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La Isla Bonita - Which Madonna Sang About | Canary Islands

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

Catch The PLANE & get INSANE

La Isla Bonita - which Madonna sang about, Spanish for "The Beautiful Island", is a small paradise in the Atlantic Ocean belonging to Spain, which covers only 708 km², i.e. an area 441 times smaller than Poland!

green mountain

It belongs to the Canary Islands archipelago and is located near the north-western coast of Africa, adjacent to Tenerife, from which it is only 60 km away.

Therefore, it falls under the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

The average annual temperature on the island is 23°C ☀️

In the winter season, i.e. from November to April the temperature ranges from 20°C,

and in the summer season, from May to October within 25°C.

Of course, the perceived temperature is much higher in the summer season, especially on days without sea breeze.

girl balancing yoga on the sunset

Interesting Facts

Madonna's song "La Isla Bonita" describes La Palma.

Although the singer never said it directly and maintains that the song describes an imaginary place, the island's inhabitants confirm that every word in the song reflects the island - names, places, emotions.

Not only the inhabitants of the island insist on this truth - brochures, on the Internet and in guides also confirm that it was La Palma that the Madonna sang about.

La Palma is called the greenest island in the Canary Islands archipelago.

green island

It is a perfect place for those who want to relax away from the hustle and bustle of tourists, due to the fact that there are a small number of tourists and the hotels are not crowded next to each other.

palm trees on the volcanic island

Since the 19th century until today, most of the inhabitants of La Palma have been cultivating bananas; banana plantations constitute as much as 70% of the arable land.

You can see them everywhere! They look like banana jungles.

banana plantation

The last volcanic eruption on the island took place only 49 years ago

in 1971 and it was Teneguia Volcano.

(The photo below shows the inside of the volcano.)

volcan crater

It is believed that if another volcanic eruption occurred on the island, it would cause a tsunami that would flood the eastern coasts of the Americas.

map la palma americas

The Los Tilos forest, which is located on La Palma since 1983, has been a UNESCO biosphere reserve, as has the entire island since 2002.


La Palma is one of the steepest islands in the world. The highest peak rises to 2,426 m above sea level. and its length is only 42 km.

clouds laing down on the mountains

La Palma is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts.

There are plenty of trekking scarves here, which is why most tourists who come to the island focus on active recreation rather than spending time in the hotel.

The Best Trails To Discover The Beauty Of The Island

  1. Ruta de los volcanes (approximately 9 hours, south of the island)

  2. Camino De La Faya (approximately 5 hours, from the mountains to the coast)

  3. La Caldera de Taburiente (approximately 6 hours, wildlife in the heart of the island)

  4. Marcos and Cordero Springs (approximately 3 hours, through the slopes of the gorges)

  5. Cubo de la galga (approximately 2 hours, through a spectacular laurel forest)

girl on the island volcano

Although my adventure on the island was relatively short, lasting only two months,

I can say that it managed to steal my heart.

Stay tuned for future posts about this paradise island, and for now I'll leave you with my video ☺️

Let me know in the comment - have you visit La Palma?


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