Cultural, historical and architectural heritage

Cultural, historical and architectural heritage


The towns and villages of La Palma can boast of good examples of secular, religious and military architecture, as well as traditional Canarian houses. One example is the capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, which has been declared as a Cultural Asset, in the category historical-artistic site. Baroque altarpieces, single or double-nave churches, and original bellfrys can be found in churches such as: Nuestra Señora de Candelaria (Tijarafe), Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Barlovento), Nuestra Señora de las Nieves (Santa Cruz de La Palma), Nuestra Señora de la Luz (Villa de Garafía), and Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (Los Llanos de Aridane). The religious art on the island is a surprising and highly valuable artistic heritage, which nobody would expect to find in this remote corner of the Atlantic Ocean. As a result of the flourishing commerce between La Palma and the Netherlands, Flemish paintings and sculptures, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries can be found inside the churches of San Andrés Apóstol (San Andrés y Sauces) or San Francisco (Santa Cruz de La Palma), among others.

And finally, the Western and Northwestern municipalities of the island, Puntagorda, Tijarafe and Villa de Garafía, have beautiful examples of traditional rural architecture

We can not forget the archaeological heritage in Benahoarita Archaeological Museum (Los Llanos), Cultural Park La Zarza and Zarcita (Villa de Garafía) or Belmaco Archaeological Park (Villa de Mazo).

Modern art also has its place in the Placeta La Glorieta (Las Manchas de Abajo, Los Llanos) and the Museo en La Calle (in downtown Los Llanos).

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