The culture of La Palma bears witness to the eventful history of the island. Waves of immigration and emigration have created a mixture of different peoples, languages, and customs, many of which are still alive today, especially handicrafts, folklore, culinary delicacies and sports such as the lucha canaria.
Traditional Festivals on La Palma
The Siesta ( approx. 13-17 o'clock ) belongs to the La Palma way of life, even in the winter. Numerous festivals (fiestas) and traditions offer an opportunity for exuberant cheerfulness, mostly in the open air. Especially important are the carnivals of Santa Cruz and Los Llanos and the Bajada de la Virgen in Santa Cruz, which takes place only every five years. Almost every major place town is famous for a special festival, for example, Mazo for the festival of Corpus Christi, the Breñas for the festival of the Holy Cross, the devil's festival in Tijarafe or "moros y cristianos" in Barlovento. At most festivals processions and processions in traditional costumes and the rich Music of La Palma from traditional pieces to modern bands, Salsa, Bachata, and Merengue play an important role.
The Mentality on La Palma
Many tourists find the relaxed way in which La Palma handles transactions, shopping, but also administrative formalities, shops, and appointments very pleasant.