La Palma

World port and pirates' frustration

La Palma was, during the XVI century, a must stop for those ships going to America, reason why it became a very famous port. Today, this is one of the most visited locations in the Canary Islands and one of the main astronomical spots in the whole world. Ven a España !!! Visit Spain !!!

Plan your stay in La Palma

La Palma is a beautiful island that you should visit in at least four or more days so you can see all the important places and things, but you can have as well time for a more adventure travel in places like the National Park of Caldera de Taburiente and the Natural Park of Cumbre Vieja,

The capital of this island is Santa Cruz de la Palma, located in a place full of amazing cliffs. Among the buildings you have to visit, there are the Santa Catalina Castle (1676-1701); the Parochial Church of San Francisco (XVIc.) in where you have to see the Chapel of Virgen de Montserrat, el Cristo de la Piedra Fría, the Inmaculada Concepción and the sculpture of Santa Ana; and the Salvador Church (1585) next to the Council in which square there are the Massieu, Pereyra and Lorenzo houses.

There are also very important the Church of Santo Domingo, the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves (XVII-XVIIIc.), and the houses of Sotomayor (XVIIc.), Salazar (XVIIc.) and especially Quinta Verde (XVIIc.). But there are as well many other churches in the whole island: The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Luz (XVIIc.), in Garafía; the Church of Nuestra Señora del Rosario (XVIIc.), in Barlovento; and the Church of San Andrés y Sauces (XVI y XVIIc.).

In the Insular Museum, you can find all kinds of arts, ethnography and natural science exhibited, but if you only want to see art, in the Virgen de la Luz street, 13, you definitely have to go to the Contemporary Arts Museum of Santa Cruz de la Palma.

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San Francisco Convent, current Insular Museum

Still talking about museums, you should visit the Navy Museum with an exhibition focused in the sea and navigation. And changing the topic now, there are important the Chico Theatre and the Marte Circus.

Llanos de Aridane, is the most populated town in the Island and it has an important Archaeological Museum about the ancient population.

In Fuencaliente we recommend to visit the San Antonio Abad Church (XVIII-XXc.) and the Roque de Teneguía holy place.

In Bena Baja go and see the Casona de Fierro-Torres y Santa Cruz (XVII-XVIIIc.) and the olf San José Church (1637).

Mazo is famous for its caves: Caboco de Belmaco and Tigalate Hondo. But other protected caves are El Tendal, in San Andrés Sauces, and La Zarza.

In the locality of Tijirafe, you can dance the Diablo dance, and visit buildings like Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria Church (XVIc.).

Among the natural spaces, you have to visit the el National Park of Caldera de Taburiente, the Natural Park de las Nieves, the Roque de los muchachos and the Natual Park of Cumbre Vieja,

About the beaches we have to mention: El Volcán, Puerto de Naos, Nogales, Los Cancajos, La Zamora, and Charco Verde.

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Practical data

Coordinates

Santa Cruz de La Palma

28° 41′ 3″ N, 17° 45′ 54″ W

Los Llanos de Aridane

28° 39′ 0″ N, 17° 54′ 0″ W

Distances

From Santa Cruz de la Palma to Los Llanos de Aridane: 30 km

Altitude

4 m (Santa Cruz)

Habitants

16 330 (2013) Santa Cruz

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