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Exploring El Hierro by Car: A Remote Island Escape

El Hierro, the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands, Spain, is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve known for its dramatic landscapes, lush forests, and serene ambiance. Due to its remote location, the island attracts travelers seeking tranquility and unspoiled nature. Renting a car on El Hierro is not just a convenience; it's a necessity for those who want to explore the island's hidden treasures at their own pace.

Advantages of Hiring a Car in El Hierro

Airport Access: El Hierro Airport (VDE) is located near the capital, Valverde, and is well-connected to the main roads that traverse the island. Despite its small size, the airport has connections to other Canary Islands, making it a convenient entry point.

Road Conditions: The roads on El Hierro are well-maintained, winding, and offer stunning views. As the island is compact, distances are short, but the terrain can be steep, so take your time and enjoy the journey.

Exploration at Will: Public transportation on El Hierro is limited. With a rental car, you can visit remote volcanic craters, dive sites, ancient forests, and coastal villages without worrying about bus schedules.

Recommended Attractions and Distances by Car

El Hierro may be small, but it's packed with natural attractions:

  • La Frontera: A picturesque town set amidst green mountains and vineyards, around 20 minutes from Valverde.
  • El Sabinar: The iconic wind-sculpted juniper trees are about a 30-minute drive from La Frontera.
  • Mirador de la Peña: Designed by architect César Manrique, this viewpoint offers breathtaking views and is approximately a 25-minute drive from Valverde.
  • El Charco Azul: An idyllic natural pool, around 25 minutes from La Frontera.
  • Garajonay National Park: While located on the neighboring island of La Gomera, it’s an example of the kind of day trip possible with inter-island travel by ferry.

El Hierro Car Rental Policies

Be sure to consider the following when booking your rental car:

  • Insurance: Review what insurance is included with your rental and what extra options are available.
  • Excess: Understand the pre-authorized amount on your card in case of damages or theft.
  • Upgrades and Extras: Select any additional features needed for your travel comfort, such as GPS or an additional driver.
  • Deposit and Payment Information: Know the deposit requirements and acceptable payment methods.

Breakdown Assistance: Rest assured with included breakdown assistance, essential for travel on remote islands like El Hierro.

One-Way Rentals and Inter-Island Travel

While one-way rentals within El Hierro may not be relevant due to the island's size, Rhinocarhire could accommodate inter-island travel if you plan to explore other Canary Islands, subject to rental agreements and ferry schedules.

Conclusion

El Hierro offers an escape from the typical tourist trail, with its rugged coastlines, ancient forests, and tranquil villages. A rental car is the key to unlocking this island's natural wonders. With your own set of wheels, every road leads to discovery, and every stop is an opportunity for a new adventure, completely on your own terms.


Current Rental Rates in El Hierro

Kia Picanto

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 59.05 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 413.37 EUR from 22/04/2024

  1 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Opel Corsa

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.35 EUR/day
Opel Corsa

7 Days rental at 415.46 EUR from 22/04/2024

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Key Highlights for Car Hire at El Hierro: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • It’s the smallest and furthest south-west of the Canary Islands.
  • It has a dormant volcano called the Volcan de Lomo Nego.
  • Watch out for the El Hierro Giant Lizard that can grow up to a metre long!

 

El Hierro - Popular Destinations

Best car rental companies in El Hierro

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No.1: ENTERPRISE,
based on 2148 reviews
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22 min (average wait time)
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No.2: EUROPCAR,
based on 4589 reviews
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No.4: AVIS,
based on 2552 reviews
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El Hierro car hire information

  • 8.6/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Enterprise EMEA Corporate
  • € 413.35
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 59.05
    Best Price:
    Per Week
  • 1
    Most Popular Type:
    Mini
  • 1
    Most popular model:
    Opel Corsa
  • 2
    Total Cars Available
     

Average prices per day in El Hierro

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