Welcome to Central La Palma
The LP-2 highway, which links Santa Cruz with Los Llanos, skirts the southern rim of the park, and from the road you can sometimes see the characteristic cloud blanket that fills the interior of the caldera and spills over its sides like a pot boiling over.
Two of the island’s important commercial centres, El Paso and Los Llanos (the island’s largest town), are in this area, making this region the economic engine of La Palma. It’s also a key banana-growing area and, as you near the west coast, banana plantations fill the valleys. To add to the area’s prestige the coast here is home to some of the island’s longest, prettiest beaches and best ‘resorts’ (don’t worry, it’s all fairly low-key).