La Palma Walking
La Palma - Isla
Regarded by many as the most spectacular
destination in the Canary Islands archipelago, La Palma has the
dramatic landscapes combined with an untouched feel which will
reward the discerning traveller. A dramatic mountain spine,
running from Roque de Los Muchachos (2426 metres altitude) down
the Cumbre Nueva to the Ruta Los Volcanes, splits the
Walk! La Palma £12.99 160 pages in full colour isbn 978-1904946-687
updated 2nd edition
The steepest island in the world, the deepest crater, the clearest skies: volcanoes you can climb without being shot into orbit; a subtropical forest minus the slimy things slinking up your trouser leg; black beaches, blue seas, high mountains, vegetation that is literally flamboyant, everything linked by 1080 kilometres of waymarked paths; and all virtually untouched by tourism.
If this sounds divine or like some lost paradise, youre not the first to think so, previous commentators have identified La Palma as the prototype for both the Elysian Fields and Atlantis! The fanciful stuff aside, the island is a walkers idyll, utterly tranquil, verdant and almost unspoiled.
Walk! La Palma
includes 34 fully detailed walking route itineraries.
Each walking route itinerary includes:-
- walking route summary
- ratings for Effort, Time, Distance, Ascents/Descents, Refreshments and Vertigo risk
- fully detailed walk description, including frequent timings to aid navigation and check your progress
- GPS Waypoints at every key point on every route where there is good gps reception
- full colour 1:40,000 scale map of the route
- short walk and stroll alternatives
There are some easy routes. There are some challenging routes for fit experts. With Charles Davis excellent walk descriptions youll know which routes are for you - and all of them are a true adventure.
In addition to the walking there is plenty of background information along with details of accommodation, buses, official walking routes, mountain biking, information offices etc complete with web addresses, phone and fax numbers.
Walk! La Palma Specification & Contents
GPS navigation files, with Google Earth compatibility, now available for La Palma - see PNFs
La Palma Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map 2011 Edition £8.99 isbn 978-1-904946-755 - Garmin Custom Map version
1:40,000 scale topographical map of La Palma now in Super-Durable edition.
As with the lesser known Canary Islands Walk! La Palma includes comprehensive information on accommodation (from hotels to hostals). Don't forget that La Palma is the 'wettest' of the Canary Islands, so pack a waterproof jacket in your backpack, and this frequently means that the mountains above 1400 metres are in cloud during the afternoon. Puerto Naos, on the west coast, is featured by some tour operators but is a long way from any walking trails and isolated compared to other accommodation options.
Digital edition of La Palma Tour & Trail Map available from Garmin Custom Map version
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