Playa de los Cancajos, Breña Baja, La
Seafront hotel located on the beautiful island La Palma,
with Los Cancajos beach just 300 metres from the hotel and the capital
city Santa Cruz is a short drive away. More…
All air-conditioned rooms at H10 Taburiente Playa have a
private balcony and satellite TV. The private bathroom comes with a
The hotel’s buffet restaurant offers show cooking and
serves international food. There are also 3 bars, including a poolside
snack bar and a salon bar with live music. Room service and packed
lunches are available.
The coastline around the hotel is popular for scuba
diving, and there is a diving centre next door. You can drive to La
Palma Island Airport and Santa Cruz de La
Palma, the island’s capital, in 10 minutes. Car hire and an airport
shuttle service are available at the hotel tour desk.
one of the seven major Canary Islands, a Spanish territory
located off of the north west coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.
Generally known by this name in English and Spanish, it may also be
referred to as la Isla de La Palma, for example in a geographical
context or to distinguish it from the Spanish cities of Palma or Las
Palmas. Palma in all these cases refers to the Palm tree, of which
there exists a species native to the Canary Islands. Historically the
island was named San Miguel de La Palma, which refers to Michael the
Archangel since the island was conquered for Castille on Michaelmas of
La Palma Island is located at 28°40′N
17°52′W / 28.667°N 17.867°W / 28.667; -17.867, making it the most
northwesterly of the Canary Islands. La Palma
Island has an area of 706 km2 making it the fifth largest of
the seven main Canary Islands. The total population is about 85,000, of
which 18,000 (2003 data) live in the capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma Island and about 20,000 (2004 data) in Los Llanos
La Palma Island, like the other islands of
the Canary Island archipelago, is a volcanic ocean island. The volcano
rises almost 7 km above the floor of the Atlantic Ocean.
Starting a business or being self-employed
If you have a talent which other people find useful then perhaps you
could set up your own small business of offer your services as a
There are possibilities for anyone with a trade to be able to make a
living on La Palma Island.
Don't expect to get rich, but getting enough work to be able to live
should be possible.
Most of the carpenters (wood or aluminium) , plumbers and electricians
that we know have such a backlog of orders that there should be plenty
of work around to be able to get started. People with welding and
metalwork skills should also have no problem starting a business.
Fresh vegetables have been a booming area in recent years. The
traditional Palmero diet does not contain many vegetables, just
potatoes, sweet potatoes, avocados and tomatoes and ingredients for
soup which include beans. In recent years more variety has been
introduced via the supermarkets, but the quality is below the locally
grown produce and there is little variety.
Since about 2002 Farmers markets have been growing in popularity. The
permanent markets in Santa Cruz, Los Llanos and Mazo have always had
some vegetables but since the introduction of the weekend Farmers
market in Puntagorda selling produce grown locally in the rich soils of
the North-West of the island people have discovered the difference in
quality and the will drive miles to get good quality fresh vegetables.
More recently other places have opened weekend markets.
When in season the Puntagorda strawberries are sold out within a couple
There must be a market there for this and other produce.
Teachers, doctors and dentists are in demand, but you would need to
speak the Spanish language. You may be able to give private English
lessons but again, speaking reasonable Spanish would be important.
There is a small foreign community on the island, mainly German but
also some English, Dutch, Belgians and other nationalities. You may be
able to find some work in this 'market' but in practice these markets
are already saturated.
Don't expect to come to La Palma Island to
make a quick killing with some new concept or with the
gap-in-the-market that you have found. That 'gap' maybe because there
is just no demand.
You may find that you cannot charge the rates that you are used to
because the wages are lower than elsewhere.
If you have experience with computers there are also opportunities,
teaching people to use them, installing and updating software,
arranging Internet connections and resolving computer problems.
You can almost always find casual work as a gardener or cleaner, or as
an odd-job man or on a building site. Of course you will need to know
someone who can introduce you to the employer, just walking in off the
street probably won't work. This type of work is not well paid and can
be hard, but it can give you enough to live on.
Finding a job on The Island
Working on La Palma.Island
People often asked how people can find work on the Island.
The simple answer is that it is not easy to find a job on the island.
There are very few large companies on the island so there are very few
There are some hotels but jobs there are not easy to find or are poorly
Most companies, bars and restaurants are small family businesses
employing just a handful of people.
Speaking Spanish is essential for almost every job, without it you are
unlikely to find work.
If you speak several languages you stand a much better chance in the
It is unlikely that you will get a fixed employment contract, certainly
not until your employer gets to know you. Most jobs are on a casual
basis. The island has a population of just
under 90,000 people. In any area that you are seeking work people tend
to know everybody, so integrating is not always easy. Employers always
know people who know applicants, it gives an element of trust which as
a new arrival you cannot compete with.
Bear in mind that many foreigners who ask for jobs tend to come and go
so local employers will take a lot of convincing that you are still
going to be here in 6 months time. We know people who have stayed less
than 2 months. It helps if people that they know and trust will
recommend you for a job.
There is very little point in applying for a job by email, post or
phone. You have to be here. It might be worth contacting hotels or car
hire companies beforehand, but don't expect them to be enthusiastic
about you. They will need to meet you and talk to you before they make
any sort of commitment.