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Caldera de Taburiente National Park, Canary Islands

If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, travel to Caldera de Taburiente National Park, where you’ll be greeted by a rugged mountainous landscape.

The park receives its name from the Caldera de Taburiente – an immense volcanic crater surrounded by a number of jagged summits. This includes the highest peak on the island: the Roque de los Muchachos. It reaches a huge 2,423 metres above sea level and lies close to an astronomical observatory.

The park is formed mostly of vast pine forests and deep ravines, which are even home to some endangered species. This stunning scenery has made it a popular site for hiking (so remember to pack your walking boots)! Several trails guide you past natural baths, glorious streams and picturesque waterfalls. Or, you can simply enjoy a lazy afternoon at the remote beach here.

Visitors can also camp and try their hand at stargazing under the clear skies. Alternatively, head to La Cumbrecita – a viewpoint with spectacular panoramic views of the park. 

Situated in the middle of the island, Caldera de Taburiente National Park is easily accessible by both car and bus, and definitely should be on your to-do list for your next trip to La Palma.