The Volcano Route is in fact one of the most famous walking routes on La Palma. It forms around one third of the GR131 and runs between El Pilar (south of the centre of the island) and Los Canarios in the far south. The great thing about the walk is that, given a clear day, you can get amazing views of both the east and west sides of the island with just a turn of the head.
However ... there is some planning required with the logistics as it is a linear route. We chose to start from El Pilar which sits at 1,500m above sea level thus walking more or less down hill. And because we wanted an early start, we decided to camp the previous night. Ouch, it was a little chilly at that height, but fresh and exhilerating and it is nothing that a camp fire at one of the purpose-built bbq cabins can't fix. And of course I am crazy for camping!
At the start, we were surrounded by pine trees and it was hard not to scramble to the edge of the route for some early peeks at the view. Unfortunately, scudding clouds were blocking what would have been a stunning spectacle. Darn! Looks like we shall be doing this walk again - so that got me smiling.
Walking down into the small town of Los Canarios, we headed to a bar for a coffe. Perfect timing to get the bus up to Los Llanos, then a bus to El Paso and finally a taxi back up to El Pilar and the waiting tent and Landy. Yey! Another night of camping!
We shall definitely be walking this route again!