A stranger to the mainstream tourism market, heart shaped La Palma lies on the western edge of the Canary Islands with Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro in her sights and untold wonders in her heart.

La Palma Overview
Most water rich of all the Canary Islands, La Palma is Nature’s child. Her skies are amongst the clearest in the world; her forests are coated with scented pines and ancient laurels, and deep in her heart her mountains rise like jagged jaws around the mouth of her primeval volcanic crater.

La Palma

Well deserving of its ‘Isla Bonita’ (the beautiful island) sobriquet, the island is a World Biosphere Reserve and has 35% of its surface area protected by special measures. All across its coastal face, banana production provides the mainstay of La Palma’s economy while from its sun kissed and rain touched slopes, tobacco to rival the quality of Cuba produces La Palma’s famous cigars. In the upper reaches of the fertile north and the arid south, ancient vines trace their roots back hundreds of years to their Conquistador ancestors and produce high quality, sought after wines. Head up to Roque de Los Muchachos at the island’s highest point of 2426 metres and you’ll find the world’s telescopes and cameras beaming back information about our Universe from skies whose clarity has literally to be seen to be believed.

Once the third busiest port in Spain, the island’s capital of Santa Cruz de La Palma was razed to the ground by French pirates in 1553 and had to be rebuilt, giving it a homogeneous Colonial style rarely found elsewhere in the islands. Feeling as much like downtown Havana as the Canary Islands, style looms large in its architecture, its boutiques and its pavement cafés.

La Palma

Fiercely protective of their unique environment, the Palmeros have no intention of giving over any of their island’s natural beauty to the voracious appetite of tourism and few concessions are made to the needs of visitors. The island’s version of a purpose built resort is the coastal development of Los Cancajos in between the airport and Santa Cruz de La Palma where you’ll find most of its hotels and holiday apartments; a handful of restaurants and bars and a pretty beach with a calm bay for swimming.

Choose instead to immerse yourself in La Palma’s natural beauty and you’ll find superb rural accommodation dotted around the landscape from where you can discover the island’s hiking trails by day and its star billing by night.

La Palma

Buzz Trips Opinion
La Palma is something of an enigma; fifth largest in size and third most populous of the archipelago, in tourism terms it gets less than 2% of Canary Islands visitors and yet it is arguably the most stunning of all the islands. Instead, La Palma is a well kept secret, known only to the thousand or so, mainly Germans, who monthly descend with their double sticks and rucksacks to enjoy some of Europe’s best hiking trails.

With direct flights now available from Manchester and Gatwick, do yourself a favour and get to know this most surprising of islands before the Canary gets out of the bag.

La Palma Articles

The other Canary Islands, the green ones

October 17, 2019 Jack 0

Social media can often be a forum full of people spouting things they think they know and doing so with unshakeable, definitive confidence. An example of this caught my eye the other morning in relation to a comment on a sponsored post about the Canary Islands. […]

Discovering La Palma, again

April 30, 2019 Jack 0

Bejeques (house leeks) the size of small bushes burst from cracks in dry-stone walls. Sweet peas, snapdragons, and California poppies devoured whole sections of embankments outside traditional cottages. On grassy tracks between hamlets, wild flowers – proud tajinastes and aromatic wild lavender – took over the reins. […]

Scenes from the water’s edge

January 6, 2019 Jack 0

As the wintery sun yawns and slips towards the duvet of the horizon there’s a mini pilgrimage in Alcochete on the southern banks of the Tagus. The place of worship is Alcach, a bar with jazzy sounds and chairs facing west. […]

Worlds of difference, comparing Canary Islands

September 17, 2018 Jack 0

Going into detail about the differences between the Canary Islands would fill a book, so I’m only going to provide a brief snapshot as an illustration why it’s essential to universe-hop when carrying out travel research. […]

10 reasons we enjoy walking on La Palma

February 8, 2018 Jack 0

There are numerous factors why we particularly relish the opportunity to hike on La Isla Bonita. But to keep this shorter than it could be, here are ’10 reasons we enjoy walking on La Palma’. […]

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