Olio La Palma

La Palma, Spain Book from Book from £81 per night

Heavenly quiet, rustic-chic, great-value B&B in the island’s centre, with a heated pool and hiking trails on your doorstep
If your idea of a perfect holiday includes hiking in jaw-dropping scenery and calm vibes, look no further than La Palma: one of the greenest, steepest and least developed islands of this Atlantic archipelago. Dramatic peaks shrouded in lush prehistoric forest dominate the north, while to the south a chain of volcanic craters rise up from a haunting black desertscape. And right in the centre - in the hillside village of El Paso - tiny Olio La Palma is ideally placed for exploring it all.

Once the village music school, this historic blue-and-white building has just 3 double rooms, all decorated with a mix of original features and contemporary elements: high-spec bathrooms and elegant 4-poster beds complement beamed ceilings, antique tiled floors and wooden shutters. After being greeted by Rusty, the friendly resident cat, and the neighbour’s black chicken as you open the the shutters in the morning, head for a hearty breakfast on the cobbled terrace, before hiking one of the island’s many trails or walking along its stunning black beaches, and snoozing the afternoon away by the pool. For dinner, it’s just a short stroll to the simple local restaurants. Peaceful bliss.

Highs

  • So blissfully quiet, you can hear a pin drop
  • Super comfy beds - we slept like babies
  • The heated saltwater pool, in the peaceful tropical garden with a glimpse of the glittering sea
  • The surroundings: stunning, quiet black beaches and magnificent hiking all around
  • The owners, Iona and Oliver, have bags of local knowledge and can offer tips on places to visit or where to eat

Lows

  • You'll need a hire car to explore the island, and La Palma's steep, winding roads are not for the faint-hearted
  • No restaurant on-site but the restaurants and shops of El Paso are a 15-minute walk away - oddly though, some are closed on the weekends
  • No children under 12

Best time to go

La Palma is a great year-round destination. Winter has lovely daytime temperatures of 15-25C at sea level, but it can get a tad chilly at night, and quite cold up in the mountains. Summers are very hot (30-40C), though sea breezes keep the beaches cool and the mountain forests are beautifully shady.

Our top tips

Challenge yourself to a 18km, full-day hike! Ruta de los Volcanes crosses some of the island's most stunning scenery. You can park your car at the Refugio del Pilar, then take a taxi back.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique B&B
  • 3
  • Breakfast only; restaurants nearby
  • Over 12s only
  • Open all year
  • Heated Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

The 3 ensuite bedrooms are simply but stylishly appointed with dark-wood furniture contrasting with the white surrounds. Kingsize 4-poster beds add a touch of luxe, while bathrooms are modern with underfloor heating, walk-in rain showers and fluffy towels. The 2 rooms in the main house, Dalia and Nispero, are large and bright with antique tiled floors, private terraces and views out to the garden. They can interconnect, too - ideal for families. We stayed in Pajero, in a standalone building, with thick walls, traditional beamed ceiling, free-standing clawfoot bath, and a most conveniently located bedside window, from which you are just a step away from the pool!

The guest lounge, with its large pile of glossy travel magazines, is a comfortable place to escape from the heat in summer or cosy up by the wood-burner in winter. Step outside and the tropical garden is a delight, with loungers by the pool, dotted amongst exotic plants and fruit trees.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Hairdryer
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is served between 8-10am, either in the dining room or out on the cobbled terrace. The simple but substantial spread of freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh bread, preserves, yoghurt and fruit will set you up for the day, and there's a delicious cooked option, too.

Iona and Oliver can help with dinner arrangements, offering advice and making reservations. They recommend La Perla Negra, which is located in the village of El Paso itself - just a 15-minute stroll from Olio. Frangipani and Tasca Catelina are also highly praised, both a 5-minute drive away.

Features include:

  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Caldera de Taburiente National Park with its huge volcanic crater is on the doorstep, and offers exhilarating treks surrounded by jagged 2000m peaks or through the dramatic Las Angustias ravine
  • Drive up to the Roque de los Muchachos observatory, at 2396m above sea level, for stunning island views and night-time star-gazing; or trek there along the knife-edge Ruta de la Cresteria
  • Visit the towns of Santa Cruz (a 25-minute drive) or Los Llanos (15 minutes); both have colourful historic centres with cobbled lanes, 16th-century buildings and a vibrant café culture
  • The sheltered beaches of Tazacorte, Puerto Naos and Charcol Verde are all within 15 minutes' drive, or ask the owners how to find the island's more remote stretches of sand
  • Try paragliding, sea-kayaking or mountain biking with a local operator - Iona can advise
  • Taste some of the island's delicacies such as miel de palma (palm honey) or the excellent locally produced wines

    Activities on site or nearby include:

    • Boat trips
    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Historical sites
    • Kitesurfing
    • Mountain biking
    • Paragliding
    • Plantlife / flora
    • Shopping / markets
    • Star gazing
    • Swimming
    • Trekking
    • Windsurfing
    • Wine tasting

Kids

Olio La Palma is a great place to rent out for a family with older children (over 12), but they'll be charged full price. There are no twin rooms or extra beds, but Dalia and Nispero rooms can connect.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Kids Activities on site:

Heated outdoor pool

Kids Activities nearby:

Plenty of beaches nearby, as well as watersports and hiking

Distances:

  • Beach: 13km
  • Pharmacy: 1km (El Paso)
  • Hospital: 20km (Santa Cruz)
Kid Friendly:

Location

Olio is situated in the village of El Paso in central La Palma, the Canarian island (not to be confused with the town of La Palma on Mallorca, or the town of Las Palmas on Gran Canaria!). It's a 25-minute drive from the island's airport near Santa Cruz (de la Palma).

By air:
La Palma (21.5km) is the only airport on the island, and is served by domestic flights - mostly from other Canary islands - and a few international charters.

Getting around
There are shops and restaurants within walking distance of the B&B, but you'll want to hire a car to explore the island. We found Oasis to be reliable and friendly.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • La Palma 21.5 km SPC

Other:

  • Beach 13.0 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
8/10
Food
10/10
Service
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Value
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