La Palma

The quiet Canary

Of all the Canaries, La Palma sings the softest. Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura shout about what they’ve got, which means purring La Palma often gets overshadowed. But that’s where its appeal lies. This quiet island is far from the madding crowd, and you won’t find any of the tell-tale marks of mass tourism here.

Fuencaliente and Los Cancajos

La Palma’s main holiday resorts are low-rise numbers. In Fuencaliente, on the island’s south coast, you’ll find a splash of whitewashed houses, surrounded by pine forests and vineyards. Los Cancajos, on the east coast, is probably the island’s most built-up resort. It’s attracted the lion’s share of development because it’s fronted by a black sand beach. But, even here, hotels don’t get much taller than 3 storeys. And, just like in Fuencaliente, the manmade is quarantined by wide-open countryside.

National Parks and the Volcano Trail

La Palma’s trump card is its scenery. In 1983 the entire island was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. The Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente, in the centre of La Palma, is the island at its most unspoilt. This 46.9 square-kilometre nature reserve is a tapestry of pine forests, waterfalls, freshwater spring and walking trails. Elsewhere, the island is daubed with volcano-scapes. The volcano trail in the south will take you along volcanic rims and through gaping craters.

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Fuencaliente

Fuencaliente clings to the southern coast of La Palma, the smallest of the Canary Islands. The region takes in the villages of Las Indias and Los Canarios, and with just a scattering of bars and restaurants it makes for a peaceful holiday. You’ll find a landscape of whitewashed houses and pretty balconies, topped off with lots of hike-friendly volcanoes.

Los Cancajos

Los Cancajos is a peaceful seaside town on the east coast of La Palma, a tiny Spanish island in the Canaries. It’s a laid-back spot with friendly little tapas restaurants along the town’s main street and relaxed waterside restaurants on the promenade. When it comes to the beach, you’ve got a triple act of black sandy bays. In the distance there’s the dramatic Caldera de Taburiente mountain range, while just along the road you’ve got the capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma.

Puerto Naos

A few years ago, Puerto Naos, was a little-known fishing village on La Palma’s west coast – now it’s a favourite with holidaymakers. Part of the appeal is the relaxed, low-key vibe, with just enough shops, bars and restaurants to go round. Then there’s the fact that it comes with one of the best – and sunniest – beaches on the island. The sunsets are quite something, too.

Puerto Naos

A few years ago, Puerto Naos, was a little-known fishing village on La Palma’s west coast – now it’s a favourite with holidaymakers. Part of the appeal is the relaxed, low-key vibe, with just enough shops, bars and restaurants to go round. Then there’s the fact that it comes with one of the best – and sunniest – beaches on the island. The sunsets are quite something, too.

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