Santa Cruz de La Palma is the second largest city and the capital of the island of La Palma, Canary Islands. It is situated on the Atlantic coast, at the foot of a volcano with a height of about 2426 meters. Because of its architecture, the city with a population of over 17,000 inhabitants is definitely one of the most beautiful in the Canary Islands. For this reason, although the city is a bit isolated, you should visit it if you travel to the islands.
Due to its small area, Santa Cruz de La Palma can be seen within a day with ease, but its beauty and historic atmosphere is something to remember for a long time.
Founded in 1493, Santa Cruz de La Palma’s old town with its narrow cobbled streets talks about the past. Walking on foot you will see beautiful two- or three-storey bright-colored typical Canarian colonial style buildings radiating friendliness and good mood.
Walking through the steep and quiet streets, you will find numerous craft shops, old churches and small squares with palm trees.
Charming cafes and small restaurants are comfortably situated in some of the old historic building. Relaxing under the shade of an umbrella, listening quiet music, you can enjoy a glass of refreshing fruit drink or a cup of aromatic coffee.
Perhaps the biggest attraction of Santa Cruz de La Palma, however, is the fortress of Santa Catalina. Located on the promenade, it was built of dark volcanic stones during the 16th century.
Santa Cruz de La Palma is a quiet town with a romantic atmosphere. Lovers of fun and wild nightlife might call it boring, but if you want to dive into calmness and enjoy fresh seafood served with mojo sauce, this place will not disappoint you.
In the south of Santa Cruz de La Palma there is a relatively large port, including a modern yacht marina. Right on the beach, just a few steps from here, stands one of the local attractions – the Caldereta, the Spanish name for a small volcanic caldera.
Near the caldera and the city port there is a beautiful and quiet beach with dark volcanic sand and a number of coconut palm trees.
When to visit Santa Cruz de La Palma? Throughout the year. The weather is very pleasant, mostly dry, with temperatures between 21 and 29°C.
How to get to Santa Cruz de La Palma? The airport is located about 8km from the city.