Silversea Luxury Cruises To SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA (Canary Islands)

SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA (Canary Islands)

Volcanoes dominate the island of La Palma. The island sits over a hot spot in the Earth’s crust. Beginning on the seabed 4,000 metres below sea level, the volcanoes grew to emerge above the waves and through the clouds to form a mountainous island. The highest point is 2,423 metres (7,950 feet) above sea level. The peak flanks La Caldera de Taburiente, a giant collapsed volcanic crater with a canyon exiting it. View more

The ridge extending south of the Caldera erupted as recently as 1971, when Teneguía volcano sent slow lava flows to the sea. Roads reach lookouts where further exploration on foot begins. The Spanish port town of Santa Cruz de la Palma began in 1493 and supported the sea route from Europe to the New World. In the 16th century Santa Cruz was the third most important port in Europe, after Antwerp and Seville. But it attracted trouble. The pirate Françoise Le Clerc or ‘Peg Leg’, ransacked the town in 1553, leading to the construction of the forts Castillo de Santa Catalina and Castillo de la Virgen. History buffs should walk the cobbled town streets amongst colourful colonial buildings. Several vegetation zones are traversed if you travel up the mountains. Dry coastal scrub gives way to a woodland with large Canary Palms, a plant now grown worldwide. Higher slopes catch moisture from clouds, creating the lush laurel zone of semi-tropical forest. Next is a Canary Pine forest and finally an alpine zone of shrubs. The highlight here is the tall pink flowering spikes of the La Palma Bugloss.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

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SOUTHAMPTON To LISBON
  • Departure
    Sep 27 2021
  • Duration
    23 Days
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    Silver Spirit
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LISBON To LISBON
  • Departure
    Oct 08 2021
  • Duration
    12 Days
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    Silver Spirit
From US$ 6,300
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BARCELONA To LISBON
  • Departure
    Oct 24 2021
  • Duration
    12 Days
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    Silver Shadow
From US$ 6,300
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BARCELONA To FORT LAUDERDALE (Florida)
  • Departure
    Nov 09 2021
  • Duration
    23 Days
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    Silver Dawn
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LISBON To FORT LAUDERDALE (Florida)
  • Departure
    Nov 19 2021
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    13 Days
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    Silver Dawn
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FUNCHAL MADEIRA To FORT LAUDERDALE (Florida)
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    Nov 21 2021
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    11 Days
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    Silver Dawn
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Excursions in SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA (Canary Islands)

Best of La Palma Island

Depart the pier with your local guide who will share a great variety of information about the island of La Palma. The first stop is at La Concepción viewpoint, where you will enjoy wonderful views over Valle de las Breñas and all the east slope of the island.


Cigar Museum

Visit the Cigar Museum, and here you will learn about the history, tradition and future of the cigar crop, which reached La Palma around 1850, brought by those immigrants who returned from Cuba at a time when it was widely spread in the New World. These lands were originally dedicated to grazing pre-Hispanic cattle, after the Conquest, became cultivated territory distributed among Castilian families of high economic standing. Nobles and bourgeois residents of the Capital had ostentatious estates built to spend the summer in the countryside. Their estates were dedicated to vineyards, cereal, fruit trees and tobacco.


La Ermita de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, Refreshment stop

Next you will head towards La Ermita de Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, a religious building in which you will find the venerated image of the Lady of the Snows, patron saint of the island of La Palma.

Construction began in 1532.

After a short stroll around the exterior of the church, it's time to sit and relax and have a tasting of local products such as goat cheese, papas arrugadas and the traditional "carne de fiesta", one of the most popular dishes of the Canarian cuisine, specially prepared during Romerías (pilgrimage made to visit a hermitage where there is a saint).


St. Cruz de la Palma Historical Quarter.

After delighting yourself with the most iconic flavours of the island, you will continue towards the old St. Cruz de la Palma Historic Quarter. Many of the riches that the Spanish brought back from their colonies in the Americas passed through the gates of La Palma and that is reflected on the important architectural heritage find in the city with examples of unique sets of carved wooden balconies overlooking the sea and numerous colonial-style houses set on cobble stone streets.

E-Bike Orientation Tour of La Palma

Depart from the port to Los Cancajos for an introductory briefing of the bikes and get the gear, water and energy bar. Start riding towards Santa Cruz, see the local market from outside, and visit some of the most iconic historical attractions such as the Spain square, El Salvador church, the town hall and the balcony houses of the city by foot. Get back to the bicycle and continue towards Las Nieves Church for a visit and have a 15-minute break where you'll get served coffee.

The road to cycle will show how amazing the island is by projecting the different contrasts going on the road while being surrounded by green trees, mountains and sea.

The next stop will be the La Concepción viewpoint, where a view of the entire city of Santa Cruz will be under your feet. Visit the legendary twin dragon trees, which are the oldest dragon trees of La Palma that reach a total height of about 15 meters. They are considered twin trees because their treetops are entangled. It is said, that long ago two brothers loved the same girl. As she could not decide, the two brothers fought each other. They both died in the fight and the girl swore to never belong to anyone but to the memories of the two brothers. So, she decided to plant two dragon trees at the place of the fight, where she would water them with her pitcher as she felt the same love and compassion for both ensuring that the memory of the two brothers would last forever.

End the trip with a stop at the Breña Mountain viewpoint from where we will return to Los Cancajos to enjoy a coffee or tea, cookies, biscuit or a homemade cake. Then get transferred back to the ship.


Major points of interest seen on this excursion may include:


Santa Cruz de La Palma

Las Nieves church

La Concepción viewpoint

Twin dragon trees

La Breña mountain viewpoint

Spain Square

El Salvador church

Town Hall

Balcony houses

Hiking on Teneguía Volcano & Lunch

Meet Your Hiking guide at the pier and board your coach for a 50-minute drive towards the hiking starting point.


San Antonio Volcano, Teneguía Volcano

At the foot of Fuencaliente we find San Antonio volcano which is about 3000 years old. From here you will have beautiful panoramic views of the southern coast of La Palma and the route of the volcanos surroundings.

The track starts next to the crater of San Antonio and goes through an arid landscape of volcanic scoria and dunes of black sand until the Teneguía Volcano, which was the last volcano to erupt in Spain.


Salt Pans, Fuencaliente Lighthouse, Lunch

At the end of the tour, view the lighthouse, which is an active lighthouse at the southern end of the island. The original lighthouse was built in 1903 and whilst it still exists, the current lighthouse replaced it in 1985. Spend time to visit the only traditional salt pans of the Canaries. Almost all salt on La Palma is sea salt, made at the Southernmost tip of the Islands. The salt water is pumped into shallow ponds and left to dry in the sun. As the water evaporates, the salt starts to crystallise out on the bottom, and the workers scrape it into piles to drain and dry in the sun. When it's nearly dry its brought into the shed for a final dry with warm air.


Afterwards, you will enjoy a traditional local lunch at Restaurante Jardin de la Sal before reboarding your coach for a 1-hour drive back to the pier.


Historical Stroll in Old Santa Cruz

Leaving the port by foot, discover the town where the port was once of great importance due to its connection with the Americas.


Old Santa Cruz, Walking tour

Walking among its beautiful pedestrian centre of cobbled streets, manor houses, and wooden balconies full of flowers, you will start feeling the historical burden of Santa Cruz de la Palma, a seafaring town which holds stories of conquerors and overseas adventures back to the Americas. Walk past Plaza España, one of the best renaissance complex's in the Canary Islands as it brings together the magnificent City Hall, the Church of El Salvador and many charming stately homes around it.


Stroll around Calle Real, the main artery of the historical centre looking at the many bright colourful facades of Colonial style and charming squares full of bars, shops and local charming shops.


Amongst others, you will pass by Casa de Salazar, a magnificent example of traditional palm tree architecture from the 16th century, St. Telmo Church and Sant. Francisco and Santo Domingo squares, two monumental squares which better represent the years of trade between the island and the former Netherlands. At the end of the tour, you can stay in town to continue exploring independently this charming town or you can join the group back to walk back to the pier.

Orientation tour & New World Colonization

Walking tour of the Old Quarter, Interpretation Centre of La Bajada,

This excursion will take you on a two hour walking tour through the Old Quarter of Santa Cruz, which is accessed through stairs and steep streets, in order to visit the Interpretation Center of La Bajada, where it is recreated with special charm the best numbers of Fiestas Lustrales (five-yearly parties). Continue visiting the historic center where the best incarnation of Canarian architecture can be found.


Naval Museum,

The Naval Museum, which houses Barco de la Virgen (Virgin's ship), an unusual caravel moored to the ravine that serves as a channel for our route.

Here, enjoy a visit to a reproduction of a caravel of the fifteenth century, with an excellent collection of pieces that recreate the unique maritime history of this city, as testified by its impressive built heritage.


After walking for two hours board the coach in order to border the city and enjoy the landscape of forests that have made La Palma the green island. Drive towards the highest point of the route, the Sanctuary of Las Nieves.


Museum-Camarín de la Virgen

Visit the Museum-Camarín de la Virgen. It showcases pieces of international singularity, and narrates the importance of the island in global commercial traffic with pieces of American, European and Asian goldsmiths from the 16th to the 20th century. The museum highlights the rich legacy that has been built in piety and devotion to Our Lady of the Snow, over 500 years of Marian fervor and grace.


After visiting the museum, delight with a snack of local products at Bar Parrilla Las Nieves before returning to the ship.

Silk Museum & National Park of Caldera de Taburiente

Meet your guide at the pier and start the 45-minute drive towards El Paso and the Silk Museum.


Silk Museum

During the 16th century, the silk industry was of a great importance for La Palma's economy when the local silk and embroidery was widely exported to the Peninsula and Flanders. Enjoy a visit to the silk museum, which is located in one of La Palma's most historical buildings. Here learn about the art and tradition of silk and his weaving and how this industry influenced the island.

La Palma has a long history of silk production, going back to the 16th century. At one time, silk was made in all the Canary Islands, but since the 19th century, El Paso, in the center of La Palma, is the only place still producing it. They use an old fashioned, labor- intensive technique, the only place in Europe that still does so. You can see most of the process at the Silk Museum.



Caldera de Taburiente National Park

Then continue with a visit to The Caldera de Taburiente National Park and its surroundings. Caldera de Taburiente National Park is a protected area of volcanic nature, which peculiarity is the large amount of water resources both underground and on the surface. From the Cumbrecita lookout you will enjoy breath taking panoramic views of the National park of Caldera de Taburiente with its 9km natural basin and a short walk within the park surrounded by the indigenous vegetation.


Concepción Lookout

Finally yet importantly, visit the Concepción lookout, from where you will enjoy wonderful views over Santa Cruz de la Palma, the Breñas Valley and the entire east island's slope before returning to the ship.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore La Palma Island at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discoverLa Palma Island at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore La Palma Island at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover La Palma Island at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore La Palma Island during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights. Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van, and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover La Palma Island at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore La Palma Island at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover La Palma Island at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Volcano & Wine Cellar

Aridane Valley, San Juan Volcano

Transfer to the start point of your hike at 1000m and overlooking the Aridane Valley, a fertile agricultural valley where banana cultivation stands out, always descending gently down, first through old volcanic fields, and then through pine tree areas before we find the spectacular and unusual lava flow from San Juan Volcano. It has a scientific interest eminently geological and it increases due to its biological importance as it houses a peculiar fauna of invertebrate forms very adaptable to hypogeal (underground) life.


Tamanca Winery

After a short break near the lava flow, continue until you reach Tamanca Winery, nestled in an artificial cave surrounded by vineyards where good wine is accompanied by traditional Canarian dishes.

The soils here are rich and fertile and lie over volcanic rock. In some areas they are covered with a layer of volcanic sand. The soils are light, permeable and rich in mineral nutrients with a slightly acidic pH level. Stop at the Bodega, where plenty of wine and local food will be waiting for you to enjoy and then return to the ship.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.