Jump to content
    Sign in to follow this  

    6 reasons to visit the island of La Palma

    The Canary Islands are well known for their beautiful balance of volcanic landscapes, natural seawater swimming-pools, black sand beaches, and year-round sunshine. La Palma, one of the smallest of the islands, gets this combination spot on.

    La Palma is known as both the greenest of the Canary Islands and the steepest. It’s more relaxed than the other islands, making it the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts looking for incredible landscapes and a slower pace of life. Here are six reasons why everyone should visit La Palma as part of a Canary Island adventure.

    1. It’s a World Biosphere Reserve

    Volcanic mountains landscape..jpeg

    La Palma is home to incredible landscapes, imposing volcanoes, deep forests, welcoming beaches and star-filled night skies. So it’s no wonder that in 2002 it was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

    2. There are 1,000km of walking paths

    La Palma,Canary Islands walking.jpeg

    Including the Volcano Route, which is considered one of the world's most beautiful hikes. The trail reaches a high point of 1932 metres with spectacular views over areas of the island while also boasting sights of both green pine forees and the yellos flowers of the indigenous coraconcillo lotus flower in spring.

    3. You can see the stars

    Night on hill on la palma.jpeg

    Clear skies and strict light pollution laws mean that La Palma is the perfect place for stargazing and astronomy. So much that it has earned a Starlight Award. To get as close as you can to the cosmos, head to the Roque de los Muchachos observatories, which are 2,420 metres above sea level.

    4. It’s home to one of the most important laurel forests in the Canary Islands

    Los Tilos Waterfall in La Palma.jpeg

    Los Tilos Forest is one of the few strongholds left in the world when it comes to laurisilva: a dense, verdant, primitive forest full of broad-leaved trees that dominated the planet millions of years ago. This is the reason why Los Tilos was declared as the first World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO on the island in 1983! You can learn more about the forest at the Los Tilos visitors’ centre, which is home to themed rooms, and videos.

    5. There are beautiful black sand beaches

    black sand beach la palma.jpeg

    One of La Palma’s most famous black sand beaches is Puerto Naos on the west coast of the island. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it is also home to a stunning underwater world for keen divers and snorkelers.

    6. Its capital is rich in history


    Santa Cruz de La Palma’s Old Town hasn’t changed much since colonial times. Spend your day walking past manor houses, wooden buildings with balconies, and stone-paved streets, all while soaking up its maritime atmosphere.

    Sign in to follow this  

    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    There are no comments to display.

    Create an account or sign in to comment

    You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

    Create an account

    Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

    Register a new account

    Sign in

    Already have an account? Sign in here.

    Sign In Now

  • Receive exclusive offers and travel news to your inbox

    Subscribe to our mailing list today


Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.