Black sand beaches, eternal spring and green laurel forests: La Palma captivates the whole year with its unique vegetation and its uniquely mild climate. Sun worshippers, hikers, stargazers as well as nature lovers get their money’s worth on the Canarian volcanic island. The most northwestern of the Canary Islands impresses with its tranquility and a unique mild climate all year round. Spared from the mass tourism of its sister islands, the UNESCO even says that La Palma is one of the three most beautiful islands in the world. Welcome to La Palma!
>/a>La Palma, like all the Canary Islands, stands out for its year-round mildness. In summer, temperatures rarely rise above 27° degrees and in winter, temperatures rarely fall below 20° during the day. With 23° degrees the Atlantic Ocean is warmest in September and invites you to go swimming.
The tranquil volcanic island La Palma, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of North Africa, is considered the greenest island of the Canary Islands. Due to the strong northeast trade winds, the island is supplied with more moisture and water than the other Canary Islands, which are mainly known for their aridity and sparse flora & fauna.
The steady north-east trade winds supply specially the north-east of La Palma with rainfall during the whole year, a thing that provides a species-rich and almost Mediterranean flora. Ideal for extensive walks and very special delicacies for every photographer: Here, everybody shoots the dream holiday picture!
>/a>The west of La Palma, on the other hand, is much drier and sunnier than the water-rich northeast. Protected by volcanic craters and mountains, the west lies in rain shadow. Thus, the holiday resort Tazacorte in the west offers several hundred hours of sunshine more per year than, for example, the island capital La Palmas Santa Cruz in the east of the Canary Island.
The south of La Palmas, on the other hand, has a completely new climate. Here, one notices the most that one is on a Canarian Island. The South La Palma is barren and corresponds more to the usual volcanic picture that one knows from the Canarian Islands. The temperatures and sunshine hours reach their maximum here in the south of La Palma. Specially when I prepare storms, in the south of the island you will also find the Salines de Fuencaliente at the foot of the volcano Teneguías.
But the different microclimate zones rarely pose a problem: The island is so small that you can always follow the sun in case of an emergency, if it is really necessary. Your big advantage: You will get to know different microclimates as well as independent faces and vegetation of La Palma. None of the Canary Islands offers you more variety!
Due to the Canarian Current you will enjoy moderate and constant temperatures during your holiday on La Palma: Ideal for young and old. Temperature extremes you search in vain on La Palma. The Canary Islands Current is a cool sea current that, like a temperature regulator, keeps La Palma in the spring-like temperature range all year round.
With a temperature range of 20°-27° degrees and similarly constant water temperature values as also the constant trade wind, there is never the feeling of oppressive summer heat in La Palma: Perfect for active holidays, heat-shy people and holidays with children!
An important factor of the climate on La Palma is the altitude. For example, the highest mountain of La Palma, the Roque de los Muchachos rises over 2400 meters high above sea level. Majestically, the massive volcanic mountain towers over La Palma. But also the crater edges of the Taburiente as well as the Cumbre Vieja in the south of the island let La Palma soar to over 2000 meters. Here you should absolutely consider the rule of thumb that on La Palma you lose about 1° degree of temperature per 100 meters of altitude difference. So while you can swim comfortably and relaxed on the coast, it can only get very fresh in the heights of La Palma in a T-shirt and shorts. Therefore you should always take a light sweater or long trousers with you for hiking in the mountains of La Palma. Furthermore, light rain jackets are a good idea, because in the heights of the mountains it rains down on La Palma.
The whole Canary Islands are located in the influence area of hot Sahara winds from Africa. Also La Palma is visited by the so-called “strong” Calima/strong in summer from time to time. The weather spectacle is a very special experience. For a short time the thermostats can jump up to 45° degrees, when the Calima meets La Palma with its Sahara heat and the Sahara sand connected with it. Like a desert storm, the Calima La Palma is bathed in a unique light and gives you an insight into a rare weather event, which however never lasts longer than a maximum of two to three days. The Calima is not dangerous, but is always worth seeing.
The best time to visit La Palma is April – October. During these months the most pleasant air and water temperatures overlap, rainfall is low and the number of hours of sunshine is high. In the period April – October La Palma shows itself conciliatory: The temperatures are then at La Palma between 22°-27° degrees and the water temperatures are at a pleasant 19°-23° degrees. In September the Atlantic Ocean is the warmest with 23° degrees.
For warmth lovers, July and August are especially recommended. Then it becomes warmest on the island with average 27° degrees. A small tip: The south of La Palma is always kissed by the sun a few days longer. Therefore, if you travel in October or April/May, it is a good idea to think about accommodation in the south of La Palma to guarantee the best possible and sunniest climate for your La Palma holiday.
Many tourists are attracted to La Palma especially in winter. One would like to escape the German winter weather and there La Palma with its mild and mostly dry climate is ideal. Relaxing walks, hikes and sightseeing tours invite you.
Auch in den Wintermonaten bietet Ihnen La Palma eine einzigartige Sonnengarantie. Wetterflüchtlinge aus dem grauen Deutschland und Europa im Winter treffen Sie immer an. Ganzjährig ist auf La Palma Saison. Der Wunsch, Weihnachten oder Ostern unter Palmen zu feiern, ist für viele Reisende einfach zu groß. Im Winter haben Sie etwas mehr Niederschlag, daher empfehlen wir Ihnen im Winter vor allem Ziele im Süden der Insel anzusteuern: Hier geht es auch im Winter milder, sonniger und trockener zu.
La Palma liegt im offenen Atlantik. Daher sollten Sie ihre Garderobe stets so wählen, dass Sie auf schnell aufziehende Wetterfronten reagieren können. Anders als im Mittelmeer können Sie auf La Palma Sonne, Regen, Wind und Wolken an einem Tag erleben. Oftmals ist eine Regenfront innerhalb von wenigen Stunden vollkommen über La Palma gezogen und Sie liegen nachmittags schon wieder am Strand. Sie möchten mehr über La Palma wissen und ihren Urlaub auf La Palma gut planen? Dann lesen Sie jetzt unseren Artikel Reisevorbereitungen für La Palma.