Visit Santa Cruz de la Palma and do not miss anything

Things to see

La Palma, nicknamed Isla Bonita (beautiful island), is known for the laid-back nature of its residents and its spectacular landscapes. The highest point on the island is Roque de los Muchachos, over 2,400 m above sea level. This is the site of the Observatory, where you can enjoy a perfect panoramic view of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, especially at dawn. After you've visited the historic quarter, take a drive around the island to explore its charming villages.

The beaches

La Palma's beaches are covered in dark, soft lava sand or small volcanic rocks. The clear-blue waters are inviting any time of the year. The island's top beaches are Nogales in Puntallana, Fajana de los Franceses, known for its waves, and Tazacorte, where you will catch spectacular sunsets. The north side of the island is home to natural pools such as El Charco Azul, a series of salt water tide pools.

Caldera de Taburiente

Caldera de Taburiente is one of Spain's 15 national parks, and one of its most unique ones at that, given that it was formed by erosion from the old Taburiente volcano. The result of the volcano's collapse is a giant crater (8 km at its widest) housing hills and dales of 600 m to 900 m above sea level. Explore the natural water features, such as the 150 m Desfondada waterfall and the small but lovely Puerto de Tazacorte beach.