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Caldera de Taburiente National Park is a national park on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain. It contains the enormous expanse of the Caldera de Taburiente, once believed to be a huge crater, but nowadays known to be a mountain arch with a curious crater shape, which dominates the northern part of the island. It was designated as a national park in 1954. The caldera is about 10 km across, and in places the walls tower 2000 m over the caldera floor. The highest point is the Roque de los Muchachos on the northern wall, at 2426 m altitude, which can be reached by road. The telescopes of the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory are situated very close to the summit.


La Palma is famous for its almond trees, almond products and, of course, in between Christmas and Easter the almond trees flower abundantly creating a fairy-tale effect. The almond trees grow mainly on the hills and valleys above about 300 metres above sea level. The main areas are Las Tricias, Puntagorda, Tijarafe, La Punta and El Paso. The flowering period varies form year to year, place to place and dependent on the variety but in general the first almonds come into flower just after Christmas in Las Tricias and Puntagorda and are finished in March. The almond trees in Tijarafe and El Paso are usually a few weeks later, in some years the will even last until early June in the El Paso area.


Bird’s Paradise: La Palma’s principal attraction for fauna is a spectacular park located in the town of El Paso, in the interior southwest of Santa Cruz. The Paraíso de las Aves is home to birds both common to the Canary Islands (such as the native canary, known as “pico rombo,” , Berthelot’s pipit, and the plain swift) and various world species, included the endangered likes of the “calau de Malabar” pied hornbill, of which there are only about a hundred in all of Europe. There is also an incredible variety of plants and flowers, and even the opportunity to learn how to grow mushrooms organically. mushrooms. Open daily 10 am to 5 pm.