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Los Indianos 2018

Today is Los Indianos, and perhaps 22,000 people will be on the streets of Santa Cruz, dressed in white, listening to Cuban music, and throwing vast amounts of talc at each other. The party goes on all day an all night. It will be hard to park, so there is a special bus timetable. Come and have a mojito! Or you can eat sopas de miel which are traditional for…

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Los Indianos parade, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Carnival 2007

Upcoming Carnival Highlights

Wig festival, Friday 9th starting 2:30 pm Santa Cruz Ambassador’s Parade Saturday 10th starting 6:30 pm Santa Cruz Concert by Los Vinillos y Forever Sunday 11 febrero, 9:00 om – 11:30 Santa Cruz main carnival stage (My husband plays the drums for Los Vinilos) Los Indianos Monday 12th All day Santa Cruz Carnival parade Los Llanos Tuesday 13th Sardine’s funeral Los Llanos Friday 16th Puerto Naos carnival parade Sunday 18th…

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The Carnival bus from the local school, Breña Baja, La Palma

Carnival’s coming

Like the rest of Spain, La Palma celebrates Carnival in the week before the season of Lent. I always say people are making sure they have something really juicey to repent, but these days most people just regard it as a darn good excuse for a party. It wasn’t always that way. Franco banned Carnival. It’s always been a time when people could say and do things they wouldn’t normally…

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Almond Blossom in the north west

The north-west of the island is home to great many almond trees. The almonds they produce are rather small and bitter so they don’t fetch a good price these days, and many of them aren’t harvested, although they’re sill used in many traditional desserts. At this time of the year, the trees are all blossoming. The trees in El Paso and Garafía are beautiful, but the best display of all…

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The Caldera

The heart of the island is the Caldera de Taburiente. Caldera is a technical geological term for the crater at the top of a volcano. In fact the term comes from La Palma: all the volcanic calderas in the world were named after ours. So it’s really a pity that, since then, the scientists have found out that the Caldera de Taburiete isn’t a caldera. It was actually formed by…

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