To close my time in La Palma, here are photos of our last excursions on the island.
1. The observatories:
Up in the northern part of the island there are a number of observatories.
On our drive up, we stopped and took pictures of the Los Llanos (which is where we stayed).
As we drove higher and higher, we ran into a couple of observatories, this one being one of them. Because of where La Palma is positioned on the earth, many countries have their observatories located here.
And due to the high altitude, it was freezing cold!
Do you see that island in the distance? That is Tenerife, another island and the mountain is El Teide, a volcano.
The clouds were phenomenal..
2. Our drive back down:
On our drive down, we stopped for lunch in this small town (doesn't it look completely different from the observatory photos?).
That's our restaurant on the left (food pics are in a future post).
After lunch, we kept driving down the mountain and stopping to take photos of the spectacular views...
And the flowers and plants all around.
To conclude our busy day, we arrived at Tazacorte for some ice cream by the water.
Though it has the look of a beach town, it is small and quant enough to not have that "touristy" feel.
4. The Port
The following day, we headed down to the port to meet our ship.
As we waited for our time to board the ship, we walked around the downtown area.
I love the looks of these homes with the flowers and plants overflowing the balconies.
Lastly, this is a statue representing a tradition that is celebrated in La Palma which is called "The Dance of the Dwarfs" (La Danza de los enanos). This holiday is celebrated to honor the patron saint of the island, La Virgen de las Nieves who ended a drought that devastated the island in 1680. Ever since then, this holiday is celebrated specifically with the Dance of the Dwarfs. Unfortunately for me, I missed it. It was celebrated last year and it won't be again until 2015.
So, looking at the different sections, which one caught your eye?