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On the Volcano Route : 34km +836m

by Kim Gintrand
Start/Finish

San Isidro

Distance

34km

Elevation gain

+836m

Time

2h30

Best seasons

fall, spring & summer

Difficulty

2/5*

Physical & technical

This itinerary takes you all around the Cumbre Vieja Natural Park in the south of the island. This park is formed by numerous volcanoes that you can observe from the trails. You can also climb them on foot or by mountain bike.

This ride mainly consists of wide dirt trails, which alternate between lava, mud, and black sand. There is some elevation gain, but nothing too steep, making the route accessible. However, even though it’s not very technical, be cautious on the black sand, especially during descents, as it’s easy to lose control.

Regarding the weather, La Palma has the typical climate of an island. Therefore, I advise you to bring a rain jacket or windbreaker, even if it’s 30 degrees at sea level. As you climb, you will encounter clouds that are trapped at a certain altitude. You will likely experience rain, as I did during my ride, and, more importantly, you may lose at least 10 degrees in temperature.

Sometimes with a volcano in the background, other times through a forest or a lava field, this gravel itinerary will take you on a journey through a magical and unexpected place for a day.

Note: There is no water source along this route.

Tips

  • Make sure to download the track onto your GPS device or phone before reaching the starting point (as there might not be much network coverage).

  • Download the MAPS.ME application and the Canary Islands map. This way, you’ll have access to the map even in areas with no network coverage.

Nearby the itinerary
Best Addresses

(*tested)

RESTAURANTS

Tazacorte

Re-Belle*

Cuisine européenne

Tazacorte

Ca´Yeya Café*

café, tapas, grillades

Barlovento

El Asador del Campesino*

grillades, poisson, viande

Breña Baja

Kudasai*

sushis, bowls

Tazacorte

El Sitio*

cuisine canarienne

Santa Cruz de la Palma

Pizzería Il Ghiottone*

pizzeria

Santa Cruz de la Palma

Banana Garden*

brunch, coffee, pastries

ACCOMMODATIONS

Tazacorte

Hacienda de Abajo*

Hôtel

Breña Baja

Hacienda de San Jorge*

Hôtel

Santa Cruz de la Palma

Banana Garden*

Hôtel

Barlovento

Faro Punta Cumplida*

Hôtel

ACTIVITIES

La Palma

Parque Nacional de la Caldera de Taburiente

hike

La Palma

Observatory de Roque de los Muchachos

Observatory

La Palma

Cascada de Los Tilos

waterfall

La Palma

Mirador de La Cumbrecita

point de vue

Tazacorte

Black sand beach

beach

Culinary Specialties / Local Products

  • Sancocho - canarian typical fish dish 
  • Le fromage Palmero - goat cheese 
  • Le Gofio
  • Bienmesabe - dessert
  • Príncipe alberto - dessert

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