The Canary Island La Palma...

Known both as "La Isla Bonita" (the beautiful Island) and "La Isla Verde", (the green Island), La Palma is indeed the greenest of the seven Canary Islands. The English author, Henry Myhill, writes in his book The Canary Islands (Faber & Faber, London, 1968): "La Palma has neither the beaches of Fuerteventura, the dry south of Gran Canaria, the snow-capped peak of Tenerife, the giant heathers of Gomera, the strangness of Lanzarote, nor the friendly isolation of Hierro. But I am arguing against myself. When pressed I feel bound to admit that La Palma is the most beautiful island of all."Also referred to as the "land of eternal Spring", the sun shines somewhere on La Palma almost every day of the year. Temperatures rarely drop below 18 degrees Centigrade in winter and above 25 in the summer. 

With the world's highest ratio of mountain height to overall land area, countless "micro-climates" are found on the Island, with sunny weather at the beaches on the west side practically every day, even if it should be cloudy elsewhere. Vegetation ranges from succulent plants at sea level, with banana, citrus, tropical fruits and food crops a bit further up the slopes, as well as vineyards and tobacco at the higher altitudes. 

La Palma is an European island off the African coast with South American charm. A sub-tropical island with a colorful mixture of people.  A Spanish island with a Flemish past, with Portuguese and Latin influence. Close ties with Cuba and Venezuela have existed for the last few centuries, and this is reflected in the language, life-style, the traditional music, folklore and culture.
 
With agriculture as the main source of income for the residents, gentle, or sustainable tourism development is a secondary objective of the authorities, with La Palma destined to avoid the overdevelopment rife on the more important Canary Islands. And UNESCO has declared the entire land as a Biosphere Reserve.
As varied as nature is on this mini-continent, the choice of leisure activities is varied.  Hiking, cycling, diving, horse riding, paragliding, dolphin (and occasionally whale)
viewing are easily sourced.  Construction on two major golf courses will begin in 2007. And La Palma is considered one the top two astronomical sites in the world, with some 13 observatories situated on the highest point of the Island.
 
An excellent variety of restaurants, both international as well as local are found on the Island.
 
In summary, then, La Palma affords a variety of leisure pursuits and opportunities for an enjoyable and quiet holiday experience without the hustle, bustle, and over-crowding by mass tourism found at so many other places on the Spanish mainland in the Canaries as well.

 

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