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La Palma Travel Info

Airport Information:

La Palma International Airport (Aeropuerto de La Palma)
38738 – Villa de Maza, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Palma
Airport Code: SPC
Airport Location : 8 kms from Santa Cruz de la Palma, on the east coast of the island
UK Flight Time: Approx 3 hours 20 minutes

Travel Requirements from UK:

La Palma belongs to the European Union so you’ll need a valid UK passport (valid for a minimum of six months at return date). Visas are not required at time of writing unless you are staying over 90 days. No vaccinations are necessary.
Language: English is spoken in most tourist areas but many people (including some waiters) speak only Spanish (see our list of Common Spanish Phrases for a bit of help!)
Currency: Euro
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 2 pin continental plugs
(adaptors are widely available from most shops and hotels)
Airport Arrival: The La Palma International Airport is small and once you enter the arrivals area, you’ll find the luggage carousels, car hire offices and Tourist Information Board which has a number of free booklets and a map of the island available so pick some up on your way out. There are a few cafes and a bar serving hot food and drinks throughout the day. The bus stop, coach pick-up points and taxi ranks are located just outside the building.
Getting to and from the airport: There are a number of options for getting to and from the airport if you don’t have transportation provided by a travel company.

  • Local bus service
  • Taxis – the taxi rank is located just outside the terminal building
  • Car hire – car hire offices are located in the airport terminal
Parking: The airport has a large number of parking spaces, free at time of writing.
General Accessibility: By Car: Since the island is fairly small, all areas are within easy reach by car.
By Bus: The island offers an efficient bus service and is a great way to get around the island if you don’t want to hire a car or take a tour.
By Ferry: The ferry port at Santa Cruz de la Palma operates services to Tenerife, Cadiz, Las Palmas, Puerto del Rosario and Arrecife.
Driving Requirements: A full, valid driving licence is required. The minimum age for driving in Spain and the Canary Islands is 18 but since each car rental company has its own policy on age requirements, it is advisable to check with your car hire company before arrival or upon booking.
Airport Departures:

The check-in desks are located on the ground floor in the centre of the passenger terminal with the three boarding gates close-by. The boarding area is sparse so before you rush in, make use of the more comfortable seating areas within the airport which include outside terraced areas where you can eat and drink in the sunshine whilst waiting for your flight.

Inside there are a number of shops offering duty free cigarettes and alcohol, pharmacy items, local crafts and gifts, newspapers (including some UK papers), books and magazines. There is also a restaurant area selling hot and cold food, hot and cold drinks and alcoholic beverages. Toilets are located on both the upper and lower floors.