Tacoronte, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
|Municipality and city|
|Autonomous community||Canary Islands|
|Province||Santa Cruz de Tenerife|
|• Mayor||WAS Álvaro Dávila until October 2013|
|• Total||30.09 km2 (11.62 sq mi)|
|Elevation||510 m (1,670 ft)|
|• Density||780/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Tacoronte is a city and municipality of Tenerife, a Spanish island. 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 4 km from Tenerife North Airport and about 15 km west of the capital, Santa Cruz. Old manorial houses and farms are situated here, as well as vineyards that produce the wine known as Tacoronte-Acentejo.
Tacoronte is linked with Autopista TF-5 and the old highway linking Icod de los Vinos and the capital.
Much of the area is made up of farmlands, although much of the population shifted from rural to urban and tourism in recent years, but not to the same extent as in southern Tenerife and municipalities such as La Orotava. The population is mainly urban today and its industry are businesses and tourism.
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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