Views of the Island of La Palma, Canary Islands

La Palma (Island)

Canary Islands

Volcanic sands, bays surrounded by cliffs and exceptional natural landscapes. This is the island of La Palma, an idyllic spot with numerous ecological treasures. A finalist in the European Commission’s EDEN (European Destinations of Excellence) programme in recognition of its sustainable tourism offer, it’s also the destination that experienced Spain’s most recent volcanic eruption, and this means that the island is home to the youngest land in the country.

La Palma, known as the “isla bonita” (beautiful island), is the greenest island in the Canary Island archipelago. From lush forests to steep cliffs hiding beaches of black sand, visitors will find the island endlessly surprising for its ecological treasures and exceptional scenery. Declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, the island has a multitude of protected natural spaces, and inland you’ll find the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. The volcanic lava, which goes right down to the sea, has created a low, rocky coastline with small bays hidden away between steep cliffs.

Because of its great height in proportion to its small surface area, La Palma is considered one of the highest islands in the world. The island has high mountains such as Roque de los Muchachos, a world reference point in astrophysics thanks to the modern observatory which has one of the most modern and spectacular telescopes in the world.With an average annual temperature of between 16 and 21 degrees centigrade, La Palma has a diversity of landscapes that are sure to impress. As will its historic, artistic and cultural heritage and traditions. Some of its most deeply-rooted traditions are worth a particular mention, including “Los Indianos” at carnival time and every five years, the Quinquennial Festivities known as the Bajada de la Virgen de las Nieves. In the first two weeks of July, the festivities of the Semana Grande and the Semana Chica are a chance to enjoy a series of major events and performances. A particular highlight is the Dance of the Dwarves.A heritage that is enriched by artisan textiles, cigar making and other handicrafts. And the icing on the cake is the island’s gastronomy, with the local cheeses and wines as the stars of the show, has earned the destination the Saborea la Palma brand.

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