Ultrabike 2012

On Saturday April 6th, La Palma will host an extreme bike race called Ultrabike. Actually, there are two races, a short one of 34 km and a long one of 110 km. Both routes go through gorgeous scenery in the south of the island, and both involve lots of climbing. For example, the high point of the long ride is 1,575 m above sea-level, but the total climbs add up…

March 29, 2012
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Father’s Day on La Palma

Spain celebrates Father’s Day on March 19th, which is St. Jospeh’s Day (St. Joseph being Jesus’s earthly father.) So fathers will get gifts and charming, wobbly cards made at school. Since the Spanish name for St. Joseph is San José, the village of San José will be celebrating too (although the main fiesta is for St. Anne, in July). Although the 19th is Monday, most of the events happen over…

March 15, 2012
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The 1960s concert in Los Cancajos

Los Cancajos held a 1960s fiesta on Saturday. The fun went on all day, but I only saw the concert in the early evening by La Retranka. I was disappointed that so few people dressed up. Let me tell you something – you’ll have a lot more fun if you do. The music was good. After all, there are lots of good songs from the 60s, and this is a…

March 4, 2012
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Carnival this weekend on La Palma

The poster for Los Sauces sardine's funeral
March 2, 2012

On Friday 2nd March, Los Cancajos will hold its carnival parade, with about 400 participantes (children in fancy dress, serious percussion and other carnival bands). The parade starts at about 5:30 at the south end of the village (near Las Olas hotel)and will go along the main street to the Centro Cancajos, where there will be a performance by clowns. On Saturday, Los Cancajos will hold their 1960s party,starting at…

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Fiesta de Santana in San Jose (Brena Baja)

San Jose in Breña Baja is celebrating its annual fiesta. Tonight, Sunday 17th 6pm is the Old Folks’ festival, followed by a public dance in front of the town hall. Tuesday 19th 5pm – 7 pm Bouncy castles in front of the town hall. 9:30 pm . Open-air cinema “Harry Potter y Las Reliquias de la Muerte.” In the football stadium Wednesday 20th 6:30 pm PASACALLES DISNEY along the main…

July 17, 2011
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Corpus Christi in Breña Baja (San Jose)

San Jose in Breña Baja always celebrates Corpus Christi on the Sunday after Mazo’s celebration. Since the whole thing takes out on a flat, tarmaced street, the tradition is to make carpets of coloured salt, with the altars being much more modest. In recent years, many of the carpets are made from seeds and petals, like the ones in Mazo. Much as I love the petals, I think it’s a…

June 25, 2011
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