Santa Cruz De La Palma, Canary Islands

October 28, 2022

Gaze at astonishing mountain vistas and a verdant laurel forest, see pristine pools formed by lava and admire magnificent views from the rim of a volcano on this engaging tour that includes a delicious lunch. In the quaint town of La Galga, take in majestic views from San Bartolo, a marvelous lookout wedged between two deep-cut gorges. Wind through incredible mountains to Los Tilos, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve blanketed by the largest, most untouched laurel forest in the Canary Islands. You’ll thrill to a dazzling cluster of crystal-clear swimming pools in Charco Azul that were formed by lava flows. In the lovely hillside town of San Andrés, you’ll rejoice in a gorgeous panorama of steep cliffs and the glittering sea. Relish a hearty lunch at the Parador de La Palma restaurant, followed by a stop at the striking San Antonio volcano, which last erupted in the late 1600s. From the crater’s rim, behold the pretty town of Fuencaliente, which means “hot spring” even though the namesake inspiration was long ago destroyed by volcanic activity, another memorable wonder of La Palma’s northern region.