About La Palma - Canary Islands

La Palma is one of the most beautiful islands of the Canary Islands.

Known as “Isla Bonita” (pretty island), or “Isla Verde” (green island), La Palma carries its own charm and character and being largely unspoilt and undeveloped, it offers a more natural, peaceful and relaxed environment than some of the other well-known Canary Islands. If you've been to Madeira, you may find some areas similar and the upper volcanic regions compare to Mount Teide in Tenerife.

It is part of Spain, and it is fairly autonomous.

 

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Size and population of La Palma

La Palma is approximately 45 kilometers long, and the broadest part is about 25 kilometers wide. It has a surface area of around 720 square kilometers. La Palma has about 85,000 inhabitants, who mostly live in the western valley and along the east coast. The largest source of income is agriculture (banana cultivation and such).

Public Holidays

 

01-01              New Year´s Day

06-01              Epiphany

01-05              Labour Day

30-05              Día de Canarias

25-07              Santiago

15-08              Assumption (Asunción de la Virgen)

12-10              National Day

01-11              All Saints Day

06-12              Constitution Day

08-12              Immaculate Conception

25-12              Christmas

 

 

Variable holidays (national):
Carnival (February / March) - the main celebration of the year, lasts all week
Easter Processions (March / April)
White Thursday, Good Friday & Easter (March / April)
Pentecost (May / June)

Activities at La Palma

 
For those who want to be active during the holidays the Canary island of La Palma, the island offers endless hiking trails, dusty volcanic slopes, a clear underwater world, a stable thermal and a pleasant climate.

 

Hikers can enjoy their stay at La Palma with more than 1,000 kilometers of marked hiking trails. The website La Palma Walking offers a wealth of information.
Natour Trekking: www.natour-lapalma.com or call (0034) 922 433 001

 
For mountain bikers La Palma offers thrilling trails. A bike in top condition can already be booked prior to arrival.
Magic Bike: www.magic-bike lapalma.com or call (0034) 922 461 649

 

Horse riding on La Palma. Ever made ​​a horseback ride to the top of a volcano?
Mimundo La Palma: (0034) 646 348 382

 
Paragliding, fly like a bird with a parapent over craters and banana plantations?
Palma Club: the best going to the beach of Puerto Naos, Hotel Sol direction, here is a "stand" with leaflets.

 
Diving on La Palma. Have you ever taken a dip in the mysterious underwater world around La Palma with black coral and volcanic landscape?
Casa de Buceo: www.casadebuceo.nl or call (0034) 922 464 886

 
Sea kayaking, which can be done on the west side of La Palma. Partnet4LaPalma: www.partner4lapalma.com or call (0034) 922 401 493

 
Climbing for everybody in the woods near El Pinar.
Acropark: www.acropark.es or call (0034) 673 779 157

 
Boat trips and dolphin or whale watching? La Palma is the place to be.
Bussard: www.bussard.es or call (0034) 644 161 003
Fancy II: www.fancy2.com or call (0034) 609 531 376

 

After all the activities you want to unwind? Call Birgit van Dijk of Parami for a massage.
www.lapalma-parami.com or call (0034) 606 440 155

  
Enjoy La Palma in every way!

 

Geography

A large part of La Palma consists of volcanic rock formations – it is, in fact, the top of a volcano.

A mountain range, called the “Cumbra Vieja”, runs through the middle of the island. It consists of (quite fertile) volcanic stone. The highest part of this mountain range is just below 2,500 meters high, and it causes a great climatic contrasts; this results in great varieties in vegetation and nature.

The foot of the island La Palma is about 3,500 meters below sea level.

The last instant of volcanic activity was in 1971, in the southern part of La Palma.

Climate and temperature on La Palma

The northern and northeastern parts of La Palma are more humid and cool than the rest of the island. Trade winds dominate this area, which makes it rainier than the western part. The south and especially the west part of La Palma are sunny and dry. These parts have a subtropical climate, which means the temperature is usually between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius, the whole year round (below a certain altitude of course). La Palma is truly the island of eternal spring.

 

Click here for the weather on La Palma.

Month

Day

Night

Sun hours

Days of rain

Temp water

January

18

14

5

14

17

February

18

14

5

12

17

March

19

15

6

8

17

April 

21

16

6

6

18

May

23

17

7

3

18

June

24

18

8

2

19

July

25

19

8

2

20

August

26

20

8

3

21

September 

26

20

8

5

22

October

24

19

7

9

22

November 

22

17

6

14

21

December 

20

16

5

15

19

Vegetation on La Palma

La Palma, a green island! It is also known as “La Isla Verde” and “La Isla Bonita”. It is the greenest of the Canary Islands. La Palma has different vegetation zones: Mediterranean dry vegetation on lava fields, pine forests on plateaus, and hardwood forests in the Northeast. 170 different types of indigenous, typically Canarian plants grow on La Palma, not to mention the rich vegetation of laurel forests, cactuses, enormous ferns, almond trees and citrus trees. La Palma has brightly colored plants, and it is also the home of the characteristic Canary Islands Dragon Tree.

La Palma's coast line

The island’s coast line is known for its steep volcanic cliffs, bays, volcanic beaches and banana plantations. As there are no white beaches here, tourism has not yet taken over.

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