Known as the Isla Bonita, the island of La Palma has a varied climate and varied landscape. Forest covered mountains in the north and a volcanic lunar landscape in the south. It is a world biosphere reserve with 19 protected areas. With a large network of signposted walking trails it is an excellent hiking destination. Highlights include:
- Tazacorte, a historic port with black sand beaches and banana plantations.
- Los Cascajos with three black sandy bays and a handful of bars and restaurants just 2 km south of the capital.
- Buena Baja, a tranquil hillside village with bars and restaurants serving local cuisine and Canarian wines.
- The astrophysics observatory on Roque los Muchachos, the highest point on the island.
- Boat trips to seek out dolphins and whales.
- Lots of beaches, mostly black sand.
Walking on La Palma
With network of over 1000 km of signposted hiking routes the walking on La Palma is superb. Self-guided walking is a possibility but we can also organise guided private or group walks. Hikes in the south of the island can take you through fields of black and red ash to the Tenguia volcano. In the north you will be walking through lush vegetation, past rural hamlets. A trek starting at the highest point in the national park affords amazing views as you descend into the Caldera de Taburiente. One of the trails even ends in a winery!
Accommodation on La Palma
Accommodation options on La Palma are limited but the hotels we offer each have Canarian character, great locations and pools. They include the Hotel Hacienda de Abajo in Tazacorte, the Hacienda San Jorge on Playa de los Cancajos and the Parador de La Palma at Buena Baja. Trips can also be combined with Tenerife, travelling by boat or inter-island flight from one to the other.