The green island of La Palma has been dubbed ‘the pretty isle' of the Canaries due to the contrasting appearance to its fellow islands. It has its lunar landscapes, too, but there are also beautiful laurel and Canary pine forests to explore. La Palma is one of the smaller, quieter islands in the Canaries, a place to enjoy walking and cycling.
Freshwater streams, springs and waterfalls keep the greenery levels up across La Palma, not least in the Caldera de Taburiente National Park in the centre of the island, formed around a vast crater. It was here that the Guanches, the indigenous people of the Canary Islands, made their last stand against the Spanish in the 15th century, and the park is a key La Palma attraction.