Barlovento

Situated in the northern part of the island, Barlovento is a municipality that boasts a population of 1,921 residents. The terrain of this western municipality stretches from the coastline to altitudes surpassing 500 meters above sea level. Barlovento is noted for its vibrant green landscapes contrasted with red soil, rugged coastline, rural backdrop, and its tranquil ambiance.

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Barlovento is a testament to nature’s brilliance and deep-rooted tradition in northern La Palma

The name “Barlovento” is derived from its unique position, with the municipality being fully exposed to the prevailing trade winds that blow in from the sea. Among the many attractions in the area, the renowned natural pools of La Fajana stand out, as well as the Laguna de Barlovento, which uniquely hosts the island’s only caravan park equipped with a blackwater disposal system.

La Palma, including Barlovento, is blessed with a temperate climate and abundant sunshine throughout the year. However, Barlovento’s climate is somewhat cooler than other regions. Geographically, it’s one of the wettest islands in the Canary archipelago, resulting in frequent cloud cover, flourishing laurel forests, and an enriched aquifer system.

Historically, Barlovento, or “Tagaragre” as termed by the Benahoaritas (La Palma’s first inhabitants), was the primary settlement for Castilian colonizers. The village purportedly emerged around a crossroads where farmers, en route to more populated areas, would rest, engage in dialogue, and barter their produce.

Through the Puerto de Talavera, Barlovento was integrated into the characteristic triangular trade of the islands post-colonization. The end of the sugar industry in the late 16th and 17th centuries ushered in the era of vineyards, elevating wine to be the dominant export product. Presently, Barlovento’s economy primarily revolves around agriculture, with vineyards, bananas, potatoes, and avocados being the principal crops.

Notable Sites in Barlovento

Mirador de La Tosca, Barlovento La Palma

Located on LP-1 towards Gallegos, at an elevation of 700 meters, it presents awe-inspiring panoramic views of the northern coastline and its exquisite landscapes.

Laguna de Barlovento and Park

A natural haven featuring a lagoon and park where visitors can relish the local flora and fauna, hike, and soak in nature’s splendor. The lagoon also offers a recreational area for caravans.

Piscinas de La Fajana, Barlovento La Palma

Set atop a lava delta, these natural pools are a perfect spot for a rejuvenating dip and relaxation amidst unparalleled settings.

Embarcadero de Talavera

A historically significant dock that offers a glimpse into the island’s past trading activities.

High-quality accommodation is available in Barlovento, with two renowned hotels: Palma Romántica and Hotel Faro Punta Cumplida, the latter being housed within the captivating lighthouse. These attractions, combined with Barlovento’s stunning landscapes, historical sites, and natural beauty, promise an immersive experience for every visitor to this delightful municipality.

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