San Antonio del Monte 2018

June 9, 2018

This weekend San Antonio del Monte in Garafía will hold the biggest livestock fair on the island. San Antonio del Monte used to be a village, but the villagers moved away. About the only thing that’s left is the church of St. Anthony and the feast day, with it’s massive fair. Apart from the animals, there’s a craft fair, and of course lots of stalls selling cheap toys, food and…

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Corpus Christi 2018: San Jose

June 3, 2018

San Jose also has decorative carpets for Corpus Christi, put they’re not created until Saturday night, ready for the Sunday procession. Like Mazo, different groups each do their own carpet. Unlike Mazo, most of the carpets are made with coloured salts. The result looks very different. Like a lot of the local fiestas, it’s all much more atmospheric at night. This year they had live music to entertain the workers….

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Canary Day

May 30, 2018

Today, Wedesday, is Canary Day. It’s a big thing here, and the celebrations have started already. Yesterday most schools had a party for the second half of the morning. Most shops will be shut, except in tourist areas. Expect to see lots of traditional food like gofio and wrinkly pototes, traditional folk music and Canarian sports, like the Shepherd’s Leap.

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Las Nieves Sacred Museum

The back of the statue of Our Lady of the Snows, Sacred Museum, Las Nieves, La Palma island
May 27, 2018

I’ve written before about the lovely church at Las Nieves. Las Nieves means “The snows”, and Our Lady of the Snows is the patron saint of the island. The statue in the church is small, maybe 20″ high, and she dates from the early 15th century. That’s before the Spanish conquest of the island, because she was brought here by missionaries. Most religious statues here are made of wood, but…

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Los Cancajos

May 23, 2018

  If a beach is all you want for your holiday, then frankly you’re better off in Tenerife. But if a beach is part of the mix, then we have two main beach resorts, Los Cancajos and Puerto Naos. Our sand is like the Model T Ford – “Any colour you like, as long as it’s blak”. When the sea mashes up black, volcanic rock, that’s what you get. However,…

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Transvulcania 2018

The poster for Transvulcania 2018
May 12, 2018

Today, Saturday 12th, Runners will race 74 km around La Palma. They start at Fuencaliente lighthouse at the southern tip of the island at 6am. They run up the central spine of the island to El Pilar (a mere 24 km) then around the rim of the Caldera. The course climbs a total of 4,415 m and As they pass the Roque de Los Muchachos at 2426 m / 7957…

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