Looking for the best luxury La Palma hotels? La Palma, often called La Isla Bonita, is the most stunning of all the seven Canary Islands. The island is both a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve as well as a Starlight Reserve due to its many stargazing points and clear, unpolluted night skies. And with over 600 miles of hiking trails and windswept black sand beaches, La Palma is perfect for nature enthusiasts looking to get away from it all. The absence of golden beaches has diverted many away from this gorgeous island, except for hikers and cruise liners. The capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma) is an architectural gem with its 16th-century beautiful mansions and houses.
While people don’t visit La Palma for it’s sand and sun, it has several wonderful beaches, with pristine sand and crystal-clear waters. Some beaches which you have practically to yourself, in fact you won’t find crowded beaches here. There is no need to get up early to get a place or to stake the umbrella. Read more about all of the beautiful Canary Islands here or on Pinterest.
La Palma Weather – When to Visit
August is the hottest month in La Palma with an average temperature of 74°F and the coldest is January at 64°F with the most daily sunshine hours at 8 in August. The wettest month is December with an average of 80mm of rain. The best month to swim in the sea is in August when the average sea temperature is 72°F.
The best times to visit La Palma is between March and May and from September to November. Winter and summer bring loads of tourists, which make accommodations more expensive and more difficult to find. Meanwhile, in spring and fall, La Palma continues to enjoy the same pleasant weather as the peak seasons, only without the tourist crowds.
Top 5 Amazing La Palma Beaches
Puerto Naos Beach
Puerto Naos Beach is 600 meter long beach with palm trees for shade. Umbrellas are available and lifeguards are on site. There are kiosks on the beach that sell refreshments. This is also a beach promenade that offers bars and cafes.
Charco Verde Beach
Charco Verde Beach is a 250 meter long beach. Charco Verde with it’s fine sand and pebbles is one of the favorite beaches on the island. There are permanently installed umbrellas, wooden walkways, a small bar and restroom facilities. This is also a blue flag beach.
Tazacorte Beach is 500 meters long and one of the largest beaches on the island. This is a blue flag beach, so services include life guards, clean sanitary facilities, clean water and and an excellent beach with handicap accessibility. Directly behind the beach are plenty of bars and restaurants.
Los Guirres Beach
Los Guirres Beach, also known as the Volcano Beach is located in the municipality of Tazacorte. This is one of the favorite beaches for surfing lovers. During the winter this is a pebbled beach and during the summer, due to the currents change, its a sandy beach.
This beach is divided into two areas: Zamora Grande and Zamora Chica, both black volcanic sandy beaches with moderate waves. You can admire wonderful sunsets from this small black sand cove. This is a very good beach to practice surfing at.
Best La Palma Tours & Activities
Lanzarote Grand Tour with Timanfaya and Jameos del Agua
This is the ideal tour for first-time visitors to Lanzarote. You’ll save hours researching top attractions and organizing your trip by having a full itinerary planned out for you. Travel with ease between dispersed sites in a comfortable vehicle, and avoid long lines by having entrance tickets to Timanfaya National Park, and Los Jameos del Agua included. You’ll see craters, lava fields, and even enjoy a vineyard visit on this tour that has it all. Book Your Lanzarote Grand Tour Here.
Safari Cumbre Vieja
Step aboard the “Fancy II” for a dolphin and whale cruise around the northern shores of La Palma. With a professional crew, you’ll improve your chances of seeing the cetaceans out at sea and discover the coastline, too. In just a few hours, you’ll see the grottos of Cueva Bonita and Cueva Candelaria along with the sands of Playa de La Veta. Book Your Safari Cumbre Vieja Here.
Lanzarote Short South Tour with Timanfaya Volcano Entrance
Perfect for travelers with busy schedules, this special half-day tour combines two activities—a visit to Lanzarote Timanfaya National Park and a local wine-tasting—in just a few hours. Enjoy front-door transfers from your hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned bus (included in the tour), and upgrade to include an optional camel ride around the base of scenic Fire Mountains. Book Your Lanzarote Short South Tour Here.
Guided tour: Timanfaya National Park and La Geria
See two striking landscapes during a half-day tour on this bus excursion in Lanzarote. Ride a camel on the volcanic slopes of Echadero de Camellos in Timanfaya National Park and visit the wine region of La Geria, known for the cultivation of the Malvasia grape. Skip the hassle of navigating and admire the scenery of Lanzarote. Book Your Timanfaya National Park & La Geria Guided Tour Here.
Roque de Los Muchachos Route
The Mirador del Roque de los Muchachos is the quintessential viewpoint of the Island and is located at the highest point of La Palma at 2,426 meters above sea level. The name of Roque de Los Muchachos comes from the shape of it, as they are a series of small roques about 3 meters high, which resemble a group of boys. From there you can see an impressive view of the National Park of La Caldera de Taburiente. Book Your Rogue de Los Muchachos Route Tour Here.
Best La Palma Restaurants
Enriclai (Santa Cruz de la Palma) $11 – 30
Enriclai only seats a few and is in high demand, so book ahead. The intimate restaurant has no written menu, so all the day’s offers are talked over with Enriclai’s hostess. Local wine varieties are represented in abundance. Telephone: 34 680 20 32 90 Web: Enriclai
La Placita (San Andres y Sauces) $11 – 30
La Placita’s palm-tree-shaded outdoor seating area with a view is rarely empty – arrive early to secure a spot in one of San Andres’ favorites, a restaurant that serves a refreshing mix of Thai and Canarian flavors. The coffee selection is extensive to match. Telephone: 34 922 10 63 34 Web: La Placita
Casa Osmunda (Brena Alta) $11 – 30
Considered by many as the island’s finest, Casa Osmunda is miles ahead of most upper-range restaurants on La Palma. The menu is heavily focused on Canarian flavors, and chefs are there to accommodate diners’ dietary requirements. The wine selection is impressive. Telephone: 34 922 41 26 35 Web: Casa Osmunda
La Placeta (Santa Cruz de La Palma) $11 – 30
The popular La Placeta serves quick bites and tapas on ground level, and turns into a more refined dining venue upstairs, from where a typical plant-bedecked balcony looks over the quaint Borrero square. Menu offerings range from international to local fare. Telephone: 34 922 41 52 73 Web: La Placeta
Parrilla Los Braseros (Santa Cruz de la Palma) $11 – 30
Uphill from the island’s capital lies a true find for meat-lovers and diners with dietary restrictions. Parrilla Los Braseros offers a mouthwatering selection of meat grills kept hot and steamy by the delightful miniature BBQ grills they are served on. Special meals for those with allergies and/or dietary restrictions are also available. Telephone: 34 922 41 43 60 Web: Parrila Los Braseros
Best La Palma Bars
Cerveceria Isla Verde (Tijarafe)
For a fix of tapas and beer with a view, try the little craft brewery cum restaurant in Tijarafe. It serves few varieties of home-brewed beer (dark, light and wheat ales) and local wines. The tapas selection is very decent. Telephone: 34 691 44 51 53 Web: Cerveceria Isla Verde
Cafeteria Mirador El Time (Tijarafe)
The Mirador El Time Cafeteria is perched on top of one of the island’s highest peaks with excellent views of the La Palma coastline unfolding from the cafe’s terrace. Skip the bottled wines, but do sit down for a drink and tapas. Telephone: 34 922 48 90 83 Web: Cafeteria Mirador El Time
Kiosco Aridane (Los Llanos)
Located right in the heart of Los Llanos de Aridane, this circular kiosk bar has been gathering locals and visitors in the central Plaza de Espana for decades. Grab a drink and enjoy the evening mingling with locals and travelers. Web: Kiosco Aridane
Bar La Papirusa (Santa Cruz de la Palma)
The longstanding La Papirusa is somewhat of a local institution, an establishment that keeps drawing return customers decades after it first started operations. The bar’s gives a warm welcome and good value drinks and tapas.
Cinnamon Bar (Santa Cruz de la Palma)
Cinnamon Bar has a distinctly modern vibe, one that quickly dissipates in its outdoor seating area spilling out onto a quaint Santa Cruz square. Besides the great selection of drinks, they also offer a rather wide range of tapas and platters. Telephone: 34 922 41 02 24