There's a beach in Santa Cruz – but there's so much to see in the capital of La Palma that you might not have time to chill on its volcanic sands. From the shops of Calle O'Daly to the beautiful wooden balconies of Avenida Maritima, La Palma is a treasure trove of colonial architecture. You'll find whitewashed churches with basalt belfries, Santa Catalina Castle and the island museum. Near the port, you'll find old fishermen's cottages and a replica of Christopher Columbus's flagship during his first voyage to the Americas. There are also plenty of cafés and shops selling local specialities such as honey rum and embroidery.
Botanical fanatics will be in for a treat on this tour, which includes plenty of forays into La Palma's flora. You'll venture into the mountains and the lush green landscape of Los Tilos forest before strolling around the idyllic town of San Andres and taking a look at Las Nieves church.This bus tour will focus on La Palma's biodiversity. And to get you started, you'll stop at the small village of San Bartolo. Fall in love with the views from El Enamorado viewpoint before the main event – Los Tilos forest. This green paradise, also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, contains laurel trees, fresh springs and ferns everywhere you turn.Then, it's off to see the towns of Puerto Espíndola and Charco Azul, famed for their volcanic pools. After free time for lunch, you'll wander around San Andres, a striking seaside town with old-world mansions and views towards the ocean always just around the corner. And to round off, there's a visit to Las Nieves church.
The Caldera Taburiente trail is a journey through the island's only national park – and it's the star of La Palma's popular hiking scene. You'll walk the snake-like trails into a volcano crater basin, gaze out over incredible scenery and visit La Cascade de Colores – a waterfall where iron-rich waters create a rainbow effect in the rock.
If you like to get out and about in nature then these guided hiking tours of La Palma are just the thing. You'll be shown the best that La Palma has to offer, and its natural beauty is astounding. From lush green vegetation to volcanic landscapes, there's a lot to discover in this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Whether you choose a route to the wild north, through Caldera Taburiente National Park or along springs, there's a route and a package to suit your strengths and needs. You can even choose three or five-day packages to cover all the routes you want, including the volcano or Dream Path route.
La Palma's natural wonders are plentiful, and this full-day tour concentrates on a few of highlights around the south. We'll start off the day at La Cumbrecita, where you'll teeter on the edge of the huge Caldera de Taburiente. Gaze out over deep ravines filled with pine forests and trekking paths, then visit a small square where flowers and plants blossom in the midst of recent lava flows. You'll have free time for lunch in the seaside harbour town of Tazacorte before getting to know more about the island's volcanic activity at the crater of San Antonio volcano. We'll finish up the tour at some of the most photographed points in La Palma.
Like a scene straight from a hit Harry Potter film, La Palma's Enchanted Forest Trail is a tapestry of misty, ancient laurel trees, waterfalls and volcano-scapes – and it's as magical as it sounds. Grab your walking boots for a trek through the Puntallana region where outstanding vistas and timeless landscapes come as standard. Transfer included.
This full-day tour of La Palma has it all. First on the agenda will be an exploration of one of La Palma's most impressive sights, the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. You'll be swept into the clouds to the astronomer's favourite, Roque de los Muchachos, from where you'll gaze deep down into the caldera. On good days, you'll even be able to see as far as La Gomera or Tenerife. Then to mix things up a bit, you'll head to the organic farmer's market in the village of Puntagorda. And finally, you'll reach the Time Viewpoint to cast your eyes over the valley of Aridane, filled with banana plantations and the dramatic gorge of Las Angustias.
La Palma is a small island that's big on adventures – and this one's huge. High in the hills, we'll walk the mountain waterways to Marcos and Cordero – one of the island's only freshwater springs. Turn on your torch to trek through the network of tunnels that lead there and you can extend the fun with a walk to UNESCO-listed Los Tilos forest, too.
Blessed with almost made-for-Instagram scenery, La Palma is the perfect place for photography fans. With the Top of the Island hike, we'll drive to the island's highest point at Roque de Los Muchachos – 2,426 metres up – and gaze out over some incredible views before trekking down into the forest-covered depths of Caldera Taburiente crater.
If the thought of stargazing on one of La Palma's most atmospheric beaches has you starry eyed, then this evening tour is just for you. The skies above La Palma come alive at night, and with some of the clearest skies in Europe, you're in the right place to go stargazing. You'll kick off proceedings with some nibbles at Plaza La Glorieta – a Gaudi-inspired square. Then hop on our glass-topped bus and head for the village of Tazacorte. Tour its hilly alleys fringed by kaleidoscopic homes before ending the night on a high. You'll gaze through a telescope to find constellations and stars in the night sky.
Northeast La Palma holds the secret to why it's known as the Green Island. Kick off this action-packed tour with a drive through the capital, Santa Cruz, to Casa Lujan, a historic building in Puntallana, and San Bartolo lookout point over the steep gorges and beyond. We'll continue to the village of La Galga, which boasts equally impressive views, before we arrive in Charco Azul. Here, you'll walk beside tropical plantations, see the volcanic shoreline and stop for a quick rum tasting. Next, you'll be whisked off to the wonderful hidden waterfall inside the dewy and moist laurel rainforests at Los Tiles – a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
This full day walking tour lines up all the must-sees of La Palma's lava-scorched landscape. You'll start at the impressive Hoyo Negro crater and set off along the famous Volcano Route. It's a tough-but-rewarding trek that'll take you across the tartan-like black and red-coloured lava fields, through pine-covered craters and up to volcanic rims.
Canarians call La Palma ´la isla bonita' – the beautiful island – which is some compliment. Your adventure kicks off as you venture up the 2,500-metre high Roque de los Muchachos – Las Palma's highest peak – passing the domed astronomical observatory on the way. At the top, take in the views over the Caldera de Taburiente. Next it's on to Garafia Santo Domingo and El Time lookout, which boasts heart-pounding views over the Angustias gorge. We'll make our way through Los Llanos de Aridane towards La Cumbrecita to stop at the Concepcion lookout, a natural volcanic ledge commanding sweeping panoramas over the capital, Santa Cruz, and its bay.
La Palma's unspoilt landscapes make ideal terrain for hikes. The Wild North trail is a route through the island's untouched-by-time villages and dense pine forests. With wow-factor views over the ocean, you'll follow the coastal Camino Real path to Gallega – a remote hilltop hamlet where colourful houses perch on the edge of pistachio-green cliffs.