If the island of La Palma is one of Europe's best kept secrets, then Tazacorte is probably a secret even better kept. Although it is the smallest municipality on the island at only 12km², it still manages to include most of the elements that any holiday-maker could ever wish for - beaches, walks, shops, culture and last but far from least some mighty fine restaurants! Oh, and some great holiday apartments to rent too.
The following is an abridged version of our own 6-page guide to Tazacorte which we include with all bookings for Tazacorte made with us here at Holiday La Palma. But we didn't want to leave you out so please do enjoy the read and photos!
How did Tazacorte get its name?
So how does this little place pack such a punch? Well, it helps that it is divided into two very different (but close) parts, namely the town (El Pueblo de Tazacorte) and the port (El Puerto de Tazacorte). The Puerto de Tazacorte is further divided into two parts, the marina and a small beach resort.
The Puerto de Tazacorte - self-catering holiday apartments and beach resort
The beach resort of Tazacorte and the marina are approximately 500m from each other with a broad and flat esplanade linking the two which makes it perfect for a daytime or evening stroll.
The little beach resort itself is made up of a leafy boulevard with a few street cafes and where a selection of excellent self-catering holiday apartments are located. A few moments away is the sandy beach which is a real haven for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing on the black sand which retains its heat even on a cooler day. (Handy tip: if you have small children, make sure they stay near the breakwater end as there can sometimes be sudden large waves). Along the promenade and overlooking the beach are a group of excellent open-air restaurants which are popular with tourists enjoying a long and lazy lunch and with business-people alike. The speciality is of course fresh fish but the salads, goat's cheese, papas arrugados (wrinkly potatoes) are also something to write home about. Not forgetting the excellent La Palma wine.
Close by you will also find a small selection of shops which include a mini-market, chemist, beachwear shop, gift shop, ice-cream shop and a couple of café/bars. Although not a large resort by any means, it is possible to arrive at the beach resort and never leave for the entire week of your holiday! Check out the Tazacorte apartments here.
The Puerto de Tazacorte - marina
Walking on La Palma
Tazacorte is a great base for walking too as this is where the GR131 El Baston begins/ends and the GR130 Camino Real trekking trail is just 1km away. It is a great location for the Caldera de Taburiente, La Cumbrecita and the Volcano Route. When you book with Holiday La Palma, we provide you with walking notes for some of the main walks in the area such as the Caldera de Taburiente, Volcano route, La Cumbrecita and the GR130 Camino Real.