The island of La Palma is situated in the north west corner of the Canary Island group, outside the coast of Africa. The latitude is about 28 degrees North, that is the same latitude as Cairo or Miami. You can reach the island by charter or regular flights, or by boat from the Spanish mainland via Tenerife.
You can experience a lot of things on this small island they call "Isla Bonita". The sky is one of the darkest that you can find in Europe and the summer nights are long and warm. You can make hiking tours in the mountains and on the volcanoes. There are boat trips to look at the whales and dolphins. Black sand make exotic beaches and the island is a good place for surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, diving and fishing. You can try your hand at mountain biking or have a look at the island from above, paragliding. There is also horseback riding and cave exploration to do.
At Tacande observatory you can use solar and stellar telescopes and enjoy courses in astronomical techniques
The local amateur astronomical group organizes many activities including sidewalk astronomy
The observatory Roque de los Muchachos on top of the mountain is world famous
You do not need to bring any special food with you to la Palma, you can find it at our health food store HierbaBuena in Santa Cruz
The blog of Sheila Crosby tells you a lot about the island
Some general tourist information about la Palma
And some more tourist information
The weather in Tijarafe, 3 km north of Casa Rosabel
And this is how the weather is for the moment on the mountain, 2 km above Casa Rosabel
Live webcam images:
Liverpool Telescope Site
Nordic Optical Telescope
Puerto de Tazacorte on the west side of La Palma
Playa de Tazacorte