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The island of La Palma is one of the seven that make up the Canarian Archipelago. It is located in the northwest of the group and covers an area of 726 square kilometres in which its 84,000 inhabitants are distributed between 14 small towns and villages. With an impressive variation in altitude, it is the steepest island in the world in relation to its height compared with its surface area. It's highest point is El Roque de Los Muchachos at 2,426 metres above sea level, on which is located the international Roque de Los Muchachos astronomical observatory.

The northern half of the island is dominated by the National Park of "La Caldera de Taburiente", with a crater of 10 kilometres in diameter, completely colonised by endemic pine trees and plants. The geology of the Caldera provides breathtaking scenery and makes it an exceptional location, an unforgettable place for those who have had the pleasure of visiting it.

La Palma could be considered very fortunate due to the fact that, although it is on the same latitude as the Sahara Desert, its shape and its situation deep in the Atlantic Ocean, permit it to pick up all the benefits of the "Alisios Winds". It has a very stable climate with temperatures averaging 22C throughout the year and a rainfall that maintains its rich vegetation, best witnessed in the forest of "Los Tilos" which has been declared Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO.

The summits, the deep ravines, the brightness of its skies, the deep green of its countryside made possible by the abundance of water, together with its roads, footpaths, beaches of black sands of volcanic origin, make La Palma a calm and incomparably agreeable place for the holidays of your dreams.

Its artistic heritage, together with its natural beauty, provide a combination which allows La Palma to be of particular interest to the visitor conscious of Nature and Art. Its fabulous collection of XVI century Flamenco art pieces, is outstanding and the most important in the Canaries. Its traditional architecture, both urban and rural, its archaeological heritage, its handicrafts, food, wines, folklore; all this is enveloped by the idiosyncrasy of the cheerful and hospitable "Palmeros".

The island can be reached by both air and sea. "El Puerto" (the harbour) located in the capital of Santa Cruz de La Palma, has direct links with the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria by modern ferry boats. There are air links with the rest of the archipelago and Madrid by regular flights, as well as flights to some other important European cities. In the interior, there is a network of buses (guaguas) plus taxis, cars and bicycles for hire. Everything is available to enable the visitor to explore tourist attractions and places of specific interes



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