They call it the Isla Bonita, with little more than 700 square kilometers, it is the third smallest island and the second youngest in the Canary archipelago. With 2,426 meters of altitude and one of the largest erosion craters in the world: La Caldera de Taburiente. The most recent volcano in the Canary Islands, Teneguía (eruption 1971), located in the extreme south. The laurel forests and prehistoric fern jungles in the north. For hikers, La Palma is an island of superlatives. Step by step, the island shows the best of itself. La Palma is waiting to be discovered !!!
La Isla Bonita
Located in the middle of Atlantic Ocean, the island La Palma is a part of the Canary archipelago within a group of seven islands under Spanish sovereignty. The extremly high orography and the winds permanently arriving from the sea, bring humidity from the ocean and offer a mild climate with occasional rainfall. It also boasts landscapes with breathtaking views from elevated vantage points. But all of this means that there are many reasons to travel to La Palma and discover it.
Possibly, the main reason to enjoy the exuberant nature from La Palma are the natural spaces. The privileged character of La Palma led it to be declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2002. But it is the National Park, Caldera de Taburiente, located in the very heart of the island, that is the epicentre of all hiking routes. And, as well, the 19 protected natural spaces and the unspoilt black sand beaches, which give it a special character. And also the spectacular volcanic landscapes of the south.
The island is also a privileged enclave for adventure lovers. Whether by sea, land or air, La Palma is an ideal place for those looking for a closer contact with nature. There are many options to enjoy activities in touch with nature. But undoubtedly, hikingis the most prominent activity all over the rest. However, you can also go horse riding, paragliding, mountain biking, scuba diving or on sea excursions. And do not forget the new trend to stargazing in the spectacular night sky of La Palma.
Culture & Gastronomy
This is an island with rich cultural traditions and centuries-old festivals with an extensive network of museums and Visitor Centres. The cultural values kept alive by an exquisite craft heritage, as well as an important architectural heritage. And La Palma keeps its character intact, offering a varied gastronomy, with influences from Castilian, Portuguese and Creole cuisine.
what to see in La Palma
When you visit La Palma for the first time, there are some very special places that you should never miss. And here is a list of the must-see places:
- Viewpoint La Cumbrecita: Located in the municipality of El Paso, accessible by road, this viewpoint allows you to enjoy an unequalled view of La Caldera de Taburiente without effort.
- The Roque de Los Muchachos: This is the highest point of the island: 2,426 metres. From here you can get a bird’s eye view of the whole island and it is also accessible by road.
- Volcano de San Antonio: This is a perfect volcanic crater more than 2000 years old, which is partly walkable and from where you can enjoy incredible views.
- Saltpans from Fuencaliente: Located at the very south of the island, at the foot of a very recent volcanic lava flow. With unspoilt black sand beaches in the surrounding area.
- The picturesque North: Remote hamlets and a very picturesque landscape to discover along the old Mimbreras road.
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