Walk of the Week: La Palma
La Palma, known as 'the beautiful island', is the greenest and also one of the most unspoiled Canary Islands. Ideal for walking, expect beautiful vistas around every corner.
In a Nutshell
Distance: 77.5 km
Where is it?
La Palma is the most north-westerly of the Canary Islands and also the 5th largest in size. It’s located off the west coast of Africa, making it one of the most western outposts of Europe.
Why walk it?
La Palma is known as “La isla bonita” (the beautiful island) for a very good reason. A UNESCO biosphere reserve, this island is a walker’s paradise. In a relatively small area, you will encounter dramatic coast lines, lush laurel forests, volcanoes and stunning views in just about every direction. Its warm climate makes it ideal for a winter escape; it stays around 20 degrees even in December and January and is sure to give you an energy boost when you need it the most.
The greenest of the Canary Islands, tourism has yet to mark a mark on La Palma. Instead, the walker is treated to unspoiled beauty along superb walking trails. The ascents can be steep at times, but you will be duly rewarded; the views are simply stunning and at times, you can see as far as to Tenerife. A real highlight of this trip is ’Ruta de Los Volcanes’, a chain of volcanoes towards the south of the island. The walk takes you along these ancient volcano remains and promises even further great views. La Palma’s historic capital of Santa Cruz is a sight in itself, offering a warm atmosphere and beautiful town palaces built by Flemish merchants. A real highlight is the food, such as delicious seafood dishes and Spanish delicacies such as tapas. Of course, there is also wine to be had; local wine production is flourishing and you may spot some of the vineyards on your walks.
Planning your La Palma walk
As the summers get very hot, we usually recommended going between September and May. La Palma is best reached by flying to Santa Cruz airport, which is served by several charter companies from the UK and Europe. You can also fly indirect via Madrid or Tenerife.
For some more inspiration, why not have a look at our tours to the other Canary Islands?