The northeast area of the island of La Palma has one of the most important laurel forests in the Canary Islands. This forest has an ecosystem inherited from the Tertiary period which was once the island’s first Biosphere Reserve. Located in the municipality of San Andrés y Sauces, its fauna and flora are of great value and beauty.
After picking you up at one of our official stops, we will set off for the municipality of San Andrés y Sauces, to discover this lush laurel forest that will take us back to a fairy tale. We will take a walk through the area and visit the Forest Interpretation Centre where we will get to know all the natural values of the surroundings. The Los Tilos Forest is a great explosion of greenery and biodiversity that will make you fall in love at first sight. An orchard where the green, the silence and the smell of fresh leaves will reign during the whole visit.
We will then move on to the El Tendal Archaeological Park, in the centre of which is the enormous Cueva del Tendal, a natural cave where some twenty Benahoaritas, the ancient aborigines of La Palma, lived for about a thousand years. The excavations carried out in this archaeological site have made it possible to discover and study thousands of remains that formed part of the domestic furnishings, as well as the daily activities of those who lived in this cave. During the visit we will see original archaeological pieces and several explanatory panels and audiovisuals that will help us to know a little more about the history of the island of La Palma.
From this place, you will continue our excursion on the way to the picturesque San Bartolo Viewpoint, located in the area of San Bartolomé, in the municipality of Puntallana, from where you can enjoy beautiful views of the place. At the same viewpoint you will see a monument that reminds us of the legend of the Salto del Enamorado (The Lover’s Leap), which tells of a brave shepherd who had a crush on a beautiful peasant girl, but whose love was not at all reciprocated.
The beautiful young woman, overwhelmed by the shepherd’s insistence on winning her heart, wanted to prove her love by asking for an impossible one and thus free herself, once and for all, from her courtship. To do this, she asked him that before becoming his wife, he should approach the precipice and, leaning his hands on his lance (a rod with which Canarian shepherds avoid orographic difficulties), he should draw the abyss three times with his body without falling. The lover’s courage and skill were evident in the first two jumps; but in the third, when he was entrusted to his lady, who was already short of strength, he did not lean on the ground and plunge into the depths of the ravine. Love blinded him and he died for it; his body was never found. She lost her sanity and cried every day that was left of her life. Since then, the local people call the cliff “El Salto del Enamorado” (The Lover’s Leap) to remember him.
After this last visit, we will return to our starting point after spending an unforgettable morning discovering the island of La Palma.