With holidays to Las Manchas you get a picture-postcard setting with easy access to volcanic beaches and walking trails.
Las Manchas is a peaceful inland village on La Palma’s west side – it’s basically a collection of whitewashed buildings that trail prettily down a hillside. And talking of good looks, it couldn’t be better placed for spectacular views – from here you can gaze out over vineyards, lunar landscapes and the sparkling blue Atlantic Sea.
Las Manchas is inland, but you’re just over 10 minutes’ drive away from Puerto Naos, which has one of the sunniest beaches on the island. It comes with La Palma’s trademark black, volcanic sand, a Blue Flag rating and a scuba diving school. From Puerto Naos it’s an easy walk to the beach at La Bombilla, which has got a great fish restaurant and snorkel-friendly water.
A rural retreat
With just a handful of shops and restaurants in the village centre, Las Manchas is one of those places where you can really get away from it all. And a particularly restful spot is La Glorieta Park, just down the road. It’s got paths and benches made from colourful mosaics, and lovely little water features.
La Palma is famous for its hiking trails, and just 10 minutes’ drive away is El Paso, gateway to the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. This huge park is filled with walking paths that take you through ancient pine forests, past waterfalls and around the rim of the Caldera, a strange mountain ridge that looks like a crater. Elsewhere, the capital Santa Cruz de la Palma, about half-an-hour away, is a great place to see authentic Canarian houses.
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