Cottages from £ 81
La Palma is one of the smaller of the Canary Islands at the western end of the archipelago, but one of the most spectacularly beautiful and dubbed the ‘Isla Bonita’ (the beautiful island). Hacienda La Centenaria is composed of three self-catered 17th century cottages which were originally farm buildings, near the eye-catching Caldera de Taburiente National Park, once thought to be an enormous crater, such is its dramatic appearance (‘caldera’ nicely sums up its volcanic clouds and bowl shape; the Spanish word means ‘cauldron’).
There is, then, plenty of landscape around to enjoy, and that is also the case at the hacienda itself, with a total area of 5000 square metres featuring over 50 almond trees, various species of fruit trees and fields and fields of flowers. Spectacular sunsets greet the visitors in early evening and a blanket of stars is accentuated by the lack of artificial light all around. That said, although this may feel a remote haven, the hacienda is nicely near to the local little village of El Paso and the historic town of El Llano de Aridane, as well as being only 20 minutes away from the island’s capital Santa Cruz and the airport.
Cottages are 65m2 in area, designed for two people, with bedroom, bathroom, living room and a well-equipped kitchen. They also have their own private terrace with barbecue, sun loungers, parasol and a hammock. Owners Alfredo and Sonia have created a fantastic and peaceful setting here, surrounded by their dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens.The hacienda building features a swimming pool just outside, as well as a spa and solarium. With the grounds so expansive, guests can go for a stroll and they can just disappear into the nature all around; an ‘infinity garden’ if you like!
El Paso is a mere half kilometre away and there are restaurants to be found there, as well as in the historic town El Llano de Aridane.
Caldera de Taburiente National Park (one of the largest erosion spots in the world)
El Paso (village 0.5km away) - shops & restaurants
El Llano de Aridane (10 minutes away, 5km)- historic town; shops, bars, restaurants
Tazacorte's black sand beach (17km away) - local freshly-caught fish, boat and submarine excursions.
Santa Cruz de Palma (island's capital; 25 minutes away) - port and airport
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La Palma is an excellent choice of Canary Island to explore. Alfredo and Sonia have created three very comfortable cottages with plenty of space to appreciate the relaxation that a stay here surely brings. This is the place to go to get away from the people who got away from it all.