Photo: La Orotava Ayuntamiento.
Updated 21 June: Yesterday, La Orotava’s principal Corpus Christi carpet in the plaza in front of the Ayuntamiento was unveiled for all to see. Tomorrow is the main day for the town’s sand carpet displays but from today they are on show to the public in all their glory.
Original post 26 April: I’m always asked well in advance about the Corpus Christi carpets in La Orotava, so for those who want to make plans to see La Orotava’s Corpus Christi carpets this year, 2017’s display will be on Thursday, 22 June. The making of the famous alfombras form part of La Orotava’s fiestas patronales, the whole celebration being in honour of Corpus Christi, San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de La Cabeza, and the day of the carpets is one of La Orotava’s two municipal public holidays. The actual festival, however, lasts from 15 May to 25 June! The full programme is HERE, full of images and descriptions of this year’s main carpet at the town hall and the route of carpets that will form the town’s main displays. It also has detailed itineraries of all the events of the entire fiesta.
The carpets are world famous, and have held the Guinness World Record for the largest ephemeral carpet display in the world since 2006. Every year there is something different and spectacular, with the designs made into carpets with coloured earth from the Teide National Park. There’s an annually updated post for previous years’ displays HERE.