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Los Llanos de Aridane
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Autonomous region: Canary Islands
Province: Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Island: La Palma
Area: 35.79 km², some reads 35.68 km²
Population: 19,659 (2004)
Population density: 550.98/km²
Length of coastline 6.43 km

Atlantic Ocean
350 m
valley to the north
Postal code: E-38760
Location: 28.62433/28°39'32" N lat.
17.932833/17°55'59" W long.
Municipal code: E-38024
Car designation: TF
Mayor: Juan Ramón Hernández Gómez

Los Llanos de Aridane is both a municipality and a town in the Canary Islands in the west-central part of the island of La Palma in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The population is 19,659 (ISTAC, 2004), its density is 54.91/km² and the area is 31.1 km². The postcode is 38760.

Los Llanos de Aridane, whose origin dates back to before the Spanish conquest, is the most populated municipality on La Palma. In the early-2000s, the town grew to be larger than the capital Santa Cruz de La Palma and became the only municipality in the Canary Islands to be larger than the local island capital in population. Los Llanos de Aridane is linked with the highway that encircles the whole island, and also to El Paso and Santa Cruz de La Palma, and is located west of Santa Cruz de La Palma and the La Palma Airport.

The elevation of the town is 400 m. The elevation of the municipality varies from sea level at Puerto Naos to 600 m near Las Manchas. Banana plantations dominate the areas below 300 m. The vegetation is largely cactus due to the lava ground and lack of rainfall in the Valle de Aridane. The majority of the population is rural.



  • Los Llanos
  • Argual
  • La Laguna
  • Todoque
  • Las Manchas
  • Puerto Naos
  • Triana
  • El Roque
  • El Remo

Historical population

Year Population Change Density
1991 16,189 - -
1996 17,994 - -
2001 17,720 - 492.22/km²
2002 20,238 - -
2003 20,001 - 558.84/km²
2004 19,659 - 550.98/km²

The population between 1991 and 1996 sprouted but cooled off in the 1997 census and reached over 20,000 in the 2000s and surpassed Santa Cruz de La Palma's population being La Palma the only island in the Canary Islands in which there is a larger town than its capital city. Los Llanos de Aridane has a density over 500 inhabitants/km², formerly the second, but after 2001, the population slowly declined and after 2003 dropped below 20,000.


Los Llanos de Aridane schools, lyceums (middle school), gymnasia (secondary school), churches, a post office, shops and squares plazas.

Plaza España en Los Llanos de Aridane, con el Templo de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

External links


See also

North: Tijarafe
West: Tazacorte Los Llanos de Aridane East: El Paso
Southwest: Atlantic Ocean South: Fuencaliente de La Palma


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