New statue in San José

San José in Breña Baja has a new statue to celebrate mothers. The square outside the Town Hall is called Plaza de Las Madres – Mother’s Square, and they have a special celebration for Mother’s Day.

January 23, 2015
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Cancajos Salt Pans

The wind pumps that lifted seawater into the salt pans You can visit a working salt factory on the southern tip of La Palma, but if you’re staying in Cancajos, in Breña Baja, it’s worth taking a peak at the ruined salt factory. The sea front promenade runs south from the main beach along the top of a low cliff, and it’s a very pleasant walk. It’s smooth and flat…

December 13, 2014
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Shooting stars on Tuesday night

Tuesday night is the best meteor shower of the year, the Perseids. Of course it should be visible all over the planet, but La Palma’s astronomical viewpoints will probably be a particularly good place to see shooting stars. Unfortunately the full moon will spoil the show quite a bit. Cielos La Palma will be in La Polvacera basketball court from 9 pm – midnight with telescopes. Toño will also be…

August 11, 2014
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The Pulpo bar/restaurant

The Pulpo bar and restaurant has been open for 40 years down on the beach at Los Cancajos. There were no charter flights to La Palma when the Pulpo opened in 1974, and it was a simple bar just for locals who fancied a beer after their swim. It’s grown over the years and for some time they’ve been serving food too. The menu isn’t that large, but it’s mostly…

August 3, 2014
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Mulberries

Mulberries were originally introduced to the greener parts of La Palma to feed silkworms for silk production. The fruit is a delicious side-effect. Sadly, you rarely see it on sale, because it’s fragile and doesn’t keep. It’s also a strong, natural dye (and is used as such). If you pick your own, expect stained fingers and watch your clothes. In fact, if you’re staying near a mulberry tree in fruit, don’t…

July 30, 2014
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Corpus Christi in San Jose

The village of San José celebrates Corpus Christi on the Sunday after Mazo. Traditionally, the carpets are made out of dyed sea-salt, although lately some groups use petals, leaves and seeds as the do in Mazo. This was my favourite carpet, although it’s hard to chose.

June 22, 2014
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