Welcome to Southern La Palma
A mindbogglingly diverse mix of lush vegetation, pine forests, banana plantations, agricultural land and barren volcanic wastelands characterises southern La Palma. The Fuencaliente area, at the southern tip of the island, is home to the most recent volcanic activity in the archipelago with several volcanic eruptions recorded in the 20th century, the last being the explosion of Volcán Teneguía in 1971, which increased the size of the island by pouring lava into the sea. The surrounding volcanic Llanos Negros ('black plains') support the viticulture of the south and can be seen fanning out below the Volcán San Antonio. It's an astonishing landscape, in parts lunar and inhospitable, black against the deep blue of the sea and sky. Trekkers will delight in the opportunity to hike here, from the shaded, pine-tree-clad cool of the Refugio del Pilar in the central highlands along the Ruta de los Volcanes and down to the south.