Santiago Del Teide “Prettiest Town In Tenerife”

January 24, 2015

Santiago de Teide (left) Peñaranda de Duero (right)

The county town of Santiago del Teide, also called del Santiago del Teide has been named the most beautiful town in Tenerife and is ranked 9th in the Canary Islands.

The list of top places was drawn up by the 20 minutos newspaper  based on votes by it’s readers and website users.

Three towns from each of the 17 autonomous communities of Spain then went through to the final of the competition, but unfortunately Santiago del Teide didn’t make the cut.

Teror y Arucas in Gran Canaria and Betancuria in Fuerteventura were the representatives of the Canary Islands and the overall winner of “The prettiest town in Spain 2014″ was Peñaranda de Duero in Burgos.

Santa Cruz Bank Robbers Caught

January 22, 2015

fotonoticia_20150120162715_800-600x319The National Police have arrested two men on suspicion of a robbery committed on January 2 at a La Caixa Bank in Calle Azorin, Santa Cruz, the capital of Tenerife.

The suspects, local men aged 44 and 36-years-old respectively, are accused of intimidating bank staff with large  knives, attacking one of them and forcing customers to lie on the floor, while the pair made off with 62,000 euros.

The men, who had masks over thier faces, fled in a stolen vehicle.

Officers found 37,000 euros in cash in the homes of detainees and at the same time clothing and knives, believed to be used to commit the robbery,were seized.


Dawn Rescue In Masca

January 17, 2015

Two 65-year-old hikers of Finnish nationality were rescued by firemen after getting lost while attempting the descent into the Masca Ravine yesterday.

According to Emergency services  Volunteer Firemen from Santiago del Teide finally located the two ladies in the early hours of the morning.

The authorities had first been alerted around 8pm the previous evening by other walkers who had been in the same party as the rescued women.

After beeing transferred by sea around 4am, the pair were met at Los Gigantes Marina by an ambulance and were then taken to a local health center where they received care for slight injuries.

Murder Suspect In Custody

January 12, 2015
Photo used in the hunt for the killer

Photo used in the manhunt

The Guardia Civil arrested a 29-year old Moldovan, Eugeniu Berezenco, on Saturday.

He is their prime suspect in the case of the alleged murder of  Russian citizen Andrey Timofeev, 52, whose bound and gagged body was located in a shallow grave  in the Aguilas del Teide area, last November 29,

The accused was located after Guardia Civil agents detained two young men, a 25-year-old Moldovan, and the other  a 24-year-old of Spanish nationality.

The two are suspected of aiding and abetting the fugitive.

The deceased was found after his wife reported his disappearance, but the woman was subsequently interviewed by officers herself in early December, as it is believed  she was in a relationship with the Moldovan.

The accused has lived for several years in the South of the island in Adeje before moving more recently to Buzanada in Arona; he appears to be an illegal immigrant.

Government Attempts To Simplify Imports From Mainland

January 9, 2015

Measures the Canary Islands Government adopted earlier this year to encourage purchases through e-commerce come into effect on January 13, 2015.

They include, among others, scrapping the Single Administrative Document (DUA)  for export/import between the archipelago and the mainland for purchases up to 3,000 euros and for any shipment that does not involve a transfer of ownership.

The change should make  handling of purchases easier and cheaper

Previously additional costs associated with DUA  made up a significant percentage of the value of the goods: Eg The Post Office charged between 12 euros to 22 euros and courier firms a minimum of around 25 euros, just to process the form.

However the Chamber of Commerce of Santa Cruz de Tenerife believes the measures don’t go far enough, because although the DUA  is abolished the replacement system, “is not easy” says Carolina Rodríguez Innovation specialist for the Chamber.

“It requires the carrier to give the user a despatch code and the consumer will need to complete a lot of additional information on-line. continued »

Copper Thieves Arrested In Callao Salvaje

January 8, 2015

Two men have been arrested in  Callao Salvaje after being caught in possession of a thousand kilos, around two kilometers, of stolen copper wiring.

The arrests took place in the early hours of Monday morning whilst they were loading the stolen wire on to a hire van.

The 36 and 45-year-old  were intercepted with the help of the local police after attempting to flee, but the Guardia Civil are  still looking for a third suspect who fled the scene.

The identity of the third suspect is known to the Civil Guard, who explained that these people use a legitimate company as a front to sell the stolen copper.

They are believed to have sold three tons of the illegally sourced copper in just two months with profits of around 11,000 euros.

Canary Islands;Lowest Average Temperature Since Dec 2008

January 7, 2015

December 2014 recorded the lowest average temperature in the Canary Islands since Dec 2008.

At  15.5 degrees C, it was three tenths of a degree below the normal for the last month of the year in the archipelago, according to the Spanish Meteorological Agency.

Despite the drop in temperatures in December, rainfall has been very scarce in the islands,  24 litres per square meter, five times lower than last year but double that of 2012 and triple that of 2011.

Sales Start Today!

January 7, 2015

salesThe Canary islands winter sales kick off TODAY, Wednesday January 7,  and ends on March 6,  except in Lanzarote except where they end on March 31.

Discounts could be as high as seventy percent, and the average Canarian is likely to spend about 150 euros.

But today is going to be busy –  some people have been waiting since midnight,  while others are coming into to exchange unwanted Reyes presents – so expect to wait at tills!

Santa Cruz; Selling Off The Family Silver

January 3, 2015

santa-cruzSanta Cruz Council is planning to sell off three million euros worth of assets.

Most of these are historic properties located in the Calle La Noria area, distributed in five buildings, which are those that might be very desireable if they can pass the Technical Building Inspection (ITE)as they are more than 50 years years old.

Councillor for Finance, Alberto Bernabé, told reporters “As this property located in the downtown area of the capital, it is high value  even if a private developer has to rennovate it”.

The Council say it will be more profitable for them to sell  rather than attempt to rennovate at high cost as some of the properties are in a state of near ruin.