Chapelle - "Our Lady of the Snow"

Las Nieves - Santa Cruz de La Palma

The Island Sanctuary

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In a marvellous setting of pine clad hills, palm groves, beautiful gardens and a few houses, at the foot of the mountainside, you find the El Real Santuario Insular de Las Nieves, the royal island sanctuary. 

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It is a place where history, art and landscape form a unit. An austere church existed already in the year 1517 on this spot and has been enlarged over the centuries.

Thanks to generous donations the inside of the parish and pilgrimage church comprises magnificent fittings. Today, the Holy Virgin of the Snow appears in its splendour surrounded by precious sacral art.

San Miguel Arcángel

The sanctuary also keeps a sculpture of Archangel Michael.

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He has lent his name to San Miguel de La Palma, which is the full name of the island. It was the 29th of September, his saint's day, when in 1492 Alonso Fernández de Lugo went ashore at Tazacorte.

The church with its precious woodwork, baroque altar, sculptures and paintings invites to pause for a moment.

And to get married - many bridal pairs have been exchanging their vows here.

Next to the forecourt with jacaranda trees there are the rectory, a small souvenir shop, a pilgrim's house and a Restaurant. Located above there is the Mirador de Cañones, a lookout with old cannons and a great view. .

Bajada de La Virgen de Las Nieves

The Descent of the Virgin of the Snowe

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On the Canary Island La Palma, it is said, time elapses in quinquenniums, as the Virgin of the Snow is believed to descent only every five years on the capital of the island.

The virgin's arrival is followed by thousands of visitors from all over the wold. Most of them are people who have once left the island to find their luck elsewhere. Tourists also participate in the numerous events that take place between the end of June/beginning July and the end of August.

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All year
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
08:00 - 20:00 h

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