Villa de Mazo
A quiet village 13km south of Santa Cruz, Villa de Mazo is surrounded by green, dormant volcanoes. The town is known for its cigars and handicrafts and for being a highlight of La Palma’s winery route (www.enoturismolapalma.es), an island-wide series of driving routes that take in the best of the island by way of the pleasure of the grape.
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.
Playa Blanca (‘White Beach’, though ‘Salt and Pepper Beach’ would be a better name) is a perfect picnic spot, where you’ll find a tiny hamlet with a few summer homes, a tranquil beach and a rocky coast perfect for fishing or crabbing. An unmarked road leads down to the beach, 1.3km north along the LP-132 highway from the Parque Ecológico de Belmaco.