Tijarafe in the northwest of La Palma stretches high above the sea along the main road. The historic center is home to the church "Nuestra Señora de Candelaria" (Baroque altar) with its spring and the museum in the "Casa El Maestro" with exhibits of the "Devil Festival".
Tijarafe - living traditions
Here you will find the tourist information as well as a shop for handicrafts handicraft. A stranded ship, the Moby Dick, is hoisted up at the end of the village and serves as a meeting point. In Tijarafe the Canarian wrestling match (lucha canaria) is still very much maintained.
Feast of the devil for the Virgen de Candelaria
Tijarafe is famous for its "verseadores", spontaneous poets who, to the rhythm of the "Punto Cubano", give all kinds of spiritual riches to the best at festivals. On the eve of 8 September, the main day of the fiesta in honor of the "Virgen de Candelaria", the tradition of the release of the devil is revived in Tijarafe. In a night full of fire and magic, the "Fest of the Devil", dressed up Palmeros appears everywhere with exploding fireworks. Between fireworks and fire the devil dances and plays as death. The good stands against him, represented of course by the Virgen de Candelaria. The festival ends with the burning of the devil. This role requires a dangerous commitment from the devil actor.
A very steep road leads to the rock overhang "Proís de Candelaria", allegedly an old smuggler's bay with wooden sheds and a small bathing place. North of Tijarafe a small footpath leads to Playa de la Veta. Also north of the village is the wine cooperative "Bodegas Noroeste de La Palma". In the Bellido settlement, Palmeric Sunday excursionists like to make themselves comfortable in the numerous caves.