What You Need To Know
La Palma is know as the beautiful island because of its incredible landscapes, imposing volcanoes, deep forests, welcoming beaches and star-filled night skies.
Clear skies and strict light pollution laws mean that La Palma is such a fantastic place for star gazing and astronomy that is has earned a Starlight award.
La Palma, also San Miguel de La Palma, is the most north-westerly island of the Canary Islands, Spain.
Area: 272.6 mi²
- From the 1st of January 2002 the Euro was accepted as the only official coin in Spain (with the symbol €) which equals 100 cents.
There are coins and notes of different values. The coins are 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, 1 Euro and 2 Euros.
All the coins, from 1 to 10 cents have a coppered colour, 10, 20 and 50 cents are golden, and 1 and 2 euros have golden and silver colours.
- It’s also possible to pay in the Canary Islands with Credit or Debit Card. This is a common, practical way of paying. It will allow you to avoid carrying money and it’s a very safe way of paying. You might use it to rent a car, pay the restaurant bill, hotel or any other type of purchase. If you need to get some real money, the ATM’s are available 24 hours a day and are placed in several different locations as banks, hotels, shopping centres and others. The most common cards are Visa and Mastercard.
On the island of La Palma, there is a moderate climate as with anywhere else during the Canary Islands calendar year. The sun certainly shines here more strongly through its closeness to the equator, but it does not become too hot in the summer due to the trade winds.
Trade wind clouds over the Caldera – Teide in the backgroundThe climate is mild and relatively balanced with many hours of sunshine through the whole year according to the weather reports on sun and rain. Trade winds and the Gulf Stream ensure a comfortable cooling in the summer and in the winter for warm temperatures: with annual few variations, the temperature reaches between 20-22°C in February and 26-28°C in August. La Palma of the Canary Islands offers all year the suitable weather for swimming in the sun with temperatures in the Atlantic of 18°C in February and 23°C in August.
Spanish; Castilian –
Castillian Spanish is the official language, with other Spanish languages and dialects varying in different regions.
English isn’t widely used outside of the main coastal resorts, so you may find it very handy to learn a few words before you travel.
Health and security
- Spain has an excellent health-care system that extends to the Canary Islands. If you need an ambulance, call 112 (the pan-European emergency telephone number that can be called for urgent medical assistance). An alternative medical emergency number is 061. Alternatively, go straight to the urgencias (casualty) section of the nearest hospital.
Pharmacies offer valuable advice and sell over-the-counter medication. Throughout the Canaries, a system of farmacias de guardia (duty pharmacies) operates so that each district has one open all the time. When a pharmacy is closed, it posts the name of the nearest open one on the door.
The standard of dental care is usually good; however, it is sensible to have a dental check up before a long trip.
- Attention on the beach, never let your personal effects alone. Very often thieves are running on the beach looking for the good moment when you are swimming in the water. At such a moment you have to ask to friends, family or people next to you to keep an eye on your belongings.
- If you are on a hike watch the weather.
- The local bus service is reliable, fairly inexpensive and covers all the major areas of interest and is a great way to get around if you don’t want to hire a car, return tickets are not available so you need to purchase a ticket for each part of the journey.
Buses seem to be generally quiet and we didn’t get on any that were jam-packed to the brim, always check the times of the last bus home.
If you suffer from travel sickness, be prepared for winding roads and an exciting trip!