A historic port, religious buildings and carved wooden balconies
Located in the east of the island of La Palma, the capital Santa Cruz is a city with an illustrious past. Founded on May 3, 1493 by Alonso Fernández de Lugo, it was an important port on the route between Europe and the colonies in the Americas. The city reached its height in the 16th Century and became the third largest port in Europe after Antwerp and Seville. A site of both historic and artistic interest, its churches are home to a significant collection of Flemish religious art. A unique set of carved wooden balconies that overlook the sea are also worth visiting.
Cobbled streets, Flemish altarpieces, the Insular Museum and Theatres
Santa Cruz de La Palma was the seat of the first Court of the Indies and many of the riches that the Spanish brought back from their colonies in the Americas passed through its gates. The town's considerable architectural heritage can be seen in its stately colonial-style houses set on cobble stone streets. This peaceful place has many cultural attractions including the Insular Museum with its remarkable collection of paintings and art, as well as the Chico and Circo de Marte theatres.