Holiday La Palma Blog
Putting the Canary Islands on the Map
Posted on 4:35pm Saturday 20th Aug 2011
I remember ten years ago when we came to the Canary Islands looking for a place to live. Wow - all that exploring and seven islands to do it in. It wasn't long before we bought a map.
Now the funny thing about La Palma is that there really is only one main road which runs round the island. From that you might think you can easily manage without a road map. Well, in one way you can … because at least you are hardly likely to end up on the wrong island without noticing it! However, whilst it seems to simplify things with relatively few roads on the island, this does mean that it is important to be on the right road. Coming from the UK, we are so used to one road literally leading to another that we tend to keep on driving until we find a turning. Here, you might have to drive a long way before that becomes the case, or if you do find a side road, there is a good chance that after a couple of kilometers of tortuous driving, you’ll end up in a banana plantation or pine forest when actually you were heading for the beach.
The map that we chose soon became my trusty companion in that the main roads stood out really clearly from the side roads, donkey paths, walking paths and mountain bike paths. This, as I’m sure you’ll agree, is rather important in the popularity stakes when navigating!
In time though, we came to realize that whilst this was an excellent road map of La Palma, it wasn’t particularly good as a walking map so we invested in a second map. And then, when we became more avid walkers, it was time to buy yet another map of La Palma but an even smaller scale map particularly suitable for walkers. That really did show the walking routes in great detail and provided us with even greater enthusiasm.
So if you are coming on holiday to La Palma and you’ve already got your flights booked and accommodation sorted out then maybe it’s time to think about getting a map in advance especially as there are not so many places on that island that sell them. Don't forget that La Palma is not a tourist hot spot!