Barlovento Holidays

Travel Agent's View

Travel Agents View ...the town is surrounded by green fields, hills and picturesque valleys

The resort of Barlovento is located in the north part of La Palma island and the town is surrounded by green fields, hills and picturesque valleys.

Every 2 years, in August, the village celebrates the Fiesta de la Virgin del Rosario and re-create the battle of Lepanto which took place in 1571, this is a colourful festival, lively and the party lasts into the small hours.

The quiet rural Barlovento offers a chance to relax and take in some of the local area, ideal as a base for walkers and those looking for a good rural setting. The area around Barlovento is high in agriculture and farming and less for tourism however the resort is within easy access of Caldera de Taburiente, and down to Santa Cruz de la Palma.

Just a short distance out of Barlovento is the salt water pools of Piscinas de la Fajana with several pools to choose from with different depths. There is also a cafe bar at the pools and flat areas for sunbathing.

The resort of Barlovento is 45km from the Santa Cruz de La Palma Airport with a transfer time of about an hour.

Insider's View

 by Sheila Crosby

La Palma Insider What you get is glorious, green scenery and marvellous walking country.

Barlovento is the wettest part of La Palma, but of course that's relative. It's dryer than most of the UK, and a lot warmer. All the same, this isn't the best place in the Canaries to toast yourself on the beach. What you get is glorious, green scenery and marvellous walking country.

In fact there isn't a beach at all, although there's what my son calls an “unbeach”. An unbeach is a great place to swim and sunbathe without any pesky sand to sneak into your lunch or bodily crevices. In this case, the unbeach is at La Fajana, and comprises a set of salt-water swimming pools with lots of space around them (some in the shade) to spread out a beach towel. There's are showers (50c), a bar/restaurant and apartments nearby, and a free minibus to and from the Romantica hotel.

I'm very fond of the Romantica, because I spent my honeymoon there. It sprawls across the hillside, looking almost as though it grew, rather than being built. It's got lots of facilities, a lovely garden, and the food's very good. It's about a mile into the village along the road, although you don't get many cars.

The main village is big enough to support useful things like banks with cash points, small supermarkets and a clothes shop for that emergency Tshirt, and it's wonderfully easy to park. The church is 16th century. Every two years they hold a fiesta where they recreate the Battle of Lepanto. The original battle took place mostly at sea, and involved 40,000 men. The recreation uses about 40 men, in a field outside the village, with the ships on wheels and a plywood and paper castle. Catch it if you can. The whole thing is deliciously silly.

You can have a nice day out at the Laguna, 3 km outside the village, where there's an adventure playground, restaurant, barbecue area, camp-site and duck pond.

I recommend hiring a car and driving around La Palma, and particularly along the north road to Garafia, where the scenery is breathtaking. Barlovento has lots of good viewpoints, but the best is at La Tosca, where you can see a grove of dragon trees, looking like broccoli gone ballistic.

But be warned: there's only one disco in Barlovento. This is not a destination for 18-30-type holidays.
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La Palma Romantica Hotel
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