Walking on La Palma

Including the GR130 and GR131 long-distance trails

By Paddy Dillon

Available 15 January 2019

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Guidebook to 45 walks and scrambles on La Palma in the Canary Islands, ranging from 7 to 31km. Some walks combine to complete the GR130 long-distance trail (eight days) and GR131 trail (three days). Areas explored include Santa Cruz and Buenavista. Contains a Spanish-English glossary.



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


Santa Cruz de La Palma, Los Llanos, Fuencaliente, Refugio del Pilar, Tijarafe, Puntagorda, Garafía, Barlovento, Los Sauces, Puntallana and the mountain road


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
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15 Jan 2019
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
  • Overview

    Guide to walking on La Palma. In total 45 day walks are described ranging from 7 to 32km in length, and covering a wide variety of terrain. Although La Palma is one of the smaller Canary Islands, there are routes of all types from easy strolls to hands-on scrambling, from simple day walks to long-distance treks on rocky mountain paths, including the GR130, which circumnavigates the island, and the island-hopping GR131.

    With full route descriptions, including custom-made maps, refreshment options and transport for each walk, accommodation, useful contacts and a Spanish-English glossary. The book also includes lots of background information on geology, wildlife, plants and flowers.

    The circular GR130 trail takes about a week to complete and can be started and finished at any point around the island. The GR131 trail is exclusively high level and mountainous, requiring careful planning. 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, featuring rocky treks and mountain paths.

  • Contents

    Map key

    Overview maps





    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

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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. Paddy is also a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.​

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