La Palma celebrates St Michael’s day

September 28, 2019

Tazacorte celebrates its main annual fiesta this month, since its patron saint is St Michael the Archangel, who is also the patron saint of La Palma. There’s something happening most days, but the famous bit is the dance of the Fufo horses on Wednesday 28th at 9:30 pm. While you’re there, you might want to visit the exhibition in a restored mansion called Casa Massieu, which is open from Mondays…

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A Memorial to the Tazacorte Martyrs

The underwater memorial to the Tazacorte martyrs off the coast of Tazacorte, La Palma. Photo: Christian Carlos Tdo. Rguez
July 11, 2019

The Tazacote martytrs have an unusual memorial – 18m underwater at Malpique, the site where they drowned. There are 40 crosses, one for each of the victims. The memorial was created in 2000, and I’m told that it’s easy to visit even for novice divers. The photo was taken by Christian Carlos Tdo. Rguez who is a local diving instructor and ecologist.

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Tazacorte Church

March 13, 2019

The outside of the church of St Michael the Archangel, Tazacorte I’m not religious, but most of the churches on La Palma are beautiful, and worth at least a quick look. Even if the building itself isn’t special, there’s often a beautiful renaissance statue. I translated a text about Tazacorete chuurch which said that it “was built at the end of the 15th century, making it the oldest religious building…

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A jade flower

April 8, 2018

The jade vine or emerald vine Strongylodon macrobotrys, is flowering in the garden at Hacienda de Abajo, Tazacorte. The plant comes from the Philippines, and it’s in the same family as peas and beans. To be picky, I’d say it’s more turquoise than green but it’s certainly very pretty and I’ve never seen one before.

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Local history: The Tazacorte Martyrs

Tazacorte martyrs: The martyrs go to heaven
March 2, 2018

In 1570, a party of Jesuit missionaries were on their way from Portugal to Brazil. They broke their journey in Puerto de Tazacorte. It was an unplanned stop: they’d been heading for Santa Cruz de la Palma, but the winds were against them. On arrival in Tazacorte, Fr. Acevedo was amazed to find that the owner of the estate was an old friend from Oporto, don Melchor de Monteverde y…

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Tazacorte Church

March 12, 2016

The outside of the church of St Michael the Archangel, Tazacorte I popped into Tazacorte church. I’m not religious, but most of the churches on La Palma are beautiful, and worth at least a quick look. Even if the building itself isn’t special, there’s often a beautiful renaissance statue. In this case, I’d recently translated a text that said the church “was built at the end of the 15th century,…

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