Set amid fields and orchards in the south east of La Palma, the quiet town of Los Llanos De Aridane offers a fantastic mix of sleepy rural charm and gorgeous beaches. The historic heart of the town is a charming tangle of narrow streets and pretty squares, and the nearby beaches include Puerto Naos, one of the largest beaches on the island, and Charco Verde, a delightfully unspoilt cove. You can make a memorable day trip into the nearby Caldera de Taburiente National Park, which includes an enormous volcanic crater and a host of panoramic viewpoints. The charming island capital of Santa Cruz is just 45 minutes away by car.
Los Llanos de Aridane has a very pretty historic centre, with a couple of charming squares, and a handful of cafés and restaurants. There are some excellent hikes in the hills around the village, or you could head down to the beaches at Puerto Naos or Charco Verde. Inland stretches the magnificent Caldera de Taburiente national park, which offers superb hiking and climbing (particularly in the Las Angustias canyon), along with panoramic viewpoints and some fantastic location for star-gazing. There is more fine walking in Cumbre Vieja nature reserve, located to the south of the town. The enchanting city of Santa Cruz, the capital of La Palma, is about a 45-minute drive away, if you’re in the mood for some shopping and sightseeing.
Los Llanos De Aridane has a good range of places to eat and drink, from traditional restaurants to beachfront cafés. Wonderfully fresh seafood features prominently on local menus: you could try some grilled sea bream or wreck fish, or try the classic sancocho canario, which features fish, with the ubiquitous Canarian mojo sauce and the local grain, gofio. Other popular dishes include hearty stews, often made with pork or goat, or grilled lamb chops served fresh off the barbecue. Finish up with the delicious sticky sweet bienmesabe (which means ‘tastes good to me’) and is made with almonds and honey.
Los Llanos De Aridane is an ideal destination for a family holiday, thanks to its perfect combination of rural charm and seaside fun. Kids will enjoy the beaches, from the curious black volcanic sand to the spectacularly clear water. The nearest beaches are Puerto Naos and Charco Verde, both of which are family friendly. Puerto Naos is the largest and has the most facilities, while the little bay of Charco Verde is particularly good if you’re travelling with younger children. Older kids might enjoy the opportunities for snorkelling, scuba diving and even paragliding in the area. Inland, you could take the kids hiking or star-gazing among the volcanic peaks of the stunning Caldera de Taburiente national park.
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The whole of the island of La Palma is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and it offers some of the loveliest and most unspoilt landscapes in the Canaries. Los Llanos De Aridane is handily located between the magnificent Caldera de Taburiente National Park and the Cumbre Vieja nature reserve, both of which offer a host superb hiking trails and opportunities for climbing and canyoning. The Puerto Naos beach, which is the nearest to Los Llanos De Aridane, is famous across the island for paragliding, and a local flying school arranges lessons and trips. The area is also a fantastic destination for snorkelling and scuba diving, thanks to the remarkable transparency of the waters and the otherworldly underwater landscape.
Puerto Naos is the nearest beach to Los Llanos De Aridane, and is the longest on La Palma. It has earned a Blue Flag for the transparency of its waters and the excellent list of amenities, which include everything from parasol and sunbed rental to lifeguard posts and a host of water sports. Snorkelling and diving are two of the most popular activities here, and the cliffs above the beach are a hugely popular paragliding destination. About 2 kilometres from Puerto Naos, the Charco Verde is a family-friendly beach, which boasts calm and shallow waters in a quiet and sheltered bay overlooked by banana plantations. There’s a beach café but few other facilities.
The Canarian island of La Palma attracts visitors because of its quiet, traditional charm and stunning landscapes. The town of Los Llanos De Aridane has a handful of bars and cafés, where you can sit back and relax over a drink or two, and you’ll also find a couple of clubs in the main town, plus a few more along the coast. For a wider choice of nightlife, you’ll have to head to the island capital of Santa Cruz, about 45 minutes’ drive away. This beautiful little city has everything from jazz bars to fancy cocktail bars, along with several nightclubs, so you can party all night long.
Los Llanos De Aridane is perfect for a romantic holiday in the sunshine. The island of La Palma is also known as ‘la Isla Bonita’ – the beautiful island – and its green hills and striking beaches make for a charming backdrop to romance. You can relax on one of the amazing black sand beaches, take a dip in the crystal clear waters, or perhaps go snorkelling or take a diving trip for a close-up view of the underwater world. The area is also fantastic for hiking, with some spectacular trails nearby, and Puerto Naos is a paragliding mecca, so adrenaline junkies might want to give that a go. There are lots of wonderful restaurants where you can enjoy a romantic meal as the sun sets, and then finish up with a drink at friendly beach bar listening to the waves on the sand.
Los Llanos De Aridane is not a large town, but it has plenty of cultural sights to entice visitors. These include a charming traditional Canarian house which has been converted into a wine museum, a 16th-century church, and a handful of handsome, historic squares. One of these, the Plaza de España, contains some bay trees that were brought back from Cuba in the 19th century and have been immortalised by local poets and artists. The beautiful island capital of Santa Cruz is about 45 minutes away by car, and offers an exquisitely preserved historic quarter and a host of fascinating museums and galleries.