La Palma


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About La Palma

Dubbed ‘La Isla Bonita’, La Palma is the most lush and green of the Canary Islands. A land of dramatic contrasts, La Palma’s northern portion is covered with wild forests, whilst its south is dry, volcanic and almost lunar-like. Popular with outdoorsy travellers, the island has a more low-key feel than some of its party-going neighbours, and a smaller choice of accommodation options. There are, however, some real gems; our Gurus’ list for the best places to stay in La Palma highlights our favourites.

Culture aficionados will be intrigued by pretty Santa Cruz de la Palma, which boasts a bustling port as well as a charming historic quarter. Much of the town was built in the 17th Century, and its characterful architecture has been carefully preserved, housing government institutions, arts venues and cultural organisations. Other lively towns include Los Llanos and Tazacorte, both within easy reach of the coast for sunbathing, swimming and water sports.

Venture beyond La Palma’s picturesque towns and villages to soak up the magic of its rugged and unspoilt landscapes. The Caldera de Taburiente Natural Park’s steep ravines, waterfalls and pine forests are spectacular, as is its two-million-year-old volcanic crater. Keen hikers and mountain bikers will adore the Route of the Volcanoes in the Cumbre Viejo Natural Park. The beautiful Roque de los Muchachos viewpoint, on the other hand, is the highest point on the island and a top spot for stargazing. Kick back at one of the best places to stay in La Palma, or on the island’s striking sandy beaches after big days of adventure.

The Best Places to Stay on La Palma

For Families or Groups

  • Parador de La Palma will delight families and groups with its vast manicured gardens, large swimming pool and excellent regional restaurant, as well as its multiple events spaces. A typical white-walled Canarian building, the hotel has generous rooms with wooden balconies and expansive island views. Take the little ones to the beach or stroll into town to explore.

For Luxury

  • Hacienda de Abajo is a gorgeous 17th-century plantation house in the Tazacorte area. A careful restoration has preserved period features in 32 sumptuous guest rooms, perfect for a memorable romantic escape. Lush gardens, a refreshing swimming pool and an excellent restaurant complete the picture.

For Great Value

  • Hotel San Telmo is a charming choice in Santa Cruz's historic old quarter. Housed in a restored 17th-century building, simple and spacious rooms have sunny balconies with ocean views, and you're perfectly placed for exploring on foot.
  • Hotel Benahoare offers stylish modern rooms in lovely Los Llanos. The hotel's sun-drenched balcony is brilliant for early evening gatherings with friends and family. An affordable base in a buzzy little town.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to La Palma Airport, eight kilometres south of Santa Cruz, and travel to your hotel by bus or taxi. Most hotels will be happy to arrange an airport pick up in advance.
  • It's wonderful to explore the island with the freedom of your own transport. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect warm summers, with temperatures hovering around 25 - 28°C between June and August. For fewer crowds and cooler weather, travel in the spring, early autumn or just before the school holidays. April and May are also the best months for hiking, when the island is lush and flower-filled.



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Best Hotels in La Palma

  • Hotel San Telmo Santa Cruz de la Palma, La Palma 8 rooms from £65

    Local exploring  -  A small boutique hotel, perfectly placed for exploring the colonial history of Santa Cruz de La Palma.
    Local markets  -  Explore the local markets of Santa Cruz de La Palma and pick up some treats to bring home with you.
    Sailing  -  The ideal port of call for a sailing trip around La Palma.
    Sights nearby  -  Three miles from the fantastic Observatorio Astrofísico.
    Pet friendly

    A superb boutique hotel nestled into the historic old quarter of Santa Cruz de La Palma. Set in a wonderfully restored 17th century building, the rooms are spacious and comfortable with ocean facing balconies. Perfect for a romantic, relaxing break. See More

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  • Hotel Benahoare Los Llanos, La Palma 18 rooms from £65

    Local exploring  -  Perfectly placed for exploring Los Llanos de Aridane and the surrounding valleys.
    Surfing  -  Great surfing on the nearby dark, lava sand beaches of La Palma.
    Great walks  -  Great walking routes in Los Tilos forest, a UNESCO Biosphere.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the fascinating Observatorio Astrofísico.
    Air conditioningParkingNo pets

    A stylish modern hotel set in the charming town of Los Llanos. The chic rooms feature modern furnishings and the attached balconies boast great views. Explore the bustling market and characterful streets of the surrounding town. Outstandingly good value. See More

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  • Parador de la Palma Breña Baja, La Palma 65 rooms from £74

    Views  -  Breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the old quarter of La Palma
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsParking
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller

    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. See More

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  • Hacienda de Abajo Villa y Puerto de Tazacorte, La Palma 32 rooms from £212

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Beach Life
    Romantic Break
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantSwimming PoolGardenViewsNo pets

    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. See More

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