The Virgin de los Pinos is a beautiful church nestled amoungst the pine trees. It is also the start of many great walks. A fantastic half day hike from this starting point is a circular route which begins at the church, takes you through El Pilar and then descends through the spectacular volcanic terrain.
The walk beings with a steep assent up the ‘camino real’ cobbled pathway. This route was one of the original roads on the island and climbs through the pine trees to the ridge of the island. From there the walk continues along the relatively flat ridge track, giving wonderful views of both East and West of the island. Once the walk reaches the El Pilar campsite, it is then all downhill through the volcanic landscape.
The walk takes around 5 hours.
La Palma has a number of beautiful beaches which are only a short drive from Hotel Olio. Puerto Tazacorte is a wonderful family friendly beach with colourful houses and many restaurants and shops lining the sea front. Also, close by are Puerto Naos and Charco Verde which are also easy to access and have lifeguards on duty.
For the more adventurous there are some remote and rugged beaches in the North of the island. Playa de la Veta is a stunning secluded cove but to enjoy this beauty you have to hike some 30 minutes down a steep pathway and drive down an ‘interesting’ road which tests the nerves and driving skills. However, this special place is well worth the effort to reach.
Santa Cruz de La Palma is a lovely town to explore. It is only 30 minutes drive from Olio and makes a great day out.
Santa Cruz de La Palma has many old buildings and beautiful cobbled streets – including its famous balcony houses with line the sea front. It was once the sea faring gateway to the Americas and the wealth of that time can be seen in the stunning architecture. There are many street cafes to enjoy a bite to eat and lots of lovely boutique shops.
A new beach was recently opened in May 2017 so you can now also enjoy swimming and sun bathing in the capital.