Getting there & away
The Fred Olsen (902 10 01 07; www.fredolsen.es) Benchijigua Express ferry (€49, two hours) is a good option for those coming from Tenerife. The ferry leaves Los Cristianos, Tenerife at 8pm, and the return trip leaves Santa Cruz at 6.30am. From Tenerife, you can then continue to La Gomera or El Hierro.
At the time of research, Trasmediterránea (902 45 46 45; www.trasmediterranea.es) still had not determined its ferry schedule or pricing, but anticipated offering summer-only services between La Palma and Santa Cruz de Tenerife and between La Palma and Arrecife, Lanzarote.
La Palma’s airport (922 41 15 40), located just 7km from Santa Cruz, is in the midst of a major expansion project that aims to triple its capacity to three million passengers annually by 2010. Services here include rental car agencies, a currency exchange bureau and a small tourist office (922 42 62 12; www.tourlapalma.com; 8am-9.30pm).
At the time of research, it was possible to hop on direct flights to the island from Germany, Spain and Holland, but the number of flights here is likely to grow quickly. Check with Aena (www.aena.es) for the latest.
Interisland airways Binter Canarias (902 39 13 92; www.binternet.com) and Islas Airways (902 47 74 78; www.islasairways.com) keep La Palma well connected to the rest of the archipelago, with several flights daily to each of the other islands.