While the most famous Corpus Christi carpets in the island may be found in La Orotava – the flower and salt and sand carpets that adorn the main plaza in front of the Town Hall ever year – you don’t have to travel to see other fine examples of street carpets, and in Adeje town the annual salt carpets involve many local groups working on their individual section to add to the final presentation.
Along the town’s main street, the Calle Grande, a long carpet is created by individual groups all working from a single unified design which, when complete, will form the main Corpus Christi carpet in the town.
This year, for the first time, the Adeje Focus group (a recently formed association for international residents) will also be taking part. Work begins at about 5pm on Saturday June 17th. Participants in each group are working with coloured salt, prepared by the Adeje council’s culture department, who have also drawn up the overall design, and the groups can choose their own colours to work with on a white backdrop. On the Calle Corpus, parallel to the main street, two individual carpets are also being created.
For a taste of local culture and how the borough’s groups integrate why not visit the town centre during Saturday afternoon to watch the carpets being made? Visitors are more than welcome and there’s a lovely sense of community during the hours’ long fabrication of the salt designs that will be walked upon the following day after 11am mass in the Santa Ursula church. It’s another example of how Adeje works to combine tradition with tourism, making sure that the celebration of what is the essence of the borough is also open to visitors and new residents, either as spectators or participants.