Where to eat and sleep
Santa Cruz de La Palma provides visitors an original gastronomy and acommodation proposal. Gastronomy wise, the sector has opted to create specialised menus (based on international, national or regional food), they have also choosen to use seasonal products in order to help the agricultural productions in the island. Moreover, the local gastronomy has a rich culinary tradition with Castilian-Andalusian, Portuguese and American influences. This mixture is a reflects the city history.
Products that come from America such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, courgette, pumpkins as well as others tropical fruits like papaya, tomatoes, avocado or guava stand out in the local diet. Nowadays banana cultivation is concentrated in the middle regions. La Palma’s ranching industry has cattle, goats and pigs. Among the meat products there are some traditions that involve cold meat making, as well as blood pudding or chorizo. As a coastal and port area, Santa Cruz de La Palma has a great variety of fish dishes as well as some permanent fish markets gathered in the Mercado Municipal de Abastos.
The capital has some of La Palma’s certificates of origin: in the wine field «Oro de Risco» is worth mentioned (both in its red and white variation), produced by the Bodega Agrícola Velhoco S. L. Recognized by World Biosphere Reserve. «Tagoja» bee honey is produced in the Mirca quarter and also holds various awards for its multi-flowers and single flowers honey, as well as others honey variations such as heather, tedera and corazoncillo.
For acommodation Santa Cruz de La Palma not only has several hotels but a great variety of rural houses scattered throughout the city both in urban and rural areas. These businesses combine quality and integration with the environment.