Warning: session_start(): open(/var/cpanel/php/sessions/ea-php56/sess_vp0aevpp8rjlaop4gs5sscosn1, O_RDWR) failed: Disk quota exceeded (122) in /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php on line 24

Warning: session_start(): Cannot send session cache limiter - headers already sent (output started at /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php:24) in /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php on line 24

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php:24) in /home/tenerife/public_html/includes/mambo.php on line 424

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php:24) in /home/tenerife/public_html/includes/mambo.php on line 835

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php:24) in /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php on line 231

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php:24) in /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php on line 232

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php:24) in /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php on line 233

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php:24) in /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php on line 234

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php:24) in /home/tenerife/public_html/index.php on line 235
A week in La Palma - tenerifetimes.com
Tenerife Times Home
Tenerife Blogs
Tenerife News
Tenerife 10 day Forecast
Tenerife Monthly Weather
Cheap Tenerife Flights
Tenerife Google Map
Useful Telephone numbers
Euro Converter
Tenerife Attractions
Hotels & Accommodation
CD Tenerife Football
Learn Spanish
Getting Started
Tenerife Times FAQs
Contact Us
Advanced Search

Rate Us:

Random Posts
Grab a Bargain at one of the Tenerife Markets Whenever my wife and I go on holiday we always seem to end up at a local market. At markets, you can ...  Read more...

Tenerife Google Maps added I have been busy today adding Google Maps to Tenerife Times. It is hoped that this will provide a ...  Read more...

El Mirador de La Centinela, Tenerife OK, so hopefully we’ve whetted your appetite about the best coffee shop in Tenerife (or ...  Read more...

White Christmas in Tenerife Following on from Jack's post about a Navidad Blanco or White Christmas in Tenerife this may not be ...  Read more...

El Mirador de La Centinela, Tenerife Part 2 So we've told you how to get there, now lets show you why to go there. In our apartment in ...  Read more...

New ONLINE AUCTION site SPAIN   Read more...

Tenerife's best cafe? Probably! If you ever find yourself in Tenerife at the Guaza roundabout and heading to Los Cristianos, instead ...  Read more...

Palm Mar, a great Tenerife investment opportunity Recently my wife was talking to a work colleague who said she and her husband were coming to ...  Read more...

Tenerife here we come Well as Rod Stewart once famously sang 'Tonights the night!'  Mrs H and I are bound for ...  Read more...

Direct Telecom launch their new web site   Read more...

Los Gigantes and the Giant Cliffs Los Gigantes is situated on the West Coast of Tenerife in the principality of Santiago del Teide ...  Read more...

Cheap Tenerife Car Hire - well Free almost! In this day and age of ‘stripped bare’ travel, the add-ons that travel companies charge for are ...  Read more...

Jamiroquai to play Tenerife Jamiroquai have announced that they will be playing Tenerife on Saturday June 14th as part of the ...  Read more...

More Ketchup than Salsa   Read more...

Jet2 to Tenerife but Jet Lagged on the way back! Last week my wife and I had a great mini-break in Tenerife, we flew to Tenerife from Leeds-Bradford ...  Read more...

Guardia Civil boat runs aground in Tenerife Every once in a while you read or hear a story about Tenerife that makes you smile, recently there ...  Read more...

English Radio Stations in Tenerife One of the best ways to find out about Tenerife and what's going on locally is to listen to some ...  Read more...

Full Moon Party in Tenerife I have been to Ful Moon Parties all over the world, ifI'm in a country and its a full moon, I ...  Read more...

African migrants' desperate journey Nigerian migrant worker Akum knew that she had to break the law to get to Europe. She works in the ...  Read more...

Tenerife Stag & Hen Do's I remember the 1st time I ever visited Tenerife, it was almost 20 years ago now and we were on a ...  Read more...

Favorites
 Add to favorites
 Make Homepage
 

Tenerife Business Directory

Tenerife Times Home arrow Getting Started arrow A week in La Palma
A week in La Palma PDF Print E-mail
User Rating: / 5
PoorBest 
Contributed by Chris Barlow-Smith   
Friday, 23 November 2007

Running your own business is great but when it comes to taking a holiday it’s always difficult. So in the end we picked a week and simply said we are closed no matter what.

The next question was where?  “Don’t care that’s your responsibility!” Said Sarah ….Ok

Speaking to a Spanish friend I asked him where he goes La Palma came the answer it’s like Tenerife used to be 20 years ago. Go and stay in a Casa Rural (rural house) here’s a phone number of a friend of mine that owns one.

 

So on the 27th October we boarded the ferry. Now the ferry from Tenerife to La Palma takes just under two hours but leaves at 8pm it returns at 6.30am but more of that later. Arriving in Santa Cruz we headed in the general direction of where the house was but missed the turning!  So we stopped at a local bar to ask directions only to be told “Oh you mean Charo (The owners name) I’ll give her a call for you” Everybody knows everybody else. Charo turned up and guided back to the house some four kilometers away the last kilometer down what was a donkey track. 

Sun rise next day showed just how far remote we were.

  Click on any of the images to see larger pictures.

No planes, no traffic, no people it was fantastic! The only time we were woken was on the Thursday (public holiday) morning to a guttural cry and me thinking “What the …..!” Two locals were on the surrounding hills with hunting dogs and they were calling them back. In fact a couple of the puppies came to say hello. 



Geographically La Palma and El Hierro are the youngest of the Canary Islands some 1.6M years old so much of the coastline has not eroded and you have spectacular ravines (Barrancos) all along the coastline. It does mean though that to travel 1 kilometer around the coast you may nead to go 4 kilometers down one side of the ravine and up the other.  Where possible they have tunneled the rock


One of these tunnels is called “El Tiempo” The weather, is over 2 km long, it can be sunny at one end and raining at the other! Like Tenerife it has different climates with the West and South of the island being mainly dry and the East coast wetter. Hence the reason, on the east coast, there are banana plantations almost down to the sea’s edge.

 

The wetter conditions mean that the island is green, forest and trees very different to most of Tenerife.

 

The south of the island was host to the last volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands in 1971 and you can walk around the crater edge.



The highest part of La Palma is “Roque de los Muchachos” at some 2400M and home to a number of international observatories and some breath taking views. The pictures really don’t do it justice. It’s also an interesting drive up there through the cloud on roads with sheer drops either side.

 

 

  What this crow was doing at this altitude I have no idea but was more than happy to pose for the camera. 

The capital of La Palma is Santa Cruz, jup another one, with its cobbled streets and numerous shops and coffee bars is a great place to sit with a coffee and people watch.

 

All in all this was a great week’s break a chance to recharge the batteries and get away. We are already planning a visit next year. The ferry back leaves at 6.30am so it’s a 5.45 am check in but it does give you the chance to see sunrise over Tenerife.

 

(pic12)Yes I did take my diving kit with me but it stayed in the back of the van.

Chris & Sarah

www.tenerifescuba.com

 

Tag it:Spread the Word
Blinkbits
BlinkList
blogmarks
co.mments
connotea
Delicious
De.lirio.us
Digg
Fark
feedmelinks
Furl it!
Hugg
LinkaGoGo
Ma.gnolia
Mister.Wong
Netvouz
NewsVine
Profile Heaven
RawSugar
Reddit
Scuttle
Shadows
Simpy
Smarking
Spurl
Stumble
TailRank
Technorati
Wists
YahooMyWeb
< Previous   Next >

Comments

Excellent holiday review - thanks for sharing. We love remote places too, and certainly the scenery of the Canaries (which is why we live here).
Great photographs as well!
Elle xx

Posted by Elle, Whose homepage is http://www.canarynightlife.net on 11/29/2007 at 00:15

 1 
Page 1 of 1 ( 1 comments )
©2006 MosCom

Add comments to this article: A week in La Palma ...

Enter your comment below.

Name (required)

E-Mail (required)
Your email will not be displayed on the site - only to our administrator
Homepage

Comment (supported) [BBcode]

Tenerife Scuba Dive Centre
<
Book Cheap Flights with Flightline.co.uk
Learn Spanish

Warning: Unknown: open(/var/cpanel/php/sessions/ea-php56/sess_vp0aevpp8rjlaop4gs5sscosn1, O_RDWR) failed: Disk quota exceeded (122) in Unknown on line 0

Warning: Unknown: Failed to write session data (files). Please verify that the current setting of session.save_path is correct (/var/cpanel/php/sessions/ea-php56) in Unknown on line 0