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Called La Isla Bonita or the ‘pretty island’ by the Spanish, the island of La Palma lies to the west of the Canary Islands archipelago

On its north coast lies the Los Tilos forest, a World Biosphere Reserve, with its important laurel forest and rare plant species - perfect for exploring during your La Palma holidays.

Head for the centre of the island and you'll discover the Caldera de Taburiente National Park with its pine forests, home to one of the largest craters in the world.

With charming villages, a volcanic heritage and dramatic scenery, La Palma is just waiting to be explored.

 

Things to do

When it comes to La Palma holidays, there is plenty to see and do. Whether you want to spend time exploring the great outdoors, or enjoy a relaxing ice cream on one of the island's impressive beaches, La Palma has something for everyone. 

If you want to explore the impressive volcanoes then head to the Volcán San Antonio in Fuencaliente, where you can walk along a section of the volcano's rim and take a look around the visitors centre. Alternatively, explore a meeting of concrete with natural volcanic rock at Charco Azul in San Andrés, where the waves create a natural saltwater pools, with walkways and sunbathing platforms in between. 

If you're feeling energetic then why not hike up one of the country's beautiful peaks to enjoy views into some of the magnificent valleys. Or, enjoy a wander around the Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente at the centre of the island, where you'll find freshwater streams, waterfalls, rock formations and beautiful trails amongst the pin forests.

Why not plan your La Palma holidays around one of the islands many festivals? Enjoy the Devil's Fiesta in Tijarafe in September, which spreads into the early hours of the morning, with the end of September also seeing a celebration of St Michael's Day in Tazacorte. 

Flight time

You can fly direct to La Palma from London, which takes around 4 hours and 25 minutes.

Passports and visas

British citizens don't need a visa to enjoy La Palma holidays, but you will all need to have valid passports to enter the country.

Timezone

There is no time difference between La Palma and the UK.

Climate

Like many of the Canary Islands, La Palma enjoys balmy weather almost all year round - making it a perfect destination to visit any time of the year. August is the hottest month on the island, with temperatures hitting the mid twenties - and the sea also proving pleasantly warm. However, the island's temperature rarely drops under 18 degrees, ,meaning it is the perfect place to enjoy some winter sun.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we'd advise you to consult tour GP at least 12 weeks before departure. 

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.