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City of Garachico (Canary Islands, Spain)

Tenerife Island, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Province

Last modified: 2001-09-08 by santiago dotor
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[City of Garachico (Canary Islands, Spain)] 2:3
by Santiago Dotor



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Garachico was the most important city in northern Tenerife until it was all but destroyed by a volcanic eruption in 1716. It has a horizontally striped black-white-light blue flag with the coat-of-arms in the centre, about a half of the flag's height. The image in José Manuel Erbez's website does not bear the coat-of-arms, which can be seen here. I saw the flag (and took a picture of it) in front of the Town Hall, so maybe there is an "official" flag and a "civil" one. By the way, the coat-of-arms on the flag I saw showed the regular Spanish royal crown, as in the national arms.

Santiago Dotor, 3 May 2000

The Order of the Consejería de Presidencia [a department in the Canary autonomous government] which approved the flag described and illustrated it without the coat-of-arms, and I have thus preferred to show it like that in my pages. There is however a common practice of showing the flag with the coat-of-arms, probably to make them more official.

José Manuel Erbez, translated by Santiago Dotor, 4 May 2000

The Order of the Consejería de Presidencia [a department in the Canary autonomous government] which approved the flag described and illustrated it without the coat-of-arms, and I have thus preferred to show it like that in my pages. There is however a common practice of showing the flag with the coat-of-arms, probably to make them more official.

José Manuel Erbez, translated by Santiago Dotor, 4 May 2000

The lower stripe in the flag of Garachico should be turquoise blue (i.e. greenish blue or bluish green) and not light blue as above, since the Order by which the flag was approved (available at the Canary Islands Official Website) specified that shade:

Paño rectangular, de seda, tafetán, raso, lanilla o fibra sintética, según los casos, cuya longitud es vez y media mayor que su ancho; compuesto de tres franjas horizontales de igual tamaño; la primera o superior de color negro, la central de color blanco y la inferior de color azul turquesa.

Si la bandera ostentara el escudo heráldico del municipio, éste deberá colocarse en el centro del paño y con una altura de dos tercios del alto de la bandera, preferentemente en ambas caras.

José Manuel Erbez, translated by Santiago Dotor, 27 November 2000

The flag I saw at Garachico's city hall showed a shade of blue difficult to define otherwise than simply light blue, and the flag shown at José Manuel Erbez's website looks to me like light blue. I wonder if the said Order specified any Pantone or similar shade.

Santiago Dotor, 27 November 2000





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