Biosphere Reserve La Palma

La Isla bonita, Biosphere Reserve and Una isla de sensaciones.

Home to incredible landscapes, imposing volcanoes, dense forests, unique beaches, and star scattered skies, the island of La Palma is rightfully named ‘La Isla Bonita’ (the Pretty Island)

La Palma Island, also known as “Isla Bonita”, is located in the most northwestern area of the Canary Archipelago within the Atlantic Ocean.

With an area of 708 km2 and a large submarine volcanic “building”, La Palma hosts a good representation of the characteristic ecosystems of the Macaronesian region in very good condition, leaving from the depths of the Atlantic to the highest point of the island, the Roque de Los Muchachos, at an altitude of 2,426 meters.

La Palma is characterized by its ravines, black sand beaches, laurel forests and clear skies, perfect for stargazing, which gives the island a significant and distinctive natural value with respect to the rest of the archipelago. In addition to the evident value of the natural heritage, it has a varied and important cultural heritage, both material and immaterial.

All these conditions have been of value for the whole island to be declared by UNESCO as Biosphere Worldwide Reserve in the year 2002. 

Type of protected area

UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Commitment to sustainable tourism

Promotion of Responsible Tourism involving stakeholders trying to promote tourism quality and offer themed tourism options and have quality resources. This is articulated through projects such as Land Stewardship and Ecotourism in Macaronesia, or certifications that guarantee companies to engage in sustainability processes such as:

La Palma Destino Sostenible, Sustainable Tourism Certification Biosphere Gold, Club of the Tourist Product of the Spanish Biosphere Reserves, Club of the Tourist Product for Cruises.


La Palma Island. Canary islands (Spain)

Contact info

Phone: 0034 922415417





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