Luisa Bajo Segura Carmen Marina Barreto Vargas Victoria Batista Pérez María Pilar Blanco Altozano María del Mar Caballero Arencibia Ramiro Carrillo Fernández José Díaz Cuyás Atilio Doreste Alonso Fernando Estévez González Sabina Gau Pudelko Susana Guerra Mejías María del Carmen González Cossío Román Hernández González María Candelaria Hernández Rodríguez Narciso Hernández Rodríguez Jaime Hernández Vera José María Herrero Gómez
María Luisa Hodgson Torres Mª Dolores Iñiguez Ibáñez Iñigo Jáudenes Ruiz de Atauri Carlos Marti Cedrés María Diana Martín Barbuzano Emilia Martín Fierro Miguel Ángel Martín Sánchez Margarita Martín Socas María Teresa Montesinos Sirera Tomás Oropesa Hernández Concepción Ortega Cruz Luis Palmero Samarín Mauricio Pérez Jiménez Soheila Pirasteh Karimzadeh María del Carmen Reyes Duque Carmen Río Rey Alfredo Rivero Rivero Cristóbal Ruiz Medina Alfonso Ruiz Rallo Ramón Salas Lamamié de Clairac María Isabel Sánchez Bonilla Francisco Javier Torres Franquis María de los Ángeles Tudela Noguera Ernesto Valcarcel Manescau Francisco Javier Viña Rodríguez
If you already completed your degree you can still take advantage of the faculty and itâ€™s teachers enrolling in one of the Master Degrees offered. Whether you pursue one of the Masters that adapts to the beautiful environment of the islands like itâ€™s landscapes and materials that make up the seven Canary Islands, or if you are more interested in the implications of Art on tourism and the promotion of such, or if you are love working with the computer to create new and exciting imagery and worlds, always looking forward to the future. Be sure to check out the programs and get a feeling of what their all like.
Official Master on Art,Territory and Landscape Expert on Sculpted Volcanic Rock Master of Volcanic Rock: Creation and Restoration Official Inter-university Master on Design Innovation for Tourism Master of Video game Creation Expert on Design, Molding, Animation and Special Effects in 3D
http://www.ull.es/view/centros/bbaa/Master_Oficial_en_Arte__territorio_y_paisaje_1/es http://www.ull.es/view/centros/bbaa/Master_Oficial_Interuniversitario_en_Innovacion_ en_diseno_para_el_sector_turistico/es http://www.ull.es/view/centros/bbaa/Titulo_Propio_de_Master_en_Piedras_volcanicas_ creacion_y_restauracion/es http://www.ull.es/view/centros/bbaa/Experto_en_piedras_volcanicas_esculpidas/es
Artists Trained in the Faculty Although the Fine Arts faculty isn’t necessarily the most highly recognized or classified worldwide, plenty of stablished artists have graduated from the university and have gone forward to creating amazing careers. Some of which have won awards not only from local organizations but on a national standpoint, showing their works in external circuits. Some of them are listed below: Domingo Ayala Martín & Sicilia Ubay Murillo Pipo Hernández Manuel Betencour Elida Dorta
San agustin,75. La Laguna Tel: 922267064
La Laguna University
Common Spaces The Library What is needed?
How is a home loan?
To use this service must have the student card or library card. The student card can be ordered from any member of the university community through the website of the ULL. For new students to apply for pre-university card should go to the secretariats of their respective schools and ask for NIU (University Identification Number) and Password. When students have finished making your credit card application for college through the website may print the receipt of the request and directed him to any information desk and credit of the University Library to register in the database Readers of the Library. If you do not belong to the university community must apply for the card at any of the information desks and lending library the university network, complete these forms and provide a recent passport size photograph.
The applicant must go to the library where you apply, go to the counter where the library staff perform automated loan and demagnetization of the works so that the user can leave the premises. There are some libraries equipped with self-issue machines, which enable this operation without having to go through the loan desk. However, the weekend loans should be provided at the counter.
How can I access to books? Many libraries are freely available, you can go and look directly into the books, other books will have to ask the staff the information desk and loan. To find the work you have in your library, and in general all the University Library, you make a query to the catalog. The catalog will tell you where to find the work, and if it is provided, in addition, if you are interested in the book allows you to make a reservation.
What I can do from the website? From the Library website there is access to the catalog that provides access to the works, book them and if they meet the requirements, renovate home loans. Both the book and are asked to renew a number of reader and a key player number is the number that is the reverse of the university card below the bar code and password is your date of birth written in following format : DDMMYYYY (ie, if born on June 19, 1975, shall make 19,061,975). Where I can check the regulation of home loan? The rules governing the operation are included in the General Rules of the Library of the University of La Laguna published in the BOC 22 May 2008. These regulations are set out in detail the rules on users, lending, reading room, play ... and the penalties for infringement or breach of regulations.
How long are loans made? Although not exhaustive, the following table shows the household lending policies most common:
Grade Students Foreign loan 5 works 15 days
Postgraduate and Doctoral Students 10 works 60 days
Students preferred use
Up to 3 works 15 days
Frequently used books
Up to 3 works 3 days
Can I renew my loan? How? To renew your home loan, ie loan to redo the house of the same book (provided that the rules associated with each library allows), head to the counter at your library, or do so through the catalog. To renew books through the catalog, you must identify yourself as a user (with NIU and password) and then click on My Library. Will show the works which it has borrowed, check the work you want to renew and click on "renew." The number of renewals can be made of the same book varies according to loan policy, as a rule, not allowed to renew more than twice. If the book you want to renew has been previously reserved can not do the renovation. What happens if I delay in repaying a loan? The delay in returning a book harming the rest of the users. The delays are penalized with the loss of the right to loan for twice the time delay accumulated for each project to be delayed. In the case of a weekend loan, you lose the right loan for this type of issue (not the other) for about a year. In case of theft, loss or deterioration of the work provided, the user must replace with an identical copy or pay the amount.
The very spacious Guajara Campus serves as the nerve of all the other libraries situated in each of the faculties. But being the principal library it offers not all an extensive collection of all subjects but also many study rooms that remain absolutely silent in order for the students to concentrate. A room that is commonly used for exhibitions is also available and often offers exhibitions for students to enjoy.
Computer room Coordinator JosĂŠ Manuel de Pablos Coello Tel: 922 31 72 77 E-mail of the scholarship: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. It is not permitted the execution of programs (both on disk or on the website) who have not previously installed by the administrator, which is the Fellow of the classroom. It prohibits, for the installation of any software or hardware. 4. It is not forbidden to change the configuration of the computers in the room, either software or hardware.
Computer lab schedules : Monday
9:00 to 13:00 / 15:00 to 21:00
9:00 to 13:00
9:00 to 13:00 / 14:00 to 17:00
9:00 to 13:00 / 15:00 to 21:00
9:00 to 13:00 / 14:00 to 19:00
Specific use standards: 1. Before using the computer, each user should be entered on the record sheets, indicating the time of entry. 2. At the end of the session should be closed. 3. Before you leave to enter on the record sheets departure time. Recent usage rules:
General Use Rules: 1. The computer room of the School of Information Sciences faculty have a purpose only and may only be used by students of the Faculty, in particular, of the ULL, in general, or by persons duly authorized. The collective use supervised by a professor of the Faculty to teach in the room called "New technologies" takes precedence over individual use. 2. As such dependencies teachers, users remain orderly and quiet and refrain from drinking and food in the classroom.
1. The above rules are intended to ensure proper use of equipment for the whole community for students to get the most out of them: please, therefore, strict compliance. 2. The fellow is directly responsible for the classroom and may require user identification. It will also be responsible for moving the incident to the Dean of the Faculty in order to adopt, where necessary, appropriate action.
Learning How To Move Around Buses The main mode of public transportation used throughout Tenerife is the public bus system. This is operated by TITSA - it stands for ‘Transportes Interurbanaos de Tenerife, S.A.U.’ (www. titsa.com), a company with an excellent reputation and a history spanning more than one hundred years of transportation service in the area. TITSA began operating in 1884, with a single carriage and horse, able to transport five people and made a daily trip between Santa Cruz and La Laguna and has been keeping up with modern transportation ever since. The buses in Tenerife are modern, usually run efficiently and on-time. The buses are air-conditioned for the comfort of travellers who aren’t used to the heat of Tenerife. Fares are inexpensive, with discounts for seniors and children. Unlimited ride passes are available. The Bonovia (formerly BonoBus) discount ticket (€12 or €30) allows heavily discounted fares. Purchase from bus stations, bookshops or other outlets carrying the green circle logo; simply tell the driver the destination and put the ticket in a machine which deducts the fare from the initial payment; put it in the machine twice for two people etc; when it runs out, pay the difference in cash to the driver; it also allows free or very cheap connections if you use another bus within two hours of the first; it also gives discounts at some museums.
Tenerife offers both urban and inter-urban bus lines, making it easy for travellers to get from one place to another on the island, whether they are trying to get across one town or between several areas. The TITSA website offers a convenient mapping system which allows visitors to see which buses to take and to check route schedules. A few tips on using the buses: Tip 1: ensure you get a bus timetable, some routes can have significant gaps, and last buses can become rather in demand; the concept of queues here is not fully understood, so this is a bit of a culture shock for the English: who are experts at this gentlemanly art. When it comes to the last bus, it is not even women and children first: simply everyone for themselves. The enormous timetable sheet is very informative if you take the time to get to grips with it. Tip 2: buy a Bonovia ticket have your latest fare debited from the ticket, with the amount remaining printed on the rear of the card; very hightech stuff! Tip 3: Be very aware that some services only run a few times a day - so 2-bus links to remote places are not a good idea.
Tram A tram link between La Laguna and Santa Cruz (next to Intercambiador bus station) opened in 2007; a second line from La Cuesta to Tincer opened in 2009. Tickets can be purchased from ticket machines found at all tram stops. You can choose from four languages, including English. A single trip costs €1.30, a return €2.45 Bonovia (Bonobus) tickets (see above) can be used (€12 and €30); with a Bonovia ticket the cost of each journey is €0.95.
From April to September, trams operate every 10-15 minutes between 06.00 and midnight, whilst between September and April this increases to every 7-10 minutes. A special weekend tram runs every half hour throughout the night on Fridays and Saturdays.
(For more info see www.tranviatenerife.com)
The Right Choice for You Moving to a new place, specially when your a student and the stay isnâ€™t that long, it can be really hard finding a place to stay while your Erasmus. The easiest way to find a place to live is to contact with the international relations office and apply for a room in one of the many residences that the University owns, not only are they conveniently situated in La Laguna but they can be the most inexpensive of choices. The University of La Laguna has a wide range of accommodation on three colleges and a university residence. The price to be paid for the accommodation varies according to income per capita. The University of La Laguna subsidize its budget ordinarioexclusivamente students upon request and have the enrollment at ULL, up to 50% of the cost of each square. To access accommodation in university residence halls and in convening regular must meet minimum academic performance and away from the family home. Details can be found at the second base of the housing allocation of positions adopted by the Governing Council on February 18, 2011. The deadline for submitting applications for the academic year 2011-2012 will be open from 7 June to 1 July 2011.
The official model instance will be available for those interested in the administrative unit of the Housing Service, located in the Central Building of the ULL in the respective colleges and university residence, the Housing Service (North Central) and in the island councils to provide that service. Also available in http://www.ull.es/view/institucional/ull/Alojamiento_2/es. Alternatively you can fill out the application through this website (will be enabled when you start the application deadline.) In each academic scholarships are held in the university residence halls and allow total or par-
tial exemptions from fees for accommodation for those students with greater financial difficulties. In return, the tenderers must work on different tasks in the accommodation centers (library, laundry, computer, etc.). Although rent costs in Tenerife arenâ€™t as high as the rest of Europe, therefore finding an apartment for yourself or to share wont cost as much. The standards for students who share a flat range from 150 to 300 euros a month per room. For more information about apartments you should definitely check out the web, always packed with offers and forums thru which students share their experiences. And if your plane lands and you still donâ€™t have anything sorted out, finding a hotel for the first few days is recommended and Tenerife offers a wide arrange of hotels and prices for everyone.
Cultural Activities As the capital of Tenerife, one of Spain’s busiest ports and the second most populous city in the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz is a constant hive of activity and energy. The prosperous commercial activity that Tenerife enjoyed as a crossroads of trade routes connecting Europe, Africa and the Americas, as well as the development of Santa Cruz’s port, bumped the town up in importance and, in the 18th century, Santa Cruz took over island capital status from the nearby city of La Laguna.
Teatro Guimerá is the city’s most historic theater and has been declared an Artistic Historical Monument.
Since then, the traditional yet progressive Santa Cruz (population roughly 220,000) has been unstoppable. Today it has the best of everythingthe cosmopolitan vibe of a capital city, the quaint Canarian architecture of a traditional town, modern concert venues, sun-soaked beaches, tree-lined pedestrian promenades, romantic street lamps, historical theaters, old castles, a happening nightlife, artsy film houses, great shopping, professional sports teams, an incredible cultural agenda and myriads more.
As for museums, Santa Cruz definitely doesn’t suffer from a shortage. From the Museum of Fine Arts to the Museum of Nature and Man, the Photography Center and the Almeida Military Museum, there’s a bit of something for every taste.
Santa Cruz’s cultural scene is a delightful hodgepodge of festivals, museums and cultural venues. One of the most stunning structures in the city is the sleek Auditorio de Tenerife. Quite appropriately resembling an enormous and brilliantly white crashing wave, head here to see musical and cultural events- most notably the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. For a more traditional atmosphere for the performing arts, the
The festival scene in Santa Cruz is unbeatable. Celebrating everything from traditional cuisine to cinema, world-class opera, and revered saints, your cultural side is in for a treat. Plus, how could we forget the infamous Carnival that bursts into action each year for days upon days of parades, music, costumes and street parties!
The ocean upon which it sits has always played a major role in Santa Cruz’s lifestyle, so naturally it has a hearty handful of places to set down your towel and soak up some rays. The 1.5-kilometer Playa de las Teresitas, located seven kilometers from the city center down a seaside promenade, is the most popular of Santa Cruz’s beaches and features soft, white sand imported from the Sahara Desert. The black sand beaches of Anaga, outside of the urban sprawl, are more tranquil due to their removal from downtown Santa Cruz. Head for the natural black sand beaches Las Bodegas, Las 57
Gaviotas, Antequera, Almáciga and Benijos, all of which preserve an unspoiled and much less touristy character. A great way to introduce yourself to the city and soak up some the city’s energy is to head first to the Plaza de España, a non-stop hub of action and people. If you’d rather do your culture-soaking in a more tranquil atmosphere, the tree-lined Plaza de Príncipe de Asturias is endless charming, romantic and perfect for a leisurely stroll. On the religious side, the Iglesia de la Concepción is a must-see. Founded in 1498 just after Santa Cruz itself was founded, it’s Santa Cruz’s oldest church and features intricate woodwork and a typical Canarian balcony. Other churches around town that are worth a stop are the Iglesia de San Francisco and the Iglesia de San Sebastián. Whether you’re looking to shop or not, the Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África (Calle San Sebastián) should be a definite on your tourism checklist. Consisting of galleries of merchants of all kinds centered around a large central courtyard and clock tower, the market has been a major focal point city since the 1940’s and has been declared an Artistic Historical Monument. Nature-lovers in the big city won’t have to go far to bask in Santa Cruz’s natural surroundings. Within the city limits you’ll find the García Sanabria Park- essentially Santa Cruz’s answer to New York’s Central Park. Enjoy 70,000 square meters of wooded paths, rose gardens, palm gross, an open-air sculpture exhibit and general
natural beauty. Meanwhile, the Anaga Natural Park is practically a stone’s throw from the city and offers incredible drives, enjoyable hikes and unbeatable look-out points of the area’s verdant countryside and crystalline blue ocean.
TEA Tenerife Arts Centre The TEA Tenerife Arts Space is, above all, a meeting place, a site where people can share and gain knowledge. It is a library, a reading room and study zone, an alternative cinema, and a space for the administration and management of local heritage. Finding the right home for such precious content was the complex task which fell to the architects Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron and Virgilio Gutiérrez, who designed the 20,600 square metres of the complex. The TEA is located in the renovated old quarter of the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the right-hand side of the Santos ravine between la Recova market and la Concepción Church, next to the Museum of Nature and Mankind. This cultural space houses organizations such as the Óscar Domínguez Institute, the Tenerife Photography Centre, and the Island Network Library. It is an innovative concept not only for Tenerife but also for the Canary Islands as a whole, since it offers a cultural infrastructure without precedent in the archipelago, with a strong commitment to bringing together contemporary artworks generated by the new technological innovations emerging in our society. It is designed to allow its interior spaces to be opened to the outside world, bringing light and dynamism to the whole, connecting the old quarter with the modern part of the city, the historical Santa Cruz and the 21st-century city. Moreover, the centre has various common areas including an auditorium, shop, cafe, and semi-covered plaza. The Council of Tenerife, in collaboration with the Government of the Canary Islands, has created a new space destined to raise questions
and encourage artistic creation, reflection, and thoughts on the modern world. It aims to be a cultural reference for our contemporary art, an attractive, enticing space for the public capable of generating a wide-ranging impact in society and the media, not only through its activities and permanent displays, but also as an accessible, friendly, lively, dynamic, participatory space which represents a meeting point. The TEA is, in short, an integrating space for the arts. Services on offer Exhibitions: Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 20:00. Mondays closed, excepting public holidays. Admission: Standard: €5. Residents of the Canary Islands: €2. Over 65s and under 26s: €1. Under 12s: free. Cinema: Independent cinema, auteur cinema, documentaries, and cinema which has been on the margins of the commercial market. Timetable: Tuesday to Sunday, with sessions at 19:00 and 21:30. Admission: Tuesday to Thursday: free. Friday to Sunday: €4. Library: Reading and consultation in the library, loan of books and DVDs, Internet/computers, study room. Library opening hours: Open 24 hours a day, every day. Activities: Storytelling, workshops, cinema cycles, book loans, poetry readings with commentaries.
Carnival The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is one of the biggest and most spectacular events of its kind in the world. Every February, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital of the largest of the Canary Islands, hosts this historical event, attracting around a million people from everywhere. It is considered the second most popular and internationally known carnival after those held in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). In fact the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is twinned with the city of Rio de Janeiro for this reason. In 1980 it was declared a Festival Tourist International Interest, by the Secretariat of State for the Tourism and it is one of the most important carnivals in the World. The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife now aspires to become a World Heritage Site. This declaration by UNESCO will, occur, further promoting international had Santa Cruz de Tenerife, being the first Carnival of Spain to obtain this recognition, for its permanent in time and it would reach the five continents through UNESCO. In 1987 singer Celia Cruz went to the "Carnival Chicharrero" Cuban with orchestra Billo's Caracas Boys, attended by 250,000 people, which was registered in the Guinness of Records as the largest gathering of people in an outdoor plaza to attend a concert, a record he holds today. The party on the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife starts on the Friday before Carnival with a spectacular opening parade, which reaches its height during the night, when thousands of people in fancy dresses dance until the early hours of the next day. The party continues night after night until Ash Wednesday. That day, people of Santa
Cruz de Tenerife celebrate the "entierro de la sardina" (burial of the sardine) and with this event carnival is officially over. However, the party starts up again the following weekend, known as the weekend of "pi単ata". It has two different parts: The Official Carnival, and the Carnival on the Street. The official one has more than a hundred groups with over fifty components each one: murgas; comparsas; rondallas and musical groups. For the Carnival on the Street, there is just the participation of the people in the party. Thousands of people come each day to the streets to participate wearing a disguise. They dance with the local orchestra's tunes, the Caribbean rhythms, electronic music, and music of the
year betting throughout the night. People "hesitate" and enjoy the streets every night for over a week. Although almost certainly, the Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife is celebrated from the earliest European settlement (in 1605 Gaspar Luis Hidalgo, alluded to the habit of reversing the sexes through dress), the earliest written references date from the end of XVIII century, through the writings of visitors and then by seeking the official social order during the event. The notes of Lope Antonio de la Guerra PeĂąa in 1778 include a dance held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where he then talked about comparsas. In 1783 one side, published by the Corregidor, the use of masks vetaba â€œbeing banned by Royal
Instructions” but in practice never be met and became famous the emergence of the “hole” in the night carnavalera (upper middle class with a mask mixed with the common people). In 1891, the date the emergence for the first time a group, called “rondalla” of Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The Orfeón de Santa Cruz was founded in 1897. From 1962 onwards a poster for each edition of the Carnival is created. Since then, artists of the caliber of John Galarza, Gurrea, Javier Mariscal Dokoupil César Manrique Cuixart Pedro González, Fierro, Paco Martinez, Mel Ramos, Enrique Gonzalez, Maribel Nazca, Elena Lecuona and many others have done the same. The edit of 2009 would mean the beginning of the open competition to any participant in the design of the poster of the carnival. In 1987, that would be the first year it was “focused” carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (ancient Rome), then, a performance by Celia Cruz with orchestra Billo’s Caracas Boys, attended by 250,000 people, was registered in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest congregation of people in an outdoor plaza to attend a concert, a brand that is kept at present. The main scenarios Carnival competitions and election of the Queen, that have alternated throughout the history of “chicharrero” (gentilice) carnival were the Teatro Guimerá (until the 1985 edition), Plaza de Toros (1986, 1987 and 1988), and the central circular stage was “crowned” with a crown (forgive the repetition) silvered (1986 and 1987) and Goldened (1988), Plaza de España (2005), Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos de Tenerife and the esplanade of parks Parque Marítimo César Manrique(2008). The antepenulti-
mate and penultimate places have been alternating, depending on the need of the moment and since the construction of the Centro Internacional de Ferias y Congresos de Tenerife. Today, the tickets for different events, especially the Final Murgas Adultas Contest and The Gala of Election of the Queen, sold complete (the seating capacity over 20,000) between 15 and 60 minutes after the sale to all localities. The Gala of the Queen, with a stage spectacle that crowns the first lady of the Carnival and groups are awarded where it is broadcast each year by a national network for the entire country and broadcast via satellite to all continents. Until today, the chains that have taken over the dissemination of the event were: RTVE; Televisión Canaria, Antena 3 Televisión, Canal +; Galavisión and Telecinco. In 2000, the carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife became Capital of the Carnival in the World and headquarters of the XX Convention of the Federation of European Carnival Cities (FECC). For closure of such a convention held in May, held an arena for the actors involved in the arena in February of that year, and the City of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, invited to participate to the same groups on the island of Gran Canaria, in particular, the groups participating in the Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Folklore and Festivals At the “Bailes de magos” (Country dancing events), local people dress in traditional costumes and enjoy music, dancing and typical Canarian food. The word “magos” belongs exclusively to the Canary Islands and means peasants. Most districts on the island hold these open-air dances and on some occasions you must wear your traditional costume to get into the dance. The “Romerías” (Religious Processions) are one of the most typical traditions in Tenerife. They are directly related to the Catholic calendar of saints’ days. Local people accompany the procession of the patron saint of the town wearing traditional dress and riding in decorated wagons pulled by oxen. There is also singing and dancing to music played by local folk groups. The procession passes along the streets of the town always attracting a large number of onlookers. Traditional food also plays an important role in these celebrations, which the local people are proud to share with visitors. Most towns and villages on the island hold a “Romería” each year. In Arafo, in July In Arona, Sunday closest to the 17th of January In Garachico, the 16 th of August In Granadilla, in June In Güimar, last Sunday in January and 7th of July In La Laguna, Sunday closest to the 11th of July In La Orotava, in May In Los Realejos, in May In Tacoronte, in June In Tegueste, Sunday closest to the 25th of April Many places in Tenerife celebrate the summer
solstice, the night of San Juan, with traditional bonfires. Each town or village has its own special traditions, usually they involve fire and various customs to help you leave bad times behind and move on to better times by burning old objects. In San Juan de la Rambla and Garachico, to the north of the island, this magic night is celebrated with “acoustic” fireworks and fireballs made from bags of sawdust. In Icod de los Vinos they also burn brightly-coloured wooden banners while on many beaches in Tenerife bonfires are lit and people wait for daybreak at the end of this very magical night. The celebration of Corpus Christi is one of the most deeply-rooted traditions in Tenerife. During the month of June various places around the island create elaborate carpets using flower petals
and coloured sand from the Teide. These carpets depict religious scenes along which the procession of the Holy Sacrament finally passes. The carpets of La Orotava are the most famous followed by those of La Laguna, in the north of Tenerife. In La Orotava, which has the tradition of holding this celebration on the Octave and not the day of Corpus Christi, the carpets are of an exceptional artistic quality. The most spectacular is the one in the Town Hall Square which covers an area of almost 2000 square metres. La Orotavaâ€™s carpets are internationally known and thousands of tourists come to see this special event every year. One of the most deeply-rooted and devoted traditions in Tenerife is the celebration of Easter, which takes centre stage in La Laguna at this time of year. The Easter Processions are always followed
by a great number of churchgoers and general public including many tourists, who enjoy admiring the artistic nature of the religious statues even if they do quite not feel the religious fervour that spreads over the city. The “cofradias” are brotherhoods that carry the religious statues around the city to demonstrate not only their devotion to God, but also their cultural and social commitment to their town. They are made up of people from different neighbourhoods who pass on their membership and participation in the processions from generation to generation. The most important processions take place from Maundy Thursday onwards. From this day, the city’s churches exhibit their religious images during the day and most of the night. The most popular are The “Procesión Magna” on Good Friday at 5.00 pm and the “Procesión del Silencio” at 9.00 pm, also on Good Friday. Both processions leave from the Church of the Concepción. Other towns where Easter is an important celebration are Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava, Icod de los Vinos, Garachico, Arona, Adeje, Los Realejos and Santiago del Teide.
Nature Mount Teide Emblem of the Canary Islands and without a doubt Tenerife's most spectacular natural feature, Mount Teide dominates practically the whole of Tenerife's center and can be seen from virtually anywhere; its often snow-capped peak and even be seen from the beach! The mountain's peculiar name derives from the Spanish version of its Guanche name Echeyde or Echeide, which essentially means hell in the indigenous Guanche language. Due understandably to Mount Teide's volcanic nature, the Guanches thought Mount Teide to be one of the portals to the fiery underworld in which the evil spirit Guayota - destructor - lived. The soaring - at 3,718 meters tall it's Spain's highest peak - Mount Teide actually forms merely the northern ridge of the massive volcano credited with the creation of Tenerife millions of years ago. To give you just an idea of the sheer magnitude of the volcano (and evidently its eruptions), another indication of its colossal dimensions is "la caldera," the crater measuring a jaw-dropping 17 kilometers across.
Mount Teide Nature The volcanic nature of the Mount Teide National Park makes for a geological playground full of fascinating hiking trails and routes. Along with
Mount Teide and the giant crater, other features of the park include peculiar rock formations left behind by lava flows, a second volcano - Pico Viejo - and its stunning 800 meter crater, the collapsed craters that form Las Ca帽adas, and Guajara- a site created by the internal crater walls that are practically sheer cliffs shooting up hundreds of meters. The Mount Teide National Park is essentially vast, unspoiled wilderness ranging from volcanic rock formations to fields of wildflowers and pine forests. Hundreds of species of trees, flowers, insects, birds and other creatures inhabit the area and easily make it one of the world's most fascinating biological regions. Keep an eye out for autochthonous Tenerife species such as the lagarto tiz贸n, a stone-colored lizard, and the Mount Teide violets, an endangered species of wildflowers.
Mount Teide National Park In 1954, Mount Teide and its vast and unspoiled natural surroundings achieved National Park status for its ecological and volcanic importance; today it is the oldest and - covering 18,990 hectares - largest of the Canary Islands' National Parks. Beyond the extensive limits of the Mount Teide National Park, the area is further surrounded by the Corona Forestal Nature Park, whose 46,613 hectares make it the Canaries' largest protected natural (not to be confused with national) park. Give a call to the National Park Offices to reserve a spot in the daily guided hiking tour (it's free!) or to ask about the day's most scenic Mount Teide hiking trails if you want to make a go of it on your own. Head to the visitors centers, coincidentally the starting points for the majority of the hiking routes, for maps and more informa-
tion. Also keep in mind that should you want to venture to the very top of Mount Teide (an additional 163-meter hike), you'll need a special permit granted by the National Park Offices; only a couple hundred permits are granted each day so plan a few days ahead! National Park Offices c/ Emilio Calzadilla, 5 Santa Cruz (Tel) 922 29 01 29 Website: reddeparquesnacionales.mma.es/ parques/teide/index.htm Office Hours: 9:00am - 2:00pm El Portillo de la Villa Visitor's Center Road TF-21, kilometer 32.1 (Tel) 922 35 60 00 Cañada Blanca Visitor's Center Las Cañadas National Tourist Parador Road TF-21, kilometer 46.5 (Tel) 922 37 33 91
Mount Teide Cablecar For unbeatable views without the sore legs, cruise up those last 1,000 meters to Teide's peak in the Teleférico cablecar. Well, almost to Teide's peak. Access to the very top and the crater is restricted; a certain number of permits are granted by the National Park Offices each day, so if you're planning on taking that final climb, plan a couple of days ahead. Regardless, the cablecar heads up Mount Teide out of the La Rambleta viewpoint and covers nearly 2,200 meters in a mere eight to ten minutes.
Mount Teide Cablecar Station: Carretera Orotava - Granadilla, s/n (Tel) 922 10 04 45 Website: www.telerificoteide.com Operating Hours: 9:00am - 4:00pm (descents until 5:00pm) How to get to Mount Teide National Park While a vehicle rental will certainly give you freedom and easy transportation no matter where you're coming from, Tenerife's Titsa bus company will get you to the main Mount Teide spots. Hop on bus #348 from Puerto de la Cruz or bus #342 from Playa de las Américas. The buses depart in the morning at 9:15am and will drop you off either at the Cañada Blanca visitor's center or further up the road at the Teleférico station. Return trips depart from the Teleférico at 3:40pm or from the Cañada Blanca visitor's center at 4:00pm- don't miss the bus!
Beaches Tenerife is the place to enjoy an enormous diversity of beaches with sand of every color, the benefits of the sun and the immensity of the coast. An ocean of options. Las Teresitas beach is just seven kilometers from the centre of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and attracts both locals and visitors alike. The most popular and family-friendly beach in the area, it is one and half kilometers long with golden sand and dotted with palm trees. There is also a breakwater that protects swimmers from the currents and waves. It has showers, changing rooms and sun loungers available. The beach is currently being redesigned by the famous French architect Dominique Perrault. The best option for visiting Las Teresitas beach is to combine a pleasant swim in the sea with a tasty meal in the nearby village of San Andrés. In this fishing village there are a great number of restaurants perfect for trying a tasty fish or shellfish meal prepared in the traditional Canarian way, accompanied by the typical “papas arrugadas” (wrinkled potatoes) and “mojo” (typical Canarian sauce). The beach is beyond Las Teresitas, and you get there along a narrow turn off along the road between San Andrés and Igueste de San Andrés, past Los Organos look out. It is a small, blacksand cove with several kiosks. where nudists go. Further inland, you can walk to playa Chica, next to a block of apartments. In Puerto de la Cruz, next to the Martiánez Lido, the beach that bears the same name offers two
different swimming areas. At one end, nearest to the lido, a breakwater prevents the ocean swell reaching the beach providing excellent swimming conditions most of the time. At the other end of the beach towards the cliffs, there is no barrier to stop the waves, and therefore it attracts surfers and body-boarders. At the water’s edge there is volcanic sand and pebbles. There are also some facilities at the beach and a huge range of services that an important tourist resort usually offers. However, it is important to take note of the sea conditions to avoid any potentially dangerous situations El Médano Beach is in the district of Granadilla de Abona, next to the small seaside resort of the same name. It is the longest beach on the island, a two-kilometer stretch of fine golden sand that ends at a volcanic cone called “Montaña Rojo” (Red Mountain). The surrounding area is a protected nature reserve due to its important eco-
logical value. The beach has a range of facilities and a very pleasant seafront walk to stroll along. Above all, El MĂŠdano beach stands out for being the ideal place to go windsurfing. The winds in this area, especially from spring to September, do not deter other beach goers who enjoy the calm, shallow waters of this beach and a familyfriendly atmosphere where locals and tourists from all over the world mix happily together. A beach of fine golden sand located in one of the newest areas of Costa Adeje and bordered by a lovely seafront promenade, which joins together over 8 beaches. The sea is calm and the beach extends for almost 700 metres. The playa del Duque is sure to please all who visit especially as it has all the services you would expect from such high quality surroundings. There is a sun lounger and parasol service, as well as parking, restaurants, bars, showers, changing rooms, toilets and telephones.
Whale and Dolphin Watching The south-west coast of Tenerife is a privileged place for watching whales in the wild as there are permanent pods of dolphins in the surrounding waters year round. Bearing in mind they live so close to the coast, Tenerife has become the top European destination in terms of the number of people that have seen whales in the wild. You can find up to twenty-one different species in Tenerife's waters; from the colossal blue whale to the feared killer whale. There are two resident populations, the pilot whale and the bottle nose dolphin, which can be observed on perhaps 80% of the days of the year, with a sighting percentage of close to 100%. An opportunity not to be missed, as there are very few places on this planet offering such a wide variety of species, at such a short distance from your hotel. It’s no wonder why these fascinating creatures attract half a million visitors every year.
Diving, Surfing and Hiking Tenerife is a paradise for "underwater" holidays. It has a great climate, mainly calm waters, temperatures between 19 and 25 degrees centigrade and a variety of great diving sites all with a rich marine life, sunken ships and volcanic tubes. There is a complete network of diving centers on the island for advanced divers to beginners to ensure a safe diving experience. There is also a decompression chamber in the Hospital Universitario de Canarias on the island. The island's coast can be divided into three zones for diving; the North Coast, the Southeast Coast and the West Coast. Diving off the North Coast there is a beautiful seabed with a great variety of marine life as well as unusual geological formations. The most classical dive sites are off the Southeast Coast from centers such as Radazul, Las Eras or Las Galletas where you can find slopes, walls and spectacular chasms. As for the West Coast, between the Punta de La Rasca lighthouse and Punta de Teno, the sea is protected from the Trade winds and is always calm with a seabed which is just as beautiful as the other coasts. The great windsurfing conditions on the island of Tenerife are well known by fans of this sport from all over the world. Here you can find the best spots to practice your skills at all levels. The constant Trade winds, together with the excellent weather conditions of Tenerife and an extensive infrastructure of clubs and schools, have made the island internationally recognized for this sport. It is also an ideal place for beginners. The neighboring beaches of El MĂŠdano and El Cabezo, in the south of Tenerife, make up one of
the most important European sites for windsurfing competitions and training. El Cabezo beach, which is further north, has the strongest winds and in the south El MĂŠdano beach is perfect for sailing and jumping safely. Between the two beaches is the harbor area, which experts consider to be the best position. Tenerife has a great number of tracks and footpaths in a variety of environments, settings and climates, all with different levels of difficulty. Hiking helps you gain a deeper understanding of the island, discover its beauty and get to know the way of life of its people including the aboriginal population, the "guanches," who made the first trails through the dense laurisilva forest and the grazing areas near Mount Teide. The most unique of Tenerife's walks is the one which goes up to the peak of Mount Teide (3,717 meters high). It is a tough route and you need to apply for a permit from the park author-
ities to reach the very top. The starting point is in the area of Monta単a Blanca (2,725 meters high) which you can reach following the track that leaves the El Portillo Visitors' Centre or a different track that leaves the road 10 kilometers on from the Centre closer to Monta単a Blanca. You can find complete information on this and other walks in either of the two visitors centers. As well as the National Park, the Rural Parks of Teno and Anaga are also excellent places for hiking. They are full of interesting plants, wildlife and isolated country villages. In the Anaga Rural Park, in the far east of the island, you can find some of the oldest footpaths in Tenerife, such as the "camino real de Las Vueltas," a route that follows an ancient "guanche" trail. As for the Teno Rural Park, in the Northwest, there is a popular walk between Teno Alto and Teno Bajo, near the lighthouse at the Punta de Teno. Shepherds from the guanche kingdom of "Daute" used to take their flocks to search for pasture along this trail.
Waterparks & Theme Parks Siam Park, located in Costa Adeje (south of Tenerife), is one of the great innovations that Tenerife presents for 2008: the most up to date technology is combined with the exotic mystery of the ancient kingdom of Siam. Each ride is a perfect mix of fun, excitement and plenty of adrenaline. All those who try them are sure to have really unique experiences. There is adventure for visitors of all ages. Children can enjoy areas specially made for them, like "The Lost City." Those who want to test their speed have the "Naga Racer," the best way to experience a family toboggan race. For grown ups and the more adventurous, the incredible drop of the "Tower of Power," the powerful "Giant," and the spectacular "Dragon" will provide plenty of excitement. For those who prefer to relax, Siam Park has a range of options, such as its beach of golden sand with exotic views and relaxing walks by the crystal clear waters of a slowly flowing river. The park also has a surf school and a spectacular swimming pool in which artificial waves of up to three meters can be made. Siam Park is also an ideal venue for celebrating special occasions like birthdays, private parties and all kinds of corporate events. The sheer scale of its facilities means that special events can be organized, like beach barbecues for several thousands of people. There is also an amphitheater that seats 1500 people, 5 bars and restaurants, including one featuring Thai specialities and one directly situated on the beach. The tropical islands are ideal for smaller groups: the VIP luxury
cabins come equipped with minibars, WIFI; and â€œfast passâ€? entrance to all the attractions of the park, are just some of the many advantages. All of which make for a truly exclusive and unique day out. Loro Parque is a world-famous adventure and is the best-loved animal park in the Canary Islands. A natural paradise thanks to which you will always have an unforgettable memory of your holiday. Extraordinary experiences await you as you come into contact with our animals and the careful reproduction of their natural habitats which will transport you directly to the animal kingdom. Discover the Antarctic at Planet Penguin which includes an iceberg with over 200 penguins. Take a seat at our OrcaOcean show and enjoy the strength and agility of our killer whales. Be amazed by the acrobatics of our gravity-defying
dolphins. What is more, our sea lions will make you laugh and brightly colored parrots will fly around you. And don’t forget to take a walk along the paths with their exuberant plant life in which you will discover birds and animals from every corner of the Earth. And don’t miss the KATANDRA TREETOPS attraction, you will be surprised at the birdsong from the treetops. Travel with us to Australia, along hanging bridges in the crests of the trees and jungle pathways, searching out the most unusual species. As our birds come to greet you, you can feed them from your hands and you will be a witness to their colorful plumage while they fly freely, and you will be able to discover many of their secrets. What is more, you will come face to face with some of the most mysterious and unusual Australian animals. http://www.siampark.net/ http://www.loroparque.com/