El Hierro

CANARY ISLANDS

El Hierro

The smallest and youngest of all the Canary Islands and often the most unknown. But the island of El Hierro offers a wealth of experiences never to be forgotten. An island of beautiful landscapes, with lush forests, trails and beaches with crystal clear waters. Volcanoes and lava flows that express their volcanic origin with enormous drama. Trees of impossible shapes, such as the Sabina, in permanent struggle against inclement winds. Everything you find there breathes life in its purest state. And so, if you are looking to reconnect with nature, this is the island you cannot miss.

Meridian Island

 

Espacios Naturales en El Hierro

El Hierro es una isla peculiar y equilibrada. La mayor parte de su territorio ha sido protegido y en el año 2000 fue declarado por la UNESCO Reserva de la Biosfera y Geoparque. El Parque Rural de Frontera algo más de la mitad de su territorio. Un enclave único de una diversidad de paisajes extraordinaria. Toda la zona costera de El Hierro es puro acantilado. Las aguas que la rodean son limpias y cristalinas. Y posee algunas playas con arena rojiza de origen volcánico. En su interior coexiste una gran diversidad de ecosistemas. Pero son sus fondos los que le otorgan un merecido reconocimiento al estar considerados de los mejores del mundo gracias a su gran biodiversidad.

Actividades

La isla de El Hierro te ofrece un sinfín de actividades. Tanto en el ámbito del senderismo, ciclismo de montaña, volar en parapente o rutas de espeleología. El Hierro es ideal también para hacer rutas en kayak, buceo o simplemente darte un refrescante baño en cualquiera de las idílicas piscinas naturales del norte, desde donde disfrutar de románticas puesta de sol. Charco Azul o La Maceta son sin duda las piscinas más concurridas. Una experiencia que no te dejará indiferente.

Culture and Gastronomy

The Herreño people are a community rich in traditions and folklore.  Through their celebrations, they have been able to preserve the essence of their culture generation after generation. Their handicrafts continue to be an important source of income. Blankets, tapestries and bags are still made in El Hierro in the traditional way. But it is the gastronomy of El Hierro that is one of the island’s greatest sources of pride. And it is the fish dishes that take pride of place.  Quesadillas de El Hierro are exported to the other islands. It is a pastry made with cheese and aniseed. A delicious dessert to end an excellent lunch.

El Hierro: an island to be discovered

As well as being the least populated of the Canary Islands. El Hierro is also the least known. An island that transmits all the magic and charm of times gone by. Come and discover it!

What to see in El Hierro?

  • Natural Park El Julán. Located in the south of the island, this is an ancient area inhabited by the aborigines of El Hierro. It is of enormous archaeological value. For this reason, access to it is restricted.  Although it is possible to take part in guided tours from the El Julán Interpretation Centre.

 

  • El Sabinar de la Dehesa. In the western part of the island you will find a forest of junipers, which is permanently whipped by the wind. This is where you will find trees of impossible shapes, moulded by an inclement wind. This is why the junipers have become natural symbols of El Hierro.

 

  • La Restinga. Tourist centre in the south of the island. Today it has become a paradise for divers. From its harbour daily sea excursions and those who wish to dive in its seabed depart daily. But also the fishermen who go out on the daily hunt for the best fish. An ideal place to enjoy the sea and understand the daily life of its people.

 

  • Tamaduste. This is an idyllic seaside resort in the north-east of the island. Its natural pool has a spectacular turquoise colour. It is also the start of a small path (SL-EH3) of barely 2 kilometres, which climbs through a genuine volcanic landscape.