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Puntagorda - popular village in the northwest

With around 2000 inhabitants Puntagorda is one of the smaller but particularly charming communities of La Palma. The climate is dry and sunny in summer, in winter the north-east trade winds give the village heavy precipitation from time to time, which makes the gardens and fields very fertile. Over the past decades, organic vegetable growing has become established - the farmers' market held on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings has become a magnet for locals and guests alike.
Originally, the population lived mainly from almond cultivation, and thousands of almond trees still immerse the surrounding area in picturesque pink between the end of January and the end of March.
The numerous Portuguese settlers made San Mauro their patron saint in the 16th century and gave its name to the first settlement in the Puntagorda area. In honour of him they began in 1571 with the construction of a large, single-nave church in Canarian style, the 'Iglesia de San Mauro Abad'. It has been reconstructed several times over the centuries, has neoclassical and baroque style elements and still serves today as a worth seeing and listening procession which takes place in the middle of January as well as a big fiesta with musical and culinary highlights in August.
The old and the new 'harbour', in former times actually the only possibility to visit the place, are today popular weekend and summer destinations for the locals. Bathing is possible in summer, in winter only in very calm weather.
The southern entrance to the village is marked by a 600-year-old dragon tree, to which a small park with picnic facilities was dedicated.

Der alte Drachenbaum von Puntagorda …
The old dragon tree of Puntagorda …
… Wahrzeichen der Gemeinde.
... landmark of the community.
Seine Samen sind beliebte Mitbringsel für die eigene Anzucht auf dem Fensterbrett.
Its seeds are popular souvenirs for your own cultivation on the windowsill.
Wobei der Drachenbaum eigentlich eine Staude ist.
The dragon tree is in fact a perennial.
Drachenbaumüberdachte Aussicht …
Dragon tree roofed view…
… auf wildromantische Landschaft.
... to a wild and romantic landscape.
Die Kirche des Schutzheiligen San Mauro Abad …
The church of the patron saint San Mauro Abad…
… mit barocker Glockenaufhängung …
.... with baroque bell holder …
… und bestens für fröhliche Fiestas geeignetem Vorplatz.
... and the best place for a happy fiesta.
Falsche Pfefferbäume spenden kühlen Schatten …
false pepper trees provide cool shade…
… und verleihen romantisches Flair.
... and lend romantic flair.
Der 'alte Hafen', früher einziger Zugang zur Gemeinde.
The 'old port', formerly the only access to the community.
Schattenspendende, riesige Höhle
Huge, shady cave
Wie an vielen Stellen zeugen die …
As in many places, the…
… Basaltsäulen mit ihrer stark ausgeprägten kristallinen Struktur von dem gewaltigen Druck, der Millionen Jahre in großer Tiefe auf ihnen lastete, bevor ein Vulkanausbruch sie an das Tageslicht beförderte.
… Basaltsäulen mit ihrer stark ausgeprägten ... basalt columns with their highly pronounced crystalline structure from the enormous pressure that weighed on them at great depths for millions of years before a volcanic eruption brought them to daylight.
Sanftes Farbenspiel archaischer Landschaft.
A soft play of colours in an archaic landscape.
Sukkuleen der ariden Zone zwischen 0 und 200 Meter über dem Meeresspiegel …
Sukkuleen of the arid zone between 0 and 200 meters above sea level…
… und knorrige Kanarische Kiefern in Höhenlagen zwischen 1000 und 1900 m prägen die Extremlagen der Gemeinde …
... and gnarled Canary pines at altitudes between 1000 and 1900 m characterize the extreme locations of the municipality…
… während der Ort selbst von Mandeln dominiert wird.
... while the place itself is dominated by almonds.

Roque de Los Muchachos

The 'Roque de los Muchachos' at 2.426 m is the highest elevation of La Palma and hosts the most important international observatory of the northern hemisphere. Here is a real high mountain climate, in winter the 'Roque', as the locals call it, is often covered with a snow or ice cap. The observatory is the cause of the only light protection law in the world that exists on La Palma and because of which we are protected from neon or laser advertising. On the Roque you will not only find what is currently (2013) the world's largest reflector telescope with a diameter of 10,40 m; it is also the starting point for many hiking trails through impressive rock formations and the most diverse climatic zones. From the roof of the island you can usually see the neighbouring islands of Tenerife (with Spain's highest mountain, the Teide), as well as La Gomera and El Hierro. A visit is worthwhile at all seasons, in winter, however, you should pay attention to the signs that indicate the obligation to use snow chains if necessary.

Der höchste Punkt des Roque - alte Vulkanschlote, die Wind und Wetter trotzen
The highest point of the Roque - old volcanic vents defying wind and weather
Den Sternen noch näher - Blick vom Roque in das Aridanetal …
Even closer to the stars - view from the Roque into the Aridane valley…
… auf die ganze Pracht der Milchstraße …
... to the whole splendour of the Milky Way…
… El Paso …
… El Paso …
… oder zum Polarstern und das Örtchen El Tablado.
... or to Polaris and the village El Tablado.
Glasklare Luft in der Morgensonne
Crystal clear air in the morning sun
Die Kuppeln der Teleskope, weithin sichtbare Wahrzeichen des Roque
The domes of the telescopes, landmarks of the Roque
Hightech in archaischem Umfeld
High-tech in an archaic environment
Wachablösung zwischen Sonne und Mond
Changing the watch between the sun and moon
Schnellstverstellbare Spiegelteleskope
Fastest adjustable reflector telescopes
Weithin sichtbare Wahrzeichen, gesehen von El Tablado
Landmarks visible from afar, seen from El Tablado
Rasende Wolkenformationen
Raging cloud formations
Karge Hochgebirgsvegetation
barren high mountain vegetation
Blick ins Aridanetal
View into the Aridane valley
Gestaffelte Gebirgszüge
Staggered mountain ranges
Tuff und Basalt, Baumaterial La Palmas
Tuff and basalt, building material La Palmas
Säulenbasalt, der einst in großen Tiefen unter dem Meeresboden entstand, nun in luftiger Höhe
Columned basalt, once formed at great depths under the sea floor, now at lofty heights.
Wolkenfälle und satte Gesteinsfarben
Cloud falls and rich rock colours
Die Nachbarinsel Tenerife 'über den Wolken'
The neighbouring island of Tenerife 'above the clouds'
Botanische Versuchsfelder im Hochgebirge
Botanical experimental fields in the high mountains
Und immer wieder faszinierende und schnell wechselnde Wolkenformationen
And again and again fascinating and rapidly changing wok formations
… genießen …
... enjoy …
… und erleben.
... and experience.
Blick nach Breña Alta
View to Breña Alta
Der Teide, Spaniens höchster Berg
The Teide, Spain's highest mountain
In der Abendsonne glüht der Ginster
The broom glows in the evening sun
Zwischen Baumgrenze und vegetationsfreier Zone verzaubert ein Ginster mit leuchtender Farbe
Between tree line and vegetation-free zone enchants a broom with bright color
Und wieder einmal sind wir über den Wolken
And once again we are above the clouds

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