Eze Group is lucky enough to have strong ties with the beautiful Canary Islands. The fifth largest of these stunning islands is La Palma, a great holiday destination if you are looking for a hidden gem.
La Palma isn’t on most people’s radars but that is part of its charm. Known as ‘Isla Bonita’ it is largely unspoilt and underdeveloped, offering a peaceful and authentic picture of the Canaries.
Located 200km west of the Moroccan coast in the Atlantic Ocean, the 728 square kilometres that make up La Palma are home to around 80,000 inhabitants, many of whom are employed in the subsidised banana plantations. Banana plantations are prevalent on the island, especially in the coastal regions. If you visit the island you will see bananas growing pretty much everywhere you go!
La Palma is considered very steep for its land mass, with many areas growing steeply upwards from coastal regions to volcanic tips. It is the most volcanically active of the Canary Islands and around half a million years ago, the volcano, Taburiente, collapsed with a giant landslide, forming the Caldera de Taburiente, which is definitely worth a trip to see.
The three main tourist areas of the island are Los Cancajos on the east coast, and Puerto Naos and Tazacorte on the west coast.
Los Cancajos is the main resort on the island, and services as the main beach area and seaside town for the capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma, located 4km away.
It’s a relatively new resort (there was no village or harbour here prior to the hotels being built) and features hotels, bars and restaurants, grocery stores, sun loungers, showers, a children’s playground and three black sand beaches, separated from each other by rocks.
Los Canajos is a small and quiet resort compared to its other Canary Island counterparts, but offers all you need in one place with easy access to other parts of the island.
Watersports are popular here, and it is recognised as one of the best places on the island to snorkel and dive. Although it does not have the best weather on the island, it does have more constant temperatures due to the cloud cover caused by the prevailing wind from the north-east.
Many coach excursions leave from Los Canajos so you will be able to pick up a tour to visit the rest of the island. There is also a regular bus service to Santa Cruz.
Puerto Naos is situated on the south-west coast and has one of the best beaches on the island which is formed from ground volcanic rock. It was originally a traditional fishing village and had a small landing place for boats carrying bananas, but little remains to be seen although the village itself is still fairly underdeveloped.
This is a popular tourist area due to the beach and the climate (Puerto Naos has good temperatures all year round making it a popular winter spot).
It mainly consists of privately owned apartments, but there is a wide range of bars and restaurants, tourist shops and a few supermarkets. At the end of the beach there is the hotel Sol La Palma.
Tazacorte is located on the west side of the island and claims to be the warmest place of the island. It is split into two main sections, Tazacorte and Puerto Tazacorte.
The town of Tazacorte is situated approximately 1km above the coast and overlooks the ocean and the banana plantations. It is the main centre and houses the shops, supermarkets, government buildings, as well as new and old houses.
Puerto Tazacorte is the village around the beach and harbour and is very attractive with a black sand beach and promenade. It has may cafes, bars and (fish) restaurants along its long boulevard.
Around 85% of the land in Tazacorte is used for banana plantations, as crops grow well due to Tazacorte having the greatest number of hours of sun in Europe during the entire year.
The harbour at Tazacorte is the base for private yachts, dolphin watching trips, the local fishing fleet, a cargo ferry and the fish farms off the coast.