The national park of Caldera de Taburiente
The Caldera de Taburiente is probably the main attraction of La Palma, the visit a must for any visitor. The crater similar opening to the west in the centre of the island has been a national park since 1954. From Roque de los Muchachos or the vantage point La Cumbrecita one has wonderful views of the Caldera. And whoever would like to venture out directly into the breathtaking beauty of this scenery, e.g. the Cascada de Colores, can do this on their own initiative or with the help of guided tours.
Los Llanos de Aridane
Los Llanos de Aridane is without doubt the capital of the west side. Today the town with the most inhabitants since the 1990s on La Palma is as an important economic centre of the island. Its town center – partly listed due to historic building or monument protection – includes traditional houses but also large modern parts. The three-nave parish church Nuestra Señora de lot Remedios from the 16th century as well as the the regionalist broad style established city hall, built in 1945, are well worth a visit. And if you are already in the area, you can have a little break in one of the cafés on the Plaza, plan your next excursion and observe the buzzing activity in the surrounding lanes.
Santa Cruz de La Palma
Santa Cruz offers it all – shopping opportunities, museums or just a town stroll. We particularly recommend a night walk through the Old Town, even better on the week-end when it is lively. With a little luck, a local group will be playing Cuban music in one of the many bars.
Hiking on La Palma
A hiking trip – even if it’s just a short one - is a must for every visitor of the island. With a total of more than 1,000 kilometres of signposted footpaths there is something for everybody’s ability and taste. The best-known and most popular tours are to be found in the national park Caldera de Taburiente, the volcano route, the sources of the Marco and Cordero springs and the laurel wood Los Tilos. These are also the longest hiking routes!!! For lovers of the romantic wilderness hiking routes are available through the Barrancos in the north as well.
Roque de Los Muchachos
One of the most interesting places for our visitors is Roque de Los Muchachos, because here, at 2.426 metres above sea level, there is one of the world’s most important observatories. It is also the highest point of the island and offers an incomparable view of the national park Caldera de Taburiente and with some luck, i.e. with good visibility, you even get the legendary view of the four islands (Tenerife, La Gomera, El Hierro, La Palma).
Volkano San Antonio
At the last eruption in 1677/78 the lava of the volcano San Antonio buried the hot spring source of Fuencaliente, which was considered holy. Afterwards, as a result of this, the town was given the name Los Canarios – today both names are equally common. The 657-metre-high volcano San Antonio is about 3000 years old. The small visitor's centre displays the geologic history of the origin of the volcano. The narrow crater edge is passable – when it’s not too windy.
The beach of Puerto de Tazacorte
Enjoy one day on the beach of Puerto de Tazacorte and do not miss the marvellous sunset there... Besides, on La Palma there are many small bays with black sandy beaches or pebble beaches. And if you visit the north of the island, you should on no account miss the natural swimming pools carved in the rock La Fajana or Charco Azul.
Webcam of Playa del Puerto de Tazacorte
La Palma offers a number of museums which tell you about the history and traditions of the island. For example, the archeological parks of Belmaco and La Zarza, as well as the archeological museum in Los Llanos, give insight into the life of the natives. Still today in the pottery "El Molino" Mazo vessels are produced in the traditional design. Aspects of the craft art of the island are presented in the banana, wine, mojo, tobacco, embroidery museum and also in the Silk Museum. But also lovers of modern art will find a point of interest in the Museum for Contemporary Art in Santa Cruz.
La Palma offers a huge number of markets to its visitors. Apart from the markets in Santa Cruz and Los Llanos, which are open daily, there are art craft and farm markets in Mazo, Puntagorda or El Paso which take place only on the weekends. Also popular are the flea markets in the towns of Argual (Los Llanos) and Santa Cruz where souvenirs or small presents can be purchased.
La Palma is, primarily, an island for travelers and hikers. The island is covered by a variety of traditional footpaths in well maintained condition. But since the end of the 1990s other sportspeople have followed suit and are now exploring the island. La Palma offers sportive activities such as mountain bike tours, riding excursions, diving or also (tandem) paragliding opportunities.