69 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit La Palma

La Palma – Canary Islands- A World to Travel-128

One of the destinations that impressed me the most lately is La Palma, in the Canary Islands, Spain.

Wonder no more why. After publishing 10 Reasons to visit La Palma a few days back, I found out that I should share some more visual goodness with you. Because I am really interested in knowing if it is just me, or if you as well find it specially picturesque and gorgeous.

There we go.

DAY 1

Let’s get this started with a classic shot from my cherished window seat. First impressions count, and this island left me speechless even before landing.

Minutes before landing in La Palma, Canary Islands

Minutes before landing in La Palma, Canary Islands

Right after, some leading lines for the one and only airport in the island, where you’ll most likely start your wandering as well if you decide to give it a try.

La Palma Airport, a state of the art building ready to welcome all year round visitors.

La Palma Airport, a state of the art building ready to welcome all year round visitors.

How would you like to get your first lunch fix in a local restaurant like Casa Goyo? Deliciousness without breaking the bank, in an authentic setting steps away from the airport.

Casa Goyo, La Palma.

Wood and simplicity at Casa Goyo Restaurant, La Palma.

To continue chronogically, here’s what I experienced next: A 1 hour hike through a laurisilva forest called Los Tilos, where you can get a free shower under this waterfall

A waterfall spotted at Los Tilos, a laurisilva forest in La Palma.

A waterfall spotted at Los Tilos, a laurisilva forest in La Palma.

and enjoy some quietness enveloped by this lushy oasis.

Laurisilva forest, La Palma

Laurisilva forest, La Palma

My passion for sunsets by the beach is widely known and you might have notice we share a lot of those visually appealing shots on our Instagram. So it just looked right to head to some spot near the Atlantic Ocean to enjoy the first sunset in La Palma.

Cliffs to die for, only in La Palma

Cliffs to die for, only in La Palma

We found it. Nogales is a beach located in the North East shore of La Palma, near Puntallana. And I will leave the pictures speak for themselves, because no words can make it justice. Simply breathtaking beauty as it best.

Nogales beach, La Palma

Nogales beach, La Palma

Nogales beach, La Palma

Nogales beach, La Palma

Nogales beach long exposure shot, La Palma

Nogales beach long exposure shot, La Palma

DAY 2

How does this view work for a room with a view? My La Ola Hotel room facing East was perfect to make me jump out of bed every day I spent in La Palma. And before even making it to breakfast, a few shots of the sunrise were expected. Because every one of them was just stunning. Good luck I guess!

Hotel Las Olas, Los Cancajos, La Palma

Hotel Las Olas, Los Cancajos, La Palma

A considerable trek was on the schedule for our second day. Around 17km that would take us no less than 6 hours, from luscious pine forests to striking falls, fun river banks and tricky to meander canyons. Say ‘hello’ to one of the most impressive hikes you can take in La Palma: Caldera de Taburiente!

Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail, La Palma

Foggy peaks at Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma

Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail, La Palma

Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail vast views, La Palma

Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail, La Palma

Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail first mile is filled with pine trees, La Palma

Colors waterfall at Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail, La Palma

Colors waterfall at Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail, La Palma

Impressive nature colors at Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail, La Palma

Impressive nature colors at Colors waterfall, Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail, La Palma

A pending bridge at Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail, La Palma

A pending bridge at Angustias creek, Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail, La Palma

More color goodness at Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail, La Palma

More color goodness at Angustias Creek, Caldera de Taburiente hiking trail, La Palma

Perfect for hide and seek, a rocky gorge detour we took during our Caldera de Taburiente hike in La Palma

Perfect for playing hide and seek, a rocky gorge detour we took during our Caldera de Taburiente hike in La Palma

After such an enterprise, we headed to Tamanca cave wine cellar and restaurant, an unrivalled restaurant with all the character and identity needed to make it unique and worth a visit.

Tamanca Cave wine cellar and restaurant, La Palma

Tamanca Cave wine cellar and restaurant, La Palma

Our second day ended witnessing another ravishing sunset, this time in an inland location: the dunes of Pinar del Pilar, aka ‘Los Arenales’ where I could only recommend you to get lost for a while.

Last sunbeams near the dunes of Pinar del Pilar, La Palma

Last sunbeams near the dunes of Pinar del Pilar, La Palma

Yes, this island volcanic past is very present wherever you go!

Yes, this island volcanic past is very present wherever you go!

Not far from the dunes of Pinar del Pilar, once again an exquisite spot to observe the sunset.

Not far from the dunes of Pinar del Pilar, once again an exquisite spot to observe the sunset.

Some pine trees at the dunes of Pinar del Pilar, La Palma.

Some pine trees at the dunes of Pinar del Pilar, La Palma.

Landscapes at the dunes of Pinar del Pilar, La Palma, look like this.

Landscapes at the dunes of Pinar del Pilar, La Palma, look like this.

Yoga at the dunes of Pinar del Pilar, La Palma

Yoga at the dunes of Pinar del Pilar, La Palma

DAY 3

Santa Cruz, the bright capital town of La Palma, was the starting point of our 3rd day in this island.

One of Santa Cruz's main squares, La Palma.

One of Santa Cruz’s main squares, La Palma.

Vibrant fachades in Santa Cruz, La Palma.

Vibrant fachades in Santa Cruz, La Palma.

Blooming balconies of Santa Cruz, La Palma.

Blooming balconies of Santa Cruz, La Palma.

Washed multicolored buildings in Santa Cruz, La Palma.

More multicolored buildings in Santa Cruz, La Palma.

And right after, very near Fuencaliente de la Palma and literally by the ocean, San Antonio volcano kept us busy during the rest of the morning.

S. Antonio volcano, La Palma.

S. Antonio volcano, La Palma.

S. Antonio volcano, La Palma.

S. Antonio volcano, La Palma.

S. Antonio volcano, La Palma.

S. Antonio volcano, La Palma.

Starving we got to Jardin de la Sal restaurant, located among the salt mines and lighthouses of Fuencaliente. And OMG what a luscious menu we enjoyed. Can’t wait to go back for more.

Fuencaliente, La Palma

Fuencaliente, La Palma

Jardin de la Sal restaurant. Fuencaliente salt mines, La Palma

Jardin de la Sal restaurant, La Palma

Jardin de la Sal restaurant. Fuencaliente salt mines, La Palma

Jardin de la Sal restaurant. Fuencaliente salt mines, La Palma

Fuencaliente salt mines, La Palma

Fuencaliente salt mines, La Palma

Fuencaliente lighthouses, La Palma.

Fuencaliente lighthouses, La Palma.

Avocado debauchery at Jardin de la Sal restaurant. Fuencaliente salt mines, La Palma

Avocado debauchery at Jardin de la Sal restaurant, La Palma

You know what comes next. A good spot for sunset! Just a five minutes drive from Fuencaliente lighthouses, Echentive beach welcomed us for this purpose.

Echentive beach, La Palma

Echentive beach, La Palma

Echentive beach, La Palma

Echentive beach, La Palma

Echentive beach, La Palma

Echentive beach, La Palma

Echentive beach, La Palma

Echentive beach, La Palma

Echentive beach, La Palma

Echentive beach, La Palma

Echentive beach, La Palma

Echentive beach, La Palma

Can’t forget about a little surprise that was awaiting us not far from there. An out of this world spot which location I can’t reveal just now. My most sincere apologies about this. You will just have to get lost and find it yourself or ask me privately for more details. It would not be fair to send the crowds out there!

Secret spot at Echentive beach, La Palma

Secret spot at Echentive beach, La Palma

Secret spot near Echentive beach, La Palma.

Secret spot near Echentive beach, La Palma.

Secret spot near Echentive beach, La Palma.

Secret spot near Echentive beach, La Palma.

How can you call it a day? Adding some star gazing to the mix! And so we did, because La Palma clear skies with little to none light pollution are just magical.

Getting ready for a star gazing session in La Palma

Getting ready for a star gazing session in La Palma

Star gazing in La Palma

Star gazing in La Palma

DAY 4

I won’t say I wasn’t enjoying myself badly at this point. But there was still a lot to come in our 4th and last day there.

We headed to the island core for a visit to GRANTECAN, one of the world’s most relevant observatories located by Roque de los Muchachos, the highest point in La Palma.

Another mind-blowing sunrise in La Palma

Another mind-blowing sunrise in La Palma

A sea of clouds on our way to the highest point of La Palma.

A sea of clouds on our way to the highest point of La Palma.

Road to the top of La Palma.

Road to the top of La Palma.

A telescope at the top of La Palma

A telescope at the top of La Palma

GRANTECAN telescope, La Palma

GRANTECAN telescope, La Palma. I might have or might have not altered the color of this one but hey! Isn’t it cool?

No shortage of pretty landscapes near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

No shortage of pretty landscapes near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

No shortage of pretty landscapes near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

No shortage of pretty landscapes near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

No shortage of pretty landscapes near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

No shortage of pretty landscapes near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

No shortage of pretty landscapes near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

No shortage of pretty landscapes near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

Textures near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

Textures near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

No shortage of pretty landscapes near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

No shortage of pretty landscapes near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

No shortage of pretty landscapes near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

No shortage of pretty landscapes near Roque de los Muchachos, La Palma.

After that, a brief stop at a local cheese factory called Luna de Awara, put us back on track to go on with our island explorations.

Luna de Awara cheese factory

Luna de Awara cheese factory

And so we headed to El Time viewpoint.

El Time, one of La Palma lookouts where you will want to stop for a quick photo. For sure.

El Time, one of La Palma lookouts where you will want to stop for a quick photo. For sure.

And finally got to Finca La Principal, in Breña Alta, a private property where we ended our day in good company and enjoying a chilled atmosphere. It will give you an idea of the effort some locals put into interior design as well as which kind of flora you can expect there.

Finca La Principal, Breña Alta, La Palma.

Finca La Principal, Breña Alta, La Palma.

Finca La Principal, Breña Alta, La Palma.

Finca La Principal, Breña Alta, La Palma.

Finca La Principal, Breña Alta, La Palma.

Finca La Principal, Breña Alta, La Palma.

Finca La Principal, Breña Alta, La Palma.

Finca La Principal, Breña Alta, La Palma.

Finca La Principal, Breña Alta, La Palma.

Finca La Principal, Breña Alta, La Palma.

Finca La Principal, Breña Alta, La Palma.

Finca La Principal, Breña Alta, La Palma.

All good things must come to an end, and so our La Palma trip ended the next morning, when we took a flight to Tenerife and eventually, I got back to Galicia for a quick stop before making it to my next destination.

Gotta love this island!

 

NOTE. If 69 pictures are not enough for you and you’re still wondering if it is worth it to add La Palma to your ‘List of places to visit before you die’ or however you call it, check the whole gallery here:

Disclaimer: I was invited to uncover all the beauty of La Palma and was hosted by Tourism of La Palma after entering the #EscuchaLaPalma competition with a small video you can watch here.

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  1. Jorge HG

    Congratulations Inma for such great pictures, great job!
    I hope you come back another time that I´m in Finca La Principal and to invite wines and more! 🙂
    Thank you very much, sincerely.

  2. Karilyn

    Beautiful photos. And yes, your 69 photos make me want to visit La Palma!! I love the hiking trails. Such spectacular colors and scenes

  3. Sarah

    Gorgeous pictures, which certainly make me want to take a trip. We have been to Tenerife and Lanzarote, but never La Palma. It seems we might need to rectify that!

  4. Megan Claire (@mappingmegan)

    Amazing!! Looks like La Palma has some of the most epic hiking known to man!! I would love to do the hike through Los Tilos and shower under the waterfall there – that would be such a fab backdrop for a few travel “glamor” photos 😀

    The beaches and resort sounds stunning too – your title isn’t wrong, each of the photos makes me want to jump on a plane and visit now!! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  5. antonette - we12travel

    We just came back from La Palma and loved it, a true nature lover and hiker’s paradise. The weather we had was significantly worse but then again, still good enough. Your pics are awesom!

    • Inma

      You are right, Jackie.
      I had barely heard about La Palma before heading there but I am so glad I entered that competition and could enjoy a few days uncovering this paradise 😀

  6. Rutavi Mehta (@rutaagayire)

    Inma,

    Your photography definitely speaks your love for travel. Even if i don’t know the location I fell in love with it. I have no idea which country or where this place falls into. The best picture is the star gazing one.I wanted to know which camera & lens did you carry with you for this trip. Also can you share more insight Stargazing photo ?

    • Inma

      Hello Rutavi!
      Thanks so much for your kind words. These were taken in La Palma, one of smallest in the Canary Islands’ archipelago and one of the prettiest as well!
      I had my Nikon D5100 and two lenses, one wide lens 10-24 Nikkor and a Sigma 20-70. I believe for the stargazing shots I was using the wide angle one!

      For more night photography, please check our http://www.instagram.com/aworldtotravel . We post our best shots there!

      Cheers

  7. Jessica

    I’m so sad that we never visited the island of Las Plamas while sailing the Canaries, but unfortunately winds were not working in our favor at the time. We hit 4 of the eastern islands, but Las Palmas is still on our list of ‘must see’s’ the next time around. Great photos!

    • Inma

      Thanks so much Jessica!
      When did you sail through the archipelago? That’s something I’d love to do sooner than later! Looking forward to know more about it 🙂

  8. Melody Pittman

    Okay, I admit. I was thinking that I wasn’t sold on La Palma but then i saw that hotel and wow! What a gorgeous view. I am also not a big fan of lighthouses but you have captured the most amazing shot of it. Well done. The town reminds me of Casco Viejo in Panama.

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  10. Thomas T.

    Your photos are too!

    Everywhere is amazing and full of life!

    I hope to visit them soon and have a sublime life!

    Meet the people and places is the best thing in the world!


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