Holidays to Los Cancajos take you to a relaxed seaside town in La Palma – here there are authentic tavernas, laid-back bars and volcanic sand beaches. Plus the capital Santa Cruz de La Palma is just 10 minutes up the road.
A laid-back Canarian
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.
Black sand beaches
The Blue Flag beach at Los Cancajos is actually made up of 3 black sand bays. There’s a boardwalk you can take all the way to the furthest one from town – it’s about a 10-minute walk, but out there it’s just you and sea. The one nearest town has the umbrellas and sunloungers. Right at the southern tip of the island, 30 minutes’ drive away, is Fuencaliente Beach – it’s a little secluded place, with a fish taverna and backed by a towering lighthouse.
Daytrips to Santa Cruz de La Palma
Buses to the capital Santa Cruz de La Palma leave every half-hour from the main road and only take 10 minutes. The old town has the 15th-century El Salvador church, with a Renaissance façade and Mudejar-style ceiling inside. There’s also a Naval Museum housed in a full-scale replica of the ship Columbus sailed to America on. Meanwhile, the chic bars and restaurants are on Calle O’Daly.