The quiet season on Tenerife, such as it is, comes to an end towards the end of June when the peninsulares (mainland Spanish) start to arrive in their droves for their summer holidays, adding an extra joie de vivre to some of the island’s towns, especially Puerto de la Cruz. It’s easy to spot places that are popular with the Spanish as beaches become a sea of colourful umbrellas.
June represents the real start of the outdoor season on Tenerife. In resort areas, where visitors head to the beach throughout the year, it can be difficult to notice a difference but in traditional areas, the locals embrace the beaches more during the summer months and subsequently a ‘summer holiday’ atmosphere kicks in this month with loads of open air festivals and fiestas.
The Best Fiestas on Tenerife in June
Corpus Christi Flower Carpets, La Orotava (6 June)
Whilst lots of places on Tenerife lay floral and sand carpets, they usually do so a week before the main event in La Orotava where the true master alfombristas (carpetmakers) reside. The Corpus Christi flower carpets in La Orotava is one of the ‘must see’ events of the Tenerife fiesta calender. The streets are rammed with people early on as around 30+ carpets are lovingly laid in a triangle of streets around the town hall. The sensational centre piece in the town hall plaza isn’t actually made from flower, it’s sand and soil from Teide National Park. Best place to view it is from the town hall balconies but be prepared for a lot of pushing and shoving – the oldies are the worst culprits.
The Romería de San Isidro, La Orotava (9 June)
La Orotava is fiesta central during early June with the boisterous Romería de San Isidro taking place 3 days after the Corpus Christi carpets have been oohed over and trampled. The romería is no less colourful and the parade of ox drawn decorated carts usually begins with the arrival of nervous fiesta queens and dames; nervous because they’re perched on the backs of camels. Don’t wear white as someone at some point will try to pour wine down your throat.
Noche de San Juan and El Baño de las Cabras, Puerto de la Cruz (23 & 24 June)
There are celebrations to welcome Midsummer in various towns on Tenerife, especially along the north west coast. But the best is at Puerto de la Cruz where thousands of people fill Playa Jardín on Midsummer’s Eve to watch live bands, gorge themselves, drink loads of wine and jump in the sea at midnight. Great fun.
Even more fun is the odd and old ritual of goat bathing (baño de las cabras) that takes place in the town’s harbour the following morning. It takes stamina to get in both events (and yes, that is speaking from bleary-eyed experience).
Granadilla de Abona holds its fiestas patronales during June and, for anyone in the south of Tenerife, also has a romería (9 June, 1pm). Similarly Güímar in the east of the island has its fiestas patronales in honour of San Pedro this month as well.
The Best Festivals and Music on Tenerife in June
SANTA BLUES IN TENERIFE UPDATE (16/06/2013)
It looks as though there might be a reason to feel blue (in a good way). It seems Santa Blues will be taking place this year as usual. Even by Tenerife standards, the details for the event have been hidden away so deeply that it makes you wonder if they actually want anyone to turn up. But we’ve tracked down an official poster that shows Santa Blues will take place in the usual spot on Calle Noria in Santa Cruz on 29 June. Headlining will be Cameroon’s Roland Tchakounte with Tina Riobbo & The Soul Blues plus Kiko Perdomo and Groovin’ Up also performing. The cool blues starts from 8.30pm.
Who knows if our favourite music festival is taking place this year. We’ve not been able to find any mention but it’s the same every year, so fingers crossed the crisis hasn’t done for it. Watch this space.
Ritmos del Mundo, Costa Adeje (Siam Park, 15 June, tickets from €26)
The annual Ritmos del Mundo music fest in Siam Park has become so popular that this year’s is sold out. Artists include electro house maestro, Steve Aoki as well as Deejay Dario, The Party Squad, Craze, Fonk Fenomeno and Aldair Silva.
Weekend Music Festival, La Laguna (29 June, 8pm-2am, entrance free)
La Laguna celebrates the European Day of Music with thumping line up headlined by Hispanic rappers La Excepcion. Other bands rocking the UNESCO World Heritage Site are We Are Trash, Pachumba, and Navy Blue Socks.
Festival Mar Abierto, La Orotava and Garachico (29 June to 6 July)
The Mar Abierto Festival starts from 28 June but some of the best events take place early next month with top Spanish Flamenco singer Diego El Cigala bringing the sultry sounds of Andalusia to La Orotava (5 July, €27). The big event of the festival takes place at the new port of Garachico on 22 June where the Macroconcierto includes Barcelona’s Macaco; Samba group Big Band Boom Fire from the Canary Islands; Indie pop Bel Bee Bee also from the Canary Islands and Leeds’ Indie rock group, The Wedding Present (tickets €23).
Q Rock Festival, Los Realejos (Teatro Cine Los Realejos, 8 June, 8pm, €5)
Things get heavy in Los Realejos for the Q Rock Festival with four head-banging bands including Dead Relic; the name should tell exactly what to expect.
Wyoming, Santa Cruz (Teatro Guimera, 23 June, 830pm €12)
Anyone who watches Spanish TV will recognise Wyoming as the host the top TV show El Intermedio. When he’s not on the box, he’s rocking and rolling at venues around Spain.
Beselch Rodríguez, Santa Cruz (Tenerife Auditorio, 16 June, 8pm)
If you’ve been to a romería on Tenerife you might have spotted musicians playing what looks like a tiny guitar. It’s a timple, a popular instrument in the Canary Islands. We’ve thrown this one in for its curiosity value as Beselch Rodríguez will be using his to play popular movie soundtracks.
Foodie and other Events on Tenerife in June
Ruta de la Tapas (Güímar, 7-23 June)
We’ve read that there’s a tapas route taking place in Güímar during the fiestas patronales but there’s no mention of it on the municipality’s official website, which on Tenerife means absolutely nothing. Maybe one day all Tenerife’s municipalities will get their act together to post useful information in advance of events. On the other hand, the sun is shining, the beach is calling… there’s always mañana (cue frustrated sigh).
Jornadas del Pescado Azul, Granadilla de Abona (until 9 June)
Jornadas del Pescado Azul is quite a specialist gastronomic route in that its focus is blue fish. Until 9 June, chefs in participating restaurants in Granadilla, Los Abrigos, El Médano and San Isidro will be doing their thing with mackerel, sardine, tuna and the one that some people in Gran Canaria say that Tinerfeños smell of, chicharros.
Whilst these are our pick of the most interesting events on Tenerife, there is an overwhelming amount of interesting activities on Tenerife each month. Cultural Centres are excellent places to find out what’s happening wherever you are on Tenerife.