La Palma is an island belonging to the Atlantic Ocean archipelago of the Canary Islands (Spain). Of volcanic origin and with a great variety of landscapes, it is a very abrupt island. In fact, it is one of the steepest islands on Earth, with abundant vegetation due to a wet and cool weather. Its mountains are filled with Canarian pine, laurel and at the coast, numerous Palm trees. Many consider the island a miniature continent.
In 2002, the entire island of La Palma was declared a “World Biosphere Reserve” by UNESCO. In 2006, La Palma became the first place in the world to declared a “Sustainable Tourist Destination”.
The exceptional quality of the island’s night skies, which are further protected by a specific “Sky Law” designed to minimise light pollution, are the main reason why one of the best professional observatories in the world is situated on the island. La Palma, the first Starlight Reserve on Earth (UNESCO), has become one the premium astronomy sites on Earth for both professionals and amateurs.