Parque Cultural La Zarza

La Palma  >  Spain

La Zarza is a beautiful ravine full of dense laurel forests and an almost mythical scenery. It was home to the original inhabitants of La Palma, the Benahoares.

Added* by Bas Engels
Most recent update 12 February 2020


La Zarza is a beautiful ravine full with dense laurel forests, fern covered undergrowth and steep rockwalls and caves. The area was home to the original inhabitants of La Palma, called the Benahoares. They left several circular markings on the steep rockwalls and lived in the surrounding caves. The area is, due to its dense forests, a beautiful area for birds and home to a great variety of species.

Both endemic pigeons can be seen: Bolle's Pigeon and Laurel Pigeon. Many small songbirds are mostly present in combined flocks, consisting of Common Chaffinch, African Blue Tit, Canary Islands Chiffchaff and Goldcrest. Sometimes a Sparrowhawk might show itself.

Above the forests, small flocks of Plain Swift can be seen.



The area has a visitors center and you'll have to pay a small entrance fee to enter the park. You can park your car at the center and walk a circular route through the park.

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Valley , Mountain


Mountainous , Rocky

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Unpaved road , Paved road , Wide path , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail


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Birdwatching hide / platform


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