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Dolphin and whale safari Fancy II
Dolphin and whale safari Fancy II 4 hours
Have a fun filled day venturing into the sea in search for various species of dolphins and whales with Fancy II. Swim in the refreshing water and hop on a banana boat. Lunch included.
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La Palma Buggy Tour: Breña Alta - Mazo - Cumbre Nueva - Cumbre Vieja
La Palma Buggy Tour: Breña Alta - Mazo - Cumbre Nueva - Cumbre Vieja 2 hours
Take a buggy ride through beautiful meadows, picturesque valleys with gruelling dirt patches in one of the most astonishing settings of La Palma. Face the extreme while winding into the untouched wonders of the island.
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Canyoning in La Palma
Canyoning in La Palma 3 hours
Combine your outdoor activity skills on a canyoning adventure amidst the immensely lush nature of La Palma. A rare chance to admire the beautiful landscapes and formations of the island while overcoming various natural obstacles.
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Boat excursion with Fantasy
Boat excursion with Fantasy 2 hours
Embark on a journey exploring the beautiful coastline and caverns of La Palma on this futuristic-like hydrofoil boat. Check out the seabed and marine creatures through its glass bottom. Spot dolphin, whales and other animals.
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The Northern Route with Fancy II
The Northern Route with Fancy II 2.5 hours
Marvel at the cliffs and rugged coastline of La Palma. Enjoy swimming, snorkelling or riding a banana boat by a beautiful beach. Spot dolphins in the deep sea. A fun-filled catamaran trip for the young and not so young.
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Sunset Boat excursion with Fantasy
Sunset Boat excursion with Fantasy 2 hours
Onboard this futuristic-like hydrofoil boat - Fantasy for an romantic sunset boat ride along the beautiful coastline La Palma. Explore inside a cavern for some amazing display of lights and colours on its walls.
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La Palma Buggy Tour: Volcanoes Route 6h
La Palma Buggy Tour: Volcanoes Route 6h 6 hours
Maneuver buggy carts amidst astonishing settings of lava lands in La Palma to see the wonders of nature formed over years. The tour is central to single volcanic ridge but covers bewildering formation in La Palma’s exotic settings.
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Kayaking in La Palma
Kayaking in La Palma 2.5 hours
Unique kayaking experience for sea enthusiasts in La Palma island. Paddle through salty waters of the Atlantic and witness the beautiful views from the sea. Beginner and Advanced levels available.
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Travel Inspirations - La Palma
La Palma is nicknamed 'the Isla Bonita' due to its kilometres of lush vegetation and indigenous plant life. The most north-westerly and the fifth largest of the Canary Islands, the 706km2 comprising the volcanic landmass rises from dramatic cliff faces onto fields of banana plantations and finally tapering off at its 2,423-metre tower, Roque de los Muchachos ('Rock of the Boys' in the pre-Hispanic language). For the newcomer, La Palma certainly isn't your typical tourist attraction. From walking and cycling to the more extreme end of the scale in paragliding, pot-holing and caving, the outdoors reigns supreme on this island - both for visitors and residents. Densely-populated seaside towns, pulsating nightclubs and English-themed bars this is not. Like its Canarian cousins, a volcanic eruption triggered La Palma's birth some 2 million years ago - a feat which makes it one of the babies of the archipelago. Rocky remains of eruptions taking place in many different periods can be seen in abundance. On top of most of the middle, plant life has flourished; indeed, the island's flora is the most diverse of the Canaries. In the north, the landscape is dominated by La Caldera de Taburiente, a mountainous arc with a vast depression - once believed to have been a volcanic crater - at its centre. The stunning UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente is a lost world of animals and plants, springs and rivers, pine forests and craggy rocks. 4,699 hectares and tens of kilometres of hiking trails now attract walkers and campers to roam an environment which housed the last groups of aboriginal Benahoare people prior to the Spanish conquest in the 15th century. Indeed, rock inscriptions from this primitive tribe can still be found. Volcanic elements exist elsewhere in the shape of Cumbre Vieja, an active but dormant volcano which last erupted in 1971. It's a peak on the Cumbre Nueva ridge which divides the island in two from north to south. This too has some fascinating and challenging hiking routes. Amidst the wealth of nature some 80,000 people live, lots in classic coloured and blocked Canarian houses. In the towns and villages you can find beautiful carved wooden balconies and ancient Catholic churches; the villages and the rural land is dotted by vineyards and banana plantation, the latter the islands biggest export and one of its main employers.
Overview The small rural area of Las Manchas, which is home to only 1,600 people, belongs to the municipalities of Los Llanos and El Paso, and is located on the road connecting the two. It gets its unfortunate nickname – which translates as ‘The Stains’ - from the unique rock formations formed by significant volcano damage the area has suffered since the 16 th century- most recently in 1949. As well as the unique, moonlike beauty of the region, Las Manchas has a lot of manmade wonders to offer. From the floral Plaza Mirador de la Gorieta to the more traditional Iglesia de San Nicolás de Bari; the area’s architecture is varied and can be appreciated and enjoyed by all. For wine connoisseurs the local Bodega Tamanca winery is a must see, as it provides some of the best wines the Canary Islands have to offer. History Since the 16 th century, there have been seven big volcanic eruptions on the island. Three of these have contributed to the moonlike atmosphere of Las Manchas. In 1585, it was hit by the volcano Jede, then in 1712, by El Charco; which was active for 56 days. The last to erupt was its own volcano, San Juan, in 1949. This caused extensive damage to local housing and farms, as well as carving the criss-crosses and psychedelic erosion that give the area its haunting and unusual beauty. In 1837 Las Manchas became a district of Los Llanos de Aridane and El Paso. The citizens of Las Manchas have been campaigning for independence since the 19 th century, when proposals for ‘San Nicolás de las Manchas’ were drawn up. The proposed municipality covered the areas of La Laguna, Todoque, Los Campitos, Puerto Naos, El Remo and Las Manchas. However, due to a lack of funds as well as pressure from the city of Los Llanos, the plans of segregation fell through. However, the people of Las Manchas still hope one day to gain independence. Culture Las Manchas has a strong agricultural history. Therefore, its inhabitants are extremely hard working and with a tiny population of 1,600, there is a real sense of togetherness in the community. Las Manchas’ large volcanic mass and its warm temperature mean the air is much denser than in other areas in La Palma . Consequently, despite their hardworking nature, the residents are also very laid back. Religion is a big part of life in Las Manchas, and indeed throughout La Palma ; with every municipality having an individual saint, that protects them and the area. The 19 th century proposal to become an independent municipality named ‘San Nicolás de las Manchas’ demonstrates the spiritual side of the people of Las Manchas Las Manchas is also home to Club de Luchas Tamanca, the local wrestling club, which has won numerous Canarian Wrestling championships. The locals are very keen on their wrestling, with many of them as happy to step into the ring as they are to watch. Economy The area’s economic income is mainly from agriculture, using techniques that have been passed down over generations. Despite the majority of its surface being volcanic, Las Manchas has a long history of wine production. A shot in the arm for the local winery; legend has it that the first drop of the grape in La Palma , came from Las Manchas. Livestock farming is also very active here, supplementing to the incomes of many local families. Las Manchas is well known for its prize winning El Manchón’s goats cheese, considered to be the best in La Palma . How To Get There By Bus: Take the L41 bus from Llanos de Aridane to Manchas Bajo. Buses leave at 0700, 0900, 1100, 1300, 1415, 1600 and 1815, and take between 30 and 45 minutes. By Car: If you’re travelling to Las Manchas by car from the airport, it is about 43 km and will take you about an hour. Heading north, take the 1 st exit on the LP5. At the next roundabout, take the 1 st exit onto the LP-5. Turn right onto Calle del Fuerte and then continue to follow the LP-2/LP-3 for around 23km and 30 minutes. If you’re travelling from the capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, it is around 37km and will take you about 50 minutes. Head northwest on the Calle de Perez Volcan, at the roundabout, take the 1 st exit onto the Av maritime, then take a right at Calle del Fuerte, turn left onto street Vista Alegre and then follow the LP-2/LP-3 for the same amount as quoted for the airport. Sights Plaza Mirador de la Glorieta This exceptional square is built on and around the body of solidified Lava that typifies the Las Manchas area, and the glaring contrast of the two makes it a delightfully different spectacle. Designed by local artist Luis Morera and constructed between 1993 and 1996, the charmingly peculiar square features rubble crafted into play-dough-like creations, and a mosaic floor that echoes the indigenous floral display which wraps itself round the squares benches and vast pillars. The public park is a brilliant example of the bizarre beauty of Las Manchas and a welcome change from the volcanic structures that dominate the area. Address: 100 meters from the Casa Museo Del Vino- Camino Manchas de Abajo, Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma Island Iglesia de San Nicolás de Bari The Iglesia de San Nicolás de Bari (The church of St. Nicholás of Bari) was built in the late 17 th century. The go ahead for the construction of the chapel was given after the death of one the ruling elite in La Palma , D. Nicolás Massieu Van Dalle y Rartz, on September 14 th 1696. The former Captain of the Infantry and Constable of the Holy Order stated in his will, written almost 20 years prior to his death, that he has always desired a church built on the site of his property named after the saint. The property was in Las Manchas and the heirs to his property went about building what is now a small but beautiful chapel. D. Nicolás Massieu Van Dalle y Rartz ordered that the building must be well made. This requirement was definitely met; the magnificent carvings on the chapel were sculpted by Hita Del Castillo, who also is responsible for the astounding architecture of other churches in La Palma – the San José and the Nuestra Señora de Bonanza. The importance of the Church to the citizens of Las Manchas was demonstrated in 1949, when the Volcano of San Juan erupted. The locals built barrier around the church, and while other parts of the area ended up being buried in magma, the church was unharmed. Address: Camino Manchas de Abajo, 38759 El Paso, La Palma island. Entrance: Free Activities and Things to Do Hiking Las Manchas’ rocky terrain means it’s great for hiking year round and its varying formations can be explored by the serious climber and the curious rambler alike. Volcano of San Juan This volcano was responsible for one of the deadliest and fiercest eruptions known to the island of La Palma , burying large parts of Las Manchas when it erupted in 1949. The Volcano of San Juan has a mammoth crack from its last eruption, but seismologists have calculated that any eruptions in the near future are highly unlikely. Despite its destructive past, tourists can forgive it, as the solidified lava has carved unique craters and strange eroding correlation with the many formed lines acting like a visual record of the volcanoes history. Cost: Free Museums Casa Museo del Vino Las Manchas This translates into ‘The Wine Museum in Las Manchas’ and is renowned as the best in the region. Whereas most of La Palma is known for its banana plantations as a source of income, Las Manchas, since the 16 th century, has always leaned more towards wine production, with a long tradition of wine making in the area. This small wine museum is surrounded by areas of agricultural splendour and stands on the former site of rural housing for teachers. It allows visitors to sample the island’s local wines and learn about the cultivation areas and climate history and even purchase a bottle or two of Las Manchas to take home. Address: Camino El Callejón, number 98, Las Manchas de Abajo Opening times: Winter= Monday-Friday- 9:30-15:00, Saturday- 9:30-14:00. Summer= Monday-Friday- 9:30-13:30/16:00-18:30, Saturday- 9:30-14:00 Telephone: (+34) 922 494 320 Cost: £3 (includes 2 free tastings, groups contact beforehand) Bottles of wine= up to £10. Beaches Puerto Naos Resort The district of Las Manchas does not have a beach itself. However, Los Llanos de Aridane, the municipality that owns the area, boasts one of the most popular beaches on the island in the shape of Puerto Naos resort. Puerto Naos is located about 10km southwest of the centre of Los Llanos de Aridane. This stunning scenery along with its location in one of the island’s warmest areas, make it a popular beach resort all year long. Despite being touristy, it remains a peaceful beach with its calm blue seas, surrounding banana plantations and charming volcanoes as backdrop. This 600m black sand beach is very popular and has all the amenities necessary to cater for the amount of people who go there. How to get there: Puerto Naos is approximately a 15 minute drive and 7.5 Km away from Las Manchas. You get there by taking the LP-124 and the LP-213. Considering the small size of Las Manchas, restaurants are few and far between. However, the ones there do not disappoint. The popularity of livestock farming in Las Manchas and the town’s close proximity to the coast mean local restaurants are able to use the freshest ingredients in preparing the wonderful Canarian cuisine. Grilled fish dishes, local stews and, of course, the famous Las Manchas goat cheese can be washed down with a selection of local wine coming from the local, family run Bodega Tamanca winery nearby. Restaurants Bodega Tamanca Named after, and adjacent to the local winery, Bodega Tamanca offers traditional cuisine in an extraordinary location, ensuring an eating experience you will never forget. The restaurant is built into the lava-based indigenous rock, the magnificently crafted formations surround you, and the outside of the restaurant is shaped like an oversized wine barrel making it a very odd but truly striking setting. Address: Calle Las Manchas S/N, 38760, Llanos de Aridane Telephone: +34 922 494 017 Nightlife and Shopping The area of Las Manchas is not abundant in shopping culture; it has a few shops that sell groceries but hasn’t much in the way of shopping centres or markets. However, other municipalities in La Palma have farmers markets where you purchase fresh produce. Due to the rural setting and small size of Las Manchas, it doesn’t provide much in the way of nightlife. There are a few local bars and restaurants which will offer beer and local wine at a reasonable price, but the area is fairly quiet on the whole. If you’re looking for a more lively evening, with more than a few drinks, the Puerto Naos is a better bet, although not as lively as other places in the Canary Islands .
Overview The municipality of Punta Gorda is the smallest on the island of La Palma but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty. With a population of just over two thousand, it is a vastly rural area, made up of complex caves, above which the land is covered in trees and exotic flowers. The area is one that is still very much untouched by human hands, with the local government only recently implementing plans for a telephone system and a proper road network. It is therefore in a state of flux; a very traditional place that is rapidly developing. Its main centers, El Pino and El Pinar, are now home to a new church, a few bars and restaurants, two internet cafes and a handful of tourist shops. The rapidly developing municipality of Punta Gorda is one of natural beauty, with its still firm belief in practises of the earliest settlers; it is truly unique to the island of La Palma . History Punta Gorda is a very traditional place, rich in agricultural. It is one of the twelve municipalities in which, prior to the conquest in 1493, the aborigines built hidden societies in the towns' various caves and ravines. They excelled in making household objects and tools thanks to their excellence in skills such as pottery and carving - many of these original objects can now be found in the Archaeological Museum Benahorita. The area’s land has been used throughout its history for produce. In the first half of the 16 th century, Portuguese conquers used the land of Punta Gorda for extensive farming and by the 18 th century, it was one of the top producers of rye and grain on the island. Despite the area receiving municipality status in 1833, the area remained untouched by technological or social developments, and people continued to live lives very similar to those of the first settlers. Punta Gorda only moved into ‘modern society’ in the late 1970s, when the local government saw the benefits of public/private light, running water, phones and better quality roads. This makes the area one of the most traditional, yet rapidly developing, areas in La Palma . Culture Due to Punta Gorda’s late move into modern society, the area is very traditional in comparison to the rest of the island. The citizens still adhere to many of the practices and principles that have been the lifeblood of their area since the original settlement over a thousand years ago. Due to it being the smallest municipality in La Palma , Punta Gorda has a strong community spirit. However, this does not mean they are not welcoming to tourists. They’re very welcoming and offer great hospitality. Furthermore, as the main producers of rye and tomatoes on the island, they are very hard working. Economy Punta Gorda has long history of agricultural production; conquerors were very keen on exploiting the land's agricultural facilities for mass profit. However, the citizens will be grateful nowadays, as they now have a very healthy agricultural sector. Punta Gorda produces 70% of the tomatoes in the La Palma area and in the 1970s, they started a festival in honour of the almond trees- such is the quality of the almonds in the area. However, since the 18 th century, Punta Gorda has been mostly reliant on its production of rye and grain. Three windmills were built by in the 17 th century; these were built to enhance production of the crop. Today, it is the chief source of income for farmers and the area is the largest producer on the island. How To Get There By Bus: There are no buses from elsewhere in La Palma that stop in Punta Gorda. By Car: If you’re travelling from the airport, it will take you approximately 1hr and 20 minutes. After heading north from the airport and taking the 1 st exit on 2 roundabouts, you will need to take the LP2/LP3 then the LP1. If you’re travelling from the capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, at 55Km, it will take you approximately 1hr and 10 minutes. After heading south east towards Av Martinez, then take the first exit on the roundabout, then take the LP2/LP3 then the LP1. Sights Although lacking much in the way of manmade sights, there are many natural wonders in Punta Gorda, and there is no better vantage point for these wondrous sights than the Mirador de Miraflores observatory. La Antigua iglesia de San Amaro The La Antigua Iglesia de San Amaro translates in to ‘The old church of San Amaro’. A site of historical significance, it is believed to be the original site of the first settlers on the island. The history of this simple, humble church is relatively unknown, due to a fire on the 31 st of August 1811, which wiped out all the archives relating to the San Amaro. However, it is believed to be one of the oldest one the island and has been visited by thousands of pilgrims throughout its long history. Dragon Trees in El Roque These marvellous dragon trees dwarf others on the island; they are one of the largest types of tree in La Palma and also among the oldest. The most peculiar thing is that the largest in the group, near the LP-1 main road, used to be even bigger, until a storm a few years back split the trunk. Despite the slight wound, it still stands tall and proud in the district of El Roque. These stunning trees truly are a must-see for any photographer/nature enthusiast. Activities and Things to Do Hiking Various routes around Puntagorda are available. These vary in difficulty but are all fantastic ways to experience the areas beauty up close; from the astonishing dragon trees in El Rogue to the various spiral patterns carved into the rock down the years. Polideportivo El Pinar This public park has sport facilities that are suitable for football, volleyball and basketball. Public access is free, and is a great place to work up a sweat and get some exercise with the locals or with friends. Festivals Fiesta Del Almendro en Flor First celebrated in the 1970s, the Fiesta del Almendro en Flor translates as ‘Almond Blossom Festival’. It originqated as a celebration of the almond tree’s importance in Punta Gorda, at the time it blossoms, between the end of February and the beginning of April. It takes place usually around late January or early February and offers up many roasted almonds and some of the finest local wine, as well as live local Canarian music. There are also many stalls which sell costume jewellery, cheap clothes and, for the kids, a variety of handcrafted toys. San Mauro Abad The patron saint of the area is San Mauro and in the second half of August, pilgrims and locals alike flock to celebrate his protection over Punta Gorda. During the festival, people carry the saint’s image through the town to the old sanctuary - La Antigua iglesia de San Amaro. Then throughout the weekend, there is plenty of live music, as well as food and drink stands and even a peculiar time-trial obstacle course- the gimcana. This event provides great entertainment to the spectators as participants walk on stilts, throw eggs and get pushed in wheelbarrows with sausages in their mouths. Restaurants and Nightlife Punta Gorda is not renowned for its restaurants, but the area is abundant in natural produce and there are a few restaurants that offer a friendly atmosphere and good cuisine. The centre of town also has a couple of local bars and internet cafes where you will be able to get a bite to eat. Los Naranjos Los Naranjos offers a wide range of cuisine at a very reasonable price. From traditional Canarian dishes to a wide range of European dishes. The staff are friendly and very welcoming and there is no worry about being lost in translation, with the menu being printed in several languages; including English. Address: Camino del Pinar 33, 38789, Punta Gorda, La Palma Opening Times: Wed-Fri- 13:00-16:00 and 18:00-22:00, Sat-Sun- 12:00-23:00 (closed Mon-Tues) For de Lotus The For de Lotus moves slightly away from Canarian cuisine, offering up some of the best Italian food you will experience outside of Italy. Famed for its delicious seafood pizza, which uses locally-caught fish, as well as a wide range of other delicious pizzas and pasta dishes; all tying in with the restaurant’s commitment to use organic produce from the island. Address: For De Lotus La Paz 1, 38789 Puntagorda, La Palma Island Telephone: 922 453 457 The night life is rather limited in the small rural district of Punta Gorda. You will be able to enjoy a drink or two at the restaurants in the area; ranging from a cold beer to a glass of the local wine, and the nearby Puerto Tazacorte has a few bars which are home to live acts as well as Canarian music. However, if you are looking for more than a few drinks, your only real choice is the capital, Santa Cruz De La Palma . It is an hour and 10 minutes away, but the music bars in the capital are open later and are livelier. Shopping The island of La Palma is slightly lacking in retail facilities. However, the island is awash with local farmers’ markets. They offer up natural produce from the island, handmade crafts and some real second hand treasures. Punta Gorda is no different. Every weekend in the centre of the municipality, the Mercadillo de Punta Gorda takes place. The farmers market mostly sells produce from the area and from the rest of the island but you’re also able to pick up crafts, t shirts, jewellery, leather goods and many other items you’d expect at traditional Canarian and Spanish markets. The market is popular with tourists as well as locals, whether looking for a souvenir, a valuable piece of home ware to tie a room together or simply a handful of renowned Punta Gorda almonds. Opening times: Sat- 15:00-19:00, Sun-11:00-15:00
Overview El Paso is the largest municipality in La Palma , but with a mere population of 7,800, it remains a very rural area. The rocky mounds surrounding the area of El Paso provide an observatory for some of La Palma ’s most beautiful scenery. It is located in the centre of La Palma , between the upper region of the Valle de Aridane and the Caldera de Taburiente crater. The area provides a beautiful indication and reminder of La Palma ’s volcanic island status, with rare indigenous rock making up much of the 136m² surface that El Paso covers. The Caldera de Taburiente national park, located in El Paso, boasts the majority of these jaw dropping volcanic formations and borders onto the picturesque tributary valley. This forest is full of ancient Canarian pine as well as the endangered Canary Island juniper, unique to El Paso and the island of La Palma . The area’s name ‘El Paso’, which translates as ‘The Passage’, derives from the central positioning of El Paso, which borders every municipality in La Palma , except for Tazacorte. It is also situated on the main road connecting Los Llanos de Aridane and Tazacorte with the capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma. History The locals refer to the area as ‘Paso del Capitán’ a nickname which goes back to a defining moment in the island’s history. Spanish conqueror Alonso Fernández de Lugo took the Ajerjo Pass, one of the many cross paths in the El Paso mountains, attempting to enter the Caldera de Taburiente. Fernández de Lugo completed his conquest of La Palma on 3 May 1492 when he finally overcame the last stronghold of the native Benhaorita people, the kingdom of Aceró, of El Paso. Fernandez tricked the tribe’s King Tanausú Mencey, into meeting him for an interview. When the king arrived, he was arrested, which ended the Benhaorita ownership of La Palma and authority was handed over to the Spanish crown. It wasn’t until 1812, when the Spanish constitution drew up changes for the devolution of the Canary Islands , that El Paso was handed its independence and right to become a municipality of its own. The Benhaorita were among some of the first settlers on La Palma . These aborigines settled on the upper district of Valle de Aridane; the highest point of the island; due to the importance of the vegetation for pasture grazing which the Valle de Aridane provided. The new colonists started moving to the lower regions of El Paso in the 16 th century due to an increase in population and the intention of using the rest of the area’s perfect dry farming conditions. The ploughing of the land’s many different stones took place in the early 19 th century and has formed the rustic look of downtown El Paso today. Culture The culture is awash with traditions and agricultural practise, and the locals have stuck to the traditional methods devised centuries ago. With the warm temperatures and the countless scenic delights, the community conveys a laid back but hard working image. Economy Most of the money generated in El Paso is from agricultural production. Due to its warm temperatures and expansive rural area, it has the perfect conditions for dry farming and pasture. Its main business asset was the growing of almonds; so much so in fact, that, El Paso inherited the nickname ‘The City of Almonds’. Today, almond is considered a marginal crop while the production of banana, tobacco and oranges contributes to the livelihood of El Paso. Hand crafted cigars are available throughout the area and the tobacco is considered to be among the best in the world. Livestock is also popular in El Paso; this is usually used as by families to supplement to their finances, or for consumption. How To Get There By Bus- The L1 bus from Santa Cruz de La Palma runs every half an hour from 6 am to 10pm and takes 35 minutes. Alternatively, the Transporte La Palma L81 will take you to El Paso from the airport; it runs 3 times a day at: 08:45, 13:45 and 21:45. By Car- If you’re travelling from the airport, El Paso is about 33km away and a 40 minute drive, you take the LP-158, then at the first roundabout, take the 5 th exit. Then at the second roundabout, take the 1 st exit. Follow the L2 onto the L3 and you’re there. If you’re travelling from the capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma , the distance is 26km and it is likely to take you 30 minutes. Take the LP1 out of the city centre. Then take the first exit on the roundabout, then follow the L2 onto the L3. Sights Ermita de la Virgen de la Concepción de la Bonanza (chapel) The Bejenado massif acts as a majestic observatory to the town of El Paso, while the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Bonanza is a work of architectural wonder, with the geometric designs on the walls and a hand crafted belfry with 3 bells which ring out magnificently on Sundays. During the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús in June/ July, the Plaza which surrounds the chapel, is decorated with the colourful flowers; that you might find in the local gardens; increasing the old chapel’s quiet beauty. Ermita de la Virgin del Pino (chapel) The Ermita de la Virgin del Pino is about 5km away from the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Bonanza in the upper part of El Paso. Situated by a beautiful rocky mound, Cumbre Nueva, it provides another remarkable observatory over El Paso. The church is relatively modern, opening in 1930, and is considered the protection grounds for the catholic symbol of the Virgin Mary; the Virgin del Pino. According to tradition, the virgin’s image appeared on the giant Canary Island pine that stands beside the Plaza de la Ermita. This pine among some of the fattest and oldest, not just in La Palma , but in the Canary Islands , and is estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old. Roque de los Campanarios Situated above the village of Jedey, the Roque de los Campanarios is the site of the worst volcano eruption in El Paso. The eruption of Tihua in 1585 caused a lot of damage to the fields and herds in El Paso and in La Palma , with searing magma spreading throughout the island. The mound itself is entirely comprised by python phonolite, a rare igneous volcanic rock, which gives this mound a unique moonlike atmosphere. The Canary Islands have this rare rock in abundance; however, you will not see many mounds that are completely encompassed by it, making Roque de los Campanarios a truly unique sight to the area. Caldera de Taburiente visitors centre The visitors centre for the immense and striking Caldera de Taburiente is sign posted and situated on the LP-2 road. It provides a variety of information on the national park: the different guides and maps it has offer information on the geology, flora and wildlife, as well as the history of the island and the park itself. All this is supported through the aid of audio-visual displays. If you’re looking for a momento of your time in El Paso or the Caldera de Taburiente, there is also an endearing souvenir shop, where you have to go to secure camping permits for the national park. Where: El Paso Visitor Centre, Carretera General de Padrón, 47, 38750 El Paso, La Palma Telephone: (+34) 922 49 72 77 Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 09:30–13:30/16:00–19:00, Saturdays: 10:00-13:00/16:00-19:00, Sunday/Bank Holidays-10:00-13:00 Cost: Free Activities Hiking Roque de los Muchachos This rocky mound, in English, translates into, “The Rock of the Boys”. Located in the upper region of the Valle de Aridane, the highest point on the island, Roque de los Muchachos provides a difficult, but ultimately rewarding, hike. It is a whopping 2,423 meters above sea water and it acts as an incredible observatory for the wonderful foliage and natural beauty that El Paso and La Palma has to offer. At its peak, you are also able, due to the altitude and gorgeous climate, to see the neighbouring islands of Tenerife , El Hierro and La Gomera . The location and visual quality of the area are so good in fact, that it the nearby observatory is home to the highest resolution telescopes in the world and the seeing statistics make it the second best observatory in the northern hemisphere. Biking Due to El Paso being a largely rural area with volcanoes and endless fields of green trees and pretty flowers, it is the perfect place to explore by bike. The Caldera de Taburiente national park has many picturesque trails which are just waiting to be explored by bike, and if you’re looking for a challenge, the diverse levels of ground on the volcanic island mean it is perfect for mountain biking, with endless ascents and descents to keep your legs pumping while getting spurred on by the paths paved in wild vegetation. Many companies also offer tours, if you want the knowledge of an experienced cyclist on the best routes. Where: To go on a tour or hire a bike, you will need to travel to Los Llanos de Aridane, as there are no hire shops in El Paso. To travel to ‘Bike Fun’, it’ll take you 10 minutes by car from El Paso’s town centre - just take the Calle Paso de Abajo road, which leads you straight into the centre of town. Address: C/ Calvo Sotelo, 20, 38760 Los Llanos de Aridane, La Palma Museums Las Hilanderas (Silk Workshop) Throughout the 16 th century and right through to the 18 th century, La Palma was one of the biggest manufacturers of silk in the world. However, as time wore on, the hand crafting techniques taught by the conquerors died out due to new technologies; except for in El Paso. The El Paso silk museum aims to educate people on the traditional way of producing silk. On the guided tour you can watch the process from breeding of the silk worms, spinning and weaving of the mills and the finished silk products, and if you don’t catch it, there are guides illustrating the technique and giving further information on the history of this ancient practise. Address: Calle Manuel Taño 4, 38750, El Paso, Isla de la Palma Telephone: (+34) 922 485 631 Opening hours: Monday-Friday: 10:00-13:00, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 17:00-19:00 Cost: Free Festivals Festival of Virgen del Pino Each municipality in La Palma have their own patron saint, which is believed to watch over the citizens and protect them. El Paso is no different, with the Virgen of El Pino being their idol. The festival of the Virgen del Pino started in 1955 and takes place every 3 years in the last week of August; with the next one scheduled for 2012. The descent to the sacred effigy is a 6 mile walk, swarmed with a crowd of devotees and pilgrims who come from all over the island. The trail ends at the Church of Bonanza where the monument is held, under the shade of the huge Canarian pine- one of the biggest in La Palma . Afterwards, there is a vibrant party taking place throughout El Paso. Restaurants El Paso, despite being home to beautiful Canarian cuisine, is not a restaurant hotspot. It has many cafes which are ideal for a small, but delicious, bite to eat, but as a mostly rural area, you will most likely have to travel to find restaurants. Restaurant Franchipani One of the few restaurants in El Paso, which is also one of the best on the island. The Restaurant Franchipani provides reasonably priced food and a service that can’t be beaten. The food is made from organic, local ingredients and to the standard of a gourmet restaurant. Some of the delights include: Goat cheese wrapped in crispy filo pastry on lettuce with homemade mango chutney, beef tenderloin stuffed fine walnut cream wrapped in bacon of balsamic reduction and roasted vanilla peppers served with Serrano ham. All these culinary delights, and more, are packed with flavours that dance on your palette. They provide a variety of portion size to fit for the smallest to the largest appetites. The tapas prices range from 4-8 euros and the main courses range between 14-18 euros. Address: Ctra. Gral. Empalme dos Pinos 57, 38750 El Paso, La Palma Island Telephone: (+34) 922 402 305 Opening hours: Winter- 17:00-22:30, Summer- 18:00-22:30, Sundays open from 13:00. Closed on Wednesday and Thursday If you’re looking for other restaurants close by, it is recommended you take a trip to Los Llanos de Aridane, or if you’re a seafood fan, Puerto Tazacorte, where you are able to sample the fresh seafood that La Palma coast has to offer. Taberna del Puerto The Taberna del Puerto, located a short drive away from El Paso, has been restored to give a rustic Canarian feel and offers up exclusively Canarian cuisine. Its location, in the beautiful square by the Port of Puerto Tazacorte, is the closest you can get to breathing in the authentic restaurant culture of Puerto Tazacorte. Some of the indulgences on offer include garlic prawns, avocado stuffed with prawns, galician octopus, and grilled mussels goat cheese. A unique feature of restaurant is there is a webcam located inside, updated every minute, and providing you images of the beach in Tazacorte. Opening times: 12:00-22:00 Address: Plaza Castilla, Promenade, 38770, Tazacorte, How to get there: Take the LP2 out of El Paso. Take the 1st exit on the roundabout, carry on the LP2, then at the next roundabout take the 3 rd exit. Carry straight on and you will find the promenade on which the Taberna del Puerto is situated. A 9km journey, it should take 15 minutes by car. If you fancy a scenic stroll it will take you an hour. Telephone: (+34) 922 406 118 Nightlife With El Paso being a more rural and laid back holiday experience, there isn’t the same amount of nightlife you might expect with a package holiday. There are a few bars dotted around El Paso and the restaurants and cafes are always available for a quick pint. However, if you’re looking for something more than a ‘quiet drink’, the late night music bars in capital Santa Cruz de La Palma offer live Canarian music and a buzzing atmosphere in contrast with the laid back image that La Palma is known for. Shopping El Paso, and La Palma itself, are not renowned for shopping. However there are many markets scattered around the island which are worth a visit if you’re looking for local produce, second hand goods, leather and crafted delights from the gifted citizens of La Palma . There are farmers markets pretty much daily and in every municipality in La Palma , offering up fresh local produce. The flea market in the Arugal district in Los Llanos de Aridane, Llano de Argual (opposite turn off to Tijarafe) is a place, that once you sieve through the tat, you can find some real hidden treasures and this huge market is open every Sunday between 10:00-14:00.
Overview An archeologists’ paradise, Garafía is home to some of the most extraordinary Auaritas rock carvings in the entirety of the Canary Islands. These carvings, which are more than 500 years old and date well before the European colonisation of the islands, mystify the curious tourists and delight all of who come to see them. Largely rural, with around 1800 inhabitants, Garafía might seem like a place to bypass for the average tourist, but for those interested in the history of its original inhabitants it is a must-see attraction. For hiking and walking enthusiasts who visit La Palma this is the hidden treasure of the island. The elevation ranges from sea level to 2545m in the small area that it covers, providing wildly different landscapes within its confines. It is home to the highest point on the island, Roque de los Muchachos. The area incorporates several small towns including the main centre, Santo Domingo, and also the villages of Las Tricias, El Castillo, Juan Adalid, Don Pedro, El Tablado, La Mata, San Antonio del Monte and Franceses. It lies in the north and north west of the island and covers 103 sq/km. History This area is one where the native Auaritas have left their indelible mark, with incredible rock carvings which are easily the highlight of a visit to this area. These people inhabited the island prior to European colonisation, and named the island Benahoare. Following the Spanish takeover, the Auaritas all but disappeared from the area, being sold in to slavery, killed, or assimilating into the new Spanish population. Garafía was constituted in municipality in 1812, and then in 1906 King Alfonso XIII conferred it the title of Villa. The area has historically been plagued with communication difficulties and isolation and because of this Garafía remains sparsely populated even today, despite improvements being made. Until the 1960's the area was cut off from most of civilisation, and the rest of La Palma, as it had only donkey paths snaking out of it to access the rest of the island. Now, however, good asphalted roads have been built, making it possible for tourists to get in and locals to get out. In some respects this isolation has done a favour for the area, preserving the authenticity of the area's country feel and making it a potential destination for rural tourism, hiking and walking. The population peaked in the 1990's, reaching just over 2000, but is now falling as with many rural areas where small scale agriculture is in decline. Culture The culture of this area is deeply rooted in agriculture as it has a long tradition of farming, cheese production and goat herding. The nightlife is almost non-existent and the people here lead peaceful, quiet lives amongst the abundance of nature that has been provided for them. Economy The economy in Garafía is largely based on agriculture, particularly focussing on the cheese industry. The area has a maturation and commercialisation centre for the large amount of cheeses it produces. The area is made up mostly of farms, but small scale farming is in decline, and locals are making the most of the possibility of tourism in the area as it is host to some beautiful hikes and walks, as well as one of the island's most important archaeological sites, La Zarza, just out of Santo Domingo. How to get there The island of La Palma has a great bus network which covers the entire coastline. Buses cost no more than 2 euros to get anywhere, including Garafía. From Santa Cruz de la Palma or Los Llanos de Adriane, catch the L2 bus which stops at Franceses, Roque del Faro, LLano Negro and Santo Domingo. Both buses leave every hour at quarter past the hour, except on weekends and bank holidays when it runs every 2 hours starting at 6.15am. Buses do not stop at Roque de los Muchachos. To get off the beaten track, a car is necessary. Sights Parque Cultural La Zarza, Santo Domingo La Zarza is easily the biggest attraction in Garafia. With its little wooden bridges and ancient rock carvings, its endless pine trees and vines hanging from overhead, you'll feel like you're in a movie set in the days of old. The focus of the park is found in the Auaritas’ rock carvings, ancient markings left by the island's native people. To reach the carvings you have to walk for about an hour through the woods, but it is clearly signposted from the visitor's centre and a beautiful walk into the ravine in which the park lies. Once you reach La Zarza itself, you will find 29 carvings which have been painstakingly chipped into the rock around you. They were only discovered in 1941, although they were created more than 500 years ago in pre-Hispanic times. La Zarza is followed by La Zarzita, another cave featuring 18 of these unique designs. The intricate engravings feature spirals, arcs and swirls in a unique pattern found nowhere else on earth. There are many sites featuring these carvings around the island, but none as incredibly breathtaking as La Zarza and La Zarzita. Archeologists cannot agree on the meaning of the carvings, but always they are found near water and/or pasture. Most of the explanations revolve around the asking of divine intervention regarding fertility for goat herders or water cults. To find the park, follow the signposted road off the main road at the north of the island between La Mata and Llano Negro. In summer the park is open from 11am-7pm and in winter from 11am-5pm. Telephone: 922 695 005 El Roque de Los Muchachos The highest point in Garafía, and La Palma, is El Roque de Los Muchachos (The Rock of the Boys). On a clear day you can see the islands of Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro from this point. The name itself refers to the rocky mound at which the island is at its highest point of 2425m. El Roque de Los Muchachos overlooks the La Caldera de Taburiente and also gives an incredible view over the natural park below. The Auaritas took their livestock up to this area not only to feed their animals but also to pay tribute to their gods. The stony ground surrounding the area is covered by a thick coat of codesos and a number of indigenous plants such as the blue-flowered tajinaste and the violet. Also, the most important astrophysical complex of the North hemisphere is located up here, La Palma’s observatory. Roque de los Muchachos Astronomical Observatory La Palma is home to one of the three most important astronomical observatories in the world and it is located in Garafía. You’ll find it just near the Roque de los Muchachos at the top of the island. It is home to the MAGIC and William Herschel telescopes. The IAC who run the site offers daily guided tours through the observatory during the summer months, or you can visit the building any time of the year without going inside. The MAGIC gamma ray telescope is not enclosed in a building so you can see it any time. There is also a display panel here telling you how it works. La Pared de Roberto Near the highest point of Roque de los Muchachos stands the La Pared de Roberto, which carries with it a legend to explain how it came to be. Seemingly inexplicable, this imposing wall is split in two with a V shape carved out of it. The legend goes that two lovers used to meet at this point between Santa Cruz de la Palma and Garafía. She was a beautiful aboriginal maid and he came from Barlovento. The devil became jealous of the love that only a soul and body can create, and one night he created the wall to separate the youths. But the young man tried to cross the wall to reach his lady and fell to his death into La Caldera da Taburiente. The devil wanted to possess the young lady, but she jumped into the crater to be with her dead lover. In his rage, the devil split the wall in half, as it stands today. Until 1926 the wall was known as the Devil’s Wall. Museums Ethnographic Interpretation Centre Santo Domingo’s cultural centre, La Casa de la Cultura de Santo Domingo, takes the visitor through from pre-Hispanic times till the present day with displays, photographs, panels and interactive features. The stunning landscapes of Garafía, its flora and fauna and its traditions regarding farming and handicraft are all explained here. It is open six days a week for visitors. Beaches Garafía is not known for its beaches, but there are two swimming spaces to consider if you are interested. Santo Domingo Harbour Pool Easily accessible, this saltwater pool is situated in the harbour at Garafía’s biggest town - Santa Domingo. The pool is separated from the harbour by walls, but not so protected that it isn’t constantly refreshed with more seawater from beyond the barriers. To reach the pool you need to follow the signs towards the harbour and/or cemetery south of Santo Domingo. The road turns into a dirt track and at the end is a carpark from which you can make the five minute walk to the pool. It has no facilities but is a good place to take a dip when the weather gets too much. Fajana Beach Below Franceses lies Fajana Beach, where the harbour once lived. This small beach is a mixture of sand and pebbles. To get to the beach you need to go from Franceses. Coming from Garafía you take the first signposted road to Franceses where the main road turns sharply to the right. After a a mile or two a signpost points to Fajana. Festivals San Antonio del Monte festival. The biggest cattle fair and country market on La Palma is held at San Antonio del Monte in Garafía each June, in honour of St Anthony of Padua. Visited by thousands each year, the festival involves livestock such as cattle, goats and donkeys, being blessed in a procession. Aside from the formalities, it is a huge event with stalls selling toys, food and drink. Music is everywhere during the festival and locals and guests alike dance the days away. It is held during a weekend in June each year. Restaurants Restaurant Azul in El Castillo Although only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, this restaurant serves excellent European food. Serving everything from duck in plum sauce to Cointreau crepes, Restaurant Azul is a great place to visit. The menus are handwritten and the views from the restaurant spectacular. Reservations are essential. Address: Plaza de El Castillo 13, Garafía Telephone: 922 40 06 60 El Bernegal Italian food at its best, El Bernegal also serves great vegetarian cuisine. It also has a list of Canarian specialties on its menu, and the restaurant has a beautiful décor. The only drawback is that its only open for lunch, between 10.30am and 6pm. Address: C/ Diaz Y Suarez, Santo Domingo, Garafía Telephone: 922 40 04 80 Nightlife As this area is largely rural, there is no real night life. Rather, there is a scattering of cafes and bars about the place for a casual quiet drink in the evening. Shopping The only real shopping available is local produce on sale from farmers. The cluster of villages does not provide much in the way of shopping.
Overview Los Llanos de Aridane, the largest city in La Palma belongs to one of 14 municipalities in the Province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in the Canarian Islands. It has become the district with the highest population over the years, outnumbering even the island’s capital, Santa Cruz. The breath taking beauty of this municipality can surely ignite your romantic side. Plaza de España can seem to warmly invite you for a relaxing stroll because of its strategic location in the heart of the municipality. Its well-maintained pedestrian zones, many tourists can enjoy and appreciate the beauty the Los Llanos has to offer. Local residences have been preserved, renovated and decorated with lovely paintings. Culturally adorned with a combination of preserved historical sites and modern architecture, Los Llanos is a place worth visiting. Being one of the major cities in the area, it is bustling with activity wherein you can have your fill of shopping, dining and nightlife as well. Tourism has been vibrant and blooming therefore boosting economic progress in Los Llanos where you can come across Puerto Naos, one of the main tourist centres. Los Llanos has unsurprisingly been hailed as the business centre of the West Coast because of numerous restaurants, supermarkets, discos and bars are located in the inner city. Despite all the comfort it offers as a city, the culture and heritage has been preserved greatly to emphasise its authenticity. Aside from the usual sightseeing, tourist can enjoy numerous activities such as biking/cycling, paragliding and hiking. Geography Situated in the west of the Canary Island of La Palma, Los Llanos is located 325 meters above the sea level. The National Park Caldera de Taburiente is easily accessible from there where a small road leads to the north of the city and ends in Caldera. Rainfall in Los Llanos is quite rare; however there is an ample supply of water to irrigate the banana plantations and other fields. The Caldera extends out to the Barranco de las Angustias which then stretches out to the shoreline. There is an appropriate are for hikers and bikers where they can start their tour along the outskirts of Barranco de las Angustias, which means “Valley of Fear”. The way to the canyon is extremely narrow and deep, hence the name. Intimidating as its name can be, the trekking experience will surely be memorable because the beautiful and scenic view is all worth it. For those who want to avail of tour packages, there are tour guides who can arrange and organize them for interested tourists. There are bus routes that pass through the area – lines 1, 2 and 3 to Santa Cruz, line 4 to Puerto Naos and line 21 after Tazacorte. Economic Aside from tourism, agriculture has long played a significant role in economic progress for Los Llanos. Though Banana plantations are abundant in the area, they only play a small part of economic income of the island. The cultivation of other fruits and vegetables such as avocados greatly contribute to the economic success of Los Llanos. Culture In the 1900s, Los Llanos only had a population of 6,638. But from then, the population has tripled with a little over 20,000 people. The boom of the population was due to the dramatic improvement of the economic situation in Los Llanos. It has also attracted workers from abroad to settle in the bustling city. Today, the number of foreigners residing in the city makes up 7% of the total population comprising mainly of the Dutch, Germans and Swiss. Sights Plaza de España The Plaza de España is considered the social center of the beautiful old town of Los Llanos in La Palma. Locals and tourists regard this place as a shopping destination where they can also go for coffee or bocadillo. Abundant with a hundred year old Japanese laurel trees, it has already become a popular place for tourists and locals to rest and relax. The Spain Square is surrounded with significant historical and monumental sites in Los Llanos like its town hall that is designed from an old Canarian architecture with beautiful traditional wooden balconies. The church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios can also be found within the vicinity. The square in front of the church is adorned with city lights and transforms into a stage for concerts and theatre plays/musicals during the summer. Address: Casa de la Cultura La Calle Rúa 7, 38760 Los Llanos de Aridane Casa Massieu-Van Dale The Casa Massieu-Van Dale is the former estate of a sugar baron in Los Llanos. Today, it is used for exhibition purposes and possesses valuable woodwork. It has a courtyard and several galleries and within the same building, you can also find the Tourism Office. Address: Casa Massieu-Van Dale, Avenida Doctor Fleming 38760 Los Llanos de Aridane Opening times: Monday to Friday 8: 00h to 15:00 clock Palmex Cactus Garden A small daytrip can be arranged to the pretty cactus garden between the city and its neighboring municipality, El Paso. Cacti that can grow up to 16 meters tall and numerous succulent plants are beautifully arranged in a confined space. The Palmex Cactus Garden is located just off the road that runs from Los Llanos to El Paso. Church of Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios The church of Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios which is 17th century monumental establishment can also be found in Plaza de España. A visit to the church is worthwhile for travelers to Los Llanos in any case. The local parish church boasts of a magnificent high altar with an illuminated sculpture of the Madonna. The architecture is very unique because of the church’s elaborate Mudejar coffered ceiling. Address: Nuestra Señora de Los Fernandez Remedios Calle Taño 38760, Los Llanos de Aridane Located in the downtown of Los Llanos, on the way to Puerto Naos is the Parque Antonio Gómez Felipe -a small garden that is currently being redesigned by a local artist – Luis Morera. Parque Pueblo What makes the Parque Pueblo interesting is that it is not a usual park, it is cultural park and an integrated zoo as well. It showcases not only the botany and history of La Palma but also the economy as well. Definitely something different from usual parks – a haven for culture vultures who would like to learn and know more about La Palma’s rich cultural heritage. The park was conceptualized by Uwe Glazer and Gerhard Goder. Museum The Archaeological Museum of Benahoarita opened its door to tourists in May of the year 2007. It presents exhibits from the time of the Benahoarita, the nativs of La Palma, providing in depth and extensive information on the climate and history of the island. The museum is located on the Camino de Las Adelfas. For those who truly appreciate architecture, the fancy and modern interior of the museum is worth witnessing. Address: Calle de Las Adelfas 138760 Los Llanos de Palma AridaneLa Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 bis 14:00 clock clock, 17:00 bis 20:00 clock clock Beaches The town of Los Llanos de Aridane itself does not possess a beach. However there are several good beaches within the municipal. Playas de los Llanos de Aridane The municipality of Puerto Naos, also located in Los Llanos, has one of the most beautiful beaches of La Palma. The 600 meters long and up to 30 meters wide beach extends between beautiful rock formations and banana plantations. Beach lovers will enjoy this place that has a very relaxed atmosphere with apartments lining the area. You can enjoy paragliding activities in the area as well. Playa El Remo Playa El Remo is located at the end of the road south of Los Llanos. The beach itself is not well known, but within the area are three rustic local fish restaurants located right on the water. There, you can enjoy a great atmosphere while overlooking the sea while dining on freshly caught fish and a variety of seafood. Playa de la Bombilla Take a right turn from Puerto Naos and you will find the beach village of Playa de la bombilla. You can also find restaurants there as well. Playa de las Monjas Tourists who are familiar with Spanish can find the name of this beach quite contradicting to its ways, the Nuns beach is the only nudist beach found in La Palma. To get there, travel on the road that leads to El Remo and come off right. Playa Nueva This beach is only especially popular in the summer. During winter, the sand is mostly covered with stones and because of the strong currents, it is hardly possible to swim at all. Festivals Carnival is popular here after the largest celebration of "white" Carnival in Santa Cruz de Las Palmas. In July, the festival of La Patrona takes place in Los Llanos and during the summer months, other fiestas and concerts take place. This is where the Plaza de España transforms into a large stage. La Patrona This festival takes place on July 2 in honour of the Virgin of Los Remedios and which has long been a tradition in Los Llanos. Since 1678, La Patrona is celebrated, consisting of a very long procession and pilgrimage which passes from town to town. Nightlife With Los Llanos becoming the main metropolis of La Palma bustling with activities and tourists, the nightlife is also worth enjoying while you’re here. There are a string of bars, discos and café that can be found for your dose of a good time. La Luna La Luna is a popular music café with live performances in Los Llanos. But it is not limited to live performances alone, readings both literature and poetry and art exhibitions are also organized adding variety to activities tourists can participate in. Address: La Luna Calle Fernández Tano 2638760 Los Llanos de Aridane Basilica El Convento The Basilica El Convento is one of the trendiest nightclubs in Los Llanos. It is open during Fridays and Saturdays only. Address: Calle Pasión 138760 Los Llanos de Aridane Shopping Mercado (market) The market hall is beautifully renovated and readily offers a wide range of exotic fruits. Vegetables, salad, fish, meat and local specialties are also found here. In the spring months, beautiful flowering Callas are available in the market. Turning right from the main road that runs from Los Llanos after Tazacorte (at the Cespa Petrol Station) will get you there. Opening times: Monday to Friday 6:00 am to 2:00pm, Saturday 6:00 am to 4:00 pm A Farmer's Market takes place on Sundays at Parco Conrado Hernandez in Los Lllanos. This provides fresh food and is open from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. The market is located right at the bend in the path of Avenieda Carlos Navarro Fransico to El Paso. Plaza Chica At the Plaza Chica, there are plenty of boutiques where you can get good bargains from. With a wide array of clothes, shoes, jewelry, and everything else you might like. It is not only a place where you can shop but also rest within the benches in the shade of palm trees, in front of a lovely fountain. Glass Studio Artefuego This is the workshop of the German glass artist Dominic Kessler. You can watch him at work and of course, purchase your own glass art exclusively designed and made by him. Address: glass Artefuego Plaza Sotomayor 2938760 Los Llanos de Aridane Opening times: from 10:00 am 2:00 pm daily except Thursday