The youngest of all the Canary Islands – La Palma, wild, green and mountainous.
La Isla Bonita (beautiful island) so called by its inhabitants is one of the steepest islands in the world. The fifth largest of the entire Canary archipelago is a kind of asylum that mass tourism has not yet reached.
Well at least as much as on other islands.
La Palma is a perfect place for everyone who loves mountain hiking, wildlife and star watching, as the island has perfect conditions for observing the sky.
This is enabled by the very shape of La Palma, the climate (not too many clouds) and the policy of the local government, which prohibits the use of neon lights, and forces the street lamps to be properly set. For these reasons, there is a large accumulation of astronomical observatories from countries from around the world.
Manolo Blahnik, the famous Spanish shoe designer with Czech roots, also comes from La Palma. However, we are not about to be talking about shoes, but about sightseeing and attractions. So let’s look at interesting places and see the sights of La Palma.
To start with, a glimpse of the island of La Palma by a drone:
And now slightly more mundane attractions; )
Tourist attractions of La Palmy
Santa Cruz de la Palma – the capital of the island, having less than 20 thousand inhabitants. This city is considered one of the most beautiful capitals in the Canary Islands archipelago.
It is famous for its well-maintained, colonial tenement houses and colorful, wooden balconies, located along the seaside promenade. A big attraction is Plaza de Espana, where several buildings are ideal examples of the Renaissance architecture of these islands.
There is the church of Iglesia Matriz de El Salvator from 1500 and a replica of the Santa Maria ship on which Christopher Columbus sailed to America.
You can also visit the 16th-century island museum – Museo Insular, which includes several other museums. Among others, the ethnographic museum, natural history museum as well as the museum of fine arts and the city library.
Visiting further we come across …
Sanctuary of Nuestra Senora de las Nieves
At a distance of about 3 km from the capital, it is also worth visiting the sanctuary of Nuestra Senora de las Nieves, a place of religious worship.
This is where the figure of the patron of the island – Our Lady of the Snows, is placed, which plays the main role in celebrating her several weeks’ festivities, held every five years. The procession with the figure is accompanied by a crowd of several thousand and leads to the church of El Salvator in the capital.
Is a very important event for residents. The sanctuary also houses the Museum of Sacred Art, one of the most important in the Canaries.
Caldera de Taburiente National Park
The Caldera de Taburiente National Park is a park created in the caldera of an extinct volcano, with a diameter of 8 km. The interior of the crater, thanks to fertile soils, is overgrown with lush vegetation.
The views are amazing, you can find here various rock formations, waterfalls and streams. Among pine forests and charming valleys, hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty have been created that can also be travelled horseback. Remains of the original inhabitants of La Palma have also been discovered in this national park.
Roque de los Muchachos
Exactly in the Caldera de Taburiente National Park is the highest peak on the island – Roque de los Muchachos (2426 m a.s.l.).
This is where the astronomical observatory is located – Observatorio Del Roque de los Muchachos equipped with a large and technologically advanced telescope – Gran Telescopio Canarias.
There are perfect conditions for observing the northern hemisphere. The observatory can be visited with a guide only during the day. There is no public transport here, but it is accessible by car.
Ruta de los Volcanes
Among the many trekking routes on La Palma, one stands out especially – Ruta de los Volcanes. It’s quite a demanding, about six-hour route along the ridge of an active volcano (Cumbre Vieja), which ends on the coast in Los Canarios (Fuencaliente).
This trek allows you to admire the La Palma mountain ranges, unusual vegetation, volcanic landscape and endemic species of birds.
It is also worth visiting the oldest town on the island, Tazacorte. Located among banana plantations, it delights with colorful buildings as well as the port and the black beach. You can visit the Banana Museum, decorated in a historic house, which concerns the cultivation of these exotic fruit. In the house of crafts – La Casa del Artesano, you can, in turn, buy local handicrafts, among others made from banana leaves.
La Zarza Park
For those interested in archeology, a place worth attention will certainly be the open-air museum located in the Garafia commune – La Zarza Park. On the cave walls there are petroglyphs left by the original inhabitants of this island. There is also an interactive museum in the building next door.
As for the attractions for children in La Palma, you can go to Maroparque, located near the capital. It is a botanical and zoological garden in Brena Alta, where visitors walk wooden bridges and paved paths.
You can also take children to the cactus garden – Palmex Cactus, where 700 species of these prickly plants were planted. On site, you can buy seeds, tools and everything you need to plant and grow your own cacti.
Finally, another look at La Palma’s tourist attractions from a different perspective:
The current map of La Palma
To better locate tourist attractions, monuments and interesting places in La Palma, consult the map below.
Of course, we also invite you to the official website of the island of La Palma where you will find complementation of tourist attractions, interesting places and monuments presented in our guide.
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