Hiking on La Palma

The Pirates’ Cave

Guided walk

The Pirates’ Cave

42 € per person

Walking through the Barranco del Jurado ravine from the Jesús neighbourhood, we descend towards the sea along an old cobbled path. The ravine, with its majestic presence and steep walls, imposes a permanent zigzagging downhill. The path was used by the fishermen of yesteryear in their daily work. But next to the sea, they had a paradisiacal refuge: the Cueva de Los Piratas or Cueva de La Candelaria. It is the “Santorini” of La Palma: a multitude of cave-houses embedded in the concavity of a cliff next to the sea make up this picturesque enclave, the end point of our walk.

bajada a la costa del noroeste de Tijarafe

Guided hiking tour

Depart : 8:30 / 9:30 am

Arrival: 4:30 / 5:30 pm


Difficulty level0%

Hiking to the Pirates’ Cave

From the district of El Jesús, in the municipality of Tijarafe, our route runs in a permanent descent, crossing the impressive Barranco del Jurado ravine. This name is given by a very visible hole or “juro” in the middle of the ravine. After a short ascent through the next ravine we suddenly arrive at a huge cave sculpted by the sea. This is the Cave of the Pirates! After a well-deserved rest and perhaps a good swim in the sea, we will take the road back uphill briefly to the car park, where our transport is waiting for us.


In the northwest of La Palma, the village of Tijarafe is situated 700 metres above sea level. The natural monument of Barranco del Jorado, one of the most impressive ravines of La Palma, is located in this municipality.

During this walking route we enjoy breathtaking views over a deep blue sea. The paved path reveals a vegetation of almond trees. As we get closer to the sea, thickets of tabaibas and opuncias appear until we reach the Poris de Candelaria, also known as Pirates’ Cave.

The Pirates’ Cave

Here, the roaring sea crashes with huge waves into the cave-houses embedded in the rocks. The Cueva de La Candelaria, also known as Cueva de Los Piratas, is still the summer home for fishermen and families from Tijarafe. But it is the Virgen de La Candelaria, its patron saint, who gives the cave its name.

Nearby is the Cueva Bonita (only accessible by sea) and a rugged coastline with a furious sea, only suitable for bathing in the summer calms.

The Cueva de Los Piratas is the “Santorini” of the island. A dreamlike enclave that invites you to abandon yourself and stimulates the senses with the perception of an imagined paradise.

Departure locations :

From all accommodations on La Palma (check pick-up points and departure time at the reservation calendar)

Walking distance : 8,5 Km

Total ascent: + 50 m.

Total descent: + 700 m.

Walking time: 4 h

Difficulty level0%

Important !

We recommend suitable hiking clothing and sturdy footwear. During the routes, it is necessary to have enough food and drink, as well as sun protection, cap, light windbreaker and warm clothing in the winter months. We offer wooden sticks for free.

Unexpected changes

Due to weather conditions or unforeseen issues, there may be changes to the tour itinerary. You will be informed as soon as possible.

Further questions ?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or telephone:

+ 34 922 433 001

We will be happy to help you and answer any questions you may have!

  • Destination
  • Dress Code
    Comfortable clothing / sturdy shoes
  • Included
    Bus transfers
    Liability and accidents insurance
  • Not Included
    4WD transfer
    access permissions
    Arrival transfer
    Bed & Breakfast accommodation
    Bicycle rental
    Car Rental
    Courtesy lunch
    field telescope
    Half board accommodation
    HAVEN hanging tent
    in/out Airport transfer
    Local flights + Ferry
    Luggage transfer
    Maps and printed descriptions
    Transfer by ship
    Transfers by taxi and regular bus
    Traslado en 4x4
    Two nights in a hotel


Meeting point in your own car: Tijarafe - El Jesús, at 9:45 h.

area through which the hike hapens::

once the tour is finished ...

we will return you to the place where you parked your vehicle. Return time approx: 4 pm
Places you could visit, after this route:
  • El Time viewpoint
  • Playa de Tazacorte
  • Dolphin watching boat excursion
  • Los Llanos de Aridane

1st Type on calendar the day of your tour

2nd Type the number of participants

3rd Select the pick-up place (hotel or accommodation where you stay)

4th If you have a car and you wish drive to a meeting point, select the option "Meeting Point with your car"