Top things to do in Santa Cruz de la Palma

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 Food & Drinks in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Vinateria Albillo

An excellent deli which specialises in local and national Spanish cheese, gourmet olives, preserves, coffee and other goodies like anchovies and smoked salmon as well as wines. You can also take a pew outside for a …
Top Choice Canarian in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Habana

This delightful pink-and-white wedding cake of a building has its terrace on a picturesque plaza overlooking a fountain and surrounded by flower-filled balconies. The coffee is simply superb, the staff are busy but …
Top Choice Canarian in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Enriclai

Just four tables, a 200-year old building, cool jazz on the soundtrack, a choice of dishes that alters daily according to what is fresh in season and universal acclaim from diners. Plus Carmen, an owner-cum-chef who…
Top Choice Cinema in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Teatro Chico

Once located on the site of an old house-hospital founded in 1514, this magnificent but very petite former theatre originally opened in 1866 and reopened in 2014 as a cinema. Ask staff if you can pop inside to admir…
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…
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Restaurante Chipi-Chipi

Despite the name, this is no greasy diner, but a famous local restaurant that specialises in a variety of grilled meats, all served with loads of papas arrugadas (wrinkly potatoes) and mojo, with individual dining a…
Top Choice Cafe in Santa Cruz de la Palma

El Cafe de Don Manuel

In the refined setting of Casa Cabrera (dating to 1864), the atrium-capped, light-filled courtyard here is delightful, with an abundance of hanging greenery and jazz piano wafting through the air. Famed for its coff…
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. …
Saint’s Day in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves

The 'Feast Day of Our Lady of the Snows' is the island’s principal fiesta. The highlight in Santa Cruz is the parade of giants and ‘fat heads’ (fanciful, squat characters with exceptionally large heads), and the Dan…