Cuevas de Belmaco
Cuevas de Belmaco is an archaeological park that is said to have been home to princes of the indigenous people. There are still many engraved marks in the rocks of the nations. Here you will find ten more natural caves and a building with stone carvings on which different interpretations exist. Today, 'Cuveas de Belmaco' has been declared a Historic Artistic Monument. Through a walk you will discover more information about the origin of the Canary Islands by means of information boards.
In the Breña Alta area, tobacco is still grown, so you can see how cigars are still made by hand. Breña Alta also has some nice viewpoints such as La Concepción, La Cumbre and Montaña de la Breña. From here you have a great view over this beautiful area. You also have the opportunity to visit some lava beaches. The Maroparque is also located in Breña Alta. This is a nature reserve with a great diversity of tropical plants, rocks and a waterfall, where about 300 species of exotic animals live.
Caldera de Taburiente National Park
Caldera de Taburiente National Park is the symbol of La Palma. You can enjoy walking and wandering around here. The hiking trails are well marked and easily accessible. Popular places to visit are the Cascada de Los Colores, where you can hike to a beautiful waterfall. The viewpoint Mirador de la Cumbrecita gives you a wonderful view over the national park.
Roque de los Muchachos
Roque de los Muchachos is the largest mountain on the island, with a height of 2,426 meters. You can climb this mountain relatively easy, which gives you a beautiful view of the island. When the weather is good, you can also see Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro.
Laurel forests of La Zarza
La Zarza is one of the most beautiful laurel forests on the Canary Islands. You hike here at an altitude of 500 to 1,200 meters. La Zarza has a visitor centre where you can get more information about the various trees and climate. Special are the petroglyphs found here of the original inhabitants: the Guanches. You will find these special forests in the northeast of La Palma.
Mirador del Time
Mirador del Time is a viewing point 500 metres above Tazacorte. You look out over the landscape of Los Llanos, the valley of Aridane and the Cumbres. The Atlantic Ocean is also clearly visible. It is a popular place to go in the evening so you can see the lights in the valley below.
Playa de Puerto de Naos
Puerto Naos beach is the largest on the island of La Palma. It is located on the southwest coast of the island, in the main center: Puerto Naos. Paragliding enthusiasts use the beach as a meeting point, making it an ideal place to enjoy an aerial spectacle during your beach holiday in La Palma.
The beach of Nogales, one of the best on La Palma, gives a good overview of what it has to offer: mountains, hiking trails, lava, ocean and greenery, lots of greenery. Located in the northern village of Puntallana, the black volcanic sand, with some blue and gray tones, the spectacular rock walls and the mighty Atlantic Ocean have anchored this beach as a destination for surfers, naturists or simply lovers of solitude, the beautiful views and the walks. And when the sea is calm, the ability to swim well means that there are few better places on the island.
Playa de Tazacorte
The sunniest climate in Europe, a long beach, a boulevard for strolling, cozy terraces and a harbor with a choice of various boats that look for dolphins. Puerto de Tazacorte has it all!
A breakwater makes it possible to swim safely in the Atlantic Ocean, apart from a few turbulent days a year. This makes the beach of Tazacorte so popular with families with children and less good swimmers.
Playa Los Guirres
Playa Los Guirres is located just north of Porto Naos, on the west coast of the island. You drive from Porto Naos on a neglected asphalt road through a no man's land of banana plantations. You enter a well-kept parking lot and you are at Los Guirres. Playa Los Guirres is a pebble beach and mainly known by the locals. For a delicious lunch or dinner, you can visit the restaurant Kiosko Playa Los Guirres, where they serve the tastiest tapas and fish dishes!
Playa Charco Verde
Playa Charco Verde is a natural bay with sand all year round. The bay is located a few kilometres south of Puerto Naos. If you love to snorkel this is the beach for you! To the right of the rock is an excellent spot for snorkelling, you will find the most beautiful fish here.
Volcano Museum near Fuencaliente
The volcano museum at Fuencaliente is not very extensive, but it leaves a huge impression. Children find it exciting anyway that there are volcanoes in the Canary Islands. In this museum there are some information boards about volcanoes, and movies are played. Especially outside a nice extra element has been added.
From the museum you walk along the crater. Without children it takes about half an hour. The time you need with children depends on age. Put on good shoes and bring water.
The water around this old pirate island is not only the habitat of many beautiful plants and fish. Dolphins, whales and turtles also swim around!
Bet kids want to see whales, dolphins and turtles as much as mom and dad ...?
You can book several boat trips in search of these beautiful animals that live near the coast of La Palma in the Atlantic Ocean.
Along the route through the farm you can walk in the shade of the banana plant. You will see a wide variety of fruit trees such as papayas, mangoes, custard apples, chayotas and passion fruit, as well as a wide variety of medicinal and ornamental plants that flavor the walk.
You will also meet our sheep, chickens, our donkey Pancho and other animals that contribute to fertilizing the crop.
The guides' comments and explanations complement the comfortable walk, showing how bananas grow in a simple yet rigorous and fun way.
Hiking on La Palma
Puntallana is the starting point of many hiking trails. The landscape here is beautifully green and densely covered with laurel forests.
Puntallana is a quiet village. This is the easternmost part of the island, which means that it has more hours of sunshine compared to Santa Cruz, for example, and has less cloud than the higher parts of the eastern side.
Do something unique? Then go paragliding for an afternoon.
Bird's eye view of La Palma is one of the most beautiful experiences you can have in the Canary Islands. The volcanic landscapes and the beauty of the coasts offer panoramic images full of contrasts that are emphasized when viewed from the air. It is therefore not surprising that all Canary Islands have a wide variety of spots for paragliding.
Various riding schools on La Palma offer horse riding tours through different areas. The tours take you along black lava beaches, forests and over the volcanoes of La Palma. Novice riders can get a horseback riding course at a riding school in El Paso.
Do you like challenges? Then La Palma is the perfect island for challenging and beautiful trips! Once you have braved the challenging steep slopes, you will be rewarded with magnificent views. In addition, you will find beautiful forest trails off-road surrounded by nature. The cycling tours through the Caldera area are very popular.
El Rincón de Moraga
Restaurant "El Rincón de Moraga" is located in the Argual area of Los Llanos. It is not without reason that this restaurant is in the Michelin Guide with excellent dishes. It is a restaurant that serves high-quality dishes. The restaurant has a beautiful interior and excellent service, but you don't have to go inside in a suit. They are open on Saturdays and Sundays and there is a new menu every 2 months.
Pino de la Virgin
Pino de la Virgin is a restaurant in Puntagorda on the north of the island. This restaurant has a cosy courtyard with beautiful flowers. At Pino de la Virgin you can enjoy delicious authentic Canarian dishes.
Kiosko Playa Los Guirres
Kiosko Playa Los Guirres is located in the west of the island at the eponymous beach. End your day at the beach with a delicious dinner at Kiosko Playa Los Guirres. From the terrace, you have a beautiful view and you look out over the bay. Here you will find the finest Spanish tapas and delicious fresh fish dishes.
Restaurant Cocomar is located in the village of Puerto Naos. A tiny restaurant on stilts with delicious dishes such as king prawns in chilli oil and brandy, rich salads with fresh fruit and walnuts. Cocomar is one of the hidden treasures on La Palma. Restaurant Cocomar has only six tables, therefore reservation is recommended.
Tasca Catalina is located in El Paso. Located on a mountain with beautiful views of the sea, this great restaurant offers you a wide variety of tapas. They have different types of tapas with fish, seafood, meat but also plenty of choice for vegetarians. In addition to the delicious tapas, they have the tastiest desserts here, so be sure to reserve a spot!
Restaurant El Sitio belongs to the Hotel Hacienda de Abajo which is located in the historic district of Tazacorte. The restaurant is located on an old estate that was originally a seventeenth-century sugar cane plantation. At El Sitio, you can enjoy the delicious traditional cuisine of the island. The seventeenth-century furnishings give you the impression that you are reliving the history there!
Santa Cruz de la Palma
The capital Santa Cruz de Palma has a rich history. This is a port city with a historic center. Besides a lot of history, there are also several shops, bars and restaurants. There is also a market on all days of the week (except Sunday). In the summer there are many performances in squares. Perfect to enjoy with your wine from your terrace.
Many experience the surroundings of Puntagorda as one of the most beautiful natural areas of La Palma. Here you will find beautiful viewpoints over the blue sea, many beautiful hiking trails and, last but not least, viewpoint "Montana Miraflores" with a phenomenal view over the mountains. Every weekend there is a market in the "Mercadillo" where the owners only sell local fruit and vegetables as well as herbs, wine, almond mousse and marmalades. Clothing, jewellery and ceramics are also sold here.
Los Llanos de Aridane
The pleasant city of Los Llanos de Aridane has a nice historic centre. The large square near the church is an important meeting place at night. Locals often gather here and there are a few terraces to be found. If you want to know even more about the culture and history, you should definitely visit the archaeological museum Benahoarita in Los Llanos. There are also many banana plantations around the place.
The former harbour town of San Andrés is located in the northeast of the island. San Andrés is, according to many, the nicest village on the island because you can still see the typical architecture of the Canary Islands. In the centre is the "Plaza de San Andrés", a square surrounded by large palm trees. You will find many nice terraces on this square!
Fuencaliente de la Palma
Fuencaliente de la Palma is located in the south of La Palma. In and around Fuencaliente there are many large and small volcanoes. When you are near Fuencaliente, it is definitely worth taking a look at the "Salinas Marinas de Fuencaliente", the salt pans. The salt pans create a special look because the white of the salt contrasts strongly with the black of the rocks in this rugged area.