Enchanted forests, black volcanic landscapes, steep mountain hikes and stunning coastal views all make for some great walking experiences in La Palma and offer a vast array of unspoilt and varied scenery across the island.
Whether venturing out on your own or walking with a knowledgeable tour guide, you’ll find a variety of options with regards difficulty, length and things to see along the way.
We went on two organised trips with Natour Trekking, plus ventured to the top of the Southern volcanoes and walked around towns, villages and coastlines under our own steam which worked out well for our two week stay.
Walking Under Your Own Steam
Much of La Palma can be explored on your own if you set out with adequate footwear, equipment and a good deal of energy for some of those steep hills!
We saw many people using walking poles and after experiencing the island, this is probably advisable but is not a necessity. As keen photographers, we discovered our monopod doubled as a useful pole in times of need!
Although we enjoyed the organised tours with Natours, we prefered the freedom of walking in our own time and setting our own pace so that we could stop to take photos and really relax and enjoy. We think you see a great deal more this way and there is always something just around the corner to explore.
It’s always best to walk with someone rather than venture out on your own for obvious reasons and always carry plenty of water with you to avoid dehydration. Our Los Llanos & Tazacorte round trip was in February and it was absolutely sweltering that day!
The Walks We Achieved
The walks below from start to finish are LONG! However, we are not superfit so they should be achievable and you can do bits of them if you prefer.
The walks describe our personal experiences during February 2008 and the list offers just a small selection of the walking routes available. Our walks have been published for use by website visitors on the understanding that Outdoors Views are not held responsible for the safety or well-being of those following the routes that we describe. Routes and footpaths were correct at time of publication but may have changed since then.
Fuencaliente Volcano Route Down to the Lighthouse
Walk as far as you want to with this walk which offers variations for all levels of walkers and includes two volcanoes plus the lighthouse.
Starting Point: Volcán San Antonio Visitor Centre, Fuencaliente
Distance: Approx. 6 km from Volcán San Antonio to the Fuencaliente Lighthouse
Notes: Some fairly steep parts of the trail which can be avoided and generally a steady slope down to the lighthouse, all off road apart from the last part from the lighthouse to the La Palma Princess hotel (if travelling this far)
Facilities: Car park, toilets, museum
Highlights: Incredible volcanic landscapes and flowers plus a great sense of achievment at the end!
Los Llanos & Tazacorte Circular Walk
A long circular walk through pretty towns down to the ocean and back through banana plantations. Walk as far as you want to with this route which offers variations for all levels of walkers or go the whole hog and sleep well at the end of the day!
Starting Point: Los Llanos
Distance: Approx. 10 km roundtrip
Notes: Mainly good roadside footpaths, a fairly long but gentle slope down to the ocean, ocean front flat, last part through the banana plantations quite steep and hard work!
Facilities: Parking, toilets, cafes, beach
Highlights: Lovely towns, beautiful coastal views, varied walk and a great sense of achievment at the end!
Recommended Walking Equipment
- Sturdy, comfortable walking boots that you are used to wearing
- Lightweight waterproof jacket & trousers
- Water bottle
- Map & compass (for your own walks)
- Small backpack for carrying water, snacks and other items