La Palma holidays 2021
Lose yourself in the Canary Islands’ calmest corner on holidays in La Palma, where sky-high volcanoes and forest-smothered national parks offer an escape like no other.
La Palma is a volcanic island defined by its natural beauty. It may serve up the same year-round sunshine as the other Canary Islands, but its quiet character is woven into a lava-carved landscape that entices you away from the resorts and into nature. Declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 2002, fill your holidays in La Palma with majestic hiking trails, historic towns and black sand beaches fringed by turquoise sea.
Watersports in La Palma
While many of La Palma’s delights lie inland, you’ll be forgiven for wanting to spend all holiday long beside the coastal waters. Dive into spectacular underwater canyons forged by volcanic eruptions, spot dolphins as you parasail over the ocean and kayak to hidden beauty spots such as Cueva Bonita – a cave once used to capture pirates!
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Why book La Palma holidays
Rest & relaxation
The less touristy Canary Island is perfect for peace, quiet and blissful surroundings
Discover the best beaches
Spend the day on the black sand Los Cancajos Beach
Great national parks
Enjoy hikes and leisurely walks through the lush Taburiente National Park
Top resorts in La Palma
Los Concajos is a delightful little resort located 2 kilometres south of Santa Cruz, the charming capital of La Palma. …From £293 per person
Fuencaliente in La Palma, Canary IslandsFrom £482 per person
Puerto Naos is one of the longest beaches on the gorgeous island of La Palma, a stunning swathe of dramatic …From £422 per person
Tazacorte is a quiet, rural town of multi-coloured houses located in the south west corner of La Palma, surrounded by …From £423 per person
Los Llanos De Aridane
Set amid fields and orchards in the south east of La Palma, the quiet town of Los Llanos De Aridane …From £395 per person
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Your guide to La Palma holidays
From verdant gorges to starlit skies, get ready to explore on holidays in La Palma.
- Hike into the ancient heather forest of Parque Cultural La Zarza. Hidden caves, embellished with swirling rock carvings, are believed to have been made by the original inhabitants of this green island.
- The night skies above La Palma are some of the clearest in Europe. Marvel at Jupiter’s moons from the observatory atop the highest peak, Roque de Los Muchachos.
- On the southern tip of the island, Fuencaliente’s pure white salt pans are a sight to behold. Framed against vivid blue ocean and moody volcanic hills, it’s an area of unique contrasts.
- La Palma’s capital city, Santa Cruz, packs a cultural punch. Charming streets with Renaissance churches, flower-festooned balconies and a 17th century castle showcase Canarian architecture at its finest.
- Famed for handmade crafts, particularly embroidery, the south east town of Mazo is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir. Treat yourself to intricate clothes, tablecloths and tapestries to last a lifetime.
Nature in La Palma
Pull on your walking boots and keep your camera handy, because cheap holidays in La Palma deliver natural beauty on an epic scale.
- Taburiente National Park is the scenic jewel in La Palma’s crown. Myriad walking trails take you up vast volcanic peaks, through lustrous valleys and past waterfalls, glittering in the sun.
- More tropical in feel, Los Tilos is one of the last remaining laurel forests in the world. Dripping in dew-dotted ferns and natural springs, it remains untouched by tourism.
- Beautiful in its barrenness, the Volcano Route might be La Palma’s most popular hike. The demanding trek ascends 1,200 metres to a yawning crater and panoramic views to neighbouring La Gomera.
- Easier paths wind below the crags of Cumbre Vieja Natural Park. Prehistoric lava formations and indigenous wildlife combine for simple, scenic strolls that don’t require a compass!
- Despite its subtropical climate, La Palma’s ocean is pure wild Atlantic. Hop on a whale watching trip to spot pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins and maybe a few sea turtles too.
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Your La Palma questions answered
There’s no bad time for a package holiday to La Palma thanks to its subtropical climate and affordable activities. The best beach weather is in July and August, while the winter months offer mild temperatures perfect for outdoor activities.
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