Los Llanos and surrounding area
Los Llanos and El Paso, the latter located at a high altitude, are the main towns of the Aridane Valley, the most densely populated and urbane region of La Palma. The mountain scenery surrounding
Caldera de Taburiente National Park invites you to enjoy hiking trails in an alpine environment. To cool down one goes down to the beautiful beaches of Tazacorte or Puerto Naos for a swim. During spring, the blooming almond trees paint the upper hillsides in luminous white and pink. With its array of shops and restaurants, Los Llanos is the secret capital of the island. Here, sitting in the shade of huge laurels on the old church square, you can enjoy a cafe con leche and watch the Palmeros strolling by. A visit to the beautiful indoor market, with its abundance of fresh vegetables and exotic fruits, is a true treat.
From the "Cumbrecita", you can take in an absolutely breathtaking view across Caldera de Taburiente National Park, one of the world's largest craters, which is also highly interesting from a geological perspective. It is covered with pines down to very low altitudes and blazes in all hues of green. The caldera represents a closed habitat, which includes dozens of springs and truly impressive waterfalls. This is the heart of the myth-enshrouded Guanche culture. A number of hours are needed to enter this world, yet the hiker's exertions are richly rewarded.
The contrast between this solitude and the vibrant hustle and bustle of the Aridane Valley could not be any greater. There are many German immigrants living among the approx. 7,000 inhabitants of the valley, with its smaller towns such as Todoque and Las Manchas. Attracted by a mixture of the breathtaking mountain panorama and the proximity to the beach, they have built up their own infrastructure here, including health food shops, whole grain bakery, real estate agent and doctor. At the beach of Tazacorte, where you can now swim all year round thanks to breakwaters, visitors can enjoy a refreshing swim in the Atlantic Ocean. And in the evenings, while the sun slowly sets, the local population takes a stroll along the beautiful waterside promenade and enjoys a copa or a meal in one of the many fish restaurants. On the beaches surrounding Puerto Naos, there is also a naturist beach as well as surfing possibilities.
The following hiking trails will hopefully be offered again soon by Naturarte, which is currently taking a break. However, you can also discover them on your own, using a map or hiking travel guide. You definitely require sturdy shoes for this, ideally alpine boots that reach above the ankles.
Caldera de Taburiente:
The classic hiking tour through Caldera de Taburiente.
Strenuous hiking tour – trail length 17 km – altitudes +150/-850 m – max. altitude 1,080 m
Hiking trail along the only true summit of the island.
Strenuous hiking trail – trail length 10 km – altitudes +550/-700 m – max. altitude 1,860 m
Hiking trail through tree heath and laurel forest.
Hiking trail of medium difficulty – trail length 9 km – altitudes +450/-500 m – max. altitude 1,450 m
The classic volcano route from Refugio El Pilar to Los Canarios.
Strenuous hiking trail – trail length 19 km – altitudes +500/-1,200 m – max. altitude 1,950 m