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ABOUT LA PALMA

Where to go on La Palma...

The fifth largest of the Canary Islands, La Palma has an area of 706 square kilometres. That's quite small, even when compared to other Canary Islands, but this beautiful island is stuffed with plenty of places to visit. Rather than list every possible attraction on the island, something I just don't have enough time to do, I decided to provide you with simple descriptions of the places I've been to, and can recommend. Whilst a car is extremely handy for getting around the island, some of the very best views are only reachable if you're on foot or astride a mountain bike. The Caldera de Taburiente National Park, for example, is reached on foot or by bike, although cars can go as far as the Los Brecitos viewing point, the Las Angustias gorge and the La Cumbrecita viewing point. For more information about any of the places listed, just click 'Read more'.

Caldera de Taburiente National Park

The beautiful Caldera de Taburiente National Park is best visited on foot or by bike, although cars can go as far as the Los Brecitos viewing point, the Las Angustias gorge and the La Cumbrecita viewing point.

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Caldera de Taburiente National Park
Caldera de Taburiente National Park

Los Tilos

Los Tilos is a Unesco Biosphere Reserve and one of the world's last laurisilva forests, a dense primeval forest where broad-leaved laurel trees, mighty heather-trees, mosses, silence and the smell of leaves abound.

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Los Tilos
Los Tilos

Roque de los Muchachos

The 'Roque de los Muchachos' is the highest point of the island, at the northern border of the Caldera de Taburiente, and home to the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes. A beautiful spot during sunrise or sunset.

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Roque de los Muchachos
Roque de los Muchachos

Santa Cruz de la Palma

Santa Cruz de la Palma is the capital of La Palma, a colourful colonial town with a distinctly Caribbean feel. Walking the streets of Santa Cruz feels like walking through a paint shop, every house a different shade.

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Santa Cruz de la Palma
Santa Cruz de la Palma