The most beautiful and unspoiled of the Canary Islands, La Palma encompasses tradition, natural beauty and true escapism. Whether you want to lounge on quiet beaches, explore the stunning landscape or relax and soak up the island's unique atmosphere, La Palma holidays have something for everyone. Due to its slightly quieter nature, you can find some great deals on cheap holidays.
Located off the coast of Africa, the small volcanic island is blessed with year-round sunshine as well as stunning beaches and a varied inland terrain, making it a great destination for you to witness nature at its most dramatic. You can enjoy the leisurely lifestyle of La Palma, its beautiful surroundings and unique monuments, or experience the buzz of its capital Santa Cruz de la Palma with its rich culture and nightlife.1 of 9
La Palma is made up of several holiday resorts on the coast, which are eclipsed by the surrounding landscape of volcanoes, pine forests and vineyards. The combination of natural wonders is complimented by the family-friendly water parks and beaches, which are some of the best in the Canary Islands.
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Whether you’re travelling in a group, with your family or with a loved one, there’s plenty to keep you occupied on a holiday to La Palma. The towns on the island hold a lot of history and offer a good glimpse of traditional island life, dating back to the time of the Spanish take over.
As the island is the smallest in the Canaries, you will be able to see most of the attractions during your holiday to La Palma. From Puerto de Tazacorte harbour, you can tour the coast aboard a boat. The tour will conclude at the Cueva Bonita, or the Pretty Cave, which it illuminates with a reddish light at sunset. Another tour you should embark on is to the Canyon of Anxiety, which is an imposing volcano, located inland.
As the star of Santa Cruz de La Palma, Iglesia De El Salvador is an elegant Renaissance church that is beautiful both inside and out. Outside the monumental façade is one of the best examples of architecture in the Canary Islands, whilst inside there is an impressive honeycomb-like ceiling.
For a quieter pace, head to Fuencaliente's coastline which is freckled with small black-sand coves. There you can take in the surrounding forests, vineyards and seven volcanoes that are home to outstanding walking trails. In the town, there are a few whitewashed restaurants and an 18th century church.
As La Palma is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, it means that is a haven for seafood. You can sample freshly caught fish and shell fish from most restaurants on the island, or you can try the local favourite, Ropa vieja which is a mix of potatoes, chickpeas, ham, tomatoes, meat and eggs.
The local beers come from the brewery Isla Verde in El Jesus, Tijarafe. It’s worth a visit as you can enjoy the dark Danza del Diablo and the blonde Pícara on the terrace, or you can purchase the beer at local supermarkets.
If wine is your tipple, then Bodegas Teneguia winery in Los Canarios is for you. During a wine-tasting class of specialty wines made on the premises you will get to try the Malvesia. You will also have chance to take a tour of the winery and take a bottle home once you’ve chosen your favourite.
For authentic Canarian dishes, visit Tazacorte’s square. As it is near the harbour, you can always count on a catch of the day in one of the restaurants around the town plaza and down some of the side streets.
If you want to enjoy a beachside meal, then book a table at El Pulpo in Los Cancajos. Famed for its fresh fish and seafood, paellas and traditional Canarian cuisine, the relaxed restaurant has been going for 40 years.
In Santa Cruz de la Palma, the Restaurante Chipi-Chipi serves hearty BBQ and meat dishes, with Papas Arrugadas - the local potato dish. Set among stunning gardens in a courtyard, you can dine outside on wonderful dishes and for a great price.
Family holidays in La Palma begin at the beach, giving you’re the opportunity to swim and snorkel in the calm Atlantic waters. You will also get to enjoy some of the Canaries’ best family-friendly attractions. Mix all of this with the relaxed lifestyle of La Palma locals and you have the recipie for a great family holiday.
If you’re bringing older children and teens with you, take them on a hike to the Mirador de los Roques. You can bring the little ones and a pram to the Mirador Lomo de las Chozas, which is also in the Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente.
Children will adore Maroparque, a small zoo where albino wallabies, toucans, marmosets and pythons roam around their spacious cages. Set in pleasant landscaped gardens, the zoo is a great day out for the little ones and also offers refreshments.
Further afield, the whole family can explore the Charco Azu, which is a creatively designed salt water pool, made out of moulded concrete with natural volcanic rocks. Here you can catch the sun on the sunbathing platforms and wander around via the walkway.
Nature lovers will enjoy holidays in La Palma, due to its stunning scenery and the Los Tilos UNESCO biosphere reserve that provides plenty of opportunities to spot rare flora and fauna across the island.
La Palma is home to several national parks and a volcano trail. In the centre of the island lies the unspoiled Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente. With a rich tapestry of pine forests, waterfalls, freshwater spring and walking trails, bring your camera to capture the scenery. Another spectacular national park is La Caldera de Taburiente with a trail that leads up the slopes.
Elsewhere, the island is covered with volcano-scapes and in the south, along the volcano trail, you can walk by volcanic rims and across gaping craters.
Off the coast of La Palma, there is the opportunity to join a whale watching tour aboard a catamaran. Spend some unforgettable hours at sea in search of dolphins and whales, and also explore the Cueva Bonita cave.
The beaches of La Palma boast miles of fine sand, with areas of black and red volcanic sand. With year-round sea breezes here, the beaches are brilliant for water sports like wind and kite surfing.
Los Cancajos on La Palma's east coast has been awarded a Blue Flag, meaning it is pristine and meets standards of quality. The beach’s bay is protected by breakwaters of volcanic rock, guaranteeing tranquil waters so little ones can happily play in the calm water. With an abundance of marine life, the beach is perfect for first-time scuba dives and snorkelers. There are also are toilets, showers and sunbeds as well as umbrellas for rent. There is plenty of parking and good bus connections.
Another great beach is Tazacorte Beach, which claims to be the warmest place on La Palma. Its stretch of dark volcanic sand is bordered by a promenade with many seafood restaurants that serve the catch of the day. There’s also a small fishing harbour here.
When the sun goes down, your holiday in La Palma truly comes alive. Whether you want a laid-back evening at some low-key bars or some all night clubbing, the island has got you covered.
Fuencaliente is best for chilled nights out, with several relaxed restaurants and bars in the centre, while the city of Santa Cruz has plenty of seafront bars down Avenida Maritima. Boasting lively nightlife and world famous bands, you’ll find well-knowns DJs playing at the town’s premiere music venue, San Pedro.
You’ll be in for a surprise at Guanarteme's El Gallinero Café Arte, which hosts everything from magic shows, a live band and experimental theatre. For something a bit different, head just out of town to the trendy Las Brujas, a 15th century converted manor house that is now used as a restaurant and bar.
The quiet isle of La Palma is the ideal destination for couples looking for a relaxing holiday in the sun. Whether you both crave adventure or a romantic meal under the stars, this island delivers.
Bathe together in the saltwater pool at Barlovento. These calm saltwater pools produce frothy waves that pound beyond the barriers. The beautiful coastal spot offers memorable panoramas of dramatic dark rocks that meet the savage ocean.
If you want to get close to the stars, visit the world-renowned observatory that is home to the world's largest telescope, the Gran Telescopio Canarias. Atop the highest peak on the island, Roque de Los Muchachos, you will get to see over a dozen gigantic telescopes as part of a guided tour of the observatory's facilities.
At night, you don’t need to rely on telescopes to see the stars, as La Palma’s skies come alive due to the low levels of air and light pollution on the island. For the ultimate romantic experience, you can stargaze together when the sun goes down on one of the islands peaks.
La Palma’s capital city, Santa Cruz de La Palma is centre of culture on the island. You can explore a range of original 17th and 18th century buildings, boasting elegant architecture in both Spanish and Moorish styles.
Another landmark of the city is the Castillo de Santa Catalina which sits at the northern end of the seafront. The castle was one of several forts built in the 17th century as a defence from pirates.
To learn more about the island’s history, pay La Zarza Cultural Park a visit. Discover the mysterious rock carvings that feature circles, spirals and stick men that are some of the most important archaeological finds on the Canary Island archipelago.
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