This pleasant seaside town is a delightful place to stroll and enjoy the quaint Old World ambience. Steeped in history, Santa Cruz de la Palma is a beautiful colonial city with many architectural treasures. The historic center of town boasts many palaces, churches, and buildings designed in traditional Canary Islands style. Santa Cruz de la Palma has a rich cultural heritage and embraces its customs. One of the most beloved traditions is Quinquennial Fiestas celebrating the island’s patron saint, Virgin of Las Nieves. This event is held in July and August every five years, following the same traditions the townspeople have enjoyed since 1680. Festivities include a pilgrimage where local residents dress in costume, nighttime processions illuminated by colorful paper lanterns, and a Dance of the Dwarves parade with cartoonish characters that polka dance.