Visit La Palma, Canary Islands
The Palma, located between the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera, is the most wooded and humid of the Canary Islands, with rainfall concentrated in autumn and winter.
Mountainous, the island is composed of three volcanoes. To the north, in the Caldeira de Taburiente National Park, the Roque de los Muchachos, accessible by one of the many paths in the network of hiking trails, reaches an altitude of 2426 metres. Famous for its star observation qualities, many telescopic observatories are installed here.
If to the west, Los Llanos de Aridane is the most populated city on the island, Santa Cruz de La Palma, on the east coast, is its administrative capital.
The historical old quarter of Santa Cruz, made up of cobbled streets lined with colourful houses with a proud colonial look or the saltworks with contrasting colours of Fuencaliente, are some of the places to visit.
The primitive forest of Los Tilos, made of a bushy jungle, was declared a biosphere reserve in 2002. Hiking trails run through this laurasilva forest to the sources of Marcos y Cordero.
As for Port Naos, its black sandy beach, bordered by a promenade, is one of the most coveted of La Palma, its clear waters attract many divers.
The island is accessible by ferries from Cadiz, Los Cristianos on Tenerife, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Arrecife on Lanzarote. Air links are provided from the airport located 7 km from Santa Cruz de La Palma.
Santa Cruz de la Palma
Founded in 1493 in the east of the island by Alonzo Fernández de Lugo under the name Villa de Apurón, Santa Cruz quickly became an important port on the route of the Americas. From this period Santa Cruz preserves a vast historical patrimony with many rich religious buildings, from ancient colonial houses to magnificent wooden balconies bordering paved streets.
Classified as a place of cultural interest and historical and artistic site, the city is organized around Calle O’ Daly, the main artery that stretches from north to south and where a large part of the shops, old palaces, squares and old mansions are concentrated.
Among the squares of the city, the Plaza de España remains the favorite meeting place of the inhabitants of Santa Cruz. This is also where the town hall and the El Salvador church stand.
Los Llanos de Aridane
Los Llanos de Aridane is located in the west of the island in the middle of farmland and is the most populous city in Aridane. Known for its beaches of Puerto Naos and Charco Verde, its urban core has interesting features including the church Nuestra Señora de los Remedios which houses an image of the 16th century Virgin.
The city is also home to museums such as the Sacred Art Museum, which exhibits a collection of liturgical objects, and the Museo en la Calle, a project that includes murals of contemporary art painted on facades in the city centre. Built in the 16th century, the sanctuary of Las Angustias is located at the mouth of the eponymous ravine.
Access: from Santa Cruz take the LP-3 road that crosses La Palma from east to west.
Puerto Naos, a seaside resort on the west coast located a few kilometres south of Los Llanos, is surrounded by small banana plantations and offers sea and idleness on its black sandy beach while tasting squid, a flagship product of local fishing, on one of the many terraces bordering its waterfront.
Resort and resting places of a Canarian clientele, we practice both scuba diving and paragliding. You can get there from Los Llanos by taking the LP-213.
Caldera de Taburiente National Park
Located in the heart of the island, the park of Chaudron de Taburiente is a basin of 8 km in diameter and one and a half km deep covered with vast forests of canarian pine trees and lacerated by deep ravines. This biosphere reserve is the main attraction of La Palma Island.
The park itself offers many activities: hiking on one of the many paths that crisscross the park, swimming under waterfalls, observing the stars or simply enjoying these magnificent views from the viewpoint of La Cumbrecita. To reach Caldera National Park, take the LP-4 road from Santa Cruz, LP-1 then Los Llanos.