Known as ‘La Isla Bonita’ (the beautiful island) La Palma is the greenest of all the Canary Islands. La Palma is the top choice nature lovers with vast unspoilt forests, lush rainforest canopies, twisted rock formations and volcanic landscapes.
The absence of stretches of white beach which is so associated with the Canary Islands, means that La Palma is virtually untouched by tourism. Don’t think La Palma has no beaches though, located on the south-west of the island, Puerto Naos is the islands most famous exotic, black sand beach. The beach is ideal for sunbathing with a difference and offers fantastic snorkelling opportunities over the stunning reefs.
As a proud receiver of the Starlight Award, La Palma is a haven for keen astronomers. The clear skies and strict light pollution laws on the island mean that star gazing opportunities are abundant and unparalleled. Get closer to the cosmos with a guided night tour and star gazing sessions at several viewpoints across the island including the Roque de los Muchachos observatories at 2,420 metres above sea level.
A visit to La Palma’s vibrant capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma, is like stepping back into a bygone era. This lovely sea front city as a maritime atmosphere and is perfect for a few days break with its picturesque beach, stone paved streets and original colonial buildings.
Things to do
Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves: Hike an easy 2km path towards the Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves for spectacular views over Santa Cruz. A 17th century church with a dazzling interior of wooden carvings, sparkling crystal chandeliers and historical statues, make this La Palma’s main object of pilgrimage.
Iglesia del Salvador: Located in the bustling city of Santa Cruz de la Palma, the glittering interiors of this imposing looking church are not to be missed. A stunning baroque pulpit from 750, stunning ornate wooden ceiling and one of the best examples of Mudéjar style architecture in the Canary Islands await you when you step inside.
Visit the Fuencaliente volcanoes: The volcanoes located in Fuencaliente are the newest in the archipelago and are the main attraction in the area. Take your camera as the beautiful lunar-like landscape will provide plenty of breath-taking photo opportunities.