Saint’s Day in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves

This 'Feast Day of Our Lady of the Snows' is the island’s principal fiesta. Don’t miss the parade of giants and ‘fat heads’ (fanciful, rather squat characters with exceptionally large heads), though the high point i…
Carnival in Santa Cruz de la Palma


This is a riotous two-week celebration with music, dancing and drinking, including that infamous crazy night of talcum-powder throwing, known as Día de Los Indianos.
Fireworks in La Palma

El Diablo

Fireworks, parades of devils and grim music in Tijarife provide a graphic show of the triumph of good over evil. About 30kg of gunpowder is used in the 20-minute show honouring Nuestra Señora de Candelaria.
Music in Breña Alta


After Midnight Mass in Breña Alta and throughout the island, palmero men perform skits accompanied by the noisy music of castanets.
Religious in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Semana Santa

Members of lay brotherhoods parade down Calle O’Daly (Santa Cruz) in their blood-red robes and tall, pointy hoods.
Fiesta in La Palma

Fiesta of the Almond Blossom

A celebration of the beauty of the almond blossom in Puntagorda and of the town’s patron saint, San Mauro Abad.
Cultural in La Palma

San Juan

Marks the summer solstice, and is celebrated in Puntallana with bonfires and firecrackers galore.
Religious in La Palma

Las Cruces

The island’s crosses are bedecked in jewellery, flowers and rich clothes. Truly a sight to see.
Religious in Los Llanos de Aridane

La Patrona

The city comes alive for the year's biggest party held in honour of Our Lady of Los Remedios.