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LA PALMA, CANARY ISLANDS

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 5:02 pm
by garth cartwright
Due to having a very good friend who works in tourism on La Palma I managed to borrow her apartment for most of January - she works 7 days a week so gets long vacations and thus was in Chile.

My 3rd time in La Palma and I love it - it's one of the smaller Canary Islands and where Tenerife and Gran Canaria have been destroyed by tourism La P remains a very laidback Spanish enclave. The main town - where I was - of Santa Cruz has remarkable Renaissance architecture. La P is the world's steepest island which means those enthusiastic about climbing and trekking are in heaven. Great black sand beaches abound.

Weather in Jan/Feb is kind of like the UK in summer - 20 degrees, often overcast, sometimes wet, then lovely sunny days. La P is very peaceful and if you are looking for clubs and wild bars, well, it's not for you. There is a lovely little theatre that I went to see a local choral group perform at - posters on the wall suggested Mariza, Buika, Chucho Vlades and others had performed there so u might get lucky.

My friend works for Apartamentos La Fuente which is a family run organistaion who run pensions and apartments; all very good value. Contact them via www.la-fuente.com

PostPosted: Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:12 pm
by Martin Owen
I have just come back from a walking holiday in La Palma - excellent opportunity for running down volcanoes- since scree running hasn't been a PC activity for some time.

Aanyway, I stayed in what was a typical tourist hotel: Playa Traburiente, Among the evening entertainement put of for guests was something I would normally avoid "Folclorique Canares" - however the singer, musicians and dancers were very good. I felt if they were not doing it for the tourists they would be doing it anyway because they enjoyed it and they were good a t it. Classic European dance music - gavottes etc and good minor key singing about hardships.

I guess the theory that Ardal o'Halaran has about Irish step dancing - that the priests stopped any body contact - holds for the dancing in the Canares too!