El Palmar is a small village in one of the greenest areas of the island, among crops and stone terraces. It is in the north of Tenerife and is crossed by several hiking trails.
Located in Valle del Palmar (El Palmar valley), it is a historic village with traditional houses, and was founded by Castilian conquerors interested in the fertility of its land. Nowadays, fewer than 1000 people live there.
In the last fortnight of September, El Palmar celebrates the festival of the Virgen de la Consolación. In the seven days leading up to the Virgin’s saint’s day, the village’s church bells chime every 12 hours from six in the morning. This 16th Century tradition serves to announce the arrival of the Festival.
The Día de la Trilla (Threshing Day) is also popular, and seeks to keep agricultural customs and traditions alive, as the industry played a key role in the development of this area of Tenerife in the past.
Baile de las libreas
During the festival of the Virgen de la Consolación, the “Baile de las libreas” takes place. This ancestral dance can trace its origins to the 18th century, and today has become one of the most established dances in Canarian folklore, representing the struggle between good and evil.
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