La Palma is a small island on north-west part of the Canary Islands archipelago. The total square of the island estimates 728 square kilometers. La Palma is an exceptionally beautiful island, which shape reminds of a pear. La Palma is the best choice for those people who like peaceful rest. The coastline of the island is mostly rocky, so the number of islands is not big, but the beaches are no less attractive than other beaches of the archipelago.
There are many mountains on the island. The highest point of the island is Roque de los Muchachos peak, which height estimates 2387 meters. The northern part of the island is the location of cherry laurel forests that grow 500-1500 meters above the sea level. These are the only remaining forests of laurel cherry that once covered all southern part of Europe. Los Tilos and Cubbo de la Galga ravines are the official biosphere nature reserves and keepers of the unique forests. In these forests you will find pathways, on which tourists can walk.
Tourists should also visit the capital of the island – Santa Crus de la Palma that traditionally attracts visitors by its ancient buildings and narrow streets. In this city you can visit a small triangle Spain Square that is famous for its stone fountain. Near the square is located Church of Savior with a bell tower and Town Hall. Among the attractions of the capital are Castillo de Santa Catalina and Marine Museum made in the shape of the Columbus’s ship «Santa Maria». The ship is made in its natural size.
Nature lovers should visit National Butterfly Park Palmitos that features 230 types of exotic birds, and Caldera de Taburiente National Park.
You can also visit International Astrophysical Observatory. Here is installed the largest telescope in whole Europe.
If rest is all you need, you may enjoy beaches with black sand, yacht club, and fishing club.
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