Tenerife is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ first visit to the island with a 13-day programme that will delight beatlemaniacs and music fans alike. From 27th April to 9th May 2013, the northern town of Puerto de la Cruz will host a fantastic array of music concerts, film screenings and exhibitions, with the aim of honouring one of the most revered pop groups of all time.

The Institute of the Canary Islands for Hispanic Studies (IEHC) has planned a dedicated programme to commemorate the special anniversary. Both residents and visitors will have the chance to enjoy live performances from cover bands, screenings of documentaries (Let It Be and the movie Yellow Submarine), exhibitions, forums and even a street market selling The Beatles memorabilia, among other activities.

Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, along with close friends Astrid Kirchherr and Klaus Voormann, holidayed in Tenerife in 1963, after the release of their very first album, Please Please Me. The hit record topped the UK charts in May of that year and remained there for 30 weeks. The Beatles  chose Puerto de la Cruz for their very first break in Tenerife.

Of course, Tenerife has established an important stage for international musicians, singers and performers. A great number of events and festivals are held every year that feature some of the biggest names of the music scene, including Elton John, Michael Bolton, Kenny G, Rod Stewart, Sting, James Blunt, Pitbull, The Wanted and David Guetta.