St. Catherine’s Fort (Castillo de Santa Catalina)

In 1553 French pirates attacked Santa Cruz de La Palma, so they built a small fort to defend the town from future attacks. This was just a platform with a tower, and it was destroyed by flooding during a storm in 1671. In 1676 work started on the current fort, and it was finished in 1701. It’s nothing like the tower of London, but then it didn’t need to be….

January 29, 2013
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A Night of Stars

Tonight is the big shopping night in Santa Cruz de La Palma. Shops will have special offers and stay open late, and there’s all sorts of activities on offer. The town hall have organized a special temporary car park on the sea front. (Traffic will circulate through the car park only from south to north. Presumably to go north to south you have to go along the bypass.) Nova Foto…

December 15, 2012
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An exhibition: “Inspired by Water”

Place: La Molina Artesania art room, Calle Real, Santa Cruz de la Palma Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9:30 to 20:30. Sundays and holidays 9:30 to 14:30. Dates: 2nd-15th November, 2012 Alba Molina paints with a palette knife, oils and acrylics. Half of the exhibition consists of dreamy underwater landscapes, with coral, fish and undulating seaweed. The other half is leaves floating on water. At first glance, these look like…

November 7, 2012
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Exhibition comparing Earth and Mars

There’s a great exhibition about the Earth and Mars in Palacio Salazar in Santa Cruz de La Palma until Saturday May 26th. It features lots of great photos of Mars, scale models of the two planets, and explains the similarities and differences in atmosphere and weather, geology, and hydrology. Even better, they have a genuine meteorite from Mars which you can actually touch. The exhibition is free and it’s open…

May 14, 2012
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Exhibition comparing Mars and Earth

There’s a great exhibition about the Earth and Mars in Palacio Salazar in Santa Cruz de La Palma until Saturday May 26th. It features scale models of the two planets, lots of great photos of Mars, and explains the similarities and differences in geology, atmosphere and weather, and hydrology. Even better, they have a genuine meteorite from Mars which you can actually touch. The exhibition is open from 9 am…

May 14, 2012
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News

On Sunday, Alan Gandy successfully completed his Seven-Islands Walk. (If you’re impressed, you can donate here.) Tuesday May 1st is a public holiday. Most shops will be closed. If you’re self catering, it might be an idea to stock up a bit today. Thursday May 3rd is a local holiday in Santa Cruz de La Palma, Breña Alta, Breña Baja and Mazo. It’s Fiesta de la Cruz, and the roadside…

April 30, 2012
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