La Palma is located at the northwest of the Canary Island group. It's one of the smallest islands and has about 90,000 inhabitants. It has the highest rainfall of all the Canary Islands. It's also one of the world's most mountainous Islands. Its highest peak - Roque de los Muchachos, reaches up to 2,426 metres.
With its spectacular green vegetation and its extraordinary pure bright blue skies it's known as La Isla Verde - 'the Green Island', or La Isla Bonita - 'the Pretty Island'.
La Palma is widely regarded as the most beautiful of the Canary Islands. It's the most unspoilt by tourism and ideal for rest, peace and quiet, walking and hiking. It also enjoys a stable climate; warm in the winter and not too hot in the summer.
The indigenous inhabitants of the Canaries were known as 'Guanches'. They were Berbers from the mountains of Northwest Africa. Nobody is really 100% sure how they ended up on the islands because at the time of arrival they apparently wouldn't have had any knowledge of seafaring techniques.
In general, people have a relaxed attitude to life on La Palma. They are usually patient and don't mind waiting or standing in queues. Shows of impatience by foreigners are not appreciated.
Some of the island's key attractions include: the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, the Roque de los Muchachos Astrophysics Observatory, (the most important astrophysics observatory in the northern hemisphere), the El Canal y Los Tiles forests and various archaeological sites like Zarza or Belmaco.
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