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About La Palma

Canary Island La Palma is called 'the fair isle because of its fabulous landscape and you will soon see why. Santa Cruz is one of the prettiest harbours among the islands and is easily explored on foot.

Make the best of your La Palma cruise and stroll along the Avenida Maritime promenade which will take you to the lovely old quarter around Plaza de Espana, Here you will find a 16th century fountain and town hall, a magnificent Renaissance church and a handicrafts market where you can pick up distinctive pottery and snack on local delicacies.

As you will discover on our cruises to La Palma, the island's most spectacular volcanic crater, Caldera de Taburiente, is crammed with rare animal and plant life and has been designated a national park. Its night skies are so clear that a major astrophysical observatory has been built at Roque de los Muchachos. With such a variety of destinations to explore, La Palma cruises offer visitors here a memorable day.

 

Shore excursions in La Palma

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

La Palma Buggy Adventure

Activity high

Duration: 2½ hours

Climb behind the wheel of a purpose-built, tubular frame dune buggy and experience a fun-filled and adventurous ride.

You’ll take a scenic drive to the village of El Llanito where your buggy awaits you. After a quick safety and orientation briefing, you’ll don your helmets and climb aboard your self-drive buggy.

Your journey will depart towards Mazo via the main road, before reaching the upper mountain road, where your off-road experience will begin. As you follow the lead buggy, you’ll traverse across the rocky and rugged terrain of the Brena Alta and Brena Baja regions and the geological area of Cumbre Nueva. Enjoy the thrill of the ride as you pass through rich vegetation and abundant flora. You’ll also have the opportunity to take in panoramic views and admire the surrounding beauty of La Palma.

After your buggy adventure, it’s time to take the minibus back to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by minibus, buggy and on foot. Early booking is advised as places are limited. This tour is sold ‘per buggy’, each holding 2 passengers who will share the driving. Only 1 passenger need book a ticket. Drivers must be 18 and a valid driving licence must be shown. The minimum age for a non driver is 8 years. Helmets are provided and must be worn. There is a weight limit of 15 stone. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Full-length trousers should be worn. Clothes may get dirty and damaged. Flat, enclosed shoes are essential, open-toed shoes must not be worn. It is advisable to wear sunscreen and sunglasses and to take a bottle of water. Toilets are not available during the ride, however there are facilities at the buggy pick up / drop off location.

Leisurely La Palma

Activity lowRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

This panoramic introduction to La Palma is ideal for those who prefer to tour at a slower pace.

Embark on a scenic panoramic drive to the west of the island and through the upper region of the Aridane Valley. The area is the highest point of the island and is also home to the charming town of El Paso. Upon arrival, a short stop will be made for you to enjoy the town’s surroundings.

You’ll leave El Paso and take a short drive to the delightful La Glorieta Square. The square is the work of local artist, Luis Morera, who was once a pupil of César Manrique. Here, you can enjoy a photo stop and view the unique and colourful mosaic floor, reminiscent of Manrique’s designs found in Lanzarote.

Afterwards, you’ll head to the southern tip of La Palma and on to Fuencaliente. There will be some time to relax with a tea, coffee or soft drink at a local restaurant, before the return drive to the port.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach. This tour involves limited walking, however passengers must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach. The drive involves some hairpin bends and is not suitable for those who suffer from vertigo.

Santa Cruz Trolley Train and Walk

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 2¼ hours

Discover the treasures of Santa Cruz during a trolley train ride and stroll around its pretty plazas.

Hop aboard the ‘trolley train’ and enjoy a panoramic tour of the town, along Santa Cruz de La Palma’s main avenue, Avenida Maritima. The hustle and bustle of this tiny capital will melt into the background as your guide narrates fascinating tales.

Upon arrival at the Barco de la Virgen, a replica of Columbus’ Santa Maria, it’s time to stretch your legs and take a stroll. Discover the streets and squares including Plaza Alameda, Plaza San Francisco, and Placeta Borrero. Admire the attractive 2-storey Renaissance-style Town Hall and the 17th century church; Iglesia del Salvador.

In the heart of Santa Cruz, enjoy a refreshing drink at a local bar, before visiting Casa Salazar for a guided tour of an old Canary House.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by trolley train and on foot. This tour involves up to 1½ hours of guided walking over cobblestones and uneven surfaces. Flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Silk, Scenery and Sugar Estate

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4¼ hours

Experience the elegance and natural beauty that the island of La Palma has to offer.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the lush scenery, as you travel along the mountain roads, passing vineyards and banana plantations to the small town of El Paso.

A short stroll takes you to the unique Silk Museum, where you’ll see the 500 year old tradition of silk weaving. This is the only place in Europe where the old processes have been preserved. During your visit you’ll have time to admire the stunning garments that have been crafted. Manolo Blahnik, the famous shoe designer, who is from the island, has created exquisite footwear using the local silk.

Then it’s time to experience the beautifully restored 17th century sugar estate, Hotel Hacienda de Abajo. Surrounded by rich vegetation and botanical gardens, the manor buildings display a varied collection of fine arts, furniture and porcelain, and boasts the largest collection of tapestries. With your guide, you’ll explore a selection of the public rooms, followed by tea and pastries overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Finally, before heading back to Santa Cruz, enjoy a brief photo stop at La Glorieta Square to admire the stunning mosaics created by a local artist, Luis Morera.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1 hour of walking over paved, flat ground with some steps to negotiate.

The Heart of La Palma

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4½ hours

Visit the National Park of La Caldera de Taburiente, in the heart of La Palma, and enjoy spectacular vistas.

Sit back and relax, as you embark on a scenic drive to Santuario Virgen de Las Nieves. Inside the small whitewashed church you’ll find the island's most sacred icon, the Virgin Mary of the Snows, the patron saint of the island.

Travelling through the mountain roads, which offer spectacular views, you’ll arrive at La Caldera de Taburiente. Designated a National Park, this particular volcanic crater is 5 miles wide and its rims reach right up to the mountain ridge that runs from the north to the south of the island. The crater was not actually formed as a result of volcanic activity, but from subsequent erosion, and it is forested with the exceptional fire-resistant Canary Pine.

Afterwards, take some time to relax and enjoy some local refreshments. On the way back, a brief photo stop will be made at the viewpoint Mirador de la Concepcion where you can admire the stunning views along the coast and to the north of the island.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is an estimated 45 minutes of walking on this tour over rough and uneven ground. You are advised to wear appropriate footwear and carry a sweater or warm clothing as the wind can be cooler and stronger the higher you travel (depending on time of year). This tour is not recommended for passengers suffering from vertigo. It is forbidden to remove any stones or plants from the National Park. Smoking is not permitted at the National Park, and there no toilets within the Park. In case of extremely high temperatures and/or strong winds, the National Park may deny access for safety reasons. If this occurs, the tour will be diverted to the village of Tazacorte, which offers views of the National Park.

 

A selection of cruises to La Palma

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