January, a month which most of Europe spends bemoaning the cold, offers nothing but sunshine in the Canary Islands. Perhaps you’re enjoying your extended Tenerife holidays at Abama or visiting for the first time in the new year, but there are a number of interesting January activities that will keep you up and moving around the island.
1. Merkarte: Art Supermarket
26th of November, 2015 – 17th of January, 2016
Merkarte, an art supermarket designed to provide an entree to the commercial artistic world for young Tenerife artists, is in its 9th year of existence. Expos are being held currently and until the 17th of January of 2016, featuring upcoming painters, illustrators, and sculptors from the island. If you love seeing brand-new works and even being able to support their creators at reasonable prices, this is an expo not to be missed.
Museum of History and Anthropology of Tenerife (Casa Lercaro)
Calle San Agustin, 22, 38201 San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tuesday to Saturday (9:00 – 20:00h) and Sunday, Monday and holidays (10:00 – 17:00h)
More info available about the artists and their works at http://www.merkarteon.com/.
2. 32nd International Canary Islands Music Festival
11th of January – 11th of February
This classical music festival takes place all over the islands between January and February, with symphonic concerts held in Tenerife and Gran Canarias and 45 chamber concerts held in various other venues throughout the archipelago. Some of the important artists coming through the Tenerife Auditorio Adán Martín include The London Philharmonic, The Budapest Festival Orchestra and The Vienna Boys Choir, so don’t fail to check out the programme, available here.
Adán Martín Tenerife Auditorium
Av. Constitución, 1, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Tickets available through the Festival website.
3. Canary Islands Folk Fest in Arona
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
3rd of December, 2015 – 26th of March, 2016
Arona is the host of the Canary Islands Folk Fest, an extended period of weekend evenings from December to March designed to highlight some of the traditions and folklore of the islands. The principal activities take place on Thursdays and Saturdays, when you can enjoy parades, Canarian food and traditional crafts in Las Galletas and Los Cristianos, with additional parades on Friday evenings in Las Américas.
Las Galletas, on the Rambla de Las Galletas – Thursdays from 17h
Las Américas, on the Milla de Oro – Fridays from 20:30h
Los Cristianos, in the Plaza de la Pescadora – Saturdays from 17h
4. Malizia: Dance/Theatre
Tuesdays – Sundays, with shows at 20h on Wednesdays and 21h all other days
Dinner options available before the shows at 18:30h or 19h
This show, a blend of flamenco, opera and dance based on Verdi’s Rigoletto, is a sure crowd-pleaser and a lively way to spend an evening in one of the largest auditoriums in Europe. There are a variety of dinner menu options available to be combined with the shows, or the performances can be seen alone.
Pirámide de Arona
Avenida Las Americas s/n, Arona
Tickets: 49€ – 79€ (show only), or 75€ – 111€ (show + dinner), on sale through http://www.flamencotickets.com/malizia-tenerife.
5. Romería of San Sebastián
20th of January
Saint Sebastian, one of the co-patron saints of the town of Adeje on the southwest coast of Tenerife, is the celebrated figure of this ancient religious festival that has become an important yearly cultural event. Plan to spend the day in Adeje enjoying the various activities, including a spectacular display in which dozens of horseback riders and their steeds enter the ocean.
More information available on the Adeje website.