A Guide to Puntallana, Isla de La Palma
The village of Puntallana, or San Juan de Puntallana, lies just off the LP1 main road 10km north from the capital of Santa Cruz. In times gone by, Puntallana was a large producer of wheat and was known as the granero – the granary - of the island.
For guests booking a rural houses through us, we provide an extended version of this guide.
The village of Puntallana has excellent amenities and everything is close at hand being clustered around the main plaza.
Amenities: Spar supermarket, Post office, various bars, hardware store, bank, health centre and a Saturday market.
Places of interest in Puntallana and nearby
Playa Nogales (beach): A long stretch of sandy beach which is accessed by 400 steps. At one time, turtles would come here to lay their eggs.
Casa Lujan: A beautiful Colonial manor house built in the 19th century, used as a town hall and school until the 80's. It now houses an ethnographic museum and handicrafts centre.
La Fuentiña (water source): Quite different to the tranquil water source in the town of Puntallana, this was used as the laundry for the villagers. A row of stone basins line up by a natural spring ready for the washer-women to do their chores and catch up on news.
La Galga mirador (look out point) for astronomy
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Puerto Espindola – a large sandy beach partly protected by the harbour of Espindola.
Charco Azul – a lovely sea pool of clear water with fountain. It is also possible to get in the sea when calm.
Santa Cruz de La Palma - two different beaches, one being La Playa Bajamar 1km north of Santa Cruz and the other being the main town beach which runs the length of the capital.
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Cubo de Galga: A mainly circular walk along the base of a deep and narrow gorge and then upwards through a natural forest of ancient laurel trees. The laurel tree is a specific type of tree which has survived from the tertiary period when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The laurel tree is very scarce and only found in certain parts of the world – the ones on La Palma are therefore very important.
Los Tilos – the original UNESCO heritage site before the whole island was granted this accolade. It is one of the biggest Laurisilva forests in the Canary Islands. There are several walks possible including:-
The Los Tilos Visitor centre to Barlovento
The Marcos y Cordero springs which take you through 13 hand-dug water tunnels.
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The full version of our guide to Puntallana is available on booking with us here at Holiday la Palma.