Walking and Hiking on la Isla de La Palma, Canary Islands
Please do visit our Holiday La Palma shop for maps and guidebooks.
La Palma is a great island for those who even slightly enjoy active holidays - getting out and about to enjoy the nature and beauty that surrounds us. La Palma has never been an island to set about attracting mass tourism and this has paid dividends as the island is largely unspoilt with some of the most dramatic and varied scenery in the world.
Due to its history and being a mountainous island, there are numerous donkey paths and walking routes on La Palma which criss-cross each other and connect hidden hamlets, villages and towns. This is after all how shepherds with their goats, muleteers with their laden mules and islanders in general travelled from one place to another. In many places on La Palma, roads are still something of a novelty!
In recent years, the island government has invested huge resources in clearing and maintaining these many paths and tracks on the island so that they are suitable and safe for walkers. These routes are now clearly marked with either signposts or blazes as approved by the ERA (European Ramblers Association) and the FEDME (Federación Española de Deportes de Montaña y Escalada).
The walking routes are graded and marked as follows:
SL (Sendero Local) Local walking footpaths (less than 10km long)
PR (Pequeño Recorrido) or Short distance walking footpaths (the trail can be walked from end to end in one day). La Palma has 19 principal and 23 secondary PR's footpaths.
GR (Gran Recorrido) or Long distance walking footpaths (take more than a day to walk). There are just two long distance trekking routes on La Palma, the GR 130 (El Camino Real - The Royal Way or Ruta la Costa - Coastal Route) and GR 131 (El Bastón - walking stick).
The GR 130, or El Camino Real, goes right around the island and takes around eight days to walk in its entirety - although you might choose to walk just certain sections of it or to break it up into smaller sections and make it part of a two-week walking holiday.The most dramatic part of the GR130 is across the coast of the north of La Palma where the views are exceptional and peace and tranquility can be guaranteed.
Apart from being able to help with accommodation around La Palma for trekking the GR130 route, we are happy to help with any queries on route information as well. For rural houses near the GR130 route, we suggest La Casita, Casa Lourdes, Casa Maria.
The GR 131 walking route is in a walking stick shape in the centre of the island and takes three or four days to walk. It goes from sea level at Tazacorte in the west, up around the ridge of the Caldera, the Roque de Muchachos at 2426 metres above sea level, down to El Pilar, along the volcano route to Fuencaliente and finally the lighthouse at sea level in the extreme south. It is particularly challenging because you will need to camp and take all your supplies with you.
Self-guided walks on La Palma
If you would like a walking holiday on La Palma, please contact us. We offer self-guided luggage transported walking holidays and two-centre walking holidays. Both walking holidays include parts of the GR 130. For information on the GR 131, there is no accommodaton along the way apart from at the start and end and one campsite, El Pilar, along the way. However, we are happy to help with any queries you may have.
Guided walks on La Palma
Natour is a well-reknowned company on La Palma who offer ten different walks all led by competent and qualified guides. If you would like a holiday with guided walks, please contact us and we will be happy to arrange it.
We wish you a wonderful holiday on La Palma and hope to see you at Finca Franceses!
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Adri and Hans, Dutch - 'Our holiday was truly amazing, La Palma is an incredibly beautiful island.'