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The Island

La Palma is a wooded, mountainous island in the western Canaries, its landscape ever-changing and enticing. There are forests and meadows as well as farms and plantations, including tobacco fields and banana plantations. In contrast to this lushness, the island also displays extensive evidence of volcanic activity, including the enormous and dramatic crater of the Caldera de Taburiente. The densely forested northern coast features rugged sea cliffs and spectacular gorges. The picturesque small towns and villages dotted along the coast are havens of hospitality, waiting to be explored.

The Walking

This trek starts on the eastern side of La Palma and follows the coast around to the north. Here, you descend southwards through the centre of the island to enjoy varied and intriguing landscapes. We will provide you with detailed walking notes and a map of the island, indicating paths.


Luggage Transfer

Your luggage is transported for you from hotel to hotel so you can travel with day rucksacks only.

Walk Grading

Self-Guided - Moderate, with one long descent. Total for standard week ignoring variations:- Ascent 3450m, Descent 4075m, 50 miles.


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La Palma Trek

As the island is underdeveloped for mass tourism, accommodation is limited in some places and uses mainly small village pensions. All of the accommodation is comfortable and well positioned for the trek route. Your accommodation will provide rooms with private bathroom (some with shower only). Dinner and breakfast are provided each night, except the last 2 nights in Santa Cruz, where it is breakfast only. Some of the meals will be provided in nearby restaurants or bars.

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Day 1: Arrive in La Palma and transfer to your hotel in the capital. Overnight in Santa Cruz.

Day 2: The route follows the GR130 long-distance coastal path through the cultivated areas of the north-east, with banana plantations, citrus groves, small vineyards and also avocado and mango orchards. This is not a coastal walk as you would know it in Britain; the north coast of La Palma offers a dramatic cliff walk interspersed with deep lush barrancos (ravines). The pretty village of San Andrés was one of the first colonial towns on the island, its historic quarter characterised by cobbled streets and houses built in the traditional local style. You will also find one of the oldest churches on the island. Leaving San Andrés, walk for another 15 minutes along the seaside until you reach Puerto Espíndola. Overnight Puerto Espíndola.
Ascent 350m  Descent 690m, Distance 8 ¾  miles, Time 5 hours.

Day 3: Today you have just one breathtaking barranco to negotiate to the west of Los Sauces, the Barranco de Herradura. Then ascend just over 500m through small villages to reach Barlovento (meaning “fresh breeze”), enjoying exhilarating sea views. Overnight Barlovento.
Ascent 780m, Descent 205m, Distance 6 miles, Time 4 hours.

Day 4: A rollercoaster of undulating coastline as you cross a series of minor barrancas to reach Los Gallegos. Then descend to sea level in the dramatic Barranco de Franceses, before your final ascent to pretty Franceses. Overnight Los Franceses
Ascent 600m, Descent 740m, Distance 8 ¾  miles, Time 5 ½ hours.

Day 5: The far north of La Palma is one of the most unspoilt parts of the island, with deep gorges and small settlements on plateaux overlooking the sea. From your finca, make your way down the Barranco de Los Hombres, a spectacular steep-sided gorge, on centuries-old paths, until you ascend to the tiny hamlet of El Tablado. Then a steep ascent to yet another tiny hamlet, Roque del Faro, before you take a bus back to your hotel. Overnight Los Franceses.
Ascent 930m, Descent 385m, Distance 6 ¼ miles, 5 hours. 


Day 6: After a transfer, relish an exciting section of the GR131 route along the rim of the crater Caldera de Taburiente from the highest point, the Roque de Muchachos, to the Pico de la Nieve. Enjoy the adventurous high mountain path with twists, turns and rocky obstacles. (The waymarks are generally well distanced.) In fine weather the views are superb. Overnight Santa Cruz.
Ascent 240m, Descent 755m, Distance 7 ½ miles, Time 5 hours.

Day 7: A memorable walk along a string of volcanoes in the south of the island. Though long and involving a substantial descent at the end, it is a very popular walk. The route follows the GR131 from beginning to end. The crater edges require a head for heights, but in the main can be avoided if necessary. Overnight Santa Cruz.
Ascent 550m, Descent 1300m, Distance 11 ¼ miles, Time 6 ¼ hours.

Day 8: If you have time before your flight, you can take a short walk around Santa Cruz. This fascinating town attracted Flemish merchants who built imposing town palaces, which accommodate museums and boutiques today. You will then be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

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Prevailing winds offer year-round average temperatures of 20C at lower levels (up to 200m), perfect for hiking. At higher altitudes (above 500m) temperatures are often higher in summer and lower in winter than on the coast.



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There are winter non-stop flights to La Palma from London and Manchester or you can reach the island from Tenerife (which has flights from points throughout Britain). Then cross to La Palma by ferry or a short flight. Alternatively you can fly into La Palma with a connection on the Spanish mainland.

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La Palma

Hotel to Hotel Trek

Included:

  • 5 Nights accommodation with half board*

  • 2 Nights accommodation with bed and breakfast

  • Baggage transfers between hotels (1 bag per person @20kg)

  • Transfers between La Palma airport and the first/last trek hotel

  • Our unique walking booklet written by one of our team and local walking map

*Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast

Optional:

  • ‘With flights’ includes typical flight prices* from London to La Palma. Flights from many local airports can also be arranged (exact prices for your dates are available on request)
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Not Included:

  • Lunch and drinks with meals

All prices valid for 2017/18

Prices are per person in GBP / UK £ and are based on 5 nights half board* and 2 nights bed and breakfast in a shared twin/double standard room. 

Dates

With Flights**

 

Own International Flights

 

Extra night Per person

Single supplement per night#

All year

Standard Grade Hotels

899

709

POA

POA

All year

Higher Grade Hotels

1009

819

POA

POA

*   Half board is dinner, bed and breakfast
** For important details of our flight price policy click here
#   No single travelers travelling alone

Supplements apply for Easter, Christmas and New Year POA

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