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Top nature escapes in La Palma

Move over Madonna – it's La Palma that's earned the nickname 'La Isla Bonita'. As the greenest island in the Canaries, and with volcanic beaches, laurel forests and towering peaks, it's no wonder UNESCO has designated it as a Biosphere Reserve.

La Palma's relatively small size makes touring the various natural sites a breeze. Once you see the national parks, jungle-like forests of dense foliage, abandoned black sand beaches and natural rock pools surrounded by torrents of crashing waves, you'll be glad you made the effort.

If you're looking for a nature escape in La Palma, the beauties on this list should do the trick.

Traverse the Caldera de Taburiente National Park

This massive national park covers a huge patch of northern La Palma.

Its main feature is its namesake, the Caldera, which was originally thought to be a crater but is actually just a crater-shaped mountain arch. The varying heights make it especially staggering, as the different levels afford incredible views across the pine-clad terrain.

Scale the Roque de Los Muchachos

The Roque de Los Muchachos – the highest point on La Palma – is found within the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. Towering about 2,400 metres high, from the top you can see the nearby islands of Tenerife and La Gomera on a clear day.

When the clouds roll in, the views from its peak look like something out of a science fiction film, as the surrounding peaks are cloaked in fog as far as the eye can see.

Wade in the Piscinas de Fajana

Located on the northeastern side of La Palma, The Piscinas de Fajana are a set of natural rock pools. They're basically giant seaside swimming pools enclosed by rocks and filled completely with seawater that crashes in from over the sides.

With so few beaches in La Palma, a visit to these distinct formations is a great opportunity to swim in the sea without having to worry about waves or currents. Nearby you'll find multiple restaurants and cafes, so if the waves crashing in from the sea are too rough, you can grab a drink and watch them from the safety of a quiet table.

Stroll along Playa Nogales

Playa Nogales is one of La Palma's few beaches – and what a glorious beach it is. Located on the island's northern shore, the trek is well worth it.

Completely secluded and untouched by restaurants or beach facilities, the walk down is only about 500 metres from the car park. The beach is backed by tall, green-covered rocks and coated in black volcanic sand, so strolls here are an experience like no other.

Hike through Los Tilos Forest

If you're looking for an idyllic nature stroll, look no further than the Los Tilos Forest.

Like a wild scene from Jurassic Park, you'll find it almost completely untouched apart from the walking trails. Strikingly green, Los Tilos Forest is comprised mostly of laurel trees that hide waterfalls and natural springs within.


This volcanic landscape might look a little barren and dry upon first glance, because it is – the last time this volcano erupted was in 1971, and the terrain is still recovering from the massive spurts of lava that ran freely down the volcano's sides.

Only about a half an hour drive from Fuencaliente, it's technically a vent of the Cumbre Vieja volcano. Teneguia is unlikely to erupt any time soon, so walks to its peak mean the incredible sea views can be enjoyed without wariness.

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