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Sightseeing in La Palma - what to see. Complete travel guide

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. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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.

On the island is the world-famous Los Tilos Biosphere Reserve, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Almost all the territory of this reserve is a forest. In the Tertiary period similar forests covered the entire territory of modern southern Europe. Now there are very few such forests on the planet. In the reserve you can see many rare plants, and even admire the wonderful birds and other inhabitants of these picturesque places.
You can take a walk in unique historical places in the archaeological area of ​​La Zarza, in whose territory the eponymous ethnographic center is now located. Here, travelers are offered to take a walk in the picturesque foothill areas, where the ancient petroglyphs were found on the rocks. The meaning of some drawings remains incomprehensible. Similar drawings were discovered by scientists in Ireland. In addition to caves with rock paintings, you can visit interesting museums, whose expositions are devoted to the life and household of the earliest settlers of these places.
A trip to the reserve of La Tosca will become a real journey into the past. In this reserve, the most ancient plants were preserved. Here you can see the dragon tree, with which the locals connect many interesting legends. On the territory of this reserve, there are several interesting souvenir shops with crafts by local masters.
A walk along the slopes of the volcano San Antonio remains a popular entertainment thrill among adventurers. Unlike other parts of the island, there is a completely different, desert landscape. The last major volcanic eruption occurred in 1971, and today one can observe how smoke slowly rises from its crater.
You can get acquainted with interesting historical sights of the island in the Veliko district, which located in the vicinity of the capital. The Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Snezhnaya, in which there is an ancient altar made of silver, as well as a statue of Madonna made of terracotta is also located here. This sanctuary was founded in the Middle Ages, and many elements of its decoration are made of silver. The church is quite large. It contains a rich collection of sculptures and paintings from the 16th to 17th centuries. By the level of its decoration, the ancient church is one of the most luxurious on the island and more like a rich museum.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around La Palma
♥   Castle 'Castle of los moros of Cartagena' Region of Murcia, 9.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of la Concepción of Cartagena' Region of Murcia, 9.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of la Atalaya' Region of Murcia, 10.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of Galeras of Cartagena' Region of Murcia, 11.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Castle of San Julián' Region of Murcia, 11.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around La Palma
♥   Regional Park 'Calblanque, Monte de las Cenizas y Peña del Águila' , 19.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Park 'Salinas y Arenales de San Pedro del Pinatar' , 23.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   A - Park 'Oregana creek park' , 25.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Park 'Carrascoy y el Valle' , 30.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Cave 'Cueva del Perro' , 32.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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