At the northwest of the Canaries archipelago, a few hundred miles from the coast of north-west Africa, lies the island of La Palma, also known as La Isla Bonita, because of its extraordinary natural beauty.
La Palma is one of the smaller of the Canary islands, with a surface area of 706 square kilometres and a population of only 86,000. It is unusual in that it rises exceptionally steeply from the ocean, the entire central mountain range exceeding 2000 m in altitude. The highest point on the island is the Roque de los Muchachos (2423 m), with one of the world’s premier astronomical observatories.
Like the rest of the Canary islands, the origin of La Palma is volcanic. La Palma is excellent for walking trips and can cater for all tastes from a gentle stroll to a strenuous hike. The most important geological feature of La Palma is the Caldera de Taburiente, which dominates the northern part of the island. Here is a map of La Palma.