Belonging to the archipelago of the Canary Islands, the island of La Palma is known as Isla Bonita. Of its fourteen municipalities, Santa Cruz de La Palma together with Los LLanos de Aridane are the most populated municipalities of the island, Santa Cruz de La Palma being the capital of the island.
La Palma is a World Biosphere Reserve, awarded by UNESCO in 2002. The island also has a National Park, La Caldera de Taburiente, which houses an important variety of flora and fauna of particular interest, given its Endemic character.
On the island of La Palma is one of the most important observatories of astrophysics in the world, the Observatory of Roque de los Muchachos, located at a height of more than 2,000 meters above sea level. Nowadays a visitor center is built that will allow the interpretation of all the research work that is carried out in the different telescopes housed in this point of the island.
La Palma has two celebrations of special relevance that transcend the borders of the island itself, such as The Litoral parties of La Bajada de la Virgen de Las Nieves (patron saint of the island) and the Carnival of Los Indianos.
The descent of the Virgin of Las Nieves is celebrated every 5 years, where there is a traditional pilgrimage from the sanctuary of the Virgin to Santa Cruz de La Palma. During the celebrations the famous “Danza de Los Enanos” is celebrated, the most outstanding event of the parties, in which dancers disguised as dwarves dance to the sound of a polka that has become cultural symbol of the island.
In the Carnival stands the celebration of the day of Los Indianos. The party recalls the Palmeros returned from the Americas. Everyone is dressed in white suits, with guayaberas of the same color in the case of men. During the party there is a pitched battle of talcum powder on the streets of the capital where Cuban and Caribbean rhythms sound.