Summer Solstice at El Verde

This evening will be the solstice, when the sun appears at its farthest north in the sky. For the northern hemisphere, it’s the longest day of the year. (And for the southern hemisphere, it’s the longest night of the year.) La Palma has several archaeological sites which mark the solstice. One of the easiest to get to is El Verde in El Paso. Park beside the cemetery and follow the…

June 20, 2016
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Star Quality Malvasia Wine – heaven in a glass

Malvasia is a white dessert wine from the south of La Palma. The grapes are harvested late, when they’re half way to raisins, so the juice is very concentrated and very sweet, and the wine they produce is to strong and too sweet to drink with fish (or to drink like a fish). In fact it’s similar to Maderia or a sweet sherry – more something you’d have at the very end…

April 16, 2016
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Blessing animals in Fuencaliente

January 16, 2016

Sunday 17th is the fiesta of San Antonio Abad (St. Anthony the Abbot) in Fuencaliente, and at midday the priest holds a special, traditional service to bless the animals in the church square. I went some years ago, out of curiosity. I didn’t know whether to expect pets or farm animals, but there was a charming selection of both. Most of the owners were children. At twelve promptly, the priest…

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San Antonio Volcano

May 26, 2015

  The most recent eruption in the Canary Islands was Teneguía, in 1971 (see Thursday, 21 February 2008 Which Planet Are You On?). It’s a nice place to visit, but you have to be fairly fit. St. Antony’s Volcano (Volcan San Antonio) is nice in a completely different way. For one thing, it looks like a volcano should look, and you can walk halfway around the spectacular circular crater. You…

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Lepidoptera humunguous

  Today is the perfect day to go and find the larvae of Lepidoptera humunguous feeding beside the roadworks in Fuencaliente. Lepidoptra is the order of insects which includes moths and butterflies. I’ve never seen the cocoons, but I believe the adult form can sometimes be seen at the airport.

April 1, 2015
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La Zamora Kiosk

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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