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The island of La Palma

La Palma is an island belonging to the Atlantic Ocean archipelago of the Canary Islands (Spain). Of volcanic origin, it is a very abrupt island, with abundant vegetation due to a wet and cool weather. Its mountains are filled with Canarian pine, laurel and at the coast, we found Palm Islands. Its area is 708.32 square kilometers (just over the metropolitan area of Barcelona) and it has a population of approximately 87 thousand inhabitants. La Palma is a Biosphere Reserve and is probably the steepest island in the world.

La Palma is blessed with one of the darkest skies worldwide, with excellent sky transparency, and has become one the premium sites on Earth for both professional and amateur astronomy. La Palma is the first Starlight Reserve on Earth (UNESCO) and is also a Biosphere Reserve known for its amazing landscapes.

La Palma (SPC airport) is very well connected with mainland Europe by direct flights (from Spain, Germany, Netherlands) or with local flights (via Tenerife - TFS or TFN with BinterCanarias) and boat trip from the neighboring island of Tenerife (Naviera Armas or Fred Olsen companies). For tips on connections to La Palma at reasonable prices, please email us at info@astrolapalma.com.

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Videos: (left) from youtube by ondowan, (right) Island in the Sky from Christoph Malin on Vimeo. More videos here.

Features that can´t be missed:
  • The Caldera de Taburiente National Park, with a crater 8 km wide. This park has an extremely rich landscape and is botanically spectacular.
  • Bosque de los Tilos, situated in a narrow valley. It has the largest water resources of the island. It was the first area of ​​the island protected by the Biosphere Reserve.
  • Starlight Reserve and Destination. La Palma is from the year 2012, the first Starlight Reserve on Earth and also an Starlight Destination. This means the night sky on the "Isla Bonita" is outstanding but also that its inhabitants are commited to keep it that way.
  • Santa Cruz de la Palma, capital of the island. Originally it was a fishing village with lovely houses dating back to the XVI century.
  • Natural Cumbre Vieja Park, a series of volcanoes that form a ridge from the center to the south of the island. Among them are the San Antonio, San Juan and Teneguía volcanoes (Teneguía being the lastest volcanic eruption in Spain, 1971).
  • La Palma´s rural and quiet atmosphere & its nature and diverse range of climates and landscapes.
  • The network of walking trails which makes the island a paradise for hikers.
  • The Observatory of El Roque de Los Muchachos, one of the best observatories in the world. Visiting the telescopes at the Observatory is possible. Booking in advance required. Click here for further info.