La Palma
nimage1 Green, blue, yellow, ochre and black ... such is the brilliant array of colours which greets visitors to La Palma, the most northwesterly of the Canary Islands in the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Variously referred to as the green island, the beautiful island, or the island of stars, the extraordinary natural beauty of La Palma enchants those willing to discover, on the eastern side, the green and humid landscape bathed by the trade winds; this is perfectly balanced by the warm dry climate of the westerly side, which appears as if by magic simply by driving through the tunnel that separates east from west.

La Palma has a surface area of 706 km² divided into 14 municipalities, with a population of about 86,000 inhabitants. The island also boasts the Caldera de Taburiente National Park along with 19 protected natural areas (35% of the total surface area). The fact that highest point - the Roque de los Muchachos - is 2,426m above sea level never ceases to amaze if we remember how small the island is; in addition, its very special natural conditions have made it one of the most important astrophysical observatories in the world.

nimage1 La Palma emerged from the Atlantic Ocean some 2 million years ago, with a central ridge shaped like a walking stick running from north to south. Its volcanic origins, with hots spots still surviving in the south of the island, complement beautifully the green of the peaks with their abundant water; in fact La Palma is the only Canary island with streams. The hillsides are covered with dense woods of laurisilva (greenheart) and Canary pines, and the peaks are alive with indigenous vegetation, including the ever-present Canary pine, codeso (wild laburnum), broom, house leeks, and the delicate La Palma violet. These are just some of the attractive features that led UNESCO to declare the whole island World Biosphere Reserve; moreover, the island boasts over 1000km of hiking trails approved and marked according to European standards.

A symbol of peace and harmony, La Palma also offers visitors the unique landscapes of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, its profound “cauldron” crater seared by incredible winding ravines. Nature lovers will discover a true paradise, with endless possibilities to enjoy mountains, woods and the ocean: rocky coves, subtropical forests, eery lava landscapes, luminous pine forests and imposing peaks take it in turn to captivate visitors. The underwater landscape is no less varied, with its black corals, volcanic arches and intricate submarine caves inhabited by a great diversity of species.

Last but not least is the wide range of activities on offer here: hiking, cycling and mountain biking, horse-riding, diving, paragliding … on La Palma, everything is possible!



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