Portuguese Men o’ War

March 16, 2018

A Portuguese Man O’ War (Physalia physalis), isn’t a jellyfish, but it looks a lot like one. It’s actually something called a siphonophore,and it’s a collection of tiny animals living together. Another difference from jellyfish is that it’s got a gas-filled bag so that it floats. You occasionally see lots of the washed up on the beach after a storm. They can be blue, purple, pink or mauve, and they…


Road closures between the observatory and Santa Cruz

March 12, 2018

They’re working on the LP4 road at Los Andennes, near the spectacular view into the Caldera. So the road between the observatory and Santa Cruz will be closed every day in both directions from 09:00 – 13:00 and 16:00 – 19:00.  The road from the Observatory down to Llano Negro in Garafia is not affected. From Santa Cruz this takes about two hours, whether you go through Tijarafe or Barlovento. Allow…


The Seer’s Stone

March 10, 2018

Twelve adventures for children under La Palma’s amazing starry sky. by Sheila Crosby (Children’s fiction, paperback, 148 pages, A5) Take a journey through La Palma’s turbulent past, into its present and out into the exciting future. Chedey will tell you how his world collapsed when the Spanish conquered the Island in 1493, Althay will explain what happened when the volcano erupted, Daida shares her visit from an extraterrestrial and Leyre…


Napeloen Bonepart in the Caldera de Taburiente

At the top of the Caldera there’s a rock formation that from one angle looks distinctly like Napoleon Bonepart, or an native American. So it’s called Boniface or El Indio. This photo is taken from below the Roque de las Viñas, beside the vineyard. The best viewpoint has a lethal drop and no guard rail. It’s totally unsuitable for small children, people with vertigo, and idiots. I’m assuming readers of…

March 8, 2018

Multi-coloured Moorish ceilings in La Palma

Cover of the book
March 5, 2018

There’s a new book out about La Palma’s art history, specifically the gorgeous multi-coloured ceilings. It’s only available in Spanish, but you can still enjoy the 28 colour photos and numerous black and white photos and drawings. The photos here are copied from the book which you can buy it from bookshops in Santa Cruz and Los Llanos. It costs 15€. When Felipe II forced the Muslims to leave Spain…


Local history: The Tazacorte Martyrs

Tazacorte martyrs: The martyrs go to heaven
March 2, 2018

In 1570, a party of Jesuit missionaries were on their way from Portugal to Brazil. They broke their journey in Puerto de Tazacorte. It was an unplanned stop: they’d been heading for Santa Cruz de la Palma, but the winds were against them. On arrival in Tazacorte, Fr. Acevedo was amazed to find that the owner of the estate was an old friend from Oporto, don Melchor de Monteverde y…