The capital city of Santa Cruz de La Palma, founded in 1493, oozes history from every cobbled street and courtyard. A stroll along its main street will reveal elegant 17th and 18th century mansions, whilst fishermen's cottages lay tucked away in side streets and quaint shops jostle shoulders with each other or spring up where you least expect them.
Around the Plaza de España in the heart of Santa Cruz de La Palma, there are an abundance of historic buildings dating from around 1559 - the French pirate Françoise Le Clerc (AKA 'Peg Leg') having sacked the city in 1553. And of course the numerous flower-festooned balconies so iconic of La Palma.
With its own snazzy marina and beaches, Santa Cruz de la Palma is well worth exploring, pausing a while to enjoy a coffee or freshly squeezed orange juice at one of the pretty plazas.
Around the rest of La Palma, you will also find plenty of history with cobbled streets in many towns and villages plus beautiful churches dating from the 16th century, some of which house valuable Flemish artwork. By contrast, in the north of La Palma, you will find colonies of caves where people lived until the 50's and also small stone dwellings with simple wooden roofs.