With holidays to Todoque you get lazy evenings, scenic walks and trips to the capital.
A peaceful haven
Todoque keeps a pretty low profile on the west side of La Palma. Everything about this inland village is small scale – from the clutch of shops, bars and restaurants to its cute little church. And frankly that’s the appeal. Not that you’re cut off here, what with the nearby beaches and one of the island’s biggest tourist draws – the National Park – just up the road.
Todoque is just a short drive from some great west-coast beaches, like Blue Flag Puerto Naos and surfer’s favourite Puerta Nueva – both less than 20 minutes away. And for a change of scene you could be over at the other side of the island in just over half an hour – Los Cancajos is a popular choice with its trio of sheltered bays and calm, swimmer-friendly water.
From Todoque, you’re well placed to pick up on one of the footpaths that cover the island. The routes are clearly marked and colour coded – green means the walk is less than 10 kilometres. If you can go the distance, though, there’s the dramatic mountain range to explore in the nearby Caldera de Taburiente National Park.
Daytrips to the capital and beyond
The capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, is just 40 minutes’ drive away. A walk along the waterfront promenade takes you past traditional Canarian houses and into the maritime museum, while the central Plaza de Espana has lots of Renaissance-style buildings and the Iglesia de El Salvador. From here, it’s about 15 minutes’ drive to the Cave of Belmaco, just outside Mazo, where you can see Stone Age rock engravings left by the island’s former inhabitants.
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