Walking Holidays in Spain - Canary Islands - La Palma - The Bonita Island


Holiday Highlights
  • Lush, mountainous island in the Western Canaries full of diverse landscapes
  • Picturesque small towns and villages dot the beautiful coastline
  • Walk through extensive evidence of volcanic activity including the awe-inspiring National Park and world-famous Calderas


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La Palma, a lush, mountainous island in the Western Canaries measuring the equivalent of just 24 miles square offers attractive opportunities for walkers. Its diversity of landscapes constantly change as you gain height or vary direction. There are forests of pine laurel and eucalyptus and meadows strewn with colourful wild flowers.
Farming remains the bedrock of the economy with a wealth of almond groves, tobacco fields, banana plantations and vineyards. In contrast the island also features extensive evidence of volcanic activity with much to explore on foot including the enormous crater of the Caldera de Taburiente in the awe-inspiring and scientifically important National Park. The densely forested northern coast features magnificently rugged sea cliffs and spectacular gorges. You can enjoy exploring the picturesque small towns and villages dotted along the coast and inland.

La Palma offers outstanding walking using a network of way-marked footpaths. Classics include the volcano route with a succession of mostly historic volcanoes; and a fine walk circling the Caldera de Taburiente often on its very rim. 

There is a host of other interesting routes including a walk from Las Tricias through idyllic scenes in the north west with a blend of exotic farms next to thousand year old dragon trees; a hike along the canal to the Marcos y Cordero springs involving use of tunnels and a spectacular walk on the ‘roof of the island’ from Pico de la Cruz (2351m) to the highest point on La Palma Roque de las Muchachos (2426m).


Guided-Independent Walking

On our guided independent holidays, most walks are linear and you will be transported to the beginning of the walk and collected at the end. All have some uphill sections but usually you are on descending or contour paths. Distances vary with walking time between 3 – 7 hours. 

We provide 4 walks per week which range from moderate to challenging and are chosen to enable you to enjoy the island’s superb landscape. On some days you have a choice of walk and you can take additional walks on your ‘days off’. 

You are likely to be part of a cosmopolitan group and will be guided by an experienced guide who will know the paths well. Walkers staying at the Parador will be collected from the hotel those at Las Olas will be collected from a location a few minutes, walk away. These walks are available throughout the year.


Self Guided

Available year round tilising our exclusive Walk Booklet containing the best walks La Palma has to offer. We give full directional notes, average walking times and distances, the extent of ascents and descents andpoints of interest. 

There is a selection of easy, moderate and challenging walks. We also provide public transport details for each walk. We can arrange for a local driver to take you to and from the walks if you prefer; payable locally. 

There is a bus from the road outside by the Parador, every 30 mins to Santa Cruz and also in the other direction which takes you directly to some walks.


Walk Grading

Guided- Moderate & Challenging

Self Guided- Easy Moderate & Challenging


Multi Centre

Why not combine a trip to La Palma with some time in Tenerife or La Gomera both offering different walks to enjoy? We are happy to arrange a multi centre holiday of any duration. Please send a request with your preferred option. 

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.

Parador La Palma - 4 Star

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Located in an area on incredible scenic beauty, the Parador is built in keeping with traditional Canary Islands architecture - highlights include magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and extensive botanical gardens within the grounds. The elegant restaurant boasts wonderful traditional Canary Island products, as well as a variety of fresh fish.

There is a bus from the road outside, every 30 mins to  Santa Cruz and also in the other direction which takes you directly to some walks.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe, air conditioning and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.


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Hotel Las Olas - 4 Star

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Set facing the sea in Playa de Los Cancajos, this 4* hotel offers spacious and well-equipped rooms, most of which have a sea view with terrace or balcony. A large swimming pool is set within the gardens also overlooking the sea. Both breakfast and dinner offer an excellent selection from the daily buffets.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe and private bathroom with WC, shower/bath and hairdryer.

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Hotel El Galeon - 3 Star

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This aparthotel is located by the harbour, approximately 15 minutes’ walk from the bustling town centre where you will find many of the buses. Each apartment is well-equipped and most have beautiful sea views.

All rooms feature free Wi-Fi, television, telephone, safe, tea/coffee making facilities and private bathroom with WC, shower and hairdryer.


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Availability Information

Prevailing winds offer year round average temperatures of 20°C at lower levels (up to 200 metres) which is perfect for hiking. At higher altitudes (above 500m) temperatures are often higher in summer and lower in winter than on the coast. If it is cloudy in the east it will usually be sunny in the west and vice versa.


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