Spanish city charms Brits with Its affordable and plentiful rum

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The British press, particularly ‘The Sun’, has highlighted a Spanish city that captivates English tourists with its favorable winter climate, boasting an average of 20 degrees Celsius. This city, along with its ‘eternal spring’, has become an attraction for its traditional liquor offerings.

This island stands out for its unique climate and scenic beauty. Its microclimate offers a mix of cloudy and sunny weather, providing a diverse experience for visitors. Despite being a popular destination, it retains a sense of tranquility, free from the usual tourist crowds.

Culinary delights and rum indulgence

British tourists are particularly drawn to the island’s gastronomy. Local markets like the Mercadillo del Agricultor de Puntagorda offer traditional almond cookies, and the island’s rum is a standout attraction. The rum from La Palma stands out due to its artisanal production methods, which involve careful fermentation and distillation processes that preserve the natural essence of the sugar cane.

In San Andrés y Sauces, the use of sugar cane fields is very old. They have been growing on much of the site since the early 16th century. Initially for the production of sugar and shortly afterwards for rum. In fact, the Canary Islands were an obligatory step for the first shipments of sugar cane, which left the Indian East for the Caribbean countries. This led to the development of the rum tradition in the Canary archipelago.

Recovery and resilience post-volcano eruption

The island drew global attention in 2021 due to the Cumbre Vieja volcano eruption. This natural disaster destroyed over 1,219 hectares and led to the evacuation of more than 7,000 residents. However, the island has shown remarkable resilience, rebuilding and continuing to attract tourists with its natural beauty and warm temperatures.The island even got new beaches after the eruption. A research study documented the sudden appearance of 34 new beache. These are located in the lava deltas of the Tajogaite volcano after its eruption. 

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The Sun’s recommendations

“The Sun” newspaper recommends this Canary Island for its blend of natural wonders, historical significance, and gastronomic experiences. Highlighting the island’s rum as a must-try, the paper applauds the quality and affordability of local spirits.

La Palma: more than rum

While rum is a significant draw, La Palma offers more, including its vast tropical forests visible from the Cascada de los Tilos. This unique destination boasts lush forests, striking volcanic terrain, and enchanting black sand beaches. It’s a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers, offering ample opportunities for hiking, stargazing, and exploring the unspoiled beauty.

The island’s rich cultural heritage is evident in its quaint villages and traditional architecture. Known for its friendly locals and relaxed atmosphere, La Palma provides an authentic and serene getaway for those looking to immerse themselves in the natural and cultural wonders of Spain.

Observatory

The Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory, located at the highest point on the island, is considered one of the best places in the world for observing the sky due to its clean atmosphere. La Palma is also protected from light pollution and is the first Starlight Reserve in the world.

The observatory, managed by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, is a complete telescope complex and attracts astronomers from around the world. The observatory houses a variety of telescopes, including the Gran Telescopio de Canarias, the largest in the world in its range. 

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