La Palma is a truly captivating destination and is the most north-westerly of the Canary Islands. The beautiful landscapes here provide outstanding scenery and the harbour of Santa Cruz boasts a fabulous location to unwind and watch the world go by. One of the key attractions to a visit here is that the island is easily explored on foot and the close proximity of the major point of interest allow for a slower paced relaxing day in the superb sunshine.
The island of La Palma plays an ever confusing name game as the full name is infact San Miguel de la Palma but it also is referred to as Santa Cruz de La Palma and even La Isla Bonita y Verde translated to 'the beautiful green island'. There are many names for this mesmerising destination but no matter what you wish to call it, one thing remains constant, it is a wonderful port of call to visit.
Upon arrival into the port head for the old quarter of the island via the tremendous Avenida Maritime promenade. This route will lead passengers to Plaza de Espana and provides a fantastic point to welcome visitors to the area. Sightseeing here is brilliant as you whirl between 16th century fountains, the town hall structure and the unique Renaissance church. There is also an opportunity to explore the markets to find innovative hand crafted pottery goods or perhaps sample local cuisine delicacies.
Like all of the Canary Islands, La Palma’s origins derive from volcanic landscapes and there are still several volcanoes active today. One of the major attractions to see is Caldera de Taburiente, one of the world’s largest volcanic craters and a truly awe inspiring sight to behold. This fascinating location is 5 miles wide and actually delves just under half a mile deep. It is now a national park location and boasts a remarkable array of wildlife. As you head back down to sea level a stop is often made by many at the stunning location of Mirador de la Concepcion to capture a photograph overlooking the northern point of the island and right along the coast. Be sure to visit to the brilliant observatory nearby also known as Roque de los Muchachos which was built to allow major astrophysical research due to the incredible clear night skies here.
Take a trip to a typical bodega to sample some of the local reds and whites with the opportunity to purchase a bottle of wine, should you wish to do so. Perhaps you’d like to take in a walking tour of the island or even opt to venture around using the local trollies as the ideal transfers to and from the ship. With several cruise operators including P&O Cruises sailing here, there is the chance for you try something more adrenaline pumping with a buggy adventure over the rough terrain of the Brena Baja regions.
The port of La Palma provides a wondrous setting to relax and recharge aboard a well-earned holiday. The Canary Islands glisten in the sunshine and the beach settings here are no exception. No matter whether you wish to delve into the cultural highlights of the island, the volcanic charm or simply lay back under the shimmering sunlight, this destination has everything you could wish for to enjoy a great day.