12.07.2024 | 22:35

The volcano’s eruption is boosting the tourist appeal of La Palma

9 March, 2022

Between September 11 and December 25, 2021, a major volcanic eruption occurred on La Palma (Canary Islands), known as 'La Isla Bonita' (yes, like Madonna's song). It was an event that caught the attention of the whole world during those months, giving rise to some breathtaking images of great beauty, although in reality we were witnessing a tragedy.

The Spanish authorities were immediately aware that, once the danger had passed, tourism would be vital for the reconstruction of the island, and this is the case. With regard to the international visitor, the primary measure taken has been the improvement of La Palma’s air connectivity, with the aim of making it easier for tourists to reach that enclave year round.

“Once the volcano has become inactive, the Government of Spain is continuing and will continue with its commitment to the reconstruction of La Palma. Tourism is set to become an important ally in the rebirth of Isla Bonita and that is why we intend to promote travel to La Palma both from the Peninsula and from abroad in order to counteract the shutdown and the economic losses caused by the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano”, explained the Secretary of State for Tourism, Fernando Valdés.

What happened in La Palma comes at a time when, due to the pandemic, there have been changes in people’s travel habits who are now showing greater interest in nature destinations with high environmental quality. And this Canary Island is full of attractions for the international traveller who is looking for precisely those values.

In addition to visiting the new Cumbre Vieja volcano, tourists can discover the Teneguía, which erupted out of nowhere in 1971, the Caldera de Taburiente National Park or the Laurisilva. La Palma is a beautiful volcanic island that has been a Biosphere Reserve since 2002.