Important visits on a trip to La Palma

8 November, 2012 0 Comments


La Palma, Canary Island and Biosphere Reserve, can offer you a nature full of contrasts and colors for a holiday of true mental rest. “La isla bonita” (beautiful island, as is known) is wet in its north area, with subtropical forest of laurel and the only streams of the Canary Islands, and volcanic in its southern area. In the center of the island is located the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, the highest point.

La Palma is the island of adventure sports, of the lovers of trekking and is an earthly paradise for those who love pure and wild nature. Even away from the mass tourism, it is focused on offering a more personal and closer, with a few hotels and offers of rural houses.

The best way to get to La Palma, and the faster it is traveling by plane. The airport of La Palma has connections with the main airports in Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Madrid and with those of some cities in Europe, mainly with those of Germany. But there is also the option to travel by sea between the different Canary islands and there is a line that connects Santa Cruz de La Palma with the port of Cadiz.

Important visits on your trip to La Palma

Caldera de Taburiente National Park.

What’s impressive about this park is its large crater, of more than 20 kilometers in diameter, that has a horseshoe shape. On the other hand, from the visitor center of “El Paso”, we can traverse this area of great natural beauty and discover some of the secrets hidden, for example, the only streams of the Canary Islands. In this area you can only go or on foot or by mountain bike.

The Roque de los Muchachos Observatory.

Located at 2,426 meters above sea level, the Roque de los Muchachos is the highest point of the island and one of its most visited places. In this Observartorio is installed the world’s largest telescope.

Roque de los Muchachos Observatory

The telescope can only be visited in previously scheduled visits and in a few days a year in which there are open days.

– Fuencaliente.

In the south of the island we find the municipality of Fuencaliente, which is characterized by be a place of intense volcanic activity. Its name comes from the union of the words “fuente” (source) and “caliente” (hot), as a long time ago in this area had been natural hot springs that with the time have disappeared under the lava of the volcanoes.

The black sand beaches are also part of the picturesque landscape of a place that most tourists like.

Los Tilos.

Between the municipalities of San Andrés y Sauces, we find another natural area that has been declared as Reserve Biofesfera: Los Tilos.

Don’t forget to cross its famous bridge, which is one of the largest of that type of Europe.

Santa Cruz de la Palma.

Santa Cruz is the capital of the island. It was founded in 1493 and is of seafaring tradition. Its historical center was listed as a historic-artistic site as it retains many buildings from the XVI and XVII centuries. Of these old buildings we can emphasize the Sanctuary of Las Nieves, the patron saint of the island, the Santa Catalina Castle or Palace Salazar.

Photo 1 source: Fev
Photo 2 Source: Luc Viatour

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