About Me

My official card as a starlight guide
My card

This site is all about the beautiful island of La Palma, in the Canary Islands.

I came here with a six-month contract to work at the observatory, fell in love with the place, and stayed. It’s been twenty years so far, and I still feel smug every time I see a plane leaving. Because I get to stay.

So when I got made redundant from my job at the observatory, I retrained as a tour guide, specialising in astronomy. As far as I know, La Palma and Tenerife are the only places in the world with Starlight Guides, because we have such amazing night skies. But I also enjoy showing people the other glories of our miniature continent.

You can see details of my book about the observatory here at Dragon Tree Publishing. It costs 12€ + P&P.

You can also find me on

This article has 14 Comments

  1. Hi there Sheila

    It’s nice to see this site in English. My father is a Palmero from Barlovento who moved to Australia 40 years ago. Where are you from? I’ve managed to get to the islands three times in my life and I really love the place.



  2. I’m originally from Leeds in the north of England, but these days I’m a Palmeran remould.

  3. Hi We are coming to La Palma between Xmas and new Years and looking for some astronomy tourism, can you help in this? Ive been studying astronomy for the last 2 years at UCL so this would be really exciting to see some dark skies.

  4. Hi Phil,

    even though our website is only in German, translate.google.com will help, you are most welcome!

    Hi Sheila, your website is beautiful, best regards from Rinpoche!

  5. Hi Sheila,
    I am planning to come to La Palma to do some astrophotography, and would like to set everything up within the grounds of our holiday villa, rather then drive to the miradors. I am having trouble locating properties that are reliably above the clouds (I think about 1500 metres elevation ) and only found one which is booked in for the next year ! Can you suggest some accommodation that is above the clouds ? Many Thanks.

    Kind Regards


  6. Hi Sheila:
    We are a husband and wife, we are both Canadian (my husband is German, he speaks fluent German, I am of English, Welch decent,) I do speak some Spanish. We have a ranch in the Monashee Mountain Range of Western Canada, we are planning a trip to the Canary Islands, La Palma is on our list of a possible future retirement home. We have been looking at the homes for sale on the internet, but feel it is best to look at them while we are there before we proceed to purchase. When we arrive into La Palma we would like to have a local contact with a person such as yourself that is living on La Palma to get as much information about the Island and areas of the Island.

    Would it be possible to meet with you when we arrive?
    I have tried to find an expat blog on La Palma with people that speak English, the only site I have found is all German Speaking, I have written in English to that site, the moderator replied saying someone will talk to me about La Palma but so far I have never had anyone answer me.
    Our oldest son and his wife will also be coming to La Palma hoping to find a retirement home.
    Also, I have a small French Bulldog (our sweet little baby) that I will be bringing, do you know if the planes from Tenerife will take her inside the cabin?
    I hope to hear from you soon
    Sheri Schroeder

  7. Hi Sheila

    We have been to La Palma several times and love it. Last time was about 4 years ago so another visit is long overdue! We went to El Hierro last winder and loved it there too.

    We are thinking of staying in Puerto de Tazacorte next time but was wondering if the strange open air swimming pool has been refurbished or re-developed yet? I always thought it a shame as it spoiled the area.

    Grateful for any info.


  8. I haven’t been to Tazacorte for quite some time, but they’d made a start on it. Certainly the UFO-type thing in the middle has been removed. I’ll ask around.

  9. My name is Carlos, a native Spanish teacher (with QTS and a Degree in English Language) I live in Villa de Mazo. I have tons of experience teaching Spanish. I lived in London for 6 months and I’d like to boost my English skills (I want to come back to the UK some day) Besides, I teach English here in Spain and want to be a better teacher everyday. We could have a chat over a coffee. What about 30 mins in English and 30 in Spanish? If you are not interested in this language exchange, please tell anyone who might be.

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  11. Dear Sheila,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Spain, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,

  12. Hello sheila
    We will be in la palma soon, so was looking at internet posts about the island and saw the devils dance video you put up. Thats what I call a fiesta! i had a great laugh over the action with the fizzing devil falling over, etc. I have bought some new binoculars for the trip and am looking forward to seeing the heavens above the island and meeting people. Maybe we will meet as we plan to visit the observatory.

    Hubert, from Northumberland.

  13. Hallo,
    schade, daß auf dieser Seite nur in “Englisch” korrespondiert werden kann.

    La Palma ist in meinen Augen “das Sterngucker-Paradies” auf dieser Erde. (Rein persönlicher Geschmack).


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