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El Paso

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The municipality of El Paso, situated in the centre of the island, on the higher part of the Aridane valley, owes its name to its location (on the border with other municipalities) and to its function as a thoroughfare, linking the various parts of the island. Although the town's economy traditionally relied on farming and picking - it is also known as the town of almond trees ("Ciudad de los Almendros" in Spanish) - its 7,500 inhabitants now also depend on the manufacturing of products such as tobacco and silk.
The main assets of El Paso, where the Caldera de Taburiente is located, are: the Mirador de la Cumbrecita, dominating the Caldera, the church of Nuestra Señora de Bonanza, where the famous procession of La Bajada de Nuestra Señora del Pino heads to (every three years), the silk museum, the Hermitage of Nuestra Señora del Pino, next to a huge Canarian pine tree, or even the prehistoric sites and engravings found in the municipality. This town, where handiwork is the tradition, is the perfect place for visiting the Caldera de Taburiente, the cordillera around it and the vast expanses of almond and pine trees.

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