~ Our Favorite Places ~
PUNTA LARGA, FUENCALIENTE
One of my favourite trips is going to Fuencaliente. I love the, not too curvy, drive on the mountain side covered with Canarian Pine trees. As you reach Fuencaliente, also Called los Canarios, you take the road down towards the Faro de Fuencaliente passing Las Indias. Along the coast there are several natural pools. One of my favourites is in Punta Larga. The large, flat, rock area is full of small pools. The kids can spend hours looking for small fish, crabs and mussels or jump in the Ocean from the latter when the sea is calm. When you get hungry you climb up the stairs to the restaurant: El Cenachero and order their Aroz Caldoso: a kind of liquid seafood Paella. Don’t forget to order a couple of starters because it takes a while to prepare. For two people you have enough for 4. On your way back you can pass: Faro de Fuencaliente and see the beautiful saltpans in Salinas de Fuencaliente.
Santa Cruz, the capital of la Palma is certainly worth a visit. This vertical city with the shimmering ocean as a back drop was once one of the most important ports in the Spanish empire, linking Europe and the New World. Exporting goods from the island made the city highly prosperous. The beautiful facades and town squares are a testament to that golden era.
~ Our favorite food and drinks ~
Calle Velázquez, 6, 38760 Argual
Only 5 min. walk from home you have the most popular bar in the neighbourhood. Simple but tasty selection of Tapas.
Calle Enrique Mederos Lorenzo, 94, 38760 Los Llanos
This is where the locals go in their lunch break. It is only open for lunch. Get in line and order your food at the counter
to stay or to go. You can combine your plate exactly as you desire and you pay by weight.
RESTURANTE SALTA SI PUEDES
Av. Tanausú, 29, 38768 Los Llanos
Sit inside a giant wine barrel and have their grilled chicken or Garbanzos (chickpeas). The owner is Venezuelan and she knows how to grill meat. If you are not loving meat the Chickpeas are highly reccomended although they are not vegetarian.
RESTURANTE EL RINCÓN DE MORAGA
El Llano de, Calle San Antonio, 4, 38768 Argual
This is the fancy place and they serve excellent wines. Located in the lovely, old village of Argual, you will dine and be
~ Our favorite hikes ~
STELLA ATLÁNTICO - EL TIME - PUERTO DE TAZACORTE
La Palma is a perfect hiking destination with its highly varied nature and steepness you are guaranteed spectacular views where ever you go. In your case you don’t even need to take a bus or a car to reach a starting destination: Simply tie your boots and walk out the door.
There is a hiking path passing Stella Atlántico below. The path is marked with a red and white stripe. It either leads you to the beach and Puerto de Tazacorte in 30min. or you can take the 2-3 hour walk, up to El Time and take the steep and spectacular descend down to Puerto de Tazacorte. Finish it off with a swim and lunch and then take the bus up to the Villa or, if you have the energy, walk up again.
This is what you do: Follow the red and white marks going down. You will cross the road 3 times. The last time you walk 50m. along the road. When you reach the steel bridge going over the Barranco de las Angustias, you cross the road and follow the marks and signs up wards towards el Time. When you reach el Time you simply follow the sign guiding you to Puerto de Tazacorte or you ask in the bar. From Stella Atlántico you can actually see the zig zag route on the mountainside. You can find several routes online that will help you guide you on your walk:
~ Our favorite Fiestas ~
CARNIVAL IN SANTA CRUZ: LOS INDIANOS
One thing is sure: The Palmeros really knows how to party. Every village, every town has its own Fiesta and in addition to that there are big events like the Carnival and the Bajada de La Virgen, which happens every 5 years since 1680.
We find it really hard to get exact information about when and where these events take place but since there are so many you might accidentally bump into one of them. The biggest annual event and our favorite is the Carnival in Santa Cruz: Los Indianos. It takes place sometimes mid Feb. the exact date changes every year so check online. Everybody and this means everybody, you included, is dressed in white, which makes it one of the most beautiful and tasteful Carnivals you ever attended. People dress elegantly in colonial style costumes, throw white powder at each other and dances to Salsa music.
The wonderful tradition derives from the close contact la Palma has to Cuba and South America. Many Palmeros migrated to Cuba. The Carnival marks and mocks their return: All dressed up in fancy, white suits, with suitcases full off dollar bills, showing off and maybe even bringing a black maid: El Negro Tomás. Usually a big man dressed up and black faced as a woman. “Me Too” did not arrive to la Palma.
By the way, Ash Wednesday is not the end of the Canival. There is another amazing and bizar fiesta which also includes men dressing up in women’s clothing’s: La Fiesta de la Sardina. Sardines of textile and paper are burned for weeks around the islands. And only when the last fish has fallen to ashes the Carnival ends. We once had an amazing Fiesta de la Sardina in Puerto de Tazacorte but supposedly the biggest Fiesta de la Sardina takes place in San Andrés y Sauces.
~ Guest Book ~
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