If you are planning a trip to the island of La Palma, you will be flying in to La Palma Airport, also known as Santa Cruz de la Palma Airport, which serves the island.
This beautiful volcanic island is a perfect quiet getaway from the stresses back home. With numerous unique attractions on offer, alongside delicious local cuisine you will not want to leave la isla bonita. You can begin your Spanish adventure as soon as you arrive by hiring a car from the airport. That way you will not miss a second of exploring this natural, unspoiled paradise.
Caldera de Taburiente National Park is one of the islands most treasured and visited attractions. It is perfect for those looking for a quiet wander in the natural surroundings or for the more experienced hikers. It is believed to have been a giant crater. You will instantly fall in love with the beautiful mountain scenery; you will not want to leave!
When you first land in La Palma, astronomy may not be your first thought. This is something you should bear in mind however! It is fast becoming one of the most unique and popular excursions on the island with many companies now offering star gazing tours and classes. One of the most famous observatories on the island is the Roque de los Muchachos Astrophysics Observatory. This is the perfect place to gaze at the stars on an amazingly clear night. There are tours on offer, telescope renting and a variety of tours all tailored for you to take advantage of the wonders of the night sky!
Children and adults will both love the Maroparque Isla de La Palma, a zoo which is located on the edge of a ravine! The botanical and zoological setting is not only home to a variety of species such as monkeys, snakes, porcupines, birds, crocodiles and even albino wallabies; it also gives access to some of the most extensive views of the island.
Recently La Palma has become a popular hotspot for paragliding enthusiasts. Paragliding schools are now offering specialist holidays as the conditions of the island are perfect for the sport. Many experts are on the island to advise those on any skill level from beginners to highly experienced paragliders. What better way to appreciate what this beautiful island has to offer than from a bird’s eye view from the skies?
Why not try the delicious cuisine that is on offer? Seafood really is the hero of the island with it being caught fresh on the day! Sardines, prawns, mussels and squid; you must try it all! There are of course tapas and paella readily available at most restaurants and bars as well. What could be better than sitting by the sea with a nice glass of wine and some Gambas al ajillo?
Why not visit the island’s capital, Santa Cruz. It is home to Calle Real, known for its fantastic shopping opportunities. You will find a host of shops where you will be able to pick up a gift or two. After you have shopped until you’ve dropped, you may be in need of some refreshment and the Avienda Marritima is the perfect place to head too. It is a road just on the coast which has lots of outdoor cafes. You will be able to enjoy the fresh seafood no doubt caught on their doorstep and finish the afternoon off with some people watching on the seafront.
Take a trip to the other side of the island to the town of Tazacorte. For something to tell everyone back home, hike up to the Mirador El Time, a Tapas bar with a stunning mountain view. Not only can you enjoy amazing local food you will also be able to get in some once in a lifetime photos. Try out one of the many boat excursions on offer. The majority of the boat trips will include swimming, snorkelling and whale and dolphin spotting. Chances are you will spot a lot more marine life as well! What better way to spend the day?
For those who love culture and history, Puntallana is the place for you. Hire a car and travel here. For a slightly surreal history fix a visit to the Casa Lujan Museum will be an unforgettable experience. All of the rooms have been restored to show how people lived between 1920-1960. It is also home to some interesting guests in the form of life size rag dolls, a bit different from your normal museum mannequin!
The IATA code for La Palma Airport - Santa Cruz is SPC.
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