The most recent land eruption in the Canary Islands
In 1971 the Teneguía volcano appeared on the front pages of newspapers all around the world when it opened up and spewed out thousands of cubic metres of glowing magma. The most recent land-based volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands covered a large part of the south of La Palma with lava and volcanic ash, and created a new tourist attraction. To preserve the unspoilt lava flows of the Teneguía volcano and also those of the eruption of the San Antonio volcano back in the 18th Century, they were declared a National Monument.
Excursion to the Teneguía volcano in La Palma
The visitors centre for the San Antonio volcano, just ten minutes by car from the town of Los Canarios, tells the fascinating volcanic history of the area. From here you can take a variety of routes, either on camel or on foot. One of the routes, which takes you up to the San Antonio volcano, shows the extensive vineyards of Fuencaliente, the dizzying drop which surrounds the summit of Teneguía and also allows you feel the heat coming from the volcano. On the other side, the GR-131 section of the walk takes you to the salt fields of Fuencaliente and a famous spot for fresh local fish.