4.La Galga. Cave dwellings, tropical fruit and a jungle filled gorge, La Palma Island, Canaries. Circular 9 mile walk

A loop from the main road at La Galga along a path half way down a gorge with caves with doors to the side. Dry, hot and quite spectacular. Then along the coast path briefly before back up through banana, and a wide variety of sub tropical fruit. Some terraces well cultivated but a lot getting overgrown.

The gorge starts with a surfaced road, moist, cool and drizzle for a time. Climbing steadily. The track becomes unsurfaced, and then an old path, quite well engineered. The right turn is well signed to come out onto another track at the top. Climbs very gently back to a viewpoint. We turned right and took a track down from here- very enjoyable gentle descent.  Continued on a surfaced road to another viewpoint, then follwed a narrow surfaced road back to the car.

9 miles again. Very enjoyable.

This time driving back found the tunnels that bypass the main town.

Had a good meal out at the local Thai restaurant at La Ola. Chef was Thai.

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Starting from the main road in La Galga and heading down towards the coast. Signed as the PR LP 5
Starting from the main road in La Galga and heading down towards the coast. Signed as the PR LP 5

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Down Calle Cercado Penon
Down Calle Cercado Penon

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Caves are visible on the hillside
Caves are visible on the hillside

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The track ends and the path drops quite steeply but soon levels out
The track ends and the path drops quite steeply but soon levels out

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The path now goes past a village of ancient cave dwellings
The path now goes past a village of ancient cave dwellings

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Turn left when you reach the coastal path
Turn left when you reach the coastal path

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Bee hives on the hillside
Bee hives on the hillside

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The sea is now visible below - but no path down
The sea is now visible below - but no path down

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The path now passes an area of irrigated fruit farms
The path now passes an area of irrigated fruit farms

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We want to head back uphill to Galga - the PR LP 5.1 Cubo de la Galga
We want to head back uphill to Galga - the PR LP 5.1 Cubo de la Galga

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Bananas protected from fruit flies
Bananas protected from fruit flies

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We want to head back uphill to Galga - the PR LP 5.1 Cubo de la Galga
We want to head back uphill to Galga - the PR LP 5.1 Cubo de la Galga

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Excellent views of the sea cliffs
Excellent views of the sea cliffs

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Papaya
Papaya

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Lemon
Lemon

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The path up
The path up

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When you reach the main road, turn right, and take the old road, not the new highway! Cross the main road at the Barranco de la Galga- and cross the river.
When you reach the main road, turn right, and take the old road, not the new highway! Cross the main road at the Barranco de la Galga- and cross the river.

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Now head up the track up the Baarranco de la Galga. A wooded gorge
Now head up the track up the Baarranco de la Galga. A wooded gorge

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Now leave the track under this stone arch of an old levada
Now leave the track under this stone arch of an old levada

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The ferns are huge
The ferns are huge

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The path climbs up the side of the ravine
The path climbs up the side of the ravine

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The path emerges at a viewpoint
The path emerges at a viewpoint

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We took the easier track down, rather than the steep footpath
We took the easier track down, rather than the steep footpath

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And arrived back at the main road in La Galga close to where we had parked
And arrived back at the main road in La Galga close to where we had parked

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