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Fuencaliente

Fuencaliente is a place on the Canary island of La Palma.

The area was in former days inhabited by the Guanches. Fuencaliente derives its name from a source close to the place, the Fuente Santa. Fuencaliente is located near the volcano Teneguia which had its last eruption in 1971.

The Volcán San Antonio Visitor Centre is located just outside Fuencaliente and is the place to learn all about volcanism on the island of La Palma. There are photos, displays, a projection room and seismic maps. After visiting the center you can enjoy a walk along the rim of the crater that was created after the eruption of 1677. The volcano San Antonio is an impressive one, not by its height, which is only 657 meters, but more by its form. The volcano has a cone with a neatly pressed top and blackened lava streams. From the top you have a beautiful view of the volcanic landscape and coastline. On a clear day you can even see La Gomera and El Hierro. The soil in the vicinity of the volcano is very fruitful. An excellent place for vines, which are therefore grown around the San Antonio. The wine from this area has a special taste and aroma nuances that are deducted from the volcanic minerals.

Halfway to the capital Santa Cruz is the picturesque village Mazo. This village is famous for its handicrafts, especially textiles and ceramics. At the weekly farmer's market you will find pottery, wickerwork and locally produced organic food. The church in the center of Mazo, the Iglesia San Blas was built between 1512 and 1804. This church has a distinctive clock tower and impressive stained-glass windows above the entrance. Furthermore, the baroque altar and the wooden ceiling are in Mudéjar style.

South of El Pueblo in Hoyo de Mazo are the Cuava the Belmaco. These are prehistoric cave dwellings with rock paintings of the original inhabitants of the island, the Guanches.

In Las Nieves is the church Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, the patron saint of La Palma (the Madonna of the Snow). Las Nieves is located a few kilometers west of Santa Cruz. The church was built in the 16th century and was later expanded in the 19th century. The church is full of beautiful paintings, silver and goldsmith touches, altar statues and carvings. The image of the Madonna origins from the 14th century and comes from Flanders. The image shows a mixture of Romanesque and Gothic style. The Madonna is the richest woman of the island, so called because she has covered with gold and precious stones.


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