As easyJet launches new flights to little-known La Palma, we check out the archipelago’s secret spots
With a benevolent atmosphere year round and just around four hours’ flying time from the UK, the Canary Islands have huge charm as a harvest time and winter-sun goal.
Shoddy occasions are accessible on the principle islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. However, the Spanish archipelago’s allure keeps running far more profound than sun and sand, with a lot of excellence far from group.
This Saturday easyJet dispatches flights from Gatwick to La Palma, which will be this current season’s exclusive direct booked support of this staggering island. Like adjacent Madeira, La Palma has an abundance of regular assorted qualities and in addition pilgrim touches that give a particular New World flavor. There is awesome high-elevation climbing and mountain-biking through lavish woodlands, a creased shore dabbed with great shorelines and angling towns, and the nice looking capital, Santa Cruz de La Palma. Admissions on the new course begin at around £82 return (withdrawing 11 October, returning 15 October).
With simple access from Tenerife’s greatest resort, Playa de las Américas, La Gomera is the perfect day trip far from the visitor crowds. The fast ship takes you from Los Cristianos to La Gomera’s capital, San Sebastian, in just 50 minutes, amid which time you may spot dolphins at play. Trek the trails in the antiquated Garajonay timberland, which covers a tenth of the island, or drive over the fabulous scene, which is riven with crevasses and dotted with towns that are hundreds of years old.
To the far east, Isla Graciosa is little more than a sand-dune off the northern tip of Lanzarote, but it’s worth a day trip. Take the ferry from Orzola in Lanzarote to the lively little town of Caleta del Sebo, where you can rent a bike – be warned, there are no sealed roads, so you will be cycling on sand – for the relatively short, but heavy-going, ride to Playa Francesa, one of the finest beaches in the Canary Islands – and one of the emptiest.
This is the Canaries’ (and Spain’s) southern and westernmost point. You touch base, via ocean or via air, in the north-east, where the seaside towns of El Tamaduste and La Caleta have moment claim with houses packed underneath the bluffs, and pools reasonable for safe swimming. The north of the island is topped by a serrated edge over a close vertical bluff, while the south is a finished difference, scattered with forest and feeling like some rustic backwater in territory Spain.