Silversea Luxury Cruises A Santa Cruz de La Palma

Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the capital of the island of La Palma. Because of its spectacular vegetation and exuberant natural beauty, it is considered by many the most beautiful of the Canary Islands and referred to as the Pretty Isle – La Isla Bonita. In addition to its outstanding natural attributes, the island boasts a culture full of traditions, cuisine, crafts and folklore from the time of the original inhabitants, who left a variety of archaeological riches. View more

Once an important transatlantic port during colonial days, today Santa Cruz has the look of a genuine open-air museum. With colonial houses and carved balconies lining the streets, the port city retains the old-world charm of its glory days. Acclaimed attractions in the interior include the Taburiente National Park with its giant crater that has been photographed from the Space Shuttle, and the Roque de los Muchachos Astrophysics Observatory, standing on the island's highest point (7,260 feet) and considered the most important of its kind in the northern hemisphere. The green of the countryside, the abundant water and the floral wealth stands in sharp contrast to the many volcanic cones and lava flows that testify to the island's origins. The oldest volcanic rocks are estimated to be about 3 to 4 million years of age. There were seven recorded eruptions, the most recent one in 1971. While favored by pleasant temperatures in all seasons, the climate varies enormously between the south and the north of the island. The northeast is known to experience moisture-laden trade winds; the southwest is much drier and sunnier. Along the coastal strip, up to an altitude of 600 feet, temperatures are usually in the 70s, while higher up they drop in the winter time, even to freezing point at elevations above 6,000 feet. Our call to La Palma allows you to discover this island's amazingly different faces over a relatively small area. Mountains and volcanoes, beaches and forests, tiny villages and breathtaking views make up the impressive profile of La Isla Bonita.

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.

Excursiones en Santa Cruz de La Palma

La Palma in Style

Explore the island of La Palma in style during this picturesque, full-day sightseeing excursion.


Santa Cruz and Las Nieves

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 40-minute drive to Santa Cruz via Maritime Avenue, with its typical Canarian architecture. From here, continue on to Las Nieves. Upon arrival, visit the insular Santuario of Nuestra Senora de Las Nieves, which houses various Flemish sculptures.


Breña Alta and Mirador de la Concepcion

Next, drive through Breña Alta, an area known for its fruit trees, ornamental flowers and the tobacco used in the manufacturing of handmade cigars. Afterward, proceed for a photo stop at the Mirador de la Concepcion, a natural balcony overlooking Santa Cruz, its bay and the eastern coast of the island.


Mountains and La Cumbrecita

Leaving Mirador de la Concepcion, your journey takes you through the dorsal mountain chain by tunnel, where you can see the difference between the eastern slope covered with laurisilva trees and the western area, which is brighter and arid with pine trees. At the viewpoint of La Cumbrecita, see part of the National Park of La Caldera de Taburiente, one of the most impressive landscapes in the Canaries.


Lunch, Volcano Visit and Pottery Workshop

Following lunch at a local restaurant, re-board your coach and head south to Fuencaliente for a visit to the Information Centre at the San Antonio Volcano. Your tour concludes with a brief stop at El Molino, a pottery centre in Mazo, before commencing the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1.87 miles (about three kilometres), at times over inclines and uneven, sandy ground, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 20 steps at the sites visited. Walking at the sites visited is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a sweater or light jacket, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. Traffic and lines may be encountered at the sites visited.

Volcano & Wine Country

Explore the local lifestyles and traditions of the Fuencaliente winemaking region during this half-day sightseeing excursion to La Palma and its environs.


Fuencaliente and Wine Tasting

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive south to Fuencaliente. En route, pass by vineyards, lava streams, pine trees and small villages in the foreground of distant volcanoes. Upon arrival at the famous wine-producing region of Fuencaliente, visit the San Antonio Volcano. Take a guided walking tour over the crater border and explore the Visitor Centre, then visit a typical bodega to sample some of the locally-made red and white wines. You may also purchase the wines that you have sampled.


Mazo Pottery Centre

Next, re-board your coach for the short drive to Mazo and a visit to El Molino, a pottery centre located in an old windmill. Discover pottery unique to the Benahorita people, which is still produced utilising traditional methods. At the conclusion of your visit, you can browse the gift shop for souvenirs before re-boarding the coach and commencing the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.93 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over inclines and uneven, sandy ground, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 20 steps at the sites visited. Walking at the sites visited is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a light sweater or jacket, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary. Traffic and lines may be encountered at the sites visited.

North Island Tour

Discover the highlights of the North Island during this half-day sightseeing excursion, and a visit to a local rum factory.


Mirador de San Bartolo

Depart the pier for the short drive to the Mirador de San Bartolo, which is located on the edge of two deep-cut gorges. After a photo stop here, continue north to the evergreen forest of Los Tilos, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.


Los Tilos and Los Sauces

Los Tilos is comprised of beautiful and diverse landscapes, including shrubby and cactus spurges, a thermopile forest, a laurel forest, a pine forest, and scrub from coast to mountain peaks. As the forest becomes thicker and more humid, where sunlight hardly penetrates, see growths of enormous fern and bracken. Leaving Los Tilos, a refreshment stop is made in the small town of Los Sauces.


Charco Azul and Rum Factory

Next, proceed to Charco Azul. Here, see stunning natural pools and banana plantations before heading to the Aldea Distillery. During your guided tour, observe the rum production process and have an opportunity to sample the finished product. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1.56 miles (about 2.5 kilometres), at times over inclines and uneven, sandy ground, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 10 steps at the sites visited. Walking at the sites visited is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a sweater or light jacket, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. The tour sequence may vary. Traffic and lines may be encountered at the sites visited.

The Heart of La Palma

Experience the heart of La Palma during this half-day excursion to La Caldera de Taburiente National Park and other picturesque locales.


Santuario Virgen de Las Nieves

Depart the pier for the short drive to Santuario Virgen de Las Nieves. Inside this small whitewashed church, see the island's most sacred icon, the Virgin Mary of the Snows, the patron saint of the island. After re-boarding your coach, travel through mountain roads offering spectacular views en route to La Caldera de Taburiente.


La Caldera de Taburiente and Mirador Cumbrecita

La Caldera de Taburiente National Park is a five-mile-wide (eight-kilometre-wide) volcanic crater. Its rims ascend to the mountain ridge that runs from the north to the south of the island. The crater was not actually formed as a result of volcanic activity, but from subsequent erosion, and it is forested with fire-resistant Canary pine. Upon arrival at La Caldera de Taburiente, proceed for a photo stop at the Mirador Cumbrecita.


Mirador de la Concepcion

Leaving Mirador Cumbrecita, re-board your coach and proceed for a refreshment stop at Breña Alta. Your tour concludes with a brief visit to the Mirador de la Concepcion for stunning views along the coast and to the north of the island before commencing the brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.93 miles (about 1.5 kilometres), at times over inclines and uneven, sandy ground, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and eight steps at the sites visited. Walking at the sites visited is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, a light sweater or jacket, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary. Traffic and lines may be encountered at the sites visited.

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