Church of St. Michael Archangel – The church of San Miguel, located in the Plaza España in Tazacorte town, was constructed in 1513 and restored in the 18th, 19th and 20th century. However, the hermitage dates back to 1492 when Alonso Fernández de Lugo, head of the Spanish Conquistadors completed his conquest of La Palma.
In 1570, a group of 40 Portuguese Jesuits who were on route by sea from Lisbon to Brazil but paused at Tazacorte were attacked by a French pirate ship and the group were killed at sea.
In 1854, the group was beatified as the forty martyrs of Brazil and in more recent years, one of stained glass windows in the Church of San Miguel was dedicated to them. Additionally, crosses have been placed on the sea bed in dedication.
Pergola - located next to the church. Not too much is known about this tiled pergola with its beautiful covering of bougainvillea. However, in 1933 in the local newspaper commented on its beauty and that the tiles were from Sevilla. With only this one shred of information, apparently this may indicate it was a private rather than Government project. Other than that, its history remains unknown but we can still take time out to enjoy the seating and shade it provides.
Banana Museum – Tazacorte town. Never been to a banana museum? Now is your big chance! Everything you always wanted to know about bananas – history, cultivation, exportation and the biology of the banana. The grounds and little road down to it are also interesting with the big houses once owned by the sugar cane barons. One such house often cited as being the most grand on all of La Palma has been converted into the exclusive Hotel Hacienda de Abajo. All are located in Camino San Antonio, el Charco down a cobbled road opposite the church. The banana museum opening hours are:
From 10.00 – 13.30hrs and 16.00 – 18.00hrs Monday to Friday
From 10.00 – 13.00hrs Saturday. Closed Sunday.
The Aqueducts with Water Basins – are an amazing construction which sit just below the town. This is where waters from the Barranco de Angustias were harnessed and the waterfall was used to provide energy to make the sugar mills turn. With no water going to waste, washing basins were built and these were a key feature for the laundry of clothes. New washing basins were built in the 1950’s.
Boat trips – Yey! Tazacorte is the perfect spot for taking a boat trip with a chance to see the dolphins and even, occasionally, whales. In fact, Tazacorte is the only place on the island that offers boat trips. There are several to choose from:
Fancy II – has the greatest capacity, an upper deck plus two underwater viewing windows
Bussard - a restored motor-sailing vessel with lots of old-fashioned character. Takes a maximum of 12 passengers
Inia – a bright yellow RIB (Rigid Hull Inflatable) with a bit of speed and close up water fun
Flipper – fitted with underwater cameras and each person can see what’s going on underwater via the on-deck viewing monitors
Fantasy – a luxury, 12-seater boat with a large underwater viewing bubble, no need to jostle for places. Bubbly and tapas served.
And there are at least two sailing yachts for your own sailing adventure: Mojo Picon sailing yacht and the Ecofancy, a Beneteau Cyclades 43.4 sailing yacht.