Reserva Biosfera La Palma

La Palma


La Palma Island, also known as “Isla Bonita", is located in the most northwestern area of the Canary Archipelago within the Atlantic Ocean. It counts with a population of approximately 85,000 inhabitants shared in 14 municipalities, even though the greatest part is concentrated in the municipalities of Santa Cruz de La Palma, capital city located in the eastern watershed and Llanos de Aridane, in the west.

An emerged surface of 708 square kilometers and a great underwater volcanic building makes La Palma to comprise a good representation of the Macaronesian region characteristic environments in a very good preservation condition, from the depths of the Atlantic up to the highest point on the island, Roque de los Muchachos, at a height of 2,426 meters.

La Palma is characterized by large cliffs, as well as by black sand beaches, laurel forests and clear skies, giving the island a significant and distinctive natural value as regards other islands of the archipelago. It is an island of contrasts, as considered by many people: “a miniature continent”. All these conditions have been of value for the whole island to be declared by UNESCO as Biosphere Worldwide Reserve in the year 2002. 



La Palma


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