Made up of volcanic rock and lush green vegetation, it's no wonder the island of La Palma is also known as 'The Pretty Isle'. It's one of seven islands in the Canary Islands archipelago off the coast of Africa and is dominated by natural beauty, from bright blue skies to black-sand beaches.Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
The island's capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, is on the east side of the island and is the centre of all the action in this otherwise quiet and peaceful place. In town you'll find a maritime museum, the Museum of Natural History, plenty of shops and restaurants, as well as interesting architecture. In fact, Santa Cruz is known for its balconies, which range in size, colour and material, from canary pine wood to antique iron.
|Head to the countryside and to Los Llanos de Aridane, one of the commercial centres of La Palma. From the observation platform, El Time, you can see the neighbouring Canary Islands, La Caldera de Taburiente and Tijarafe.|
|Spend time in Tazacorte, a small fishing harbour with black pebble and sand beaches, surrounded by banana trees.|
|Walk the black-sand beach in Puerto de Naos, a small village on the west coast of the island. The main boulevard offers bars, restaurants and some tourist shops.|
|For a different feel altogether, visit Fuencaliente, a village on the south side of the island where you'll find pine forests, vineyards and volcanic peaks amid the scenic landscape.|
The Canary Islands offer great shopping opportunities, often with better prices than those offered at tax- and duty-free shops elsewhere. In addition to holiday souvenirs, shops offer electronic goods, jewellery, liqueurs and even some rare finds, like Chinese silk. You'll also find handmade crafts, like baskets made of wicker, reed or palms, delicate embroidery and pottery.
Local restaurants serve a variety of cuisine, but typical main dishes are grilled meat or fresh fish, often served with a spicy sauce called mojo. Locally grown fruits, like bananas, avocados and pears can be easily found on the menu, in sauces and as side dishes. For dessert, be sure to try an almond or honey creation.
The Canary Island's official currency is the euro (EUR). Credit cards and traveller's cheques are also widely accepted.
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