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About La Palma.... and me!

Well, seeing as you've found this website, the first thing I've got to say is that I hope you find it useful, and I hope you visit La Palma! Having become addicted to La Palma, I wanted to create a website that other people would find helpful, and to share my opinions of this super little island.

First, about me..

I have to admit that when I first visited La Palma, I didn't know what to expect. In those days there wasn't a huge amount of information about La Palma online and I was looking for a cheap holiday in the sun. I'd already been to the Canary Islands a couple of times, so I suppose I was probably expecting something a bit like Tenerife. Thankfully, La Palma is different.

Just in case you'd like to know about me, I'm a part-time website designer. I do other stuff as well, but web design is what I enjoy. Like most people, I don't have a personal website because I don't have anything much I'd like to share with the rest of the world, and even my girlfriend doesn't find me that funny. I also like travelling, and have been to a variety of places, North America, South Africa, South Asia, most countries in Europe and, of course, La Palma. After my last visit to La Palma, it occurred to me that there weren't many websites with decent information about the island, which I thought was a bit of a shame. So, as I enjoy creating websites, I decided to build one to tell people about La Palma. And now you're reading it, so it was worthwhile!

Why La Palma?

Thanks to the very limited number of direct flights between the UK and La Palma, it isn't a place many Brits have been to. I remember that the first time I visited the island I was a little short of money and wanted to go somewhere sunny. Lacking in inspiration, I visited a German holiday website that specialised in less 'touristy' holiday destinations. The site suggested La Gomera, which is the little island just off the coast of Tenerife, and La Palma. When I went to the travel agents the next day, they told me that if I wanted to go to La Gomera, I'd need to fly to Tenerife, get a taxi to Los Cristianos and then get a boat to La Gomera from there. Or I could get a direct flight to La Palma. I chose the easy option and booked a ticket for La Palma. I thoroughly enjoyed my first holiday on La Palma and, other than Paris and Barcelona, it's the only holiday destination I've visited more than once!

La Palma isn't for you if you're after an Ibiza-style nightlife or 5-star luxury holiday resorts. There are discos, I believe, and I'm pretty sure I've seen 5-star hotels too, but that's not what La Palma is about. It's one of the quietest Canary Islands and the most beautiful. The volcano on Tenerife is quite impressive, and the surrounding terrain is well worth a look, but it can't hold a candle to La Palma. La Palma's massive caldera is hugely impressive and the views are simply stunning. The island's scenery is amazing and, unlike that found in so many other places, can be easily enjoyed on foot or bike. The beauty of La Palma is one of the main reasons to visit it, is the reason the Spanish call it 'La Isla Bonita' (the beautiful island) and is part of the reason why the whole island is classed as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

Of course, there's more than just wonderful scenery. La Palma is a hugely popular holiday destination for hikers and trekkers, with somewhere around 1000km of pathways across and along the island, running around the volcanos, forest areas and coast. Similarly, La Palma is a paradise for both on or off-road cyclists, and specialist bike rental firms allow you to rent some of the best mountain bikes in production, to make the experience even better. If you like to get your feet wet, the waters around La Palma provide wonderful entertainment for scuba divers. Whilst it's not really my thing, La Palma is also one of the top locations for astromomers. If you live in the UK or elsewhere in Europe, your view of the sky at night has been destroyed by light pollution. Spend an evening on top of La Palma, high above the clouds and surrounded by inky darkness, and you'll see the kind of night skies that haven't been visible from western countries for more than 30 years.

In short, as long as your idea of a good holiday doesn't involve endless clubbing and you're not an olympic-standard couch potato with an aversion to nature or walking uphill, you'll love La Palma!