Our highlight for early risers. Depending on the time of year, starts around 6 a.m.
We begin our excursion into the history of southern La Palma under the stars of Fuencaliente above the Antonio volcano. The impressive volcanic cone, which is over 3200 years old, lies at an altitude of 657m. After 1,500 years of sleep, the earth broke open again in 4 places below the base of the volcano in 1677, creating bizarre lava landscapes that appear even more mystical in the semi-darkness. Unfortunately, the torrent also buried the Sacred Spring of Fuencaliente (Spanish: hot spring). The place was then given the name “Los Canarios” by the Spanish conquerors because there was a prison colony of the Proto-Canarians here. After the source was rediscovered at the beginning of 2006, both names are now in use again. Our hiking trail now takes us down to Roque Teneguia, a striking phonolite rock. Here we find historical cult sites and stone signs of the Palmerian natives. A little further south is La Palma’s youngest volcano, the Teneguia volcano. We wait there for the sunrise.
On the afternoon of October 26th, 1971, a 300m long crack in the rock tore open and lava, accompanied by tremors, poured out in two phases in a southerly direction into the sea until November 18th, 1971. There are still “hot holes” here today and the smell of sulfur is present. The bizarre world of lava is impressive; you get the feeling that the streams only solidified yesterday. We descend through lava fields and the gardens of the often award-winning wine to the sea. Our destination is the Salinas Marinas de Fuencaliente, which has been producing sea salt since 1967. After a leisurely breakfast in the “Jardin de la Sal”, a tour of the salt flats of Fuencaliente follows.
Hiking Time: 3 h | ‑ 700m | ca. 7km