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 (8 days) and GR131 trail (3 days). Areas explored include Santa Cruz and Buenavista. Contains a Spanish-English glossary.

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
ISBN
9781852848538
Availability
Not Yet Published
Available
15 Jan 2019
Edition
Second
Pages
240
Size
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

    Contents
    Introduction
    Location
    Geology
    Wildlife
    National parks
    The Fortunate Isles
    Getting there
    When to go
    Accommodation
    Health and safety
    Food and drink
    Language
    Money
    Communications
    Walking on La Palma
    Getting there
    Getting around
    What to take
    Waymarking and access
    Maps
    Food and drink
    Tourist information offices
    Emergencies
    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 GR130: Santa Cruz de La Palma to Mazo
    36 GR130: Mazo to Fuencaliente
    37 GR130: Fuencaliente to Los Llanos
    38 GR130: Los Llanos to Puntagorda
    39 GR130: Puntagorda to Garafía
    40 GR130: Garafía to Franceses
    41 GR130: Franceses to Los Sauces
    42 GR130: Los Sauces to Santa Cruz de La Palma
    43 GR131: Puerto de Tazacorte to Roque de los Muchachos
    44 GR131: Roque de los Muchachos to Refugio del Pilar
    45 GR131: 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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