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A walking guidebook for exploring La Palma in the Canary Isles. The 45 routes include both day walks and long distance trails including the GR130 and GR131. The routes vary in terrain ranging from trails in Caldera de Taburiente national park to mule tracks and pilgrim trails in Santa Cruz. Includes routes that suit all abilities.
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The dramatic volcanic landscape of La Palma, reputed to be one of the steepest islands in the world, is little known outside the Canaries, but offers an ideal winter walking destination for walkers of most abilities.
This guidebook explores the way-marked trail networks on the island of La Palma. Despite its small size, there are routes of all types – from easy strolls to hands-on scrambling, from simple day walks to long distance treks.
These cover rocky treks and mountain paths over the GR130 that circumnavigates the island and a part of the island hopping GR131. As these routes are fully signposted, walkers can follow them with confidence and enjoy the island to the maximum.
Owing to a production error, the statement at the bottom of the map key about map scales is incorrect. All maps in the book are at roughly 1:50,000, with the exception of the overview map of the Caldera de Taburiente on page 85.
|The Fortunate Isles|
|When to go|
|Health and safety|
|Food and drink|
|Walking on La Palma|
|What to take|
|Waymarking and access|
|Food and drink|
|Tourist information offices|
|Using this guide|
|1 Santa Cruz and Lomo de las Nieves|
|2 Fuentes de Las Breñas|
|3 Buenavista and Pico de las Ovejas|
|4 Santa Cruz and Montaña de Tagoja|
|5 Pico de la Nieve to Santa Cruz|
|6 Santa Cruz to Puerto de Tazacorte|
|7 El Paso to Refugio del Pilar|
|8 Refugio del Pilar to Santa Cruz|
|9 Refugio del Pilar to Playa del Hoyo|
|10 Refugio del Pilar to Playa del Hoyo or La Salemera|
|11 Refugio del Pilar and Pico Nambroque|
|12 Jedey to Tigalate|
|13 San Nicolás and Coladas de San Juan|
|14 Llanos del Jable and Coladas de San Juan|
|Caldera de Taburiente|
|15 Pico Bejenado|
|16 La Cumbrecita to La Cancelita and Los Llanos|
|17 Barranco de las Angustias and Caldera de Taburiente|
|18 La Cumbrecita to Caldera de Taburiente|
|19 Caldera de Taburiente and Hoya Verde|
|20 Tijarafe and Porís de Candelaria|
|21 Tinizara to Piedras Altas and Tijarafe|
|22 La Traviesa: El Time to Briesta|
|23 La Traviesa: Briesta to Barlovento|
|24 La Zarza and Don Pedro|
|25 Roque del Faro to Garafía|
|26 Roque del Faro and Franceses|
|27 Roque del Faro to Roque de los Muchachos|
|28 Roque de los Muchachos to Puntagorda or Tijarafe|
|29 Pico de la Cruz to Barlovento|
|30 Pico de la Cruz to Los Sauces or Barlovento|
|31 Los Sauces and Los Tilos|
|32 Fuente de Olén to Las Lomadas|
|33 Fuente Vizcaína to La Galga|
|34 Pico de la Nieve to Puntallana or Tenagua|
|35 GR 130: Santa Cruz de La Palma to Mazo|
|36 GR 130: Mazo to Fuencaliente|
|37 GR 130: Fuencaliente to Los Llanos|
|38 GR 130: Los Llanos to Puntagorda|
|39 GR 130: Puntagorda to Garafía|
|40 GR 130: Garafía to Franceses|
|41 GR 130: Franceses to Los Sauces|
|42 GR 130: Los Sauces to Santa Cruz de La Palma|
|43 GR 131: Puerto de Tazacorte to Roque de los Muchachos|
|44 GR 131: Roque de los Muchachos to Refugio del Pilar|
|45 GR 131: Refugio del Pilar to Faro de Fuencaliente|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Topographical glossary|
|Appendix C Useful contacts|
The Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN), www.cnig.es, publishes maps of the Canary Islands at scales of 1:50,000 and 1:25,000. These are part of the Mapa Topográfico Nacional (MTN) series. To avoid disappointment, please check the style and quality of these maps before making a purchase, since they generally don't show the sort of details that walkers require.
On La Palma, the best map of the island and its network of signposted trails is the 1:40,000 La Palma Hiking Map, published by the Cabildo Insular (island council). The next best map is the 1:50,000 Kompass map of La Palma, and this is available in Britain with an Automobile Association cover, as the AA Island Series 10 – La Palma. Tourist information offices provide a basic but useful free map of the trail network, which can be used to supplement a topographical map.
Maps can be ordered in advance from British suppliers such as: Stanfords (12–14 Long Acre, London, WC2E 9BR, tel 0207 8361321, www.stanfords.co.uk), The Map Shop (15 High Street, Upton-upon-Severn, WR8 0HJ, tel 01684 593146, www.themapshop.co.uk) or Cordee (11 Jacknell Road, Dodwell Bridge Industrial Estate, Hinckley, LE10 3BS, tel 01455 611185, www.cordee.co.uk).
Route maps included in this book are all at roughly 1:50,000 scale and all maps are aligned with north at the top of the page.