For a long time it was the port of entry and exit for the products of Barlovento. Little remains of that hustle and bustle of boats. And although some occasional barge can still be seen, the Port of Talavera is a quiet bathing area, attractive not only for its surroundings, but also for the picturesque huts, witnesses of its commercial past.
Puerto Espíndola was an important commercial port during the 16th and 17th centuries; afterwards, and until the 1930s, it remained an important point for the entry of merchandise and passengers. At that time the port consisted of a small pier and a small stone castle. Today the small quay has been renovated, and several remains of the castle have been preserved.
The municipality of San Andrés y Sauces had several piers until the beginning of the 20th century, although little by little the port activity was concentrated in the port of Espíndola. The value of these ports, such as the outstanding port of La Cuevita, is related to the importance of agriculture in the area where the Convent estate was located. In the past, sheltered areas of the coast and ledges, were used to create davits, thanks to which the ships were connected to the land.
Puerto Trigo is a cove located in the municipality of Puntallana. It is an area of moderate swell under a cliff.
Puerto Paja is one of the many, more than 60, natural salt water pools in the Canary Islands. It is protected by a stone wall and includes a solarium.
Sheltered by a volcanic caldera that protected the city from the winds when the Atlantic squalls arrived and the west-northwest winds blew in, the city grew rapidly thanks to a port that propitiated trade, especially in sugar cane. Its location in the route to the Indies, a strategic place for the fleets to stop, braught an increase in the volume of maritime traffic at the time.
Thus, the port was the gateway for settlers of diverse origins, attracted by the benefits granted by the Spanish Crown and the opportunities to do business. Flemish, Andalusians, Castilians, Catalans, Genoese and Portuguese settled on the island, giving rise to a unique island identity.
La Bajita is a cove located in the municipality of Villa de Mazo. It is mainly made up of rock and gravel. An area with moderate waves and a strong wind surrounded by a mountain with an important fishing tradition.
La Salemera is a small cove of volcanic formation and, therefore, of black sand. It is an area where the locals come to fish and bathe and from where you can see the small boats that come to the place with fresh fish from the area.
At the Punta de Fuencaliente you will find Las Salinas, a salt mine that lies on the Teneguía malpaís and generates one of the most striking visual spectacles in the Canary Islands thanks to the whitish and pinkish tones of the salt mixed with the blue of the sea.
Punta de Fuencaliente is also home to two lighthouses. The more recent one, with red and white stripes, and the other is the old Fuencaliente lighthouse, made of stone and lately restored to convert the Casa del Farero into a sort of museum.
El Remo is a 150-metre long bay of black sand and small coves. During the day it is a perfect place for bathing and at night it is one of the best places to observe the stars in the sky. Another of its singularities are the humble little houses that banana growers and fishermen have built along the coast. It is a picturesque village with traditional food kiosks.
Tazacorte is a municipality of fishermen and traders. The first stone of its port was laid on 8th April 1934. The mythical shipping company Fyffes Line is behind this history. Due to the large volume of goods it transported, Fyffes Line forced the National Government to build a port that was the livelihood of many families. Families who are still known as the Fyffes.
Today its economy is more focused on tourism, but Puerto Tazacorte still retains its fishing essence. An attraction that has been accentuated thanks to a viewpoint formed by the volcano of La Palma.
This is one of the most unique fishing enclaves on La Palma. This poris, one of the fishermen’s moorings, is home to a unique and picturesque fishing village. Handcrafted cottages fused with the rock stand in a volcanic cave bathed by an often rough sea.
In the past, it was only accessible by sea. And it was not easy. In fact, it was an escape route for fishermen during the 17th century, when pirates attacked the coast. Nowadays, although it retains its fishing essence, it has positioned itself as one of the tourist jewels of La Palma.
It is an old jetty that can be accessed through a cliff, where the bathing area is in the open sea with several metal stairs next to a natural swimming pool. Like the rest of the Porís on the island, it was built for the boarding of passengers and goods, as the north did not have roads until 1950. Quite a historic feat, as this particular one was built on a vertical cliff.
Scuba diving and angling are also available in the area.
Hidden among the oldest cliffs on the island, the Port of Santo Domingo is a particularly well-known place among the fishermen of the area.
The dangerous sea along these coasts made loading and unloading difficult, resulting in the loss of many goods and the sinking of several barges.
Historically, the method used by the sailors on the barges to differentiate the destination of the merchandise stands out, as most of them did not know how to read or write. They marked the boxes and sacks with a different symbol for each “proís” (crosses, circles, circles with their diameter…) to leave them at their destination.
This small beach is located in the municipality of Garafía. A secluded spot, barely 2.9 metres wide and 700 metres long, which stands out for its high waves. It is perfect for those who want to get lost. There is a wharf here, which in former times used to receive goods and export them to other parts of the island. The ruins of the warehouse that was used for these products still exist.