Tazacorte is a quiet, rural town of multi-coloured houses located in the south west corner of La Palma, surrounded by banana plantations and blessed (so locals say) with more sunshine than anywhere else on the island. The town is located 1 kilometre from Puerto Tazacorte on the coast, which has a fabulous beach of black volcanic sand, and a harbour surrounded by a clutch of restaurants. Yachts bob in the port next to fishing boats and excursion boats, which take visitors out to on dolphin- and whale-watching trips. Inland, some of the island’s most beautiful volcanic scenery is preserved in the Caldera de Taburiente national park and the Cumbre Vieja nature reserve, both of which are within easy reach by car.
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Your guide to Tazacorte holidays
The main attractions of Tazacorte are its sleepy charm, endless sunshine and striking black sand beach. The main village is linked to the port by a 1-kilometre-long walking path, which enjoys fantastic views. At the beach, you can enjoy some excellent snorkelling and scuba diving, thanks to the incredibly clear waters, or you could take a boat excursion from the harbour in search of whales and dolphins. Hiking is another of the main attractions here, with some excellent trails in the nearby canyon of Las Angustias, as well as inland amid the stunning volcanic peaks of the Caldera de Taburiente national park and the Cumbre Vieja nature reserve.
The beach in Puerto Tazacorte is made of black, volcanic sand, and sits at the opening of the impressive canyon of Las Angustias (which means ‘the canyon of fear’). It enjoys an attractive, rural setting, with a backdrop of cliffs and fields, but you’ll also find plenty of facilities, including sunbed rental, and a good choice of cafés and shops. The beach is popular with families, and older kids will enjoy the opportunities for wind-surfing and snorkelling. A 10-minute drive down the coast will bring you to Puerto Naos, which has the longest beach on La Palma, and has plenty of amenities and facilities.
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