15 Things To Do in Las Palmas

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Las Palmas
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Las Palma’s si also known as San Miguel de La Palma. It is the most north-westerly island of the Canary Islands in Spain. It is the fifth largest of the Canary islands with a total land area of 706 kilometers squared. The population in the island is about 85,225 as of 2013. La Palma is famous for its volcanic craters and twisted rock formations.

1. Look at the view at Caldera de Taburiente National Park

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It would be a great experience if you hiked through the top of the hill. When you reach the top. you will be able to have a good view of the island and the ocean, the sweat you make is surely going to be worth it, you can actually see that you are on a level with the clouds. Upon walking, make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes.

Information

  • Name: Caldera de Taburiente National Park
  • Address: Carretera General de Padron, 47 | El Paso, 38750, La Palma, Spain
  • Access: 30 minutes from Casa de Bueco
  • Price: Free
  • Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 8:00AM-8:00PM
  • Website: www.gobiernodecanarias.org/parquesnacionalesdecanarias

2. Have a hike at Roque de Los Muchachos

If you want to sweat it out while exploring the island of La Palma, then why not have a hike at Roque de Los Muchachos? The drive to the place is a scenery itself, you will be able to see cliff edges, forest roads, and driving into tunnels made of rock. Once you are at the summit you will be able to see some telescopes to have a greater view around the island. It is very beautiful your wait will definitely be worth it.

3. Taste local food

After all the adventures and activities, we would always want food and why not savor the best of the island while you are in there? There are a lot of restaurants for you to choose from here in La Palma such as Casa Osmunda, Bar Charco Azul, Enriclai, Chipi-Chipi, La Casa del Volcan, El Jardin de la Sal, El Duende Del Fuego, Restaurante Parrilla Los Braseros, Cerveceria Isla Verde, Casa Goyo  and so much more. Make sure that before you engage in amazing activities your stomach is happy and full.

4. Have a swim at Charco Azul

Have a swim at Charco Azul, making it a perfect scenery for your entire vacation. The place is actually quite lovely even on rainy days, so you can always visit the place any time of the year. You can either swim in the pools or the coastline, your choice. There is a restaurant nearby so having a quick bite would be necessary after spending the day of swimming. The place is free and open to the public.

5. Have a picnic at Parque Cultural La Zara

If you are looking for a place to unwind and relax then you should go and have a picnic at Parque Cultural La Zara. You can also walk around the area through the woodland to see some cave carvings which makes your experience much more unique. There are information boards everywhere so you will be able to know the history of the place. This park is great for elderly and families with young children too.

6. Stroll around Hafen Santa Cruz de La Palma

An hour of spare time to stroll around Hafen Santa Cruz would be great to make the most of your visit in La Palma. As you walk around the streets you will be able to see lots of restaurants, cafes, and shops with volcanic necklaces and some local products that you might want or buy something for souvenirs. Who knows you might want to stop by to buy something? There are things to see such as balconies, churches and stuff like that.

7. Have a swim at the beaches

Of course, La Palma is an island and who would have forgotten the beaches? You might want to swim at the beaches the first thing when you arrive at the island. There are beaches or resorts to go to such as Playa Nogales, Echentive Beach, El Faro Beach, Los Cancajos Beach, Charco Verde, Puerte Naos, Bajamar, and Puerto de Tazacorte beach.

8. Have a taste or buy something local at Mercadillo de Agricultor de Puntagorda

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Experience what it’s like to be one of the locals while shopping or marketing at Mercadillo de Agricultor de Puntagorda. You will be able to find local products such as mojo, wine, and locally produced goods. They also sell jewellery made out of recycled plastic. Across the road would be a BBQ and picnic areas for you to relax and unwind before or after you visit the market.

9. Do some dolphin and whale watching

If you want to enjoy every bit of your moment on the island then this activity would be great. There are a lot of tour agencies that has this service, they will be the one conducting the activity and all the things and information you need. You will be able to see the dolphins or whale in your very own eyes, the little ones would really love to be in this activity so this is great for families as well.

10. Visit museums

There are museums on the island too. If you want to know more information and history about the island then going to the museums is a great idea. You will be able to see ancient artifacts, pictures and so much more. Just like having a glimpse of the people, place and the way of living from the past. Museums to visit around the island are La Palma Maritime Museum, Museo de la Seda las Hilanderas, Museo Insular de la Palma  and Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias.

11. Experience stunning views at Mirador de la Cumbrecita

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If you want to spend the day in quiet, peace and calming place involving nature then it would be great if you go to Mirador de la Cumbrecita. You will just walk around the pine forest with an occasional call from birds. The views are also amazing, you can see the clouds at the same level as you. If you want to continue up to the hill then it would be a great hike and as soon as you reach the top, you will be able to see a spectacular view like no other.

12. Visit some volcanic Crater

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The island is unique for having some volcanic craters in it. You will be able to see it in your very own eyes which are very rare. Make sure if you visit one of the volcanoes, you check the weather first because it is not recommended to go there in a bad weather. It’s quite a hard walk but when you reach the top you will be able to see amazing views. The volcanoes in La Palma are Volcan de San Antonio and Volcan Teneguia.

13. Book a private tour

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If you want to roam around the island without the hassle of organizing everything from activities, transportation, and meals, then just book a private tour. They will be the one to do all the organizing and you can also choose the places you want to go. All that is left for you to do is just enjoy the trip hassle-free.

14. Do some shopping

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Of course, you would not forget to do some shopping, to buy some souvenirs and so much more. You don’t need to go to a specific place to do this because as you walk around the streets on the island, you will be able to see some stalls and shops around. There are even cafe’s and restaurants in case you get hungry while doing all the shopping.

15. Experience the nightlife

Who ever said the island life is boring hasn’t been in one. Here in La Palma, the island just lits up at dark with so many bars and clubs around and if you are someone who does not want to waste any minute during a vacation, then staying late up at night and experiencing the nightlife is a good way to go. Places to visit are TASCA ALAVASCA, Tapas y trekking, Er Sevillano, BAR GORGONIA, Parada 77, Kiosco Aridane, Bar La Rotonda, Lambada Beach Bar, and Bar Pompidu.

Have a good trip and travel!

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Canary Islands, Europe, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas, Spain