You´ll never guess what happened at the volcano....
La Palma Travel Blog› entry 6 of 27 › view all entries
May 9th, 2010 – by: quinnkim
La Palma Island in the Canary Islands!
We decided to take one of the ship excursions because we wanted to see the volcano and weren´t sure if we could make it there and back with a taxi. The tour we took included a trip to a local winery to sample some local wines, a trip to the volcano and a last stop at a pottery mill where they make potter in the ancient style indigenous to the island. Brian and I are not tour people and we could have completely skipped the pottery, spent more time including lunch at the winery and definitely more time hiking around the volcano.
Nevertheless, it was a wonderful day!
La Palma is a beautiful island.
We stopped at the Teneguia Winery and sampled the wines and purchased a bottle. This winery makes 16 different varieties of wine and gets its grapes from all over the island of La Palma. The owners showed us around and have a really great business. They have been making wines there since 1947, even surviving the eruption of the volcano in 1949.
Next stop was San Antonio volcano, which last erupted in late 1600.
It was a wonderful surprise in a beautiful place!
After our tour the bus dropped us in town so we could walk around for a few hours.
We were docked in Santa Cruz, the main city on La Palma. La Palma is made up of volcanic mountains, so the city goes straight up from the water and walking around the central part you come to alleyways with stairs leading up to the next level of streets. It was fun exploring. I saw one older local gentleman leave his home with his trash and walk down a few streets to drop the trash in the dumpsters. I tried to imagine living there, walking around up and down hills all the time, with beautiful views, on top of volcanoes that still could erupt, what an interesting place!
When our ship departed, we could see Tenerife ahead of us, or at least Mount Tiede ahead of us, which is the tallest mountain in Spain and dominates the skyline of Tenerife.
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