It’s often said that the natural world of La Palma is one of contrasts. And so it is. Cliffs, mountains, waterfalls, volcanoes, deep ravines, dragon trees, lush laurel forests, and one of the largest volcanic calderas in the world. The Isla Bonita (the ‘Beautiful Island’) is the greenest of the Canary Islands, and after the most recent eruption in 2021, a small part of its territory has become the youngest in Spain.Every corner of the island seems to conceal a new paradise waiting to be discovered. And best of all, there are a thousand ways to enjoy these landscapes: hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving, paragliding, and more. So don’t forget your boots and your swimming things, and get ready to enjoy some great experiences on the island.
1,000 kilometres of hiking trails
On your visit to La Palma you will find a perfectly signposted network of paths with different levels of difficulty to cover the island from the coast to the summit. Ready for a walk? You can walk alongside volcanoes or take the coastal path that borders the island. Take a look at this page for full information on each path. What’s more, here you’ll find which are the 16 most popular routes.
By buggy, quad bike, bicycle - there are lots of other ways to explore the island
If cycling is your thing then you will love covering some of the conditioned routes that cross through landscapes of pine forests and volcanoes. Other unusual fun experiences to be enjoyed are a buggy or 4x4 quad bike ride across volcanic lava flows and through tunnels of laurisilva.And the most intrepid can venture into the bowels of the Earth, descending lava tubes or into caves with an expert speleologist guide.
Ideas for enjoying the sea.
The beach isn’t just about swimming. If you’re looking for a different kind of activity, sign up for one of the whale watching boat trips that leave from Tazacorte - you can spot turtles and flying fish as well as whales.Some more suggestions? How about exploring the coast around Fuencaliente by canoe, or going scuba diving at different island locations such as Los Cancajos, Tazacorte and Puerto Naos. Volcanic eruptions have created a fascinating undersea world of arches, towers and caves. Download your scuba diving guide here.
Paragliding over the island
Did you know that La Palma is one of the places in the world with the most days that are perfect for paragliding? Ask at any tourist office on the island about the many paragliding sites, and get ready for a bird's eye view of the landscape!
Camp out in the heart of a national park
Being able to camp in the middle of the Caldera de Taburiente is like a dream come true. Sleep under one of the most spectacular skies in the world for stargazing, and wake up in the wild, with the sound of rushing streams in your ears; the campsite is located on the platform that lies between Roque de la Brevera Macha, Roque Salvaje and the river Taburiente. Check out this page for more information on updates, permits, possible suspension of activities, etc.
The tranquillity of rural tourism
If you want to discover the very essence of the island, and put the cherry on top of your sustainable holiday cake, the best idea is to totally immerse yourself in rural destinations with bags of charm, many of which you’ll find in the north. A few examples: La Tosca, a tiny little village that stands in the middle of a forest of dragon trees; Puntagorda and Las Tricias, where the almond blossom provides a stunning spectacle; El Tablado, lying between the two largest ravines on the island; San Andrés, with its centuries old casonas (country houses); Santo Domingo de Garafía, with its artisan cheese makers; Porís de Candelaria, which feels as if it’s hidden inside a cave.You can experience the tranquillity of country life in many parts of the island, stay in a rural house in the midst of nature, enjoy the sunsets or go on an original guided tour of an organic banana plantation.