Corpus Carpets

Festive tradition of La Orotava and La Laguna

alfombras del corpus

The celebration of Corpus Christi is one of the most deeply-rooted traditions in Tenerife. During the month of June various places around the island create elaborate carpets using flower petals and coloured sand from the Teide. These carpets depict religious scenes along which the procession of the Holy Sacrament finally passes. The carpets of La Orotava are the most famous followed by those of La Laguna, in the north of Tenerife.

In La Orotava, which has the tradition of holding this celebration on the Octave and not the day of Corpus Christi, the carpets are of an exceptional artistic quality. The most spectacular is the one in the Town Hall Square which covers an area of almost 2000 square metres. La Orotava's carpets are internationally known and thousands of tourists come to see this special event every year.