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La Palma's Volcanic Trails

Through the heart of La Isla Bonita
 

Explore La Palma – most South American of all the Canary Islands – as you walk self-guided, with luggage transported, through its dramatic landscapes. Enjoy the architectural splendour of its capital, the volcanic craters and expansive lava fields at its southern tip, and the heart-squeezing beauty of the Caldera de Taburiente.

La Palma's Volcanic Trails. 7 nights
La Palma's Volcanic Trails. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on La Palma

Steepest island on the planet, and most water-rich of all the Canary Islands, heart-shaped La Palma has managed to keep herself 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.
This journey of discovery begins in the capital of Santa Cruz de La Palma where colonial balconies spill bougainvillea cascades above the boutiques and pavement cafés that line the streets, so redolent of Havana.
Flower-lined lanes and pine-clad mountains lead to the southern tip where the volcanic debris of the Teneguía eruption provides stark contrast to the powder pink of its salt pans and the blazing gold of its nightly sunsets. Through lava fields and pine forest, you traverse the centre of the island to reach your final destination of Los Llanos de Aridane, set on the cusp of the magnificent Caldera de Taburiente which provides the dramatic finale to your journey. From its architecturally resplendent capital, through the adolescent volcanic wilderness of its southern tip, to its magnificent caldera centre, two million years of La Palma’s existence accompanies the paths that lead from coast to coast and into its wild heart.
 

La Palma

In light of the recent volcanic activity on the island, we will not be accepting bookings for La Palma until we have fully assessed the situation.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. It's up to you whether you follow our suggested routes for non-itinerant days or simply relax at your hotel.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

    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.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 16 16 17 17 19 21 23 24 23 22 19 17
    mm 78 64 49 31 12 5 1 3 16 49 84 86
  • Arrival in Santa Cruz de La Palma
    Night 1: at San Telmo hotel (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of walks from Santa Cruz: 2.5km or 7.5km
    Choose from two short – and very different – walks, or simply combine them for the best of both worlds.

    Circular walk via Los Molinos: 7.5km, 3hrs
    Follow a ridge trail that links a series of 19th-century water mills to reach the Barranco de Las Nieves and the Santuario de Las Nieves, home to the iconic Patron Saint of the island.

    Town Trail – Santa Cruz de La Palma: 2.5km, 1-2hrs
    A delightful blend of colonial architecture and South American culture, centuries-old traditions and contemporary artistic style flourish in this unassuming capital. Our town trail highlights the best bits and recommends places to enjoy a barraquito coffee and the pick of the town's burgeoning gastronomic scene.
    Circular walk via Los Molinos: 7.5km
    Explore Santa Cruz on our town trail
  • Santa Cruz to Los Quemados: 18.5km, 6.5hrs
    After a taxi transfer to the traditional town of Vila de Mazo, you follow country lanes lined with attractive hedgerows of wild flowers, and with panoramic views across the east coast, before climbing into the tranquil pine forest. Traversing high above the island’s southern tip, you descend into the small hamlet of Los Quemados, set amid volcanic vineyards alongside Volcán de San Antonio, where your next two nights are spent at the inviting Las Casitas Rojas apartments.
    Santa Cruz to Los Quemados: 18.5km
    The volcanic path above Fuencaliente
  • Circular walk via Volcán de San Antonio: 14km, 5hrs; shorter option: 5.5km, 2.5hrs
    You can choose how you want to tackle this route, which takes you from the doorstep of your accommodation via the Volcán de San Antonio Visitor Centre to the Fuencaliente salt pans and lighthouse on Spain's youngest land, formed during the Teneguía eruption of 1971. Whichever version of the route you opt for, there's a lovely restaurant overlooking the salt pans which provides the perfect lunch spot.

    Our recommended approach begins by passing the Visitor Centre before descending along a little-used track to reach the salt flats, lighthouse and restaurant at a good time for lunch. You return to Los Quemados along the well-known Ruta de Los Volcanes, which tends to be much quieter in the afternoons.

    The second, shorter option is to head straight down to the lighthouse following the Ruta de Los Volcanes. Pause for lunch before catching a bus (pay locally) back to the Visitor Centre, from where you return to your accommodation on foot.
    Circular walk via Volcán de San Antonio: 14km
    Volcán de San Antonio
  • Los Quemados to Los Llanos de Aridane: 12km, 4.5hrs
    A taxi transfer takes you to Jedey on the west coast, from where you begin your steady ascent to the interior of the island. Country lane becomes rocky path and then pine forest track as you finally level out to traverse the black obsidian lava fields of San Juan. Over a vast wasteland of volcanic picón, your route morphs to flower-filled meadows before arriving at the Caldera de Taburiente Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the magnificent crater, the largest of its kind – and which will whet your appetite for the sublime walking to come – before catching a bus (pay locally) into Los Llanos de Aridane to spend your last three nights at the welcoming Hotel Benahoare.
    Los Quemados to Los Llanos: 12km
    The route from Los Quemados to Los Llanos de Aridane
  • Choice of walks from Los Llanos: 6km to 14.5km
    Los Llanos is poised on the cusp of the Caldera de Taburiente, and is known as La Palma's 'secret capital' with its cobbled streets, pavement cafés and leafy plazas. We offer three enticing walking options for your final two days.

    Caldera de Taburiente: 12.5km, 5hrs
    This is arguably the most spectacular walk on La Palma, and one of the finest in the whole Canaries archipelago. After taking a taxi into the caldera and then a shared taxi to Mirador de Los Brecitos, you begin your descent into one of the world's largest erosion craters through fragrant pine forest, while surrounded by jagged peaks rising 1,000 metres from the valley floor. Reaching the so-called 'Playa de Taburiente' where a stream runs through the valley, you descend below the emblematic Roque Idafe, detouring to the ‘rainbow waterfall’, Cascada de Colores, before following the ravine back to the car park and taking a taxi home. (Note, taxi journeys are not included – pay locally.)

    Puerto de Tazacorte: 6km, 2hrs
    After a week of challenging walking, you may wish to reward yourself with this easy route from the door of your hotel, taking you through a pretty town park and then alongside extensive covered banana plantations to reach the traditional town of Tazacorte. Walking through its old quarter, where you might like to stop for a coffee while enjoying coastal views, you then descend to the small, black-sand beach and port of Puerto de Tazacorte where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the beachside restaurants before catching the bus (pay locally) back to Los Llanos.
     
    Pico Bejenado: 14.5km, 6hrs
    For those who want to experience one more spectacular walk on La Palma, Pico Bejenado is the most wondrous of the peaks that surround Caldera de Taburiente. Eroded to 500 metres on all sides, it stands in glorious isolation and provides a truly breathtaking 360-degree panorama over the caldera on one side and the Valle de Aridane on the other – a fitting reward for a challenging, unremitting climb.
    Caldera de Taburiente: 12.5km
    In the Caldera de Taburiente
    Puerto de Tazacorte: 6km
    Pico Bejenado: 14.5km
 

Accommodation

You stay in a delightful mix of accommodation (all with wi-fi).
 

Extend your stay

What's included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    2 picnics
    7 breakfasts
  • luggage transported
  • route notes and maps
  • transfers on Days 2 & 4
  • return flights between Tenerife North and La Palma
  • taxi between La Palma airport and first/last hotels
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least taking tests before and after your holiday for many destinations.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
    Safety measures being taken by hoteliers & others >
    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi and Lizzie to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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