Taxi stops

La Palma is the only place I know with taxi stops. They’re mostly for hikers to get a taxi at the end of their walk. It’s a very good idea. As you can see from the photo, the taxi stop has a phone number, so that you’re not left patting all your pockets saying, “I know I had it somewhere.” And each taxi stop is numbered, so that the taxi…

September 30, 2013

And now the Art Fair

Now that the craft fair has finished, Los Cancajos is getting ready for the art fair. It will feature 29 painters, sculptors and photographers, and run from August 23 – 25, from 11.00 am to 9 pm. There will also be workshops from aged 8 onwards, and musical performances (see below) 29 different artists

August 20, 2013

More on the Craft Fair

The fair is even better than I thought. It turns out that there’s 100 stalls of non-edible craft work, (although some exhibitors have half a stand) and 20 of food and drink. The non-edible stuff includes lots of embroidery, crochet, tatting, leather work, felting, traditional folk dress, wooden boxes and bowls, notebooks and photo albums made of banana paper, paper and glass beads, wrought iron work, several very different styles…

August 16, 2013

Battle of Lepanto in Barlovento on Sunday

The patron saint of Barlovento is Our Lady of the Rosary (la Virgen del Rosario). The Christian victory at the battle of Lepanto in 1571 is attributed to her, soevery two years, Barlovento stages a re-enactment of the battle as part of the annual fiesta. This year, it happens on Sunday 11th at 6 pm. Here’s the fun part: the original sea-battle involved 80,000 men, and the re-enactment consists of…

August 9, 2013

The new tourism campaign

I think most of us were expecting the new tourism campaign to be based around sunshine on the beach, and so it is, although they’re making more mention of our gorgeous landscapes as well as the fantastic climte. For La Palma, they also show the night sky and observatory. The new thing is the way we’re going to market it. The new campaign plans to use social media much more…

May 28, 2013