One of La Palma's two tourism centres (Los Cancajos, on the east coast, is the other), Puerto Naos is a town that exists almost solely for tourists. Huddled around a rounded bay and protected on either side by tall cliffs, the town makes a good base for sunlovers who want easy access to the north and interior.
The gateway to the Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente – the park’s visitor centre is just outside town – El Paso is the island’s largest municipality, with sprawling forests and around 8 sq km of cultivated land. The pretty town centre is worth a leisurely amble. If you’re driving into town, turn right at the ‘Casco Histórico’ sign to reach the main attractions.
Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente
Declared a national park in 1954, this beautiful park is the heart of La Palma, both geographically and symbolically. Extending across 46.9 sq km, it encompasses thick Canary pine forests, a wealth of freshwater springs and streams, waterfalls, impressive rock formations and many kilometres of hiking trails.