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Barlovento

Municipality Description

Barlovento (Spanish for "leeward") is a municipality in the northern part of the island of La Palma. Barlovento is linked with a main highway encircling every part of the island and is located north of the La Palma Airport. The area is 35.79 km²/3,579 ha, some shows 44.68 km². The elevation is 325 m.

Farmlands dominate the central part as well as the coastline, forests dominate the southwestern and the mountainous parts. The majority of the population are rural and a few are urban.

Residential houses is in the mountainous area and is aligned with a main road and are surrounded with beautiful laurisilva forests along with other trees and grasslands as well. The Atlantic Ocean can be seen directly to the northeast offering small views of other islands including La Gomera.

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Symbols of Barlovento

Flag

The flag of Barlovento is dividided by a yellow diagonal stripe running from the lower corner next to the hoist to the upper corner to the fly, thus leaving two triangles, the one to the hoist green and the one to the fly blue. 

The three colors of the flag are also in the coat of arms, as well as in the flags of other municiplaties of La Palma, and the blue and the yellow are in the flag of the Canary Islands, too. The green represents the mountains; the yellow, a symbol of gold and plenty, represents the municipality's grain wealth in the past. The blue represents the islands' clean skies, allowing several astronomical observatories to work in its peaks.

Approved:
Order of 29 Oct. 1998 (BOC of 2 Dec.).

Coat of Arms

The coat of arms of Barlovento Barlovento is quartered. First, sinople, an 'A' and a 'M' (the initials of 'Ave Maria') entwined argent. Second, azure, a lighthouse sable masoned argent, with its lantern and five light beams or, its base argent and sable, with door and windows sinople. Third, azure, a Christian ship sable, its sails or charged with three crosses potent gules, on waves azure and argent. Fourth, sinople, a drago tree terrased proper. Bordure gules, with nine compass roses argent and azure, their northeast oro, well ordered, four, two, two and one.

The 'A' and 'M' entwined make reference to Our Lady of the Rosary, Patron Saint of the municipality. The second quarter represents the Lighthouse of Punta Cumplida, in the Northeast of La Palma, its position in the shield reflecting its geographical location. The ship represents the dramatization of the Battle of Lepanto that is performed every year in Barlovento on the third sunday of August; it seems that its origins come from the fact that seveal inhabitants of La Palma took part in this battle, and one of them, Captain Díaz Pimienta, became the commander of the militias of Barlovento. The drago tree alludes to the group of this specimen located in the neighbourhood Las Toscas, considered one of the most important set of drago trees in all the Canary Islands. It also symbolizes Barlovento's agricultural wealth, an indispensable element of its subsistence and development. The nine compass roses point to Barlovento's location northeast of La Palma, and its number coincides with the nine neighbourhoods that make up the municipality.

Approved:
Order of 29 Oct. 1998 (BOC of 2 Dec.).


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