IN THE 19th century, many of La Palma’s palm growers emigrated to Cuba. Known as Los Indianos, they eventually returned home laden with new treasures which ensured the island’s riches.
It’s just one of the delightful surprises of this diamond-shaped island, the most northwesterly of the Canary archipelago.
Unlike its larger and more well-known siblings, La Palma is blissfully un-touristy.
Designated a Unesco Biosphere Reserve in 2002, it’s renowned for stargazing, seafood and spectacular festivals.
Topographically speaking, the island is split into two halves; the verdant rainforests of the north and the volcanic ridges and black-sand beaches of the south.