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LA PALMA

from £925
A Canary Islands walking holiday based in La Palma. This green and beautiful island is further out into the Atlantic than Tenerife and Gomera.
  • Product Code 12790
  • Holiday Type Holidays With Two Grades Of Walking, Special Selection Hotels
  • Grade Grade 5, Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays La Palma (Canary Islands)

Take a walk on the wild side of La Palma with Ramblers Walking Holidays. Make your way through ancient green laurel forests and fragrant pine woods and climb above the tree line to discover a volcanic landscape like no other. Walk along the dramatic Ruta de Los Volcanes and ascend to over 6000ft to the Pico Bejenado rim to get a bird’s eye view down into the vast caldera.

La Palma is a green and beautiful island with a temperate climate and an impressive volcanic past. The National Park of Caldera de Taburiente offers wonderful walking in stunning surroundings. There are not just mountains and volcanoes here though; the northern part of the island is very fertile, and bananas particularly are grown extensively. Our walking programme reflects the wide variety of walks, including along parts of the long-distance GR (Gran Recorrido) footpath which takes us to the southern tip of the island with its lighthouse and salt-pans nature reserve, as well as along the dramatic Ruta de los Volcanes. Here we see at close range, evidence of volcanic activity over the centuries, and as recently as 1971 when Teneguia erupted.

We also visit the 15th century capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, with its picturesque streets, colourful architecture and waterfront cafes.


Holiday Highlights

  • Our programme reflects the wide variety of walks, including parts of the long-distance GR (Gran Recorrido) footpath.
  • Step through green laurel forests and fragrant pine woods and climb above the tree line to discover a volcanic landscape.
  • The National Park of Caldera de Taburiente offers walking in stunning surroundings.
  • The Caldera de Taburiente National Park.
  • The Ruta de los Volcanes – one of the truly memorable walks on the island.
  • Explore the 15th century capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Santa Cruz (La Palma) (Charter)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      Two walks, two leaders, two grades
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 5 and 6

  1. Day 1

    Arrive La Palma and then transfer by road to our hotel in Playa de los Cancajos.

  2. Day 2

    Both Groups.   Today we take a taxi ride to a tiny village called ‘Montes de Luna’, where we pick up a pathway which gently rises then falls as it contours its way around the south of the island to the town of Fuencaliente.  Here, we stop for coffee in one of the charming bars before continuing down to the San Antonio Volcano.  Here we watch an excellent short explanatory film in the Visitor Centre before venturing out on to rim of the volcano which formed in the 1600s.  It is now quite safe and the walk is protected by hand rails where needed. 

    Grade 5
    .   Our group looks down on even younger volcanoes (the youngest blew in 1971) before returning to the Visitor Centre.  After lunch, we have another short walk, and then visit the ‘Bodegas Teneguia’ for wine tasting with the joint owner ‘Diego’.    

    Grade 6.    After lunch, we continue down the island via some even younger volcanoes (the youngest blew in 1971) before reaching ‘Faro’ (lighthouse) where there is a small museum and a bar selling craft beers from the island

  3. Day 3

    Both Groups.   We take taxis to La Cumbrecita, which is set in an amazing position inside the caldera of the main volcano of the island. This spot is limited to only 20 vehicles per day (plus a few taxis in-and-out), so it feels really remote. From here we climb on a steep but safe zigzag track up onto the southern rim of the Taburiente caldera – the views are some of the best on the Island – and along the wide ridge to ‘El Rodeo’ pass. 

    Grade 5.   After reaching the pass, we turn south and descend on quiet tracks down to the valley, where there is a local bar for an end-of-walk drink before catching the bus back to the hotel.

    Grade 6.   From the pass, we climb another steep but safe zigzag track up onto the peak of Pico Bejenado: some say the 360 degree view from there is the best on the Island – you should be able to see the whole of the caldera rim and down to the west and south coasts! After lunch there, we descend on quiet tracks down to the valley, where there is a local bar for an end-of-walk drink before catching the bus back to the hotel.

  4. Day 4

    Both Groups.   Today we take a taxi ride up a long mountain road to around 1,800 metres above sea level, where we start our walks. Both groups hike (albeit at a different pace) up to the fabulously situated Pico de la Nieve and, from there, along the main island caldera to the subsidiary peaks of Piedra Llana and Pico de la Cruz.  This is a broad, but spectacular, ridge walk.

    Grade 5.   From Pico de la Cruz, we gently descend to the Mirador de los Andenes, where our taxis will pick us up to return to the hotel.

    Grade 6.   From Pico de la Cruz, we gently descend to the Mirador de los Andenes and then continue on a more ‘switchback’ ridge walk (with some steep drops but still a well formed path) to the highest point on the island – the Roque de los Muchachos. Taxi return.

  5. Day 5

    Free Day.  We have the chance to spend some time in the capital of La Palma, Santa Cruz.  It is only a 10 minute bus ride (or less than an hour’s walk along the footpath esplanade) and well worth visiting. La Palma has a fascinating colonial history (mainly Spanish and Portuguese) - with wonderful architecture reflecting this - and a long standing relationship with sea-farers as the starting point for voyages to the West Indies and, in particular, Cuba.  There are museums (some are free entry) and other attractions, not least the interesting shops, super cafes and artisan ice-cream parlours!

  6. Day 6

    Both Groups.   Today we get back to business with serious hikes along the ‘spine’ of the island. We take a taxi ride up the mountain road to ‘El Pinar’ pass at around 1,450 metres above sea level, where we start our walks. Both groups hike (albeit at a different pace) up on the spine.

    Grade 5.   From the pass, we start off on the GR path, then turn off and climb up our first peak - Birigoyo – where we have truly amazing views back north to the whole Taburiente caldera.  We may see the ‘Mar des nubes’ (sea of clouds) in the foreground, which we, hopefully, will be above by this stage!  We continue over the peak of Barquita and down to the ‘Hoyo Negro’ crater (it means black hole).  From there, we then climb up to Pico Nambroque (our main target for the day) before returning on the main GR footpath all the way back to El Pinar for our Taxi return.

    Grade 6From the pass, we stay on the GR path, bypassing the first few peaks and past the ‘Hoyo Negro’ crater until we reach the dramatic ‘Volcan de la Deseada’ – a spectacular volcano which is the highest on the spine. The (safe) climb up the rim is truly memorable and the 360 degree views awesome.  From there, we descend south (staying on the spine) to reach the ‘View of Views’ – looking south to the Volcan de St Martin and beyond (on a clear day) out to sea and the islands of Tenerife, El Hierro and La Gomera.  A steady descent to Fuencaliente completes this 18km classic walk to our Taxi return.

  7. Day 7

    Both Groups.   Our Taxis drop us off at the famous Biosphere reserves of Cubo de la Galga and Los Tilos.  The islanders are very proud of these two areas of La Palma – they are temperate rain forests (Laurasilva) and, as such, are very different to any other part of the island.

    Grade 5From the little Visitor Centre at Cubo de la Galga, we hike up a well formed track which reduces into a path and then enters the ‘jungle’ of rainforest, which is a sensory delight of birdsong and flowing water. We emerge at the Mirador de Somada Alta, giving us a view of the tree tops far below. From here we descend to the bus stop to catch the bus to Santa Cruz. 

    Grade 6.   From the large Visitor Centre at Los Tilos, we climb up a zigzag path in deep rain forest up to the Mirador de las Barandas for some great views out to the east coast and above the rainforest.  From here we cross another Barranco to reach the sleepy town of Barlovento, where there is a welcome café by the bus stop! 

    Both Groups.   After the two graded walks, we have a second walk optional add-on!  Those electing to do so have the chance to walk up the remote Barranco del Carmen to the ‘Lady of the Snows Sanctuary’ well above Santa Cruz.  This is a 16th century church set in a delightful courtyard with a lovely bar alongside.  We finish with a walk down the Barranco del Rio into Santa Cruz for our bus or Taxi return.  

  8. Day 8

    Travel by road to La Palma Airport for the return flights to the UK.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Santa Cruz (La Palma) (Charter)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 15 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport

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H10 Taburiente Playa, Los Cancajos

The four-star H10 Taburiente Playa has tennis courts, sauna, and swimming pools, and is just a 300m stroll from the public black sand beach with protection from the ocean. Buffet breakfasts and dinners offer an extensive choice of dishes. Or you can enjoy a drink in the Lobby Bar or the Tenegui Bar. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in communal areas and some rooms. A short bus ride can take you to the capital of the island, Santa Cruz de la Palma, 3 miles away.


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