If you're thinking of visiting La Palma, you're probably wondering where you should stay on the island. Well, the answers are several. In simple geography terms, I prefer the west coast of La Palma. It's the sunniest side of the island, for a start, and offers some pretty amazing sunsets. Other parts of the island are plunged into shadows in the late afternoon as the sun dips down below the peak of the Caldera, which I don't like. Looking along the west coast, you'll find lots of accommodation around Tazacorte and it's port, Puerto Tazacorte, and also a couple of kilometres further south in Puerto Naos. I like to travel around the island when I'm there, and ready access to the roads cutting north, south and east across La Palma make Tazacorte and the surrounding areas the perfect choice for me, and so that's where I normally stay.
If you're planning a holiday in La Palma, the best type of accommodation to look for is a private holiday villa, or holiday apartment. There are plenty of them in the area and they offer much better value for money than the average hotel. There are a few hotels on La Palma, several used by package tour companies such as Thompsons, if that's what you want, but you'll be totally removed from the Canarian culture.
In both Tazacorte and Puerto Naos you'll find holiday apartment blocks near the beach. They're generally low cost and conveniently located, often with a swimming pool, washing facilities and so on. However, if you're travelling as a small group, say 3-6 people, renting a small Canarian holiday villa is probably a much better bet. These holiday villas offer total privacy and are also excellent value for money.
When I decided to add this 'where to stay' section I had to think seriously about what holiday accommodation I should include in my list of suggestions. I've met and spoken to countless people who've told me about where they were staying and what they thought of it, but in the end I decided that I should only recommend holiday villas and apartments that I've actually visited or stayed in, so I apologise if my recommendations are not too extensive. For the last 5 years I've stayed in a variety of holiday villas in and around the Tazacorte area, all owned or managed by the same people. I don't have a bad word to say about them or their properties (they have 5 holiday villas and an apartment building) so, not just because they bribed me with a lovely bottle of red wine, I decided to list all their holiday properties here!
For more information about any of the properties listed below, visit their website.
These holiday apartments are in Tazacorte, just 10 minutes from the beach at Puerto de Tazacorte, 7km from the Caldera de Taburiente National Park. The two Isa complexes include 26 apartments with a rooftop terrace, courtyard and access a rooftop swimming pool and terrace, with views over the southwest coast.
A private holiday villa, Villa Milano is located outside Tazacorte, set in spacious terraced grounds with fruit orchards. Ideal for up to 7 guests, Villa Milano has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a private outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace, a barbecue and an open kitchenette are also available.
With a swimming pool and sleeping up to 5 people, the two bedroom Villa Los Mangos sits high on the edge of the Aridane Valley between Tijarafe, Tazacorte and Los Llanos, with a wonderful panoramic view of the volcanic crater and the southwest coast of the island, and offers its guests absolute privacy.
Like the nearby Villa Los Mangos, Villa Time is situated on the edge of the Aridane Valley, between Tijarafe, Tazacorte and Los Llanos. Sleeping up to 5 people with 2 bedrooms, Villa Time offers stunning views, privacy and tranquility, making this a superb place to stay while you visit La Palma.
Villa Arriba is small one bedroom holiday cottage located deep in La Palma’s countryside at Las Cabezadas, near Tijarafe. The villa can accommodate up to 3 people and offers wonderful views over the mountains of Tijarafe and sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean from its terrace area.
If you want to stay close to the beach, Apartamento Orion is located in Puerto de Tazacorte just 50 meters from one of the best beaches on the island. This comfortable duplex apartment is ideal for up to 5 people, with two bedrooms plus a sofabed, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a sofabed.