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La Palma, magnificent unknown in Canary Islands

La Palma (also is called San Miguel de La Palma ) is an island of the Canary Islands archipelago mail to the West, about 80 km from Tenerife by the administrative authority of the province (province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife) along with Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro.

Like all the islands of the archipelago, the happy position at the 28th parallel and the presence of the trade winds that dissolve excess, makes the extraordinarily livable climate throughout the year and average temperatures included between 20° and 30° .

The island of La Palma has a population of approximately 90,000 inhabitants of whom about 17,300 in the capital Santa Cruz de La Palma and the rest spread out over a large territory for about 706kmq .

La Caldera del Taburiente and nature in La Palma

The island measures about 20x40Km and is a treasure trove of opportunity for nature lovers;

San Miguel de La Palma is characterized by the presence of a large area located in the center of the north and called Caldera de Taburiente (within the same National Park Caldera de Taburiente ) whose crater has a width of no less than 9km and a depth of 1,500 mt, the island has three volcanoes , one of which is still in full swing the Fuencaliente which erupted last time in 1971.

La Palma Canary islands and its astronomical observatory

The astronomical observatory in La Palma Canary islands

Important peaks such as the Roque de los Muchachos

Despite the grandeur of the volcanic peak, the main peak of the island is the Roque de los Muchachos up well 2.423m height very significant for an island of this size.

The mild climate of the island and its fertility mean that the crops will find here their ideal ground so that La Palma has an agricultural production based on an extraordinary amount of platanos (small bananas) .

Tourism is a recent activity on the island and despite the few and not easily accessible beaches, in recent years there has been a significant growth.

The island enjoys the presence of a modern airport aa place eight kilometers from the capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma and is connected to it by means of the LP-138 that runs under the track. This road connects to the LP-132 to Fuencaliente, La Palma airport handles about one million passengers a year and its international abbreviation is SPC.

In Santa Cruz de la Palma is located also the main port of the island , with ferry to Santa Cruz de Tenerife and San Sebastián de La Gomera, and Arrecife Cadiz.

The capital Santa Cruz de La Palma and its monuments

The capital is Santa Cruz de la Palma and numerically has the same population of Los Llanos de Aridane , according to the center of the island, the town is dominated by happiness and the pastel colors of the original balconies of the local architecture . The main street and shopping mecca is called Calle de O’Daly, it includes important monuments such as the seventeenth-century palace of Salazar, the spectacular sailing ship stranded in Alameda Square, the Church of the Savior (1750), the sixteenth-century town hall (ayuntamiento) and Renaissance church of San Francisco.

Additional space deserves, ” The Defence of La Palma “, located in the east of the island , was used to defend the city. Its construction was ordered by the ruler Cepeda in the sixteenth century, although it was later built in several stages. It has a square plan and a low arch characterizes the façade. It was declared a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1951.

Within the artistic heritage of the city includes a rich number of works of various styles: Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical are notable in particular the works of art imported from Flanders and America, especially those of religious background.
The observatory

The strange phenomenon of the formation of clouds at high altitude (between 1-2 km in height) on top of the Roque de los Muchachos , favors the ‘ settlement of astronomical observatories , which occupy spaces shared by many countries including Italy, too, with the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo Galilei, the largest optical telescope in Italian.

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