Santa Cruz, La Palma (Canary Islands) / Spain
Santa Cruz de la Palma is the capital of the Canary Island of La Palma. It has about 18,000 inhabitants and lies on the edge of the massive crater Caldereta, which stretches like a giant amphitheater in front of it. Santa Cruz was already founded in 1493 by the Spanish conqueror Alonso Fernandez de Lugo.
The picturesque harbor town attracts with many nice cafes and restaurants. The main attractions are the Renaissance Town Hall with its arcades and the church Iglesia del Salvador from the 16th century. Just outside is the Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves, a sanctuary of the patroness of the island.
In the middle of La Palma is one of the largest crater in the world, the Caldera Taburiente. From the viewpoint La Cumbrecita you have the best overview of the volcano.
La Palma offers a lush vegetation. Discovey rides across the island should be made to Los Llanos de Aridane, Tazacorte, Mazo, the Belmaco Cave and the Cueva Bonita Grotto.