A Stroll by the Sea: Puerto Espindola, Charco Azul and San Andres

Map showing location of Charco Azul,La Palma, Canary Islands
Where to find Charco Azul

La Palma has over 1,000 km of footpaths – everything from challenges for fit people to gentle strolls. One of my favourites is the walk along the coast from Charco-Azul to Puerto Espindola, in the municipality of San Andres and Sauces.

Seaside footpath at Charco Azul, La Palma, Canary Islands
Seaside footpath at Charco Azul. Photo: Helen Bennett

Charco Azul has salt-water swimming pools, rather like Piscinas la Fajana. At one time, Puerto Espindola was a working port, mostly exporting the agricultural produce of the borough. Now it’s mostly a fishing port, although it does have a rum factory.

The walk also goes past an old lime kiln. Lime was important, because everybody used it to whitewash their houses and water tanks.

Lime Kiln near Puerto Espindola, San Andres y Sauces, La Palma
Lime Kiln near San Andres. Photo: Helen Bennett

San Andres is a lovely little village.

And it’s always nice to meet the locals.

Baby gecko (Tarentola delalandii), Charco Azul, La Palma
Newly hatched baby gecko (Tarentola delalandii), Charco Azul

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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