Sit back and relax as you enjoy a scenic tour of La Palma. The day starts as you leave the capital, Santa Cruz, for Brena Alta. Tucked into wooded slopes and lush tobacco plantations above the Atlantic, this little village boasts a cigar museum, where you’ll see how La Palma’s famous cigars are made and rolled by hand. Next on the agenda is the pretty hillside town of El Paso, which commands breathtaking views over the mountains around the Caldera de Taburiente – a vast, natural crater formed when a volcano collapsed 40,000 years ago. After taking snaps here and calling at El Paso’s silk museum, you’ll continue through the idyllic interior to the tiny village of Las Manchas. Its claim to fame is Plaza La Glorieta, a cactus-lined square covered with patterned mosaic tiles by artist Luis Morera, who seems to have taken his design cue from Antoni Gaudi. On the way back, there’s time to stop at a bodega-restaurant in Fuencaliente to buy refreshments before heading back to Santa Cruz.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.