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La Palma

Experience a captivating walking holiday in La Palma, a lush and picturesque Canary Island nestled further into the Atlantic than Tenerife and Gomera. Explore its vibrant landscapes, from dense greenery to stunning vistas, making it an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts seeking a unique escape.

  • La Palma

  • 7 nights
  • Half Board
  • Coast & Islands

    Landscape

  • Feb

    Mar

    Oct

    Nov

    Dec

  • Average group size: 10-12 per grade

Moderate Challenging

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Walking grade

Grade 5

Grade 6

The walker’s haven that is La Palma offers a wide variety of walking which is perfect for our 2 Grade, 2 Leaders, 2 Walks option at a Grades 5 and 6. On the East of the island paths are greener through forests where on the West the island is much more barren.

Each day we will walk up to 6 hours with cumulative daily ascents and descents in the range of 750m depending on the grade of walk you choose to do. Some walks will have longer descents that can be towards 1000m especially on the Grade 6 walk.  The paths we take are rough and steep at times, but will be taken at a pace appropriate to the grade of the walk. The higher the grade walking programmes the higher ascents and duration will be. It is important to note that some walks maybe difficult for those affected by vertigo. The maximum altitude reached on either grade is over 2,400m.

Please ensure you read the Proposed Itinerary carefully to best gauge the walking technicalities.

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Thoughtfully designed, meticulously planned, carefully graded, and expertly guided walking tours and hiking holidays along well-loved and off-the-beaten-track footpaths.

Overview

Holiday Highlights

  • Experience daily flexibility with a choice between two walking grades.
  • Take on the challenging yet unforgettable Ruta de los Volcanes, a must-walk on this captivating island.
  • Explore diverse walks, including sections of the GR footpath, offering varied and scenic routes.
  • Walk lush forests, climb above trees, and discover volcanic landscapes.
  • Discover Caldera de Taburiente National Park, where walks unfold in stunning high-altitude surroundings.
  • Learn about the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory with an introductory evening presentation at the hotel.
  • Enjoy walking to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory and visiting the San Antonio Volcano Visitor Centre.

Why not extend you stay in the Canaries by combining your holiday on La Palma with another island. Take a look at our Canary Islands Page to view all our possible island combinations!

An unforgettable adventure awaits as you explore the untamed beauty of La Palma, immersing yourself in the island's rich natural wonders and geological marvels. Wander through ancient laurel forests, their lush greenery and timeless presence creating an enchanting atmosphere. Traverse fragrant pine woods, where the scent of pine fills the air, providing a sensory journey through this pristine landscape. Ascend above the tree line to witness a volcanic panorama unlike any other, unveiling La Palma's unique geological tapestry.

The highlight of your journey is the awe-inspiring Ruta de Los Volcanes, a trail that takes you on a dramatic exploration of volcanic activity. As you ascend to over 1800m, the Pico Bejenado rim offers a bird’s eye view into the expansive caldera, a sight that will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on your memory.

La Palma's beauty extends beyond its volcanic landscapes. The Caldera de Taburiente National Park beckons, promising stunning walks in a natural ampitheatre well above the clouds. The fertile northern part of the island contrasts with its mountainous terrain, showcasing the diverse ecological tapestry that defines La Palma.

An exceptional experience awaits at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, perched at the island's highest point. Before your walking day to the observatory, an evening with a renowned astronomer provides a fascinating insight into the celestial wonders above. This presentation, combined with your visit to the observatory creates a seamless connection between La Palma's terrestrial and celestial wonders.

Your walking program embraces the island's diversity, guiding you along parts of the long-distance GR footpath.

Explore the southern tip with its iconic lighthouse and salt-pans nature reserve, where the volcanic Ruta de los Volcanes showcases the island's dynamic history, including the recent formation of Tajogaite in 2021.

Venture into the 15th-century capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, with its picturesque streets, colourful architecture and inviting waterfront cafés. The charm of this historic city unfolds just a 15-minute bus ride north from your conveniently located hotel in Los Cancajos. Throughout your exploration, hired buses and reliable local services seamlessly connect you to all corners of this captivating island, ensuring a hassle-free and immersive experience.

For those seeking a festive twist to their journey, Christmas and New Year departures offer a unique opportunity to celebrate the holiday season in this captivating and distinct setting. La Palma, with its diverse landscapes and cultural gems, promises an enriching and memorable adventure for every traveller.

  • Return flights from London to Santa Cruz, La Palma
  • Airport transfers
  • En suite four-star hotel accommodation on half board basis
  • All local transport required for the itinerary by private coach/public bus
  • All entrances as noted in the itinerary - San Antonio Volcano Visitors Centre
  • Observatory Presentation with a renowned Astronomer
  • Services of two Classic Tour Leaders
  • Entrance fees (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Travel Insurance

Holiday Information

Click the button below for a detailed Holiday Information Sheet containing all the particulars about this trip.

NOTE: Itineraries and Holiday Information Sheets can vary by a specific date chosen

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Tour Codes

12790

Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

Your Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to the Beautiful Island

Meals

Dinner

Accommodation

Upon landing in La Palma, you'll experience a brief road transfer to your Playa de los Cancajos hotel. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the local area or unwind by the pool.


Transfer Time = 15m

Day 2 to 7

There are so many walking opportunities!

Meals

Breakfast & Dinner

Accommodation

While you're in La Palma, you have a plethora of walking options to explore. There are so many, it's impossible to cover them all. Here's a curated selection of walks to provide you with a glimpse of the diverse experiences awaiting you.

  • Time

    3.5 hours

  • Distance

    6.2 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    350m

San Antonio Volcano (Grade 5)

Today, you embark on a hired bus ride to the quaint village of ‘Montes de Luna’. From here, you follow a gently rising and falling pathway that contours the southern part of the island, leading you to Fuencaliente. Pause for coffee in a charming bar before descending to the San Antonio Volcano. Explore the rim, watch an insightful film in the Visitor Centre, and marvel at the volcano's 1600s formation, now safe with protective handrails. Your group gazes upon even younger volcanoes (the youngest erupted in 2021) before returning to the Visitor Centre. After lunch, another short walk awaits.

  • Time

    4 hours

  • Distance

    8.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    150/850m

San Antonio Volcano (Grade 6)

Your day starts similarly to the Grade 5 walk. After lunch, continue the journey down the island, passing even more volcanoes. Eventually, you'll reach 'Faro' (lighthouse), home to a small museum and a bar offering craft beers and cakes from the island.

  • Time

    5 hours

  • Distance

    7.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700m

Ruta de los Volcanes (Grade 5)

Today, you dive into serious hikes along the 'spine' of the island. A taxi whisks you up the mountain road to the 'El Pilar' pass at approximately 1,450 meters above sea level, serving as the starting point for your walks. Both groups embark on a hike, each at its own pace, ascending onto the spine. Begin on the GR path from the pass, treating yourself to breathtaking views of the entire Taburiente caldera to the north. If luck is on your side, witness the 'Mar des Nubes' (sea of clouds) below, which you'll hopefully be above at this stage. Continue over the peak of Barquita, descend to the 'Hoyo Negro' crater, and then ascend to Pico Nambroque, your main target for the day. The return journey follows the main GR footpath all the way back to El Pilar for your return transfer.

  • Time

    5.5 hours

  • Distance

    11.1 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    700/1400m

Ruta de los Volcanes (Grade 6)

You follow the initial route of the Grade 5 walk before diverging from the GR path at the pass. Staying on the GR path, you skip the first peaks and the ‘Hoyo Negro' crater, heading towards the striking ‘Volcan de la Deseada'—the highest volcano on the spine. The (safe) ascent to the rim is truly unforgettable, offering breathtaking 360-degree views. Descend south, remaining on the spine, to reach the ‘View of Views'—gazing south to the Volcan de St Martin and, on clear days, the sea and islands of Tenerife, El Hierro, and La Gomera. A gradual descent to Fuencaliente concludes this 18km classic walk, leading to your return transfer.

  • Distance

    6.6 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    281/750m

Laurisilva Forest (Grade 5)

Starting from a drop-off point at 1200m, you enter a woodland micro-climate, encountering birds and butterflies on the way to the main viewpoint just under 1500m. Progressing on forest tracks, you arrive at the El Pilar leisure area, where a Visitor Centre features a video about La Palma.

  • Distance

    7.5 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    450/850m

Laurisilva Forest (Grade 6)

Start your day following the Grade 5 route before branching off. Opting for the longer route to El Pilar, with the group having plenty of time to descend gradually.

  • Distance

    5.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    650/289m

Highest Point and Observatories (Grade 5)

Take on a spectacular walk, best enjoyed in favourable weather. Starting at 1900m, you swiftly reach the largest caldera rim for a refreshing drinks stop. Following just below the ridge, you'll be treated to ever-changing, impressive views on both sides. Moving along the rim, you'll encounter a series of peaks until reaching your destination and the bus collection point. Both groups will relish time on the summit before returning to the hotel.

  • Distance

    6.3 miles

  • Ascent/Descent

    900/440m

Highest Point and Observatories (Grade 6)

You'll venture beyond Grade 5, descending slightly into the caldera before conquering the island's highest point at 2426m. Surrounding you will be radio and observational telescopes of various types. Both groups will have the opportunity to savour the summit experience before returning to the hotel.

Rest day

You'll have a free day in La Palma—perfect for exploring Santa Cruz or consulting your leader for a recommended unguided walk.

Day 8

Goodbye La Isla Bonita!

Meals

Breakfast

It's time to bid farewell to 'La Isla Bonita' as you transfer back to La Palma Airport for your return flights to the UK.


Departure dates for your selected tour

3rd Oct 2024 - 10th Oct 2024 (7 Nights)

7th Nov 2024 - 14th Nov 2024 (7 Nights)

28th Nov 2024 - 5th Dec 2024 (7 Nights)

19th Dec 2024 - 26th Dec 2024 (7 Nights)

13th Feb 2025 - 20th Feb 2025 (7 Nights)

13th Mar 2025 - 20th Mar 2025 (7 Nights)

2nd Oct 2025 - 9th Oct 2025 (7 Nights)

6th Nov 2025 - 13th Nov 2025 (7 Nights)

27th Nov 2025 - 4th Dec 2025 (7 Nights)

21st Dec 2025 - 28th Dec 2025 (7 Nights)

Travel Details

  • Return flights from London to Santa Cruz, La Palma. Manchester may be available on some dates
  • Airport transfers by road c. 15 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Most low-cost carriers also have extra legroom seats.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

H10 Taburiente Playa Hotel

Nestled on the captivating island of La Palma, the H10 Taburiente Playa, Los Cancajos, offers a delightful retreat with its prime location overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. This modern and stylish hotel provides a seamless blend of comfort and sophistication for an unforgettable stay.

The H10 Taburiente Playa features well-appointed rooms, each designed to offer a comfortable sanctuary with amenities such as private balconies, air conditioning, and satellite TV. Guests can revel in the breathtaking views of the ocean or the hotel's lush gardens from the comfort of their rooms.

Indulge in a culinary journey at the hotel's buffet restaurant, where a diverse range of international and local dishes awaits. The themed dinners add a touch of variety to the dining experience. For a refreshing drink or a relaxing moment, the lobby bar and pool bar provide inviting settings.

The hotel boasts extensive leisure facilities, including outdoor swimming pools, a tennis court, and a mini-golf course, ensuring there's always an opportunity for relaxation and recreation. The H10 Taburiente Playa's entertainment program adds a lively touch, with live music and performances for guests to enjoy.

With its warm hospitality, stunning surroundings, and convenient access to local attractions, the H10 Taburiente Playa stands out as a perfect base for those seeking a memorable stay on the picturesque island of La Palma.

Trip Information

All the details you need

Holiday Grade

The walker’s haven that is La Palma offers a wide variety of walking which is perfect for our 2 Grade, 2 Leaders, 2 Walks option at a Grades 5 and 6. On the East of the island paths are greener through forests where on the West the island is much more barren.

Each day we will walk up to 6 hours with cumulative daily ascents and descents in the range of 750m depending on the grade of walk you choose to do. Some walks will have longer descents that can be towards 1000m especially on the Grade 6 walk.  The paths we take are rough and steep at times, but will be taken at a pace appropriate to the grade of the walk. The higher the grade walking programmes the higher ascents and duration will be. It is important to note that some walks maybe difficult for those affected by vertigo. The maximum altitude reached on either grade is over 2,400m.

Please ensure you read the Proposed Itinerary carefully to best gauge the walking technicalities.

Walks & Excursions

Generally walks will be up to 6 hours duration, with some energetic days and some easier or rest days. Some of the volcanic rock can be rough underfoot, so walking boots are essential. There are some long descents over occasionally loose surfaces. You may also find it useful to bring walking poles.

Two Grades, Two Leaders, Two Walks

On ‘2x Walks, 2x Leaders, 2x Grades’ departures, where we provide two tour leaders and offer a choice of easier or harder walks each day, we hope to be able to accommodate your choice of walk. However, safety considerations do govern the sizes of groups in each walking grade; the minimum number of participants for a guided walk at a given grade and the maximum group size will be as indicated for the walk grade.

On most departures we are able to accommodate most clients' first choice of walk most of the time, however some flexibility and co-operation may be required. In unusual circumstances where a disproportionately high number of clients wish to walk at one grade, for safety reasons, we may not be able to provide you with your choice of walk each day. Although we will endeavour to accommodate as many clients’ choices as possible, it may be necessary for you to switch between higher and lower grade walks during the holiday. Any decision regarding group sizes and the participants in the day’s walking programme rests with our tour leader(s).

For safety reasons the minimum number of participants on a walk will be 4 plus the leader.

Local Transport Costs

In the holiday cost, we've included all local transport expenses related to the advertised activity programme for your convenience. If there are additional visits or excursions to enrich your experience, you can choose to participate and cover the costs locally. Depending on the itinerary, local transport may involve a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses, and ferries.

Optional Excursions

At your destination, you may have the option to book various local excursions and activities through a local operator. It's important to note that we are not involved in these activities or excursions, and we do not operate, supervise, or control them in any way. Your contract will be directly with the local activity supplier, and we bear no responsibility for their actions or omissions.

Spending Money

Holiday Budgeting

As you plan your holiday budget, it's essential to account for expenses such as drinks, meals not covered in the holiday price, entrance fees not included, optional local excursions, and any souvenirs or additional services like laundry. For a rough estimate, budgeting around £10-£20 per person per day for lunches and drinks is a helpful guideline.

Currency in Spain

The currency in Spain is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.

Holiday Currency

Should you need to get cash out the is an ATM in the lobby of the hotel. There are also banks in Santa Cruz open Monday - Friday 9am - 2pm. There is also a cash machine in the wall of the Tourist Office on the sea front just a five minute walk away from the hotel.

Tipping

In your holiday price, we've included tipping for our local suppliers, covering hotel and restaurant staff, local guides, and drivers. Should you wish to make an extra contribution for a specific service, this should be given directly to the recipient at your discretion.

Tour Leaders & Local Guides

Tour Leaders

Your tour leader plays a crucial role in enhancing your holiday experience, and they share your passion for exploring the world on foot. In addition to being resourceful and organised they are also well-travelled and deeply enthusiastic about showing you new destinations.  Your tour leader takes care of all the local administration, ensuring you can fully enjoy your holiday without worrying about the logistics. While leading group holidays, they always keep in mind that each group is composed of individuals. Each tour leader brings their unique style, talents, and professional background to the table. Rest assured, they are all trained, qualified, experienced, and dedicated to making your holiday as enjoyable, interesting, and inspiring as possible. Remember, your leader, while on holiday, is your first port of call for any issues, ensuring a smooth and worry-free experience for you.

Leader's Evening Briefing

Each evening, your tour leader will meet with you to review the programme for the next day. This is your chance to discuss details and ensure that the planned activities align with your walking ability. If you have any concerns about clothing or equipment, feel free to bring them up during this discussion. If, for any reason, you prefer not to participate in the organised group programme, please inform your leader. Your preferences are important, and your leader is there to make sure your experience aligns with your expectations.

Your Travel Details

Return flights from London to Santa Cruz. Manchester flights may be available on some dates, please check at the time of booking.

Travel in La Palma will be on foot and by road. We make use of the good public transport system and also a mix of some private transport for getting to and from our walks.

Transfer time from airport to hotel is approximately 15 minutes by road.

Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements

If you prefer to arrange your own flights from a non-UK or regional airport or travel to your holiday destination by rail or car, you may qualify for 'land only' reductions, and we can provide details upon request. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.

Before finalizing any independent travel arrangements, especially if you're doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended travel date, please check with us first to ensure your holiday has been cleared to operate. If you plan to join your holiday locally, kindly inform us at least 14 weeks in advance.

If you're joining and leaving your holiday overseas, we assume, unless you specify otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at your hotel.

Although airport transfers are not included for those making independent travel arrangements, you may have the option to join the group at the overseas airport, depending on your flight arrival time. If interested, contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.

Please be aware that your flight must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight to be eligible for the group transfer. Additionally, we'll need your flight number, arrival time, and departure point to ensure the group leader can meet up with you. If you have a mobile, please ensure we have the number, and it is turned on while you are traveling for effective communication.

Hotel Transfers

When you book a Flight-Inclusive holiday, transfers between the airport and hotel and back are included. On some holidays, where we offer various flight options, the transfer vehicle may wait for all flights to land before transferring to the hotel.  

Luggage Allowance & Travel Documents

If you're booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday, rest assured that details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be clearly outlined in your 'Final Travel Documents'. These will be sent to you approximately 10 days before your departure, ensuring you have all the necessary information for a smooth and well-prepared journey.

Personal Details Check

To ensure the accurate administration of your holiday arrangements, kindly verify that the personal details we have for you are current and correct. Confirm that you've given us all the necessary information for securing your travel and accommodation. Please review your passport details, date of birth, and any other pertinent information crucial for the management of your holiday.

Additionally, please make us aware of any dietary allergies or intolerances you may have. Your well-being is important to us, and this information will help us make appropriate arrangements for your meals during the trip.

You can access and update the provided information or add missing details through the "Manage My Booking" feature on our website at www.rambleworldwide.co.uk. Alternatively, reach out to our Sales and Reservations team at +44 (0)1707 331133. Upon receiving your booking confirmation, promptly check the details. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable holiday experience.

Passports and Visas

European Passport Advice

If you are planning to travel to an EU country (except Ireland), or Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino or Vatican City, you must meet the Schengen area rules.

Your passport must meet 2 requirements. It must be:

  • less than 10 years old on the day you enter (check the ‘date of issue’)
  • valid for at least 3 months after the day you plan to leave (check the ‘expiry date’)

For some Schengen countries your passport may need to be less than 10 years old during your whole visit, and the 3 months at the end of your visit may need to be within 10 years of your passport’s issue date.

Check both the issue date and the expiry date in your passport. If you renewed your passport early, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. This could affect the requirement for your passport to be less than 10 years old.

Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.

Meals

After a full day’s walk, in the evenings when our extensive buffet dinner has finished, a relaxing stroll along the coastal path and a drink in a local bar make the perfect end to the day.

Locally you will find all the amenities nearby that will make your stay nice and easy. Just next door is a SPAR shop, perfect for buying those much needed packed lunch supplies and not far beyond that is a pharmacy should you unfortunately need it.

Breakfasts and dinners are taken in the hotel from a very well presented and comprehensive buffet. Breakfasts have everything on offer from cereal and fresh fruit to hot selections and Prosecco!

Dinners are as equally well supplied, perfect for refuelling after a day's walking.

Footwear & Kit List

Footwear

Lightweight waterproof walking boots with a good moulded sole (such as Vibram or similar) and a deep tread and which provide ankle support are strongly recommended and may be essential for some walks.

General Kit List

Outdoor activities are always safer and more enjoyable if you are prepared.

If you have not travelled with us before the following list might be of use:

  • Waterproof jacket (Goretex or similar) and trousers
  • Lightweight quick-drying trousers
  • Walking T-shirt/shirts
  • Walking socks
  • Fleece or jumper
  • Sun hat, sunglasses, lip salve and sun block
  • Warm hat and gloves (if appropriate)
  • Swimwear (if appropriate)
  • Day sack (this should be able to carry all you would need for the day's activity)
  • Day sack liner
  • Water bottle - at least 1 litre capacity (more than 1 bottle may be required)
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Lunchbox
  • Walking poles (should you find them useful)
  • Sit mat

This list is not exhaustive and every walker is different and may have their own preference.

Snorkelling Equipment

This holiday will give the chance to relax and have free time at the beach so please feel free to bring snorkelling equipment.

Travel Documents Checklist

Documents and Information to take with you:

  • Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
  • Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
  • Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
  • Holiday money
  • Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
  • Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
  • Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
  • Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
  • Your travel insurance details
  • Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
  • Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
  • A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
  • Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about

Electricity in Spain

Electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at https://www.power-plugs-sockets.com/

Water To Go

Opting for filtered water from a reusable bottle with its built-in water filter, like the Water-to-go bottle available at www.watertogo.eu, is a sustainable alternative to single-use sealed water bottles. Simply refill it from any water source and contribute to saving the environment from disposable plastic bottles.

Exciting news: Water-to-go has introduced two new bottles to their collection. The Active bottle is designed to fit bike water bottle holders, and the Sugarcane bottle is an even more planet-friendly option. Crafted from fibrous cane, a by-product of liquid extraction, it undergoes a process to create plant-based plastic. Explore the details on the Water-to-Go website for this innovative new range.

As a token of appreciation for your commitment to the environment, we've secured an exclusive 15% discount with Water-to-Go for you. Visit www.watertogo.eu and use the code RWH17 during your order.                        

Note: If you're booked on a long-haul holiday departing after November 1, 2023, you'll receive a complimentary Water to Go bottle, sent to your home address 2 or 3 weeks before your holiday. Thank you for being a part of our sustainable journey!

Maps, Guidebooks & Other Information

Maps, Guidebooks & More

There is lots of literature that can help benefit your holiday.

Useful websites are:

www.spain.info
www.hellocanaryislands.com/la-palma
www.canaryislandsinfo.co.uk/la-palma/ 

Useful Maps:

1:30,000 Freytag and Berndt Hiking and Leisure map WKE2
1:50,000 Kompass
1:40000 Tour and Trail map (9/2017)

Useful guidebooks are:

  • Sunflower Guide (6th edition published 2010). A very limited selection of walks.
  • Walking on La Palma, the World’s Steepest Island, published by Cicerone
  • Rother walking guide - This detailed guide has 63 walks all over the island and is readily available, including the supermarket by the hotel. (2nd edition published 2008) 

The Map Shop

If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:

The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
WR8 0HJ
England

Tel: 01684 593 146
Website: www.themapshop.co.uk
E-mail: themapshop@btinternet.com

If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.

Weather

Visit the following websites for an idea of the climate in your destination:

Staying Healthy On Holiday

Health requirements in destination can change, and it's crucial for you to take responsibility in staying informed. Ensure that you consult a professionally qualified source and comply with any health requirements at least 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Your GP can provide advice on vaccinations. Stay proactive about your health preparations to ensure a safe and enjoyable travel experience.

Health Advice for Spain

No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Spain. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. Tetanus immunisation is recommended.

Further Travel Advice

For further advice please visit:

You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.

Travel Insurance

It’s a condition of booking that you obtain adequate travel insurance, from a reputable provider, to undertake the holiday, including UK trips chiefly due to the cancellation element of cover.

The policy must cover the period from the date of booking to the last day of your trip and should include, as a minimum, cover for: medical expenses (including the consequences of a Covid positive test result), mountain rescue including helicopter rescue, death, repatriation, cancellation and curtailment and shall not have exclusion clauses limiting cover for the activities you will partake in on your trip, including altitudes reached in the holiday arrangement. It is your responsibility to check that your policy is adequate for the nature and destination of the holiday booked.

Once you have obtained your travel insurance, please provide us with the name of your travel insurer, the policy number and the insurer’s 24 hour emergency assistance number.

In the event that you fail to obtain suitable Travel Insurance we shall not be liable for any costs incurred or claims made against us due to your failure to comply with this term.

If travelling outside the UK you must carry proof of insurance with you and produce it if reasonably requested to do so by RWH Travel staff, tour leaders or suppliers. No refunds will be made should you be excluded from the walking programme through being uninsured or you being unable to demonstrate that you are insured.

Our house broker MPI should be considered for whom we are an affiliate and contact information is on our website and will be referred to in your booking confirmation.

If you are travelling to an EU country or Switzerland please also ensure that you have either an existing valid EU EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) or a valid UK GHIC (Global Health Insurance Card). You can apply for a UK GHIC free of charge on the NHS website at https://services.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/cra/start.

EHIC & GHIC Cards

Starting January 1st, 2021, you, as a UK traveller, can continue using your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) throughout its valid five-year period, granting you access to medical assistance during your holiday until its expiry date. Be aware, though, that this coverage will no longer extend to Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, or Switzerland. In case you don't have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a new UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the EHIC as it gets phased out.

It's essential to emphasize that the EHIC/GHIC, while valuable, should not be regarded as a substitute for comprehensive medical or travel insurance. For your peace of mind and comprehensive coverage, considering additional insurance is highly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.nhs.uk/ehic

Personal Safety

The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office is your go-to for the latest info on security, local laws, and the nitty-gritty of passports and visas at www.gov.uk/travelaware. Make sure to take a quick peek at the current advice for your upcoming destination—it'll only take a few minutes.

When you're out and about, stay aware of your surroundings. Take smart precautions with your credit cards and passport, and maybe tone down the flashy accessories. Less is more, especially when it comes to carrying cash—just enough for the day will do. Consider using a money belt for that extra layer of security. Stay alert, stay safe, and make the most of your travels!

Cultural Awareness

Responsible Travel

We are dedicated to promoting responsible travel practices that prioritise the well-being of both the environment and local communities. We believe in the transformative power of travel and aim to minimize our ecological footprint by selecting eco-friendly accommodations, encouraging waste reduction, and supporting sustainable transportation options where possible. Our walking tours are designed to immerse participants in the local culture, fostering meaningful connections with the communities we visit. We strive to leave a positive impact by engaging in responsible tourism activities, respecting local customs, and contributing to the preservation of natural landscapes. Through our commitment to responsible travel, we aim to create enriching experiences for our guests while actively contributing to the conservation of the destinations we explore.

The Ramble Worldwide Outdoor Trust

Unlike many other tour operators, we take pride in our unique approach. Ramble Worldwide channels its surplus profits back into various outdoor, walking-related, or environmental conservation projects in the UK through our own trust. When you choose us, you contribute to this impactful initiative.

The primary focus of our Trust's financial support is directed towards Britain's premier walking charity, The Ramblers. They play a crucial role in advocating the benefits and significance of walking to the British public. Additionally, our Trust invites applications for small grants from local organizations in the UK that require support for walking-oriented activities. This encompasses initiatives such as establishing footpaths and bridleways, funding for the reconstruction of bridges and refurbishing huts, and bursary funding for organisations that support individuals to enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors..

For more comprehensive details, please visit the 'About' section on our website and click on the Charitable Trust link. Your choice to travel with us goes beyond a memorable vacation; it contributes to meaningful projects that have a positive impact on our community and environment.

Heart and Sole

We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way. See our website for more information and details of some of the projects we support.

Staying In Touch

Mobile Phones

Kindly share a mobile phone contact number with us. We'll utilize this solely for crucial communication pertaining to your holiday arrangements.

Ensure your mobile phone remains switched on and easily accessible when en route to the airport or during transit delays. This way, we can promptly reach you with any last-minute updates concerning your travel plans.

In consideration of others, we request that you switch off your mobile phone during walks or make an effort to limit its usage. Additionally, during group meals, please minimize the use of mobile devices. Your cooperation ensures a seamless and enjoyable experience for everyone on the journey.

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La Palma

  • Capital

    Santa Cruz de La Palma

  • Currency

    Euro

  • Language

    Spanish

  • Time Difference

    n/a

  • Flight duration

    4.5 hours

Visas and Passports

No Visa Required

Average weather

  • January

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 49mm

  • February

    18°C

    Avg. Rain: 57mm

  • March

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 33mm

  • April

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 19mm

  • May

    20°C

    Avg. Rain: 7mm

  • June

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 2mm

  • July

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 1mm

  • August

    24°C

    Avg. Rain: 1mm

  • September

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 12mm

  • October

    23°C

    Avg. Rain: 41mm

  • November

    21°C

    Avg. Rain: 70mm

  • December

    19°C

    Avg. Rain: 80mm

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