San Pedro

San Pedro

La Palma

Route: San Pedro circular

Area: La Palma

Date of walk: 29th January 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.7 miles

Weather: Cloudy

On the last day of a wonderful walking holiday on La Palma we still had time for one more walk before our flight departed later in the day, and we decided on a route near the east coast, which would be handy for the airport

We chose another route from our trusty guidebook ‘Walk! La Palma’ published by Discovery Walking Guides. For anyone planning a walking holiday on the island I can highly recommend both the book and the excellent map

We didn’t want to break a leg on our last day, and opted for a relatively low level walk from the sleepy town of San Pedro. We followed a track out of the town which took us steadily uphill, before joining a narrow path which meandered up and down through a chestnut forest and in and out of a series of gorges. There were plenty of sea views along the way, those they weren’t seen at their best on a rather overcast day

The route was well waymarked and it would be hard to go astray. Comparisons are invidious but we both remarked that the walk only merited 3 stars out of a possible 5 – but that’s because it was outshined by the amazing 5 star walks which had preceded it. It was a very pleasant outing and suited our purposes perfectly on the day

There remained some spare time before our flight, so we drove into the nearby historic capital, Santa Cruz de la Palma, and enjoyed a stroll through its colourful streets. A late lunch at a restaurant on the seafront, along with some chilled Spanish beer and a meal of grilled fish fresh from the quayside made a perfect end to a perfect walking holiday

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