Footpath from Charco-Azul to Puerto Espindola

July 31, 2017

La Palma has a nice, new seaside footpath, which runs from Charco-Azul to Puerto Espindola, in the municipality of San Andres and Sauces. It’s been under construction for some time. My friends in Franceses went along to see how it was progressing, and found themselves in the middle of the official opening. Footpath from Charco Azul to Puerto Espindola. Photo: Helen Bennett Charco Azul has salt-water swimming pools, rather like…

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Carnival Programs

The kids' carnival bus, Breña Baja, La Palma
February 24, 2017

Carnival is starting. Time for some fun! Programs Santa Cruz de La Palma Los Llanos de Aridane Los Sauces Highlights Friday 24/02/2017  Wig fiesta: Santa Cruz de La 15:00 live music in the Cuadrilátero. Saturday 25/02/2017 18:00 Ambassador’s Parade Monday 27/02/2017 Los Indianos, Santa Cruz de La Palma Sunday 05/03/2017  13:00 60s Wedding Los Sauces Satrday 11/03/2017  21:30 Sardine’s funeral, Los Sauces

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Canary Bell Flower

December 12, 2016

This is the Canary bellflower, Canarina canariensis, which has no close living relatives. It scrambles over things, like bindweed, with a stem up to 3 m long, and produces these lovely flowers in December. All the examples I’ve found so far this year are in Los Tilos, on the road up to the visitor centre.

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Los Tilos Waterfall

June 4, 2016

Canarian waterfalls aren’t common. There are lots of temporary waterfalls after heavy rain, but they tend to be very short-lived. But La Palma has two, pretty much year round. This one is in the Los Tilos biosphere reserve. From the visitor centre, you follow either the ravine or the water channel upstream. (If you follow the ravine, be prepared for some scrambling. If you follow the channel, bring a torch…

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San Andres

November 30, 2015

The Square, San Andres, La Palma San Andres is a very pretty little village in the northeast of La Palma. From Santa Cruz, you take the main road north until you’re almost at Los Sauces, and then take the little road down towards the coast (yes, it’s signposted). The church was built in the early 17th century, when La Palma was rich from transatlantic trade. It’s supposed to be beautiful…

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Where’s the village gone?

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’s like driving all over the south east of England, looking for the town of Sussex. The map shows the 14 municipalities…

November 22, 2015
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