The other city, the one you only see from above, is the main objective of this route that brings us past lesser-known panoramas, viewpoints, balconies, attics and natural watchtowers. They served as important encounters with the horizon, naval commerce, the sea, the physical and the spiritual.
We start at Plaza de España with a visit to the tower of the Iglesia de El Salvador, which was constructed in the 16th century. We’ll climb the stairs up to the highest part which conserves the clock (a Londoner example of 1842) and the church bells.
The route continues through the Mercado Municipal de Abastos to the Calle Díaz Pimienta, where we’ll have some explanation of the characteristics of the house/laboratory of professional photographers Aurelio Carmona and Miguel Brito. Afterwards we will visit the attic of La Recova in the Avenida El Puente.
From there we will continue to Calle O’Daly to the viewpoints of Casa de Salazar (17th century) and Casa de Carillo, the seat of the Diputado del Común (end 1920’s) and the roof/viewpoint of Casa Rodríguez González in Calle Álvarez de Abreu (built by the brothers Ignacio and José Ana Rodríguez González by the end of the 19th century).
We continue to the balcony of the Real Sociedad Cosmológica (Calle Vandewalle), the roof/viewpoint of Casa Monteverde (seat of the Centro Asociado a la UNED “Valeriano Fernández Ferraz”), the roof of the Casa Santos Rodriguez (seat of the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos de Canarias of La Palma), the church tower of the Iglesia de Santo Domingo, the monastery of Nuestra Señora de la Luz and the Mirador del Risco de la Luz.
Approximate duration: 3 hours
Departure point: Plaza de España
Distance: 2 kilometres
Arrival point: Plaza de La Luz
There will be some steep roads and stairs to climb in a lot of buildings. Apart from this, the route is appropriate for all audiences (except for people with reduced mobility). The visits of the church towers of El Salvador and Santa Domingo are not recommended for people who suffer from claustrophobia.