- Teneguia & San Antonio Volcanoes
- Good walking opportunities
- Fuencaliente Lighthouse
- Rugged coastal views
Fuencaliente is situated in the south of the island and is also known as Fuencaliente de la Palma. The main town, found in the higher region, is fairly small but has a few restaurants, bars and cafes together with a couple of supermarkets that offer all you need. Fuencaliente also has several small villages surrounding it including Las Indias and Los Canarios.
There’s not much to see if you are planning a day trip to be honest but the town has some interesting features and a church that dates from the early 18th Century.
The highlight and main attraction of the Fuencaliente area are the two volcanoes, Teneguía and San Antonio, which are well worth a visit and very popular with visitors to the island.
Fuencaliente’s rugged coastal areas are abundant with banana plantations and offer quiet black sand beaches and coves. Two lighthouses and a museum can be found on the southern tip of the island, an area called Punta Fuencaliente, which can be reached by car, bus or foot.
With the exception of the volcanoes, Fuencaliente is not a tourist area but because of this, it offers a quiet, peaceful, relaxing place to stay if you are looking for something more remote and away from it all and the coastal views are more impressive and rugged than the east coast.
Honest Reviews from Outdoor Views
We spent two weeks at the La Palma Princess Hotel on the Fuencaliente coastline which makes an ideal spot for a ‘get away from it all’ break. The hotel was good and if you are staying there, it’s easy to hop on the local bus, take an organised trip or hire a car to get around the island and overcome the remoteness if it gets too much!
The main point to make about Fuencaliente (and one of the reasons for this website) is that it’s an undeveloped area and there is not much around. We enjoyed the peace and quiet and nature but there were some holiday-makers at the hotel who weren’t prepared for it and didn’t like the location so bear this in mind. You only have to read some of the more negative Trip Advisor reviews to be put off but as long as you know what to expect, the hotel is a good choice in our opinion.
The town of Fuencaliente itself is quite small but upon further investigation, it had quite a bit of charm and some interesting buildings on offer. The surrounding area is quite varied with greenery and flowers in one part and volcanic rock in another and the volcanoes are definitely worth a trip. If you want a touristy beach resort with bars, restaurants and cash points on every corner, this is not for you.
You can read our full review of La Palma Princess Hotel which describes what we saw and what we thought in detail and also check our Hints & Tips page for some notes on the hotel.