Join me for a virtual Los Realejos Tenerife tour by pictures.
Some of those photos are from history. Added links reveal more.
This latest fine art honors two of the town's much loved sons. They were the renown cleric, writer and historian of the Canary islands Viera y Clavijo and Antonio Gonzalez Gonzalez who became a famous professor of chemistry of La Laguna university. The latter would have been a 100 years old in 2017. It took Matias Mata almost a week to achieve the extraordinary mural a new emblem for the most historical Tenerife town.
The unified town proudly displays its emblem now. Both parts together with the suburb San Agustin have now 11969 residents, while lower down Toscal and La Longuera of Toscal have 5000 inhabitants.
The entire municipality is made up of 20 suburbs and villages. Many of them are in rural mountainous regions. Agriculture, vineyards as well as fishing play a big role.
Realejos Alto with its old quarters and close to 7000 inhabitants lends itself best for charming Tenerife festivals like Romerias and the May celebrations of Fiesta de la Cruz.
The two Realejo Alto chapels the Ermitas la Cruz in the streets C/ el Sol and C/ del Medio Arriba are now a part of the oldest XVI street church traditions of Tenerife. Much later, fireworks followed as street fun.
Figure fireworks competitions by the Toste Brothers who manufacture them.
Biggest fireworks in Europe? May be it's true.
Following is a video of the Fiesta La Luz Tenerife North fireworks.
In fact, the winner of the firework competitions of the video of May, 3rd, 2012 was Calle el Sol. Of course, Hermanos Toste is not the only local business which contributes.
This is also the heart of the most important town of early Tenerife
history. There, the main Guanche leader Bentor of Taoro capitulated at
Tigaiga and his co-rulers bowed to the Christian Cross and received
Indeed, Realejos Alto's church the Matriz Iglesia Apóstol Santiago isn't only Tenerife's oldest church. It was the mother of the original Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción of La Orotava. In fact with its clergy and politicians, it paved the way for law and order after the conquest on the biggest Canary Island. It was entirely ruled from Los Realejos for at least a short time, while the capital La Laguna was founded in 1497 but, took time to function properly.
By the way, both Realejos de Arriba (Realejos Alto) and the historical Hacienda de los Principes are mentioned at the museum of the Casa de los Balcones of La Orotava where relations of the Tenerife conqueror resided later on, as well.
Tenerife was governed from this Hacienda as far as Vila Flor in the South.
All of Tenerife fauna and Flora is found in Realejos and much of it indigenous. This includes Laurisilva species.
Also mind endemic plants that thrive wild on roof tops in all higher regions.
The one on your right which is near the Town Hall has amazing local Tabaiba succulents growing on it.
This old house of Realejos Alto does not have ivy on top. That would almost be normal. You see Aeonium on the Tenerife green roof in the Realejos Alto old town.
The healthy plants cover the shingles of its entire top of the building.
There must be much moisture to keep them going, as nobody would water its tiles in such a location.
This ancient Hacienda Siete Fuente from the 17th century was once part of important infra-structure that joined the plantations of Juan de Gordejuela with San Sebastian of Realejos Alto.
Certainly, an overcast sky which brings humidity creates enchanting nature but not necessarily rain.
Portrayed are pictures that show what clouds in the north of the island may be like. Generally, they still mean plenty sun, except for the Pansa de Burro cloud which covers the sky totally, while temperatures could still be in the mid Thirties. Pansa de Burro often occurs in August.
The phenomena with Puerto de la Cruz and Los Realejos are blue skies by its beaches later in the day.Then, clouds hang usually in the mountains. Important to know for photo shoots...
Those cliff houses were holding on during the incredible flood of 2009. Then, water raced within this Barranco which is a gorge and flooded the street Calle Los Barros badly.
Dr.Antonio Gonzalez y Gonzalez of many merits for chemistry nature studies was born in Realejo Alto and passed away in 2003.
So far, the newly elected town mayor (Alcade) Manuel Dominguez is much talked about. He is part of the PP Partido Popular.
Indeed, Playa el Socorro the surf and party beach of Realejos always has events, mainly in summer.There are Flyfa the International Para-glider festival, surf and SUP, body-board championships, triathlons, the Teide Marathon and open air film festivals.
Soccer Realejos with brand new football grounds of artificial lawns, an athletics' olympic stadium and a private local Spanish cycling club are in La Longuera, while a diving club meets at Hotel Maritim and a surf club at Realejos Alto.
Needless to say is that all famous traditional Guanche sports of Tenerife sports are still high on the agenda. Those contact sports, such as pole fighting and wrestling or Lucha Canarias have tournaments during the festival de la Cruz Realejos, for example.
Realejos rhythmic gymnasts are famous in Spain and won 11 national medals in 2014.
Two street wise children use the San Agustin church square to play soccer, as shown beside.
Its beautiful Catholic church is in Calle Agustin a road with older apartment houses and parallel to Avenida Canarias.
Both streets meet by a traffic circle opposite a totally new town center with the lovely new park called Parque San Agustin with children playground.
Taxis, and many buses stop by Plaza Mencey Bencomo where palms line the streets. However, the new parking house still hasn't been inaugurated in 2016.
Indications are not only to get to Realejos Alto via Avda.Canarias and to La Orotava. You also reach the West as far as Icod de los Vinos and further. One sign is for the coastal road now called TF5. It gets you to Tigaiga, San Vincente, Playa El Socorro, Icod de los Vinos, Garachico and further South. The Tigaiga turn-off also leads up to Realejo Bajo and to Icod el Alto.
La Montaneta de los Frailes seen from Toscal Longuera. Discover why this mountain is a most unusual volcanic cone of Realejo by clicking on the photo...
The municipality of Los Realejos is proud to announce that its anti feces campaign to stop people let their pets foul streets has had great results so far.
Mind penalties of Euro 2000 or community work in its place were clearly marked on this poster for environmental care regarding dogs.
Needless to say is that Easter is an enchanting time of the year.
Note that the para-glider piste by the lookout Mirador La Corona is best reached from Icod el Alto.
The Surf beach Playa El Socorro is close to San Pedro. Both is part of the following video.
Education of Realejo San Agustin including art tuition was very progressive already in XX. It was in a long gone convent there where the town's passion for the movies and photography started. The new house of Cine for films is still in about the same spot today.
Ayuntamiento Los Realejos
History Tenerife being more than about Barranco Godinez by la Gordejuela.
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