With two different accommodatons from which to enjoy the walking routes, all walks are self-guided with full walking notes and map provided so that you get the best out of your holiday on La Palma.
Day 1 - Arrival
The first day of your holiday is usually about settling in and enjoying the sights. What better way to do it than to explore the historic capital of Santa Cruz! This beautiful city is filled with historic mansions, plazas, balconies flowing with flowers, cobbled streets and of course the good nature of friendly locals! If you have time, you can take a walk up to the Pilgrimage church of Las Nieves or bask on the beach.
Day 2 - La Galga and San Andres
Starting at Cubo de La Galga, one of the best examples of a laurel forest in the Canary Islands. Walking along a path through the gorge, listen to the birds and enjoy the host of giant ferns, laurels and even mahogany trees. If you wish, you can include a mirador (look-out point) in your circular walk. Then enjoy an easy descent past old Canarian houses back to your car. Walk: 3.5 hrs 9km Looking for lunch? Then head off to San Andres - the prettiest village on the island. In the village square, you can sample food from the local restaurants. From here take a very pleasant stroll along the sea front to the beach of Puerto Espindola and the Charco Azul sea pool - you can swim at either :) What a great way to end the day!
Day 3 - Barlovento to Franceses GR130
Route GR130 Camino Real – 10.8 km – 5 hours Your walk begins at Barlovento from where you walk through the small settlement of La Tosca with its dragon trees, one of the largest concentrations in the Canaries. Now on the impressive coastal path with stunning sea views all the way and with several ravines to traverse, caves and the village of Gallegos are reached. From here, the route leads down into the Mexican ravine and up to Franceses village with its wooden-roof dwellings.
Day 4 - Circular Walk or La Zarza cultural day with walk
Option 1: Circular walk from accommodation – Walk: 5.5 hrs Traversing a spectacular ravine with fantastic sea views all the way to the remote village of El Tablado, the path then heads upward into La Palma's greenland emerging at a traditional restaurant. Option 2: Walk: 3.5hrs. Starting at La Zarza museum and exhibition centre, where you can take a short circular walk to see the pre-Hispanic rock engravings. From here the route passes through woodland and by natural springs arriving at the same traditional restaurant as the first walk option. From here, the route heads downhill back to your accommodation.
Day 5 - Roque de Muchachos
Beginning your journey to the next accommodation, this is a great opportunity to take a detour to Roque de Muchachos, the highest point of the island at 2426m above sea level. As you approach the top, observatories are passed nearby, glinting white in the sunlight. Starting the walk directly from the Roque de Muchachos, the route follows the GR131 El Baston with breath-taking views all the way. On a clear day, you can see the whole of the south of the La Palma plus Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro.
Day 6 - Caldera de Taburiente
This walk takes you right into the heart of the island – the Caldera de Taburiente. Starting at the Barranco de Angustias (Ravine of Fear), shuttle transport takes you up to Las Brecitos where your walk begins. From here, the path heads down into the ravine, the high walls of which are more reminiscent of the Rockies of Colorado! During the walk, you might be lucky enough to see the Dos Aguas waterfall which flows with orange and red water carrying the colours of the minerals within the rock.
Day 7 - Volcano Route
Route GR131 – 16.5km - 6.5 hrs This stunning walk takes you from the pine woods in the centre of the island at 1500 metres above sea level right along the southern spine of La Palma on what is the GR131 El Bastón (Walking Stick). With great views of both the east and west of La Palma, the path heads upwards to the Hoyo Negro crater and then a punctuation of craters as the walk continues along the cinder path, once well-used by the local muleteers. The final destination of Los Canarios town is reached and a chance to enjoy local wine, goat cheese or traditional almond biscuits.