Tucked away on the southern coast of La Palma, Fuencaliente is one of the most remote resorts in the Canary Islands. With the nearest black sand beach a 20-minute drive away, it's not necessarily the seaside that keeps visitors coming back year after year – it's the vast countryside and beautiful mountain scenery that sets it apart from the rest.
Fuencaliente gets its name from the hot springs in its soil, buried by a volcano in the 17th century – it remains a hotspot for volcanic activity to this day. The region's last volcanic eruption may have been in 1971, but the rugged landscape is as inspiring as ever. It's a haven for hikers with more than 1000 kilometres of well-marked paths through stunning countryside – you can take in the coastal views, tiny villages and pine forests from pretty much anywhere.
One of the most popular trails, Ruta de los Volcanoes, involves a six-hour hike across an active crater – it's also a great way to see as many volcanoes as possible, ticking them off as you go.
If you want to start exploring, it's worth paying the brand new visitor centre a visit. Volcan San Antonio Visitor Centre will provide you with maps and guidebooks, and you can read up on the island's explosive history in the exhibition hall. From the centre, it's about a 25-minute walk along the edge of Volcan San Antonio, with jaw-dropping views at every turn. The centre also offers camel rides, if you don't fancy going on foot.
For more history about Fuencaliente, visit the Belmaco Cave. The people who lived on La Palma before the Spanish came were a tribe who called themselves the Awara. According to local legend, Belmaco cave was the home of the king of this part of La Palma. For a small cost you get to look around a small museum of artefacts, see the cave itself with its rock carvings, and take a short, steep stroll around the area to see the native plants with some information panels.