Water Mines on La Palma

January 19, 2018

Although La Palma has more water than the other Canary Islands, many farmers used to be desperately poor and frequently hungry. The only water for irrigation was rainwater, and obviously they had no control over how much they got. Then somebody suggested digging into the hillside to find water. (If anybody knows who, please tell me.) The idea is that much of the rainwater seeps into the ground, and runs…


A Walk in Las Brenas

October 14, 2017

I went exploring a network of local footpaths above Breña Baja’s cemetery with a friend. We both took cameras and wound up concentrating on close ups.


A religious grotto in Breña Alta

August 22, 2017

La Palma has a network of marked hiking trails. The LP 19, in Breña Alta runs up from San Pedro, past a series of springs, into the lower end of San Isidro, and back down to the main road. Like most of these paths, the scenery is beautiful and keeps changing. And this path included bonuses. Several of the springs feed laundry bowls. Since it’s easier to carry clothes than…


Lomo Estrecho

The ancient rock carving at Lomo Estrecho, El Paso, La Palma
July 22, 2017

I went for a walk to Lomo Estrecho. Starting from the Caldera visitor centre, you take the LP 302 towards the better-known Cumbrecita car park, but instead of taking the turning to Cumbrecita you carry on as far as you can go in a normal car, or about 1 km beyond that to the recycling bins if you’re in a 4×4. From there you walk up the track marked “Pista…


San Nicolas to Jedey

The GR130 footpath from Jedey to San Nicolas, Los Llanos de Aridane
April 6, 2017

The GR 130 footpath goes right around the island between sea level and about 3,000 ft. Since the whole path is 150 km long, I’m walking along it in small, infrequent installments. Recently I hiked the part from San Nicolas to Jedey (and back, because I wasn’t organised enough to catch a bus). The beginning of the walk wasn’t too great because I had to walk through roadworks, but the…


Footpaths on La Palma

November 29, 2016

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….