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|Where is La Palma?|
|La Palma is one of the Canary Islands.|
They are part of Spain and the European Union, but the Canary Island government is largely autonomous.
The islands lie 200+km from the coast of Morocco and about 3500km from the UK.
The Canary islands lie just north of the Tropic of Cancer, at a similar latitude to Florida, Los Angeles, Kuwait and Hong Kong in the Northern Hemisphere, and Brisbane in Australia and South Africa in the Southern Hemisphere.
The weather on the Canary Islands varies from warm to hot. Because of this the islands are flooded with millions of tourists every year. Most visitors come from the UK and Germany. Luckily most go to the main 4 islands and not to La Palma!
La Palma lies in the north west of the Canary Island group, and as such gets more rain and cloud than Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. La Palma does not guarantee sunshine! it has other attractions.
There are Charter flights to La Palma from the UK, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Finland and Spain.
There are regular flights between the islands and ferry boat routes to Tenerife, and from there to the other islands.
|La Palma is the 5th of the 7 Canary Islands.|
Gran Canaria and Tenerife are the 2 largest and most well known islands.
Well known because they 'factory-bake' millions of tourists each year. Their airports are busy, day and night, with planes full of white-skinned tourists. They bake on the beaches, cool-off in the bars and discos and after 2 weeks they are flown out ... baked red or brown.
Lanzarote and Fuerteventura are less touristy but the islands themselves are otherwise quiet and without much vegetation. They live largely from the tourism.
In contrast, La Palma, is not dependant on tourism and attracts a different type of tourist. La Palma is ideal for people seeking rest, quiet, beautiful scenery and nature at its best.
La Gomera and El Hierro are the 2 smaller, and even quieter, islands. La Gomera opened a small airfield for local flights late in 2000.