Most of our holidays are spontaneous, being booked only a week or so before departure. Our next holiday is no exception, we’re off to the Canary Islands on Sunday for a one week and it’s all been planned and booked in the past 7 days.
On Sunday morning we fly Iberia to Madrid and then from Madrid to La Palma – NOT Palma in Majorca, NOT Las Palmas on Gran Canaria but here. It’s one of the smaller Canary islands and it’s appeal for us is that it doesn’t have any mass tourism. Having booked the flights we next needed a hotel and I was very pleased to discover that La Palma has a parador, “The hotels in the Parador Group were set up by the state to use quality tourism to act as guardian of the national and artistic heritage of Spain and to assist regions with fewer economic resources”. I’ve stayed in Paradores before and they’ve all been first class so we’ve high hopes of a very comfortable week. The final bookings were a hire car and parking at Heathrow for a week. I don’t think I’ve forgotten anything!
Currently the temperature there is in the low 20′s. As I look out of the window as I type this in Southampton the rain is beating on the glass, trees are swaying around as if they might uproot themselves and the temperature is in single figures. I think we’re going to be having a nice time in La Palma :-)