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, and so today I am sharing with you my favorite 69 photos of La Palma island. Because I am really interested in knowing if it is just me, or if you as well find it especially picturesque and gorgeous.
There we go.
Let’s get this started with a classic shot from my cherished window seat. First impressions count, and this island – La Palma Canary Islands – left me speechless even before landing.
Right after, some leading lines for the one and only airport on the island, where you’ll most likely start your wandering as well if you decide to give it a try.
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.
To continue chronologically, 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
and enjoy some quietness enveloped by this lush oasis.
My passion for sunsets by the beach is widely known and you might have noticed 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.
We found it. Nogales is a beach located in the North East shore of La Palma, near Puntallana. And I will leave the pictures to speak for themselves because no words can make it justice. Simply breathtaking beauty as it best.
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!
A considerable trek, one of the best things to do in La Palma island, 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!
After such an enterprise, we headed to Tamanca cave wine cellar and restaurant, an unrivaled restaurant with all the character and identity needed to make it unique and worth a visit.
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.
Santa Cruz, the bright capital town of La Palma, was the starting point of our 3rd day in this island.
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. Some great Canary Islands pictures can be taken there:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
And so we headed to El Time viewpoint.
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.
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 Palma island gallery here: