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.
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!
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.|
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.|
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.|
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.
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