Los Tilos Waterfall

June 16, 2019

  Canarian waterfalls aren’t common. There are lots of temporary waterfalls after heavy rain, but they tend to be very short-lived. But La Palma has two, pretty much year round. This one is in the Los Tilos biosphere reserve. From the visitor centre, you follow either the ravine or the water channel upstream. (If you follow the ravine, be prepared for some scrambling. If you follow the channel, bring a…

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The best coffee in El Paso

June 9, 2019

I’d never have found the place if someone hadn’t recommended it to me. Don Manuel’s coffee shop is tucked away in the the car park for the Hiperdino supermarket. The coffee really is extremely good. And when i got around to trying out a piece of cake, that was darn good too. A cappuccino costs 2.80€ and a barraquito is 2.40€

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Parque Antonio Gómez Felipe

Art nouveau barrier, Antonio Gomez Felipe park, Los Llanos de Aridane
June 5, 2019

Parque Antonio Gómez Felipe is a small park in Los Llanos de Aridane, in a neighborhood called Triana. -the locals call it the “Parque de los monos” the monkey park. The top end of the park has lots of Art Nouveau features. There’s even a waterfall and pond. The park is open from 10 am to 8 pm, closed Mondays. The Trip Advisor reviews are here.

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The observatory in bloom

June 2, 2019

16 The whole hillside at the Roque de Los Muchachos is in bloom. But where heather moors go purple, the peaks of La Palma go yellow with sticky broom (Adenocarpus viscosus, or codeso in Spanish) and French broom (Genista benehoavensis or retamón palmero in Spanish) Meanwhile the insects are buy enjoying the all-you-can-eat buffet.

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Canary Day

May 30, 2019

Today, Wedesday, is Canary Day. It’s a big thing here, and the celebrations have started already. Yesterday most schools had a party for the second half of the morning. Most shops will be shut, except in tourist areas. Expect to see lots of traditional food like gofio and wrinkly pototes, traditional folk music and Canarian sports, like the Shepherd’s Leap.

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Los Cancajos

May 26, 2019

  If a beach is all you want for your holiday, then frankly you’re better off in Tenerife. But if a beach is part of the mix, then we have two main beach resorts, Los Cancajos and Puerto Naos. Our sand is like the Model T Ford – “Any colour you like, as long as it’s blak”. When the sea mashes up black, volcanic rock, that’s what you get. However,…

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