La isla bonita

La Palma is known as "la isla bonita" (beautiful island) on account of its incredible scenery, its impressive volcanoes, its lush forests, its black sand beaches and its starry skies. Declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve, the island is home to some of the world's main astronomical observatories due to the extraordinary clarity of its skies. The picturesque historic quarter of its capital, Santa Cruz, conserves the colonial atmosphere of centuries gone by. Inland, a few minutes from the island's ports, the Caldera de Taburiente National Park combines the exuberance of its forests with the majestic image of the peak of this old volcanic structure, which has a diameter of 8 km and looks like a “caldera”. On account of this and other unique natural areas, La Palma, as a whole, is a real paradise for fans of nature and hillwalking.