La Palma - "la isla bonita"

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Accomodation, where to stay on La Palma ?

  • Los Cancajos (east coast)
    beautifully landscaped wind protected black finesandy lava beach (also suitable for small children),
    colorful crab hiding among the lava cliffs,
    made4you lived in the Aparthotel Centrocancajos, large apartments, separate living and sleeping areas, well-equipped kitchen (coffee maker, oven, ...),
    magnificent view from the balcony of the Aparthotel CentroCancajos on Santa Cruz,
    unfortunately unfinished buildings on the outskirts :o((
  • Tazacorte (west coast)
    quaint little town surrounded by banana plantations in which even palmeros live,
    black lava beach, formerly the largest fishing port of La Palma
  • Puerto Naos (west coast)
    Large tourist center, lots of souvenir shops, fast food, shortage of parking spaces
    Palm trees on the black lava beach
  • Fincas
    the rural Canarian accomodations in all price ranges are scattered all over the island,
    a wide selection of many beautiful Fincas can be found in the Asociacion Turismo Rural Isla Bonita

The few lovely beaches on La Palma are freely accessible to everyone. There are no locked hotel beaches or luxury villas with video surveillance as on the island Majorca or in northern Italy.
View from our apartment window in Los Cancajos
Black lava sand beach at the port of Tazacorte
Palm beach of Puerto Naos
Black lava sand beach of Los CancajosHuge colorful crabs on the beach of Los Cancajos

Driving a rental car

Excursions in the mountain world of La Palma require much time because of the tight and twisty mountain and pass roads. Mostly we run no faster than 40 to 60 km/hour.
On the winding and steep mountain roads (especially LP-1032 to the Roque de los Muchachos in the upper part) you must be expected to rockfall.
For this, petrol was sensational cheap (0.60 Euro/Liter in march 2003) :o))

Public buses

The public bus network is well developed. You can reach almost any destination on the island with it.
More flexible however you are with your own rental car or by taxi.
Narrow tunnels on the north coast of La Palma

Boat cruises

A good starting point for boat tours, whale and dolphin watching is the port of Tazacorte.
The excursions take 2-4 hours and cost 19-35 euros per person. In March, two boat companies with information booths were represented at the harbor (ticket sale from 10 to 15:30 clock). The service on the Agamenon, a family run business is very good, at the 3-hour tour, there was sangria, coffee and homemade cakes served personally by the captain and his wife.
For whale and dolphin watching, it takes a lot of patience, the animals are submerged so quickly that unfortunately, no good photo was possible :o((

Shopping on Canary Islands

Alcohol is very cheap, especially champagne and tobacco products (cigars are made on La Palma). The Canary Islands are duty free trade zone.
Boat tour to Smugglers Bay near Tazacorte

Farmer's Market in Villa de Mazo

Every Sunday is from 8 o'clock farmer's market in Villa de Mazo. Palmeros offer home grown fruit and vegetables, freshly caught fish and cheese. In the first floor are offered beautiful hand-embroidered tablecloths.
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