In the maps you can find the "Isla Bonita", that's the name it was given by its habitants, in North-West by the geographic coordinates 28,50" latitude north and 18,00" longitude west. Its surface of 728 km² is spread by a longitude of 47 km and maximum latitude of 29 km. Its highest peak is the "Roque de Los Muchachos" with 2426 m above mean sea level. La Palma's cliff line is very long and ruptured by large canyons and beaches of black volcano sand.
The predominating subtropical climate gave birth to the expression "an eternal spring". The north and the north-west of the island are all-season covered by precipitation and trade wind. Thus, the soil is fertile and is overgrown with chops, tree heath and bay. In the south and the west rainfalls are mainly during winter. As a result, there is less vegetation.
Around 8500 people live in the 14 municipalities of the island. Together with El Hierro and La Gomera the island belongs to the Spanish province of Tenerife. In La Palma's capital Santa Cruz de La Palma live around 19000 people, nevertheless, the population is higher in Los Llanos, the commercial heart of the island on the west side. The amount of foreigners is estimated between 4000 and 8000 people.
The agriculture is still dominating. The export of bananas brought a decent welfare to the island and also the export of avocados and pineapples brings a growing significant income. While the Aridane-canyon is one of the agriculturally most productive regions of Spain, the importance of rearing of livestock decreased in the past few years.
Tourism, immigration from the EU and the European policy of Development and Infrastructure shaped La Palma and its economical progress. With the aid of the European Development Fund the authorities spent a lot of money on building roads hence, most roads are in well condition. Two public transport lines (north and south) operate on the island. Direct flights to Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Madrid run daily and the whole year round to other destinations abroad. La Palma is connected to Tenerife through a daily ferry connection.