La Palma is a small, laid-back island, but it’s brimming with things to see and do. Incredible beaches, mountains, and picturesque towns and villages are dotted across the island. There’s something for everyone to explore here.
Around the vibrant capital city, Santa Cruz de la Palma, old churches and grand mansions from days gone by line the streets. This was once an important hub during the Spanish Empire and evidence of its powerful past can be seen all around the city.
Visit the Avenida Marítima promenade for some traditional Spanish cuisine, and venture to the end of the boulevard to get a photo with the famous Dragon Tree, a subtropical tree-like plant, native to the Canaries. The Casas de los Balcones, a row of old-world Spanish houses famous for their overhanging balconies, can also be found here.
For a spot of relaxation head to Los Cancajos beach. Restaurants are perched along the coastline and the local food served is widely considered the best on the island. Fresh fish is caught daily, so be sure to order it when you’re there.
La Palma is also well-known for its exceptional diving opportunities. Make your way to La Fajana, where three seawater bathing pools are located, for a day of leisurely swimming. Once used as a linen-tanning facility, this location is popular with locals and tourists alike.
Road trips from La Palma
Roque De Los Muchachos La Palma’s tallest peak, Roque De Los Muchachos, lies an hour-and-a-half drive north of Santa Cruz de la Palma. This impressive sight is located in the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, which boasts Canary pine forests, freshwater springs, waterfalls and rock formations. The Caldera, a crater-shaped valley in the middle of the mountains, is a sight to behold. You can follow the mountainside paths up to the astronomical observatory here for a striking view of the area.
Villa de Mazo Drive 13km south of Santa Cruz de la Palma and you’ll reach this quaint, sleepy village, which is famous for its handicrafts and cigars. Dormant volcanoes covered in lush greenery encircle Villa de Mazo, making this an impressive place to stop on your road trip.
Parque Cultural La Zarza Before the Spanish colonised this island over 500 years ago, there were native people on La Palma known as the Guanches. At the Centre of Interpretation at this national park, you can discover their cultural practices. Two ancient rock drawings are Parque Cultural La Zarza’s main attraction.
Everything is a short, but beautiful ride away in La Palma, making it the perfect place to hire an Avis car.
La Palma Cruises: Delivery and Collection
Avis offers a delivery and collection service for La Palma Cruises. If you plan to go on a cruise, let Avis get you there safely so you can enjoy your time and not worry about driving.