Tacoronte

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Tacoronte
Municipality and city
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Location in Tenerife
Location in Tenerife
Tacoronte is located in Canary Islands
Tacoronte
Tacoronte
Location in Canary Islands
Coordinates: 28°29′N 16°25′W / 28.483°N 16.417°W / 28.483; -16.417
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Canary Islands
Province Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Island Tenerife
Area[1]
 • Total 30.09 km2 (11.62 sq mi)
Elevation 510 m (1,670 ft)
Population (2013)[2]
 • Total 23,805
 • Density 790/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Demonym Tacoronterso
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 38350
Official language(s) Spanish
Website Official website

Tacoronte is a city and municipality of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. It is located in the north-east of the island. Mostly rural, the municipality stretches for 30 square kilometers from the volcanic peaks that rise in the center of the island to the Atlantic shore. The municipality seat, also called Tacoronte, lies about 16 km west of the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Old manorial houses and farms are situated here, as well as vineyards that produce the wine known as Tacoronte-Acentejo.

The TF-5 motorway passes through the municipality. The Tenerife North Airport is 4 km to the east.

Tacoronte is a toponym of Guanche origin, believed to be derived from Tagoror, meaning "place where the Council of Elders meets". Its territory constituted an ancient menceyato, as the Guanche kingdoms were known, ruled by the mencey Acaymo. After the Spanish conquest of Tenerife, the area was settled by the Portuguese Sebastián Machado, who founded the town of Tacoronte around the hermitage of Santa Catalina that he had built. The town grew during succeeding centuries and in 1911, Alfonso XIII of Spain granted the town the status of municipio.

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