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Flag of Arona, two official variants - Images by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 March 2010
The flag of Arona, designed on 27 January 1998 by the Heraldry Commission of the Canary Islands upon request of the Municipal Council, adopted on 16 February 1998 by the Municipal Council and validated on 27 May 1998 by the Heraldry Commission of the Canary Islands, is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 17 July 1998 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 19 August 1998 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 105, pp. 9,460-9,461 (text).
The flag is described as follows:
Flag: Rectangular panel [...], in length one and a half the width, made of three horizontal stripes of equal dimension, the first (upper) red, the central green, and the lower sea blue. In the middle is placed the municipal coat of arms. When added to the flag, the coat of arms should be placed in the middle of the panel, preferably on both sides of the flag.
The selection of the colours has the following rationale:
- Red is a colour of the coat of arms, and represents the volcanic cones;
- Green is the colour of the almácigo, a tree featured on the coat of arms. Green also recalls the important agricultural production;
- Blue represents the maritime traditions and the wide coastal plateform.
Coat of arms of Arona - Images by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 April 2007
The coat of arms of Arona is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 25 November 1986 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 28 November 1986 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 143, pp. 3,423-3,424 (text).
The coat of arms, approved by the Royal Academy of History, is described as follows:
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Gules a crozier or with a sash argent, 2. Or an almácigo vert. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.
According to José Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the crozier represents the municipality's patron saint, Abbot St. Anthony. The almácigo is a tree of great tradition in the municipality, which keeps a big-sized tree in its urban nucleus.
The almácigo (Pistacia atlantica Desf., Mt. Atlas mastic tree / Persian turpentine tree) is one of the few deciduous tree species native to the Canary archipelago.
Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 10 March 2010
Vertical flag of Arona, as seen on 11 February 2010 in the port area of Los Christianos - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 April 2007
Flag of Arona - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 April 2007
The flag of Arona shown in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Military Museum is white with the municipal coat of arms in the middle.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 April 2007