Pictures of the Subida

August 7, 2015

  A huge crowd turned out to see the statue of the virgen go back up to Las Nieves. I got to the El Roque cave by 9:30, and I had trouble finding a good spot for photos. The cave was on the south side of the ravine, full of Awara. The road, the crowd and I were on the north side. The statue arrived at 10:45, and the performance…


La Subida

  La Subida means the “going up”, and on Wednesday the statue of the Virgen of Las Nieves will go back up to her own church, marking the official end of the Bajada. There are two special masses in the church of El Salvador, at 6 am and 7 am. The procession will start at 8 am, but it moves pretty slowly. As the statue leaves town, the cannons at…

August 4, 2015

Bajada Program for the Weekend

  At 5:30 pm on Saturday the procession leaves Las Nieves to bring the statue of the virgen down to the chapel of The Incarnation (Encarnación) just above town, arriving at about 8:30 pm. This is a much more solemn religious affair than the Bajada del trono. People living along the route will throw petals as she passes. On Sunday morning the virgen enters Santa Cruz – eventually. The idea…

July 10, 2015

Seeing the dwarves for free

July 10, 2015

  Seeing the dwarves dance in the street is a very different experience from seeing the paid performances. The singers and dancers are very tired, because they’ve been performing all night, and they’re covered in sweat. You’re much more immersed in the experience. Ont he other hand, it’s hard to get a clear view for photos. On the other hand, you’re much, much closer to them. Near the end, people…


The Dance of the Dwarves

The dancing dwarves, bajada de la virgen, Santa Cruz de La Palma
July 9, 2015

  The most famous part of the Bajada is when the dwarves dance a polka. In the last Bajada, in 2010, I got tickets for one of the paid performances in the port car park, and I was very disappointed. But this year the seating seems to be much more sensible, so the people who’ve paid should be able to see. There are six paid performances from 6:30 pm to…


Special buses for the Bajada

  There will be extra buses for the Dwarves dance (Danza de los enanos) and the Bajada itself, (the procession which brings the staue of the Virgen down to S/C) on Saturday 11th. There are also extra night buses until Friday night. More details at

July 8, 2015