Hiking in La Palma
La Palma, unique winter hiking paradise
La Palma is the western island of the Canary Archipelago which is located in the Atlantic ocean, 150km far away from the Moroccan coast. This Canary Island is known as Isla Bonita, the beautiful island thanks to the green landscapes wrapped in a volcanic geology. All this makes the island unique in the world with untouched forests, coasts and volcanic scenes that you can discover walking the best trails of La Palma.
Hiking in La Palma is an experience that can’t be explained with words. The beauty of the island makes hiking the main attraction, keeping always the essence of it.
Best trails of La Palma
La Palma has a Footpath Network with almost 1000 km. It means that there are many routes that one can choose but the best hikes of La Palma are the ones that goes through Cumbre vieja and Teneguia, Cresteria and in the north east coast where the landscape is completely different and the green forests are unique in all the Canary islands.
-Volcanoes Trail: the most known trail in La Palma goes across the volcanic landscape of the south reaching the highest volcano, La Deseada.
-Los Tilos and Cubo de Galga: these 2 hikes are the most beautiful walks that goes though the greenest forests of the Canary Islands.
La Palma Walking trails
La Palma guide – Practical Information
How to get
From the islands of Gran Canaria, and Tenerife there are cheap flights every day. It’s often cheaper to fly to one of these islands and to fly or take a from there with CanaryFly, Binter, Fred Olsen or Naviera Armas.
Germany there are many cities that are connected with Easy Jet and Germania. From Spain, there are weekly connections with Iberia and Vueling.
Wild camping or bivouac in La Palma is regulated, as in other regions of Spain, by every town and rural municipality and it’s hard to know all the regulations but in general, is NOT allowed. Here we are not going to tell you where we stayed without being caught, we will post only the legal places to pitch your tent. There are two camping areas where having a permission is completely free to stay with your tent for a maximum of a week. It’s needed to follow the instructions of the official site.
During the GR131 there are few places where is possible to stay. Hostels, hotels and apartments are only found in Fuencaliente. In El Reventon pass there is a small building with no facilities where is possible to overnight. There is a mountain hut with running water and better conditions to overnight in Punta de Los Roques. In El Paso and in Caldera de Taburiente there are camping areas where is possible to stay for a maximum of 7 days taking a permission in advance.
Airbnb can be as well a good resource in those cases where there’s not a hostel or when you are a group of 3 or more. You can get 25€ off for your next trip! It can be hard to find a host in many places of La Palma using Couchsurfing due to lack of active hosts.
How to get around
Renting a car in La Palma can be a good option for travelling around the west coast if the costs are shared. Cars can be rented for less than 15 euros per day and petrol is really cheap (below 1€/l in 2018).
Public transport in La Palma island connects the main villages but rarely offers good connections with hikes. The prices of the buses are very cheap, Google Maps works perfectly with the public transport option and shows the fastest way to go and schedule, it’s better to check it out in Google Maps than in the Bus company site.
What to see and do
Tourists that visit La Palma are usually hikers due to the main attraction in La Palma is to hike and explore the island on foot. The landscape that it offers is rare to see due to the volcanic origin and the wet climate that has this beautiful island. It’s particularly beautiful to visit the city of Santa Cruz de la Palma, los Cancajos, Fuencaliente lighthouse…
Astronomically, La Isla Bonita is considered one of the best places to observe the cosmos.
Weather in La Palma
When to go
Dangers and tips
It is recommended to follow the tips that the official site gives about hiking in La Palma. Notice that it is important to check out before going to hike, the conditions of the trails that are updated every day.
Protect your skin from the sun, all year round. Know when you will be able to refill your reservoir and carry enough water, more during summer when temperatures can reach 40ºC. Avoid hiking during the midday.
There’s no danger of being attacked by animals. Only jellyfishes can hurt you while swimming especially during winter. Several beaches have very strong currents.
Be aware of the weather conditions while hiking and driving, heavy rain causes flash floods in the steep valleys and rockfalls may occur.