La Palma

La Palma

Things to do - general

The island of La Palma with its breathtaking landscapes, imposing volcanoes, dense forests and its incomparable starry sky, together with the island of El Hierro, is one of the most western islands of the Canary archipelago. Like every island in this archipelago, La Palma owes its existence to volcanic activity, but is one of the youngest of the seven islands, dating back some 1.7 million years. The volcanic origin of La Palma is still clearly recognizable today, especially the southern part of the island with the volcano Teneguía, last erupted in 1971, offers interesting insights into the geological past.

The year-round mild climate with average temperatures between 18 and 27 degrees Celsius is primarily determined by the north east trade wind. This weather phenomenon is responsible for the fact that on the island La Palma pleasantly subtropical climate prevails and by the humidity carried along in the trade wind clouds also a rich vegetation thrives.

Combined with the unique geological structure of the island, this results in a variety of vegetation zones that are rarely found in such a small area of the world.

In 1983 the “Isla Bonita”, as La Palma is also called, was declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve. Another special feature of La Palma is the unique starry sky. Due to its location in the Atlantic Ocean, the comparatively sparse population and the highest elevation, the 2426 metre high Roque de los Muchachos, the island was chosen as the location for one of the most modern and largest observatories in the world.

The official population of the island is approximately 80,000 people spread over a total area of about 708 square kilometres. Traditional festivals such as the Bajada de la Virgen or the Los Indianos carnival, famous far beyond the island’s borders, bear witness to the zest for life of the Palmeros. Not only the geographical location, but also the numerous immigrants from Central and South America show a variety of Hispanic influences in island life, cultural events and also in the cuisine.

A relaxing break

La Palma offers the perfect combination of originality and natural beauty for people who want to relax. In almost every season of the year there is a deserted beach, an untouched bay or a lonely hiking trail. With a café con leche in one of the numerous bars you can devote yourself completely to the moment and let yourself be infected by the relaxed canarian way of life – time to chill-out!

The island has still retained its charm and tranquillity - a soothing experience in our modern and sometimes hectic times. An island of peace, quiet but still full of energy. Let yourself be enchanted - let this special experience take effect on you. It will change you - we call it the La Palma effect!
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A romantic hideaway

The clear night sky of La Palma is one of the most impressive in the world. Due to its remote location in the Atlantic Ocean, the sparse population and a special law against so-called light pollution, the sky and the stars appear even clearer and more numerous than in most other places on earth. A picnic on a full moon night on a secluded beach, in front of you only the silver reflecting expanse of the Atlantic - an unforgettable experience.

Enjoying the sunset in the private pool of your holiday home with a glass of champagne is perhaps the most pleasant way to end an eventful day.

Having in one of the many excellent restaurants a candlelight dinner, a glass of wine and tasty local specialities, making plans for your next excursion on the island – that‘s pure holiday feeling with the right touch of romance!
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Family vacation

Due to its diversity and its varied excursion possibilities, La Palma is an ideal destination for families. It doesn't matter if you are competing in sandcastle building on a beach day, watching dolphins and whales in their natural habitat on a boat trip or getting an insight into the secrets of the universe on a visit to the observatory, boredom is a foreign word on the island!

In the well-equipped visitor centres, young and old guests can learn about the volcanic past of La Palma or learn about the flora and fauna of the small green island in the Atlantic Ocean.

An ideal excursion tip for the few rainy days on La Palma. For young climbing lovers there is a high rope course, in the same municipality there is also a small animal park - the Maroparque.

Also a rewarding excursion destination is Puerto Naos: the ecological banana finca Platanologico, where you can inform yourself about the near-natural cultivation of this popular fruit.
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Enjoy the unique nature

The extraordinary natural beauties of La Palma make it an island full of surprises. Due to the different vegetation zones, which are so close to each other that they hardly occur on earth, there is a richness of species in the flora that is unequalled. Numerous plants are endemic, which means that they only grow here on La Palma.

About a third of the island is covered by pine forests. The Canary pine with its up to 30 cm long needles also has an important part in the water balance of the island. The water of the trade wind clouds condenses on their needles and thus ensures a vital water entry. Also unique are the laurel forests, such as the one in Los Tilos, which grow on the side of the island facing the trade wind. The typical dragon trees of the Canary Islands grow up to 20 m high and can reach an age of several hundred years.

The fertile volcanic soil and the mild climate allow the year-round cultivation of almost all known fruits and vegetables. The weekly markets thus always offer a rich variety. Wine-growing also benefits from the climatic conditions and the special terroir, especially the white wines of La Palma enjoy an excellent reputation and regularly win awards at international tastings.

The maritime fauna is very diverse - dolphins, whales, turtles, rays and many more inhabit the waters around La Palma. The isle is populated by geckos and lizards, the Graja - the endemic crow species is considered the secret heraldic animal of the island. Anyone who has ever heard the call of the yellow-billed shearwater will never forget it.
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