"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.
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.
Breña 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.
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.