Rural Tourism – On the small islands canary – Part II
We continue with the second part of our rural route through this part of Spain.
This island has two well-deserved nickname: the beautiful island and the island green and the traveler will understand when you get to La Palma, fully declared by the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, a place of lush greenery from which to observe the stars.
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The center of the island is dominated by the National Park Caldera, a breathtaking volcanic crater. It’s a huge circus of five miles in diameter caldera-like landscape on a steep, crossed by numerous streams and waterfalls, with drops of up to 2,000 meters. Best to enjoy the park is to make one of the routes available. Also, if you heat the traveler can reward the walk with a swim in the river Taburiente, or one of the pools and waterfalls located in the many ravines of the park. In the three entrances to the park information booths located for the traveler.
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The park is the rocky peak that forms the highest point of La Palma, Roque de los Muchachos, the crown of the island from whose summit you can see Tenerife, La Gomera and El Hierro. It is worth getting there to see the sea of clouds from the 2,400 meters and above all, to watch the stars at night. In addition, the observatory, which has the world’s largest telescope, allows visits, but must make an appointment.
The south of the island is a good place for lovers of volcanoes. The San Antonio and Teneguía (last erupted in Spain in 1971) are the most visited of the island. Even they can be accessed from the town of Fuencaliente diverted to the coast.
A must is also the capital of the island, Santa Cruz de la Palma, a seaside town that retains its colonial past and its center was declared a Historic. Just eight miles from this small town, in Brena Baja, is the Parador, located in a privileged landscape. The Parador is a good base for touring the island. Within half an hour’s drive you can access the National Park Caldera and the Roque de los Muchachos. The building is built according to the parameters of traditional Canarian architecture surrounded by a large garden with native plants and fruit trees that are perfect for walking and relaxation.
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The tranquility of the island pushes the enjoyment of good food. The Parador restaurant you can taste dishes that travelers will not find easily outside these limits, as the traditional stew of the old gofio parboiled or if you prefer to opt for the fish. And all washed down with a good broth, which gives the island a unique wine out of the vineyards of La Palma volcanic terrain, offering a unique and original Malvasia.
Enjoy your trip in islands canary!