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Flag of Icod de los Vinos, as seen on 23 June 2007 on the Town Hall - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 March 2008
The flag of Icod de los Vinos is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 22 April 2002 by the Government of the Canary Islands and published on 27 May 2002 in the official gazette of the Canary Islands, No. 67, pp. 7,616-7,618 (text). The flag, designed by Pascual González Regalado, a member of the Heraldry College of Spain and Indies, was originally approved on 27 June 2001 by the Municipal Council, as published on 23 July 2001 in the official gazette of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Province, and validated on 14 September 2001 by the Heraldry Commission of the Autonomous Community of Canary Islands.
The flag is described as follows:
Flag: Rectangular panel [...], one and a half longer than wide, made of three equal vertical stripes, the outer garnet red and the central white.
When the flag is charged with the municipal coat of arms, this should be placed in the middle of the flag, with a height of 2/3 of the flag's height, and, preferably, on both sides of the flag.
The rationale for the use of the colours is the following.
Icod de los Vinos has two symbols that can hardly be ignored and are intimately related to the most genuine representation of the town. These are the Millenial Dragon Tree and Mt. Teide, featured on the coat of arms approved by Royal Order of 9 October 1921. The Teide volcano is the main ornament, symbol of greatness and beauty, of the district, while the Millenial Dragon Tree, a sacred and venerable tree, has been proclaimed a National Monument by the Ministry in charge.
The garnet or purple colour is the tribute to the seve of the tree, the topic of several legends, also used for ages in medicine, cosmetics and varnish production.
White symbolizes the winter colour of the top of the Teide.
The flag in actual use is charged with the coat of arms and has a regular, bright shade of red.
According to José Manuel Erbez (Banderas y escudos de Canarias, 2007; website), the coat of arms of Icod de los Vinos is prescribed by a Decree adopted on 9 October 1921 by the Spanish Government.
The coat of arms is described as follows:
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Azure the Teide proper, 2. Argent a dragon tree proper. A bordure vert eight bunches of grapes or. The shield supported by four Canarian natives, two and two, each holding a branch of palm. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.
The grapes recall wine-growing and the town's namesake (vid, grapevine). The four supporters represent the four Guanche menceyes (Kings) of Icod, Daute, Adeje and Abona, who set up the peace with the Castilian conquerors.
Klaus-Michael Schneider & Ivan Sache, 25 March 2008
Flag of Icod de los Vinos - Image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 April 2007
The flag of Icod de los Vinos shown in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Military Museum is white with the municipal coat of arms in the middle.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 March 2008