8 must-see places you have to see on La Palma

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Did you know that the island of La Palma is recognized by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve?

As you can imagine with this recognition, this island of volcanic origin stands out for its incredible natural landscapes. There are numerous walking routes in La Palma where you can forget about time and enjoy its landscapes.

So that you don’t miss anything on your visit to this island, in this post we talk about all the essential things to see in La Palma.

What to see in La Palma?

Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma

This is the highest point on the island of La Palma. At 2,420 metres above sea level, from the Roque de los Muchachos you can observe the incredible landscapes of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park.

views from the roque de los muchachos in la palma spain

If you want to be amazed by its landscapes, we recommend you to visit this area during the spring season, when the broom is in bloom. The views of this volcanic terrain in contrast with the yellow and white colors of these flowers are incredible.

At the same point is the Observatorio Astrofísico del Roque de Los Muchachos (ORM). Thanks to the fact that it is clear almost all year round, La Palma is one of the most privileged places on the planet for astronomical observation. Don’t come back from your trip without seeing the stars in La Palma, it will be one of the coolest experiences of your life.

clear sky with starry landscape in la palma

Linden Tree Forest

In the north of the island of La Palma, you will find the Linden Tree Forest. It is a subtropical laurel forest and is one of the oldest and most extensive of its kind in Europe.

The trekking in this area is spectacular. You can visit the Cascada de los Tilos, or do the trek of the springs of Marcos and Cordero de La Palma, one of the natural wonders of Spain.

waterfall forest of the lime trees

Although the landscapes are undoubtedly beautiful, you have to be well prepared for this adventure. You will pass through 13 tunnels where the use of a torch will be essential, and if you do not want to get completely soaked, it is also advisable to wear a mackintosh.

Route of the volcanoes of La Palma

If there is one thing the Canary Islands can boast of, it is their volcanic origin. For this reason, one of the most recommended activities to do in La Palma is the route of the volcanoes.

The route goes from the Refugio de El Pilar to Los Canarios. It is more than 17 kilometers along the GR 131 trail, and it is a trek of medium-high difficulty.

volcanoes route in la palma

During this route you can visit, for example, the Hoyo Negro or the Volcán Martín. Have you already put your trekking boots in your suitcase?

Cubo de la Galga route

Another place where the Canarian laurel forest is so predominant is the Enchanted Forest of La Palma.

There you will find the Cubo de la Galga trail. Numerous trails run through this area, where you can choose between shorter routes of just 2 km, or longer ones of up to 9 km.

Although it does not have a final monument or anything special to do, the truth is that the spectacular nature of the forest, where from one moment to the next you will believe that an elf is going to come out, is well worth the effort.

laurel forest what to see in la palma

Coloured waterfall in La Palma

Without leaving the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, you are going to find a spectacular multicoloured waterfall… Yes, as you read.

This is a waterfall in which the different minerals in the area have given it some very striking colours. The combination of yellowish and orange hues, together with the spectacular nature of the waterfall itself, make the coloured waterfall one of the most magical places on the island.

Fuencaliente salt flats

If you travel to the south of the island of La Palma, you can’t miss the Salinas de Fuencaliente.

It is a place with beautiful contrast. The white of the salt pans blends with the volcanic black that predominates on the island, under the gaze of the Fuencaliente lighthouse.

fuencaliente salt flats in contrast with volcanic landscape

It is also one of the most famous spots on the island to watch the sunset, which will add that reddish colour to the landscape. What a combination!

Echentive Beach

If you fancy a dip somewhere different from the typical volcanic sandy beaches of the islands, this is the place for you.

The Playa de Echentive is very close to the Fuencaliente lighthouse, in the south of La Palma. As a curiosity, you should know that its origin dates back to only half a century ago, in 1971, when the eruption of the Teneguía Volcano formed these landscapes.

It is a totally unspoilt beach, where you can find several natural beaches of a spectacular emerald green colour. Moreover, its shallow depth makes these water bodies totally crystalline.

If you’re more of a pool person than a beach person, this is the place for you.

Visit to Santa Cruz de La Palma

We didn’t want to end this post with a visit to the island’s main city, Santa Cruz de La Palma.

It is one of the most beautiful cities of all the Canary Islands. Its streets are dominated by colonial-style buildings, as its past is closely linked to Cuba.

Among the things to see in this city, the Plaza de España is worth mentioning. This is a small square where you can find, for example, the Town Hall, the Iglesia Matriz de El Salvador or noble houses, giving special magic to this place.

white colonial buildings in plaza de españa to see in santa cruz de la palma

Have you already made a note of everything to see in La Palma? Which of all these places do you want to visit first? We read you…

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