The Volcanoes of the South

We begin our excursion into the history of southern La Palma in Fuencaliente and hike down past the San Antonio volcano. The impressive volcanic cone, which is over 3200 years old and at an altitude of 657m, gives us wonderful views over the south coast. 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. Unfortunately, the torrent also buried the Sacred Spring of Fuencaliente (Spanish: hot springs). 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 2000, 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 Benahoritas (native inhabitants of La Palma). A little further south is La Palma’s second youngest volcano, the Teneguia volcano. 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 lava world is impressive; you get the feeling that the flows had 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. This is followed by a tour of the salt pans, after which we treat ourselves to a coffee in the salt pan restaurant. There is the option of visiting a natural beach nearby afterwards. Altitude gain: +50 /-700m / Distance: 7km / Hiking Time: 2,5 Std.