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This is a pure and simple locals’ place with no unnecessary fuss...
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...
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...
Inside an old Canary house with balconies bursting with pretty flowers and overlooking the seafront, La Lonja is perhaps the city’s most upscale restaurant, with a mix of Canarian, Castillian and Mediterranean fare l...
Museums & Galleries
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...
A charming little bistro on a tiny square, La Placeta has a small menu featuring everything from lasagne to Canary mojo , including lots of vegetarian dishes. Downstairs, get sandwiches, desserts and tapas (€1 to €3)...
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.
An old and atmospheric cafe painted in sunny colours and decorated in driftwood, this is a throwback to a bygone age and is a great place to sit with a coffee, watching the world cruise on by.
Cheap and tasty, Venezuelan arepas (hot pockets made of corn or flour and filled with meat or cheese) are an island staple. Iron tables are set up on the shady plaza.
Religious & Spiritual
Members of lay brotherhoods parade down Calle O’Daly (Santa Cruz) in their blood-red robes and tall, pointy hoods in late March to early April.
For some of the richest ice cream you’ve had in a while, pop into Heladomanía, where the artisanal ice cream is made on the spot.
The city dons its party clothes for the celebration of the island’s patron saint on 5 August.
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