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La Palma (Island)
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.
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