Things to do in La Palma
La Palma is also known as “La isla bonita”, which means the pretty island. It’s surely the jewel of the Canary Islands! Green forests, in which you can hike along waterfalls and explore the distinct flair of a volcanic island, black sanded beaches and one of the world’s best spots for stargazing - all of this makes La Palma a special place to visit.
Boat tours in La Palma will take you to see dolphins and whales for example. And after a boat tour in La Palma, you can go on one of the famous hikes across the islands or for a stroll in the charming town of Santa Cruz de La Palma. A whale watching tour in La Palma is certainly the highlight of the many things to do on this magical island. And on sleepless nights, head up to the observatory and get as close as possible to the mysteries of the universe!
- Our favorite beach: Playa de Nogales
- Our favorite restaurant: Chipi-Chipi
- Our favorite boat trip in La Palma: Whale watching in La Palma
Getting around in La Palma
Renting your own car in La Palma gives you the freedom to move around the island wherever you like. It enables you to admire the scenic diversity of the island in all its glory, at your own pace. There are numerous rental companies to choose from, and prices are exceptionally low, both for vehicle hire and petrol.
A bus is referred to as a “guagua” in La Palma. If buses are your choice of transport, you’ll find good services. They link the main towns but do not reach all points on the island. If you don’t want to be depended on the bus, then you can always choose to take a taxi to reach the more secluded areas.
Best things to do during your holidays in La Palma
Like the rest of the Canary Islands, also La Palma has a favourable climate. With a small change in temperature between summer and winter, you can enjoy pleasant temperatures and fantastic weather all year round. As such, you can, for example, enjoy a swim in the sea in December or take a pleasant stroll in mid-August, without suffering the inclement weather typically found at these times of the year.
The best boat tours in La Palma
If you would like to admire the enchanting cliffs
and the coast of La Palma with a glass of cava in your hand, then you could do a boat tour departing from Port Tazacorte
. You will also get the opportunity to stop for a swim and do some snorkeling
. The Atlantic Ocean surrounding La Palma is home to a wonderful bunch of marine life including dolphins and whales
. Watch dolphins
jump joyfully alongside your boat and witness the majestic sight of pilot whales coming up for air.
Go stargazing in La Palma
Did you know that La Palma is blessed with some of the clearest skies in Europe? From the island, you can see plenty of constellations and visit some stunning observatories built to view the sky above. Simply look up at night or view the stars from one of the many observatories like for example Astro La Palma or Roque de Los Muchachos. There you can find telescopes that allow you to witness the surface of the moon, rings of Saturn or even Jupiter’s moons.
Explore Santa Cruz de la Palma
Santa Cruz de la Palma, the capital of La Palma, is a colorful and relaxed city. You will find buildings from the 15th century with flower filled balconies that reflect the colonial era. The cobbled streets lead to quaint cafes and relaxed eateries. Feel as if you have stepped back in time in the beautiful Old Town while soaking up the maritime atmosphere. Explore Iglesia del Salvador (a beautiful church) or stroll along the tempting markets, it's up to you. Santa Cruz de la Palma is easily accessible by bus or taxi from all towns in La Palma.
Whatever you decide to do during your trip to La Palma, we promise you will love this unique island! Sunshine and a lot of fun are guaranteed! For any further tips or requests, feel free to contact us anytime.