The ninth edition of the Festival Internacional de Senderismo y Montaña (International Festival of Hiking and Mountains) will take place in the Canary Island of La Palma between Thursday 12th and Sunday 15th October.
Offering 25 guided routes over a four-day period including day time and night time departures, visitors can explore the rugged scenery of this undiscovered Canary Island and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding coastline.
The walking festival offers a variety of different hiking routes which reveal La Palma’s impressive landscapes and hidden corners passing Canary Pines, laurel forests, volcanoes and rugged coves.
Routes include ‘Landscapes of El Tablado’, visiting the picturesque hamlet of Tablado in the North of the island, the ‘Route of the Volcanoes’ encompassing oscillating landscapes splayed in a striking landscape of lava, ash, calderas and eruption sites, and ‘Trails under Earth’ taking in the impressive volcanic tube known as ‘Cueva de Las Palomas’ (translated to ‘the cave of doves).
Day time route ‘Between lava and wine’ observes the most recent lava flows and the use of volcanic land for the cultivation of vineyards in the town of Fuencaliente, as well as including a local wine tasting, whilst evening route ‘Observatory and Stars’ sees the changes of light as the night sky sets in and the first stars begin to shine. This hike observes the night time fauna and flora and includes an astrophotography session at the Pico de La Cruz Sur Astronomical Viewpoint telescope facilities, rising above the clouds and offering a privileged location for astronomical observation.
One of the seven Canary Islands, La Palma offers 706 square kilometres of lush scenery with a network of more than 1,000 kilometres of marked trails. Also known as “La Isla Bonita” (the pretty island), La Palma offers a true breath of fresh air with rugged, mountainous landscapes, unspoilt nature, impressive volcanoes, deep forests and intimate beaches
The main goal of the festival is to promote the island as ‘La Palma, Island of Hikers’ a project that has been ongoing for the past decade. Although hiking is the main focus, there are also a variety of leisure events that visitors take part in such as organised sports activities and a water festival for children.
Where to stay:
Thomson (www.thomson.co.uk) offers seven nights at the five star La Palma & Teneguia Princess Hotel from £534 per person based on two people sharing, inclusive of flights and transfers, departing from London Gatwick on 12 October.
For more information on La Palma walking festival, please visit http://walkingfestivallapalma.com/en/
For more information on La Palma as a travel destination, please visit http://www.visitlapalma.es/