Untouched Beauty on the Island of La Palma

Fondly known as La Isla Bonita (the pretty island), La Palma may be one of the lesser known Canary Islands, but with its dramatic and untouched volcanic landscape, it may be the perfect walking destination for those with a sense of adventure.

Highlights:

  • Well-marked walking routes through tranquil and varied landscapes
  • Unique and varied natural environments including cloud forest, pine woods and volcanic rockland.
  • Beautiful waterfalls and springs
  • The Caldera de Taburiente National Park with its famous crater
  • Hike along the volcanos of Cumbre Vieja and enjoy the spectacular skylines
  • Enjoy one of the best spots for stargazing in the world

RouteLa Palma
Duration7 nights
Length58 miles
GradeModerate
Accommodation2.5/4
AvailabilityJan – Dec
Price from£895
Holiday CodeCAN-LAP

Why this walk?

Dominated by volcanoes, thick cloud forest and lush vegetation, La Palma is virtually untouched by tourism yet it offers a paradise of different landscape and paths for those looking for walking holidays abroad. The entire island had been designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve, and a week’s walking there will take you through deep ravines, into thick cloud forest and pine woods, through tunnels in search of waterfalls and of course up volcanoes. With parts of the island inaccessible until recent years, the natural environment has been left to flourish and those with an interest in plants will find a fascinating and unique selection of fauna including the indigenous dragon tree.

As well as this, the walk will also take you through a number of small but historically interesting towns and villages.

The Path

Walking Holidays in La Palma - Map
In order to showcase the best that La Palma has to offer, this walking-holiday is made up of a series of day-long circular walks. You will stay in three different parts of the island and will explore a new area each day. The holiday starts with a few days in a hidden corner in the north of the island, walking along the breathtaking Camino Real of Gallagos and exploring the cloud forests of Los Tilos. You will then head south towards the centre of the island, walking along routes that will take you on deep descents towards riverbeds and allow you to explore the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. Finally you will spend the last couple of days hiking across volcanoes and enjoying the spectacular views they provide of the entire island. This includes ascending the challenging but enormously satisfying Bejenado peak.

The Accommodation

La Palma’s small tourist industry means that accommodation on the island is a little bit more basic than on neighbouring islands thoug very pleasant nonetheless. We have carefully selected all accommodation to ensure that it is the best of its kind that the area has to offer, and walkers can expect to stay in comfortable and spacious Hotels and B&Bs with en-suite rooms, surrounded by beautiful scenery and looked after by welcoming hosts. As well as this many of the hotels include additional facilities such as a swimming pools, a spa and tennis courts.
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Itinerary: Walking Los Franceses to The Bejenado Peak

Days: 6 (7 nights)| Distance: 58 mi (93 km) | Difficulty: Moderate| Comfort: 2.5/4 | Price: from £895 p.p.

  • Day 1

    Arrival

    When you arrive in La Palma, you will be met at the airport by a taxi and taken to your accommodation, close to the island’s capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma.There you will have the option of exploring the city or simply sitting back and enjoying the sunshine by the pool.
  • Day 2

    Los Franceses to Barlovento

    7.5 mi (12 km)

    For your first day of walking, a taxi will pick you up and take you to the hidden north side of the island, which until recently could hardly even be accessed. The day will be spent enjoying spectacular views across the island and its coastline as you make your way toward the village of Barlovento. Along the way you will pass through the hamlet of La Tosca with its native Dragon Trees, which the island is known for. Just outside Barlovento, you will find your next accommodation, a beautiful hotel, perched on the hilltop with magnificent views all around. Relax in your surroundings and enjoy a delicious in-house meal.
  • Day 3

    Los Nacientes de Marcos y Cordero

    11 mi (18 km)

    For day 3 you will remain in the north of the island in order to explore a particularly unique type of microclimate, the cloud forest. Cloud forests are only found in a small number of places worldwide, and are home to a very unique range of insects, animals and vegetation. Whilst exploring Los Tilos cloud forest, you will pass through Laurel forests, narrow tunnels and discover the springs of Marcos and Cordero. At the end of the walk in Los Sauces, a taxi will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Barlovento
  • Day 4

    Pico de La Nieve to El Pilar

    10 mi (16 km)

    On day 4 you will move into the centre of the island in order to explore one of the island’s most iconic sites, the Caldera de Taburiente. This crater-like mountain arch provides dramatic scenery, which you will be able to enjoy to the full as you walk along its edge before descending down through pine forests along the Reventon pass until you reach the Pino de la Virgen chapel (aptly translated as Pine of Our Lady Chapel). A taxi will meet you at the end to take you to your next accommodation in Los Llanos de Aridane.
  • Day 5

    La Caldera de Taburiente

    10.2 mi (16.5 km)

    Today you will have the opportunity to discover a different part of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. The walk will start at Los Brecitos viewpoint and then descend down towards the Taburiente River, where on a hot day you may want to break for a quick but chilly dip. As you walk along the river, you will see the enormous Traves Rock deposited right in the middle of the river channel, before reaching the Cascada de Colores waterfall, famous for the yellow colour of its water. At the end of the day, a taxi will meet you to take you back to your accommodation in Los Llanos de Aridane.
  • Day 6

    From El Pilar to Fuencaliente

    10.5 mi (17 km)

    Day 6 provides the opportunity to discover the volcanic landscape of the island. Starting at the foot of Pico Birigoyo, the route will take you along the Cumbre Vieja, a dormant volcanic ridge running down the centre of La Palma. The route end in Fuencaliente, where a taxi will meet you take you back to your accommodation in Los Llanos de Aridane.
  • Day 7

    The Bejenado Peak

    8 mi (13 km)

    The last day of your holiday is perhaps the most challenging but also the most rewarding. Pico Bejenado is not the highest peak on the island but it is undoubtedly the most beautiful. It stands alone and offers some of the best views of the whole island, including down into the La Caldera de Taburiente crater. The route is particularly steep to begin with but with its breathtaking views, this walk offers the perfect end to a walking holiday in La Palma. At the end of the day, a taxi will take you onto your next accommodation, a relaxing hotel near to Santa Cruz de la Palma.
  • Day 8

    Departure

    After breakfast a taxi will arrive to take you to the airport. If you would like spend another day relaxing in this hotel, we will be happy to arrange it for you.

Click ' + ' signs to view a detailed daily breakdown

Prices (p.p.)Two people sharingSingle person in a partySolo person
01/01/19 - 30/04/19£895£1170£1580
01/05/19 - 31/10/19£915£1190£1600
01/11/19 - 31/12/19£935£1210£1620

  • What’s Included?

    What’s included?

    • 7 nights accommodation in an en-suite room
    • 7 breakfasts
    • Dinner for 2 evenings (whilst in the more rural north side of the island)
    • Luggage transfer
    • Transfers during walk (including to and from the airport)
    • 24-hour telephone assistance
    • Detailed maps and route descriptions in English

    Optional Extras

    • Extra nights/ rest days in any of the locations ~ Please enquire for extra night prices

    Not Included

    •  Packed lunches are not included but can be ordered either from your accommodations or locally and paid for direct each day.
    • 5 evening meals. These can be taken in a local restaurant or in-house at your accommodation should always be paid for direct.
    • Postage Overseas ~ £5.00 (Europe), £10.00 (Rest of the World) ~ per walk pack
  • Essential Info.
    • The walk follows rural but well-marked tracks with some uneven surfaces.
    • Each day of walking will vary from approximately 4.5 to 7 hours and includes some steep ascents or descents with an average ascent/descent of 650m and a maximum ascent of 750m.
  • Getting there

    La Palma has just one airport (SPC), which you will be picked up from and taken back to on the first and last days of your holiday.

    Easyjet now offers direct flights from London Gatwick to La Palma twice weekly. You can see their latest flight timetable here http://www.easyjet.com/en/cheap-flights/london-gatwick/la-palma

    Please be aware that flying from other UK locations to La Palma you may need to change in Madrid.

    Clients are responsible for booking their own air travel to La Palma.

  • Best time to travel

    La Palma can be enjoyed year round, with mild temperatures and light winds throughout the year. Whilst the weather is generally very sunny, walkers should be prepared for high rainfall at any time of the year, particularly in the more northern side of the island dominated by cloud forest.

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    You choose which day you would like your holiday to start on.

    Please note that unlike our UK holidays there are 2 separate price bandings so please check the dates and prices carefully before booking (price band determined by your arrival date).

    We will book your holiday in accordance with your requirements.

Why Book Your European Holiday with Celtic Trails?

As with all our walking holidays, Celtic Trails strives to provide a superior holiday by ensuring a personalised service with the best accommodation on offer. We treat every walker individually, and look after each walking holiday on a client-by-client basis. This means that we can create a holiday that is perfect for you, helping to address all your needs and taking the stress out of booking a holiday abroad. What also makes us different is our commitment to providing the best accommodation. We know that accommodation standards vary from country to country, but with Celtic Trails you can be sure that you will be staying in the best accommodation of its type in that area.

Reviews

You did a fantastic job with our trip. We had a wonderful time. All your advice was right on and the itinerary was excellent. Bill and I have told everyone about how wonderful the trip was…. Again, much thanks for all the arrangements. We certainly had a wonderful 30th anniversary celebration that we can remember forever.”
Dr Treloar, Devon
I just wanted to write and thank for organising this great trip for us. The distances worked well and the sights were great The accommodation each evening was particularly good and a real delight”
P. Brereton

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Further Reading

For more inspiration on the little-known island of La Palma, you may wish to visit its Lonely Planet page
https://www.lonelyplanet.com/canary-islands/la-palma

Or their official tourism website
http://www.hellocanaryislands.com/la-palma/

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