A Starlight Reserve with a viewpoint that crowns a sleeping volcano
In the high part of El Paso, 1.200 metres above sea level, the Llano del Jable viewpoint offers amazing views over the Aridane valley during the daytime, with the old volcano in the foreground. At night this part of La Palma, recognised as a Starlight Reserve due to the quality of the skies, is a superb natural balcony from where you can enjoy incredible panoramas of the skies. The viewpoint has an information panel and plenty of parking spaces, although there are no services nearby. Dress in warm clothes.
Three large constellations to behold
Geared westwards, the Llano del Jable astronomic viewpoint is the ideal place to view the constellations in January just after night fall. You can clearly identify Pegasus in front of Cassiopeia with Andromeda in between, where the closest and biggest galaxy in the skies can be found, the Great Andromeda Nebula. If it’s a moonless night and you use binoculars, the long, cloud-like formation is clearly visible. Even without binoculars you can make it out – it is one of the furthest celestial objects that are visible to the naked eye, at more than 2.2 million light years away.