The main attraction of cheap holidays to La Palma is without a doubt the island’s gorgeous natural scenery, of mountains, in parts lush and green and others wild and rocky. The landscape is ripe for nature-lovers to hike sky high – 2,500 metres, to be exact, at the highest point of Roque de Los Muchachos – and peer down for stunning views of the island and ocean.
Stretches of untouched forest, like that of La Caldera de Taburiente, are ideal for mid-morning hikes to explore the local flora and fauna – the most diverse of the Canary Islands.
As the capital of La Palma and a major historical port between Europe and the Americas, going to Santa Cruz is like stepping back in time. Winding down the city’s avenues is a sightseeing feast for the eyes. It has vibrantly-coloured buildings whose balconies spill flowers onto cobbled streets and beautiful churches adorned with classic Renaissance architecture.
You won’t find a host of high street shops here, instead there are local boutiques, but that’s part of the charm. Across Santa Cruz are throwbacks to the city’s history, like a replica of Christopher Columbus’s Santa Maria and a Maritime Museum exploring its seafaring past.
A trip to the Canary Islands isn’t over until you’ve stretched out on one of the its picturesque beaches. La Palma has black shorelines from volcanic activity and beaches are often surrounded by rocky cliff sides.
Brimming with marine life, beaches like Los Cancajos have tranquil waters due to a protective barrier of rocks and coves ripe for snorkelling in. On the popular shores of Puerto Naos, visitors stretch out underneath shady palms, unwind in waterfront restaurants, or scuba dive by night for a unique look at underwater creatures.
With such a comfortably warm climate, it’s always the perfect time to dine al fresco in La Palma, tasting traditional Spanish tapas and family-favourites like artisan pizza and fresh seafood. Santa Cruz is a hub for vineyards – here, wine-lovers can sip the local specialty Malvasia wine, whose grapes are raised in a soil rich in volcanic ash for a unique taste.
Starry, starry nights
It’s no coincidence nights in La Palma seem extra bright – the island actually regulates light pollution, which allows for wondrous night-time views at pinpricks of stars hanging overhead. Because of this, a number of stargazing expeditions are available.
Other evening activities include hikes and underwater adventures so holiday-goers can view the island’s gorgeous terrain in a very different light.