Brena Baja, La Palma, Canary Islands
Located on the east coast of the Canarian island of La Palma, the small region of Brena Baja is home to the island's airport and convenient for the capital of Santa Cruz de la Palma.
The region of Brena Baja extends from the central mountain peaks through the forests to the fertile valleys and the east coast. There is a wealth of opportunities for walking and hiking or, for water sports and sunbathing, there is a choice of dark sand beaches and numerous hidden coves.Read more about: Beaches | Things to Do | Out and About | Nearby Attractions | Brena Baja Reviews
The nearest beach to Brena Baja is Bajamar Beach (4km) which lies just to the south of the Marina at Santa Cruz de la Palma. This is a quiet, man-made beach, backed by cliffs and stretching for approx 700 metres. The fine black sands are approx 40 metres wide and there is nearly always plenty of space.
The more favoured beaches of Playa de los Concajos are also in easy reach (approx 6km) and have a more touristy atmosphere with the beach promenade and terrace cafes.
Things to Do
Visit the historic capital of Santa Cruz de la Palma, stroll through it's cobbled streets, the Plaza de Espana and the waterfront promenade. The capital has many homes and buildings dating back to the 16th century, typical Canarian architecture and wooden balconied buildings.
Spend some time at the Acropark. Set in the pine forests of Brena Alta, the park has circuits of rope walks and bridges through the trees, rope tunnels and zip wires. The circuits vary depending on age (or nerve!) and safety training is provided before you start your adventure.
Out and About
In the village of Mazo you can visit the Windmill Museum and the Red House. In the Red House you can see exquisite pieces of embroidery in the Embroidery Musuem as well as some of the items used in the Corpus Christi fiesta (crosses, archways etc) which are all made from flowers.
Nearby you can visit the archaeological site of the Belmaco Cave. Here you can learn of the legend of the Kings of Mazo, see the rock carvings in the main cave and follow the path to see the smaller caves. Entry fees to the cave are nominal and there is also a small museum and shop.
Maroparque Botanic Garden and Animal Park is located in Brena Alta on the outskirts of Santa Cruz de la Palma. Stroll through the lush greenery of the Park and see the monkeys, birds, fish and reptiles before stopping for lunch at the restaurant, which specialises in Canarian and Galician cuisine
In the south of the island (approx 20km), you can walk around the rim of the San Antonio volcano. Next to the volcano the Fuencaliente Visitor Centre has a cafe bar and good information relating to the island's volcanic activity. Also in Fuencaliente you will find the old lighthouse and the remarkable landscape of the saltpans.
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