Explore several charming mountain villages, enjoying stops at an enlightening silk museum and a wildly artistic town square.
Depart from the pier and drive inland toward El Paso, a mountain village lying just south of the lush National Park of the Taburiente Caldera. El Paso means "the pass" and derives from its fine location that has long allowed passage between the mountains. Volcanic activity has largely shaped the spectacular terrain, which is ruggedly steep yet full of fertile valleys dotted with farms, forests and grasslands. In the Llano de Las Cuevas plain, you'll see the characteristic majanos (piles of stone in a pyramid shape) and walls that were created as colonists from the 16th century patiently cleared the land of stones in order to make it usable for crops.
While touring El Paso, you'll visit its unusual Silk Museum, which pays tribute to La Palma's more than 400 years of silk production. El Paso is the only place on the island that still produces silk, often using traditional, labor-intensive methods. You'll see how the silk is spun, colored with plant dyes, and woven on looms that are more than 150 years old. It's a fascinating process that is clearly demonstrated in the museum.
Continuing on to Las Manchas, you'll stop at La Glorieta, a whimsical square created by local artist Luis Morerea. Colorful mosaics of indigenous plants and wildlife cover almost every square inch. The square was built in homage to the similar, but more famous Park Güell in Barcelona, which was created by Spain's legendary architect Antoni Gaudí.
Lastly, you'll enjoy a beverage during a brief stop in Fuencaliente, a lovely town set amidst vineyards and volcanic mountains before returning to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of easy walking/standing and there will be a minimal number of steps to negotiate. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach, and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. The Silk Museum has an elevator and the restaurant has a ramp. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.