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El Hierro


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Geographical and historical data
The island of El Hierro is the westernmost land of the European continent, being a reference route for planes and ships that cross the Atlantic every day. Its maximum altitude is 1500 m, at the Pico de Malpaso. The surface area of the island is about 150 km2. Although it is small, its orography gives us the sensation of being on a small continent, where all climates prevail throughout the year.
The island was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 2001.
Tourist information

The central part of the island is immersed in an immense forest of pines, giant beeches and junipers.


In the south-western part of the island there are whimsical patterns of petrified volcanic lava, known as lajiales.


The capital of the island is an old town located between ravines that give it a peculiar style, with the 17th century church of La Concepción and the ethnographic museum La Casa de Las Quinteras standing out.

Valle del Golfo

It covers an extension of more than 15 km from the Mirador de La Peña to the Mirador de Bascos in the north-western part of the island.

Both viewpoints must be visited to contemplate their extraordinary beauty; just below the viewpoint of La Peña are the Roques del Salmor, where the Giant Lizards of the Island of El Hierro are found; just below is also the primitive settlement of Guinea.

The whole of the Valle del Golfo belongs to the municipality of Frontera and along the coast you will find the small bathing coves of Las Puntas, La Maceta, Los Sargos, Charco Azul and finally the Balneario Pozo de La Salud.

La Restinga

For the visitor it is probably the ugliest part of the island, where uncontrolled self-built urbanism has led to misunderstood development. Nevertheless, it’s good to enjoy a fish meal and go diving or spearfishing in what are probably the best waters in the world.

On the other side of the harbour, on the western side, is the Marine Reserve of El Mar de Las Calmas, where you can swim in the famous Cala de Tacorón.

Tiñor. Árbol Santo

Near the picturesque village of Tiñor, in the centre of the island, is the Garoé, a sacred tree of the Bimbache (the first inhabitants of the islands) whose leaves distilled water due to the phenomenon of horizontal rain.

Data of general interest
Where to buy?
  • Terencio Supermarket (San Andrés – Frontera – Valverde)
  • Padrón Supermarket (Frontera)
Where to eat?
  • Casa Bildo (Frontera). Canarian-Venezuelan cuisine. Good cuisine.
  • Bar Parrilla Artero (Frontera). All kinds of grilled meats.
  • Bar Jaime (Frontera-Las Puntas). Good music in the evening.
  • Bar San Luis (Valverde). Very good Canarian cuisine. Fish and meat.
  • Bar La Igualdad (San Andrés). Canarian cuisine.
  • Bar Carlos (Pozo de Las Calcosas). Fish and limpets.
  • Bar Casa Juan (La Restinga). Canarian cuisine of fish and soups.
  • Bar el Refugio (La Restinga). Canarian cuisine of fish and soups.
  • La Vieja Pandorga (La Restinga). Seafood soup and fresh fish.
  • La Pasada (Guarazoca). Canarian cuisine. Meat and fish.
What to see?
  • Viewpoints (La Peña – Bascos – Isora viewpoint – Guinea viewpoint – Jinama – Las Playas viewpoints).
  • La Fuente de Isora.
  • Árbol Santo El Garoé (San Andrés).
  • Pozo de Las Calcosas.
  • Tamaduste.
  • Tocorón (La Restinga).
  • Roques de La Bonanza (Las Playas).
  • Valverde church (Valverde).
  • Lagartario y Guinea’s museum (Frontera).
Where to swim?
  • La Maceta and Charco Azul (Frontera).
  • Ría de El Tamaduste (Valverde).
  • Roques de La Bonanza (Las Playas).
  • Cala de Tocorón (La Restinga).
  • El Verodal beach (Be careful! there are trawls. It is dangerous).
  • Timijiraque beach (there are trawls)
Where to have a good time?
  • Hoya de El Pino recreational area (Bosque de Frontera).
  • Barbecue – bathing area of La Maceta.
  • La Hoya de El Morcillo recreational area.
  • Barbecue – bathing area of Las Playas.
Active tourism
Scuba diving

The most interesting diving spots are the following: Roques de la Bonanza; Playa de Miguel; El Rio and El Coral in the southeastern part of the island.

At La Punta de La Restinga we can visit La Cueva del Coral, La Cueva de Las Langostas, El Cañón and El Arco de Coral.

In the marine reserve we have El Rincón, El Bajón, La Herradura, La Punta, El Lagial, La Baja de Los Camellos, El Charco Manso, El Salto, El Roque de Los Joraditos, Timijiraque, Puerto de La Estaca, Punta Roques del Salmor, Punta de La Sal, Punta de La Paloma and Playa de Los Negros.

As centres that carry out diving excursions we can highlight the following:


Different paragliding competitions take place on the island throughout the year, especially in the area of Frontera (Valle de El Golfo). The competitions are almost always organised by the local paragliding club Guelillas de El Hierro.

Bicycle routes

From our Complejo Rural La Brujita there are countless routes to different parts of the island. At the complex we rent bicycles for a small fee to explore the island.