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Walk the Bonita Island of La Palma

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  • Holiday code
    W07BI
  • Holiday type
    Self-guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    single-centre
    and
  • Activity level
  • Call usfor dates and prices
  • NEW FOR 2023  
  • Departures
    Daily Departures from 5 Feb '23 to 30 Apr '23
  • What your holiday price includes
  • 7 nights single-centre accommodation in and hotels
  • All breakfasts - half board as an option
  • Route directions and maps
  • Optional Upgrades
  • Suitable for
  • Solo travellers
  • Couples
  • Excellent choice for
  • Flora & fauna, bird spotting opportunities, swimming opportunities, coastal routes, high peaks, island exploring

Spain: The Canary Isles

Walk the Bonita Island of La Palma

  • Lush, mountainous island in the Western Canaries full of diverse landscapes
  • Picturesque small towns and villages dot the beautiful coastline
  • Walk through extensive evidence of volcanic activity including the awe-inspiring National Park and world-famous Calderas.

La Palma, a lush, mountainous island in the Western Canaries measuring the equivalent of just 24 miles square offers attractive opportunities for walkers. Its diversity of landscapes constantly changes as you gain height or vary direction. There are forests of pine laurel, eucalyptus and meadows strewn with colourful wildflowers. Farming remains the bedrock of the economy with a wealth of almond groves, tobacco fields, banana plantations and vineyards. In contrast the island also features extensive evidence of volcanic activity with much to explore on foot including the enormous crater of the Caldera de Taburiente in the awe-inspiring and scientifically important National Park. The densely forested northern coast features magnificently rugged sea cliffs and spectacular gorges. You can enjoy exploring the picturesque small towns and villages dotted along the coast and inland.

Classics include the volcano route with a succession of mostly historic volcanoes; and a fine walk circling the Caldera de Taburiente often on its very rim. There is a host of other interesting routes including a walk from Las Tricias through idyllic scenes in the northwest with a blend of exotic farms next to thousand-year-old dragon trees; a walk along the canal to the Marcos y Cordero springs involving use of tunnels and a spectacular walk on the 'roof of the island' from Pico de la Cruz (2351m) to the highest point on La Palma Roque de las Muchachos (2426m).

Please note routes may vary dependent on the recent volcanic activity on the island and so the itinerary is a suggestion of what is available.

Your base for the week is either the idyllic setting of the Parador de la Palma or the Hotel Las Olas. Breakfast and dinner are served in both for the whole week. If you choose the Hotel El Galeon then please note this is on a breakfast only basis.



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Day-by-day itinerary



We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

Day 1: Arrive in La Palma

Arrive into La Palma and take an airport transfer to your hotel either in nearby Brena Baja, or in the capital Santa de la Cruz. Have a wander around the pretty town, which is famous for its iconic balconies and its lively cafe and restaurant scene.
Evening meal included

Day 2: Pico de la Nieve and de la Caldera de Taburiente 16km / 6 hrs

Take a taxi or public bus to Pista Pico de la Nieve to begin today's walk. The vast majority of the route is along a dramatic section of the GR131 red and white waymarked route along the rim of the crater Caldera de Taburiente, the largest water erosion crater in the world. You will walk in a north to south direction and the route is extremely windy. Enjoy spectacular views in fine weather as you see this famous crater surrounded by forests and deep ravines. Shorter circuit available.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 3: Ruta de los Volcanes 18km / 6.25 hrs

This is a very impressive walk from north to south of a string of volcanoes in the south of the island. Though long, and involving a substantial descent at the end, it is an extremely popular walk.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 4: Pista de los Lomos - El Pilar 15km / 4.15hrs

Though a fairly long walk, the first section is very straightforward along an almost level forest track through the dense laurisilva vegetation, commonly found at this altitude throughout the Canaries. In summer this will provide welcome shelter from the sun, in winter the mellow mists give the forest and eery, poetic quality. Upon reaching Pared Vieja an ancient partly cobbled Camino takes you up to the main Cumbre ridge, passing through the col at El Pilar, Then the whole nature of the walk changes as you descend steadily, through volcanic plains and magnificent pine forests to meet the main road near the Caldera visitor centre.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 5: Los Sauces, Mirador de las Barandas, Barlovento 12km / 4hrs

This walk covers an interesting variety of ground in the north-east corner of the island. A long steep climb from the village, culminating in a dramatic view into the Barranco del Agua, is followed by a descent into the depths of the dark and shady Barranco de Herradura, where a head for heights is necessary in order to ascend the steep and vertiginous path to the north.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 6: Bananas and Barrancos 12.5km / 5hrs

This is a circular walk of two halves; firstly from La Cuesta to Barlovento via the coast and the thousands of acres of banana plantations where you can observe at close quarters how these are cultivated. This is also the energetic half with a steep drop down to the coast and a stiff climb up to Barlovento. The second half is from Barlovento back to La Cuesta, encountering a succession of barrancos, with the change in vegetation making it completely different in character.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 7: Roque des Muchachos 12km / 4-6hrs

This spectacular walk starts at the highest point of the island, Roque des Muchachos (2426metres). You then have about 4kms of jaw-dropping scenery as you make your way firstly north east then east along the impressive rim of the caldera on the GR 131 to the Mirador de los Andenes. Here the walk picks up the path that descends due north to Roque del Faro at about 1000 metres. There is a long uninterrupted steep downhill section of about 6kms (poles recommended!) through a variety of climate/vegetation zones, a sight not to be missed.
Breakfast and evening meal included

Day 8: Departure

If you have time before your flight, take a small walk around Santa Cruz. This fascinating town attracted Flemish merchants who built imposing town palaces, which today accommodate museums and boutiques. A walk along the Calle Real, visiting the Plaza de España, Town Hall or the food market will be a perfect end to your La Palma experience before your flight home.
Breakfast included.

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or email usa@exodustravels.com


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Hotel El Galeon, Santa Cruz

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This aparthotel is located by the harbour, approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the bustling town centre where you will find many of the buses. Each of the 25 apartments is well-equipped and most have beautiful sea views.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer.

Breakfast is included here.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Hotel Las Olas, upgrade option, Brena Baja

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Set facing the sea in Playa de Los Cancajos, the 4* Hotel Las Olas is modern, comfortable and conveniently located for exploring the island. Featuring a large swimming pool set within natural gardens and a solarium terrace overlooking the sea. Breakfast is a buffet with an excellent selection of international dishes and traditional Canarian specialities.

Rooms are spacious and well-equipped, most of which have a sea view with terrace or balcony.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

Half board is provided here.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.


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Parador de La Palma, upgrade option, Brena Baja

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Located in an area of incredible scenic beauty, the 4* Parador de La Palma is built in keeping with traditional Canary Islands architecture. Enjoy the outdoor pool and extensive botanical gardens with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. The elegant restaurant boasts wonderful traditional Canary Island products, as well as a variety of fresh fish.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

Half board is provided here.


Extra nights: Please contact us for details.

Travel

Call now to speak to our specialist team at 1-800-267-3347 or email us at usa@exodustravels.com for enquiries or to book your trip.

Reviews

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Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:

Single-centre accommodation in and hotels

All breakfasts - half board as an option

Route directions and maps


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Holiday details

Children
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Holiday type
Self-guided walking

Departures

Meals
All breakfasts - half board as an option

Tailor-made travel

This holiday does not include any flights or rail.

How to book

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the appropriate 'Check availability' button above to complete our holiday enquiry form, we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you.

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links above to complete our holiday enquiry form.