For black-sand beaches, tasty tapas and a mountainous horizon, holidays to Los Cancajos are right up your street.

Waterfront wonder

Los Cancajos is set on the east coast of La Palma, the pocket-sized Spanish island in the Canaries off the north-west coast of Africa. This little seaside resort has a wonderfully laidback atmosphere, with a healthy sprinkling of restaurants and outdoor terrace bars. The star of the show's the black-sand beach that wraps around the area's secluded coves.

Mind the gap

In the middle of La Palma you'll find Caldera de Taburiente National Park – named after the huge volcanic crater at its centre. It's surrounded by cliffs, so you can expect some jaw-dropping views. Gaze out at wild mountain forests and snap some great shots for your Instagram feed.

Beach life

A five-minute walk from town will get you to the closest of the three bays that make up Los Cancajos, a Blue Flag award-winning beach. Here, you can snorkel or scuba dive in waters as clear as glass – if you're lucky, you might spot a sneaky octopus.

At a Glance

  • Enjoy tapas and live music at a local restaurant
  • Hike along forested mountain trails
  • Sip a cocktail on a terrace bar