la palma

Vineyards and bananas plantations,

rugged volcanoes rising over the clouds

and unpolluted night skies.

La Palma is a wild and pristine paradise.

2.310m high point
+5.430M
163 KM
70% unpaved
16 hours

The climb to Roque de Los Muchachos starts on a secondary road crossing banana plantations, keeps going on old forest roads in the pines and reach more than 2300 meters altitude. It’s an epic climb, but all rideable and never exhausting. The route keeps going on fast gravel roads all the way down to Tazacorte beach and climbs again in the volcanic landscape of Cumbre Vieja. A steep downhill to Santa Cruz closes the loop and completes the route.

Santa Cruz was founded in 1500 as the last European port on the way to the Americas.   

Caldera de Taburiente is an old massive crater surrounded by the highest peaks on the island. The eastern slopes are usually shrouded in the clouds, the rain filters all the way through the western side of the mountains forming springs, streams and waterfalls. 

Cumbre Vieja is the result of old and recent volcanic eruptions. A unique landscape made of green pine trees contrasting with black lava flows and red volcanic gravel.

The Night Sky is well known for its clear atmosphere and no light pollution. The mountains of La Palma offer exceptional conditions for stargazing and astronomical research. The observatory at Roque de Los Muchachos hosts some of the most sophisticated telescopes in the world.

Camp: El Pilar

Accommodation: Hotelito 27 50€ Santa Cruz, Hacienda de Abajo 170€ Tazacorte, Hostel Vagamundo 17€ Llanos de Aridane

Resupply: Puntallana