A relaxing getaway, full of historic towns and beautiful forests
It takes about four and a half hours to fly to La Palma and popular resorts for a cheap holiday like Los Cancajos and Brena Baja are only 15 minutes away, with Puerto Naos reachable in an hour.
Temperatures don’t change all that much from summer to winter in La Palma, with around 23°C in summer and 19°C in winter, making it an ideal place to escape the UK winter. It also means you can get great deals pretty much any time of year.
With three black-sand beaches,
Los Cancajos is the largest holiday resort on the island. Here you’ll discover a black volcanic sand, secluded coves and breathtaking views across the remarkable Caldera de Taburiente mountain range. Situated on the east coast, Brena Baja is a quiet, hillside village on the outskirts of the bustling capital, Santa Cruz. It provides beautiful views along the coastline, and across to neighbouring Tenerife and La Gomera island.
The resort of Puerto Naos on the east coast of La Palma, is right beside the sea and surrounded by banana plantations making it ideal for visitors in search of peace and tranquillity. As well as the main beach at Puerto Naos, there are other nearby coves that can also be explored before re-fuelling and recharging with the tasty local squid freshly prepared in the area.
Cheap days out in La Palma
It doesn’t have to cost a penny to enjoy the sights of La Palma like hiking along the Route of Volcanoes in Puerto Naos. Or for a slice of genuine Canarian architecture, take a trip to Llanos de Aridane, around 20 minutes’ away, where you’ll feast your eyes on houses fronted by gorgeous wooden balconies and the colonial-style church of Nuestra Senora de Los Remedios.
There’s no better place to try out stargazing than La Palma – holidaymakers flock from all over the world to witness the sublime skies. The Llano de Las Ventas Astronomical Viewpoint is situated in the city of Brena Baja, at 1320 meters of altitude, from which you can marvel at an amazing view of the East Coast. Just download a free stargazing app and you can even be an expert from the comfort of a bar stool.
Los Cancajos Beach is protected by breakwaters made of volcanic rock, meaning you’re sure to enjoy serene waters for swimming in throughout the year, as well as a wide array of marine life. Or you could splash out, quite literally, and hire some scuba diving or snorkelling equipment.
Other popular holidays in the Canaries
Cheap holidays aren’t limited to just La Palma. Check out budget options for Canary Island holidays in Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote. If you’re set on a holiday to La Palma, take a peek at our travel guide for more information on how to plan your perfect, low-priced break. And to help you out, check out our top three cheap hotels in La Palma below.
Located on Los Cancajos seafront, Las Olas Aparthotel has breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, with a mountain backdrop. There's a complimentary airport shuttle service to get to this sublime location, and secure parking if you're making your own way. Just a five-minute walk from Cancajos Beach, and 10 minutes to the centre of Los Cancajos, this budget-friendly aparthotel has a free Wi-Fi zone, as well as a handy mini supermarket on-site. What's more, the trio of pools, gym and the buffet restaurant make it an all-round winner for anyone looking for a little luxury, on a budget.
If you're looking for reasonably priced hotel in an out-of-the-way setting, Parador de La Palma may be just the ticket. Located just a 10-minute bus ride away from the colonial buildings and volcanic sand beach in Santa Cruz, this beautiful hotel is cocooned in large tropical gardens overlooking the sea. The hotel has an outdoor pool and fitness centre, with complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas, plus free parking and newspapers. Each room includes a TV with premium satellite channels and the hotel has a play area for children and facilities such as a sauna and gym for anyone wanting to stay fit on their break. You can dine at Restaurante Parador de la Palma while enjoying views of the scenic island through the large picture windows.
A free shuttle bus takes you an hour or so from the airport to Sol La Palma Hotel, which is at the bottom of a craggy hillside overlooking the tranquil Puerto Naos Beach. Surrounded by a banana plantation, the 4* hotel complex offers rooms with sea or mountain views as standard in addition to several swimming pools, a gym, free Wi-Fi and – more excitingly - professional stargazing facilities. For a change of scene, you could rent bikes to explore the island or take a stroll to larger Tazacorte for shopping and a meal out. As for restaurants, shops and bars, head to the resort centre of Puerto Naos which is a mere 600 metres away.