Isla de La Palma Travel Guide

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    Waterfall in the Caldera de Taburiente
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Isla de La Palma Things to Do

  • Caldera de Taburiente hike

    The Caldera de Taburiente is one of the biggest erosion craters in the world.They say you have not seen La Palma until you did this hike. The hike is about 6-8 hours, depending on how much time you take to enjoy the views and the side-tracks that you can make.Starting point: From Los Llanos, follow the signs "Parque Nacional Caldera Taburiente" to...

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  • Cascada Colorada in the Caldera de...

    In the famous enormous erosion crater Caldera de Taburiente on La Palma, there is a very colorful waterfall, the Cascada Colorada. The Cascada Colorada is located in the Barranco de Ribanseras del Castro. The hike described in my "Caldera de Taburiente hike"-tip passes the Cascada Colorada as well. You need to walk upstream the small river "Rio...

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  • See the Observatorio del Roque de los...

    The sky here is very good to see the stars, so several countries constructed here many large telescopes. The sky is beeing observed, investigation is done and there are several recent discoveries.

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Isla de La Palma Restaurants

  • Recommended by our taxi driver in Santa...

    La Balandra lovely settings dark interior with lovely wood. Served lots of seafood. We had paella and for a good paella you have to wait at least 15 to 30 minutes. It was worth the waiting. Look at the photos to see what I mean The spanish couple at the table next to ours had king prawns for starters and fish as main course and they obviously also...

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  • Eating with a sea view

    We eat a very good fresh grilled fish at the restaurant with the blue roof. I don't remember the name, but i like it. Several kinds of fresh grilled fish.

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  • Eat good by the sea

    Very good food in a special environment. Just by the sea. The local "Papas arrugadas" (Small, locally grown, potatoes cooked in their skins in water rich in sea salt) and "Mojo verde" (A sauce made of, among other things, green peppers, garlic and spices) was the surprise for me. But there are many other typical things: Lots of bananas(Platanos),...

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Isla de La Palma Nightlife

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    by acilina Written Aug 19, 2005

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    Almost every night we enjoyed a good show. The first was folclore group from La Palma.
    The others were "The Beatles", music from the 70's, "the Suprems", and so on.
    Dancing was also an very good option between shows.

    Dress Code: Nothing special. To feel good is the more important.

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Isla de La Palma Transportation

  • Bus Connections

    La palma does have a good bus network for getting around the island. Due to slow windy roads though its not always the quickest way to get somehere but can make for an interesting journey. Unfotunately no bus service goes to Roque de los Muchachos - you need to have a car or use an organized excursuon.See web link for pdf of bustimetables.Maximum...

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  • Transportes Insular Buses

    Public Transport on the island of La Palma is available in the form of buses. The local bus company connects most towns with at least a few buses per day. With the downloaded timetables (see URL) at hand, I found the buses a very convenient, useful and cheap means of transport. Along the route, there are a few official bus stops, but any safe place...

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  • Car Hire

    Car hire is readily available on the island and by far the best way to get around and explore off the beaten path places. Many hire shops in the tourist areas or arranged from your hotel. WE had a car for 4 days and toured all over the island -= doing all the trips and more at our own pace. With petrol for days car hire (small car) it worked out...

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Isla de La Palma Shopping

  • by maxomaxo Written Jan 8, 2004

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    What to buy: Some La Palma Food i've had:

    Goat Cheese 'ahumado.' Young, soft goat cheese, cold smoked. Great with bread any time of day.

    Goat Meat: if you like lamb, you'll like goat as well.

    Malvasia wine: really expensive stuff!

    Mojo Rojo/Verde: Red or Green Sauce. Made with peppers and more monochrome veg.

    Papas aragudas: Small potatoes boiled in very salty water. Result: the skin gets wrinkled and crusty with salt. Nice.

    Platanos: Local bananas. Hard to miss. Small but very nice and sweet. Very different from the Latin American bananas at home. And in Spanish, they're called Platanos and not Bananos!

    Ron Miel: Honey Rum. Utterly utterly sweet and disgusting.

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Isla de La Palma Local Customs

  • Platanos

    Platanos is bananas. We see an intensive culture of them in all island. Large kilometers of bananas plantations. They are exported while still very green.

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  • Making the "puros"

    Making the "puros" cigars like in Cuba. The tabaco plant was brought from there and as the clime is similar, they grow well, so it's natural to see a men making by hand the large cigars in a street of Santa Cruz de La Palma. I read that those cigars was the prefered by Churchill.

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  • THE CARNIVAL

    tenerife has probably de 3ýmost known carnival of the world afetr brazil and venice, but you sudnt lose la palma carnival.there is a special date, in which everybody dress in the 19th century style, mostly white clothes, as it was the "indianos" (people who emigrated to latinoamerica) costume. take care and buy a couple of talcum powder packs, coz...

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Isla de La Palma Warnings and Dangers

  • Be aware when calling overseas!!

    Spanish phones are very, very expensive when calling overseas. After spending in phone booths a lot of Euros, i learnt my lesson! A friend gave me a number that he uses and he gets much cheaper rates. I call through this number which is 902 99 53 01, from any land line or phone booth, and all i pay is just 4 cents a minute at nights and wekends, or...

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  • Hiking in the Caldera de Taburiente

    Before you plan to walk in the Caldera de Taburiente, the famous and huge erosion crater on La Palma, it is wise to pay a visit to the visitors center close to El Paso first.They can inform you about the conditions of the paths and about the weather. In case of rain, or even days after rain, some tracks may be dangerous and closed.In our case, the...

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  • Changes in Weather

    Obvious to some but don't assume because you leave in bright sunshine and warm weather the conditions will be the same in the centre of the island. The weather can differ enormously and change greatly during the day outside the hotest couple of months.So ensure if going walking you go kitted with clothes for all weather conditions regardless of the...

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Isla de La Palma Tourist Traps

  • The sunny west side

    In all the brochures and all the west side is known as the sunny side of La Palma, and yes it does receive way more sun than the east side. So the tourist and all will think, nice sun, sand see, very cool. But what the brochures won't tell is that swimming on the west side will be extremely hard, cause the Atlantic will throw it's waves with great...

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  • Prices in restaurants

    La Palma can be cheap, with meals and drinks for under 10euro's, but this deffenetly doesn't go for the few resort towns and other sea side atractions.There you could end up looking at a menu and see fish for 7euo's, not bad at all you think. But the price is ONLY for the fish, the fries, rice salad, or whatever you get with it comes seperate on...

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Isla de La Palma What to Pack

  • Hiking equipment

    High hiking shoes and walking sticks. La Palma is a very steep island!Take a (light weight) jacket on your hikes, it gets cold in the mountains. A rain poncho or rain jacket is also a good thing to take on your hikes.

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  • hiking shoes

    hiking shoessweater: nights can be cold, especially in the mountainsbikini: to relax on the black beaches sunburn lotion and after sun lotion as much as you can take, because almost everything you see is worth a photograph.

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  • Hiking Gear

    If you're going for a hike on the La Palma island, don't forget to take a warm jack with you. Up on the mountains, but also around El Paso, it can get pretty cold and windy, and you'll be glad to have a warm jack.If you're doing the Volcano Route, wear shoes that close; because of all the loose sand.Carry plenty of water with you! When the sun...

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Isla de La Palma Off The Beaten Path

  • Windmills

    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.

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  • Dragon Trees

    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...

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  • Los Tricas

    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.

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Isla de La Palma Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking on the La Palma island

    Hiking is the thing to do on La Palma.You've got wonderful nature, great trails and paths, amazing landscapes, height, variety, good infrastructure, good route descriptions, great views, everything. It's just spectacular. The humid north/east side of the island with its forests, the Caldera with its lush nature, the Volcanoes and their badlands in...

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  • Surfing

    La Palma is the western most island of the canaries, so the waves will always hit here first when they come from the north atlantic. Most people surf at the beach of Playa Nueva, and if you ask anybody where is there surf, they will point you to this beach, This can mean that this really is the only beach, or that they want to protect there real...

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  • Hikers paradise

    La Palma is a paradise for hikers. There are many trails, from short few hour ones to day long hikes. All the hikes are pretty well signposted, so you won't get lost too easy, and as it is a small island, you will end up somewhere always anyways.There are also companies that offer group hikes, but if you are a bit experienced, it is the best to do...

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Isla de La Palma Favorites

  • Puerto Tazacorte

    Tazacorte is a sleepy beach town with a lovely beach area. Really hot when we visited. Nice cafes to sit in behind the beach and promenade area, a real chill out unspoilt place. A playground was being refurbishesd during our visit so that was a little bit of an eyesore but still this would definitely be a favoutite place to catch the rays in a...

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  • Puerto Naos

    Puerto Naxos is another developed beach resort, this time on the sunnier west side of the island. Often the most sunniest place to be - just not so when we visited. Good promenade lined with beach bar cafes and shops on the pavement side. Big hotels and many apartments and souvenir shops. Not my choice of resort, bit too touristic for my liking but...

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  • El Paso

    El Paso is the largest council area on the island and is the only one which does not have a coast. Its virtually in hte centre of La Palma Island. Its a pretty colourful town with its houses, churches, open air arena for festivals and silk museum. Also good for shopping with a large superstore. There is a good tourist office here with plenty of...

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