Hiking to Nogales beach

La Palma

Nogales beach, the virgin beach of La Palma on foot

In the west coast of La Isla Bonita is located the most beautiful and unspoilt beach. It perfectly combines a beautiful trail, the green landscapes of the north, the deep Atlantic blue and black sands 

Elevation Gain: 150m   Distance: 1km
Time: 45min  Max altitude: 200m


Elevation Gain


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Max. Altitude


Sun / Shade

Sun shines in Nogales beach during the mornings and shade of the cliffs during the afternoon. 


When to go

Hiking to Nogales beach is possible all year round thanks to the climate that has the island. The weather in the island and particullary in the east coast during the autumn and winter is very humid and colder than the west. It rains often from september to march.


Drinking Water

In the parking lot there is a running water spot.
  • Difficulty 20% 20%
The difficulty of the route is easy. The way back going up all the stairs only takes 15min taking rests.
  • Exposure 20% 20%
There is no exposure in this route because though Nogales beach is surrounded by cliffs, the path is in very good conditions.

Walk to Nogales beach and cueva del Infierno


The trail to Nogales beach is a conditioned and safe path that goes down by the cliffs to the beach showing a very beautiful volcanic landscape. Though Nogales beach is not the best spot to enjoy swimming due to the currents the beauty and peaceful environment that you can feel in the wild and virgin beach.


Starting the hike to Nogales beach


The hike starts in the parking lot that is linked on the right side of this post. In this parking lot there is a fountain with drinkable water. From here there are stairs that go down to the beach. It takes about 10 min to go down and the path shows very beautiful views of the cliffs of the east coast of La Isla Bonita and the deep blue ocean.


Cueva del Infierno and the unspoiled Nogales beach



On the way to Nogales beach, there is a huge cave erosion by water with very beautiful colours. After passing this wonderful cave, Cueva del Infierno, the landscape there will surprise you for the deep green of the walls, the beauty of the black sands.


-Be careful with the weather conditions because it can change quickly and in an unexpected way, especially during winter. In case of bad weather conditions like winds up to 50km/h, fog, rain or other inclement weather do not hike around the area. It is very dangerous and floods may occur.

-In case of setting up a tent to avoid the camping areas and nearby without permission and notice that is illegal to set up a tent in Spain. If it is wanted to take the risk, set up the tent in a remote place at sunset and wake up early to avoid forest rangers. During summertime, there are more controls.

-Your safety is our concern but it is your responsibility. Hiking in nature requires a minimum of preparation and wearing warm clothes and proper boots always with us.


cueva del infierno-how to get


How to get to La Palma: Do you need to know how to get to La Isla Bonita? Check out our post about La Palma: Hiking in La Palma.

Public transportation: For arriving at the parking is needed to take the bus nº100 to the bus stop “Casa del Pollo” and walk on the road from the bus stop to the parking where the hike starts. It’s also possible  to do hitchhike from Puntallana to the beach. Once is visited the beach is possible to ask the drivers to take you again to Puntallana.

Where the hike starts: 28.757321, -17.735905 
Where the hike ends: 28.759096, -17.739474



Check out the weather for the following days in Puntallana.



The accommodation in the area of Puntallana is hard to find for those hikers with a low budget. Doing wild camping is not allowed and there are very few places where no one can see you. Doing bivouac at the beach can be dangerous due to rockfalls.  There are options for accommodation in the main village where there are apartments and Airbnbs. Get 25€ discount on your first Airbnb experience


Online Topo map: La Palma

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