What's the weather like in La Palma in August
The island of La Palma is a popular tourist destination because of its year-round warm temperatures, August has some of the warmest temperatures of the year. However, they are not stifling, therefore, some tourists choose to travel elsewhere this time of year.
The average temperature in August is 24°C (75°F), while the average low is 21°C (70°F) and the average high is 26°C (79°F). These temperatures are perfect for relaxing on the beach or for outdoor activities, another reason why August is a popular time to visit. The weather throughout the month stays relatively constant. Every day is fairly similar, with sunshine and no chance of rain. The only difference is that the average daily temperature tends to rise about one degree Celsius from the beginning (23°C), to the middle and end (24°C). The lowest ever recorded temperature in August in La Palma is 17°C (63°F), while the highest ever recorded temperature is 38°C (100°C).
Although the temperature increases during this month, the amount of sunshine does not. The average daily sunshine in August is eight hours, the same as in is July. Regardless, this is still the highest average that La Palma receives on the year.
Coinciding with lots of sun this month has a minimal amount of rainfall. The average rainfall in August is just 10mm, spread out over only two days throughout the month. In other words, don't expect to see rain if you travel to La Palma in August.
The average humidity in August is 75%, which is rather high and can be uncomfortable when combined with some of August's hotter days. Heading to the beach and jumping in the water is a great way to escape the potentially discomforting weather.
The average sea temperature this month rises to the highest of the year in La Palma, 22°C (72°F). This is considered to be warm water that can be enjoyed by all. Between the increased outside temperatures, plenty of sunshine, and warm sea water, it is no wonder the beaches in La Palma are usually crowded during August.
La Palma Hotels in August
H10 Taburiente Playa is only 300m from the Los Cancajos beach, a hotel with gorgeous sea views, large swimming pools, comfortable rooms and a variety of cuisine. The four star hotel offers a selection of different rooms with elegant and functional decor. You will have access to free wifi, tennis courts, 2 adult swimming pools, a childrens pool, a playground, a sauna and massages are avaliable for an extra cost too. Taburiente Playa is located in a convenient position, just 5km from the airport and 5k from Santa Cruz de La Palma.
Playa Delphin Apartamentos is a complex consisting of apartment style rooms. Guests can choose from two-person studios, small apartments (2 person occupancy), large apartments (3 person occupancy) or a luxe apartment (4 person occupancy and only 1 available). Each room comes with a bed, a kitchen, a bathroom and a furnished balcony with sea views. Non-studios also have separate living rooms. The complex is located around the corner from several restaurants/bars, shops and a supermarket; as well as being across the street from the beach. The Playa Delphin Apartamentos are about a 47 minute drive southwest of Santa Cruz.
La Palma Beach for August
Las Monjas Beach is not for everyone, as it is the only nude beach on La Palma. However, it is generally a quiet beach, even during the busy summer months, making it a good alternative for the month of August. The beach consists of black sand and pebbles and sits in a bay that had lava rocks on either side. It's about 130m long and about 30m wide, the water here can be rough with decent waves, meaning even expert swimmers need to be aware at all times when in the sea. Close to the beach is the restaurant Dulce y Salado la Laguna, they serve freshly made authentic Italian cuisine, mainly pizza, pasta and sweet desserts. Las Monjas Beach is about a 45 minute drive southwest of Santa Cruz.
The La Fajana Natural Pools are created from lava rock formations and natural sea water, they have been modified by man. The main pool is the biggest and there is a medium pool and children's pool as well. There is no entrance fee and although there is no sand, this is a unique and fun alternative to the beach. A restaurant is located on a rock wall above the pools, it serves freshly caught seafood and lovely drinks. It's the perfect place to enjoy a meal after a relaxing swim. La Fajana Natural Pools is about a 50 minute drive north of Santa Cruz.
Bars and Restaurants
Located in the Hotel Hacienda de Abajo, El Sitio restaurant blends traditional ingredients and recipes with international ideas. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Unique dishes like seasoned avocados with fried banana chips, rabbit stew, tuna steak and "caramel crisp, stuffed with bananas flambé and caramel ice-cream" are served daily. The restaurant has seats with sea views, as well as an impressive décor of chandeliers and ornate tapestries. El Sitio is about a 50 minute drive west of Santa Cruz.
Restaurant Franchipani considers itself a "culinary" restaurant and therefore diners can expect high quality food made with fresh ingredients. Their prices are a bit higher than most restaurants in La Palma but you get what you pay for. They have an international menu (with large portions) offering many tasty dishes, such as steak fillet and chicken shawarma. Try the healthy salads and soups (asparagus soup with a poached egg is recommended). Chocolate truffles and tiramisu are popular dessert options on the menu. Treat yourself to some local Spanish wines and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere created by the friendly staff. A good place for a romantic meal as well. The restaurant is about a 30 minute drive west of Santa Cruz.
Things to do in La Palma in August
If you need a break from the beach but still want to spend some time outdoors, consider going on a hike over a volcano. NAToUR offers a guided hike along the "Volcano Route." This is a strenuous 19km long hike that takes about seven hours. While that might seem like a lot to take on, this hike is considered one of the most spectacular La Palma has to offer. The impressive landscape that hikers traverse and the breathtaking views from the top of a 2,000m high mountain range make it totally worth it. Booking the hike in advance is recommended. The meeting point for the hike is in El Paso, about a 30 minute drive west of Santa Cruz, it can be accessed via the local bus.
The Museo Naval is a museum and memorial that is constructed from an old sailing vessel. The ship is a reproduction of the Santa Maria, part of Christopher Columbus' fleet that landed in America in 1492. The museum is home to numerous naval artifacts, including nautical charts that date back to the 18th century. In addition to being a museum, the ship is considered the symbol of La Palma. The entry fee is 3 for adults and 1.50 for children, the museum is open Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM. It's possible to visit on the weekends as well but a cruise ship must be in the port. The ship is about an eight minute walk from Santa Cruz and is hard to miss.
Stargazing is a satisfying, exciting experience enjoyed by all ages... It's free too. The low levels of light and air pollution in La Palma make it the perfect place to clearly see the stars. You can even book a stargazing tour at Ad Astra if you're keen to learn about the astronomical viewpoints in depth.
The Salt Fields of Fuencaliente are an 'Official Site of Scientic Interest' located in the South of La Palma. The earth, air and water combine together to form the salt fields. Salt is efficiently produced here and nothing extra is added to it before it's sold all over the island. You can walk around the salt fields to get a close look and there are also two lighthouses nearby, making this a valuable area to visit.