This is the most recent in our twice-a-month collection on underrated locations, It’s Still a Big World.
I had virtually given up on writing concerning the Canary Islands. Yr after 12 months, pitch after pitch, the social gathering line from editors was, the archipelago was intriguing however finally impractical for American vacationers. And reality be informed, I grudgingly agreed: When People want a dose of the tropics, the Caribbean has us coated—in lower than half the flight time. For desert landscapes, we exit West. And once we daydream concerning the Spanish seaside, we’re normally desirous about Ibiza and the Mediterranean. The Canaries, with all of these pure wonders however no direct flights, had been just too robust a promote.
However I’m right here to inform you that I used to be lifeless flawed. Little did I do know, there’s a sleeper-hit Canary island that flies underneath most vacationers’ radar, one price flying all the way in which throughout the Atlantic to expertise. On this secret Eden, you may wander pristine rainforests, sunbathe on powdery black sand, style perfumy native wines, and sleep in a century-old lighthouse fringed by banana timber—all in a single day. Welcome to La Palma, the island Spaniards rightly name “La Isla Bonita.”