La Palma

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"La isle bonita", or the beautiful island, La Palma is the lushest, greenest Canary Island. But most of its wild forests and greenery languish over the north. La Palma's south is so volcanic and dry it's lunar-like. If you're looking for a quiet, sunny escape - in summer or winter - this island is for you. And the best places to stay in La Palma are well located to make the most of both beaches and wildlife.

Unlike the larger Canaries, La Palma's economy isn't tied to tourism. It is a fertile place - especially for growing bananas - and the farmers don't need the fuss of tourist high-rises. This means there's less choice when it comes to accommodation, and it pays to book early as the majority of the best places to stay in La Palma are bagged months in advance.

La Palma has almost no flat land. Its banana plantations slip down black rock hillsides, and roads offer one hairpin bend after another. While this may not create a beautiful picture in your mind's eye, it really is quite something.

The landscape, and the opportunity to explore it on foot, is one of the main reasons people visit La Palma, but the island also has a couple of lovely towns. And the Old Town of Santa Cruz de la Palma, the main port, is quite impressive. 17th Century, and surprisingly ornate, many of the most beautiful buildings now house government or arts or cultural organisations.

Best places to stay in La Palma

Active Break La Palma

  • To really get a feel for this landscape, drive up to the island's highest point, El Roque de los Muchachos, where you'll find a truly amazing view. And an observatory - this is a great place for stargazers.
  • Explore inland and see the Caldera de Taburiente, one of the world's largest eroded craters, and another unusual environment to hike through.
  • And hike the Los Tilos walk, which follows a tiny stream down the hill through thirteen tunnels, one of which gushes dramatically - like a power shower.
  • La Palma has great paragliding conditions too, if you want a break from being on your feet!

Peaceful La Palma

  • The beautiful backdrop will value-add to any beach holiday, but La Palma is a great choice for families because there's so much to do here beyond the beach. But it's always good to have easy access to the beach, which is why Parador de la Palma is one of the best places to stay on La Palma for families. It's also reasonably priced, and within a good walking distance of town.
  • If there are no kids in your party you might want to try Hacienda de Abajo, a stunning historic villa set in luscious gardens - and a more sophisticated and romantic spot all round.

La Palma in Winter

With temperatures in December still up around the mid. 20s, with plenty of sun, it easy to see La Palma's appeal.

If you need more inspiration, interestingly La Palma is where shoe-God Manolo Blahnik was born.

Still undecided? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay on La Palma, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice. Alternatively take a look at all our recommendations in the Canary Islands.

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  • Parador de la Palma

    BreƱa Baja, La Palma

    A large typically Canarian building on the coastline with immediate access to the beach and beautiful verdant nature around. Fabulous landscaped gardens, traditional chic rooms with balconies, excellent restaurant, pool and spa. An excellent choice for a family beach holiday with lots to explore.

    65 rooms from $95
    Views  -  Breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the old quarter of La Palma
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Hacienda de Abajo

    Villa y Puerto de Tazacorte, La Palma

    A stunning historic villa set in luscious gardens with wonderful sea views. Boutique chic interiors boast antique furniture and a colonial ambience. Romantic bedrooms and suites have four poster beds, wooden floors, and sumptuous fabrics. Excellent restaurant, spa and pool. Highly romantic.

    32 rooms from $274
    Beach Life
    Romantic Break
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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