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For great views over Santa Cruz and the shore, take the relatively easy 2km hike north of town to La Palma’s main object of pilgrimage, the 17th-century Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves...
Down the hill from the school is this imposing 16th-century church, which sits on a small plaza overlooking the ocean. Inside, the church boasts a baroque altarpiece and several interesting pieces of baroque art...
Museums & Galleries
Continue 800m down the hill (take the car unless you want to trudge back uphill) to reach this meticulously restored mill that houses a ceramics museum and workshop where artisans make reproductions of Benahoare pott...
Markets & Bazaars
You can also buy artisan goods at this weekend market, where produce, handicrafts and a variety of food products are sold.
Beyond the museum is the island handicrafts school, which runs a shop where you can buy tobacco, embroidery, ceramics, baskets and other goods...
As soon as you enter town, make a left to head down to this lovely pinkish-red mansion (built in 1911) with exhibits on embroidery and Corpus Christi – a festival the town celebrates with particular gusto: streets ar...
Chances are you’ll be starting your visit either from the Plaza Constitución or from the huge ocean-front parking lot. Either way, you’re a short walk from Calle O’Daly, the city’s main street...
Of the couple of museums in town this, the island’s main museum, is the most interesting. Here you’ll find everything from Guanche skulls to cupboards of sad stuffed birds and pickled reptiles.
Gaze north across leafy Plaza Alameda (a good place to sip a café cortado – an espresso with a splash of milk) and you’ll think Christopher Columbus’ ship, the Santa María, became stranded here...
Creating a stark, at times lunar-like, landscape, the volcanoes in this area are the newest in the archipelago and are the main draw of Fuencaliente...
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