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Ferries to La Palma

Declared a Unesco biosphere reserve and unspoilt by mass tourism, La Palma is considered the most beautiful of the Canary Islands.

Known as ‘La Isla Bonita’ (the pretty island), it is the most north-westerly of the Canaries, draped with green hills and teeming with structural masterpieces.

In the capital, Santa Cruz, stands the wonderful Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves, a 17th Century church featuring an intricately carved ceiling and glistening chandeliers. Inside is a fascinating 14th Century sculpture of the Virgin Mary, the oldest religious statue in the Canaries.

Make sure you bring a camera when visiting Santa Cruz, especially the Old Town. Here you’ll come across stunning 17th Century plazas, chapels, forts and other late renaissance architecture.

La Palma has the perfect scenery for mountainside walks, as it has many long, winding paths. There is road access from sea level to the 2,400m summit, where you’ll find one of the world’s finest astronomical observatories.

The island is also home to the most diverse plant life in the Canaries and several indigenous animals such as the Western Canary goldcrest and La Palma giant lizard and chaffinch.

Known for its excellent bananas, there are many farms in La Palma, particularly in the valley of Los llanos de Aridane. Be sure to sample other local produce like oranges, grapes and avocados, as they grow extremely well in the volcanic soil.

You can get to La Palma by ferry from most of the Canaries and from southern Spain.

Tenerife and La Gomera are the closest islands, therefore, fast crossings are provided almost every day. However, travelling from Lanzarote and Gran Canaria takes a little longer with just a couple sailings each week.

The crossing from mainland Spain is operated by Transmediterranea, whose fleet specialises in long distance journeys. From Cadiz, it’s a leisurely two and a half day journey, with the highest level of comfort and enjoyment guaranteed.

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La Palma reviews

  • "Mostly good "

    We travelled by day from Barcelona to Palma, and we were the only foot passengers on the ferry. There were maybe 30 truck drivers and tourists with cars on the whole ship so it felt rather strange, like a ghost ship. The journey was shorter than scheduled so we arrived in Palma a good hour and a half earlier than anticipated. But the bus that took us off the ferry only gave us an option of drop-off at the Cathedral or at the ferry port the other end of town. Our hotel was inbetween the two, so we had a very long walk. Coming back we went overnight. The cabin was OK. The main annoyance was that the Trasmediterranea check-in desk is so far away from the city centre. We went there in the afternoon to check in while we still had a hire car but it was closed. So in the evening after we had dropped off our hire car, we had to drag our suitcase the entire length of the marine drive which took nearly an hour. We waited an hour after checking in for a bus to arrive, then all the foot passengers had to sit on the bus with the engine running for a full half hour for no apparent reason before it took us all the way back to where we’d come from, near the Cathedral area. Why can’t they have a check-in desk near to where the ferry actually sails from? The ferry itself was fine. It looked like a good restaurant although we didn’t eat on board, and there’s a bar and a swimming pool. The seats all seem to be deliberately designed to be too uncomfortable to sleep in, so if you want to sleep you’ll have to get a cabin.

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  • "Banana boat to Gran Canaria"

    A great way between the islands giving a sense of space and a chance to make new friends

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  • "Missed ferry, no instructions "

    There were no instruction which ferry port to go to. Gran Canaria has 2 ferry ports run by the same company. We went to the new ferry terminal to be told there was no boat, the other ferry was 3 miles away, we o ly had 10 minutes and didn't make it. Had to pay more than twice the price for the fast ferry an hour later. I recommended direct ferries to many travellers and I won't anymore, because there was 6 in my group and 3 had booked where i had fire Ted them to the site. So it was obviously very embarrassing situation for me.

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  • "Awesome Experience"

    I particularly want to thank the staff member who was EXCEPTIONALLY helpful and kind and courteous. He helped me with my suitcase on and off the ferry, helped my friend with his dog and served a mean cup of coffee behind the bar. Thank you. You made the trip very pleasant. Just wished I'd got your name😁

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