White sands beach, Salemera, Mazo

Salermera from the road above: the beach is in the inlet at the right.
Salermera from the road above: the beach is in the inlet at the right.

La Palma has lots of little beaches tucked away here and there, like Salemera. You take the main road from the airport to Fuencaliente, and just south of Mazo, follow the marked turning off. After four twisty kilometres, you wind up at the little village. It’s easy to park.

The beach itself is tiny, but very sheltered. You don’t have to worry that a big wave will come along and knock your toddlers off their feet. The lighthouse (built in 1992) is called “White sands lighthouse” (Faro de arenas blancas), but in this case, white is relative. To me, it looks like the same black, volcanic sand you get everywhere on the island, with perhaps 5% smashed shells.

Salermera beach
Salermera beach

I don’t think many people live their permanently. Most of the houses look like beach huts, but there is a small café, with a kids’ slide, open from Wednesdays to Mondays, noon to half-past ten (ten on Sundays).

Salermera beach and beach huts
Salermera beach and beach huts

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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