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La Palma Island
All about La Palma, the jewel of the Canary Islands
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  • Water filters 2 days ago Some of the older houses still use these water filters and coolers in summer. You put the water into the bowl at the top, made of a porous stone (I think it’s volcanic tuff). The water filters through, and drips into the bottom bowl, which isn’t porous. Obviously this filters out any...
  • The Barranco de las Angustias 5 days ago This is the Barranco de las Angustias the Ravine of Anguish. The name comes from the conquest of the island, back at the end of the fifteenth century. Most of the tribes on the island took one look at the heavily-armed Spanish, and gave up without a fight. Four tribes fought briefly, but soon...
  • The rhinocerous rock 1 week ago Just south of Tijarafe, on the main LP-1 road, there’s this rock that looks like a rhinocerous. The best viewpoint is from the bridge at the top of the ravine. I think it looks best in the late afternoon,like this photo.
  • The Canary Bellflower 2 weeks ago This is the Canary bellflower which you can find it in laurel forests, and ocassionally on the edge of a field. The plant has a tuber which produces a scrambling vine each year up to 9 ft long, and it produces flowers all winter. The flowers are orange, about 2″ long, and have very pretty veins....
  • "Goodbye Street", Tijarafe 2 weeks ago This is the street in Tijarafe which leads from the church to the Town Hall, where the cemetery used to be. Consequently it has the eloquent and poignant name, “Goodbye Street” (Calle Adios) This stuck in the mind of a local girl who emigrated to Cuba and became a poet: “If you come to visit...

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