Self Guided

La Palma GO NORTH

Walking Holidays

La Palma GO NORTH

695 € per person

Enjoy the lush north of the island, with lush, untouched vegetation. Crossing impressive green jungles and crossing spectacular cliffs with fantastic views over the Atlantic. A week of hiking to discover the green essence of La Palma with the La Palma GO NORTH programme.

6 Key routes along the north side of La Palma:

walking from point to point – with luggage transfer !

Includes 7 nights in small charming accommodations, breakfast included. 6 self-guided walks on the trails in the north of La Palma, the GR 130 and GR 131 of La Palma. Transfers included.

1.- Coastal Path along the cliffs of the Northeast

2.- Through the laurel forest in Los Tilos

3.- Along the North Coast, Part One

4.- Walking in the depths of the north

5.- Along the North Coast, Part Two

6.- Skirting the Caldera Crater

Mapa La Palma programa Go North

SELF-GUIDED walking tours

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This programme is for you if you usually do sports and have a good physical background; if you can walk steep slopes up and down and don’t have health problems; if you love nature, are environmentally friendly and are a regular hiker. 
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traslados en bus y taxi

taxi or bus transfers

transfers to each tour, by taxi or public bus

Holiday Time Santa Cruz de La Palma

accommodations

small charming hotels, with breakfast (more information in Hotels tab)

What does this programme include?       

  • Accommodations – 7 nights stay in 3 different charming accommodations, B&B.
  • Informations – face-to-face personalised information on arrival day
  • Material – maps to be picked up at the hotel reception, upon arrival
  • GPX Tracs – to follow your tourss with your mobile device
  • Taxi transfers – all necessary transfers for each route
  • Support 24h – we keep permanently in touch with you throughout your stay to solve any problem or doubt you may have

 

Any arrival date is possible 

Choose your dates and book now !!

Cancellation Policy
– Up to 14 days before the date of arrival, 100% refund without justifying reasons.
– Between 13 and 7 days before the arrival date, 75% refund or free of charge dates change.
– Between 6 and 3 days before the arrival date, 50% refund or free of charge dates change.
48 hours before the arrival date, 0% refund or date change with 20% penalty of total amount.
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Travel Insurance

Take out a Cancellation Insurance for your trip just for a few pounds and get a full refund of everything you would have paid, including your flights.

About La Palma

The island of La Palma, with just 724 square kilometres, rises majestically to 2,426 metres above sea level and is one of the most rugged in the world.  The central mountain range that divides the island generates different microclimates that differentiate the vegetation on each side. On the eastern side, we see evergreen heather and fayas.  In contrast, the west side has Mediterranean-type forests, with pine forests and scrubland such as rockrose. Although La Palma has recently suffered a very devastating eruption, the damage is confined to a small strip of the island in the southwest. The entire northern half of La Palma has lived relatively untouched by this eruption and its effects are not felt at all today.  The trails in the north of La Palma still offer the same scenery as before and remain as beautiful as ever. Our GO NORTH programme offers you the 6 essential routes in the north of La Palma:


tours and trails in the north of La Palma

Along the coast and cliffs of the northeast.  

Puntallana is the starting point. The GR130 is a long-distance footpath that runs along the northern coast and crosses one ravine after another. At 400 metres above the sea, the path leads gently towards the coast. We will pass over Los Nogales beach and cross the Barranco de La Galga ravine on our way to San Andrés.

The laurel forests at Los Tilos 

The forest of Los Tilos was the precursor to the subsequent declaration of the Biosphere Reserve for the whole island.  Its enormous botanical interest, formed by rare endemic species with a flora typical of the tertiary era. From there, the path leads slowly towards Barlovento, crossing a plant world of extraordinary beauty.

The dragon trees of La Tosca, from Barlovento to Franceses

Barlovento is the most northeastern village of La Palma and is situated on a promontory, 600 metres above the sea. From there, the GR130 takes us through the Dragos de La Tosca, crossing the trails in the north of La Palma. After leaving the village of Gallegos behind, we cross the most exquisite ravine before reaching Franceses.

The North in depth

From Franceses, situated in the perfect northern half of La Palma, we have a spectacular view of all the cliffs of the north. And from there our trail leads us to Roque Faro, experiencing the deep north of La Palma. It is a circular trail that then descends towards El Tablado and returns to Franceses, showing the most beautiful side of the villages and ways of life in the north of La Palma.

Walking along the northern coastline

Today we continue along the GR130 towards Santo Domingo de Garafía, enjoying unparalleled scenery. We pass Don Pedro and enter El Mudo, a sparsely inhabited area regularly dominated by the wind. The path continues its gentle descent, crossing many goat enclosures until it reaches the village of Santo Domingo. 

Walking along the ridge of La Caldera de Taburiente

The Roque de Los Muchachos, at 2426 metres, is the highest point on La Palma. It is home to the Astrophysical Observatory, a compendium of telescopes of different nationalities. The GR131 footpath crosses all these sites over a long distance of 84 km, which can be walked in sections. The various viewpoints along the entire crest area offer splendid bird’s eye views.  It is an indescribable spectacle, with La Caldera at our feet as well as the whole island. But even in good weather it is possible to see the islands of La Gomera, El Teide and El Hierro. All the trails in the north of La Palma end up at crossroads leading to the Roque de Los Muchachos.

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…or our guided WALKING TOURS, with daily departures from all hotel and well organised transfers
  • Destination
  • Included
    Bed & Breakfast accommodation
    in/out Airport transfer
    Liability and accidents insurance
    Luggage transfer
    Maps and printed descriptions
    Transfers by taxi and regular bus
  • Not Included
    4WD transfer
    access permissions
    Aperitivo
    Arrival transfer
    Bebidas
    beverages
    Bicycle rental
    Bus transfers
    Cable-car
    Car Rental
    Courtesy lunch
    field telescope
    Guide
    Half board accommodation
    HAVEN hanging tent
    Local flights + Ferry
    Lunch
    snack
    Tasting
    Transfer by ship
    Traslado en 4x4
    Two nights in a hotel
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Day 1

Mapa La Palma programa Go NorthArrival to La Palma

Informative meeting in our office to explain all the details of the routes.
Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel Holiday Time
 
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Day 2

Coastal path along the Northeast cliffs

Costa de Noreste de La PalmaAfter a short transfer to Puntallana, the route starts with a moderate descent following the route of the Camino Real de la Costa (GR130). On reaching the cliffs, this path crosses three impressive ravines in the direction of the idyllic village of San Andrés. All along the way you will enjoy extraordinary views, with the peak of Mount Teide (Tenerife) on the horizon as you cross numerous tropical fruit farms. San Andrés is a picturesque enclave with a few places to overlap at the end of the route. But nearby are the Charco Azul Natural Pools, an ideal place to cool off with a refreshing swim in summer. Transfer to the hotel in Barlovento.

Niveau 3   13 km |  +460 m / -700 m


Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel La Palma Romantica
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Day 3

Through the laurel forest of Los Tilos

Bosque de laurisilva en Los Tilos La Palma Islas CanariasShort transfer to Los Tilos forest, in whose ravine there is a spectacular 40 m high waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. The Visitor Centre is worth a visit and offers interesting information about the endemic flora and fauna of this forest. The trail climbs first to the Las Barandas viewpoint and continues across the spectacular ravine of La Herradura, where there are innumerable giant ferns and centenary trees. Finally, after leaving the Laguna de Barlovento behind, the route ends at the Barlovento accommodation itself.

Niveau 2    11 km |  +650 m / -570 m


Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel La Palma Romantica
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Day 4

Along the Wild North Coast: from Barlovento to Franceses

GR130 desde El Tablado hacia Franceses en La PalmaToday the route starts directly at your hotel. After breakfast, the GR 130 signs will take you to La Tosca, a picturesque hamlet with enormous centenary dragon trees, from where there is a spectacular view of the entire north coast. But the path continues its route, crossing areas of orchards until it reaches Gallegos, an idyllic rural enclave perched on a slope 300 metres above the sea. Here you can enjoy a good lunch in the Marleney bar, before continuing on to Franceses. Now it's time to cross one of the most spectacular ravines before the route ends. And your next accommodation is situated in front of an imposing ravine with views towards El Tablado.

Niveau 3   10 km |  +647 m / -860 m


Accommodation + breakfast: Finca Franceses
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Day 5

The Deep North and its magnificent ravines

Vista a la Fajana de Franceses en el GR130 camino real a El TabladoThe GR 130 goes around the north, ravine by ravine, and allows you to walk through its villages as in ancient times. From Franceses, the path descends steeply to the sea and then takes a zigzagging ascent towards El Tablado. This is a village that retains a delightful rural charm. There is still a tiny inn where you can have a refreshing drink before starting the ascent to Roque Faro. The GR130 gives way to the PR LP 9.1 trail, which is circular in nature and crosses lush landscapes of extraordinary greenery on its ascent. When we reach Roque Faro we find the legendary tasca Casa Reyes, where the exquisite goat stew in sauce allows us to regain our strength after the relentless climb. After a well-deserved refreshment, the path descends down the other side of the ravine back towards Franceses.

Niveau 4    13 km | +1190 m / -1186 m


Accommodation + breakfast: Finca Franceses
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Day 6

Santo Domingo de Garafía: towards the north-west of La Palma

Barranco Franceses en el camino GR130 en La PalmaThe next section of the GR 130 takes you along the northwest coast to the remote village of Santo Domingo de Garafía. After a short transfer to La Zarza (1000 metres above sea level) the trail first runs through a mystical laurel forest in the direction of Don Pedro where the GR 130 resumes. From there you start to enter the northwest of La Palma through the Punta del Mudo and across abandoned villages. This is an area where the trade winds are frequent and where goat enclosures abound. But spectacular dragon trees also dot the landscape before crossing the Barranco de La Luz ravine and arriving in Santo Domingo de Garafía.  After the hike, a local taxi takes you back to your accommodation in Franceses.

Niveau 4    13 km |  +475 m / -1070 m


Accommodation + breakfast: Finca Franceses
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Day 7

Above the Caldera de Taburiente National Park

Vista desde el Roque de Los Mucahchos hacia la Caldera de TaburienteAfter a transfer to the Roque de los Muchachos, at an altitude of 2426 m, the GR 131 trail runs along the edge of La Caldera, one of the largest erosion craters in the world. Leaving behind the various observatories of the Astrofísico de Canarias, the trail progresses slightly downhill through Los Andenes, with the imposing view of the islands of Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro on the horizon. Leaving the Pico de La Cruz (2,351 m) behind, the GR 131 heads south, offering spectacular views of both sides of the island. A little further on rises Pico de La Nieve (2,239 m), marking the end of this impressive route. But you will still have to descend to the road where the taxi awaits to take you to Santa Cruz de La Palma.

Niveau 4     12 km | +598 m / -1086 m


Accommodation + breakfast: Hotel Holiday Time
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Day 8

Departure

Transfer to the airport for departure. Depending on the time of your flight, you will still have time to enjoy the beach directly in front of the hotel, stroll through the beautiful capital of La Palma or take a short walk around Santa Cruz.

TOUR LOCATION

Enjoy the lush north of the island, with lush, untouched vegetation. Passing through impressive green jungles and crossing spectacular cliffs with fantastic views over the Atlantic.

PRICES / SERVICES

  • Price from: 695€ per person 
  • included:
    • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
    • in/out Airport transfer
    • 6 Hiking tours
    • Taxi transfers and regular bus transfers
    • Luggage transfer, maps and printed descriptions
    • Meeting on arrival day
Price per person: (double room): 695 € Single supplement: +230 €


ACCOMMODATION

according to availability:

Santa Cruz:

Hotel Holiday Time | El Galeón | Hotelito 27

Barlovento:

Hotel La Palma Romantica

Franceses:

Finca Franceses


Additional overnights

It is also possible to book some additional days, before or after the hiking week, or an additional week to relax.

Difficulty

The hiking week is not suitable for vertigo sufferers. Some walks can be considered as strenuous and parts of some trails has narrow passages. Some sections can be slippery due to loose stones and/or wet parts, especially in rainy days. To join the hiking week and enjoy the tours, it is essential to be healthy and to have good physical condition.

Trails

La Palma has a well signposted network of trails, over 1000 km long. All sections where from our tours are perfectly marked. In addition to the detailed map of La Palma, you will get from us precise indications of each route and assistance from the hotline on your walks.

We recommend

Appropriate hiking clothing and sturdy footwear. During the tours, it is necessary to have food and drink enough, as well as sun protection, a cap, wind jacket and, in the winter months, warm clothing. We do offer wooden walking sticks for free.

Singles

The program is suitable for single travelers, although it is subject to an additional charge.

Luggage transfer

We move your luggage from one accommodation to next, so on your hikes you should only carry a backpack with the essentials of the day. For the whole trip, it is recommendable to use a single suitcase, not bigger than 20 kg.

You can book at any date!


Price do not include flights, dinners, and picnics. You can book at any date!

FLIGHTS

Because we know that flying to LA PALMA is not easy, we help you find the best options:

If you can't find a suitable direct flight, try flying to TENERIFE or to  GRAN CANARIA. From there, you can easily reach LA PALMA by local flights or ferry.

Fly to LA PALMA  (SPC) from Tenerife (TFN) or from Gran Canaria (LPA) with one of these local airlines:

Binter Canarias     or     CanaryFly

... but if your flight lands at Tenerife South Airport (TFS), you may prefer to combine it with a nice fast-ferry sea crossing (3 hours) from Los Cristianos harbour with:

Fred Olsen      or      Naviera Armas

ERGO-Versicherung

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Take out Cancellation Insurance for your trip for few Pounds and ensure you get a full refund of everything you paid, including your flights.

Valid in more than 35 different cases for health, legal, labour or extraordinary reasons.