They call it “the beautiful island”
From almost every spot there is a view of the wide blue surface of the ocean. The land, graduating from the Cumbres (a mountainous ridge of volcanic origin, spreading from north to south), offers impressive sceneries. Watch the spectacle of the passing clouds mirroring in the face of the sea.
Popular with hikers is the national park “Caldera de Taburiente” in the north of the island. Inside the huge caldera, rising up to 2500 metres – which is, according to recent findings, not the remains of a single and big crater, but of several smaller craters – there are hiking trails of every level of difficulty.
The volcanic origin of the Canary Islands most obviously takes shape on the island La Palma: The more to the south, the younger the soil. The north of La Palma is, like La Gomera, several million years old, whereas on the southern headland an active volcano is erupting every 50 years, generating new soil. The last time the Volcán de Teneguía was spitting fire in 1971. The first plant to conquer the new soils is always the Canary Pine. Mighty trunks rise up to 30 metres. The roots are keeping the sediments and constitute the soil for following plants
The oldest part of La Palma maintains a rest of Europe’s oldest primeval forest (from the tertiary). In “Los Tilos” gnarled laurel and tree heath are combing humidity out the foggy trade winds – a real fairy tale forest. (Of that kind, only the neighbouring island, La Gomera, can provide a more impressive cloud forest.)
The highest peak of the island is, with 2426 metres, the “Roque de los Muchachos” at the northern border of the Caldera de Taburiente. The Isaac Newton Group of Telescopes is situated there, and, for the joy of the Palmerian kids, the area is snow-covered from time to time in the winter. This place is notably beautiful during sunrise or sunset…
…Early in the morning on the Roque de los Muchachos – a thousand metres below the land is fading underneath a sea of clouds. The sunrays are already pricking the skin, but yet not strong enough to banish the clouds…
Known places on La Palma
Since 2004 I mediate holiday homes, apartments and rental car bookings on the smallest & western Canary islands La Gomera, El Hierro and La Palma. The first years I was living in Vallehermoso (La Gomera) with my family. For some time the office is situated in Germany, and I travel to the most beautiful islands in the sea several times a year.
I know all accommodations, all house owners personally, take the photos myself and regularly check the quality of the houses on site. My program is small and fine: I only offer holiday homes in which I feel comfortable and which I can really recommend. So to get to know the islands far from the tourist paths, you’ve come to the right place at GOMERA individual: it’s Canarias auténticas.