Los Realejos

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Los Realejos
Flag of Los Realejos
Los Realejos in Tenerife
Los Realejos in Tenerife
Los Realejos is located in Tenerife
Los Realejos
Los Realejos
Location in Tenerife
Los Realejos is located in Canary Islands
Los Realejos
Los Realejos
Los Realejos (Canary Islands)
Los Realejos is located in Spain, Canary Islands
Los Realejos
Los Realejos
Los Realejos (Spain, Canary Islands)
Coordinates: 28°21′N 16°36′W / 28.350°N 16.600°W / 28.350; -16.600
Country Spain
Autonomous Community Canary Islands
ProvinceSanta Cruz de Tenerife
 • MayorManuel Domínguez (PP)
 • Total57 km2 (22 sq mi)
Elevation420 m (1,380 ft)
 • Total37,970
 • Density670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (CEST (GMT +1))
Postal code
Area code(s)+34 (Spain) + 922 (Tenerife)

Los Realejos is a town and a municipality the northern part of the island of Tenerife, which forms part of the Canary Islands. It is part of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain. The town is located 2 km from the north coast, 5 km southwest of Puerto de la Cruz, 6 km west of La Orotava, and 34 km southwest of the island's capital Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The inhabitants are known in Spanish as realejeros.

The population is 37,970 (2013[1]), its population density is 670/km² and the area is 57.08 km². The elevation is 420 m. Los Realejos is the western terminus of the TF-5 motorway.

The town is split into two distinct zones:

  • Realejo Alto (High or Upper Realejo)
  • Realejo Bajo (Low or Lower Realejo)

These zones (zonas) are both geographic (geográficas) -- split by a large deep water gully (Barranco) -- and historical (históricas) -- during the Spanish conquest (conquista) of the island(s) the local Guanches had a camp in the low town area, and the high town area was occupied by the Spanish. Also each zone has its own Baroque church, both of which were built shortly after the success of the Spanish conquest. The municipality was founded as Realejo de Arriba.

The area governed by the local council also includes other smaller villages such as Palo Blanco, Cruz Santa, Mocan, Icod de Alto, Tigaiga and others. Although recently, as a result of population growth and construction, these have merged into what seems to be one town.

The municipality of Los Realejos also includes a few beaches of note, Playa del Socorro being the most popular with both local and tourists. Also worthy of mention are Playa de Castro and Playa de Fajana, although these are both slightly less accessible than Socorro. Los Realejos is the home of English language newspaper the Tenerife News. Los Realejos is the Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which is the main Marian shrine north of the island of Tenerife.

Historical population[edit]

Year Population
1991 29,829
1996 32,599
2001 33,438
2002 35,299
2003 35,799
2004 35,756
2009 37,559
2013 37,970


The British School of Tenerife has its Trinity Campus in Los Realejos.[2]

Natives of Los Realejos[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Instituto Canario de Estadística Archived 2014-04-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Find Us." British School of Tenerife. Retrieved on 13 February 2016. "TRINITY Camino Montijo, 16; 38410 Los Realejos"

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