Do you know that song “Palmero, ascend to La Palma”? Well, that’s what this article is about: going up and down. Rather, to experience first hand one of the best things to see in La Palma: the extraordinary hiking footpaths that cover the island like a spider’s web.
Most of the travellers who come here are attracted by its quasi-mythical network of paths. Even if you’re not a big fan of hiking, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to explore some of them on foot.
Here are some of the main routes you will find on the island of La Palma. There are routes to suit all preferences and of different lengths and difficulties, And there’s certainly a perfect one for you!
TRAVELLER TIP : Although almost all the trails are perfectly signposted, it wouldn’t be superfluous to get a good map of La Palma with hiking routes and other important details. An app is fine, but as my father would say, paper is paper…
Before we begin…
The more than 1000 kilometres of routes (yes, you read it right) that you can find 2 Long Routes (one of them circular), 42 Short Routes (19 main and 23 secondary) and 32 Local Trails in the Beautiful Island.
Difficulties apart, all of them can be covered on foot and some are also suitable for MTB. In addition, there are those specially recommended for astrotourism. Here you can find the one which suits you best.
It goes without saying that it is an activity that requires little but necessary precautions: to plan the route, to check the time, to be suitably prepared (water and food, clothes, recharged telephone etc.) and to advise where you are going is crucial. Pure logic.
La Galga Cube (PR LP 5.1)
A walk of just over ten kilometres to get started and get a first idea of what to see in La Palma if you go a little deeper: lovely villages, humid mountains and a rugged terrain. It’s an aperitif to whet your appetite. wow
It begins with a slight ascent crossing the beautiful rural environment of La Galga. Then comes the circular part (about 4km, you can do only this one), crossing the well preserved laurisilva and ferns, a ravine, the viewpoint of Somada Alta…
In any case, we think it’s worth the long trip. Without being demanding, it enables you to go up little by little through good examples of the country’s traditional architecture and to find yourself facing the people of the area, which is always a plus.
BASIC DATA: 12,4km, 3,45h, low diff. Link.
Casa del Monte – Marcos and Cordero – The Linden trees (PR LP 6)
Usually known as Los Tilos in La Palma, it is a circular route that starts and ends in Los Sauces, in the Las Nieves Natural Park, although it is possible to take separate sections. It is probably the most popular in the whole island.
Many people take a 4×4 taxi to the Casa del Monte and go down to the Visitors’ Centre or vice versa. What you can not miss are the springs of the rivers Marcos and Cordero and the 13 tunnels of the route, the best thing to see in La Palma without a doubt.
However, it is absolutely necessary to avoid the route in the rainy season, as you will be crossing narrow and flooded spots. Take a flashlight and some waterproof clothes. The most complicated stretch is the canal between the Casa and Marcos.
BASIC DATA: 24,5km, 14h, average difference (the “short” route would be 13,5km, 6h30min, high difference). Link.
Pilar Refuge – Fuencaliente (GR 131, stage 3)
It is a demanding route; long, with heat, wind, little water and no shade. But who said fear? If you came to see volcanoes, here you will find them, running the central dorsal of the island from the centre to the southern peak.
The last stretch of the legendary GR 131 begins at El Pilar, the crossroads of the La Palma footpaths, and crosses the Cumbre Vieja Natural Park, the Teneguía Volcanoes Natural Monument and the Site of Scientific Interest of the Fuencaliente Salt Mines.
Starting at an altitude of 1500 metres and reaching almost 2000 metres in Las Deseadas, the craters, viewpoints and inert fields alternate until they reach the impressive salt mines at sea level. Take sunscreen, a hat and lots of water.
BASIC DATA: 23,7km, 8,45h, high difference. Link.
YOU CANNOT MISS THIS: Ending this tour with a dip in the beaches of Echentive or El Faro is the best.
The Coloured Waterfall (PR LP 13)
We had to talk again about one of the great wonders to visit in La Palma: the Coloured Waterfall, in the west of the island. You can visit it using the PR13, but this route is quite long (27 kilometres and more than 9 hours).
Normally, to see the waterfall only a section is required: Los Brecitos – Barranco de las Angustias. It enables you to see the spectacular Caldera de Taburiente, passing through the Tenerra and Taburiente Beach.
This option, very similar to those listed by the National Park itself, requires a reasonable physical condition due to the instability of the terrain in some sections. For the same reason, it is not advisable to deviate from the itinerary, and it is not advisable to do so when there is heavy rain.
BASIC DATA: 13,4km, 6h, average difference. Link.
Trekking or MTB are excellent ways to discover some of the best realities to see in La Palma at ground level; its natural wealth and the variety of its terrain. Any comment you want to make about it can be helpful.
If you are interested in resolving a more specific question about your trip, the best option will be to contact us and we will get to work. If you would like us to help you with the organization of your trip, you can count on us! Just call us on 922 15 12 51 or write to us at email@example.com.
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