From Sea to Mountain
Tucked off the coast of Western Africa, discover a paradise full of endless landscapes. The smallest of the seven Canary Islands, El Hierro offers sea-to-mountain experiences from the heart of the Atlantic Ocean.
Also known as “Meridian Island,” El Hierro’s compact footprint makes it the perfect destination to explore with all your senses. Home to a unique selection of endemic species, like the endangered El Hierro giant lizard, the entire island is a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to preserve its natural and cultural diversity. From the juniper forests of the island’s mountainous interior to the black sands of the cove at El Tacorón, the opportunities to fully immerse yourself in an abundance of natural beauty are never-ending.
Venturing out from the island’s main port of La Estaca, spend your time here exploring the quaint 18th-century architecture and sculptures of the capital, Valverde, or take a step back in time to learn more about the island’s history at the Guinea eco-museum or in El Julán, where the passage of the Bimpache people is etched in rocks along ancestral paths.
Whether walking the cobbled streets of the island’s cities and coastal towns or hiking any of the meandering paths that criss-cross its volcanic hills, you’ll be sure to work up an appetite for El Hierro’s traditional cuisine. Simple and locally produced, dine on Canarian specialties like fresh seafood served with the region’s famed crinkly potatoes with mojo sauce or savor a selection of cheeses and wines created under the island’s own Designation of Origin.