Here are the ultimate best Instagram spots and instagrammable places in the beautiful island of La Palma in the Canary Islands! In this blog post, you will find all the places with photos, descriptions, how to get there, and exact locations where they can be found on Google Maps. Happy exploring!
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1. Porís de Candelaria village
Can you imagine a tiny, tiny fishermen’s village inside a huge 50-meter coastal cave where sometimes rocks are falling down from the ceiling?
Well, it is a reality for a couple of people who live in Porís de Candelaria village. This could be the most unique place in La Palma and thus one of the most popular places out of all Instagram spots in La Palma.
How to get there?
Getting there is a challenging drive down a coastal cliff (just take your time!) and then a short hike till you reach the village (a bit steep but worth it!). Check the location of the parking lot below – there is an exact location where to park your car.
What to do in Porís de Candelaria?
There are no shops, restaurants or services in the village, so this is not the place to spend the whole day. However, you can join a unique sea kayaking tour from this village to see a secret sea cave nearby – Cueva Bonita – that is only accessible from the sea. This tour starts right from this village!
By the way, you can get to Porís de Candelaria village and Cueva Bonita sea cave also by boat. If you join this boat tour from Puerto de Tazarcorte, then you will not only see dolphins and whales in their natural habitat but also get to see Porís de Candelaria village and the beautiful Cueva Bonita sea cave from the boat!
This tour will also take you to see the lava delta in the ocean that was formed by the volcanic eruption in 2021. How cool!?
2. Cascada De Los Tilos waterfall
Cascada de los Tilos has to be the most beautiful waterfall in the Canary Islands! It is also a year-round waterfall so you will see water here any time of the year. This has to be my favorite amongst the best Instagram spots in La Palma too.
The waterfall is located in the Northeast part of the island which gets the most humidity from the ocean. It is cloudy very often on this side of La Palma island so the forests and waterfalls can thrive in this area.
This place is also probably the most visited place in La Palma. So I would recommend coming here early in the morning to avoid the tourist masses.
3. Cubo de La Galga
Cubo de La Galga is a must-do in La Palma. It is an easy hiking trail through a dense and lush green forest. Sometimes you wonder if this is really the Canary Islands. How can it be so green with water dripping everywhere you listen?
There are two of my favorite Instagram photo spots on this trail. One is a stone archway on the trail and another is inside a deep gorge you are walking along. Explore it on your own or go on this guided trekking tour to Cubo de La Galga!
We did the trail in a different way than people traditionally do. We parked our car here up the hill and then walked a circular route through the forest. The trail starts here and if you walk this option, it will be a 4.5-kilometer hike.
The archway is located just next to the trail, but the photo inside the gorge is just off the path. The location where you have to walk off the trail is HERE. There will be a wooden pole with an X on it indicating that the trail doesn’t go there. But if you want to enter the gorge, you have to go exactly there.
It will be a small and easy path down inside the gorge. Then you have to follow the gorge. There will be a spot where you will have to climb some stones. You will see that people have climbed there and it is easier than it might look.
After that, you have to continue walking through the gorge until you see the spot you will recognize from the photo. Or you can choose a different spot for a photo as well. Just make sure to save and download everything prior to going there as there is no network coverage inside the forest and the gorge.
4. El Duraznero in Ruta de los Volcanes
El Duraznero is a distinctive volcano that you can find on a popular hiking route – Ruta de los Volcanes or the Volcano Route. It is a dramatic-looking black volcano with lava fields and multiple craters around it.
It is also my absolute favorite out of all Instagram spots in La Palma! We happened to be there during the sunset which made it look even more impressive and other-worldly.
How to get to El Duraznero?
You can get to this volcano only by hiking. You can either do the whole Ruta de los Volcanes route (about 20 to 24 kilometers) or you can take a shorter way specifically to get to this volcano (12 kilometers).
Ruta de los Volcanes is a hiking route that is about 24 kilometers long in only one direction. People usually book a taxi to get them back to the starting point after they finish the route. If you are a hiker, then go for it!
The volcano is at the 6-kilometer mark which means it is a 12-kilometer round-trip hike to this impressive, apocalyptic place! This is the best and shortest way to get to El Duraznero. It is a beautiful hike, so go for it!
5. Caldera de Taburiente
Caldera de Taburiente is a landmark spot in La Palma. There are many ways to enjoy this natural phenomenon. For example, hiking inside it, and around it, as well as going to different viewpoints to enjoy different perspectives of this spectacular crater.
One of my favorite spots to observe the caldera was Mirador de Cumbrecita. It is a unique spot where you need a permit to enter from 8.30 AM til 16.00 PM as there are limited parking places. You can also go outside their working hours without a permit.
From the viewpoint, there are many walking trails you can hike and enjoy the stillness of nature. We walked a short circular route from Mirador de Cumbrecita to Mirador de Los Roques, then to Mirador Lomo de las Chozas and back to Mirador de Cumbrecita.
The photo was taken from Mirador de los Roques. Caldera de Taburiente is definitely one of the most impressive ‘Instagram spots’ in La Palma! You can explore the caldera and get THAT travel photo in many places here, to be honest.
6. Cascada de Colores
Cascada de Colores is one of the most popular spots inside Caldera de Taburiente. It is a small waterfall in the middle of the crater that is only accessible on foot. After you park your car at the parking lot, it will be a 6-kilometer hike along the riverbed to the waterfall.
The walk is not super straightforward as there is a small stream along the riverbed. You will have to cross the stream countless times and jump from one stone to another. The riverbed is deep gravel which is also not the easiest surface for hiking.
As you walk along the stream you will already notice that it changes colors. Sometimes the stream is green as it has long ‘hairs’ of algae growing inside the water. Sometimes it changes to orange or even white. There is a strong concentration of different sediments and minerals in the water.
The waterfall itself has also colored the surroundings in different colors – red, green, yellow, orange, and white. The colors will pop out more in case there is more water, but colors will be fainter and paler if the water level is low. The hike took us about 3 hours to complete.
7. Salinas de Fuencaliente
Salinas de Fuencaliente or salt fields of Fuencaliente is a unique spot at the southernmost point of La Palma island. Salt fields is an open-air area where you can go on a self-guided tour along these chessboard-like salt beds.
There is also a restaurant, a lighthouse, as well as a shop to buy some salt as a souvenir from this place. There is a designated path with information boards through the salt fields for you to walk and learn something new about this beautiful ‘Instagram spot’ in La Palma!
8. Balcones de la Avenida Marítima
Another note-worthy Instagram spot in La Palma is definitely the traditional balconies in Avenida Maritima in the capital of La Palma – Santa Cruz de La Palma. These beautiful wooden balconies in different shapes and colors. They are a testament to the wealthy people who lived here in the 19th century.
The climate of the island has helped preserve the original houses and balconies. There are actually people still living in them! However, it is not possible to enter the houses. You can only observe these beautiful creations from the outside.
9. Roque de los Muchachos
Roque de los Muchachos is the highest peak on La Palma island and a must-visit spot for anyone visiting the island. It is also a great Instagram spot in La Palma, as it captures one of the most beautiful spots on the island – Caldera de Taburiente – from above.
You can get to the very peak by car (there is a small parking lot on top). You can also join this guided trekking tour to Roque de los Muchachos and along the Caldera de Taburiente crater to experience hiking with unforgettable views!
Although the exact Roque de los Muchachos peak is just a group of weird rock formations, there are pathways along the crater where you can get some amazing views.
One of the spots is Mirador del Espigón del Roque and there is even another viewpoint below it. The photo was taken from the Mirador del Espigón del Roque looking down to the other viewpoint.
10. Puerto de Tazacorte
Puerto de Tazacorte is a beautiful example of unique architecture. There is a long and beautiful path of arches where you will see one of the most unique Instagram spots in La Palma. The archway bends as it goes further so it looks like it has no end.
Getting there is very easy. Make sure to choose the right archway as there are two of them. One is shorter and doesn’t really bend, but the other one (location below) is longer and it bends, so it looks better in the photos.
What to do at Puerto de Tazacorte?
Another totally unique experience from Puerto de Tazacorte is a fun boat trip in the ocean to see not only whales and dolphins in their natural habitat but also a lava delta in the ocean that was formed during the 2021 eruption.
Plus you will also visit the magical Cueva Bonita sea cave that is only accessible from the sea as well as the Porís de Candelaria village, which I mentioned before. How cool and unique is that?!
11. Plaza de España in Tazacorte
Another beautiful spot in Tazacorte is Plaza de España. This was one of my favorite Instagram spots in La Palma as it gives this beautiful vacation vibe! There is a sitting area next to a church built in a rectangular shape and covered with blooming flowers and plants.
This idyllic place is the perfect spot for a photo and a spot to relax or take a break while traveling around the island. You can park your car somewhere nearby at the side of the street as there are many parking places in the town.
12. Mirador del Time
Not far from Tazacorte town, you will find Mirador del Time. It is one of the most impressive viewpoints in La Palma and the best place to go if you want to see the new volcano that erupted in 2021 – the volcano Tajogaite.
From this viewpoint, you will get an amazing overview of the West coast of La Palma. Also the volcano and its lava river and where it ends in the ocean.
Normally it is not possible to access the Tajogaite volcano up close, but did you know that you can join this guided tour to enter the volcano exclusion zone, learn about it and see it much closer? Once in a lifetime activity, isn’t it?
Mirador del Time is also a great spot for a coffee break or getting some souvenirs as there is a shop and a café. However, behind the building, you will encounter this beautiful painting of angel wings on the wall. This is a cute Instagram spot if you are looking for one. There are parking places next to the building.
13. Pico de la Cruz
Pico de la Cruz is one of many peaks next to the Caldera de Taburiente crater. It offers beautiful views of the crater, as well as the highest point in La Palma – Roque de los Muchachos – if you look over the crater. From this location, it is possible to see the whole crater as it has an elongated shape due to erosion.
The main part of the crater is in circular shape and then it has a narrow tail going out in the direction of the ocean. Getting here is quite easy. After you park your car at the side of the road, it will then be quite a short hike up the mountain to this very spot.
You can visit this spot (and many others along the crater) during the trekking tour to Roque de los Muchachos in case you decide to participate.
14. Playa de la Zamora
Playa de la Zamora is a special beach on the West coast of La Palma and an opportunity to get some unique Instagram photos as well. It is best enjoyed during low tide as the ocean uncovers beautiful spots on the beach – a cave and a stone arch.
There are more rock formations in the water not far from the coast and this was one of my favorite sunset-watching places on the island.
After you park your car uphill next to the banana plantations, there is a path that leads down the cliff – it is well-made and easy to walk. The cave and the arch are located on the left side (or the South side) of the beach if you look at the ocean.
15. Fuente de San Juan in Puntallana
Fuente de San Juan in Puntallana town is a beautiful green oasis on the East coast of La Palma. It is also a nice Instagram spot if you are passing by and are looking for a place to sit down and relax. There is a small fountain, benches for sitting as well as green scenery and flowers blooming all around you.
16. Tunnel to Playa de la Veta
Playa de la Veta is a beautiful and wild black sand beach on the West coast of La Palma. Wild because there is a narrow and steep road leading to the parking lot and then a decent hike along the coast and through a tunnel to the beach. It is definitely not among the most accessible places on the island!
If you like remote places then this is a spot to go! Right after the parking lot, there will be a trail that goes through a tunnel that you can use as an opportunity to snap a nice Instagram photo. You can even see the rugged coastline and sea cliffs through the opening of the tunnel!
17. La Fajana de Franceses
La Fajana de Franceses is a unique and secret spot in the North of La Palma. After a narrow drive down to the ocean, you will discover a tiny village at the shores of the ocean.
This is not the place for swimming as the ocean is very dangerous, but this is a remote place for you to relax and get away from the crowds. All you can do here is watch the ocean and reflect, I guess.
There is also a photogenic Instagram spot. There are ruins of old houses. Only some walls and doorways are still standing. Such a unique and beautiful photo spot, if you ask me!
This is definitely not a must-visit place, but nice to go if you have that adventurer inside you and you happen to be in the area.
La Palma surprised me in a good way as I didn’t know such a small island can accommodate so many different climates, landscapes, and unique places! I truly hope you get to enjoy this island! If you can, please, leave a comment below if there are any significant changes to anything that is written in this blog post! Many thanks!
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