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August 18, 2019

Gran Telescopio CANARIAS (GTC) - Inauguración

Information about the island of La Palma

La Palma landscape  - Photo by Pilar FernándezThe island of La Palma is situated in the north-east of the Canary Islands archipelago, several hundred kilometres from the coast of north-east Africa. It is known as La Isla Bonita (The Beautiful Island) because of its outstanding natural beauty.

La Palma is one of the smaller Canary Islands, with a surface area of 706 square kilometres and a population of just 85,000. It climbs sharply from sea level to an altitude of over 2000 m in the interior. The highest point of the island is the Roque de los Muchachos (2,426m), where the observatory is situated.

La Palma has a sunny climate with mild temperatures all year round. At sea level average temperatures range between 15ºC in January to 22ºC in August. Rainfall varies considerably with the seasons - there is virtually no rain from June to August, with most rain falling in November.

For more information about places of interest on La Palma, and its climate and cultural attractions, we suggest you visit:


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