Sights on La Palma



Plaza La Glorieta in Las Manchas

Nostra Señora de Las Nieves

Casa Massieu in Tazacorte

Casa Sotomayor in Los Llanos

Casa Luján in Puntallana

Finca Tabaquera

Cave of the Guanches near La Zarza

Parque Belmaco near Mazo

SalineTeneguia in Fuencaliente

Mosaic Production in Tazacorte


Plaza La Glorieta in Las Manchas

La Palma Plaza La Glorieta in Las Manchas This extremely beautiful, nice little plaza is ornamented with colourful and extravagant mosaic works, depicting motifs of the Palmerian flora and fauna. With much attention for detail, Luis Morera, one of the most renowned artists of La Palma, and student of Ceasar Manrique, has created over the period of many years an artistic treasure.

Nostra Señora de Las Nieves near Santa Cruz de La Palma

La Palma Nuestra Senora de las Nieves Santa Cruz Seat of the Holy Virgin of Snow, the patron of the island, is the church of Las Nieves. From here, every 5 years in honour of the Virgen de las Nieves, the ornamented statue of maternal divinity is carried in a festive procession towards the valley of Santa Cruz. After week-long ceremonies with processions and traditions from several historic epochs, concerts, play and dance events, the virgin is carried back to her original church.

Casa Massieu in Tazacorte

La Palma Casa Massieu in Tazacorte On La Palma, you find impressive residencies of significant tradesmen, the aristocrats or bigger landowners of the island from the 17th and 18th century. These magnificient buildings give evidence through their size and elegant architecture of the richness of their inhabitants. The oldest of these manorial residencies was originally owned by the Massieu van Dalle landowners - family from Flanders, and is situated in El Charco, the oldest part of the city of Tazacorte.
Address: El Carco, Tazacorte

Casa Sotomayor in Los Llanos

La Palma Casa Sotomayor in Los LlanosThis former manor house, one of the oldest buildings on the island, impresses above all through its baroque portal and traditional architecture. In its interior, there are exhibitions, as well as a showroom for Palmerian artisan work. Directly in front of it, on the Plaza Sotomayor, a flea market is held every Saturday. Address: at the Plaza Sotomayor in the Argual district of the town, Los Llanos, La Palma

Casa Luján in Puntallana

La Palma Casa Luján in Puntallana On La Palma, there are some tobacco-fincas that even today grow tobacco in the old tradition, dry it and ferment it. This is the basis for the production of first-class premium cigars, whose taste is highly popular. A “puro” is mainly smoked as conclusion of a long, opulent Canarian meal. On the Canary Islands, particularly on La Palma, there are – despite the decline of tobacco poduction – still about a dozen cigar-rollers, which are highly prized for their craftsmanship – also as part of the folkoric aspect – with locals and tourists alike. Some cigar-rollers can be watched during their work: in Santa Cruz, Brean Alta and Brean Baja – even though the exact ingredients of the cigars are often kept almost as a secret. Canarian cigars, however, are no guarantee for Canarian tobacco. For excellent “Puros”, you mix local leaves with tobacco from the classical growing countries – strong, heavily scented Brazilian tobacco with leaves from Mexico, Indonesia, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic or from Sumatra, and eventually add the covering tobacco from Cuba. Cigars can be purchased directly from the cigar-rollers or on a tobacco finca, as well as in bars, tobacco shops, supermarkets, souvenir shops and at the airport. “Hecho a mano” is guaranteed hand-made.

Finca Tabaquera „El Sitio“ in Breña Alta

Herstellung von Zigarren auf La PalmaOn La Palma, there are some tobacco-fincas that even today grow tobacco in the old tradition, dry it and ferment it. This is the basis for the production of first-class premium cigars, whose taste is highly popular. A “puro” is mainly smoked as conclusion of a long, opulent Canarian meal. On the Canary Islands, particularly on La Palma, there are – despite the decline of tobacco poduction – still about a dozen cigar-rollers, which are highly prized for their craftsmanship – also as part of the folkoric aspect – with locals and tourists alike. Some cigar-rollers can be watched during their work: in Santa Cruz, Brean Alta and Brean Baja – even though the exact ingredients of the cigars are often kept almost as a secret. Canarian cigars, however, are no guarantee for Canarian tobacco. For excellent “Puros”, you mix local leaves with tobacco from the classical growing countries – strong, heavily scented Brazilian tobacco with leaves from Mexico, Indonesia, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic or from Sumatra, and eventually add the covering tobacco from Cuba. Cigars can be purchased directly from the cigar-rollers or on a tobacco finca, as well as in bars, tobacco shops, supermarkets, souvenir shops and at the airport. “Hecho a mano” is guaranteed hand-made.

Cave of the Guanches near La Zarza

La Palma Petroglyphen der Guanchen Among the most remarkable findings on La Plama belong the mysterious stone engravings of La Zarza and La Zarcita. They were discovered in the year 1941 in the valleys between La Mata and Llano Negro. The newly furnished, archaeological Visitors’ Centre, with multimedia presentation near Garafía, provides information on history, religion and craftwork of the guanches, the indigenous people of La Palma, who emigrated there around 2000 b.c. from Northern Africa.
Address: La Mata, Garafia
Opening hours: daily 11 a.m. -7 p.m. in the winter, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the summer Pictures of the Museum La Zarza

Parque Belmaco near Mazo

La Palma Modell Guanchenhöhle This archaeological park with its narrow pathways leading to about 10 caves of the Guanches presents in the exhibition halls of its Visitors’ Centre: information, models, multimedia-stations and reconstructions of archaeological findings from the Stone Age culture of the indigenous inhabitants of “Benahoare“, as La Palma was called at the time. In the 18th century, the first rock carvings of the Canaries with its typical mäanders, labyrinths and figures were discovered. The visitor also has the chance to buy products from the island at a sales stand.
Address: at the road of Hoyo de Mazo to Fuencaliente
Opening hours: Mo - Sa 10 a.m. – 6 p.m, Su 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

SalineTeneguia in Fuencaliente

Salzgewinnung auf La PalmaIn the South of La Palma, lies the unique salt-plant of the island with numerous sole-bays on different levels, where sea salt is produced in a traditional artisan way. The location of the saline in the volcanic area directly at the sea creates a cultural landscape of extraordinary aesthetics. Passing by the old lighthouse and the attached Visitors’ Centre of the maritime natural reserve, the saline is only a couple of metres away.
Address: Playa del Faro

Mosaics Manufacturing in Tazacorte – Old Craftmanship on La Palma

La Palma Handwerk Mosaik In many southern countries up to South- and Central America, many special tiles for mosaics in floor covering, were and still are manufactured by hand. Here on La Palma, it was common 40-50 years ago, for the richer citizens, to use these “mosaicos” for the bathrooms in their residencies. At the time, ceramics or clay tiles did not exist. In the meantime, the cement tiles, because they are hand-made, have become quite expensive. Villeroy and Boch, for example, produce them in Germany – with machines – for a very high price. The craftmanship of the production of “mosaicos” is still alive on La Palma. The factory is to be found at the outskirts of Puerto de Tazacorte. On request, the manufacturers of mosaics can be watched at work…

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