Madonna sang it in 1986: La Isla Bonita. One of two nicknames for the Canary Island La Palma - the other being ‘La Isla Verde’ (the green island). The island is characterised by its calm vibe, beautiful walking areas and authentic culture. The name ‘La Isla Verde’ suits the island down to the ground; La Palma boasts a stunning variety of vegetation all year round. This contrasts with the constantly blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean to make for gorgeous pictures.
The diversity of the vegetation in La Palma provides breathtaking views
As many other Canary Islands, La Palma consists primarily of volcanic sand. And yet this island has a variety of vegetation any nature lover would go wild for. This is a result of the amount of rainfall the area gets, combined with the Canarian sun and fertile lava. Looking in one direction, you’ll see Canarian pine forests; turn around and you’ll see so-called barrancos: deep hollowed out ravines that transport rainwater from the mountain top to the ocean.
Not only does this versatile vegetation make for stunning holiday snaps, it also produces all kinds of sweet fruits, including bananas, avocados, grapes and almonds. So be sure to pack some sturdy walking shoes and a camera with you so you can explore the island on foot and take home some wonderful photos. You won’t regret it!
Soak up the sun and relax on the beach
Although La Palma is mainly known for the amazing vegetation and many mountains, the island is also an ideal destination for relaxing in the sun and taking a dip in the Atlantic Ocean. But don’t expect white sandy beaches, because the beaches here actually consist of black volcanic sand. You soon get used to the volcanic sand. What’s more, the temperature of the sea averages around 22 degrees in the summer - perfect for a paddle!
There are tours you can participate in that are arranged during the summer, despite the absence of mass tourism in La Palma. One of the options is a boat tour across the ocean. If you’re lucky you might spot some dolphins!
Flight tickets to La Palma
You can fly to La Palma airport direct from Eindhoven Airport. Still not packed? Don’t forget your walking shoes and camera!