Walking on La Palma

Including the GR130 and GR131 long-distance trails

By Paddy Dillon

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.



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
11 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

    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 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 walker and guidebook writer with over 90 guidebooks to his name, and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written extensively for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television. Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain’s National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea, Africa and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US. Paddy is a member of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and President of the Backpackers Club.

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