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La Palma holidays

Who is La Palma suitable for?
Destination La Palma is known as 'The Pretty Island' and with good reason! Much smaller than other Canary Islands like Tenerife and Lanzarote, it also enjoys a much more laid back pace. Even its main tourist resorts like Los Concajos and Fuencaliente are relatively small, quiet and uncrowded. Rather than rowdy beach resorts, La Palma offers some breathtaking scenery with a dramatic volcanic interior of dense, verdant forests and vibrantly coloured tropical flowers. This is an ideal destination for keen hikers and offers miles and miles of stunning footpaths tracing courses past banana farms and charming little hillside, whitewashed villages.

Amongst the must-see destinations of La Palma is El Roque de los Muchachos - the highest point on the island which offers spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. Be sure also to visit the Caldera de Taburiente - the world's largest erosion crater - and trek the magnificent gorges of Los Tilos. The island's capital, Santa Cruz, is a beautiful little town with winding cobbled alleyways and the attractive architecture of the early Spanish colonists.
For Singles

When: La Palma's year round, stunning weather means that you can visit at pretty much anytime. If you're looking for a beach holiday and the opportunity of meeting new people, go in the mid summer. If you're more inclined to outdoors activities, try going in the winter or autumn.

Where: If you're looking to meet other travellers, your best bet are the resort towns of Los Cancajos or Fuencaliente. However, you might also prefer to join a walking tour around the island. Its possible to hike the entire circumference in eight days on a guided tour offering you the chance of meeting like minded travellers.

Why: Because La Palma is historically the domain of the intrepid explorer! Take the opportunity to visit this magnificent island. It is richly rewarding regardless of whether you're travelling in a group or by yourself!

For Groups

When: Head to La Palma in the middle of summer and soak up those brilliant Canarian rays from one of the island's many beautiful beaches. If you're wanting a more active holiday however, you might want to visit in one of the cooler months of the year.

Where: Los Concajos is the most built up of the island's resort towns and offers a selection of fine hotels, bars and restaurants. That said, it's still relatively small by the standards of the Canary Island and is enveloped by the bewitching beauty of the island's wildlife.

Why: Because La Palma boasts some absolutely stunning beaches - the black sand beach of Los Concajos is one of the most popular though there are many others - it offers excellent seafood dining and some charming little bars. Ideal for a relaxing time away with good friends.

For Couples

When: If you're looking for a romantic beachside holiday, why not go in the middle of summer to ensure maximum suntanning potential! If peace and tranquility are more important to you, head out in May or September when there are less visitors and the climate is still very pleasant.

Where: For a truly romantic break in unsurpassed natural beauty, visit the Parque Nacional de la CalderadeTaburiente - a bewitching nature reserve of walking trails, forests and fresh water springs. You could stay in El Paso which offers spectacular views out over two volcanic Parks as well as the gorgeous blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

Why: Because La Palma offers all of the spectacular natural beauty of the other Canary Islands along with ample peace and tranquility, making for the perfect romantic getaway.

For Families

When: Children might find the mid summer heat a bit oppressive. But fear not! Temperatures in La Palma rarely slip below 20 degrees and the island is perhaps most pleasant in the spring and early autumn making this a great destination for the easter holidays or half term.

Where: You might want to stay at one of the family friendly hotels of Los Concajos or Fuencaliente by the beach. Alternatively, there are a number of smaller fishing villages like Puerto Naos which offer a bit of peace and quiet and some fantastic and uncrowded tropical beaches. Children will also enjoy seeing the historic towns and villages of the island such as Santa Cruz.

Why: Because no visitors - young or old - can fail to be entranced by the beauty of this island, it's gorgeous climate or its friendly inhabitants. It is the perfect antidote to the bustling and noisy resort towns of some of the other Canary Islands.

Weather La Palma boasts the gorgeous, sunny climate of the other Canary Islands. It offers year-round sunshine and temperatures that rarely drop below twenty degrees, even in the middle of winter. That said, the sub tropical heat of the island is slightly tempered by a gorgeous, Atlantic breeze. There is a slight variation in temperatures across the island with the South tending to be quite hot and dry and the North being slightly cooler and wetter. If you're going for a beach holiday, you might prefer to go in the middle of summer but if its a hiking and outdoors-pursuits you want, you might find the climate a bit more appropriate in the autumn or winter.
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What to expectExpect stunning landscapes of martian volcanic expanses and lush tropical forests with vividly coloured flowers. Expect breathtaking gorges and dramatic craters. Expect charming little whitewashed villages of traditional colonial architecture and sleepy little fishing ports hugging palm fringed beaches. There are stunning beaches, mile upon mile of them and some excellent resort towns with restaurants offering delicious fresh seafood and traditional Canarian dishes. A particular highlight is the town of Santa Cruz which displays the serene colonial architecture of the early Spanish colonialists.
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