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La Palma’s Volcanic Trails

Through the heart of La Isla Bonita
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  About La Palma >At around 3 million years old, La Palma is one of the ‘youngest’ of the Canary Islands, but this does not mean that its landscapes are any the less dramatic or that its wildlife is any the less fascinating. In fact, it boasts the most diverse flora of the archipelago, including the dragon tree, an ancient palm with narrow leaves endemic to the Canary Islands. So enchanting is the scenery that La Palma is often referred to as La Isla Bonita (beautiful isle). This is complemented by incredibly clear skies, free of light pollution, that lend the island to star-gazing – an important observatory sits at one of the highest points. The two most striking features of the landscape are the barrancos (deep, dry ravines) and the Caldera de Taburiente, a 1.5-km-deep crater surrounded by mountains. There are distinctive African influences in the traditional cuisine, in which pork, goat, rabbit, chicken and fish, such as sea bream and sea bass, feature widely, often served with spicy mojo sauce.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking
  • dramatic landscapes
  • eclectic accommodation and creative cuisine
  • walk on Spain's youngest land

Steepest island on the planet, and most water-rich of all the Canary Islands, heart-shaped La Palma has managed to keep herself far below the radar of mass tourism, retaining her strong culture and traditions, and saving her breathtaking landscapes for those who are willing to put in the effort to uncover them.
Grass and trees were so abundant that they even covered the island's mountain top, and, in the summertime, the smell and fragrance of the flowers was so intense that at night it could be perceived three marine leagues away.
     
Fray Juan de Abreu y Galindo, 16th century
Your journey begins in the adolescent volcanic wilderness of La Palma's southern tip on land formed by the Teneguia eruption of 1971 where mineral-rich lava produces fine wines, and nights are emblazoned with sunsets and stars. Following an explosive time line, you travel north, crossing the extraordinary lava fields left by the eruption of San Juan in 1949, to the island's 'secret' capital of Los Llanos and the magnificent erosion crater of Caldera de Taburiente that lies at its heart. Leaving the drama of the west coast, you head east across the spine, taking in heart-squeezing panoramas across both sides of the island, to arrive at the Parador and its exuberant gardens. Your journey ends in the architecturally resplendent capital of Santa Cruz at a delightful boutique hotel from where you can explore the city's charismatic charms and South American vibe.

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Cloud cover comes and goes very quickly over the island, so days may start off cloudy then give way to sunshine, and vice versa. However, this rarely has much impact on temperatures.