Camino Real de la Costa GR130: Puntallana to Los Sauces

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Camino Real de la Costa GR130: Puntallana to Los Sauces is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Puntallana, La Palma, Spain that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Distance: 9.5 miles Elevation Gain: 2,447 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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On this pleasant trip you will explore one of the most beautiful parts of the island's coast. You follow the GR130 to the north and descend 3 barranco's (canyons) and go up again, of which Barranco de La Galga is by far the most spectacular. This tour is quite tough and quite tiring although there are also some flat parts. This walk can be very exhausting in the summer months, so be sure to bring enough to drink. If it is warm enough, swimming gear can also be useful because you also come across swimming possibilities along the way. The path starts quietly and takes you between banana plantations to the first obstacle of the day, the Barranco de Nogales. This impressive gorge also offers you the opportunity to follow the bed below where you will arrive at a deserted beach. Back above, the road continues along quiet paths where it is occasionally a bit of searching for the GR signs. After three hours you will reach the climax of the day: the Barranco de La Galga. This huge gap is reminiscent of a scene from the island from the Jurassic Park film. A moment to enjoy just how impressive nature is here. After a difficult climb back up the road continues until you reach the last serious gorge of the day: The Barranco de San Juan. Here you have to pay attention when descending because in some places the path is overgrown with plants. This is because continuous water flows over the path. As a result, the trail is very slippery in some places. After another steep climb you arrive in San Andres where a few catering establishments invite you for a refreshment. Here you can choose: The GR signs follow directly upwards to Los Sauces. (very steep climb) or walk 700m further along the coastal path to the Charco Azul seawater swimming pools that will ensure a welcome dive after this difficult trip. Then steeply up to Los Sauces where you can take the bus or taxi back to your car.

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8 days ago

This walk is fantastic but be aware that it is 10 miles long not 7.6 miles. Whoever measured it has not taken account of path zigzagging or vertical distance. We found the walk quite tough but very rewarding with flowers, birds and wonderful scenery. We accumulated 2650 feet of ascent overall.