La Palma Sights
Across La Palma there are numerous pre-historic archeological sites that are now open to the public. One of these includes the Belmaco Archeological Sight in Villa de Mazo. Here you can view the first petroglyphs (rock carvings) discovered in the Canary Islands, dating all the way back to the 18th century. The site contains one of the best selection of rock engravings on the Canaries. This is definitely worth a visit, and easily accessible, particularly from Los Cancajos.
Caldera de Taburiente National Park
In the North of the greenest canary island stands this magnificent National Park, surrounded by 2 million year old Laurel pine forests and plummeting waterfalls. This enormous crater measures 28 km in circumference, 10 km across the widest part and 1,500 m deep, making it one of the largest in the world. The heart of the Caldera is the Barranco de Las Angustias (Gorge of Fear), which is an impressive semi-circular ravine stretching an amazing 8km in diameter and 2000m from the base to the highest point. Attracting thousands of visitors each year, it is one definitely not to be missed.
On the star gazing front, La Palma is home to an important Astronomical Observatory positioned high up in the Caldera near Roque de los Muchachos. This observatory impressively contains the largest telescope in Europe, and currently under construction is the Gran Telescopio Canarias, which will be the largest telescope in the world. This fantastic location on La Palma is considered the world's second best sight for astronomy after the Mauna Kea Observatory on Hawaii. This is a fascinating activity for all the family, perfect if you are looking for something different than relaxing on the beach all day.