What should you see and what can you simply not miss on the island of El Hierro, even if you only have two days to visit? What can you do to make best use of your stay? We’ve put together a series of routes and activities for you to get the most out of your stay on the island. So just hit here so as not to miss out on the fun!!! MUSTS IN 48 HOURS Only got two days? What can you simply not miss out on? We’ve put together two car drives for you to see all THE places to see on El Hierro. But we warn you in advance, you’ll be coming back for more!!!
Day 1: The South.
– The Biosphere Reserve Visitors’ Centre: The Centre is housed in what used to be the Casino in Isora. Drop in to get a magnificent interactive overview of what the island is all about.
– Lookout point at de Isora: This is perched on the verge of a cliff some 1,000 metres up and affords wonderful views over Las Playas, the rocky outcrop of Roque de la Bonanza and the national hostelry, Parador Nacional de Turismo.
– Hoya del Morcillo: This is a recreational zone at the heart of a pine forest. It has places where you can make a wood fuelled barbecue, with drinking water on tap, public toilets and a kids’ playzone. This is the only place on the island where you are allowed to camp, after the pertinent request to do so at the Environment office (Medio Ambiente) in Valverde.
– El Julan: This is the main archaeological site one island and one of the most important in the whole of the Archipelago. You can only get to it on foot, but at the start of the path, there is an interpretation centre that tells you about how the original inhabitants of the island, the Bimbaches, lived.
– La Dehesa: This is the whole area in the extreme West of the island. It is the area where most animals are kept so it’s normal to see them roaming around and to find cattle grids on the road, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep on driving.
– The Sanctuary of the Virgen de Los Reyes: The Sanctuary to the patron of the island is in the heart of the pastureland used for grazing. Every four years, the statue of the Virgin is taken in a procession to Valverde, a tradition that responds to a vow taken in 1741.
– El Sabinar: An open wood of ancient grarled wild junipers, sculpted into surreal twisted shapes by the constant strong winds from the North-East.
– The Look-out Point at Bascos: You get an impressive view over the area of the valley of El Golfo, the town of Sabinosa and further off, the Roques de Salmor, from this look-out point.
– The lighthouse at Orchilla: This is the southernmost part of Spain, the area through which the Prime Meridian passed (before being claimed by Greenwich).
– Tacorón: To the South of El Pinar, and in the sea known as Las Calmas, this small cove has all the necessary facilities for you to barbecue, while the crystal-clear waters are a permanent temptation to take a dip all year round.
– La Restinga: This little fishing village is in the extreme South of the island. It is a privileged spot for scuba diving, all year round. La Restinga boasts the Marine Reserve of Las Calmas, an area of enormous scientific interest.
Day 2: The Centre/North.
– Valverde: This is the capital of the island where you can take in the Ethnographic centre of the Casa de Las Quinteras, a craft museum, together with the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception that was built back in the XVIIIth century.
– The Garoé Tree: Known under the name of the Sacred Tree, this was how the Bimbaches collected water.
– The Look-out Point at La Peña: Built by César Manrique, this officially declared Cultural Resource allows for magnificent views over El Golfo, Los Roques de Salmor and the highest reaches of the island. The restaurant offers some of the typical dishes of the island, made with fresh local products.
– The Mole at Punta Grande: This small jetty dates back to the beginning of the XXth century that houses the Hotel Puntagrande, the smallest hotel in the world that figures in the Guiness Book of Records.
– The Guinea Ecomuseum and lizard reserve or Lagartario: Built at the foot of the cliff-face of Risco del Tibataje, the ecomuseum and the lizard reserve afford a fascinating visit to the centre for recovery of the Giant Lizard of El Hierro.
– The well at Pozo de la Salud: A natural source of medicinal mineral water claimed to have incredible healing powers, both applied externally and taken orally. The Spa of Pozo de La Salud is here offers all types of stomach, skin and body treatment.
– El Verodal: A beautiful red sand beach where you can sit and enjoy incredible sunsets.