So you have decided to take the plunge and go to La Palma in the Canary Islands. What can you expect to see whilst you are there? We have put together some highlights for you to experience whilst you are on your holiday in La Palma. This is by no means an exhaustive list as there is a huge array of things to see and do.
Take full advantage of the huge network of walking routes [Senderos] available on the island of La Palma. With hiking being one of the major attractions for tourists to the island, there is 620 miles of footpaths that have been fully signposted by the European Rambles Association. Just as an example, there are two long distance routes [GR routes], twenty one-day routes [PR routes] and lots of local routes [SL routes] that are shorter than 6 miles.
In fact, there are routes to suit all levels of hiker, from the beginner to the more experienced. Probably the most famous of the routes is the Ruta de los Volcanes which is a tough 6 hour hike along an active volcanic ridge ending at the coast at Faro de Fuencaliente.
Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos
With some of the clearest skies in the northern hemisphere, the island of La Palma has strict laws to protect it against light pollution. This is why La Palma is home to the world largest single optical telescope [the 10 metre Great Canarian Telescope] located in the Observatory at the Roque de los Muchachos. The Observatory can be visited every day between the hours of 08:00 and 19:00 but please bear in mind that you can only enter the Observatory itself on two days in July and August and it is always best to book well in advance.
Mirador de la Cumbrecita
Take time out to visit this Mirador [viewpoint] to take in the views from the southern ridge of the Taburiente crater which is probably one of the best recognised views in Spain and possibly one of the world’s best view as it take in lots of variety of rock formations, flora and forests.
Caldera de Taburiente
This is La Palma’s national park and one of the most popular places for tourists to visit whilst on their holiday in La Palma. The best part is probably the Barranco de las Angustias which is a five mile long horseshoe shaped area which stunning scenery including ravines, waterfalls, rock carving and archaeological sites left by the original inhabitant of the island.
So with just 4 highlights of La Palma shown above, you can see that you will have plenty of places to visit and explore.