The secret jungle of La Palma is a maze of verdant forests, deserted beaches and volcanic structures which are among the most sublime in The Canary Islands. This hidden treasures of this natural rocky paradise remain as unspoilt today as it has for thousands of years before us, meaning it showcases an unrivalled starlight reserve, so take a trip to this organic haven to enjoy the everlasting sun and striking stars which shine above the Canaries around the calendar. Reserve a piece of this eternal island when you book holiday accommodation in La Palma through TripAdvisor, Airbnb or Booking.com today.
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Holiday accommodation on 'Pretty Island'
As a cocktail of craggy volcanic landscape, colour kissed architecture and its rich Spanish influence, this island may small, but that does not mean it lacks in stunning scenery or diverse culture, which is one of the reasons it has been named 'Pretty Island'. Choose a holiday apartment rental with a pool in Los Cancajos, where you can spend your days experiencing the world of La Palma from underneath the Atlantic Ocean by delving into the resorts snorkelling and scuba diving scene just beyond your bedroom.
If you want to catch some year-round rays but do not want to bathe away the days on these jagged shores, then there is even more to La Palma than its natural wonders. The capital city of Santa Cruz de La Palma is the perfect place to secure a unique townhouse escape in La Palma, as it is brimming with Spanish influenced structures, a bustling port and the attractions of Calle O'Daly, which acts as the main artery of the island.
When To Visit
Just as the neighbouring Canary Islands are all famed for their eternal sunshine, La Palma is no exception, as its climate is pleasant all year round. The slightly hotter months of June, July and August attract more tourists who want to enjoy the land at the peak of its heat; however, La Palma is less likely to be crowded in comparison to its Canarian neighbours.
The smaller number of visitors means that you can visit during any time of the year and you will almost certainly find a place to bathe on its back sands, and a place to dine and drink in its Iberian inspired capital.
How to get there?
As the fifth largest of the seven Canary Islands in the North Atlantic Ocean, La Palma is only accessible by air when travelling from the UK. Though direct flights to the island are mostly unavailable from Britain, La Palma can still be reached in one day, including layover times. Choose a flight from London Heathrow with a connection in Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suárez Airport and arrive in La Palma Airport in as little as eight hours in some cases.
When you arrive at La Palma Airport, you are eight kilometres south of Santa Cruz de La Palma, which can be reached by jumping aboard bus service 500, which connects the terminal to the capital in under half an hour. If, however, you have chosen to stay in another location, the best way of reaching your accommodation is by renting a car in La Palma, where you can explore the entirety of this rocky kingdom at your own pace.
If you are already staying on another Canary Island then you can easily reach La Palma by boat, especially if you have chosen accomodation in Tenerife as this is the cloest island to La Palma and can be reached in as little as 3 hours from port to port.
Where to Stay
Los Cancajos Beach holds the title as the most famous beach in La Palma for many reasons, from its unspoilt black sands to its palm tree studded promenade which is a favourite spot among visitors to the island. The indisputable jewel in the crown of Los Cancajos is, however, the unrivalled water-sport scene, which thrives under the shores which flow upon Los Cancajos beach. Choose a holiday villa in Los Cancajos where you can enter the underwater kingdom of the North Atlantic before the crowds, then, when you return to dry land, watch the sunset across the ocean from the comfort of your accommodation.
Santa Cruz de La Palma
As a hub of island culture and cuisine, this port city offers everything you could desire from a Canarian capital. Reserve a self-catered apartment rental in Santa Cruz de La Palma to sample the local specialities from the restaurants of Calle O'Daly, which is the heart of shopping and dining on the island. As a hive of multicoloured buildings and structures which reflect the islands deep-rooted Spanish connections, choose an accommodation which is nestled in the cultural hub of Santa Cruz de La Palma, for a city break which is brimming with individuality.
Los Llanos de Aridane
If you are searching a natural retreat to choose a holiday rental in the Canary Islands, you could do far worse that the untouched landscape Los Llanos de Aridane. This leafy sanctuary is among the islands greatest assets, so whether you want to explore this rocky green landscape, or you crave a therapeutic retreat which is so far removed for any other getaway, then consider a holiday cottage in Los Llanos de Aridane, which is a hideaway in the very depth of this wild land.
The emerald haven of La Punta is the perfect area to secure a home away from home which rivals that of anywhere else in the Canaries. As one of the most peaceful destinations on the island, with its serene shores and landmark lighthouse, you are not going to be disturbed as you can gaze at the stars above the oceanic waves from the terrace of your luxury apartment rental in La Punta.
Nowhere showcases the volcanic splendour of La Palma quite like Cumbre Vieja Natural Park, where you can hike, cycle or simply lay in the green amongst the mystical setting of this protected landscape. Choosing a house with a garden in Puerto Naos is the perfect way to continue enjoying the flourishing beauty of the island from the nearby park, right up to the comfort of your private garden. The natural attractions of Puerto Naos do not stop at Cumbre Vieja, as you can spend an afternoon at the Ecofinca Platanológico which offers the rare chance to try your hand at working on a banana plantation while learning about ecosystems and the natural world which thrives in La Palma.
Secure a holiday home in Los Canarios, which is suitable for large families who all want to enjoy something different while staying in La Palma. The southern coastal position places this resort on the shore of a quiet, but beautiful beach which is almost guaranteed to be blessed with sun. There is something for every person in Los Canarios, as you can hike to the nearby San Antonio volcanic crater, while you are never too far from a collection of shops and amenities in this most southerly region.
Food and Drink in La Palma
Though the food and drink scene in La Palma strongly mirrors that of its Canarian siblings, there are still a handful of dishes which are unique to the location. The first is Papa Arrugada, a potato which is coated in sea salt crystals and white bread crumbs, which, though simple, is the very staple of Palmerian cooking. Alongside this dish, La Palma continues to cook with the most naturally accessible ingredients, including chickpeas, pumpkins and cabbages which are mixed in the local stews and stews. Live like a local by heading to a market in La Palma, and cook up a traditional Palmerian dish in the comfort of your own kitchen, or sample home style cooking in an authentic restaurant which is close to your Casa in La Palma.
La Palma has an emerging craft beer scene, which continues to expand with the openings of speciality beer bars, so wash down your Papa Arrugada to enjoy the indie Palmerian drinking culture.
La Palma History and Culture
Formed by a volcanic eruption which occurred millions of years before us, La Palma's entire culture is based upon its fiery volcanic history. Alongside the rugged landscape and volcanic views which stand as a prominent reminder of this island's formation, La Palma's culture has been shaped by a slightly more recent historical event, when the island became a part of the Spanish empire in the late 15th century. You do not need to book a holiday apartment in Spain to enjoy the best of the country's culture, as its influence is most evident in the art, architecture and nightlife scene in Santa Cruz de La Palma. You indulge in the best of Spanish and Canarian culture in one setting by visiting this vibrant Atlantic jewel.