Guide to La Palma
Following on from our last blog focussing on Gran Canaria, our blog this week focusses on La Palma, the third smallest island of the Canaries. Throughout the winter season of 2016, Pullmantur Cruises will operate itineraries to the Canary Islands, providing the opportunity to enjoy some winter sun while taking advantage of an all-inclusive cruise package.
The island of La Palma offers a wealth of stunning geographical and geological features and is renowned for being more untouched than many of its neighbours. Pullmantur Cruises takes a closer look at some of the highlights to look out for while docked in this stunning, lush green island.
Los Tilos Forest
It is worth noting that La Palma’s varying geological and ecological features are highly regarded. In 2002, UNESCO declared the whole island a World Biosphere Reserve and the reasons for this will become clear upon arrival. The Los Tilos Forest is so lusciously green, so passive, and so peaceful that you will instantly fall in love with it. This distinctive jungle is made up of many primitive broad-leaved trees that dominated the earth millions of years ago.
One of the most dominating features of La Palma is the high number of volcanoes which are dotted across the island. The contrasting landscapes of dark brown volcanic ground with the bright green of the pine forest and the yellow of the indigenous coraconcillo lotus flowers is truly mesmerising.
Santa Cruz de La Palma
The historic old town of Santa Cruz de La Palma is a charming contrast to the island’s many natural features. Located in the east of the island, it was founded in 1493 by Alonso Fernandez de Lugo and by the 16th century it had become the third-largest port in Europe after Antwerp and Seville. It was therefore a significant site between Europe and the Americas and has been influenced both historically and artistically through its churches – many of which contain Flemish religious art.
If you like nothing more than to relax on a beach for the duration of your holiday, you are certainly in luck. La Palma is home to the Puerto Naos beach – a black-sand beach that is ideal for those seeking an opportunity to soak up the Canarian climate in peace and tranquillity. Surrounded by banana plantations, this east-coast beach and its many neighbouring coves is a must-visit beach for all those seeking sun and sea.
In addition to La Palma, these Canary Island itineraries will also take passengers to Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and Gran Canaria. Each of these destinations can be fully enjoyed while taking advantage of an all-inclusive cruising package which includes all drinks, meals, overseas transfers and port taxes.Tweet