La Palma, also called the "green island" because of its exuberant countryside was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO.
It's major sight is the National Park Caldera de Taburiente with its huge volcanic crater, 9 kilometres wide and 770 meters deep From the view-point Mirador de la Cumbrecita this terrific natural monument can be overlooked best.
At the edge of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park there is the island's highest mountain, Roque de los Muchachos (2426m). In the municipality of Garafía, at 2396 m. above sea level, you can get to know an important astrophysical observatory with one of the most ample and modern equipments of telescopes to be found anywhere in the world. The Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias organises visits for colleges and groups as part of a public campaign to make astronomy accessible to everyone.