La Palma additionally San Miguel de La Palma, is the most north-westerly island of the Canary Islands, Spain. La Palma has an area of 706 km2 making it the 5th largest of the seven main Canary Islands. The overall populace is set 86,000, of which 18,000 2003 statistics live within the capital, Santa Cruz de los angeles Palma and approximately 20,000, 2004 statistics in Los Llanos de Aridane. La Palma has "sister city" status with El Dorado Hills, California.
Its maximum mountain is the Roque de los Muchachos, at 2,426 metres, being second most of the peaks of the Canaries only to the peaks of the Teide massif on Tenerife. In 1815, the German geologist Leopold von Buch visited the Canary Islands. It was as a result of his go to to Tenerife, wherein he visited the Las Canadas caldera, after which later to La Palma, wherein he visited the Taburiente caldera, that the Spanish phrase for cauldron or massive cooking pot – "caldera" – turned into introduced into the geological vocabulary. In the center of the island is the Caldera de Taburiente National Park; one of four countrywide parks in the Canary Islands.