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Ruta de los Volcanes (Volcano Route)

Ruta de los Volcanes

Ruta de los Volcanes

Ruta de los Volcanes (Volcano Route) — located between the central and southern regions of the island of La Palma, the Ruta of the Volcanoes has great natural trekking and because of this it was originally an important communication route between the island’s regions. This pathway, conditioned and signposted, goes through the municipalities of El Paso, Mazo and Fuencaliente within Cumbre Vieja National Park. With little vegetation and demanding inclines, remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear and take enough food and water for a five hour hike.

 

At 17.5 km. long, the itinerary of the Volcano Route has a rise of 1,207 meters. Its natural route varies between an altitude of 725 meters in Fuencaliente and 1,932 meters maximum at the summit. The way is along paths, forest tracks and roads. The trek allows one to contemplate the island’s two aspects and with a bit of luck, native animal species such as the rook and kestrel. Hiking outfits that organize excursions through this part of the island include: www.macsadventure.com; www.natour-lapalma.com; www.oasislapalma.com; www.ramblersholidays.co.uk; http://viajestanausu.es

 


Roque de los Muchachos Observatory

Observatorio Roque de los Muchachos

Observatorio Roque de los Muchachos

Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (Cuesta de San José, San Antonio 38712, Breña Baja) — his international collection of telescopes is situated over 2,400 m above sea-level, near the highest of the peaks surrounding the Caldera de Taburiente – an extinct volcano that is now a national park. The observatory is dedicated to astronomical observations, and the Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes (ING) is the largest organization working at the site.

 

The observatory covers an area of about 2 sq km and is reached by a winding 40 km mountain road from the town of Santa Cruz de La Palma. The site was chosen after an extensive search for a location with clear, dark skies all the year round. All tests proved that the Roque is one of the best astronomical sites in the world. The remoteness of the island and its lack of urban development ensure that the night sky at the observatory is free from artificial light pollution. The continued quality of the night is protected by law. The mountain-top site has a remarkably stable atmosphere, owing to the local topography. The mountain has a smooth convex contour facing the prevailing northerly wind and the air-flow is comparatively undisturbed, allowing sharp and stable images of the night sky. The site is clear of cloud for 90 per cent of the time in the summer months.

 

Visits that include an overview of the observatory will also allow visitors to see the interior of one of the professional telescopes at the Observatory such as: Gran Telescopio de Canarias, William Herschel Telescope, Telescopio Nazionale Galileo. Admission: €9 per person. Hours: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Visits must be booked in advance via email or phone: adminorm@iac.es or +34 922 425 700.

 


Rallye La Palma Isla Bonita

Rallye La Palma Isla Bonita

Rallye La Palma Isla Bonita

Rallye La Palma Isla Bonita (auto race) – this event brings a little of the Monaco Grand Prix spirit to La Palma island. Held every November, this is an auto race involving revved-up versions of cars such as Mitsubishi, Renault, Ford, Volkswagen, and Citroen (as opposed to Formula 1 cars typically seen in Monaco).

 

Such class of cars would bring to mind the NASCAR events in America – except that this auto race goes through various parts of the island (as opposed to a fixed race track). Since this race goes through the island’s diverse terrain, an element of challenge faces its drivers. For those interested in attending this event, see the following website: www.escuderialapalmaislabonita.es

 

Puerto Naos (beach)

Puerto Naos (playa)

Puerto Naos (playa)

Puerto Naos (beach) – Puerto Naos is the biggest beach on the island of La Palma (located 55 minutes, or 38 km south-west of Santa Cruz). Well-known for the high quality of its services it has been flying a blue flag since 2007, making it one of the most important beaches on La Palma. It is also meeting point for paragliding enthusiasts as it is an ideal spot for practicing this aerial sport during a beach holiday.

 

La Palma’s most famous black sand beach and ideal for sunbathing, Get an alternative view by snorkeling over its stunning reefs or soar over the beach with a parasail. The beach front walkway has plenty of bars and restaurants and a hotel right by the sand.

 

Puerto de Tazacorte Beach

Playa Puerto de Tazacorte

Playa Puerto de Tazacorte

Puerto de Tazacorte Beach – located about an hour (37 km) west of Santa Cruz, this is considered one of the best beaches on the island. Made of black volcanic sand and fit for a bath practically during the whole year, it is ideal to spend a quiet day by the sea. It is surrounded by a remarkable sportive port, a sea promenade and several restaurants where fresh fish is served as the star dish.

Playa de Nogales (beach)

Playa de Nogales (playa)

Playa de Nogales (playa)

Playa de Nogales (beach) – located 30 minutes (14 km) north of Santa Cruz, Nogales Beach, one of the best in La Palma, exemplifies what this beautiful island has to offer: mountains, trails, lava, ocean and lush green landscapes. Located in the northern town of Puntallana, its black volcanic sand, with shades of blue and grey, its spectacular cliffs and the mighty Atlantic have put it on the map; not only for surfers and naturists but also for lovers of solitude, beautiful views and nature trails. If, in addition, you happen to visit when the waters are calm, the possibility of being able to take a wonderful dip makes this a place almost without equal in La Palma.

Mountain Biking

Ciclismo de montaña

Ciclismo de montaña

Mountain Biking (Cumbre Vieja) — just a few kilometers but well maximized, this route goes along forest tracks. This volcano route made for mountain biking starts at the recreational area in the Pilar shelter, toward the south central part of La Palma island. This is the start of a circular tour on tracks of volcanic sand which approaches Cumbre Vieja on both sides. You will more than likely be able to see how the sea of clouds form on its slopes, a sight to behold in this natural park which divides the southern half of the island.
The route starts on the western face of Cumbre Vieja, which has a gentler outline, which allows the cyclist to warm up while contemplating the sea on one side and the volcanic cones majestically lined up on the other. This is a great opportunity to take a photo before returning, this time along the eastern side of the slope, where the contour is tougher and a 14 km. climb is in store. No doubt, mountain biking is one of the highlights of eco-tourism in La Palma island.

Maroparque

Maroparque

Maroparque

Maroparque (La Cuesta 28, Breña Alta) — Maroparque is situated in the municipality of Brena Alta, specifically on the west of the “El Galeon” ravine. It’s a habitat for over 300 species of exotic animals, some of them endangered, spread over 7,000 square meters. The park is surrounded by lush vegetation, mostly native species. A wide variety of animals find refuge in this natural landscape: exotic species such as crocodiles, snakes, turtles, alligators, iguanas, monkeys, deer, porcupines, kangaroos, fish from La Palma … and birds of prey, plus parrots, ostriches, cranes, toucans, etc.

 

 

This fantastic natural environment and rural landscape is not to be missed. It has magnificent views of the sea and mountains, and a panoramic view of Santa Cruz de La Palma. Here you can enjoy nature immersed in a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. Admission: €8.50 (free for children under 3 years). Hours: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm (weekdays), 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (weekends). See its website for more info: http://maroparque.es

 

Los Tilos Forest

Bosque de Los Tilos

Bosque de Los Tilos

Los Tilos Forest — this forest is located in the northeast of La Palma near Los Sauces, 24km from the capital Santa Cruz. The forest has its own visitors’ center, which has themed rooms, videos and a cafeteria. In terms of exploring the forest there are some excellent self-guided walks to choose from, two of which are particularly good. One is 2.5 km long, and takes you around the heart of the forest, while the other climbs up 1,000 metres until you reach the springs of Marcos and Cordero.

 

Why do visitors come to Los Tilos? Because it’s been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, along with the fact that Los Tilos is one of the world’s last laurisilva forests – dense, peaceful, and full of giant ferns and the broad-leaved laurel trees that covered the planet millions of years ago.

 

Los Indianos Festival (carnival)

Festival de Los Indianos (carnaval)

Festival de Los Indianos (carnaval)

Los Indianos Festival (carnival) – this event is one of the festivities celebrated every February as part of the overall Carnival festivities that take place throughout the Canary Islands. At this time of the year, thousands of locals dress head to toe in white and hit the streets to throw talcum powder at one another for hours on end. The name Los Indianos refers to the Canarian migrants who searched for a better quality of life in Latin America in the 19th century and were warmly greeted upon their return to La Palma. The throwing of the talcum powder symbolizes the disinfectant powder which was sprinkled on the travelers to avoid spreading disease.