Central La Palma is where the majority of visitors will spend their days exploring and most travellers to the island will come at least once. And with very good reason. The bowl-shaped Caldera de Taburiente, and the national park named after it, dramatically dominates the centre of the island, with jutting peaks, deep ravines and lush pine forests blanketing its slopes. This spectacular region offers some of the most breathtaking hiking in all of the Canary Islands, topped with some its most unparalleled views, making a visit here an absolute must.
Two of the La Palma’s important commercial centres, El Paso and Los Llanos (the island’s largest town), are in this area, making it the economic engine of La Palma. It’s also a key banana-growing area, and as you near the west coast, huge banana plantations fill the valleys, while the coast is home to some of the island’s longest, prettiest beaches.