Cruises to La Palma

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La Palma (Photo:Karol Kozlowski/Shutterstock)

About Cruising to La Palma

If your idea of a perfect day in port includes ambling along winding cobbled streets, browsing offbeat craft shops and watching the world go by from a street cafe, Santa Cruz de la Palma is an ideal destination to include on your Spain cruise itinerary.

The city is the capital of La Palma, the most northwesterly of the Canary Islands. On the island, the town is sometimes referred to -- confusingly -- as just La Palma. To further complicate the name game, the island itself owns many titles, too: Its full name is San Miguel de la Palma, but it's also known as La Isla Bonita y Verde, "the beautiful green island."

Whatever you call La Palma, often found on transatlantic itineraries, you'll find fine Spanish colonial houses with elaborate balconies and bougainvillea-draped white frontages -- and one of the world's largest volcanic craters. The Caldera de Taburiente measures nearly 17.5 miles across and nearly half a mile deep, and because it is home to rare animal and plant life, it has also been designated a national park.

La Palma is a volcanic island, just like the rest of the Canary Islands, and some of La Palma's dramatic volcanoes are still active. The island was claimed by the Spanish in 1493, and both human remains and ancient utensils indicate that the island has been inhabited since pre-historic times.

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More about La Palma

Why Cruise to La Palma?

Pros:

The port is filled with cute cobbled streets and a scattering of cafes, restaurants, bars and craft shops

Cons:

Traffic can be busy around the immediate port area

Bottom Line:

There's beauty to be found in port and further out for those looking to explore the island's volcanic terrain

La Palma Cruise Port Facilities?

The port is unpretentious and uncommercialized, which is a nice way of saying there's no reason to hang around. It offers a cafe and a car rental office. The marina has a few bars, a cafe, an ATM and free Wi-Fi.

Good to Know?

Traffic is busy as you walk into Santa Cruz from the port gates; you need to cross several junctions. Although there are crossings, traffic seems to come from all directions, so be cautious and alert.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Most ships offer free shuttle buses from the small cruise terminal to the main port gates; from there, it is a five-minute stroll into town.

By Bus: Buses operate around the island from Avenida de Bajamar. For a couple of euros, you can buy a return ticket to the nearest beach, Playa de los Cancajos, which lies about three miles to the south.

By Taxi: Taxis are a good way to travel on the island, though most are pricey. A taxi from the port (just outside the terminal) to the beach costs around 20 euros one way -- this is more reliable than buses if you're on a tight schedule. For an island tour, budget around 35 euros for an hour or so, depending on your negotiation skills (establish the fare in advance).

By Car: If your ship is in port for a long time, you could consider hiring a car at Autos la Palma on Avenida Maritima. It's not recommended on a short cruise call because the roads are winding, mountainous and slow to negotiate.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The currency is the euro. See www.oanda.com or www.xe.com for conversion rates.

Language?

Spanish is spoken, and many residents speak at least a smattering of English, but it could be worth investing in a phrase book if you're heading off on your own.

Where You're Docked?

You'll disembark at the port of Santa Cruz, located on the eastern part of the island.


La Palma Cruise Reviews
Love Palma, got off here at both beginning and end of the cruise. Go to see the cathedral but it is a 45 minute walk and no free Marella shuttle now sadly. The hop on/hop off bus is about £20 for a full day. The portRead More
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Authority
Lovely port, quaint and authentic a good experience if you want to wonder enjoy local café eat Tapas and enjoy local wine. Very nice walk along the prom.Read More
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lifetime cruise fanatic
Enjoyable stroll in a nice town. Streets back from the front were really niceRead More
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moonglum
Very nice port for a walking tour or just strolling and visiting cafes or the beach.Read More
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