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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Roque Teneguía

Roque Teneguía, Fuencaliente, La Palma island
November 26, 2015

Roque Teneguía is an outcrop of clinkstone (phonolite) among the basalt gravel (lapilli) below San Antonio volcano in Fuencaliente. It looks quite striking, because it’s so much paler than the surrounding lava field. It’s also slightly rosey.   The gravel around the base is from 1677. I’m not sure how deep it is, but I know in some other places it’s 2 metres deep or more, so Roque Teneguía must…

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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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