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Canillas de Albaida (Municipality, Andalusia, Spain)

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Flag of Canillas de Albaida - Image by Ivan Sache, 13 November 2017

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Presentation of Canillas de Albaida

The municipality of Canillas de Albaida (773 inhabitants in 2016, 3,300 ha) is located 60 km north-east of Málaga, on the border with the Province of Granada.

Ivan Sache, 13 November 2017

Symbols of Canillas de Albaida

The flag of Canillas de Albaida, yet to be officially registered, is green with a yellow descending diagonal stripe, charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.
Green represents Andalusia and the Parque Natural de las Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara y Alhama, which covers 60% of the municipal territory. White represents the white villages of the Axarquía region, being also the second color of the flag of Andalusia. Yellow is the color of the flower of albaida.

albaida (Arab, "yellow"; Anthyllis cytisoides L.), is a shrub endemic to the Mediterranean Basin and South Africa. It is found in North Africa and on the eastern coast of Spain, from Catalonia to Andalusia, and in the Balearic Islands.
albaida is a melliferous plant - albaida monoflower honey is highly prized in the region of Almería, only outprized by orange and rosemary honey. Growing on dry and stony soils, albaida is also a significant source of forage for cattle. albaida is also used as traditional medicinal plant.
[ Proyecto Sierra de Baza - Revista Digital, No. 220, October 2017

The flag was selected on 2 October 2017 among five proposals designed by an expert in heraldry from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED).
The inhabitants of the village aged at least 14 were invited to vote; 62% of them voted, the winning design received 30.7% of the votes.

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Rejected flag proposals - Images by Ivan Sache, 13 November 2017

The four other proposals were:
- a white flag with a green triangle and a yellow ascending diagonal stripe in the upper left and lower right corners, charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms;
- a similar flag with the green and yellow colors inverted;
- a flag horizontally divided green-white-yellow, the central stripe higher and charged with the municipal coat of arms skewed to the hoist;
- a green flag with a vertical yellow vertical stripe placed along the hoist, the green field charged in the center with the municipal coat of arms.
[ Diario Sur, 5 October 2017; Diario Sur, 6 October 2017]

The coat of arms of Canillas de Albaida, adopted on 5 February 1986 by the Municipal Council and validated by the Royal Academy of History, is prescribed by an Order adopted on 18 February 1987 by the Government of Andalusia and published on 13 March 1987 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 21, p. 811 (text). This was confirmed by a Resolution adopted on 30 November 2004 by the Directorate General of the Local Administration and published on 20 December 2004 in the official gazette of Andalusia, No. 246, pp. 28,986-29,002 (text).
The coat of arms is described as follows:

Coat of arms: Argent a bend sinister or charged with an Andalusian village surmounted sinister by a chapel all over a branch of albaida flowered. The shield surmounted by a Royal crown closed.

Ivan Sache, 13 November 2017