El Time Viewpoint

The view from El Time, Tijarafe, La Palma island
The amazing view from El Time, Tijarafe

The viewpoint (or mirador) at El Time is perched on the northern edge of the Angustias ravine. Coming from Los Llanos, you drive down and down and down, round some pretty steep bends. After you cross the river, almost at sea-level, you drive up and up and up and up and up, until you’re seventeen hundred feet up (535 m). There’s a small car park on each side of the road.

The view is spectacular, all the way from El Paso to the coast. Even better, there’s a bar right on the edge. Weather permitting, you can admire the view while you sip your coffee and eat cake (rather good cake, too). There’s a craft shop beside the bar. And you can admire the view without going into either, if you’re not thirsty.

A word of warning, though: the toilets are down steps. This isn’t a problem for most people, but four years ago I had a broken shoulder and broken ankle at the same time, and I needed a lot of help to get down there. It’s times like that when you really appreciate your friends!

Fit people can walk from here to the highest point on the island, at el Roque de los Muchachos. Since most of the path goes along the Caldera rim, the views are amazing. But it takes at least 6 hours.

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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