Flags Galore

Garafía's flag
June 27, 2018

  You see a lot of flags on La Palma. Most English visitors will recognise the flags of Spain and the European Union. But the Canary Islands are an autonomous region within Spain, and they have their own flag too. You see it a lot, especially around May 30th, which is Canary Day. And then each island has its own flag. Here’s the flag of La Palma: And as if…

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The oldest part of Puntallana

April 5, 2018

Puntallana originally grew around the spring of St John the Baptist (San Juan). Today,the spring is still there, but it’s nobody’s drinking water (which is a good thing, seeing as the water’s green.) Still, it’s a peaceful spot to visit, and they still hold a yearly procession where they take the statue of the village’s patron saint, St John the Baptist, to the spring to give thanks for the water….

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Where’s the village gone?

November 14, 2017

Tourists sometimes go nuts trying to find the village of Breña Baja, or Fuencaliente. There’s a really simple reason why they can’t find them. They don’t exist. Breña Baja and Fuencaliente are municipalities, and their town halls are in the villages of San Jose and Los Canarios, respectively. It like driving all over the south east of England, looking for the town of Sussex. The map shows the 14 municipalities…

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Rural Houses

There’s an alternative kind of accommodation aside from the obvious hotels and pensions on La Palma, and that’s casas rurales – country houses. As the name suggests, these are houses for rent in the countryside. It’s self-catering accommodation, which is, of course, very flexible, and tends to suit walkers. The local government has a registration scheme, and they have a reputation for being demanding, which is good news for tourists….

September 30, 2017
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Photos of the craft fair: 2016

Obradoiro de Martina - embroidered dresses
August 16, 2016

Well there was certainly loads of variety. Too much to get into details, but I recommend going next year if you can. Obradoiro de Martina does dresses with touches of traditional Palmeran embroidery. They’re not cheap, but they are gorgeous. I bvelieve most sales are to order, and you can track the progress of your special dress. Her website is http://obradoirodemartina.com/ I wish I’d got the contact details for these…

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2016 Craft Fair, Puntallana

Poster for this year's craft fair in Puntallana
August 12, 2016

La Palma’s annual craft fair is a big event. This year over 150 craftsmen and women are taking part, showcasing a huge range of crafts both traditional and modern: pottery, embroidery, carpentry, basketwork, wrought iron, cases for transporting ferrets, crochet, musical instruments, costume jewelry, macrame, shoe-making, cigars, etc. And in case you get hungry, there are an awful lot of food stands selling traditional desserts, wine, cheese, bananas, gofio etc….

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