La Palma in detail

Eating

The diverse landscapes of 'La Isla Bonita' is set to an equally varied and mouthwatering culinary backdrop. Santa Cruz de la Palma offers a tempting range of international and local cuisine, rounded off by a superb cafe or two. Elsewhere, the island is speckled with culinary choice, from handsomely located tapas restaurants in El Paso to select Canarian in the volcanic south or excellent seafood restaurants overlooking dazzling views of the sapphire sea.

The Sweet Taste of La Palma

La Palma’s main dishes, like those on other islands, are simple. What the island is really known for is its indulgent desserts. Honey is an important food here, and historically La Palma was an important sugar producer. Most of the sugar cane is gone, but the islanders’ sweet tooth remains; head to the mercado municipal in Santa Cruz to taste sugar-cane juice, which you can have combined with lemon, mint and rum if you're feeling racy. The honey-and-almond desserts, rapaduras, are justifiably popular, as well as the almendrados (almond, sugar and egg cakes baked with cinnamon), bienmesabe (a paste of almonds and sugar) and Príncipe Alberto (mousse of chocolate and almonds).

Local cheeses, most made with unpasteurised goat’s milk and many smoked, are worth trying. Get more information online at www.quesopalmero.es. For an excellent selection of locally produced cheese, as well as wines and deli items, visit Vinatería Albillo in Santa Cruz.