Westside: The Westside is the best-known area for flying, where international competitions are also held. It is the dryer side and often in lee. The Westside in also known for good flying conditions and thermal developments, often lasting the whole day. The situation in lee requires special attention and meteorological knowledge. NB: Wind strengths may increase rapidly resulting in dangerous conditions! It’s always a good idea to talk with the local pilots or book the ParaGuide Service.
Eastside: Dominated by the CTR of La Palma, the eastside is a good alternative with calmer eastern winds, especially in the morning before the sun is heats up. Well-known take-off is at the “Pico de las Nieves”.
Landing Site Puerto Naos (official): W 17,908629 N 28,5844745
East of the beach promenade on the soccer field. Attention, thermals possible. With S Wind on the parking lot far away of obstacles. Approach on left!
Alternative Landing Sites: Visit them before !
Charco Verde W 17,899024 N 28,572583 (Landing in the little bay)
El Remo W 17,888568 N 28,5521906 (Attention telephone cable at restaurant 7)
Landing on the beach of Puerto Naos is not allowed. If landing on the official sites is not save (turbulences, many pilots, emergency), it might be better to risk a forfeit for a secure landing. Landing on the beach promenade is prohibited. Please do also not walk with open gliders on the promenade.
You should pack your glider on the beach side of the promenade, leaving enough room for pedestrians (4mt at least). Put canopy sea side.
Start Nº 1: Puerto Naos W 17,902177 N 28,586762 240 m. W-SW. Turbulences with S and Nord wind. Parking above take-off. Driving down to the take-off is not allowed. Start Nº 2: Campanarios W 17,869102 N 28,580566 Privat cars must be parked at the end of the road. Walk ~ 30 mins from here. 800/900 m. SW-NW Alternative landing site in Charco Verde.
Start Nº 3: Jedey W 17,883048 N 28,582477 650 m. SW. W. Rarely used and might be overgrown. Not recommended for modern gliders due to sharp lava stones.
Start Nº 4: El Gallo (the 1.300) W 17,848952 N 28,6165694 1300 m. W-NW. Alternative landing site in the soccer field of San Nicolas. Before starting assure good wind conditions in Puerto Naos.
Start Nº 5: Fire Tower El Time W 17,925362 N 28,691611 1100 m. NW. Turbulence with south and eastern winds. Landing site at the beach of Tazacorte. Attention, strong winds may blow out of the caldera. Might be thermally very active.
Start Nº 6: Puntagorda W 17,933593 N 28,7524074 1600 m. WNW. Landing aside the Helicopter landing (W -17,994432; N28,7799857). Flight must be authorized by the mayor. Attention: minimum glide ratio of 7+ without wind.
Start Nº 7: Barlovento Costa W 17,793707 N 28,8385596 Temporary closed due to problems with the landlord. 250 m. N-NO. Landing „Fajana de Barlovento“ 10m, (W -17,788627 N 28,8430799). Attention, changing winds. Minimum glide ratio of 1:3 without wind.
Start Nº 8: Cumbre San Andres y Sauces W 17,834105 N 28,7512347 2.140 m. N - NE. Attention: forming of lower clouds is already in the early morning possible. Wind direction and intensity may change below the inversion. Take off with low inclination. Landing site Puerto Espindola 10m, (W -17.763525 N 28.811293). Glide ratio 1:5 without wind.
Start Nº 9: Puntallana W 17.743856 N 28.745871 430 m. N, NE, E. only top-landing possible, landing on the lower fields not allowed!
Enjoy the Isla Bonita, La Palma and always happy landing!
INFORMATION AND RULES Before your fist flight, please sign the guestbook in the office of Palmaclub. You will also get latest information there.
Paragliding in Spain requires a valid pilot licence and insurance; it is obligatory to fly with an approved emergency parachute and wearing a helmet.
Please respect traffic rules during flight and landing! The international rules are also valid here: if you have the cliff on the right, you have right of way.
The special conditions at the landing site in Puerto Naos require a change of the normal approach. The circuit should be flown high, reducing by flying 8s only before turning into the final approach. Consult graph in the office of Palmaclub.
Before launching you should check the conditions at the landing site (eg. by walkie-talkie). Pay attention to the appearance of the sea: if the waves are big or you see white crests, do not launch, or land immediately if you are already in the air.
Please take care of the lauch and landing sites. Some take offs are in natural protected areas. Take your rubbish away with you, even cigarette stubs!
Flying from, into and over the “Caldera de Taburiente” is strictly prohibited! In the natural reserve “Cumbre Vieja”, taking off is only allowed at the official launch sites! In order to not put our activities in danger, please respect those rules!
Take Off and Landing in Puerto Naos: The Take Off in Puerto Naos is maintained by the PALMACLUB paragliding association. This includes the wind socks, rental of the area etc. The club requests a contribution of € 14. -- per pilot and week or € 35.-for 12 months. This goes towards maintenance expenses.
Please pay your contribution before first take off! Group leaders are responsible for their group. For inscription and further information step in our office in Puerto Naos, Calle Juana Tabarez N°3.
Tandem flights and instruction flights (schools) are only allowed with consent of PALMACLUB. Please seek permission before flying!
IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS: All emergencies, Police, Guardia Civil: 112 (multilingual)
Javier López Redondo 610 695 750 Roger P. Frey 638 809 917