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San Andrés & Los Sauces

Introducing San Andrés & Los Sauces

San Andrés, 3km off the main LP-1 highway, is like something from a storybook, with hilly, cobblestone streets that lead past low, whitewashed houses. The Iglesia de San Andrés has its origins in 1515 and is one of the first churches the Spanish conquerors built on the island, though most of what you see today was built in the 17th century. Inside, take a look at the lavish baroque altarpieces and the coffered ceiling.

Los Sauces, just north of San Andrés, is a modern town with two pretty central squares (or one big one bisected by the highway, depending on how you look at it). The grand church, Nuestra Señora de Montserrat, is on the square and has some valuable Flemish artwork inside. Named after the patron of Catalunya, this church is evidence of the many Catalans who participated in the island’s conquest.

More important (and more interesting) than anything in Los Sauces itself is the Los Tiles biosphere reserve just out of town.

One of several bars on the main plaza in San Andrés, the informal Bar Miami is where all the old locals hangout and feast on cheap seafood dishes.

All of the tourist facilities are in San Andrés.