Holiday La Palma Blog
Posted on 5:31pm Sunday 5th May 2013
Through reading our blogs on La Palma, I hope by now that you have an idea where I'm coming from - or at least I hope you soon will. To give you a few clues (well, the relevant ones anyway), I'm passionate about La Palma - its majestic beauty, its tranquillity, its quirkiness and its amazing ability to surprise. And that's probably why I'm also passionate about finding you guys cheap travel to the Canaries and doing everything I can to encourage you to come and see this great island yourself.
Let me start with flights to Santa Cruz de La Palma, airport code SPC. I was reading a Tenerife forum thread recently in which a poster asked, 'Is it possible to get direct flights to La Palma?' Ooh, this is going to be great, I thought. This is a chance for somebody to enlighten the poster about the direct flights from Gatwick and Manchester to the island. Yes, you guessed it but I have to admit I really was dumbfounded when the reply came, 'No, you can't get direct flights, you'll have to fly via Tenerife or go by ferry.'
All in all, we like to think we know a bit about travelling from the UK to the western islands of Tenerife, La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma in particular, so don't hesitate to ask for advice or information. That also extends to finding accommodation on the Canary Islands - watch out for our hotel and apartment reviews coming soon.
Posted on 9:28am Friday 19th Apr 2013
When we were looking for a house to buy on La Palma, directions to properties for sale were usually convoluted and confusing. 'Turn left at the palm tree just before the bus stop and after the little road with a post box on the corner' or 'right after the second bend opposite a donkey track where there's usually an old man sitting on a rock.' With so many palm trees and even more bends we had many car journeys that were rather longer than necessary. And of course if you stop to ask anyone the way, the reply always begins with a long intake of breath followed by ...'well ... turn around ....'
1 Santa Cruz de La Palma (Roundabout by harbour)
3.2 Road up to Roque de Muchachos
7.2 Bar/Restaurante Julio
8 First tunnel
15 La Galga
19 Church of San Juan and GR130 nearby
22 Los Sauces
28 Road to Piscinas de La Fajana (natural swimming pools)
45 Old village road to Franceses
46.5 New village road to Franceses
54 Roque Faro and El Reyes restaurant
55 Road to village of El Tablado
58 La Mata Restaurant
58.5 Road to Don Pedro
58.9 La Zarza Archaeological Park and walk
59.9 San Antonio Restaurant
59.9 Petrol Station
60.9 Llano Negro – supermarket
64.1 El Bailedero Restaurant
64.2 Road to Roque de Muchachos
64.3 Hoya Grande
68.2 Las Briestas Restaurant
70.1 Road to Restaurant Azul
74.1 Junction to Las Tricias
80.5 Mirador Garome
81.7 Helipad and Bodega
83 Bar/restaurant Muralla
93.5 El Time Restaurant and Mirador
99.2 Turn off to Tazacorte
100 After the 100km mark, the LP1 ends and joins the LP 2. Turn left for Los Llanos and right for Tazacorte.
Posted on 5:22pm Saturday 23rd Mar 2013
From time to time, we are asked if it is possible to have an island hopping holiday in the Canary Islands, travelling by plane or ferry in between each one. It's a lovely idea and what a wonderful journey that would be. Unfortunately, it's not quite that easy because the islands are not in a close cluster as one might imagine. If travelling from, for example, the airport in El Hierro in the south west of the Canaries to the airport in Lanzarote in the north east, the distance is approximately 430 miles. But at least, every single one of the islands has its own ferry port and airport - in fact, Tenerife has two airports!
So with options of both flights and ferries, it really is worth doing a little exhaustive checking to find not just the right method of transport on the right day but also the right price.
However, if the direct flights to La Palma don't quite suit you then it might be well worth considering travelling via Tenerife - especially as Naviera Armas ferries are offering tickets between Los Cristianos in the south of Tenerife and La Palma for just 16€ each way. Very handy for the south international airport of Reina Sofia and a bit of a cruise thrown in!