Santa Cruz de la Palma attractions

Top Choice Church in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves

For splendid views down the valley to Santa Cruz, put aside time to tackle the 4km uphill hike north of town to La Palma’s main object of pilgrimage, the 17th-century Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves with its fa…
Top Choice Church in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Iglesia del Salvador

The interior of this magnificent church boasts a glittering baroque pulpit dating back to 1750 and a stunningly intricate and coloured 16th-century wooden ceiling considered to be one of the best Mudéjar (Islamic-st…
Top Choice Museum in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Museo Insular

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

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

If you follow the steps heading up out of Plaza España to the upper town, you will find the shady Plaza Santo Domingo. The substantial Iglesia de Santo Domingo here boasts an important collection of Flemish painting…
Zoo in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Maroparque

Children will love Maroparque, a small zoo and animal rescue centre where marmosets, meerkats, toucans, Siamese fighting fish, African porcupines, pythons and other reptiles crawl, clamber, swim, flap and slide arou…
Church in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Iglesia de la Encarnación

This lovely church dates to around the 15th century and was the first to be built in Santa Cruz after the Spanish conquest. One way to reach it is to cross the footbridge over the Barranco de las Nieves by the Museo…
Museum in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Centro de Interpretación de La Bajada

This excellent museum is dedicated to the history, events and parades of the Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, including the Dance of the Dwarves, by way of an entertaining virtual tour. A combined ticket (€7)…
Square in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Plaza de España

This delightful, irregularly shaped square hosts buildings that are considered the most perfect exemplars of Renaissance architecture in the Canary Islands. The square is particularly beautiful and tranquil at night…
Beach in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Playa de Santa Cruz de La Palma

With boardwalks to protect your feet from the scorching sand, this superb, huge and very deep black-sand beach is quite a sight, stretching along much of Avenida Maritima and luring beach-seekers from far and wide.
Museum in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Museo Naval

Gaze north across leafy Plaza Alameda and you may think Christopher Columbus’ ship, the Santa María, became stranded here. This is actually the city’s painted concrete naval museum where you can peruse magnificent m…