The tropical La Palma
La Palma is the most north-westerly of all the Canary Islands. It has an area of 706 km2 which makes it the fifth largest of the seven main Canary Islands. The population on the island isn't big either it's just under a hundred thousand. So you will experience a relaxing holiday away from the everyday crowds. Like all the rest of the Canary Island archipelago, La Palma is a volcanic ocean island. The capital of this tropical island is Santa Cruz de la Palma.
The local economy is based on tourism and agriculture. Agriculture is quite popular on the island, as the plants grow well in the volcanic soil. There are many banana, avocado and grape farms throughout the island.
One of the most famous structures of La Palma are the water tunnels which carry the water from sources in the mountains to cities, villages and banana plantations. There are many things you can do on the island, but the main activity would be hiking in the countryside. The spectacular volcanic landscapes reaching up above the clouds with dense vegetation in the valleys and views you can experience are just unbelievable. There is a well organized network of marked walking trails over the whole island which is well signposted and walking maps are available from the tourist office in the capital of La Palma.
To get to know the island a bit better, it would be a good idea to hire a car, so you can plan your time all by yourself. There is a great connection between Tenerife and Gran Canaria, by air and sea. So you always can visit more than one island on your holiday in the Canary Islands.