Ecotourism & Sustainable Travel on the Canary Island of La Palma

Forgetting the party side of La Palma, this beautiful Canary Island is an ideal place for slow-travel and back-to-nature holidays well away from mass tourism and the hoards. It’s easy to be an ecotourist and follow the sustainable travel code on La Palma, see just a few of its offerings.

Stargazing in UNESCO Starlight Reserve of La Palma

La Palma has an abundance of stargazing  destinations for the casual stargazer or for Astronomy fanatics.

La Palma Starlight Reserve

Llanos del Jable is just one of La Palma’s mesmerizing stargazing locations in the town of El Paso, which is 1,200 metres above sea level. Both day and night it’s worth the asent. During the day there are amazing views over the Aridane valley and the ancient volcano and at night it’s a perfect stargazing spot being one of the UNESCO Starlight Reserves.

Walking and Hiking in UNESCO La Palma

La Palma is well known for its impressive natural landscapes, the whole island became a Biosphere Reserve in 1983, with 706 square kilometres of stunning scenery and over 1,000 kilometres of marked trails, which means it’s ideal for walking and hiking.

Hiking in La Palma

One of this Canary Island’s most impressive natural attractions is the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, a volcanic  8-kilometre diameter crater surrounded by orange coloured waterfalls and springs scattered through the crater, as well as pine forests and indigenous species.

Slowtravel and Slowfood on La Palma

La Palma is a gastronomic hub with many restaurants serving traditional dishes made from locally sourced ingredients, slowfood,  including fresh fish such as moray eels or parrot fish, papas arrugadas (delicious wrinkled potatoes) with the local mojo rojo or verde (green or red local salsa), as well as hearty meat dishes.

La Palma Mercado

Great restaurants to try include La Recova in the capital. The fabulous food market Santa Cruz de La Palma sells local specialities such as cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables and the island’s wines. The farmers’ markets in Villa de Mazo, Puntagorda, Puntallana and El Paso are a must for the slowfood foodie too showcasing local seasonal produce and delicious local pastries.

 

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