Visiting La Palma

Written by Ava


Organising your next holiday can feel rather daunting, don’t you think? It’s all about finding that perfect spot with a mix of stunning scenery, distinct culture, and entertaining activities.

If this resonates with you, I’m right there with you in spirit. During my own search for an adventure-filled getaway, I stumbled upon something quite fascinating: La Palma is affectionately known as “La Isla Bonita,” owing to its sheer beauty.

After dedicating countless hours poring over travel blogs and guides in pursuit of the quintessential La Palma experience, I’ve compiled a captivating list of must-do activities that truly embody the island’s essence.

From wandering through verdant national parks and marveling at the cosmos from one of the globe’s premier observatories to immersing yourself in local traditions via festivals and museums – this post promises to prepare you for an extraordinary exploration.

Caldera de Taburiente National Park

I love spending time outdoors, and Caldera de Taburiente National Park is a must-see on La Palma. This park shows off nature’s beauty with amazing wildlife tours and fun outdoor activities.

You can join guided walks and eco tours to see everything it has to offer. Places like Nacientes de Marcos y Cordero and Mirador de la Cumbrecita make you stop and stare, they’re that breathtaking.

It’s not just another park; it’s where adventures begin in La Palma. I found myself surrounded by stunning views that pictures don’t do justice. Booking a tour helps you explore hidden gems safely and teaches you about the area’s rich ecosystem.


Visit Caldera de Taburiente National Park to enjoy guided walks and learn about local wildlife.


Explore the stars at Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory, which houses 13 telescopes.


Experience La Palma's culture by joining in the Los Indianos Carnival and visiting the Naval Museum.


Enjoy water activities like boat tours along the Northwest Coast where you might see dolphins.


Taste local wines at Bodegas Teneguía winery and spend a relaxing day at Tazacorte beach.

Roque de Los Muchachos

Los Muchachos awaits. This spot sits at La Palma’s highest point and it’s breathtaking. The drive up is an adventure itself, with winding roads offering stunning views of the island below.

Once at the top, Roque de Los Muchachos does not disappoint.

The observatory there is a hub for stargazers from around the globe. It houses 13 telescopes, including one that claims the title of world’s largest. A visit here lets you see into space like never before – think moons of Jupiter and Saturn’s rings! Tours are available, blending in both natural beauty with incredible science.

The skies are among Europe’s clearest, making nights spectacular for watching stars and galaxies unfold above. It’s truly a place where Earth meets sky.

Stargazing at Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory

I went to the Roque de Los Muchachos Observatory and it was amazing. This place is right at the top of La Palma, making it perfect for looking at stars. They have 13 big telescopes there.

Imagine seeing the moon’s surface, Saturn’s rings, and Jupiter’s moons up close! It felt like touching the sky.

Next on my adventure list was exploring wildlife in Cumbre Vieja.

Wildlife viewing in Cumbre Vieja

Exploring Cumbre Vieja offers me a chance to see La Palma’s wild side. This place is quiet and lets us look at animals in their homes without much light from towns or cities. We can find birds, insects, and plants that live only here.

The skies are clear, making it easy to watch wildlife during the day and stars at night.

Next up, the salt fields of Salinas de Fuencaliente sparkle under the sun..

Visit the salt fields of Salinas de Fuencaliente

I made my way to the salt fields of Salinas de Fuencaliente, located at the southern tip of La Palma. There, I saw how natural salt gets made from seawater in shallow pools. The sun dries up the water, leaving behind sparkling white salt.

It’s a simple yet fascinating process that has been done for ages.

Guided tours explained everything about this traditional method. They showed me why salt is so important here and shared stories of its history in the region. As I walked around, I couldn’t help but admire the stark beauty of white salt pans against the backdrop of blue sea and volcanic land.

It was a sight to behold and an experience that made me appreciate La Palma’s natural resources even more.

The Culture of La Palma

So, let me tell you about Famara Surfing. This place is a paradise for anyone who loves water and waves. With a five-kilometre stretch of sandy beach, it’s no wonder people flock here from all over.

You’ll find colourful surf cafes, bars, and hostels lining the shore – each with its own unique vibe. The atmosphere? Oh, it’s as laid-back as they come. Whether you’re new to surfing or have been riding waves for years, Famara welcomes you with open arms.

The best part? It’s not just about surfing. The natural beauty of the place has a way of capturing your heart. Imagine yourself gliding on the waves with the stunning backdrop of Lanzarote’s mountains – pretty epic if you ask me! And hey, whether you’re looking to catch some serious surf or just want to chill at one of the vibrant beach bars watching others take on the waves – there’s something here for everyone.

Next up is exploring Jameos del Agua Caves..

I love exploring Santa Cruz de La Palma. This city has many hotels, from cosy bed and breakfasts to luxurious beach resorts

It’s easy to find the perfect place to stay. Sightseeing here is never dull, with beautiful nature walks and exciting water sports.

Santa Cruz de La Palma is close to amazing places like Roque de Los Muchachos and Caldera de Taburiente. I enjoy boat trips along the coast, spotting dolphins and whales in the clear blue sea.

Wine tasting tours are a must-do, offering a taste of local excellence. Plus, ground transport options like safari tours make getting around fun and easy. 

Visit Santa Cruz de La Palma

I joined in the Los Indianos Carnival, a blast of color and music that fills the streets of La Palma. Everyone dresses in bright costumes, dancing to vibrant tunes. The air hums with excitement, packed with locals and tourists all eager to soak up the fun.

This carnival is a perfect chance for me to dive into the local culture. I savoured traditional dishes, swayed to island rhythms, and felt right at home among friendly faces.

Exploring further, I discovered how Los Indianos brings everyone together – it’s a celebration of La Palma’s rich history and lively spirit. From tossing handfuls of talcum powder into the air to laughing with new friends met along crowded parade routes, each moment was unforgettable.

Participating in this festival showed me a side of Canary Islands life that goes beyond mere sightseeing; it let me live its joy and camaraderie firsthand. 

Explore the Naval Museum

The Naval Museum on La Palma is a must-visit for anyone interested in the island’s rich maritime history. It’s a popular landmark that offers insight into how sea travel has shaped La Palma.

I found myself lost in stories of ancient mariners and explorers as I walked through its exhibits. The museum also provides cultural tours, making it easy for visitors like me to understand the significance of each artifact.

During my visit, I learned about traditional boat-building techniques and saw models that showed the evolution of ships over centuries. This experience added depth to my understanding of La Palma’s past and present connection with the sea.

With every room and display, my appreciation for this Canarian Island grew stronger – proving that there’s more to La Palma than just its stunning natural landscapes.

Attend the Water Festival

I had a blast at the Water Festival on Puerto Naos Boulevard. It’s a cultural treat with lots of festive activities. This festival is a hit for visitors looking for holiday fun in La Palma.

You get to enjoy local wine and traditional foods from Fuencaliente. The tastes are unforgettable.

This event showed me how locals celebrate, with music filling the air, and everyone having a great time. I tried some amazing dishes and the wine was just perfect. Getting to know the people and their way of life added so much to my trip.

I can’t wait to go back!

Hike up Roque De Los Muchachos

After soaking up the sun at Tazacorte beach, it’s time to lace up your hiking boots for an adventure. Roque de Los Muchachos beckons with its breathtaking views and trails.

Here’s what you need to know about hiking up Roque De Los Muchachos:

  • Start early in the morning. You’ll miss the crowd and catch the sunrise.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. The path can be rocky.
  • Bring water and snacks. There are no shops along the way.
  • Use sunscreen. Even on cloudy days, the sun is strong up there.
  • Follow marked trails only. It keeps you safe and protects nature.
  • Look out for wildlife. You might see some rare birds.
  • Take your camera! The views are stunning from the top.
  • Check weather forecasts before you go. Conditions change quickly.
  • Respect nature; take your rubbish back with you.

The hike isn’t just a walk; it’s a journey through some of La Palma’s most beautiful scenery ending in what many call the island’s top attraction—Roque de Los Muchachos itself—I can certainly see why it deserves that title!

Boat Tour

I took a boat tour along the Northwest Coast of La Palma, and it was an experience I’ll never forget. The views were incredible, and I got to see parts of the island you can’t reach by land.

Here’s what made the trip so special:

We started early in the morning to catch the calm waves. The sea was peaceful, making it perfect for our adventure. Dolphins often swim near this coast. We were lucky enough to spot a few playing in the water not far from our boat. The captain shared stories about La Palma’s history and pointed out hidden beaches that looked untouched by time.

We passed by amazing rock formations that you have to see from the sea to truly appreciate. Their size and shapes were breathtaking. At one stop, we got to swim in crystal – clear waters. It felt like being in another world.
Lunch on board included fresh seafood caught that day. Eating with the sea all around us was an unforgettable moment.

The crew showed us how to identify different kinds of fish and birds we encountered along our journey.
This tour isn’t just a boat ride; it’s a chance to connect with nature and see La Palma from a new perspective. Now, let’s talk about wine tasting at Bodegas Teneguía winery, another must-do activity here.

Wine tasting at Bodegas Teneguía winery

Bodegas Teneguía winery is a must-visit for anyone exploring La Palma. Here, I got to taste some of the most delightful wines right where they are made. The experience was not just about sipping wine; it also included learning about the unique process of how these wines come to life from grape to glass.

The staff shared fascinating stories behind each bottle, making every sip feel special.

As I wandered through the vineyards, the stunning views of La Palma’s landscapes added an extra layer of enjoyment to my visit. Tasting local varieties like Malvasia and Listán Negro gave me a real sense of the island’s rich wine culture.

It felt amazing to connect with La Palma’s heritage in such a tasty way!

Spend a day at the beach in Tazacorte

I love spending a day at the beach in Tazacorte. It’s such a joyful place with black sand beaches and clear waters perfect for swimming and sunbathing. The panoramic views of Caldera de Taburiente National Park are stunning from here.

You get this unique blend of sea and nature that’s hard to find anywhere else.

Tazacorte also offers amazing water sports, making it ideal for some fun under the sun. I tried dolphin watching, which was an unforgettable experience. There’s something special about being on a boat trip along the coast, looking out for dolphins and whales in their natural habitat.

After enjoying the tranquil surroundings at Tazacorte Beach, my next adventure awaits as I prepare to hike up Roque De Los Muchachos.

What is Your Favourite Canary Island?


Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria, oh what a place! It’s like Tenerife’s sibling but with its own unique charm. I found myself exploring stunning beaches that seemed to stretch on forever. The dunes of Maspalomas felt like stepping onto another planet, with golden sands as far as the eye could see.

Culture vultures, listen up! The capital city, Las Palmas, is a treasure trove brimming with history and life. From the cobbled streets of Vegueta to the buzz around Playa de Las Canteras, every corner has a story.  Trust me; Gran Canaria is not just another stopover – it’s an adventure all by itself.


Tenerife lights up the night with its buzzing bars, clubs, and eateries. It’s a place where music echoes into the early hours, making every evening an adventure. For those after something a bit calmer, there are beautiful beaches to relax on and stunning landscapes that look like they’re straight out of a painting.

During the day, Tenerife doesn’t slow down. You can explore Teide National Park or splash around in Siam Park. Want more? How about boat trips that let you spy on dolphins or scuba diving to meet underwater creatures? And if you visit during Christmas or New Year’s, get ready for extra fun with special shows and activities that bring everyone together.


So, I’ve got to tell you about Fuerteventura. This place is a treasure on its own, famed for its unique architecture that’s caught the eye of UNESCO. Imagine wandering through streets lined with buildings that tell stories from ages past—pretty cool, right? It’s like stepping into a different era where every corner and cobblestone has something new to whisper to you.

And here’s a little secret between us; it’s not just about the buildings. The vibe of this island is something else. You’re walking where history left its mark, surrounded by landscapes that seem almost too beautiful to be real. Trust me, your Instagram won’t know what hit it! So why not add Fuerteventura to your travel list? Maybe we’ll bump into each other there.


After exploring Fuerteventura, I couldn’t wait to see what Lanzarote had in store. Guess what? This island blew my mind with its unique architecture – thanks, UNESCO! Lanzarote’s soil isn’t just any dirt; it’s volcanic magic that makes wine taste heavenly.

Now, hiking is not always my thing but the trails here? Absolutely worth every step for the views alone.

Whale-watching turned out to be an unexpected highlight of my trip. Different seasons bring different whales closer to Lanzarote’s shores. Picture me on a boat, eyes wide open, spotting these majestic creatures in their natural habitat – unforgettable! So yeah, saying goodbye to this island wasn’t easy at all.

La Graciosa

I’ve got to tell you about La Graciosa, a little gem just north of Lanzarote. This place is part of the Chinijo Archipelago and it’s nothing short of magical with its stunning beaches, clear waters, and unique volcanic landscapes.

Getting there is easy peasy – a quick ferry ride from Lanzarote.

Now, if you’re like me and love finding spots where you can just relax without bumping into too many people, La Graciosa is your go-to island. It offers this tranquil vibe that’s hard to find these days. Imagine walking on soft sands or swimming in crystal-clear water without the usual crowd. Plus, exploring those volcanic landscapes makes you feel like an adventurer discovering uncharted territories! 

La Gomera

After soaking up the charms of La Graciosa, it’s time to whisk ourselves over to another gem in the Canaries – La Gomera. This island is a paradise for those who love nature and adventure.

Its unique landscapes and ancient forests almost make you feel like you’ve stepped into another world. The Garajonay National Park, with its misty paths and lush greenery, whispers secrets of an olden age.

Exploring this mystical island reveals more than just stunning views; it offers a deep dive into a culture preserved through centuries. From the enchanting whistled language known as “El Silbo” to quaint villages that dot the landscape, every corner tells a story.

The local food will delight your taste buds too – fresh fish and palm honey are must-tries here. Trust me, La Gomera isn’t just a place you visit; it’s an experience that stays with you long after you’ve left its shores.

La Palma

Moving on from the lush La Gomera, we jump over to La Palma. This is another gem in the Canary Islands you can’t miss. I found that hopping on a ferry or catching a short flight from Tenerife gets you there quite easily.

Once there, the choices for where to stay are plenty – hotels, resorts, cosy holiday rentals, and guesthouses all ready to welcome you.

La Palma blew me away with its local food scene – think fresh seafood and unique dishes that have their own story. It’s not just about eating; it’s an experience! And if you’re like me, loving nature and animals, this island has got you covered.

There are spots where you can marvel at diverse plants and creatures all day long. Plus, I soaked up some culture by checking out historic sites and museums – each telling tales of La Palma’s rich past. So yes, adding La Palma to your Tenerife trip? Absolutely worth it 

El Hiero

So, after soaking up the magic of La Palma, it’s time to talk about El Hierro. This little gem in the Canary Islands is a haven for those who love peace and untouched nature. You can hop on a ferry from Tenerife to get here.

It feels like stepping into another world—a place that moves at its own slow pace.

El Hierro is big on keeping things green and clean. They’re all about renewable energy and keeping their island beautiful and healthy. If you’re someone who loves exploring nature without crowds, this is your spot.

Imagine walking through forests and along coastlines where it’s just you, the birds, and maybe a few curious lizards. The air here smells like freedom—with a hint of salt from the sea.

And let’s not forget the adventures waiting for you under water; diving here feels like discovering a secret world full of colour.