San Jose Wheelbarrow Race

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March 18, 2017

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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42nd Isla Bonita Car Rally

Rally car zooming through San Jose, Breña Baja
November 5, 2016

The annual car rally is today, with about 60 cars going along the route three times. This is quite a big event in the national rally calendar, because racing along La Palma’s twisty roads is not at all like racing round a track. Today’s route goes through the Breñas and Mazo. The road will be shut at 10:09, 13:23 and 16:37. It opens again an hour later when all the cars…

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Stormy waves at Los Cancajos

Los Cancajos beach, Bre;a Baja pon a windy day
July 14, 2016

Visits to the Roque were cancelled for the last two days due to high winds. It hasn’t been particularly windy at sea level, but looking at the weather stations at the Roque, the telescopes have had gale force winds. It was only gusty when I went for a walk along the cliff top in Los Cancajos, but the sea was wild, I think from winds further away. The red flag…

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Vegan and Allergen-free Food in Los Cancajos

Vega Art health food shop in Los Cancajos, Brena Baja
March 20, 2016

  A new health food shop’s opened in Los Cancajos, selling vegan, gluten free, lactose free and egg free food, including home made wholemeal bread, muffins and biscuits. They have a few tables and serve drinks and snacks too.   Veg Art is on Los Cancajos main street, towards the south end, near Las Olas hotel.

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Breña Baja: The Old Butcher’s Shop

The 19th century butcher's shop, Breña Baja, La Palma
February 3, 2016

The old butcher’s shop stands on the outskirts of the village of San Jose, in Breña Baja, near the Paradorof La Palma. The building dates from the late 19th century, and it was a butcher’s shop until the 1960s. But now it’s been renovated as a craft exhibition and shop. Although the place is small, they’ve packed a lot in. They’ve got lots of traditional embroidery and basketwork. They’ve also…

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Tobacco in La Palma

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October 20, 2015

I don’t smoke, so everything I know about Palmeran cigars is from hearsay. But they seem to have a very good reputation. Certainly Winston Churchill was known to be a fan, and certainly they get shipped off to the Spanish royal family. Most of the tobacco farms on the island are in Santa Cruz, Breña Baja, and especially Breña Alta. Typically, the crop is grown in tiny fields and given…

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