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Walking on the Island of La Palma

Caminantes en el Parque Nacional de La Caldera de Taburiente
Duration: 7 nights
Type: European walking holidays
Walking Grade: 3 & 4
from £1,499pp

Affectionally known as La Isla Bonita, this lesser-known island lures with gorgeously unspoiled landscapes, enchanting forests, pine groves, verdant hills, star-lit skies, and almost 1,000km of paths for walkers. This holiday is the perfect introduction to the nature-filled Caldera de Taburiente National Park as well as the architecturally-rich capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma.

What you’ll love

  • Discovering enchanting forests, pine groves, and verdant hills
  • Visiting the architecturally-rich capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma
  • Marvelling at the Caldera de Taburiente rim, often above a ‘sea’ of clouds
  • Admiring lush green vegetation and incredible volcanic geology
  • Enjoying the extensive gardens at the comfortable Hacienda San Jorge

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with two options every walking day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of an experienced local leader
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • En-suite accommodation
  • Half-board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

We meet you at La Palma Airport and take you to your hotel. Unpack and settle in.


We start the week exploring the laurel forest of La Galga and the northeast coast of La Palma. Water has carved deep barrancos where green lush vegetation, giant ferns and mosses grow all over creating a magical fairy tale atmosphere. On the second part of the walk, we pass along banana plantations over the marine cliffs until our final destination, Charco Azul. Today, we enjoy contrasted landscapes of a protected forest, rural areas, great ocean views and lovely typical houses in the little charming village of San Andrés.

Option 1 - La Galga & El Tendal to Charco Azul (Easier Walk)

Distance: 4.5 miles (7.5km)

Ascent: 1,000ft (300m)

Descent: 2,300ft (700m)

The easier walk descends through the dense laurel forest to the heart of Cubo de La Galga. Many native trees and birds can be seen and heard on our way through the ravine bed. A short transfer takes us to the archaeological site of El Tendal, a cave used by the prehispanic Benahorita population. After entering the visitor centre and learning about the indigenous people that lived on the island before the Spanish, we continue downhill surrounded by banana plantations towards San Andrés and Charco Azul.

Option 2 - La Galga & El Tendal to Charco Azul (Harder Walk)

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Ascent: 1,900 ft (575m)

Descent: 3,700 ft (1125m)

The harder walk ascends through the dense laurel forest to the heart of Cubo de La Galga. Many native trees and birds can be seen and heard on our way through the ravine bed. Emerging from the ravine, we descend to San Bartolomé and reach the cliff path over the coast. We cross deep canyons and continue along the coastline surrounded by banana plantations towards San Andrés and Charco Azul.


Today’s walk takes us to isolated hamlets set on the mountain ridges of the north coast, far from mass tourism and back to past times. The ‘camino real’ swings up and down constantly descending and ascending barrancos and offering stunning cliffy coast views. This is one of the authentic paths leading to the end of the world, passing modest houses and telling old stories of local people’s life.

Option 1 - La Tosca to Gallegos

Distance: 3.5miles (5.5km)

Ascent: 1,150 ft (350m)

Descent: 1,980 ft (600m)

We begin the walk in La Tosca viewpoint, famous for its impressive dragon trees and magnificent views of the north coast. Our path undulates from flat rural tops with terraces and hamlets to green shady ravines. We pass Topaciegas and La Palmita, and we finally reach Gallegos, not after crossing its deep canyon.

Option 2 - La Tosca to Franceses

Distance: 5.5 miles (8.5km)

Ascent: 2,380 ft (720m)

Descent: 2,950 ft (900m)

We also start the walk in La Tosca viewpoint, famous for its impressive dragon trees and magnificent views of the north coast. Our path undulates from flat rural tops with terraces and hamlets to green shady ravines. We pass Topaciegas, La Palmita, also Gallegos, after crossing its deep canyon, and carry on to Franceses, going down and up another deep canyon.


La Palma is the most active volcanic island of the Canary Islands. Today both groups enjoy dramatic landscapes sculpted by the wild force of nature. Volcanoes, lava fields, volcanic sands and chaotic scoria combining with peaceful nature, green pine trees and a deep blue ocean.

Option 1 - San Antonio & Teneguia, the southern volcanoes

Distance: 4.5 miles (7.5km)

Ascent: 160ft (50m)

Descent: 2,460 ft (750m)

This walk starts from the southern town of Los Canarios, where almond biscuits and sweet malmsey wines pair at perfection. We walk the rim of San Antonio volcano offering spectacular views both into its round deep crater and down to the south tip of the island. The lava flows of the new volcanoes covered the previous surface except for Roque Teneguía, where native plants and aboriginal carvings have survived. The route pass by 1971 Teneguía volcano, where gas and heat can still be seen and felt. Then, we descend through the volcanic lava fields before emerging at sea level in Faro de Fuencaliente. At the end of the walk there is time to explore the only commercial salt pans on La Palma and enjoy refreshments.

Option 2 - Cumbre Vieja volcanoes

Distance: 11 miles (17.5km)

Ascent: 2,550 ft (780m)

Descent: 4,920 ft (1,500m)

The harder walk starts from the Refugio del Pilar and follows forest paths to reach the centralsouth spine of the island, Cumbre Vieja. Along this route, we pass by some of the most picturesque volcanoes of the island: the jaw-dropping Hoyo Negro crater; the lava fields of Duraznero; the 360º views from Las Deseadas, peaking almost at 2,000m (6,500ft) above sea level; and the recent eruptions of El Charco 1712 and Martin 1646, during an enjoyable descent on the volcanic sands to Los Canarios, where we meet the easier walkers and the coach.


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Hotel: Relax in the hotel, enjoy a walk in the gardens and rest by the pool area. You can also explore the nearby seaside of Los Cancajos, enjoy a stroll along the beach or dip in the sea on a warm day.

Santa Cruz de La Palma: Why not visit some local places of interest? Santa Cruz is the pretty capital of the island and just 10min away by bus or taxi from the hotel. Walk around the cobbled streets in the old quarter where there are traditional buildings with wooden carved balconies festooned with brightly coloured flowers. You can have lunch in one of the many restaurants and relax at the new beach.


Today takes us to the heart of ‘La Isla Bonita’, to the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. On the centre of the island can be found a spectacular hole 8km (5 miles) large and 2,000m (6,500ft) deep, protected since 1954. Colonized by pine trees and shaped by water erosion, Taburiente and Las Angustias offer beautiful sceneries for today’s walk.

Option 1 - Las Angustias Canyon

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 1,230 ft (380m)

Descent: 1,230 ft (380m)

The easier walkers start today from Las Angustias Canyon. We ascend following the river bed up to Dos Aguas and then to the ‘Cascada de Colores’. We find pillow lavas, formed inside the ocean water, after some long uplifting movements, at 400m (1,300ft) above the sea level. We cross two water dams, still in use to water the extensive banana fields on the coast of Tazacorte and Argual, filled with debris from the erosion of the Caldera. From time to time, we need to hop from one side of the stream to the other in the middle of the high towering walls of the Barranco. We walk the same way down along Las Angustias Canyon back to the coach.

Option 2 - Los Brecitos - Taburiente - Las Angustias

Distance: 8.5 miles (13.5km)

Ascent: 1,150 ft (350m)

Descent: 3,950 ft (1,200m)

A further drive up the Hacienda del Cura twisting road leave the harder walkers in the scenic Mirador de Los Brecitos. On the first part of the walk, we snake through the forest down to Taburiente stream crossing bridges across small ravines and enjoying the views of the Caldera and the scent of old Canary pine trees along the path. After puddling in the stream, we head down the Reventón to the ‘Cascada de Colores’ and Dos Aguas, with views to the iconic Roque Idafe. From there, we also play hopping the stream of Las Angustias side to side and continue along the Canyon downhill until we reach the coach.


Last day, we are rewarded with exhilarating walks to reach the top of the island, the Roque de Los Muchachos, 2,426m (7,960ft) above the sea level. This area above the pine tree level offers stunning views over the clouds and as far as Mount Teide in Tenerife. The summit is also home to one of the most important astrophysical observatories worldwide and to many international telescopes such as the largest telescope on Earth, GRANTECAN, and some British ones with familiar names: Liverpool Telescope or Isaac Newton Telescope, located here due to the ‘dark skies’ of La Palma.

Option 1 - Pico de la Cruz to Roque de Los Muchachos

Distance: 3 miles (5km)

Ascent: 1,300 ft (400m)

Descent: 900 ft (280m)

Taburiente rim. Almost 2,000m (6,500ft) below there is Taburiente stream. The erosion has unearthed superb lava dikes and the vegetation try to find ways to survive here all year long. We pass near some of the telescopes before reaching the top of La Palma, Roque de Los Muchachos, and walk to the very end of the path, where we can imagine flying like a red-billed chough.

Option 2 - Pico de la Nieve to Roque de Los Muchachos

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Ascent: 3,280 ft (1000m)

Descent: 1,480 ft (450m)

The hard walkers start today climbing up, overpassing the pine forest line, to reach Pico de Las Nieves, where the Caldera opens suddenly immense and overwhelming. From there, a gently ascent, but undulating, following the Caldera’s rim, takes us to Pico de Piedra Llana, Pico de la Cruz and, finally, a well-deserved, Roque de Los Muchachos.


We take you back to the airport for your flight home. Hasta la vista La Palma! We hope to see you soon.


Hacienda San Jorge - La Palma

Surrounded by beautiful gardens and swaying palms, the beachfront Hotel Hacienda San Jorge is the perfect hideaway for those looking to relax. Clean and comfortable apartment-style rooms come with a fully equipped kitchen. Outside, you can take a dip in the lake-shaped swimming pool, sip a drink in the shade of the giant Ficus tree, or soak up some sunshine whilst swinging in a hammock. As for facilities, the hotel boasts a large gym complete with sauna and steam room, an on-site mini market, plus a buffet restaurant with views of the mountains and sea on one side and the pool and gardens on the other.

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

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2024

05 Dec - 12 Dec 2024

7 nights

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23 Jan - 30 Jan 2025

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05 Dec - 12 Dec 2024

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23 Jan - 30 Jan 2025

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Important information

  • With flight holidays: Price includes return flights to La Palma Airport, hold baggage and airport transfers
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  • Our airport taxi service operates at this resort - price available on request
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from La Palma Airport - please contact us for prices
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European walking holidays
Walking Grade:
3 & 4

7 nights from £1,499pp

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