This is a volcanic island in the Canary Islands. Belongs to the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The whole island was declared Reserve of the Biosphere by the UNESCO in 2002. La Palma has an area of 708.32 km ² and a population of about 87,000 inhabitants. This island is mountainous and rugged, with its highest peak in Roque de Los Muchachos, reaching almost 2500 mts high.
La Palma is an ideal place to get lost and hiking with lush forests, springs such as Marcos y Corderos, and mountains. The island is also known also as "the island of stars", by the clarity of the skies. At Roque de Los Muchachos,on a marvelous part of the island, we´ll find one of the most important astrophysical observatories in the world.
This municipality is located in the northwest coast of La Palma, Canary Islands. I has 8km of coast and has a population of about 2,000 inhabitants. Puntagorda is famous for it´s pastries derived from almonds and the beauty of the landscape in which forests of pine, where almond and fruit trees can be seen.
Puntallana: Located in the northwest of the island of La Palma, Canary Islands it´s known for its traditional homes and a landscape surrounded by mountains, spectacular cliffs and beaches.
San Andrés y Sauces: San Andrés y Sauces of La Palma has a population of about 4900hab. It´s known for traditional architecture, untouched nature, cliffs and forests such as Los Tilos. Its economy revolves around banana plantations, and on a smaller scale in sugar cane.
Santa Cruz de La Palma: This beautiful municipality of La Palma has a coastline of 4.03km and 17,400 inhabitants. Here we find the only passenger harbour of La Palma, with regular connections to Cadiz in mainland Spain and other canary islands. With a picturesque colonia architecture and traditions, Santa Cruz de La Palma offers the visitor a natural paradise.
Breña Alta: Located east of La Palma has a coastline of 1.30km and
The town center is located 350mts above the sea level and the town is famous for tabacco production. The main districts or neighborhoods in Breña Alta are San Pedro(Town centre), Breña (San Isidro), Las Ledas, Buenavista de Arriba, Buenavista de Abajo, Botazo, Miranda, El Llanito(the Plain) and La Cuesta(The Slope).
Breña Baja: This town has many volcanic cones and natural sites. The main one is the mountain of Breña, near the border with Mazo, and the viewpoint of the same name, where you can see a wonderfull scenary of the whole valley and part of Mazo.
Tazacorte: This pretty fishing village and port is the smallest
municipality of La Palma. The streets of Tazacorte there is a touch of history with the old buildings doing contrast with the new. The town is also notable for having the best crop of bananas from the Canary Islands.
Tijarafe: Located in the northwest of the island, the town has a coastline inaccessible by the many cliffs and streams in the area and thus lacks of many beaches. The weather is sunny and arid, and generally there is not many rainfalls.
Villa de Mazo: With a large architectural heritage and a population of about 4800 people we can find this municipality east of the island. Agriculture and tourism is the main industry. In this quiet village we can visit the viewing point of Morro Mojino, where we can contemplate a panoramic view of the sea, people and unique traditional villages.
Barlovento: This town just north of the island and has 6km of coastline and 2,400 inhabitants. The most important sites to visit include Port of Talavera, Mountain Molino viewing point, Mirador de la Fajana, and Regos de Lino. In Barlovento also exist several cones and craters of ancient volcanoes which stands La Laguna, located in the upper part of town.
Fuencaliente: This area south of La Palma has been repeatedly ravaged by volcanic eruptions, the last one of the Teneguia volcano in 1971.
The name of the town comes from a medicinal hot spring source known as the Santa Spring that was on the coast of the municipality, near the actual beach of Echentive. It was buried by the lava of the volcano of Fuencaliente. Most Fuencaliente´s territory is protected by the Canarian Government having to mention Cumbre Vieja Natural Reserve, Fuencaliente Volcanoes, the Protected Landscape of Tamanca, and scientific interest Sites such as Salinas de Fuencaliente.
Garafía: This is the second biggest municipality of La Palma and it´s
capital is Santo Domingo de Garafia.
Here the architecture is made of rural homes and farm houses. It has numerous protected areas and the renowned International Astrophysical Observatory of the Roque de Los Muchachos.
Los Llanos de Aridane: This municipality is located in the Aridane Valley, east of the island. The municipality has about 35.79 km ² and 6.43 km of coastline. Its main districts are: Los Llanos, Argual, Mountain Tenisca, Los Barros, La Laguna, Todoque, Manchas de Abajo(Las Manchas de Arriba or Saint Nicholas belong to the municipality of El Paso), Puerto Naos, Triana, Retamar, Jedey and El Remo. The town's economy is based on banana production and tourism.
El Paso: El Paso is located west of the island of La Palma including Caldera de Taburiente, Aridane Valley, the Cumbre Nueva and Cumbre Vieja. Their populations are El Paso, Paso de Abajo, Tajuya, La Rosa, Tacande, Las Manchas and El Barrial.