Footpaths on La Palma

A steep section of long distance footpath in Garafia
A steep section of long distance footpath in Garafia





La Palma has a network of well-marked footpaths, most of which are centuries old.  As late as the 1960s, walking was still a major form of transport for the islanders,

The whole network of hiking trails on the island comes to over 1,000 km, and between them they pass through just about every kind of scenery on the island: lava fields, pine forests, lush laurel forests, farmland and village centres. Some are very short, but this small islands has two long distance paths. The GR 131 runs in a giant question mark from Puerto Tazacorte, up around the Caldera rim, past the Roque, and down the central ridge of the island to the southern tip. Super-fit athletes can run it in a day as an ultramarathon, but normal walkers take at least three days. The GR130 runs right around the island, between sea-level and 1,000 m, which includes a wonderful variety of landscapes. Someone well used to hiking takes about a week. I’m doing it in much smaller installments, but I’m loving it.

Where the two main footpaths meet in Fuencaliente
Where the two main footpaths meet in Fuencaliente

This article has 2 Comments

  1. Hi Sheila, I’ve enjoyed reading your articles and note the piece about the footpaths.

    Do you know if bicycles are permitted on the GR and LP routes on the island? I can’t see anywhere that it is expressly forbidden; we are coming over on 17th December and will hire bikes, but I don’t want to fall foul of any rules.

    Many thanks, Kate

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