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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…
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Enriclai

Just four tables, a 200-year old building, cool jazz on the soundtrack and a choice of dishes that alters daily according to what is fresh in season. Plus Carmen, an owner-cum-chef who is such a delight you want to …
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…
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…
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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 the best in town and the dishes, altho…
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…
Spanish in Santa Cruz de la Palma

La Lonja

Occupying an old Canary house on the seafront with balconies bursting with colourful flowers, La Lonja is perhaps the city’s most upscale restaurant, with a mix of Canarian, Castillian and Mediterranean fare, like p…
Bar in Santa Cruz de la Palma

El Portugués Café

A work in progress, but definitely worth dropping by. Owner Ángel is restoring his Portuguese grandmother's fabulous 17th-century house which, to date, contains an atmospheric bar with a central courtyard terrace co…
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Casa Luís

Look for the barn-like doors at this locals’ place fittingly decorated with faded black-and-white photos of Santa Cruz in yesteryear. Portions are huge, but don’t bother asking for a menu; it’s whatever struck the o…