The little-known island of La Palma is described by many as the attractive island of the Canary Islands (“la isla bonita”).
It’s true, the surroundings is sort of merely out of this world. It provides you a burst of adrenaline and goose bumps at instances, it truly is that particular. It’s the steepest island on the planet and the views are most likely nothing like most individuals have ever seen earlier than.
In my view, it’s this steepness of this volcanic island that has saved it from changing into one other Tenerife or Mallorca, the place what may solely be described as mass-tourism is current. La Palma simply merely doesn’t have the accessible lengthy flat white sand seashores that the extra well-known Canary Islands have and which bundle vacationers need.
As an alternative, La Palma has smaller volcanic black sand coves and seashores, typically laborious to get to and with out the same old vacationer services. For instance, probably the most stunning seashores on the west of the island is “Playa de la Veta” which entails a twenty minute drive down a steep highway, then an additional twenty minute stroll down a cliff path and thru a cliff tunnel. That is the simply the best way the La Palma is, pure and unspolit. It is without doubt one of the finest places for climbing.
La Palma in fact does have extra accessible seashores, similar to Tezacorte, Puerto Naos and naturally the capital Santa Cruz. And it’s right here the place La Palma has its share of neon lights and low cost bundle lodging accessible, which is thus far confined to those areas. The very best vacationer lodging by far are the historic villas. There are various accessible, typically in idyllic rural settings with swimming swimming pools.
Individuals have talked about how the island is altering, as is so typically the case. The federal government does have plans for tourism to place La Palma on the map. Presently the primary drawback is that the airport is just not massive sufficient to park the planes, and specifically the runway not lengthy sufficient for greater planes to take off. Consequently, the airport has been expanded at large expense. This new airport is just not open but. Ask the locals and they’re going to say, “Small island, large airport!” Nonetheless, I assume as soon as a number of airways improve their flight schedules and different airways begin to come, the airport is not going to appear fairly so large.
The island has additionally gone down the route of golf programs and plenty of are set to open up within the subsequent few years. A lot rural land has been put apart for this. To go alongside the golf programs, they’re constructing a number of the standard massive lodges, every with a whole bunch of rooms.
After all, the locals are skeptical of tourism. Fortuitously, I don’t assume La Palma will ever develop into “Playa de las Americas” – the geography of the island of La Palma is simply not arrange that means. I simply hope that tourism is dealt with sympathetically so the native economic system will profit and vacationers can respect what peace this island gives, in an in any other case chaotic world.