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Culture.

Among the local celebrations the most notable are The Carpets (Las Alfombras) made with lots of coloured earth from the Teide, with flowers, branches and marine sands, they are masterpieces of popular art. The Octava del Corpus, the Guildhall plaza and other adjoining streets are decorated three or four weeks previously. The tapestry in the Guildhall plaza needs more than two tonnes of volcanic earth gathered from the folds of the Teide area.

The pilgrimage of San Isidro, in May, is one of the most popular on the island.

 

Calendar of Popular Festivities in La Orotava
January 17 Festivity of San Antonio Abad and Virgin of La Esperanza. La Florida
February-March Carnivals
March-April Holy Week
June Corpus Christi . Festivity of the Carpets (Las Alfombras). Festivity of National Tourist Interest
June Pilgrimage of San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza. Festivity of National Tourist Interest
First week in August San José Obrero and Santa Teresa de Jesús. Aguamansa
Last Sunday in August Virgin of Carmen and Christ of Mercy. La Florida
First week in September Crafts Art Fair and Pilgrimage. Pinolere
Second week in September San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza. Livestock Exhibition and Pilgrimage. Benijos
First week in October Our Lady of El Rosario and San Jerónimo. La Perdoma
November 29th – 30th Festivities of San Andrés

Quite outstanding are the curious barns for keeping straw, made of stone in traditional architecture and covered in straw, they can be seen among the cultivated fields in the municipality’s highlands.

Craftwork is centred around the lace work, knit work, furniture, musical instruments and baskets.

Cultural Interest Centres

San Agustín Culture House

Phone: 922 321 379

Los Balcones House

Phone: 922 330 629

It houses a crafts shop.

Lercaro House. Ponte Fonte House

Phone: 922 326 204

Baroque style building from the XVII century

Rómulo Betancourt Cultural Centre

Phone: 922 335 511

Caña Blanca Visitor’s Centre ( Teide National Park)

Phone: 922 373 391

Portillo Visitor’s Centre

Carretera La Orotava. Granadilla, Km 32

Phone: 922 356 000

Exhibits and film projections of the Teide National Park

Taoro Lyceum

Phone: 922 330 119

An edifice built in 1928 and later acquired by this society. A variety of exhibits and cultural activities are held.

Tafuriaste House Museum

Calle León, 3. La Orotava

Phone: 922 321 447

Crafts Museum Torre Hermosa House

Phone: 922 334 013

Ibero-american Crafts Museum

Calle Tomás Zerolo, 34. La Orotava

Phone: 922 323 376

Pinolere Ethnographic Museum

Calle Alzados Guanches, s/n.

Phone: 922 336 733

Municipal Tourist Information Office

Calle Carrera del Escultor Estevez, 2. La Orotava

Phone: 922 323 041

For Complete cultural information concerning Tenerife and the Canaries visit www.tenerifeculture.com

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