Playa Blanca

La Palma

Playa Blanca (‘White Beach’, though ‘Black Beach with a few white specks’ is a better name) is a small beach of shiny black volcanic sand, backing on to a tiny hamlet with a few summer homes; it's a tranquil spot and there's a rocky coast perfect for fishing or crabbing. The road down to the beach from the LP-2 highway is signposted to 'La Salemera' and the turning is around 1.3km north along the highway from the Parque Ecológico de Belmaco.

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1. Parque Ecológico de Belmaco

1.07 MILES

The first ancient petroglyphs found on the archipelago were discovered at this site in 1752. A 300m trail that winds around various cave dwellings …

2. Mercado

2.68 MILES

Produce, handicrafts and textiles are sold at this weekend market.

3. Templo de San Blas

2.71 MILES

Down a steep hill from the centre of town is this lovely whitewashed church dating from 1512, dedicated to St Blaise and overlooking the ocean. Inside the…

4. Escuela Insular de Artesanía

2.71 MILES

This former handicrafts school still has a weaving studio (which you can peek into), but otherwise has been transformed into a museum focusing on crafts…

5. Museo Casa Roja

2.83 MILES

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…

6. Cerámica el Molino

2.88 MILES

Well signposted from the town is this meticulously restored mill that houses a ceramics museum (including a short film) and workshop where artisans make…

7. Playa de Bajamar

7.02 MILES

This black-sand beach to the south of town actually belongs to Breña Baja, but it's commonly associated with the capital. There's a lifeguard on duty in…

8. Bodegas Teneguía

7.42 MILES

Fuencaliente is famous for the wines made from the grapes that flourish in its volcanic soil. Founded in 1947, Bodegas Teneguía is well known for its…