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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

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    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, 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 1800m to the Pico Bejenado rim for 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. Apart from mountains and volcanoes here; 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 the dramatic Ruta de los Volcanes. Here we see up close evidence of volcanic activity over the centuries, and as recently as 1971 when Teneguia last erupted.

We also visit the 15th century capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, with its picturesque streets, colourful architecture and waterfront cafés. This is just a 10 minute bus ride north from our hotel, which is situated in the district of Los Cancajos. We use taxis and the reliable local bus services to get all around the island on our walks.


Holiday Highlights

  • Discover a wide variety of walks, including parts of the long-distance GR (Gran Recorrido) footpath.
  • Enjoy the flexibility of two grades of walking to choose from.
  • Step through green laurel forests and fragrant pine woods and climb above the tree line to discover a volcanic landscape.
  • Explore the National Park of Caldera de Taburiente which offers walking in stunning surroundings well above the clouds.
  • Walk 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
Please select Departure Date to view:

Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

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 to 7

    During our time in La Palma there is a wealth of walking to be undertaken. So much in fact it is impossible to tell you all the options. Below is a selection of walks to give you a taste of what you can expect.

    San Antonio Volcano
    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’. 10km, Ascent/Descent 350m, 3.5hrs   
    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.  14km, Ascent 150m, Decent 850m, 4hrs.

    Ruta de los Volcanes
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    oth 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. 11.5km, Ascent/Descent 700m, 5hrs.
    Grade 6. From 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 are 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. 18km, Ascent 700m, Descent 1400m, 5.5hrs

     Laurisilva Forest
    Both Groups. From a drop-off point at 1200m, we enter woodland in a micro-climate with birds and butterflies before reaching our main viewpoint at just under 1500m. Continuing on forest tracks we reach El Pilar leisure area with a Visitor Centre showing a video about La Palma.
    Grade 5. Having reached El Pilar on a shorter route, we can maintain a slower pace down to our pick-up point near El Paso, seeing a wide variety of terrain and interesting features. Distance: 10.5 km 6.6 miles Ascent: 281m Descent: 750m.
    Grade 6. The longer route to El Pilar will still allow time for the video, and the group has plenty of time to descend gradually on the same terrain as Grade 5 to El Paso. Distance: 12 km 7.5 miles Ascent: 450m Descent: 850m.

    Calderas, Cols and Peaks
    Both Groups. Reaching our destination at La Cumbrecita, 1300m, we immediately have a viewpoint into the massive Caldera de Taburiente. We ascend on a zig-zag track through woodland to the first of two cols, where we have more views down to valleys. Ascending more gradually to the second col at El Rodeo, the groups diverge from here.
    Grade 5. Descending on a good track to the valley below, we have constant views towards our objective at El Paso, and to the mountain features beyond it.
    8.4km, 5.3 miles Ascent: 462m Descent: 916m.
    Grade 6. Ascending from El Rodeo col, we summit Pico Bejenado 1840m on a popular and well-worn track. With good weather, we can join other trekkers and have lunch, enjoying 3600 uninterrupted views. Descending after lunch, we follow Grade 5’s route down to El Paso and join them in a visit to a popular bar.

    Highest Point and Observatories.
    Both Groups. This is a spectacular walk, but needs reasonable weather to enjoy it at its utmost. From our start point at 1900m, we soon reach the largest caldera rim for a drinks stop. We then follow slightly below the ridge of the rim with impressive and ever-changing views.
    Grade 5. Enjoying the panoramic terrain on both sides, we gradually move along the rim with a series of peaks until we arrive at our destination and the bus collection point.
    Distance: 8.5km, 5.3 miles Ascent: 650m Descent: 289m.
    Grade 6. We go further than Grade 5 and drop down slightly into the caldera before summiting the highest point on the island at 2426m, surrounded by radio and observational telescopes of various types.
    Both groups will spend time on the summit before returning to the hotel.

     Rest day
    During our time in La Palma we will have a free which can easily be spent exploring Santa Cruz or why not ask your leader about a walk they suggest to do on your own.

  3. Day 8

    It has come time to say good by the to 'La Isla Bonita' as we take our transfer back to La Palma Airport for our return flights back 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
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

H10 Taburiente Playa, Los Cancajos

Our centre for this tour is the small seaside village of Los Cancajos. Close to the famous black sandy beaches, this area was once dominated by the salt pan industry, but now it’s a well located tourist resort with all amenities available. There are beautiful views back to the interior of the island, also over to the historic capital Santa Cruz de La Palma and often it is possible to see Spain’s highest mountain, Teide, on the island of Tenerife. It is just five minutes by bus to the bustling capital where there are colonial buildings with tall wooden doors and colourful flower-laden balconies, along with shops selling local produce from the island. Whale watching and astronomy excursions are available from Los Cancajos, and these are often taken on a free day. After a full days walk, in the evenings when our extensive buffet dinner has finished, a relaxing stroll along the coastal path and a drink in a local bar make the perfect end to the day.

Home is 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. 


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