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La Palma, "Isla Bonita"

The Island of La Palma...

A UNESCO survey showed that La Palma is the third most beautiful island in the world, just after Bora Bora and Hawaii. The island measures 45km in length and 28 in width. 42% of its 706 square kilometres are covered in forest. The highest peak is the Roque de los Muchachos, 2426m above sea-level. The average temperature in winter is 15 degrees and in summer 27 degrees. Of all the Canary Islands, La Palma is the richest in water. It truly is an island of eternal spring, as well as an island of many secret beaches. The number of inhabitants is around 85´000 and most of them live in two biggest towns Santa Cruz de La Palma and Los Llanos de Ariadane.

The heart of La Palma is the national park of Caldera de Taburiente. It is the water reservoir of the island and attracts many nature-seekers because of its unique and partly endemic flora as well as its landscape with many cliffs. Beside the Caldera, the laurel forests in the north-east of La Palma are also protected by UNESCO as a precious world heritage.

La Palma has only two principal tourist locations: Los Cancachos close to Santa Cruz and Puerto Naos in the mid-west of the island. Apart from these two, the island has been spared from mass tourism. The population is still mainly subsisting on banana plantations. It is planned to make tourism a second main income, yet a maximum of 20´000 beds for tourists has been set. This island with its intact nature and infrastructure has committed itself to quality and care-taking tourism. One of the last pearls to be saved in Spain and Europe!
Protection and conservation of nature is given great importance. More than 60% of the island in total and almost all the coast are now under protection. Quite a number of areas are world heritage. Small but fine is the motto with which La Palma promotes its gentle upper-class tourism. Clean air, clean water, clean landscape, clean ocean, clean infrastructure – in all a clean island.

The uniqueness that is plentifully seen on the island makes it a garden of Eden for geologists, botanists, astronomists, friends of nature, hikers, photographers, seekers of health or solitude, or those who want to escape the winter. Divine quietness, pristine nature, and a healthy sleepiness guarantee an automatic activation of healing powers on sublime levels of consciousness.


That’s what characterizes this pearl in the Atlantic Ocean, this little continent.

Excursion to the Roque de Los Muchachos, 2426 m
La Palma is for us by far the most beautiful island of the Canary Islands, thus its second name - "La Isla Bonita" (the beautiful island) - is more than justified. Since 2003 La Palma has been declared biosphere reservat by UNESCO.
 
Small sand bays with La Palma´s famous black sand, but also cliffy rocky bays invite you to bathe and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean with its clear water all around the island. The deep blue ocean, the volcanic rocky coast with its many different shapes and colours together with the green and coloured vegetation and the clean unpolluted air are responsible for the unique colours and extraordinary visual impressions.
 
Dragon trees near Las Tricias
Its trekking areas in untouched nature, many volcanoes, some even still hot, laurel and fern forests, the famous National Park "Caldera de Taburiente" and an unbelievable night sky, which will fascinate you, as well as the scientists in the observatory "Roque de los Muchachos", are just a few highlights of La Palma Island.

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