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El Hierro Mini Guide
Where is it and why Visit?
El Hierro is the 7th and smallest of the Canary Islands
, located in the southwest of the archipelago. It is proud to boast both nature and hospitality, warmly welcoming you to picturesque scenery and crystal clear waters that are fantastic for diving and snorkelling. With so much to see and do, it’s a place that’ll make you want to return again and again.
How do I get There?
There’s an airport at the capital Valverde, with flights mainly via Tenerife
and Gran Canaria
. There’s also La Estaca port with regular ferries from Tenerife and less frequently to neighbouring La Palma
and La Gomera.
Although it's a small island, getting out and about is more than walking distance. There is a public transport service connecting the island villages but for the ultimate experience car hire is highly recommended. If you hire a car from Rhino, you can collect this at the car hire desks in airport arrivals.
What's to see and do?
There is an endless list of interesting activities, depending upon your tastes. The temperate climate is ideal for being in the great outdoors: go camping at La Hoya del Morcillo or walk the numerous paths and trails that have been restored and signposted. The rocky shores offer amazing snorkelling and diving experiences or be extra-daring and go paragliding, popular at El Valle de El Golfo.
It’s the place to go for nature and conservation interests. In 2000 the island became a UNESCO classified Biosphere Reserve. The landscape is unusually varied, combining typical Canarian volcanic terrain with vineyards and plantations, fields and meadows, and contrasting forest areas. El Hierro should become the first island in the world to be self-sufficient for energy with an innovative wind-hydro system scheduled for completion at the end of 2011.
Into tradition and history? Enjoy a Canarian Wrestling match; visit "Garoe" the sacred tree or the ancient village of Guinea. Take in some traditional craftwork at the Ethnographic centre or at village markets during summertime.
What if I Like to Wine, Dine and Party?
Valverde is the main place for socialising. There are numerous bars and restaurants to enjoy tasty cuisine including locally produced cheeses and wine. Why not combine several island experiences together by dining at The Mirador de la Pena restaurant where you can experience some of the best local specialities whilst enjoying a spectacular view.
Fiestas are numerous, so keep an eye on the island calendar to find out what’s going on and where. Every four years the island becomes extra-popular during July, as "Bajada de La Virgen de Los Reyes" is celebrated for almost the entire month, attended by the majority of island inhabitants joined by several thousand visitors. The next festival is in 2013, so make your travel arrangements early to avoid disappointment.
- If you fancy a walking workout, visit the city on the 6th of July and follow the statue of the Virgin Mary as it is carried down from its shrine to Villa de Valverde, a journey of 28.7km. You'll be in good company for almost the entire island comes out to enjoy the celebrations and the statue is accompanied by dancers dressed in traditional red and white costumes playing castanets and drums.