LA PALMA
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La Palma is part of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and is devided into 14 municipalities, which cover an area of approcimately 700 square kilometers. This makes it the fifth largest of the Canarian Islands. On the east coast in the capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma, live about 20 percent of the round about 86,000 islanders. Here is also located the most important harbour of the "Isla Verde", Puerto de Santa Cruz, which is in addition to its importance as a major hub for goods also a pier for cruise ships as AIDA Cuises and My ship. From the Puerto de Tazacorte on the west coast mainly sailing fishing boats as well as private boats and yachts. Moreover it is an ideal starting point for a sea trip during your vacations on La Palma.

La Palma Beaches
PUERTO NAOS - The wide beach of fine, black sand has been awarded with the blue ribbon and offers numerous services. Just sit down in one of the charming cafés or restaurants on the promenade or explore the little shops selling typical souvenirs.
PUERTO DE TAZACORTE - The place with the most sunshine hours is Tazacorte in La Palma. The black sand beach attracts a lot of sunbathers who want to admire on the one side the sea and on the other side the spectacular and wild landscape of surrounding while just sitting on their towels in the sand. When the sun sets here in the evening, the sky is painted in various shades of red and gold so magical that nobody will forget it until the next morning. Our tip: Enjoy this spectacle of nature in the restaurant Playa Mont with its fine cuisine of the canarian islands, an unparalleled service and a lot of palmerish traditions.
PLAYA DE BAJAMAR - The Playa de Bajamar in Breña Alta is the urban beach of Santa Cruz. It offers over 700 meters of fine sand and is easily reached via the promenade from the center.

LA PALMA, WEATHER AND CLIMATE:
As one of the "Islands of eternal spring“, as the Canary Islands are called due to their mild climate all over the year, La Palma also does not have have large fluctuations in temperature. Despite this it has developed a diverse climatical area on this small, natural treasure by the influences of the trade winds, the proximity to the African continent as well as by the with moutains marked profile.
The annual average temperature is 20°C, whereby the thermometer settles mostly between 16°C and 26°C. It can be found a balanced and a little bit fresher climate in the northeast in Barlovento, San Andrés y Sauces and Puntallana, while the areas around Fuencaliente, El Paso, Tazacorte and Los Llanos in the southwest are rather hot and dry. The average water temperature is 22,1°C and from 2000 meters above sea level it can be snowing in winter. However on the coast it is all over the year quite mild, so that a trip to La Palma will be a sunny experience all year round.

MUSEUM LA PALMA
Casa Museo del Vino in Las Manchas de Abajo: Wine museaum with tasting and sales
Barco de la Virgen Santa María in Santa Cruz: Maritime Museum behind the Plaza Alameda
Museo Insular in Santa Cruz: Museum of archeology as well as local and natural history of the island
Museo Arqueológico Benahoarita: Another archaeological museumm
Museo de Seda Artesana in El Paso: Silk museum
Museo del Plátano in Tazacorte: Bananasmuseum

Only architecturally, Santa Cruz de La Palma is a highlight that one should not miss.

SHOPPING IN LA PALMA
All over the island are regularly held farmers markets and flea markets with products of the island as well as craftsmannship. The crafts on La Palma has a long tradition with cultural and historical heritage. Thereby glass art, lava jewelry, ceremics and cigars play a special role. At the entrance of Los Llanos a farmers market takes place every sunday, where mainly fruits and vegetables are sold. The sunday flea market on the Plaza de Sotomayor of Argual is the perfect place to discover little treasures. Through surrounding with houses from the 16.th century it is marked by an enchanting backdrop. In Santa Cruz de La Palma the flea market is a popular meeting spot for locals. Also at the farmers market in Mazo you can fill up the reserves of your holiday home in La Palma with vegetables, fruit, bread, jam and cheese. From the Casas Lomo Felipe it is not far away for going to the "Mercadillo" in Puntagorda at the weekend. There are a lot of local vegetables and fruits. Tip: Go best on saturday on the early afternoon for having the largest selection! For strolling and shopping best stop in Los Llanos. In the old town there are nice little shops and a cafe must has been tried on the Plaza de España.

Mass tourism has to be searched elsewhere. Noisy party streets and huge hotel compleces are not known here. However, adventurers and discoverers, peace and harmony seekers will find a small paradise on the north-westerly of the Canary Islands. In the last two million years since its volcanic origin, mother nature has created here a piece of land which has brought the nickname "Isla Bonita" and "Isla Verde" just rightly to La Palma.
Only 400 kilometers from the Moroccan coast and 1500km from the spanish mainland, Palmeros maintain here a laid back lifestyle with a strong connection to nature with its lush forests, volcanic landscapes, black-sand beaches and the shining sea, which is never far away from you.
In La Palma one finds more than 170 in the Canary Islands endemic plant species. Extensive pine forests and dragon trees are examples of what makes the year-round green vegetation so special.

La Palma is due to its great heights on a small area one of the steepest islands in the world. In 2002 the whole territory was declared by UNESCO a World Biosphere Reserve, which houses the National Park Caldera de Taburiente and 19 nature reserves, which covering about a third of the island‘s area. Here is even the sky as unique that it is protected. In La Palma you can sleep under one of the best stary skys of the world. 90 percent of the summer nights are cloudless. "Isla de las Estrellas", island of the stars, it is also called.

There are places which have to be visited during holidays on La Palma. Here are our highlights:

ROQUE DE LOS MUCHACHOS WITH OBSERVATORY
The Roque de los Muchachos is part of the Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente and perched with its 2426 meters as the highest point on the island over La Palma. Embark yourself on a journey beyond the clouds up to the top of the volvanic mountain. From this point you will not only see the Isla Verde with a panoramic view, but also the neighboring islands of Tenerife, El Hierro and La Gomera. The in 1985 opened oberservatory on the mountaintop is one of the most important observatories in the world and location for the currently largest reflecting telescope on earth. The ideal climatical circumstances offer here perfect condtions for stargazing with many cloudless nights.
The ORM in combination with the Teide Observatory in Tenerife respresent the European Northern Observatory. A visit will make your stay in La Palma unforgettable. Inform yourself upfront your visit about registratrion and opening times on the website www.iac.es .

PARQUE NACIONAL DE LA CALDERA DE TABURIENTE
The origin of the crater-like depression Caldera de Taburiente is conducted by a series of underground volcanic eruptions. With its extent of 28 kilometers and up to 1500 meters deep, it is counted to one of the largest volcanic craters of the earth. 1954 this area was declared to a national park, the Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente. Furthermore it includes together with the Roque de Los Muchachos the highest point in La Palma and is surrounded by other mountains such as the Pico de la Nieve, the Pico de la Veta de la Arena and the Pico del Cedro.

SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA
Previously the capital of the island has been one of the most important port cities in europe. In "Casco Histórico", the old town, you will stroll through cobblestone streets while passing noble palaces and houses of former times, such as the Casa de Salazar. Afterwards the way will lead you to beautiful churches and monasteries. Visit for example the Iglesia de El Salvador next to the Plaza España, the Iglesia de Santo Domingo or the Iglesia de San Francisco. Anschließend führt Sie der Weg zu prachtvollen Kirchen und Klöstern. On your journey through another time you will be lured by countless shops and cafes for shopping and relaxing. We recommend for example the bar-cafeteria El Floridita or the restaurant Bodega La Parranda.

LOS TILOS
Los Tiles in the northeast of La Palma hosts one the most important laurel forests of the Canary Islands. On almost 140 square kilometers of lush green primeval forest you will find a significant and unique flora and fauna as well as many endemic species. Due to giant ferns the sunlight does not reach the earth at many places. 1983 the area was declared a Biosphere Reserve. Without any doubt Los Tiles is one of the most magical places on the island, which have to been explored during holidays in La Palma.

VULCANE IN FUENCALIENTE
There are just a few vegetation on the craters of the Municipio Fuencaliente. However there are reasons for this: Here are located some of the volcanoes, which eruption took place only a few time ago. Enter solidified lava flows and feel how this still emit their inner warmth. The most often visited volcanoes are the San Antonio and the Teneguía. They are reachable from Fuencaliente coming, driving towards the coast. The latter is considered as a natural monument and is with its eruption in 1971 the last erupted volcano on the Canary Islands.

2006 La Palma has been called "the world's first sustainable holiday destination" awarded by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism.
Besides tourism the cultivation and export of bananas and wine plays an important role for the economy of the island. Furthermore citrus fruits, avocados and vegetables are cultivated enhanced in recent years.

The kitchen on La Palma originally arose from simple ratios and has been refined over the centuries so that visitors are offered very special culinary delights today on La Palma.
„El Gofio“ is called a typical palmerish dish with float of roasted grain, which has previosly been used as a substitute for bread and basic food. Today it is mainly used for simple dishes such as Gofio Escaldado, Gofio Escacho or Chicharrones.

Probably the most common and also on other Canarian Islands quite popular side dish are the „Papas Arrugadas“. These small unpeeled potatoes are cooked in water with high salt content and eaten with their shells. This dish is served with „Mojo Rojo“ with meat dishes or „Mojo verde“ with fish, a spicy paprika sauce.

Cheese lovers will be delighted by the unique flavors of the creamy and mild ‚Quesos’ from goat's milk on La Palma. Stored cheese can be found as „Queso curado“. Fresh or semi-ripe it is known as „fresco“ or „semicurado“. The latter can almost just be found smoked and is be eaten with bark. The smoking is traditionally held on cactus fruits, almond shells or pine.

Canary wine even reached international fame in the 16th Century. As a famous wine from La Palma is to be mentioned the Malvasíawine.

Sweet culinary treasures, you should have tried everyone by its one during holidays on La Palma! Rapaduras are spherical sweets based on sugar cane syrup, sugar, cinnamon, almonds, lemon and gofio. Little baked aldmond tarts are known as Almendrados. Moreover the traditional Bienmesabe as well as the Queso de Almendra are a small sin value. Or even two...

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