Puerto Naos is one of the longest beaches on the gorgeous island of La Palma, a stunning swathe of dramatic black sand. The small resort is peaceful and low-key, but you’ll still find everything you need from shops and services to facilities for water sports. The beach has been awarded a Blue Flag for its fantastically clean waters and excellent amenities, and it also enjoys more hours of sunshine than almost anywhere else on the island! Inland, you’ll find stunning natural parks and nature reserves where you can go hiking among the volcanic peaks, and, if you fancy some shopping and sightseeing, the gorgeous little island capital of Santa Cruz is just a 45-minute drive away.
The fantastic beach in Puerto Naos is its main attraction, a gorgeous swathe of shimmering black sand shaded by palm trees. It’s a relaxed and laid-back town, but you’ll find plenty to do, whether you want to soak up the sun, swim or snorkel in the turquoise waters, or take a diving excursion to admire the fantastical underwater landscapes. There are more superb beaches within easy reach, including Charco Verde, or you could head up the coast to Puerto Tazacorte, which is the starting point for boat trips and whale- and dolphin-watching excursions. Inland, there are some superb hikes through the stunning volcanic peaks of the Caldera de Taburiente national park and the Cumbre Vieja nature reserve, and the pretty island capital of Santa Cruz is only 45 minutes away by car.
Puerto Naos is a small resort but offers a clutch of places to eat and drink, most of which are found close to the seafront. The delicious Canarian cuisine features lots of fresh seafood, which you can enjoy simply barbecued to make the most of the freshness, or perhaps go for the classic sancocho canario, which pairs fish with the tasty mojo sauce and gofio, the local grain. You could also try succulent meat stews, made with pork, goat or chicken with local vegetables, which are often served with papas arrugadas, ‘wrinkled potatoes’, and mojo. Finish up with some of the island’s amazing range of fresh fruit and perhaps some of the sticky treat bienmesabe (which translates as ‘tastes good to me’) and is made with almonds and honey.
Puerto Naos is a great place for a relaxed holiday by the sea with the kids. The long sandy beach is great for children, who will also enjoy splashing about in the crystal clear waters. Older kids will enjoy the opportunities for water sports, including snorkelling, scuba diving and wind-surfing. Some might even fancy a go at paragliding, because Puerto Naos is the island’s main centre for this exhilarating aerial sport. Inland, kids can run wild across the volcanic peaks in the beautiful Caldera de Taburiente national park, or even try some star-gazing – La Palma has some of the clearest skies in Europe.
Action & Adventure
La Palma is known as the ‘Isla Bonita’ – ‘beautiful island’ – for its green and unspoilt landscapes. Much of the island is protected in national parks and nature reserves: these include the Caldera de Taburiente National Park and the Cumbre Vieja nature reserve, both of which are easily accessible from Puerto Naos. They both have several outstanding hiking trails, suitable for people of all abilities, along with opportunities for other adventure sports such as climbing, canyoning and mountain biking. Puerto Naos and the surrounding beaches are also great for water sports, with snorkelling, scuba diving and wind-surfing just some of the activities on offer in the area.
Puerto Naos is the longest beach on La Palma, a beautiful 500-metre-long strip of black, sparkling sand that dips into crystal clear waters. The beach has a Blue Flag and features all the amenities you’ll need, from sunbeds and parasols to rent, to life guard posts, play areas, and showers. It’s also a famous paragliding destination, with jump locations on the cliffs behind the beach! The smaller beach of Charco Verde is tucked into a sheltered cover about 2 kilometres from the centre of Puerto Naos, and is particularly popular with families thanks to its quiet and shallow waters. There are more beaches nearby, such as the Playa Escondida and the Playa Tazacorte, which is good for wind-surfing.
Visitors to La Palma come for the stunning landscapes and fantastic outdoor experiences rather than for the island nightlife. You won’t find raging nightspots in Puerto Naos, but there is a handful of inviting bars and cafés where you can enjoy a drink or two on warm summer evenings. There are a few more options in the inland town of Los Llanos De Aridane, and in the small resort of Puerto Tazacorte up the coast. For the best choice of nightlife on La Palma, you’ll need to drive 45 minutes to reach the vibrant capital of Santa Cruz, which has plenty of lively bars and nightclubs.
If your idea of romance is peace, quiet, blissful beaches and wonderful hikes, then Puerto Naos is the perfect getaway destination for you and your partner. This quiet resort has a fantastic black sand beach which enjoys plenty of sunshine, and a great range of water sports. The rocky coast is ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving, and inland you can visit rural towns such as Los Llanos De Aridane or enjoy some spectacular walks and hikes in the Caldera de Taburiente national park and the Cumbre Vieja nature reserve, both of which are within easy reach. The charming island capital of Santa Cruz, with its cobbled lanes and pretty balconies, is a delight to explore hand-in-hand, and is only 45 minutes away by car.
The main cultural sights around Puerto Naos are found in the country town of Los Llanos De Aridane, which has a pretty historic centre with a 16th-century church, some colourful modern frescoes and an interesting little wine museum set in a traditional Canarian house. Most of the island’s museum and historic sights are found in Santa Cruz, the capital, which preserves a charming historic quarter full of cobbled narrow streets and traditional Canarian balconies. The city boasts an eclectic group of museums, dedicated to everything from bananas to naval history, and you can find out more about the island’s ancient history in the Belmaco Archaeological Park, which features some extraordinary cave paintings.