The next holiday is in sight? Whether with family, friends or special interest: On La Palma you will always find the right thing. La Palma, the most north-western of the Canary Islands, is also called the island of eternal spring and attracts tourists, nature lovers and active holidaymakers because of its mild climate all year round. We have answered many questions of German tourists, so that you can start your La Palma holiday relaxed and safe. We hope you enjoy reading our tips for preparing your trip. Using the menu in the table of contents you can also easily jump to the section you are particularly interested in by clicking on it.
Condor (DE), Eurowings (EW) or for example Iberia Express (I2).
You want to visit La Palma outside the high season? No problem, La Palma is served all year round. Only the timing of the flights varies slightly. In the low season you will find about 2-3 direct flights from Germany to La Palma, while in the high season you will find 6-7 direct flights from Germany. The following routes Germany – La Palma exist: Hanover, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Hamburg and Stuttgart.
We would particularly like to recommend the excellent flight connection from Iberia, which flies all year round with a stopover in Madrid La Palma. Here you have a stopover at the airport in Madrid, but the connection is so perfectly timed that you don’t have to wait long in Madrid and can fly directly on to La Palma. This way you remain completely flexible even in the low season and can plan your La Palma as you need it: Individual, charismatic and flexible!
The medical care on La Palma is first class. The standards you know from Germany are always met on La Palma. There is at least one outpatient clinic in almost every community (some with emergency medical care around the clock) and a central hospital on the east side of La Palma.
As in the entire European Union, you as a German citizen are well equipped with the European Health Insurance Card and can therefore visit a doctor or the hospital at any time.
Nevertheless, advance payment is common in the “Centro de Salud” (local health centres and outpatient clinic) and with private resident doctors. The costs are then reimbursed by the German health insurance company after submission of the receipts and medical documents. Please note here that private services provided by doctors are not covered by the health insurance company.
In case of doubt, the patient service of your health insurance company will help you with words and deeds, because every health insurance company offers marginally adapted foreign services. Please clarify included services in advance of your visit to the doctor!
Under special medical circumstances, you should always consider the option of taking out international health insurance. In case of acute illness, this insurance also covers the fast and free return transport to Germany, if the appropriate special medical treatment cannot be provided by the medical care on La Palma.
If you belong to the affected group of people, please continue to think about packing the appropriate medical documents for your holiday to make the work of the Spanish doctors treating you much easier. During your holiday on La Palma, German-speaking doctors, physiotherapists and masseurs are at your disposal.
Faculty of General Medicine & Small Surgery
+34 922423204 Emergency room Phone: +34 922185264
The hospital staff speaks Spanish and English.
Die Mitarbeiter der Gesundheitszentren sprechen oft kein Deutsch. Die Mitarbeiter verstehen Spanisch und Englisch.
On La Palma, many medicines can be bought without prescription in the local pharmacies. Many medicines are noticeably cheaper on La Palma. An exception is the price of antibiotics. These are more expensive than in Germany.
If you bring your previous medication to the island and want to buy more, we recommend that you always take the package insert with you. Many medications have different names in Spain, but contain the same pharmaceutical ingredients. In order that the pharmacist can always provide you with the correct medication, it is recommended that you take the German package insert with you.
For all other medicines that cannot be purchased without a prescription, you also need a prescription from a doctor, as in Germany. In an emergency you can obtain a prescription from the local health centres (Centro Saludes) or in general from the La Palmas Hospital.
>/a> Unlike in Germany, much more is paid by credit card in Spain. With your credit card you can get cash at any cash machine with VISA or MasterCard logo. But there is no need to worry if you do not have your own credit card. With your BankCard you can also get cash on LaPalma at all cash machines with the maestro logo. The local banks have adapted to the demand of German holidaymakers and therefore you have no problem to withdraw cash with your normal bank card.
The daily limit is between 300-500 € cash withdrawal per day. Each bank in Spain handles this individually. For larger transactions, please contact the local banks in advance to ensure that you will receive cash in excess of the above limit. We recommend that you always have enough cash for day trips and regular activities, but leave larger sums of money in the safe of your holiday home or hotel.
Unlike in Germany, banks in Spain have clear and uniform opening hours. The banks on La Palma are open Monday-Saturday from 09:00 to 14:00 (some banks are also open until 14:30). In the afternoons, banks in Spain are always closed or only available by personal appointment. From June to September, in low season, La Palma’s bank branches are closed on Saturdays. In the larger towns, however, you will find 24-hour ATMs in almost every bank branch.
>/a>To enter La Palma the regulations and laws of Spain apply. Since Spain is a member of the European Union, as is Germany, you can only enter with a valid identity card (alternatively your passport is also valid). You do not need a separate egg travel permit in the form of a visa. Non-EU citizens are recommended to clarify the entry requirements for Spain in advance with the Foreign Office of the respective nation. Often you will find a lot of information on the website of the respective office. The entry requirements and recommendations of the Foreign Office for Spain can be found here.
At rental of a rental car for your holiday you need a valid driving licence (driver’s license). The driver’s license must be carried and physically present when renting a rental car. So please do not forget your driving licence, because no car rental company will be able to provide you with a car rental>/strong>. La Palma is cosy and casual. You will search in vain here for trendy cars. Casual clothing that is functional is presentable on La Palma. During the winter months you will need swimwear, long trousers for the evening hours, a jacket or a light sweater. Especially in the evening hours the wind can freshen up and especially in the heights of the island the air temperature cools down noticeably. Furthermore we recommend to always take a thin rain jacket with you.
Depending on the microclimate zone, there can be rainfall and then you are always well served with a rain jacket. Sturdy shoes are recommended. It is best to wear good walking shoes during your stay on La Palma. This saves space, weight and luggage.
For sport lovers (jogging & tennis) we recommend a softer shoe profile. There are mainly hard courts available on La Palma. As a rule, you can rent all kinds of sports equipment to your heart’s content. You should only bring tennis rackets and shoes. You do not necessarily have to bring diving equipment to La Palma. Almost all dive operators offer diving equipment for rent.
Often forgotten, but still necessary: Think about >strong> sufficient sun protection >/strong>. La Palma with its moderate and temperate climate often lends to carelessness when it comes to sun protection.
The intensity of the sun on La Palma, in general on the Canary Islands, should not be underestimated, because it is perceived as less intense due to the constant trade winds. Sunscreen, a hat or other headgear as well as sunglasses should therefore be carried in your luggage. Of course you can also buy sun protection clothing and sun protection products on La Palma.
>/a>In all larger towns there are now Internet cafés which provide you with fast Internet connections at very reasonable prices. Most hotels and holiday homes also have Internet access. Thanks to the relaxation of the mobile phone law (data roaming in the EU) you can make phone calls, send SMS or surf the mobile phone at your convenience throughout La Palma at your individual contract conditions. The mobile internet speed is compatible with the German surfing speeds.
>/a>The large supermarket chains (e.g: Hiperdino, Spar) are open Monday-Saturday 12 hours. Usually you can shop here, as in Germany, from 8:00 -21:00 o’clock. On Sundays, the market in Los Llanos offers you local fruit and vegetable stalls as well as a variety of regional vendors who sell locally produced food. The savings markets in Puerto Naos or in Celta are open on Sundays until 14:00 hrs. In Spain there is no law on shopping hours, as in Germany. Therefore you will find “Supertiendas” in many small towns on Sundays, which are open on Sundays.
Especially with smaller supermarket suppliers or private grocery stores, the Siesta (13.30 to 17:00) is still often observed. However, the large supermarket chains are usually no longer affected by this. Here is open all day. Important note for the summer months: Many small grocery stores only open in the mornings in the low season and stay closed in the afternoons.
In case of a public holiday, supermarkets are often not closed on two consecutive days. There are almost always supermarkets that are open for you. So if a holiday falls close to the weekend and you are just on La Palma, look out for the notices in the supermarkets. They always announce where you could shop on a Sunday.
>/a>La Palma is small and fine. A place of deceleration far away from mass tourism. Therefore there is no tourist concentration limited to a few tourist places. The bus network of the island is very well developed, but especially in remote places it is only available at long intervals. Furthermore there are many rallies. This means that the bus always takes you to the central bus stations in Los Llanos and St. Cruz first. From here further bus connections go star-shaped into the island. The bus stations function as distribution centers.
A rental car is therefore always recommended so that you can explore the island during your holiday on La Palma. Especially for those who rent a holiday home, a rental car is almost obligatory. Often you can rent the holiday home on La Palma together with a rental car when booking a trip. Many providers offer this all-round service because they know about the importance of mobility on the island.
The prices vary greatly according to season, demand and size of the provider. It is also important to note which conditions you accept. Auto Soyka offers you exclusively strong> car rentals where all kilometres are included and also does not sell you any additional insurances which you do not need. All necessary insurances and free kilometers are included in the rental price of your rental car. Learn more about car rental and Auto Soyka rental conditions now!
When choosing a car hire company, you should always bear in mind that there is a rental station on La Palma and that you do not need to communicate with the main office on Gran Canaria in case of emergency or seriousness. Other important features: Does the staff of the car rental company speak English? Is a 24-hour service available in case of emergency?
Again and again the question of alcohol and drug limits in road traffic on La Palma comes up. The upper limit for alcohol in road traffic on La Palma is at 0.5 promille. It goes without saying that driving a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs is prohibited in Spain. If you can’t find a charming bar or restaurant near your holiday home or hotel, you can always take a cheap taxi on La Palma.
For example, exceeding the 0.5 per mille limit in the case of drink-driving can cost you at least 500 euros in Spain. Speeding offences can cause costs from 100 euros to over 600 euros. A traffic light offence is sanctioned with 200 Euro or more, the same applies to overtaking or parking offences, mobile phone at the wheel and disregard of the seat belt obligation.
If a motorist does not have a high-visibility vest with him, he can be charged up to 90 Euro/strong. The Spanish catalogue of fines is noticeably higher and more sensitive than the German catalogue of fines. It is therefore imperative that you adhere to the excellent speed limits and local signposting.
If you are given a ticket by a police officer, you can get a discount of up to 50% on your fine if you pay it within 20 working days. Spanish law stipulates that the fine must be paid within the first 20 days. If no money is received after 20 days on the account of the public order offices, the penalty is usually doubled automatically. Therefore, it is worth paying the penalty early. Spanish fines are also enforced in Germany. Due to the EU enforcement agreement parking tickets no longer expire as before!
The Canarian cuisine is simple, fresh, delicious and inexpensive. The somewhat upscale style, also concerning the prices, is rather provided by the mainland Europeans who moved to the Canary Islands. A small tip: Choose the restaurants where many locals go and enjoy themselves. Furthermore, we recommend you to adapt to the Spanish customs and especially on weekends, don’t eat out before 19.30 hrs.
Many local restaurants will then tempt you with menus that are well received by tourists and locals alike.
Most tourist establishments offer multilingual maps. However, don’t expect every waitress to speak fluent English. This is not guaranteed. But with a smile on your face, hands and feet, you will get along very well on La Palma. The locals are hospitable and always try to help despite language barriers.
In the winter months (high season) it is still recommended to reserve a table in the restaurant in advance, especially if you have a specific location in mind. Tipping is not included in the bill in Spain. Here the usual and recommended value of 10% of the invoice amount applies.
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 10:00 – 13:00 Address: Urb. Jardines La Quintana, C/Guillermo Rahn 4, locales 5-6, E-38400 Puerto de la Cruz de Tenerife Telephone: +34 922 24 88 20 Telefax: +34 922 15 15 55
Please contact us in advance by telephone to make an appointment and avoid waiting times.
Öffnungszeiten:Mo. – Fr. von 10:00 – 12:00 Uhr Anschrift: Calle Perez Zamora 9, E-38400 Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz de Tenerife Telefon: +34 922376364 Telefax: +34 922 380 289
Bitte nehmen Sie telefonisch vorab Kontakt auf, um einen Termin zu vereinbaren und Wartezeiten zu vermeiden.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 08:30 – 13:30 Telephone: +34 922286863″>/a> o. +34 922286653″>/a> Fax: +34 922289903
The honorary consulates are not necessarily located on La Palma itself. The Canary Islands are an autonomous region, equivalent to a federal state in the Federal Republic. Therefore, not every Canarian Island has its own Honorary Consulate. In cases of hardship simply call our head office and describe your problem. Some matters can be dealt with remotely and for other matters the Honorary Consulate must be visited personally. Now you are probably wondering how you can get from La Palma to Tenerife or Gran Canaria to visit the Honorary Consulate.
For this purpose, there are different means of transportation that are used by the local people. There are various ferry connections to Tenerife, La Gomera and Gran Canaria. Those who are in a hurry take a plane. The Canary Islands offer an excellent network of so-called island hopper flights. You can book these conveniently online!
Several times a day the airplanes fly to the different island destinations from La Palma. By the way: You might also consider a trip to another Canary Island. With the airplanes of binter Airline you can reach all other Canary Islands within less than one hour at a reasonable price.
Airline and travel in a transport box in the hold. This causes additional costs depending on the airline. Please clarify this in advance with your veterinarian and the booked airline. Furthermore, you will need an EU passport for your pet, which certifies that your beloved pet has received all necessary vaccinations and that all relevant information has been entered. In Spain there is a microchip/labelling requirement. Animals without a tattooed identification number or without the microchip are not allowed to enter Spain. All veterinarians on La Palma are fully familiar with the regulations. Especially if you are thinking about buying a dog on La Palma, the island’s veterinarians will be happy to help you to comply with all legal requirements and to prepare the export documents.
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<100 cigarillos, or...
The quantities refer to the allowed quantity per head. Therefore, if you are traveling with three adults, the above quantities apply per person.alcohol may be bought and carried on the Canary Islands also from the age of 17. The following tax-free quantities apply to alcohol:1 litre of spirits with an alcoholic strength of more than 22% vol. or 2 litres of spirits or aperitifs made from wine or alcoholic beverages with an alcoholic strength of not more than 22% vol. or <2 litres of sparkling wines, liqueur wines or still wines
The quantities refer to the allowed quantity per head. Therefore, if you are traveling with three adults, the above quantities apply per person.
alcohol may be bought and carried on the Canary Islands also from the age of 17. The following tax-free quantities apply to alcohol:
<2 litres of sparkling wines, liqueur wines or still wines
From the age of 15 you are allowed to buy coffee and import it into Germany. The maximum values here are 500 grams roasted coffee or 200 grams soluble coffee.
For perfume, the following guidelines apply: max. 50 grams of perfume and 0.25 litres of eau de toilette.
In general, the following rule of thumb can be established for purchased goods: You may import goods free of charge up to a value of 175.00 € (standard allowance).
In the event of a control, indivisible goods (jewellery, clothing, carpets etc.) whose value exceeds the stated value limit are not exempt from duty. Import duties must then be paid in full. In this case, customs will not take into account the exemption limit of 175 €. Taxes are then to be paid on the entire purchase price . Therefore, as a precaution, please always carry original receipts with you.
+34 922 46 33 90.