Thursdays: Sacred Springs, Mushrooms, Tobacco and Chestnuts

This tour is a wonderful hike across meadows and pastures with beautiful views of the east side of La Palma. There is a lot to see along the way. We hike through five gorges and past six holy springs that are decorated with crosses and invite you to linger. In addition to the lush Canary laurel forest, chestnuts – introduced by seafarers – have also spread in this area. In the rainy season we find many mushrooms here, from October to January La Palma is a mushroom paradise.

The hike does not present any particular difficulties, but it is not just a stroll either. A steep ascent of 350 m awaits us right at the beginning, but it is made entertaining by nice stories and explanations about flora and fauna. After 1.5 hours we come to a spring and a resting place in the middle of the laurel forest, a wildly romantic place where you can also have a barbecue.

Towards the end of the tour we come through Palmerian agricultural landscape and finally return to a typical Palmerian bar. There is coffee or beer here and if you want you can also get a little something to eat there.

A museum in San Pedro is dedicated to tobacco cultivation, which was a good source of income until the late 1990s (visit optional).

Altitude gain: +350m, -350m / distance: 8km / hiking time: 3 hours / price: 65€