Tazacorte & Puerto Tazacorte, La Palma
Highlights: Small Town & Beach
Tazacorte and Puerto Tazacorte lie on the western side of the island, almost opposite Santa Cruz de la Palma, and the area is split into two main sections. Tazacorte is the main part of the town in the higher region and Puerto Tazacorte is the lower beach area. The area originally belonged to Los Llanos but was given its own independence in 1925 and became a separate village then.
The town of Tazacorte is situated slightly above the coast and is the main centre which houses the shops, supermarkets, post office, banks and town hall for the local community.
Puerto Tazacorte is the very attractive lower area on the coast which has a black-sand beach, fishing harbour and a promenade with colourful cafes, bars and restaurants together with a children's play area.
The beautiful area is abundant with banana plantations and around 85% of the land area in Tazacorte is used for this purpose. Crops grow well with Tazacorte having the greatest number of hours of sun in Europe during the entire year so it makes an ideal holiday base from which to explore.
Honest Reviews from Outdoor Views
We reached Tazacorte by foot after a steady walk down from Los Llanos. The main town itself was simple but interesting with lovely tree-lined streets, pretty flowers and colourful houses and we found a great supermarket (with toilets) in the centre of the town and stocked up on drinks and snacks for the rest of our walk.
After stopping at a lovely seated area along the coastline with old-style balconies and gorgeous flowers, we continued towards the coast and came across a lovely square with old-style buildings and a statue. If you continue along the track towards the ocean through the banana plantations, there is a lovely wide path that seems to follow the coastline back up the coast. We didn't have time to explore but did get some great photos of birds of prey that were flying around.
The walk down to Puerto Tazacorte followed a fairly steep and long road (LP1) but the footpath was safe and easy on the feet. There were a number of bus-stops along the road so you could catch the bus from top to bottom if you prefer.
Puerto Tazacorte itself was a lovely little place and we stopped for an ice-cream at the first cafe we saw (it was absolutely roasting for February!). The area looks fairly new and well-developed with play areas for children and a lovely stretch of black sand beach. Our walk then continued along through banana plantations and up a very steep track to Los Llanos again which was quite a hike but well worth the effort!
All in all, both places were interesting, varied and worth a visit if you are passing through.