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The inhabited large island of La Palma (local name Isla de La Palma) is part of (the island group) Canary Islands and is located in the country of Spain, Southern Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 475 km. The nearest (main) land is Marocco and is not the country to which the island belongs. The surface-area of the island is 708.2 km2 and is therefore 1.9 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean and the total coastal length is about 158.1 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 42 km by 24 km (maximum width). The island is North - South oriented. The highest point is 2426 meter and is named VulkaanRoque de los Muchachos - Cumbre Vieja 2426 meter. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 28.69 (28°41'23.0244), -17.86 (-17°51'28.5264).


The population is 86528 and the population density is thus on 122 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Santa Cruz de la Palma (located in the East of the island). Other places on the island are: Los Llanos de Aridane (W), Fuencaliente de la Palma (Z). The island is located in the West-southwest of the country Spain. It is located in the administrative unit Autonomous Community Canary Islands (local administrative level-name Comunidad autónoma), in the Province Santa Cruz de Tenerife (local administrative level-name Provincia). Direct neighboring islands of La Palma are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) La Gomera Located 89.6 km SouthSouthEast of the island.
2) El Hierro Located 99.8 km SouthSouthWest of the island.
3) Tenerife Located 141.9 km SouthEast of the island.

Note: The information described below is partly subject to change. The island is directly accessible from Western Europe by plane. An international airport is present on the island. There is a ferry connection for cars to the mainland. For pedestrians, there is a ferry connection to the mainland also. Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.
The source material on the island consists of vulcanic. The land use on the island of La Palma consists of Sand - Rock 24.6 km2 (4%), wood 241.3 km2 (34%), nature 244.1 km2 (35%), and agriculture 74.3 km2 (11%), Special is that the island also prevent vineyards (99.5 km2 - 14%).


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