Top ChoiceChurch in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves

For splendid views down the valley to Santa Cruz, put aside time to tackle the 4km uphill hike north of town to La Palma’s main object of pilgrimage, the 17th-century Santuario de la Virgen de las Nieves with its...

Top ChoiceNational Park in Central La Palma

Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente

Declared a national park in 1954, this beautiful park is at the heart of La Palma, both geographically and symbolically. Extending across 46.9 sq km, the park encompasses thick Canary pine forests, a wealth of...

Top ChoiceMountain in Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente

Pico Bejenado

At 1854m, clambering up to this peak offers glorious views over the pines, valleys and ridges of the Caldera de Taburiente. The peak marks the conclusion of the hike here from Pista de Valencia below along a...

Top ChoiceVillage in Northern La Palma

Santo Domingo

Wind your way down the lovely, sinuous LP-112 to the settlement of Santo Domingo and then turn left in the village and follow the signs to the Puerto de Santo Domingo. At the end of the road is a small car park...

Top ChoiceObservatory in Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente

Observatorio del Roque de Los Muchachos

The huge telescopes on the peak of Roque de los Muchachos belong to the island’s astronomical observatory, one of the world’s best places to study the night sky and in 2012 deemed the world's first...

Top ChoiceSaltwater Pool in San Andrés

Charco Azul

Creatively designed Charco Azul is a blending of moulded concrete with natural volcanic rocks. The effect is stunning, especially when the waves are whipping up: a series of natural-looking saltwater pools with...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Villa de Mazo

Museo Casa Roja

This handsome ochre-red mansion (built in 1911), located down one of the steep streets from the main road, has downstairs exhibits on Corpus Christi – a festival Villa de Mazo celebrates with particular gusto:...

Top ChoiceChurch in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Iglesia del Salvador

The interior of this magnificent church boasts a glittering baroque pulpit dating back to 1750 and a stunningly intricate and coloured 16th-century wooden ceiling considered to be one of the best Mudéjar...

Top ChoiceMuseum in El Paso

Museo de la Seda

Learn the secrets of the caterpillars that spin dresses fit for a marriage. The silk produced here is made according to traditions that have barely changed since the industry arrived on the island in the 16th...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Museo Insular

This excellent museum is housed in a former 16th-century monastery with diverse exhibits ranging from Guanche skulls to cupboards of sad stuffed birds, pickled reptiles and an impressive shell and coral...

Archaeological Site in Southern La Palma

Parque Ecológico de Belmaco

The first ancient petroglyphs found on the archipelago were discovered at this site in 1752. A 300m trail that winds around various cave dwellings (complete with animal sound effects!) once inhabited by Benahoare...

Volcano in Fuencaliente

Volcán Teneguía

Volcán Teneguía's 1971 eruption was the most recent in the archipelago. A signposted trail from Volcán San Antonio, near the visitor centre, leads you here on a downhill hike over scrunchy volcanic gravel (wear...

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Salinas de Fuencaliente

Beyond the lighthouse at the south of the island are the Salinas de Fuencaliente, which you can explore along a self-guided path; explanations on boards tell you all about the processes of salt extraction from...

Archaeological Site in Northern La Palma

Parque Arqueológico de El Tendal

With a new and very informative exhibition centre with touchscreen displays, this museum and cave complex at the side of the LP-1 road to Los Sauces was still opening up when we visited. The centre faces a series...

Natural Feature in Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente

Lava Tubes

On the hike up to Pico Bejenado, and at other sights in the park, you will see lava tubes in the rock by the side of the path. Originally, these were conduits in the rock through which lava would pass, formed...

Plaza in Los Llanos de Aridane

Plaza España

Relaxing and good-looking Plaza España is the heart of the historic town. Majestic, ancient and sizeable Indian laurel trees provide a much-welcome leafy canopy on even the sunniest days, making this the perfect...

Village in Puerto Naos

El Remo

Just a short way down to the very end of the road beyond Puerto Naos, past the banana greenhouses, brings you to this small village right by the sea, composed of a gathering of low-build houses, cafeterias and...

Archaeological Site in Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente

Lomo del Estrecho Engravings

A marker at 2.5km from Pista de Valencia and 3km from Pico Bejenado points to the prehistoric Petroglifos (petroglyphs) 150m along a path to your right. The carving – housed within a metal cage – was discovered...

Church in Santa Cruz de la Palma

Iglesia de Santo Domingo

If you follow the steps heading up out of Plaza de España to the upper town, you will find the shady Plaza Santo Domingo. The substantial Iglesia de Santo Domingo here boasts an important collection of Flemish...