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San Andrés y Sauces
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Autonomous region: Canary Islands
Province: Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Island: La Palma
Area: 42.02 km²
Population: 5,012 (2001)
Population density: 119.28/km²
Length of coastline 5.55 km

Atlantic Ocean
250 m
near Caldera do Taburiente
Postal code: E-38720
Location: 28.8/28°48' N lat.
17.7667/17°46' W long.
Municipal code: E-38033
Car designation: TF
Mayor: Nieves María Dávila Martín
1st term

San Andrés y Sauces (first part, Spanish for Saint Andrew) is located on the eastern part of the island of La Palma in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife of the Canary Islands. San Andrés y Sauces is linked with a main highway encircling every part of the island and is located north of the La Palma Airport.

The population is 5,102 (ISTAC, 2004), its density is 222.17/km² and the area is 30.82 km²/3,082 ha. The elevation is 250 m at Los Sauces.

Farmlands dominate the eastern part as well as the coastline, forests dominate the western and most of the central parts as well as mountains to the west. The majority of the population are rural and a few are urban.

During those times, the municipality were divided into two towns San Andrés by the coastline and Los Sauces inland. During the sugar cane crisis, the population slightly declined and finally, they united due to the crossing of a main road to the north. Los Sauces' population grew, while San Andrés' population were stabilized or slightlly decline.

The municipality is rich in laurisilva forests and includes many banana plantations. The sites of interests includes the forest of Los Tilos located west of San Andrés, which is one the best preserved laurisilva forest of the Canary Islands, as well as settlements where buildings are rich in traditional architecture, mainly in San Andrés.

The economy is based on agriculture and tourism. In regasrd to agriculture, banana remains as the overwhelming crop, leading the municipality's fruit exports. Another very relevant crop is the here so-called "ñame", which is the internationally named taro (Colocasia esculenta). This is a very autochthonous crop, although its real origin is located in Southeast Asia. It is believed that it came from there crossing through South Asia, Middle East and North Africa. It's a tubercule, and requires a land that must be always wet, demanding a continuous flow of water to grow. Sand Andrés y Sauces' large water resources are the reason for the success of that crop in this area. Other minor cultivation is sugar cane, which serves for the only distillery in the land that manufactures Ron Aldea, a rum.

By the coast features Puerto Spíndola, a small fishing port that was previously the main way of communications in the municipality until the highway constructed in the 20th century. Also by the coast is a small touristic centre of San Andrés y Sauces, a pool named Charco Azul.


Historical population

Year Population Change Density
1991 5,392 - -
1996 5,438 - -
2001 5,351 - 124.44/km²
2002 5,226 - -
2003 5,102 - 119.35/km²
2004 5,012 - 119.28/km²

The population between 1996 and 1997 grew but in the 2001 to 2004 censuses, the population reported a slight decline.


San Andrés y Sauces has schools, a few lyceums, a gymnasium, churches, a small beach, a small port, a post office and a few squares plazas.

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See also

North: Barlovento
West: El Paso San Andrés y Sauces East: Atlantic Ocean
South: Puntallana


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