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 is included with all bookings for Tazacorte made with us. 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 it 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, paper/sweet shop with internet, 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
If you are staying in Tazacorte, then you can wander along and pre-book your place.
Learning Spanish in the Canary Islands
Fancy learning a bit of Spanish while you are on holiday on La Palma? Lourdes offers you the exciting opportunity to learn Spanish with her unique 'Active Spanish' methods - yes, learn Spanish the easy and fun way! Classes are informal and held in a natural and normal environment, whether it be the Plaza in Los Lllanos or a walk on the trails of La Palma. It's a great way to learn, entirely stress free and at your own pace plus you can select your subject whether it be to learn holiday Spanish or a more specific topic. Spanish lessons also available in Santa Cruz. Ask us for more details!
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. If you are booking on of our La Palma walking holidays, then we provide you with walking notes.
Your booking of accommodation at Tazacorte includes our 6-page guide with information on walks, restaurants, museums, amenities and those must do's around Tazacorte and the surrounding area. Click here for self-catering apartments at Tazacorte to rent.