La Palma takes a bow

La Palma takes a bow

The Canaries’ lesser-known island, La Palma, is stepping into the limelight – thanks to new routes from Gatwick with EasyJet this winter. Starting on October 1, EasyJet’s service is operating twice weekly, on Tuesday and Saturday.

Best known for its breathtaking scenery and well-preserved nature paths, the entire island is protected by UNESCO as The Biosphere Reserve. Often referred to as a miniature continent, La Palma has a diverse landscape, with lush, tropical forests in the north and steep cliffs of volcanic rock formations in the south.

This lesser-known Canary island was once an important trading route between Europe and the Americas and its capital Santa Cruz feels more Caribbean than Spanish. The island is known as ‘isla bonita’, with forests, volcanoes, waterfalls, vineyards and beaches all accessible.

WTM London visitors can find out about attractions including La Caldera de Taburiente National Park; Los Tilos rainforest; the ‘Volcano Route’, the black sand beach of Puerto Naos and the stargazing observatory at Roque de los Muchachos.

Neil Slaven, EasyJet’s UK commercial manager, said: “Gatwick is our largest base and we are pleased to continue to strengthen our network there with the addition of this new service to La Palma. “We are excited to add this island to our network and we are sure that its mixture of impressive landscapes and historic old town will make it a popular service for our customers from London Gatwick.”

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