Do you know the Caldera de Taburiente in La Palma, Spain?

caldera de taburiente in la palma

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If you are thinking of doing a tour around La Palma you can’t miss its incredible geographical features. You can do a route through the volcanoes of La Palma, hiking to the summit of Roque de los Muchachos or visit the Caldera de Taburiente.

We discover everything you need to know about the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. One of the most magical places on La Palma, also known as “Isla Bonita”. Lace up your boots and… let’s go! 😉

Why is it a National Park?

The Caldera de Taburiente was declared a National Park in 1954, thanks to its excellent conservation and its important program to protect the biological heritage of the island. This program includes both fauna and flora.

baby big eared bat
Photo obtained from @adrifloresrvl

Among the protected flora species are the peculiar Canary Island pine (famous for its fire tolerance) and the Canary Island cedar. Among the protected fauna species stand out the wolf spider and the famous canary eared bat. 🦇

Where is the Caldera de Taburiente?

The National Park is located right in the center of the island. The depression that makes up the Caldera itself is located between 600 and 900 meters above sea level. Don’t you think it’s incredible?

Surrounding part of the Caldera is the crest of Roque de los Muchachos. Its highest point reaches almost 2500 meters above sea level, leaving an incredible contrast with the Caldera itself.

Why is it called like that?

To understand the name of the Caldera de Taburiente it is necessary to break it down. If analyzed in parts the first element we find is “Tabal”, which means drum, referring to its shape. Tabal is shortened to “Tab” to which is added “uri” which refers to rain. 🌧

photograph from the heights of the Caldera Taburiente

Finally closes the word “ente”, referring “en” to more (in Latin) and “-te” as final suffix. If we put everything together we get: “The drum with more rain”, thus giving name to the famous Caldera.

And now that you know all this… Do you feel like visiting the Caldera de Taburiente in La Palma? What else would you like to know about this National Park?

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