10 Places to visit in La Palma IslandThursday 23 February 2017
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La Palma Natural Top Ten Places to Visit in La Palma Island
1. LA CALDERA DE TABURIENTE
The Caldera De Taburiente is the heart of the island, La Caldera (meaning boiler) looks like an amphitheater and is surrounded by towering mountains reaching 1500 meters above the Caldera floor. The Caldera de Taaburiente is a crater with an uncontaminated environment, and is the subject of paleobiological research regarding extinct species.
The attractiveness of the paths that run through this area, surrounded by Canary pines, laurels and mountain streams, make this the walker’s favorite destination. During the Spanish conquest of the Canary Islands, the last of the indigenous people, Los Guanches, were settled here.
In this area you can also find the natural monument Roque Idafe, which is an altar where the indigenous would worship the God of the sky, Abora. La Caldera de Taburiente has been a national park since 1954.
For further info: please see Red de Parques Nacionales.
2. BEACHES IN LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE
Los Llanos de Aridane beaches face the open ocean that lays between the Island and the New World where Columbus set foot.
We are talking about the beaches in Puerto de Tazacorte (the village with the highest number of bananas and daylight hours in Europe!), Puerto Naos, Charco Verde. There are also the more natural beaches such as Playa Los Guirres and the three beaches located near the small village of El Remo, which is a protected marine reserve.
This is the sunniest part of the island, and from here you can enjoy spectacular views of the sun setting on the sea. A peculiar feature of all these beaches is the black volcanic sand, and you will definitely need sunscreen here! At any of these beaches, it would be a perfect way to end your day admiring the sunset of La Palma Island.
3. EL ROQUE DE LOS MUCHACHOS
At 2,462m, the Roque de los Muchachos is the highest point on the island, and you can reach it from both the Garafia area and from Santa Cruz. From the top you can enjoy breathtaking views in all directions. You can enjoy the view of Caldera de Taburiente as well as that of the ocean, for as far as the eye can see. You can also enjoy the view of Mount Teide rising up from Tenerife, and the most spectacular sunsets through a sea of clouds.
The Astronomical Observatory of La Palma Island is also situated on the Roque de los Muchachos and can be visited by booking an appointment.
Don’t forget to greet the Muchachos, the jet-black crows that welcome tourists!
4. FUENCALIENTE SALTPAN AND THE VOLCANOES OF LA PALMA ISLAND
Located on the southernmost point of the island of La Palma, Fuencaliente is just one of the many different environments that can be found on La Palma. The last eruptions occurred here, and you can visit the San Antonio and Teneguia volcanoes. The latter also gives its name to a winery in Fuencaliente, Bodegas Teneguia, whose wines have won several prizes, especially the sweet Malvasia wine made in volcanic soil. The downhill slope leading to the lighthouse is of particular interest, and can be easily accessed on foot, by bicycle or by car. The saltpan in Fuencaliente is particulary fascinating, and we recommend that you buy the Flower of Salt in the little boutique, and experience its delicate flavour. Continuing West, after five minutes you will find the beautiful beach Echentive where the Fuente Santa spring is to be found (a fresh water spring discovered in the ancient times that was covered by the last volcanic eruption and then found again).
5. SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA
Santa Cruz de La Palma, the capital of La Palma island is a small, colonic-style town with less than 20 thousand inhabitants, that overlooks the strait that separates La Palma and Tenerife.
Its typical flower-covered balconies on the seafront are well-known, although few people know that these are the backs of the houses and are used for all kinds of “services”! A beach is being constructed and will be completed within the first quarter of 2013.
The town of Santa Cruz de la Palma is to be visited at a leisurely pace, walking along the promenade, enjoying the copy of one of Christopher Columbus’s caravels (there are claims that he also visited this island, passing through the Canaries, during his journey to the New World).
Down the streets Calle Alvarez Abreu and Calle O’Daly you can enjoy eating good fish croquettes or arepa (a type of bread), and drinking tropical juice or a cool beer.
The Museo Insular de La Palma, located in a former convent, is a typical tourist attraction, with a very beautiful square just in front of the building. The Plaza España is considered the most beautiful example of Renaissance architecture in the Canary Islands, and it hosts the Fiesta De los Indianos.
Just outside the city, you can find the main place of pilgrimage on the island, the 17th century sanctuary of Virgen de las Nieves, famous for the Bajada de las Nieves, a celebration during which effigies of the Madonna are taken from her sanctuary into the town of Santa Cruz de la Palma once every five years.
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