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 Puerto Espindola distillery

The old wood-fired still at the Ron Aldea distillery, Puerta Espindola, San Andres y Sauces, La Palma island
June 20, 2018

It’s been some time since I wrote about the rum factory (the Aldea distillery) at Puerto Espíndola, in the borough of San Andres y Sauces, and some things have changed. Unlike most rum factories, they still start with sugar cane rather than molasses. After all, sugar cane has been grown on La Palma since the 15th century, before the West Indies did. At present it’s harvesting season, and the factory’s…

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Canary Bell Flower

December 10, 2017

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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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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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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