10:00 a.m. Puntallana
5:00 p.m. Puntallana
If you have selected the extra Transport from and to your accommodation in La Palma, the activity will start with the pick up at your hotel. The private transport will the journey through the main hotel in La Palma at 8:15 a.m.
Once the first part of the group has gathered in La Palma, we will head towards Puntallana.
If you have not included the pick-up extra in your booking, this is where we will meet. We'll wait for you at the pharmacy. It's the only one in this area of La Palma, you'll find it right away!
And now that the whole group is gathered, we start the route! Are you ready to enjoy this day of hiking on La Palma?
Located in the town of Puntallana, in the Cubo de la Galga, we will find the Enchanted Forest: one of the most impressive examples of laurel forest in the Canary Islands. During the day, we will go into it enjoying this simple hiking route on the island of La Palma.
The path ascends slowly from an altitude of 600m to almost 800m above sea level. Be prepared to be surrounded by the characteristic lush vegetation of the Isla Bonita.
Once inside the forest, we will be surrounded by prehistoric ferns that form a green carpet covering the bed of the ravine.
Giant trees, belonging to the great family of the Canary Island laurel forest, which grow until they cover the sky of the Enchanted Forest. An idyllic setting in the style of the Lord of the Rings.
The path will lead us to the highest point of the route: the Somada Alta viewpoint.
This area of the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park is very shady, and sometimes water flows directly from the rock, thanks to the many natural aquifers found on the island of La Palma.
After we reach the top, we'll make a little stop. Take a deep breath and enjoy one of the best viewpoints that La Palma has to offer: the Somada Alta viewpoint.
If the day is clear you will see the islands of Tenerife and La Gomera in the background. And that's not all, open your eyes wide and see how the green mantle of vegetation extends up the slope until it loses sight on the island's summits.
It looks like a movie, doesn't it?
Well, there's more! Look now towards the coast, right in front of you you have the village of San Bartolo, where we will stop for lunch.
Now centre your view a little more to the left, from here we can see the picturesque Canarian villages of Los Sauces and San Andrés along the coast. And with the batteries charged and the retina full of color, we start the descent of the route.
The descent will be much easier. It runs along a forest track, where we will meet other varieties of laurel forest trees. This time, it will be the turn to greet those species that like to grow in the sunniest parts of the forest. How clever!
On the way down, an infinite number of aromatic herbs - such as thyme, mint or oregano - accompany us to the entrance of the village of La Galga. A small neighborhood of Puntallana where fruits and vegetables grow in old terraces of red soil.
We will follow the colorful houses to the village of San Bartolo, where we will stop for lunch. Put your picnic in your rucksack before you leave, and enjoy eating outdoors sitting next to their little chapel.
If you prefer to have a hot meal after this trekking route in the Cubo de la Galga, lady Flora is waiting for you! Enjoy her hospitality and don't return home without tasting her wrinkled potatoes with red mojo and palmero cheese.
And after the meal, the route goes on! At this point, we have two options. The more adventurous can follow the path down the Nogales ravine. If this option doesn't convince you, don't worry! You can continue taking a relaxing walk along the coast of San Andrés and the pools of Charco Azul.
Both options end up at the viewpoint on top of the black sand beach of Nogales. Undoubtedly one of the best beaches in Spain.
This option will be the perfect opportunity to see a type of vegetation completely different from what we have seen so far in the Cubo de la Galga. The climate is so changeable that cactus and plants typical of the coastal vegetation grow at their own pace in these places.
The trail goes down and up through the old coastal path GR 130 in the direction of Puntallana. At the end of the ascent we will find a huge mango plantation.
We will continue a little further between banana farms - the star product of the island's economy - until we reach the viewpoint on Nogales beach, where we will meet the rest of the group.
If you have selected the Transport from and to your accommodation in La Palma extra, here the minibus will be waiting for us.
If we choose to end the day more peacefully, we will do so by taking a walk along the entire coast of San Andrés.
From Puerto Espindola, an old port in the northeast region of the island, we will pass in front of Charco Azul until we reach San Andrés. On the way, we will discover the "poris", old docks that the locals used as the only means of transport to the capital city of Palma.
And finally, on top of a small hill, San Andrés will appear, a place with a lot of charm impregnated with Canarian palms.
And we arrive at the Nogales beach viewpoint!
And here ends our trekking route in La Palma. If you had to choose one, which of all the landscapes we have seen would you stay?
The Natural Park of Las Nieves is formed by the mountains of Los Sauces and Las Nieves, located in the northern part of the island of La Palma and distributed in three municipalities: San Andrés y Sauces, Santa Cruz de La Palma and Puntallana. The route through the Enchanted Forest of La Palma begins in the municipality of Puntallana. The meeting point will be the pharmacy of Puntallana. If you travel with your own vehicle, you will easily find free parking in this area.