Belmaco Cave, the Royal Palace in Mazo

October 24, 2018

  Before the Spanish invasion, Belmaco Cave was the home of the kings of Mazo. The first rock carvings were found in the 18th century, which was the start of archaeology in the Canary Islands. Today, it’s open to the public. The entrance is on the other side of the road. A little farther inside, there’s a small, two-story building housing various artefacts, like shell spoons and bone punches, and…

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Corpus Christi 2018

Detail of a Corpus Christi archway, Mazo, La Palma island
May 31, 2018

It’s Corpus Christi. Mazo put up the archways last night, and they’ll stay up until Sunday night. The special mass will be at 11:30 on Sunday with the procession afterwards. This year for a change, I’m posting phtoos of just one archway, the one by the distract of La Rosa. You can see the whole arechway above, and lots of details below. I hope it give an idea of just…

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San Martin

November 12, 2017

While most of Europe celebrates Remembrance Day, here it’s St. Martin’s Day – San Martin. (Spain was officially neutral in both world wars, so they don’t have a Remembrance Day). San Martin is traditionally when the chestnuts are ready to pick, and the new wine from the summer’s grape harvest is ready to drink. (Although with global warming, the chestnuts have been in the shops for weeks.) So most families…

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White sands beach

The not-vey-white sand at Salemera beach, Mazo, La Palma Island
September 2, 2017

La Palma has lots of little beaches tucked away here and there, like Salemera. You take the main road from Santa Cruz or the airport to Fuencaliente, and just south of Mazo, follow the marked turning off. After four twisty kilometres, you wind up at the little village. It’s easy to park. The beach itself is tiny, but very sheltered. You don’t have to worry that a big wave will…

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El Borrachito Forgetero 2017

Model of a man hosing out sparks El Borrachito fiesta, Mazo, La Palma
August 18, 2017

Tomorrow (Saturday) night is the big fiesta in Lodero, Mazo El Borrachito Fogatero. Or at least it’s scheduled for about 2 am on Sunday morning. But since it involves lots and lots of fireworks and we’ve been having very hot weather, I think there’s a chance it’ll be postponed or cancelled due to the fire risk.

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Corpus Christi tomorrow

June 14, 2017

  Tomorrow is Corpus Christi in Mazo. That is, they’ll be making the archways and carpets tonight, and most people will go and see them tomorrow, but they’ll stay up until Sunday night. Also on Sunday they’ll hold a special mass in the church at 11:30 followed by a procession around the archways. The full program is here (in Spanish). If you miss this, you can see some examples from…

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