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!
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.
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
Reviews from Little Hotels Travellers:
|We landed at Santa Cruz de la Palma to find the taxi, organised by Sonia and Alfred who own Hacienda La Centenaria, waiting for us. We arrived at our cottage and met Alfred who gave us the guided tour. Our cottage, La Despensa, was all that we hoped it would be and the kitchen stocked with the wine, milk, bread and cheese that Sonia had very kindly bought on our behalf as we were not arriving until after the local supermarket had closed. You can also order fresh bread and croissants, homemade jams and fresh eggs (from their own hens) each day which we can highly recommend. The cottage is beautifully furnished with lots of attention to detail and the beds are very comfortable. French doors lead onto a private terrace with table and chairs, sun loungers and a barbeque. The kitchen has everything you need, including a double hob and microwave.|
Outside, the pool area and gardens are delightful with a 'secret garden' feel. There are a variety of seating areas tucked away as well as the main pool area with sun loungers and umbrellas. Sonia and Alfred's cats and chickens wander freely around the gardens but are certainly not a nuisance. There are also two beautiful dogs in residence but you would not know they were there (unless you ask to meet them, as we did!).
The setting is a peaceful one with a 15 minute walk into El Paso where you will find bars, restaurants and the supermarket as well as smaller shops where you can stock up on essentials. The walk back takes 20 minutes and is all up hill but taxis are very reasonably priced if you don't fancy the hike! The walk is a joy for dog lovers as many of the locals have pet dogs and, as the lanes are quiet, they are often able to wander over and say hello to passers by. We used the local bus service from El Paso to travel further afield. We visited the beach at Tazacorte and also the capital, Santa Cruz which worked out very well The service was excellent and cost very little. The Canaries are noted for their out-of-season temperatures and La Palma did not let us down - in the second week of October we were enjoying temperatures in the high 20s.
If you are looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday we cannot recommend Hacienda La Centenaria highly enough. The accommodation, the town and the welcome from Alfred and Sonia were excellent and we would certainly have no hesitation in booking another holiday with them.
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- Swimming pool
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- En‑suite bathroom
- Kitchen with: ceramic hob microwave fridge freezer coffee maker toaster electric kettle lemon squeezer.
- Living room
- Terrace with garden furniture hammock parasol and barbecue.
- Heating and dehumidifier
- Air conditioning
- Satellite TV
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- Iron and ironing board
- Washing machine
- Drying rack
- Vacuum cleaner