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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Transvulcania 2016

Saturday is the famous Transvulcania. Crazy people will be running an ultramarathon around La Palma. The main race starts at 6 am down at the lighthouse at the southern tip of the island. The runners will race up the central spine of the island to the picnic site at El Pilar, then Punta de Los Roques. The race continues anticlockwise around the Caldera rim, climbing up to the observatory at…

May 7, 2016
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San Jose Go Kart Race

San Jose go-kart race, 2015
September 21, 2015

Sunday was San José’s first Go Kart race. These are motorless go-karts, sometimes known as soap box karts, so they had to race downhill. Of course La Palma is full of steep hills, so that wasn’t a problem. The first few were very simple, and went about walking speed. Others were more elaborate. One was done out like a formula 3 car, but with cardboard body panels. And one even…

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San Jose Wheelbarrow Race

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March 22, 2015

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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A Memorial to the Tazacorte Martyrs

The underwater memorial to the Tazacorte martyrs off the coast of Tazacorte, La Palma. Photo: Christian Carlos Tdo. Rguez
March 15, 2015

  The Tazacote martytrs have an unusual memorial – 18m underwater at Malpique, the site where they drowned. There are 40 crosses, one for each of the victims. The memorial was created in 2000, and I’m told that it’s easy to visit even for novice divers. The photo was taken by Christian Carlos Tdo. Rguez who is a local diving instructor and ecologist. He has a blog in Spanish (with excellent…

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