The Canary Islands archipelago is made up of seven major islands: El Hierro, La Gomera, La Palma, Tenerife (province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife) and Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura (province of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain) and a series of islets (La Graciosa, Montaña Clara, Alegranza and Lobos) immersed in the Atlantic Ocean about 100 km from the African coast. This geographical location places the islands in the time zone of Greenwich (increased by one hour during the summer), one hour less than mainland Spain.
The island of La Palma is located in the northwestern area of the archipelago and has a surface of 706 km 2; the population is about 85,000 inhabitants, divided into 14 municipalities. The maximum height is attained in the Roque de Los Muchachos, with 2,426 m ASL
La Palma was the first of the Canary Islands to have a Biosphere Reserve. On the 30th June 1983, UNESCO declared 511 hectares of the manor "El Canal y Los Tiles" a Biosphere Reserve. In Plenary Session of the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO, held in Paris on¬ November 6 2002, it was agreed the approval of the enlargement of the Biosphere Reserve Los Tiles to the entire island territory and note was taken of its new name "World Biosphere Reserve La Palma".
The island is connected to the outside through the port of Santa Cruz de La Palma and the airport of Mazo. The distance to Tenerife is 85 km and to Cadiz 1,440 km.
Generally, shopping hours, are from Monday to Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 8 p.m.
The opening hours of banks tend to be from 8 to 2 p.m., being reduced in the summer. The official currency is the Euro and it's not easy to exchange currency in other places that are not banks or hotels. All municipalities have ATMs
The timetables of eateries and restaurants tend to be consistent with the local customs, in such a way that the kitchen usually closes at around 4 p.m. in the afternoon and 10 p.m. at night.