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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.
 
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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.
  • 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
    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.
    Explore little-known Santa Cruz
  • Vila de Mazo 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.
    Villa de Mazo to Los Quemados - Volcanic path above Fuencaliente
  • Circular walk via Volcán de San Antonio: 14.5km, 5.5hrs
    From the doorstep of your accommodation, you can choose how you want to tackle this route, which takes you from 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.

    You can join other walkers on the Ruta de los Volcanes which descends to the southern tip of the island before catching a bus (pay locally) back to the Visitor Centre and then returning to your accommodation on foot. Alternatively, we provide a less well-trodden route to the tip, beginning with the Visitor Centre and then getting a bus back (pay locally) to Las Indias or Los Canarios for a short walk back to your accommodation. Or you could choose to do the full circuit on foot, returning along the Ruta de los Volcanes.

    Whichever option you follow, there's a lovely restaurant overlooking the salt pans of Fuencaliente which provides the perfect lunch spot.
     
    Around San Antonio volcano
  • Los Quemados to Los Llanos de Aridane: 12.5km, 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.
    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, 6.5hrs
    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.
    Puerto de Tazacorte - Tazacorte town
 

Accommodation

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

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September - 19 December 2019 & 02 January - 31 May 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 30 September £895 £270
    1 - 31 October £930 £275
    1 - 30 November £895 £270
    1 - 12 December £875 £265
    2 - 31 January £895 £270
    1 February - 17 April £930 £275
    18 April - 24 May £875 £265
    3rd & 4th person discount -£90
    Single traveller supplement £90

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Included travel: return domestic flight between Tenerife North and La Palma and the direct taxi transfer between La Palma airport and the first and final hotel.

    No double rooms available at Hotel San Telmo and Hotel Benahoare

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Hotel San Telmo (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 19 Dec 2019 £60 £95
    02 Jan - 31 May 2020 £60 £95
    Benahoare Hotel (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 19 Dec 2019 £58 £92
    02 Jan - 31 May 2020 £58 £92
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Tenerife South, Tenerife North, La Palma (direct flights to La Palma infrequent, travel via Tenerife recommended)

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair 
    Belfast Intl. - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - La Palma easyJet,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - La Palma (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Heathrow - Tenerife Los Rodeos (North) Iberia 
    Heathrow - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - La Palma TUI 
    Manchester - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Tenerife Reina Sofia (South) TUI 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  you may need to fly to an airport not listed. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

  • Prices below are based on 2 people travelling together. If you are travelling solo or as a party of 3 or more and our arrangements include a taxi, please contact us for prices; additional passengers often pay less.

    If purchasing outward connecting travel through Inntravel, the homeward travel is at no extra cost.

    Connecting travel options - flying via La Palma

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    direct taxi La Palma airport to hotel (0h15) deduct £49 flexible
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to La Palma airport (0h15) deduct £49 flexible

    Connecting travel options - flying via Tenerife North

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    Binter flight Tenerife North to La Palma (0h30), direct taxi La Palma airport to hotel (0h15) included 1800
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    direct taxi hotel to La Palma airport (1h), Binter flight La Palma to Tenerife North (0h30) included 1200

    Connecting travel options - flying via Tenerife South

    Outward route Price per person Latest flight
    arrival time
    bus or taxi Tenerife South to Tenerife North (1h, pay locally), Binter flight Tenerife North to La Palma (1h check in + 0h30 flight), direct taxi La Palma airport to hotel (0h15) included 1600
    Homeward route Price per person Earliest flight
    departure time
    taxi hotel to La Palma airport (0h45 + 1h flight check-in), Binter flight La Palma to Tenerife North (0h30), bus or taxi Tenerife North to Tenerife South (1h, pay locally) included 1400
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 from 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.
  • 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 airlines and routes from the UK. 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 and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 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 to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted 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.
  • 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 buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • 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 travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). 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 can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (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.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) 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.
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