The Cloud Waterfall

Because the island sits in the trade winds, damp air hits the northeast of the island and has to rise, where it turns into clouds. Because La Palma has a north-south spine called the Cumbre Nueva, the cloud quite often reaches up to the ridge and then tumbles over as the cloud waterfall. This is extremely pretty, and best viewed from around the western side of the tunnel. You can…

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Chilean nitrate advertising sign

This famous Art Deco advert for Chilean nitrate has been standing at the beginning of the Calle Real since 1929. It was designed by López-Durán Lozano, who was a student of architecture at the time, although he went on to become a professor at the School of Architecture of Madrid. The tiles were made by the Valencian firm Ramon Castello. Chilean nitrate was a fertilizer made of sodium nitrate (NaNO3),…

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San Jose Wheelbarrow Race

San Jose is Spanish for St Joseph, and St Joseph was Jeses’s earthly father, so Spanish father’s day is held on St Joseph’s day (March 17th) and the village of San José has a fiesta. On the Sunday after the 17th, they have a wheelbarrow race. Each couple gets timed as they hop in sacks to the wheelbarrows; …slalom to the first stand where they put lipstick on each other…

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El Llanito Sardine

There’s one sardine’s funeral left, at El Llanito in Breña Baja, this Saturday at 9pm. It’s a much smaller sardine, as you can see here, but it’s usually great fun. Sadly I will probably miss it, because I won’t be on the island. (I say “probably” because the weather forecast isn’t good and they might postpone it.)   You won’t be able to park in the village unless you go…

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Videos from the Sardine’s Funeral, 2017

Last night the town of Los Sauces officially ended carnival with a funeral for a sardine. Most places in Spain seem to do this, but the one in Los Sauces is particularly good. As you can see, they have a huge sardine. Even better, they don’t carry her sedately on the back of a lorry. The pall bearers make her dance as though she’s in a rough sea. This year…

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