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Los Realejos in Tenerife
|Autonomous Community||Canary Islands|
|Province||Santa Cruz de Tenerife|
|• Mayor||Manuel Domínguez (PP)|
|• Total||57 km2 (22 sq mi)|
|Elevation(AMSL)||420 m (1,380 ft)|
|• Density||670/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+0)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (GMT +1) (UTC+1)|
|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 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.
Natives of Los Realejos
- José Viera y Clavijo (December 28, 1731, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - February 21, 1813), a writer, botanist and a historian.
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