Dense forest, blissful beaches, landscape-dominating volcanoes - the natural splendour of the Canary Islands cannot be ignored. One of the most beautiful of the Canary Islands is La Palma, where the lack of artificial light creates a jaw dropping starry spectacle at night. Home to just under 100,000 people, this island has a timeless feel to it. Boasting its own airport, the volcanic island can be accessed directly from the UK.
La Palma might be the smallest of all the Canary Islands, but its flourishing landscape makes up for what it lacks in size. Waterfalls and pine tree filled forests can be discovered at Caldera de Taburiente National Park, which is one of the many verdant panoramas you can see with your own eyes during a holiday to La Palma.
Spending your summer holiday in La Palma will give you the opportunity to enjoy the best of both worlds, from kicking back with a glass of sangria in hand at a local beachfront bar, to getting the blood pumping with a horse riding or diving adventure. What's more, the nearby resorts of Los Cancajos and Puerto Naos present holidaymakers with an opportunity to bask on various black sand beaches.
This popular European getaway destination presents visitors with an array of attractions, both natural and man made. Cumbre Vieja and Teneguia are just two of seven volcanoes you can observe after a hike through La Palma's flourishing forest. Seek out waterfalls at Caldera de Taburiente National Park or spend a day whale-watching from a boat.
Stargazers will book a holiday to La Palma for an astrotourism experience atop Roque de Los Muchachos. Peer through the world's biggest telescope or visit Charcho Azul in the west for a refreshing dip in the natural seawater pools.
Tenerife is without a doubt the largest wine-producing region in the Canary Islands. However, you don't have to leave La Palma to sample wines produced from the vines, which sprout up from volcanic ash soil. It is this nutrient-rich soil combined with the heat and humidity that makes the Canary Islands a prime spot for wine lovers.
When on holiday in La Palma, try the Conejo al salmorejo (rabbit stew) or Sancocho (spicy boiled bass with potatoes). Palatable high-quality wines made from the malvasia grape are a preferred choice for enhancing the flavour of Canarian cuisine.
Encourage the family to work as part of a team by visiting the Acropark during your holiday in La Palma. This adventure course features 13 different activities for the kids and 20 challenging rope courses for adults. Free concerts are usually held in the summer months at Central Park or if you visit La Palma Branch Library, you can join in with a Family Storytime session. If you are travelling with teenagers, tempt them to a hiking day out at Parque Cultural La Zarza. Alternatively, explore the hillside Maroparque zoo and get up-close to 300+ animal species.
Action & Adventure
La Cumbrecita is the place to go if you want to tick a volcano hike off your bucket list. Walk around the volcano's rim and spend the night camping beneath the stars. A nature park is snuggled into the mountain crater, where you can walk along many kilometres of trekking trails. Diving and 4x4 countryside adventures make La Palma a playground for explorers of both the land and the underwater world.
There is no need to worry about racing to the beach in search of a sunbathing spot when you are on holiday in La Palma. A sheet of shimmering black sand coats most of the beaches, with Tazacorte, Los Cancajos, and Puerto Naos beaches being the best spots for paragliding, snorkelling, and seaside shopping.
Are you a keen surfer? If so, rent a board and skim the waves at Los Guirres beach or check out the surfing conditions at La Zamora beach. Surfers also tend to cluster at Nogales beach, which is only accessible on foot.
Although most people who go on holiday to La Palma will choose this dreamy destination to hike in the wilderness and chow down on Canarian cuisine, there is something for the partygoer to enjoy on the island, too. Attend a themed night at Kapitol, after pairing tapas with beer at Cerveceria Isla Verde.
La Sirena Beer & Wine House is a popular social spot on the promenade and if you're lucky, you might visit when a local band is playing live music! A boat trip to a surrounding island like Fuerteventura or Tenerife will expose you to a broader selection of nightlife establishments.
From the dimly lit restaurants to the viewpoints, beaches, and boat trips, it is safe to say that a La Palma holiday will satisfy your inner romantic. Watch local anglers catch fish at Charco Verde Beach and stroll hand-in-hand along the wide expanse of dark sand.
Step back in time as you uncover historic exhibitions at one of the island's museums, such as the Museum of Corpus Christi. A nature walk to the 17th-century Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves is a must, while the many spas nestled amongst the sub-tropical greenery present an opportunity to get pampered with your loved one.
The culture of the Canary Islands is a combination of the arts, gastronomy, and music. Influenced greatly by Spain, the island is home to a large Roman Catholic society. Some people believe the group of islands to be what is left of the "lost continent of Atlantis". Traditional customs are widely practiced, with chivalry and hospitality being two main supporting pillars of the Canary Islands culture. However, modern influences have been introduced into the lifestyle over time.
Smoking is banned in most public spaces, so keep this in mind before you light up a cigarette on holiday in La Palma. Manners go a long way in La Palma, much like they do in other parts of Spain. Presenting a host or hostess with a gift is a polite gesture, as is learning the basics of the Spanish language, like "Muchas Gracias" (thank you very much).