Los Nogales is a recently renovated studio cottage in the grounds of a larger house parts of which are over 200 years old. The mature gardens include an orchard from where guests can pick fruit in season and a herb garden. The studio accommodation comprises a screened sleeping area, a fully fitted kitchen area with breakfast bar, a lounge area with TV/DVD/CD and electric wood effect fire and a separate fully tiled shower room with a heated towel rail. Outside the double doors is a sunny terrace with a built in BBQ, table and chairs and sunloungers. The garden also has several other quiet places in which to sit and contemplate the stunning mountain views,a favourite spot is under the walnut tree from where the property gets its name. The rural setting hasn't changed for years and morning and evening you can hear the sound of bells as the goat herd takes his charges to the fields and brings them back to be milked, the milk going to make delicious cheese.
Places: La Palma has many interesting places to visit. A 7km drive from Los Nogales is the town of Los Llanos,the largest on the western side of the island. La Plaza de Espana in the centre of town is a leafy square where people chat over a cup of coffee or just sit & watch the world go by. You will find a large selection of restaurants from Italian to Chinese with pizzerias & tapas bars for lunchtime snacks. On the far side of town going towards Tazacorte is a small covered market, open daily it sells locally produced meat, cheese, wine, fruit and vegetables. Tazacorte is a small town set on a hill overlooking the port of the same name, look out for the stunning fountain which represents St Micheal Archangel the local patron saint. The climate here is ideal for growing bananas & a museum dedicated to the growing of this fruit is set among the plantations. On the coast there is a sandy beach safe for bathing and the restaurants along the front are good places to sample the local fish.
Activities: In La Palma the emphasis is on walking and the outdoors but it has plenty of other attractions to offer to suit everybody.Music is very important to the Palmeros and every year the island hosts an International music festival in El Paso, a jazz festival in Los Llanos and an International opera festival in Santa Cruz & nearly every week you can find performances by local musicians & all the municipalities have their own bands. Carnival is a spectacle not to be missed,there is a week of festivities culminating in the grand parade on Shrove Tuesday. In Santa Cruz on the Monday before Shrove Tuesday join in the fun of Los Indianos,a commemoration of the arrival of immigrants to the island.Be prepared to be covered in Talcom powder, it's no accident that everyone wears white. At any time of year you can find a fiesta some where in La Palma, very municipality has its patron saint and the saints days are a chance to see people dressed in traditional costume as they take part in a Romeria.
Getting Around: If you want to explore the whole island during your stay then a car is essential.When you arrive at the airport there a re the usual international car hire desks plus Cicar which is the local Canary Island company.You will get a better deal if you book on-line prior to your arrival, we recommend a local hire company situated in El Paso you can check prices and availability, they will deliver the car to the airport and you can leave it there on your departure,you can contact them at email@example.com. Not everybody is comfortable driving on unfamiliar roads so if you want to just enjoy the local area with maybe a couple of trips further afield there is an excellent bus service. The stops are 800m from the cottage one direction will take you to Santa Cruz and the other to Los Llanos from where you can make connections to Tazacorte and Puerto Naos.The taxis are relatively cheap and there are taxi stands in El Paso and Los Llanos.A taxi from El Paso to Los Nogales will cost approximately 3 euros.
We have been living in La Palma for 7 years,before that we had a seasonal cafe on the North Wales coast.We then spent our winters in Tenerife but when we retired we wanted something quieter and less built up.We came to La Palma for a short break and fell in love with the island.
Our original house in La Palma although in beautiful setting was of a more modern construction.Ever since we first came here we had had half an eye out for an old canarian style house to renovate.We happened to see an advert for Los Nogales in the local paper and once we came to look at it there was no turning back!The house needed some TLC and it was just the sort of project that we love.We renovated the cottage first with the idea that we would sell our other house and be able to live in comfort while we did the work on the main house.As it turned out with the crisis coming along we still have two houses and all the renovation work is finished.La Rosa is a more traditional village and the mountain setting can not be beaten so we have chosen to make our home here and invite guests to come and stay in the cottage and enjoy it as well.
I always wanted a garden with a mature orchard from which to pick and preserve my own fruit.There is nothing like picking your own oranges first thing in the morning for freshly squeezed juice.Guests always have a jar of homemade jam or marmalade incuded in their welcome pack and they are free to pick the fruit when in season.The cumbrecita is famous for it's so called 'waterfall cloud' from the roof of the cottage the view of this phenomenon is spectacular.The incredible night sky can also be witnessed from this vantage point.The rural setting of Los Nogales also drew us here as you really feel part of the heart of La Palma.
Los Nogales is situated in the rural community of La Rosa,1.8km from the town of El Paso. We are on the doorstep of the Caldera de Taburiente National Park where there are many of the footpaths and hiking trails that La Palma is famous for. The cottage is within walking distance of two restaurants and several small shops selling basic food items. El Paso was once the centre of the silk industry and there is a museum dedicated to its history and production. The town is dominated by the brightly painted Ayutamiento or town hall, opposite here is a small park which houses the Tourist Information Office, a larger park just along the road has an outdoor stage where concerts & cultural events are held during the summer months. Behind the town hall is the old quarter of town which has several examples of traditional Canarian houses, overlooking the town is the modern church next to which is a the much older hermitage.The town has a range of bars and restaurants, shops, banks & a post office
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