Because little ones also love to have fun, La Palma Island offers a wide range of entertainment for children so the whole family can enjoy a million adventures. Keep reading if you want to have an unforgettable summer.
North of the island, in San Andrés y Sauces, you will find the natural pool of El Charco Azul. The swimming area contains a large pool, a kids’ pool with a soft base and a small cove made out of volcanic stone known as “El Charco de las Damas“. This is one of the most spectacular corners of La Palma, a natural attraction, ideal for the whole family to enjoy, as it is protected from the high waves and has a special area for the little ones. In addition to its great beauty, the complex provides services and amenities such as stairs, sun terrace, showers, changing rooms, lifeguard, security and maintenance.
Whale and dolphin watching are common activities on the island. A unique experience that will surprise the whole family, kids in particular. Thanks to the richness of the seabed of the island and the temperature of its waters, you can observe up to 26 different species. Follow the route of dolphins, fin whales or pilot whales! The official blue flag whale watching boats depart from Tazacorte harbor.
In Tazarcote you can find the Banana Museum, the only one in Europe dedicated to this fruit. Located in a traditional Canarian house, it was inaugurated in 2004, wanting to make the visitors aware of all the stages of the Canarian banana farming process: its origin, dietary qualities, varieties, care, pests that affect it, transportation used from the Canary Islands to the rest of the world and many more peculiarities. The young ones can visit its different floors brimming with information and containing panels with images and videos. They will be able to have a look at the museum’s surroundings which have an infinity of banana trees. This will undoubtedly be an opportunity to know all the secrets of the only banana in the world having been awarded the seal of Protected Geographical Indication.
The Archaeological Park of Belmaco, located southeast of La Palma, has been declared a Historic-Artistic Monument and is a must-see visit. It is the first archaeological site discovered in the Canary Islands where the first petroglyphs of the Islands were found. The park counts with ten natural caves and an Interpretation Center, where children can learn about the daily life of the aboriginal people and discover all the secrets and the history of this area. The tour begins in the center’s exhibition hall which has models, graphic documents, and multimedia content. Next, you will go outside and head towards the caves following a path (not accessible to wheelchairs and baby carriages). In the caves, you will be able to see archaeological remains and engravings, along with information panels that will help you decipher the stone inscriptions. Finally, you can visit the park shop and see a large sample of the craftsmanship of the island.
The last Sunday of August you will be able to enjoy the celebration of “La Danza de los Caballos Fuscos” in Fuencaliente. The unique festival dates back over 100 years and takes place every even year. Children can enjoy the show where participants dressed in suits and mounted on horses made of fabrics, wood, cane and colored papers dance to the beat of a polka amidst the smoke of torches, sparklers, and skyrockets. The festival is promoted by the Ethnographic Cultural Association “ Caballos Fusco” which aims to keep the tradition alive for generations to come.
Photos: Ayuntamiento de Tazacorte, Oficina de Turismo de la Palma, JL. Méndez and Van Marty.