La Palma La Palma

March 2013

We had enjoyed the other Canary Islands we had visited together previously, so feeling the need from the relentless winter we thought we'd try one of the smaller, less well-known ones.

Los Concajos

Our apartment proved to be very comfortable, a hot plate for Steve to boil water for his tea and a fridge for Phil to store the Vodka and tonic. Apparently the sea view would have been complemented by a fantastic sunrise, if only we had got up early enough to see it!

  Las Olas Resort from our Apartment Our Apartment Las Olas Resort from Sea Walk
Los Concajos from Sea Walk Santa Cruz de la Palma from Sea Walk  

 

The South and West of the Island

After collecting the World's ugliest hire car, we set off towards the south of the island.  The very tip consisted of a salt pan, surrounded by the lava from of a minor volcanic eruption in the 1970s.  Further round, the western side largely consisted of banana plantations.  One of the few places where the craggy coast was accessible was at Puerto de Tazacorte, where we had to dodge the rain before eating lunch.    Las Salinas de Fuencaliente La Puerto de Tazacorte La Puerto de Tazacorte
La Puerto de Tazacorte    

 

Santa Cruz de la Palma

The capital of the island, Santa Cruz was a town rather than a city, and a pleasant place to stroll amongst the old buildings and have lunch in a sea-front cafe.   Santa Cruz de la Palma Santa Cruz de la Palma Santa Cruz de la Palma
Santa Cruz de la Palma    

 

The Centre of the Island

Our third expedition in the hire car was through Santa Cruz and up into, through and above the clouds which encircle the centre of La Palma.  The Caldera de Taburiente is the remains of an ancient volcanic eruption.  As well as providing spectacular views over to the neighbouring island of Tenerife, the mountains house a series of telescopes which are situated here because of the exceptionally clear air.   Santa Cruz de la Palma from North

Driving Above the Clouds in Caldera de Taburiente

Caldera de Taburiente
Caldera de Taburiente

Caldera de Taburiente

Observatory at the Caldera de Taburiente

Observatory at the Caldera de Taburiente

Life Clings on at Twice the Height of Ben Nevis

 

Panoramo of Caldera de Taburiente

 

The North of the Island

The last expedition took us to the north of the island.  First was the picturesque coastal village of Santa Andres where we stopped for a short stroll.  Lunch was at La Fajana Piscinas, a series of bathing pools fed by sea-water.

 

 

 

 

  The Picturesque Village of San Andres La Fajana Piscinas La Fajana Piscinas

 

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