La Palma is a nature-loving island that was the first in Spain to be recognized as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1983. La Palma, which lies just off the coast of Morocco, is still one of the most unspoiled and tranquil islands in the Canary Islands archipelago some four decades later. La Palma avoided the mass beach development of sister islands Lanzarote and Tenerife thanks to its mountainous coastline and volcanic black-sand beaches and is a fantastic choice for those who prefer barefoot luxury and breathtaking scenery to glitzy resorts and crowded promenades.
Dramatic volcanic moonscapes to the south. Santa Cruz de la Palma, the capital’s old town, is an architectural marvel, with stately whitewashed homes, cobblestone streets, and a brilliant museum located in a 16th-century monastery.