|Autonomous region:||Canary Islands|
|Province:||Santa Cruz de Tenerife|
|Area:||135.92 km², some reads 134.64 km²|
|Length of coastline||none, landlocked|
2426 m near Caldera de Taburiente (north)
|Location:|| 28.65/28°39' N lat.|
17.8667/17°52' W long.
|Car designation:|| |
El Paso is the largest municipality on the island of La Palma after Garafía and along with only a handful of other municipalities in the Canaries including Gran Canaria and Tenerife, El Paso is landlocked and is unique in this respect on the island. El Paso borders on every municipality in the island of La Palma except Tazacorte. It is situated on the central part of the island. El Paso is linked by road to Tijarafe and Santa Cruz de La Palma.
Farmlands dominate the central part, while the south and north are covered in forest or grassland. The Caldera de Taburiente, a giant caldera constituting a national park filled with pine forests and characterised by many valleys, lies to the north and part of the Teneguía range lies to the south. The majority of the population is rural.
On 3 May 1492 the mentioned Fernandez de Lugo finishes the conquest of the island of La Palma by the Spanish when conquering the last remaining stronghold of the native Guanches, the kingdom of Aceró. To this goal, Fernandez deceitfully invited its king Tanausú to an interview, to have him imprisoned on appearance. The island was made directly subject to the Spanish Crown, a situation which would last until 1812. In this year the new Spanish Constitution paved the way for decentralisation of the Canary Islands and subdivision into municipalities.
The population decreased between 1991 and 2001, but then recovered, surpassing the 1991 level in 2002. Since then the population has been gradually decreasing.
|Northwest: Puntagorda||North: Barlovento and Garafía||Northeast: Puntallana and San Andrés y Sauces|
|West: Los Llanos de Aridane and Tijarafe||El Paso||East: Breña Alta and Santa Cruz de La Palma|
|South: Fuencaliente de La Palma||Southeast: Breña Baja and Villa de Mazo|