From the parking place near the restaurant and the visitor centre of los Tiles we walked and climbed down in the barranco. The walls of the barranco are steep and green. There is hardly any sunlight in the narrow barranco. The only thing you can see is a small stripe of sky far above your head. The atmosphere of this place is rather mysterious.
Most of the walls of the barranco are totally covered with giant ferns. It was a very impressing experience to walk under these huge plants.
The north east of La Palma is the area with deep barrancos. Because of the highest rainfall of the island the area is very green.
East of Las Sauces you can go inland to Los Tilos, the scenic and unique area with laurel and fern forests. This area is a World Heritage Site since 1985.
At the end of the road, where you can park your car, is an restaurant and the visitor centre de los Tiles with a lot of explanations about the flora and fauna in the area.
Opening hours of the centre are from 8.30 am till 5 pm.
From here you can start your short or long walks. We were very happy with our very useful Sunflower walkingguide.
You haven't seen La Palma, if you haven't been in the Caldera de Taburiente.
The first days we had allready views into the caldera from the sea and from several viewpoints at the edge.
We waited till a day with a very blue sky and not any cloud hanging at the edge of the caldera. From los Llanos we took the small road to the north.
At the kiosk of the National Park we took the steep, narrow and unpaved road, winding down to the bottom of the Barranco de las Angustias. Down there we parked our car at a parking place.
There are several walking routes of around 10 KM in the caldera. Most start in Los Brecitos, where you can go only with a 4 wheel drive. There are jeep taxis, but we didn't see any.
We decided to stay down in the barranco and to walk up in the direction of the Cascada Colorada.
The walk at the bottom of the caldera was breathtaking. We didn't see hardly any fellow walkers. We followed the stream up.
It's very important to know that the weather conditions are good. A few years before some people are drowned, because suddenly a lot of water came down after heavy rainfalls.
At some narrow parts we had to climb the rocks to follow our way up or to search the path a little up the slope. From this path the views at the stream down were amazing.
The most of the time of our walk up and down the Barranco de las Angustias was rather easy, allthough the area looks rather rough.
We just jumped from one side of the stream to the other side to find the most easy way.
We really enjoyed our walk of a few hours in the tranquility of the caldera with only the noise of the streaming water.
We visited La Palma in October. That was a good time for this walk, because it was not too hot.
The most striking of the Barranco del Agua is the missing of water. We walked mostly at the dry boulders and rocks down in the barranco. But everywhere in the barranco we heard the streaming water, besides and above our heads.
Narrow canals lead the precious water from higher parts down to the valley and villages.
There is also an electricity powerstation in this valley, offering 10 % of the electricity of the island.
The Pirate Bay is a naturally eroded 'hall' in the cliffs near Tijarafe on the west coast of the La Palma island.
Using simple building materials, locals have built their little weekend homes there, with running water!
To get there (and back), it takes quite a long but nice hike from Tijarafe. You'll be rewarded with a visit to a unique setting that could feature in any old adventure movie.
The turqoise sea water really invites for a swim, and if you're there round 2 in the afternoon, you'll have full sunlight!
The Rother hiking guide for La Palma describes the route to the Pirate Bay in tour nr 16.
The National Park Caldera de Taburiente, is a protected area of Spain and there are many wonderful viewpoints of it on La Palma. A broad easy path, 20 minute from the car park at 'La Cumbrecita', goes to the viewing point 'Mirador Lomos de La Chozas'. Here there are wonderful views down into the Caldera de Taburiente - one of my favoutite spots on the island. To get here its a lovely drive up an excellent mountain road through the pine forest - but make sure you stop at the El Paso information centre first and get a ticket - its free to use the road but numbers going up aare restricted due to space at the top. In busy periods you may have to wait your turn - your ticket number will be called in the centre. Fortunately we didn't have to wait - just had to return to get our ticket - as many others did! There were no signs on the road that tickets are needed.
In the North East of La Palma are several small charming villages by the plantations. San Andrés is just one of such villages. Cobbled street leads steeply down to the coastk in the village square at the end of a days sightseing and watch the sunset.
On the north west side of the island its more rural and ideal for scenic village hikes along old paths.
Las Tricas is the departure point for walks taking in the old village cottages and flora. Whilst we didn't walk here we enjoyed the vistas and a coffee in the large open square.
The Dragon Trees - Dracaena Draco is a member of the Agave family with leathery green leaves, white flowers and bright orange seedpods. The sap is red - the so called "dragons blood". Many examples can be seen on La Palma and an easily accessible one can be seen close to the road just before entering Puntagorda from the South. There is a small parking area which we happily pulled into - it was one of those pleasant discoveries on a road tour. A few steps and a short path lead up from the roadside so you can get a better view. The view across the countrside was lovely too.
The towards Puntagorga and Barvolento from the south is full of intersting surprises - a real scenic route - from old derelict winmills to caves in the rocky barrancoes. We spent a lot of time stopping and enjoying the surprise finds on our journey.
well, actually not a shower, but after climbing one of the rocky mountain paths of the "caldera de taburiente" national park, probably u will fancy to refresh yourself, and u can take advantage of some of this lttle cascades