I love La Palma, and I believe that most British tourists who come here love it too. But you know, you can’t please everybody all the time, and I occasionally hear of people who were very disappointed. That’s a shame when you’ve saved all year for a holiday.

So who shouldn’t come?

Well, the weather isn’t quite as hot as the bigger Canarian resorts. You don’t get much in the way of night life, although there are plenty of restaurants and quite bars. You won’t get much English food. And the beaches are black sand, and not all that many of them.

The Los Tilos cloud forest doesn’t have any tigers or lemurs. As one disappointed traveler said on Trip advisor, “It’s just a load of trees.” (And ferns and flowers and rare birds which may or may not show themselves). It’s a botanist’s paradise, because many of the plants grow only in the Canary Islands, and quite a few only grow on La Palma. My father practically jumped up and down like a two-year-old at Christmas, but if you don’t know an oak from a beech, then it’s just pleasantly green and cool.

On the other hand, if you’re prepared to explore, La Palma has an amazing variety of stunning scenery, practically everywhere you look. Really active types can mountain bike or paraglide or scuba dive. Those who aren’t so fit, like me, can hike or stroll through it. Couch potatoes can admire it from a car. We also have lovely old buildings, starlit skies and peace and quiet by the truckload.

So if you want to experience something new, come to La Palma. But if you want Blackpool Pleasure Beach with added sunshine and cheaper booze, forget about it. You’ll be happier in southern Tenerife or Gran Canaria or Lanzarote.


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  1. I’m so glad you made the distinction “southern” Tenerife there! I don’t read sites like Tripadvisor any longer. Only idiots seem to comment there (when it’s not suspect hotels/bars adding their fake comments, apparently!). That comment about “a load of trees” was so uneducated! Makes my skin crawl, and I’ll bet that type of person would have you-know-what-ed if faced with a tiger, and thank god for their own sakes there are no lemurs he would probably have been trying to pull their tails or something. Why on earth wouldn’t people research where they are going in any event?

    Though I’ve lived in the Canary Islands for over 20 years I still have to visit La Palma. It’s like the icing on the cake I seem to be saving for last!

  2. Couldn’t agree more šŸ™‚ We’re just back from our second family holiday and yet again the urge to stay in La Palma was a mighty force that was only defeated by the simple reality that my income comes from working in the UK… oh, and the kids schools etc. I’m not a botanist but find the fauna (or is that flora?) fascinating, I’m an amateur astronomer so am VERY happy with the nightlife on offer in La Palma. I’m not quite fit enough for the mountain biking though but there are plenty of walks that even the more reluctant walker can do and would enjoy šŸ™‚

    Thank you for these blog posts Sheila, they keep me in touch just a bit with the island when I’m stuck in that somewhat bigger and wetter island north of France…


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