The particular geography of La Palma has favored the possibility of enjoying spectacular panoramic views from numerous viewpoints, both natural and artificially designed. Knowing all the viewpoints of this magnificent island in a single trip is a difficult task, so in this article, we will talk about the best viewpoints in La Palma that you can not miss.
La Palma, the beautiful island
The last eruptions occurred in the last century and, also recently, expanded the surface of the island, creating new volcanic landscapes full of beauty. Volcanic cones, mantles of small rock fragments, lava fields, black, ocher and reddish colors, which create a thrilling atmosphere that connects with the powerful energy of this untamed nature.
In addition, La Palma, holder of the Starlight Reserve certification, is one of the best places in the world to observe the firmament. On the other hand, its waters, and the island is home to one of the three Marine Reserves of the Canary Islands.
Also nicknamed the Isla Bonita, La Palma is an island of overwhelming landscapes. Since 2002, the whole island is a Biosphere Reserve and is the third, after Lanzarote and El Hierro, to be recognized by Unesco with this protection. In the center of the island is the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, where the largest volcanic crater in the world is located. We talk about this national park in more detail in this article: National parks of the Canary Islands, wonders of nature.
Viewpoints in La Palma, which ones to visit?
Viewpoints are a big part of the charm of any trip, especially those made by road. But regardless of the means of transport, the feeling of stopping at a viewpoint and contemplate the environment is indescribable. If you are visiting the island of La Palma or you are planning to travel to it soon, we leave you several viewpoints of obligatory stop.
La Cumbrecita viewpoint
This natural balcony is located at the end of a narrow valley that cuts through and hangs over the abyss of La Caldera de Taburiente, an imposing natural basin of six and a half kilometers in diameter open in the center of the island of La Palma. The views of this immense valley and its dozens of pine-covered ravines are unforgettable. Located within the National Park, from the Mirador de La Cumbrecita a circular route of 3.4 km starts between the Mirador de los Roques and the Mirador Pozo de las Chozas.
Roque de los Muchachos viewpoint
The Roque de los Muchachos viewpoint is at the top of the island of La Palma, one of the places in the world with the best sky for astronomical observation. At its feet there is an impressive view of a gigantic volcanic caldera 1 500 meters deep covered with trees, with volcanic rocks of capricious shapes and declared National Park, the aforementioned Caldera de Taburiente. For those who stay in La Palma, a visit is a must.
El Time viewpoint
From this viewpoint you can see the valley of Aridane, famous for the cultivation of bananas, and the ravine of Las Angustias. It dominates one of the most spectacular views of the island of La Palma. On very clear days, from El Time, the island of El Hierro can be glimpsed. This watchtower located almost 700 meters above sea level is on the LP-1 road, between the towns of Los Llanos de Aridane and Puntagorda. In addition, the popular Transvulcania, one of the toughest mountain ultramarathons in the world, is held in this valley.
Visiting this viewpoint is a unique experience. Through its huge glass windows, visitors can contemplate extraordinary panoramic views that offer the sensation of flying over the Izcagua ravine. This peculiar viewpoint is located in Puntagorda, in the northwest of La Palma, near the popular Farmer's Market and the recreational area El Fayal, highly recommended stops if you visit this area of the island. An ideal place to contemplate almond trees and vineyards and enjoy the magnificent rural landscapes that characterize the geography of La Palma.
If you want to know more in depth the wonderful island of La Palma, we leave you below several links of interest: Route of the Nacientes de Marcos and Cordero in La Palma What to visit on La Palma: discover the ideal route.
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