El Hierro – Scuba Diving, Hiking or Relaxing
The southwestern end of Europe. Of all the Canary Islands, El Hierro is farthest from the Spanish mainland (1458 km), the smallest island in the Canaries and the youngest with 1.1 million years. It is only 269 km² small and has just over 10000 inhabitants. Only 20000 tourists come here every year. This is less than 400 per week, most of them probably stranded in La Restinga. Quality instead of quantity is the motto.
The Canary Island is advertised as’ Isla de la tranquila diferencia’, the quiet alternative. This is mainly due to the more difficult accessibility. There is no international airport. You fly with an island hopper or take the ferry from Los Cristianos, Tenerife.
In terms of landscape, culture and scuba diving, however, the island is in no way inferior to its neighbouring islands. There are many endemic species, picturesque viewpoints and typical Canarian fiestas. Anyone who wants to spend a completely peaceful, relaxing and natural holiday is in the right place.
Those who want to explore the underwater world here have only one choice. In the small fishing village of La Restinga there are more than 10 diving centres. There’s a simple reason for that. The Mar de las Calmas marine reserve is only five minutes by boat from the harbour.
Hiking, mountain biking, paragliding or some culture. The nature reserves invite every tourist to participate in a wide range of activities, with numerous hiking trails, breathtaking landscapes, forests and mountains to explore.
Hiking, mountain biking, paragliding or some culture. The nature reserves invite every holidaymaker to participate in a wide range of activities, with numerous hiking trails, breathtaking landscapes, forests and mountains to explore.
Everyone with a cultural interest can save money here. The museums or interpretation centres, as they are called in Spanish, offer the El Hierro Passport. Pay once and you can enter again and again for life. Basically, it includes all the points of interest for which you have to pay a entrance fee.
Even if the smallest of the Canary Islands is not famous for its beaches, there are some bathing possibilities. Apart from short black sandy beaches, there are also small bays and natural swimming pools to explore.
El Hierro has no international airport. Anyone who has ever been there knows why. There’s just no room for it on the small island. The journey takes place with propeller aircraft via Tenerife or Gran Canaria or with the ferry from Los Cristianos, also via Tenerife.