1. Appreciating one of the lesser known Canary Islands
Along with El Hierro and La Gomera, La Palma enjoys a privileged location West of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria the main touristic spots in the Canary Islands, Spain. But fear not, that only means you will be able to have a more genuine experience and still, uncover deserted beaches, stunning volcanoes and out of this world landscapes without the crowds.
2. Getting pampered without breaking the bank
No matter which currency you travel with, La Palma prices are some of the most affordable ones I’ve seen in some time. Think of a ‘barraquito’ — special caffeinated drink that includes several layers of goodness: condensed milk, liquor, expresso coffee, milk, lemon zest and ground cinnamon — from 0.6€ and a complete daily menu in a local restaurant from 6€ and you will not want to leave.
3. Awesome weather conditions all year round
Being part of the Canary Islands archipelago, temperatures suffer little to none variations from Summer to Winter, what makes it ideal to escape the rough European winters.
There are chances of witnessing the infamous ‘Panza de Burro’ — big cloud formed mainly in the Eastern part of La Palma — as well as some showers every now and then. But these are none but part of the balanced ecosystem that keeps the island as lush and green as it should always be. Just remember to pack a light rain jacket and a fleece and you’ll be good to go!
4. Getting into the island mood
And immediately being contagious with the outrageous joy La Palma inhabitants decided to stick with for good. There is no way around it. These guys know how to welcome, make you feel home, treat, invite and make sure you will have a hell of a time in their particular paradise.
5. Putting your body strengths to a test
In case you are looking for some good old exercise, in La Palma you will find a range of outdoorsy exciting activities to keep you fit and wanting for more. The hilly terrain, filled with high mountains and deep valleys, is excellent for mountain biking, hiking, running, trekking, climbing, paragliding, diving and exploring the surroundings without the assisted help of an engine.
Finally, should you really want to attempt something extraordinary, have a look to the Transvulcania race and mark the next edition in your calendar. Epic doesn’t even start making it justice.
6. Awakening your senses
Perhaps I have been induced to a ultra sensorial experience when visiting La Palma. Enhanced flavors, smells, textures, sounds and ultimately, eye candy wherever you looked at.
But something tells me that this happens to everyone visiting the island if they are really willing to take in all it has to offer. When distractions are silenced, after you ditch shopping, turn off your cellphone, skip bar rounds, avoid crowds and everything in between, then is when you can start feeling all there is to feel there. Up to you!
7. Taking star gazing to a complete new level
Apart from the fact that La Palma hosts one of the biggest observatories in the world, The ‘Gran Tecan’, the clear skies, altitude and low light pollution make it for something unique: the chance of rediscover what is above of us and how insignificant and minuscule we are.
8. Showing off your photography skills
The list could go on. In fact, I published an article about 69 photos that will make you want to visit La Palma that you should check as well. Endless camera opportunities wherever you head within the almost 800 square km of the island that will make your pictures look good no matter what.
9. Rediscovering the art of being amazed every 10 minutes
It all starts when you cross the ‘time tunnel’ in between Breña Alta and El Paso.
A slight change of altitude, a huge change in the weather conditions and landscape. From dense fog to a sea of clouds, from thick forests to vast volcanic plains. But soon you realize that this is only the rule. Every turn you make, around every corner, a new eye-catching scenery awaits.
And they are all different and diverse, in a full color palette that ranges from the neon green moss to the most absolute black of the volcanic sand, the white of the sea foam, the deep orange of the colors waterfall, the light blue of the sky, the pink of the flowers covering the eroded lava fields in the distance. Every color is represented and they all have its chance to shine.
10. Ultimately, just enjoying the silence
Because you are a smart individual that appreciates the beauty when it is in front of you, you will be also able to enjoy the quietness of the island.