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Travel Weather on La Palma
The Canary Islands are a perfect all year-round destination.
Almost always there are pleasant spring-like temperatures on La Palma, which allow you even in winter to enjoy swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.
Peak season in the "coldest" time of the year
For good reasons, peak season for travellers from Germany, Austria or Switzerland is the cold season from October to March/April, reaching its highest peak in during Christmas and Easter Holidays.
However weather can become cool and nasty on La Palma, particularly when Atlantic troughs hit the island and cause heavy rainfalls bringing everything to a halt. Mostly, such a sudden change in weather lasts only a few days until the sun breaks through again.
Occasionally, there is also snow, however, only at altitudes up to about 1,800 meters. You therefore more likely could have a snowball fight on the Roque de las Muchachos, then enjoy spring weather in the north and in the afternoon have a good time on the beach and enjoy swimming in the sea!
Only on rare occasions the sea can change its face: fierce storm surges make beach visits impossible and remind us that we are right at the Atlantic Ocean. Such weather changes also teach us to treasure those powerful forces of nature around us.
Mainland Spaniards come to La Palma in summer to cool down
Peak tourist season for visitors from the Spanish mainland is more likely in the summer months.
Anyone who can arrange it, escapes the oppressive heat of the Spanish inland and enjoys mild and pleasant temperatures on the island, which rarely rise above 30 degrees Celsius.
From May to October there is usually no rain on the drier west side. On the east side, however, there can be some summer showers, but they are soon over and most of the time affect higher regions. During summer you usually don't have to expect thunderstorms either — they more likely might occur in winter.
Hiking during spring time
The best and most beautiful travel time for nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts is spring.
Mild temperatures are perfect for long hiking tours, beginning already with the almond blossoming in January/February.
It is the time when everything is covered with a gorgeous flowerage: wild Margarite bushes, orange and red poppy, fragrant gorse and the large quantity of wild flowers and herbs. A feast for eyes and soul is the orange flower season starting around the end of March – the air is filled with a tantalising fragrance.
Most Quiet Time is May/June
For those who prefer to travel in a quiet and low-priced time of the year, are well-advised to come in May/June, before the beginning of the summer holidays.
During that time of the year, prices for flights, hotels and apartments hit the bottom and you have mountains and beaches almost to yourself!