Carnival this weekend (Updated)

UPDATE: In Los Sauces on Saturday, they’ll be holding the 60s wedding. The wedding procession with start from Plaza de la Cruz at 6 pm and will wind through the streets. After the wedding itself, there’ll be a public dance with lots of 1960s music. Carnival used to end on Shrove Tuesday, but these days it continues until the following Sunday evening. In Santa Cruz on Friday the fun starts…

February 15, 2013
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Los Indianos on Monday

Monday night will be the biggest night of the year on La Palma, the Los Indianos parade, in Santa Cruz de La Palma. In the 19th century the island was very poor, and many people emigrated to Cuba – the Indies. Some of them came back rich, so that the arrival of a boat from Cuba was quite an event, even though there were more boats to Latin America than…

February 10, 2013
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Carnival is starting

Carnival is starting. Friday night in Santa Cruz includes a wigs fiesta, a parade, and public dances at the Alemeda and Carnival stage. Enjoy!

February 8, 2013
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El Castillo de Santa Catalina (St. Catherine’s Fort)

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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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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Rooftop Viewpoints

Traditional roof with a space to view the port. These days, Santa Cruz de la Palma is a bit of a backwater. But three hundred years ago, it was the third biggest port in the Spanish Empire. Almost every ship traveling from Spain to the Americas stopped here. In the 19th century, it was still a major port, and many of the inhabitants waited anxiously for a ship bringing their…

January 9, 2013
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