Here, volcanic craters and eruption sites take on a lush, green beauty as vegetation explodes into life in the tropical climate. From wide-ranging rainforests and hidden mountain waterfalls, to scenic woodlands and desert-like stretches, you’ll find every kind of landscape available here for you to take enjoyment in. With a coastline as beautiful as its inner landscapes, you won’t have to limit yourself to landlubber activities either. So, whether you want to hit the road in the mountains, trek through the jungle, climb a volcanic peak or discover your own outdoor adventure, a La Palma holiday certainly isn’t short on outdoor exploration activities.
Almost as soon as you step off the plane and onto the island of La Palma, you feel the urge to run straight for the shoreline. This could be because the smell and sound of the sea surrounds you no matter where you are here or because the extraordinarily lush climate seems to beg for you to lap up its sunny rays and work on your tan. Either way, you’ll be spoilt for choice as La Palma is home to a positive horde of fabulous sandy stretches. One thing you’ll notice that makes these island lounge spots a little different from the postcard stereotype of a beach vacation is that the sands here are entirely blackas a resultof the island’s volcanic origins.
Most people will be busy looking downon incredible sights from hill, mountain and even tree tops when they first begin their exploration of La Palma and it isn’t hard to understand why. The 360-degree views that you can experience every step of your island journey here are enough to make your head spin with their almost surreal beauty. But if you only look down, you’ll be missing out on some of the island’s most fabulous scenes. Sunrises, sunsets and stars are the real beauties you should keep your eyes peeled for. With impressively low light pollution levels, the island is one of the best spots in the world to indulge in some stargazing as even without specialist equipment, you’ll be able to see the skies blaze with the twinkling of thousands of stars that you might not be able to see back home.
Charco Azul is a natural tidal pool located in La Palma’s El Hierro district and is a must for avid adventurers, keen swimmers and photographers. Whilst the pool is completely natural (with a few necessary additions for safety of course), you could be mistaken for thinking it was man made. The swirling quality of its carved edges and the stunning contrast of its azure waters with the onyx-like volcanic rock it’s made from, make it look like a stunning piece of interactive artwork. The best time to visit this attraction is either at sunrise or sunset when the scenes are particularly beautiful and the water is at its most refreshing.
One of the island’s most spectacular attractions, the The Caldera de Taburiente National Park (Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente) contains the largest volcanic crater in the world, which stretches almost five miles across and has depths of more than 2000 metres. Previously this site was assumed to be the result of a volcanic explosion but is actually the remains of an eroded volcano which collapsed in on itself. Visitors should get their skates on to visit the park though as the erosion which crumbled the volcano continues to eat its way across the area, with geologists predicting a total loss of the park in years to come. More than just a crater, here you’ll be able to watch the blanket of clouds slowly spill like candyfloss over the lip of the mountain and see the wilderness of the island come to life.
Being the geological origin points of the island, it’s unsurprising that volcanoes feature heavily on La Palma’s fabulous activity itineraries. A crowning gem in those action-packed itineraries is the Ruta de losVolcanes (Route of Volcanoes). This is a fantastic trekking opportunity, which explores the region’s more temperamental peaks on a five-hour long journey of stunning scenery and challenging climbs. The walkway which makes up the route has been carefully safeguarded, signposted and conditioned to provide walkers with the very best experience. With a bit of luck, you’ll be able to spot dome of the island’s indigenous wildlife such as lizards, geckos and more.
From May to December, visitors will be able to experience the best weather in La Palma as rainfall will be minimal and the sun will be out in full force. However, given its tropical nature, you could choose to visit at slightly quieter times during the winter from November to March and still enjoy temperatures over 19 degrees.
If you hold a British Citizen passport or an EU National passport, you don’t need a visa to enter Spain and are visa exempt for 90 days. For the latest information on travel regulations, visit https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements.
The currency is the Euro (EUR).
The language spoken is Spanish.