Holidays to El Paso take you to the heart of La Palma, for traditional Canarian cuisine and hikes along a volcanic crater.
Location wise, El Paso has struck gold. The town sits in the middle of La Palma between two natural parks. The one to the north is home to a dramatic mountain range, while the southbound one is filled with volcanoes - and between them they offer up fantastic hikes and knockout views. As well as that, some of the island’s best beaches, and the capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, are all within easy reach.
El Paso may be inland but there’s a choice of beaches all within 25 minutes’ drive. The nearest ones are at Puerto de Tazacorte and Puerto Naos, a Blue Flag stretch with a scuba diving school. Then there’s Los Cancajos on the west coast, which comes with a trio of Blue Flag bays – and down in the south, you’ve got lots of little out-of-the-way coves around Fuencaliente.
Caldera de Taburiente National Park
El Paso hugs the southern ridge of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. This place is a hiker’s dream, with footpaths taking walkers past streams and waterfalls into enchanted forests, and around the rim of the Caldera, a crater-like expanse that runs for miles. You’ll get one of the best views down into it from the nearby La Cumbrecita observation point.
Daytrips to Santa Cruz de la Palma
You can be in the capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, in half an hour. The northern end of Calle Real showcases some lovely old Canarian houses with brightly painted wooden balconies, while it’s worth a peep inside the Iglesia de El Salvador for its intricately patterned ceiling. There’s also a maritime museum housed in a replica ship, and a mix of crafts and boutique shops.
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