As all western islands of the Canary Islands, La Palma is very green which means it does get a good amount of rain from the NE Trade Winds.
The further west you go the wetter and greener the islands get. So just don't expect 300 days of sunshinein La Palma.
However it still is one of the most beautiful islands of the Canaries!
This volcanic island has a massive crater in the centre (La Caldera de Taburiente) and most towns are located along its coast.
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This mountainous and fertile island has loads to offer. Simply driving around the island is a great experience. The island is covered in banana plantations. See our recommended "must do's":
1) Santa Cruz de La Palma - is the island's capital. And whether you fly in or take a ferry you'll arrive at Santa Cruz so you'll definitely have to visit it.
The city was founded during the late 1400's, but it was in the 16th century that it became the Spanish empire's third largest port!
Today it's a charming port. Its streets are decorated with typical wooden Canarian balconies. And you can't miss its waterfront promenade (Avenida Maritima) where you can have a coffee at any of its many coffee shops.
You should also visit Plaza de España which is its town square, built in the 16th century. Casa de Tabaco is also worth a visit. They make hand-made cigars here, similar to those of Cuban cigars.
2) Los Llanos is on the west of La Palma and its one of the busiest towns. In this same district you'll also find Las Manchas lava flows. This is a solidified stream of lava.
From Los Llanos you can also get to
3) Roque de los Muchachos - this is the highest point of the island (2,423 m). And it's here where the Astrophysical Observatory is to be found.
Roque de los Muchachos is actually in the National Park of the Caldera de Taburiente, where you can find the impressive
4) Caldera del Taburiente - this is the largest erosion crater in the world. It has a depth of almost 800 m and a 9 km diameter. The crater was formed as the volcano's roof colasped some 500,000 years ago.
From here you'll be able to see the neighboring islands of Tenerife, El Hierro and La Gomera on a clear day
5) Fuencaliente - more volcanoes! Located in the island's south. Here you will be able to visit two great volcanos, that of Volcán San Antonio and Volcán Teneguía. There are trails which will allow you to walk up and down these volcanoes.
6) Beaches - La Palma isn't really known for its beaches, but there are a few beaches which are worth visiting. They are not made of golden sand but of thin black sand
The longest beaches are those; of Puerto de Naos and Charco Verde (Los Llanos), Zamora (Fuencaliente), Nogales (Puntallana), Los Guirres and El Volcán (Tazacorte) and Los Cancajos (Breña Baja) .
7) Tourist Areas - the main tourist areas are those of Puerto Naos and Tazacorte on the island's west and Los Cancajos on the east.
And don't forget to download your map of La Palma!
La Palma Canary Islands