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Santa Cruz de La Palma is an underrated city break and three-star Hotel El Galeón is an an urban bolthole that makes a good base for exploring the La Palma capital and beyond - especially if you crave a refuge from rural adventure. Best used as a sleepover rather than a destination in its own right, it's a place to flop after a long day discovering the island's beautiful exterior - a steady if unspectacular choice. You won't be disappointed, especially at night, when the new build is lit up and the evening sky makes the hotel stand out.

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The scrumptious homemade desserts at nearby restaurant El Rincón del Carol go big on two traditional La Palma flavours: coffee and pineapple.

A great base for exploring La Palma's capital, this hotel is within walking distance of the beach and city centre.
By plane: flights from London take around 9 hours with a stop in Barcelona; flights from Birmingham take around 11 hours with a stop in Tenerife. The hotel is a 10-minute taxi ride from the airport.

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Style & Character

Middle-aged couples will like the hotel best. It resembles a fortress on a hill - the terracotta red exterior makes the hotel easy to spot from a distance.

Service & Facilities

The solarium guarantees regular RDA of Vitamin D, with ample reading space, inviting sun loungers, and gorgeous views of the Atlantic.

  • Terrace
  • Breakfast room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking


The doubles feel more holiday home than hotel room given how spacious they are and make for ideal family accommodation. The dining table gives you the choice of enjoying a more private meal than on offer in the capital's restaurants.

Standard Apartment, Double Apartment
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, lounge, balcony, TV, hairdryer, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The nearby restaurants are happy to share some culinary secrets so you can have a go at replicating their dishes in your kitchen. Go local by buying traditional fave, gofio. This toasted cornmeal adds taste and texture to soups and stews.

Buffet breakfast: continental and hot dishes, fresh seasonal fruit.

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