The Taiwanese writer Sanmao, who penned 20 books, is considered a great role model for young women in her cultural circle. She travelled the world, composed “Stories of the Sahara” and other fantastic travel accounts, was independent, emancipated, and confident. Sanmao experienced her happiest years in the 1970s, which she spent on La Palma together with her Spanish husband José Maria Quero. An engineer by trade, he helped construct the harbour of Santa Cruz. Today, a tourist trail, a monument, and a permanent exhibition serve as reminders of the famous writer and her touching love story.