Walking on La Palma

45 day walks and long distance trails including the GR130 and GR131

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24 Dec 2010
2 Feb 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm

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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.

Seasons Seasons
best between November and May, as the summer months are too hot, but it can sometimes snow on the higher parts; spring is especially colourful
Centres Centres
Santa Cruz de La Palma, Los Llanos, Fuencaliente, Refugio del Pilar, Tijarafe, Puntagorda, Garafía, Barlovento, Los Sauces, Puntallana and the mountain road
Difficulty Difficulty
routes vary from short and easy to long, steep and strenuous; all are waymarked and signposted, and no special equipment is required beyond ordinary walking gear, except when snow lies on the highest mountains
Must See Must See
Caldera de Taburiente national park, Roque de los Muchachos, Canary pine forest, laurisilva 'cloud forest', deep and rugged barrancos, GR130 around La Palma, GR131 over the highest mountains
24 Dec 2010
2 Feb 2017
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    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.

    • 45 routes described with clear contour mapping
    • includes the Caldera de Taburiente national park
    • illustrated with maps and colour photographs
    • full background information and practicalities on La Palma
    • wide selection of routes for all abilities
    • the first in a five book series of guidebooks to the Canary Islands. Others include Walking on Tenerife, Walking on Gran Canaria and Walking on La Gomera and El Hierro
  • Contents

    National parks
    The Fortunate Isles
    Getting there
    When to go
    Health and safety
    Food and drink
    Walking on La Palma
    Getting there
    Getting around
    What to take
    Waymarking and access
    Food and drink
    Tourist information offices
    Using this guide
    The Walks
    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

  • Maps

    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).

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    December 2010

    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.

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Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific outdoor writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other publications. He has written for a variety of outdoor magazines, as well as many booklets and brochures for tourism organisations. Paddy lives near the Lake District and has walked in every county in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales; writing about walks in every one of them. He enjoys simple day walks, challenging long-distance walks, and is a dedicated island-hopper. He has led guided walks and walked extensively in Europe, as well as in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the United States.

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