Attractions

Top Choice Church in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves

For great views over Santa Cruz, 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 with its fabulously ornate interior. Th…
Top Choice Church in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Iglesia del Salvador

Though the church’s exterior seems more fortress than house of worship, the interior is fabulous so be sure to step inside. It boasts a glittering baroque pulpit dating back to 1750 and a stunning ornate and coloure…
Top Choice Museum in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Museo Insular

This is an excellent museum housed in a former 16th-century monastery. The diverse exhibits range from Guanche skulls to cupboards of sad stuffed birds, pickled reptiles, and an impressive shell and coral collection…
Museum in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Museo Naval

Gaze north across leafy Plaza Alameda (the kiosco here is 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. B…
Historic Building in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Ayuntamiento

Wander north along Calle O’Daly and you’ll come to the palm-shaded Plaza España, considered the most important example of Renaissance architecture in the Canary Islands. To one side sits the imposing ayuntamiento, b…
Church in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

Follow the steps heading up out of Plaza España to reach the upper town, where the shady Plaza Santo Domingo, with its terrace cafe, makes an excellent resting point. The Iglesia de Santo Domingo here boasts an impo…
Museum in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Museo de Arte Contemporaneo

This contemporary art gallery opened in 2014 and specialises in Canarian artists, with paintings, sculptures and photographs exhibited in several light and spacious galleries. Look for the evocative photographic por…
Church in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Luz

Head southwest on Calle Virgen de la Luz for a look at the simple 17th-century facade of the modest chapel Ermita de Nuestra Señora de la Luz, one of several small 16th- and 17th-century chapels in town.
Historic Building in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Palacio de Salazar

This 17th-century, late-Renaissance palace is on your left soon after you enter the street from Plaza Constitución and is home to a government-run cultural centre.
Castle in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Castillo de Santa Catalina

At the northern end of the seafront, the Castillo de Santa Catalina was one of several forts built in the 17th century to fend off pirate raids.