Published On: Mon, Feb 5th, 2024

The beautiful Canary Island with hardly any tourists constantly overshadowed by Tenerife | World | News

At this time of year, many Britons are considering where they will go on holiday this summer and some might be looking to the popular Canary Islands.

Tenerife is one of the most popular, but for those looking to try somewhere less crowded, La Palma is considered an exciting option.

The Canary Islands’ fifth largest island, La Palma has a reputation for wine, cuisine and fine fruit including bananas, mangos, papayas, and avocados.

It also has far fewer tourists than Tenerife, attracting 150,000 compared to its rival’s five million.

Most of the most popular things to do in La Palma centre around the area’s natural beauty. According to Trip Advisor it is possible to take a tour around the Timanfaya National Park or climb up the Roque de Los Muchachos.

At the top of the Muchachdos is an observatory and speaking about the experience, Vanessa R said: “A long windy drive but well worth it! The journey up is all part of the experience, take it gently – it is a long, windy road and stop at viewing points.

“Top tip: take water and sun cream with you. We visited in June and it was very hot at the top, 26 degrees or more. We didn’t need the winter clothes others had advised!”

Closer to sea level there is the Maroparque Isla de la Palma, an animal rescue centre that has become a focal point for many tourists.

Writing about the experience Graeme B said: “What a nice way to spend an hour or two. They are doing such a good job giving homes to these animals and what a quirky home they have.

“It’s so nice walking around chatting to the friendly parrots. Although their homes are a bit ramshackle, on the whole they look healthy and happy, well fed, watered and looked after. Highly recommended a visit to this quirky little zoo.”

While the island is popular with tourists, in recent years it has entered the world’s news cycles because of volcanic eruptions.

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