La Palma - "la isla bonita"
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Accomodation, where to stay on La Palma ?
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.
Driving a rental carExcursions 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 busesThe 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.
Boat cruisesA 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 IslandsAlcohol is very cheap, especially champagne and tobacco products (cigars are made on La Palma). The Canary Islands are duty free trade zone.
Farmer's Market in Villa de MazoEvery 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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