Santa Cruz Market

The inside of Santa Cruz Market
August 25, 2015

Santa Cruz market is on the Avenida del Puente, the main shopping streeet which runs uphill, perpendicular to the sea front. It was built in 1886 on the site of the hospital of Our Lady of Sorrows, founded in 1514. I think it’s a decidely nice building, with classical lines, and lots of light inside thanks to the big skylight. There are six little side markets plus a big open…

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Balcon Taburiente Restaurant

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August 6, 2015

The patio at Balcon Taburiente restaurant   If you fancy an amazing view with your dinner, there are several restaurants on La Palma which can oblige. For example, there’s Balcon Taburiente restaurant on the edge of Los Llanos, clinging to the edge of the Angustias ravine. I haven’t had more than a coffee there myself, but I’ve heard good things of the food. Certainly, they’re very friendly, even if you…

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La Zamora Kiosk

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March 27, 2015

There are several kiosks around La Palma. They all give good value for money in unpretentious surroundings, and some are great. La Zamora is on the south-west coast of La Palma, in Fuencaliente. Ver Places to eat on a Palma en un mapa más grande It sits on top of a cliff, with a great view down to the bay below. When the sea’s rough, the waves breaking on the…

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Bleeding Paella

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March 26, 2015

  What they meant to say was, “Paella with sangría”. My Spanish isn’t perfect either, but the mental picture made me laugh.

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The Cistercian Convent

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March 24, 2015

The Cistercian convent of the Holy Trinity at Buenavista in Breña Alta is surprisingly new. It was founded in 1946, and it’s the only closed order on the island. I was surprised to find out that there are only ten nuns who live there. The convent has a small shop. I first went there about ten years ago, in search of a rosary made of dragon-tree seeds, for a Catholic…

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Persimmons

Persimmon tree in Las Nieves, Santa Cruz., La Palma
February 2, 2015

The persimmons are ripe. On La Palma, persimmons are called Kaki or Sharon, and I believe the tree comes from Asia originally. They’re much nicer when really ripe. The catch is that by the time they’re ready for eating, they’ve gone squishy, so they don’t travel well. Personally, I love them with Greek yoghurt.

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