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La Palma

In brief

  • called the Green Island
  • places unspoiled by mass tourism
  • green laurel forests resembling “Jurassic Park” scenery
  • countless trekking and bike routes
  • modern, huge astronomical observatory
  • intimate holidays for nature lovers

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Hotel H10 Taburiente Playa Hotel H10 Taburiente Playa La Palma

-23% 839 Gbp
644Gbp
  • beautifully located on a seaside cliff
  • close to the centre of Los Cancajos
  • very good cooking
  • close to the beach
  • Summer 2020

Hotel Las Olas Hotel Las Olas La Palma

-17% 818 Gbp
671Gbp
  • recommended for families
  • spacious and wellmaintained apartments with kitchenette
  • cosy, peaceful atmosphere
  • close to the centre of Los Cancajos and the beach
  • Summer 2020

Hotel Sol La Palma Hotel Sol La Palma La Palma

-25% 901 Gbp
673Gbp
  • holidays with the family
  • 2 swimming pools with separate section for children
  • tasty and diverse meals
  • by one of the most beautiful beaches of La Palma
  • Summer 2020

Hotel La Palma & Teneguia Princess & Spa Hotel La Palma & Teneguia Princess & Spa La Palma

-20% 922 Gbp
729Gbp
  • active holidays with the family
  • complex of 11 swimming pools
  • several restaurants and bars
  • 6 tennis courts
  • professional SPA centre
  • Itaka’s Sail
  • All inclusive
  • Summer 2020

La Isla Bonita - the beautiful island, that's how its proud locals speak of La Palma. And definitely with reason! The greatest advantage of La Palma is the unique, diverse landscapes: canyons, forests, mountains that collide with the black volcanic beaches which shimmer in the sun, the famous Caldera de Taburiente, the white houses in the dreamy towns and the ubiquitous banana trees, create scenery of exceptional beauty, that captivate with its naturalness.

The fifth largest island of the Canarian archipelago, located 60 km from Tenerife and 400 km from Morocco, it is a great place for amateurs of trekking, outdoor sports and bike riding. Lush endemic nature and a lot of opportunities for active recreation, make La Palma the perfect choice for full relaxation and recharging. Intense green landscape has also caused La Palma to be called La Isla Verde, namely: the Green Island. There are no large holiday resorts and shopping centres here, but in the local shops you can buy traditional Canarian articles: laces, embroidery, ceramics decorated in geometric patterns. In Mazo even Canarian cigars are made. Evenings are spent with food and music in tapas bars, but the nightlife is not as intense here as on other, more commercialised islands. On La Palma it is worth trying simple meals served in local cafes such as: seafood, churros de pescado - fish in batter, sancocho de pescado - fish cooked with vegetables, caldereta - a type of soup, queso blanco - smoked goat's cheese, sopa de garbanzos - chickpea soup or the typical Canarian papas arrugadas - small jacket potatoes with Canarian sauses like mojo rojo. The middle of the island is taken up by Caldera de Taburiente National Park, one of the largest attractions in La Palma. There are different hypotheses on its origin, but the term kaldera was adopted and means a recess at the peak of the volcano, with a depth of 1.5 km and a diameter of approx. 10 km, which is surrounded by rock walls up to 2426 m high. The Park is covered by Canarian pine forests, many interesting tourist routes have been created here. Of interest for enthusiasts of nature is Los Tilos - a bay laurel forest protected by UNESCO.

In the north of the island an amazing attraction are the La Fajana pools in Barlovento and Charco Azul in San Andres built into the ocean cliffs. Black volcanic beaches mainly focus around Puerto Naos, Puerto Tazacorte and Los Cancajos. They are never crowded and it's easy here to find the perfect place for sunbathing. In the summer the ocean is calm and warm. The average annual temperature in La Palma is 20 degrees. In the eastern part of the island, from Mazo to Barlovento, the climate is milder, while in the western part from Fuencaliente to Garafia it is warmer and dryer. La Palma is known for its exceptional transparency of air and clear skies. That is why it is one of the most modern astrophysics observatories in the world: Roque de Los Muchachos (2426 m above sea level) with the world's largest optical telescope GranTeCan. The most popular tourist destinations on the island are Santa Cruz de La Palma - vibrant and full of landmarks, charming capital of La Palma on the east coast and Los Cancajos: beautifully situated between the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, with the black beach Playa de Los Cancajos, distinguished by the Blue Flag. In the west of the island there is Puerto Naos with a nice black sand and shingle beach surrounded by palm trees, there is also a promenade, a few restaurants and bars and typical souvenir shops.

Pilot: tourists are looked after by a Polish resident, whose tasks include help upon arrival, departure and stay, as well as registration for local trips.

Visas: not required.

Flight duration: Warsaw – La Palma – approx. 5 h.

Local time: GMT.

Capital of the island: Santa Cruz de la Palma.

Language: Spanish, communication in English and German is also possible.

Voltage: 220 V.

Currency: Euro (EUR).

Prices in the hotel and restaurant: lunch – approx. 10 EUR, beer - approx. 2 EUR, wine – approx. 9 EUR, mineral water – approx. 2 EUR; up to half the price in shops.

Car rental: from approx. 29 EUR/day; 1 litre petrol - approx. 1.1 EUR.

Transport: quite efficient and inexpensive (local buses).

Beaches: public and free of charge.

Local trips: organized by local tourist agencies on terms specified by them. There is a possibility that, if there is not enough participants, a trip may be canceled.

 


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Grand Tour at La Palma — see the most interesting places on the island! Stop at the viewpoint Risco de la Concepcion, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the capital, the airport and the eastern areas of the island. Then visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. The main point of the programme is Roque de los Muchachos - passage on the peak of Caldera de Taburiente via subsequent viewpoints. Lunch in a restaurant and walk through Tazacorte. Day trip. It is necessary to confirm the date, meeting point and exact time of departure - price/person from approx. 277 PLN

Cruise to the south of La Palma island — a catamaran cruise along the southern coast of the island in search of whales. Break for swimming. The duration of the cruise is approx. 3.5 hours - price/person from approx. 277 PLN

Cruise to the south of La Palma island — cruise along the northern coast combined with a visit to the volcanic caves of Cueva Bonita and on La Veta beach. Looking for whales on the way back to the port. Duration time: approx. 2.5 hours - price/person from approx. 231 PLN Santa Cruz and surroundings: a ride to the island’s capital Santa Cruz. Exploring the colourful town centre and replica of Christopher Columbus' ship - Santa Maria. A visit to the market and walk on the seaside boulevard, where there stand houses with characteristic balconies. Then a bus ride to the sanctuary of Las Nieves, built in the fourteenth century. Stopover by the vantage point Mirador de la Concepcion from where you can admire the beautiful panorama of the island's capital. It is necessary to confirm the date, meeting point and exact time of departure - price/person from approx. 171 PLN

Springs of Marcos and Cordero — Jeep drive to the hill at the height of approx. 1400 m a.s.l. The road leads through an old canal next to exotic plantation. Passage in helmets and with flashlights through 13 narrow tunnels to the unique springs of Marcos and Cordero. Past the last spring the path descends through the gorge Barranco del Agua and crosses the forest Los Tilos. Time to rest in the centre for those visiting the Biosphere Reserve. Route: approx. 12.5 km, time: approx. 5 hours NOTE: steep areas on the path, possibility of landslides. It is necessary to confirm the date, meeting point and exact time of departure - price/person from approx. 249 PLN

North-western part of La Palma — trekking in the north-western part of the island. The trail leads from Las Tricias through the scenic terrains next to the millennial dragon Dracena and almond tree orchards - price/person from approx. 208 PLN

La Palma top — hike from Pico de la Cruz (2351 m above sea level) to the highest point of the island - Roque de los Muchachos (2426 m above sea level), from where you can admire the spectacular landscape, and with good visibility see even the peak Pico del Teide (3718 m above sea level) in Tenerife. Descent from Los Muchachos along the peaks of the national park. During the entire trip, you can enjoy wonderful views of the giant crater Caldera de Taburiente, and in good weather the rest of the islands of the archipelago. Route: approx. 9 km, duration time: approx. 3.5 hours. It is necessary to confirm the date, meeting point and exact time of departure - price/person from approx. 208 PLN

Lava route — trekking through the pine forests to the impressive, lava-petrified volcano San Juan, a place where on the volcanic lands there are vineyards, orchards and farmland. Possibility of tasting the excellent wine and traditional tapas at the farm Llano de Tamanca. Route: approx. 9 km, duration time: approx. 4 hours. It is necessary to confirm the date, meeting point and exact time of departure - price/person from approx. 226 PLN

Volcanos route — South of the La Palma island - trekking begins at El Pilar Refuge (1440 m a.s.l.) and leads to the south of the island. The highest point of the hike are two ancient craters Las Deseadas (1949 m a.s.l.), from where on a clear day you can see the neighbouring islands. Then we move to the volcano Martin and later on to the town of Fuencaliente, end point of the trip. Route: approx. 19 km, duration time: approx. 7 hours. It is necessary to confirm the date, meeting point and exact time of departure - price/person from approx. 208 PLN

Caldera de Taburiente National Park — the hike begins at an altitude of 1000 m a.s.l. and leads through pine forests to the inside of a giant crater with a diameter of approx. 9 km. On to the River Taburiente - the only stream of the Canary Islands, where the water flows all year round. Time to relax. Descent via El Reventon, next to Rock Idafe, to Dos Aguas (Two Waters), where the streams flowing from all the springs of Caldera converge. Then the trail leads through Barranco de las Angustias (The Gorge of Terrors), up to the exit of the national park. Route: approx. 16 km, duration: approx. 6.5 hours. - price/person from approx. 226 PLN.

 

Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.

Grand Tour at La Palma — see the most interesting places on the island! Stop at the viewpoint Risco de la Concepcion, where you can enjoy a wonderful view of the capital, the airport and the eastern areas of the island. Then visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. The main point of the programme is Roque de los Muchachos - passage on the peak of Caldera de Taburiente via subsequent viewpoints. Lunch in a restaurant and walk through Tazacorte. Day trip. It is necessary to confirm the date, meeting point and exact time of departure - price/person from approx. 277 PLN

Cruise to the south of La Palma island — a catamaran cruise along the southern coast of the island in search of whales. Break for swimming. The duration of the cruise is approx. 3.5 hours - price/person from approx. 277 PLN

Cruise to the south of La Palma island — cruise along the northern coast combined with a visit to the volcanic caves of Cueva Bonita and on La Veta beach. Looking for whales on the way back to the port. Duration time: approx. 2.5 hours - price/person from approx. 231 PLN Santa Cruz and surroundings: a ride to the island’s capital Santa Cruz. Exploring the colourful town centre and replica of Christopher Columbus' ship - Santa Maria. A visit to the market and walk on the seaside boulevard, where there stand houses with characteristic balconies. Then a bus ride to the sanctuary of Las Nieves, built in the fourteenth century. Stopover by the vantage point Mirador de la Concepcion from where you can admire the beautiful panorama of the island's capital. It is necessary to confirm the date, meeting point and exact time of departure - price/person from approx. 171 PLN

Springs of Marcos and Cordero — Jeep drive to the hill at the height of approx. 1400 m a.s.l. The road leads through an old canal next to exotic plantation. Passage in helmets and with flashlights through 13 narrow tunnels to the unique springs of Marcos and Cordero. Past the last spring the path descends through the gorge Barranco del Agua and crosses the forest Los Tilos. Time to rest in the centre for those visiting the Biosphere Reserve. Route: approx. 12.5 km, time: approx. 5 hours NOTE: steep areas on the path, possibility of landslides. It is necessary to confirm the date, meeting point and exact time of departure - price/person from approx. 249 PLN

North-western part of La Palma — trekking in the north-western part of the island. The trail leads from Las Tricias through the scenic terrains next to the millennial dragon Dracena and almond tree orchards - price/person from approx. 208 PLN

La Palma top — hike from Pico de la Cruz (2351 m above sea level) to the highest point of the island - Roque de los Muchachos (2426 m above sea level), from where you can admire the spectacular landscape, and with good visibility see even the peak Pico del Teide (3718 m above sea level) in Tenerife. Descent from Los Muchachos along the peaks of the national park. During the entire trip, you can enjoy wonderful views of the giant crater Caldera de Taburiente, and in good weather the rest of the islands of the archipelago. Route: approx. 9 km, duration time: approx. 3.5 hours. It is necessary to confirm the date, meeting point and exact time of departure - price/person from approx. 208 PLN

Lava route — trekking through the pine forests to the impressive, lava-petrified volcano San Juan, a place where on the volcanic lands there are vineyards, orchards and farmland. Possibility of tasting the excellent wine and traditional tapas at the farm Llano de Tamanca. Route: approx. 9 km, duration time: approx. 4 hours. It is necessary to confirm the date, meeting point and exact time of departure - price/person from approx. 226 PLN

Volcanos route — South of the La Palma island - trekking begins at El Pilar Refuge (1440 m a.s.l.) and leads to the south of the island. The highest point of the hike are two ancient craters Las Deseadas (1949 m a.s.l.), from where on a clear day you can see the neighbouring islands. Then we move to the volcano Martin and later on to the town of Fuencaliente, end point of the trip. Route: approx. 19 km, duration time: approx. 7 hours. It is necessary to confirm the date, meeting point and exact time of departure - price/person from approx. 208 PLN

Caldera de Taburiente National Park — the hike begins at an altitude of 1000 m a.s.l. and leads through pine forests to the inside of a giant crater with a diameter of approx. 9 km. On to the River Taburiente - the only stream of the Canary Islands, where the water flows all year round. Time to relax. Descent via El Reventon, next to Rock Idafe, to Dos Aguas (Two Waters), where the streams flowing from all the springs of Caldera converge. Then the trail leads through Barranco de las Angustias (The Gorge of Terrors), up to the exit of the national park. Route: approx. 16 km, duration: approx. 6.5 hours. - price/person from approx. 226 PLN.

 

Local excursions are organized by local travel agencies under the conditions fixed by them. It's possible to disorganize trips due to low number of applicants.

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