Are you a born backpacker, ready to strike out off the beaten track? Or do you prefer a good day out on an easy trek with your family? Whatever your style, El Hierro’s network of walks will allow you to explore around the island, safely and simply. The traditional paths have been made into a network that conforms to international norms, with numbered markers similar to any other part of Europe to make sure you find your way round, safe and sound. What are the walks that you shouldn’t miss? Here you have a list of our favourites, ordered by degree of difficulty so that you can decide which suits you best:
SL-EH 3 From Tamaduste to Roque Las Gaviotas: This is a local bridle path about 1.8 kilometres long that winds round the coastline of Tamaduste, affording relaxing views of the sea as you walk.
PR-EH 8.1 From the jetty at Punta Grande to La Maceta: This is a local bridle path about 2 kilometres long, marked out in wood that runs along the coastline and where you will find various viewpoints that look out over the cliffs and breakwaters.
SL-EH 2 From Arenas Blancas to La Puente: This is a local bridle path that is approximately 1.8 kilometres long and allows you views over the only white sandy beach on the island.
SL-EH 1 The round trail of La Llanía: These are three circular trails that differ in length (the shortest is 3 kilometres and the longest 7), marked with arrows of different colours, that run through an area of gorse and heather. The hikes are easy, with no great dips or dives, and that run mainly through an area shaded by the bushes.
PR-EH 9 and 9a round trail of El Cres: Short round trail, 7 kilometres long, and starting off at the Sanctuary to the patron of the island, La Virgen de Los Reyes, running through El Sabinar, Mirador de Bascos and returning to the Sanctuary. Not many dips and dives and relatively easy with the only difficulty represented by the cows that occasionally invade our path.
PR-EH 8 The path to Jinama: This path is 7.5 kilometres long and joins San Andrés to El Golfo. This was one of the most common paths used by the shepherds as they changed grazing grounds and homes according to the seasons, in the past (what is known as ‘trashumancias’ when people move from the inner villages to the coast). It is one of the most beautiful hikes on the island, offering treasures of great natural and ethnographic value, although it is difficult and uphill, snaking up to 885 metres.
PR-EH 1 From El Pinar to La Restinga: This hike is 9 kilometres long and runs through El Lajial (‘recent’ lava in geological terms) affording views of the volcanic wonders of the island. Not much sahde on this path so, depending upon the time of the year, we recommend starting off at the top of the morning or at dusk and finishing up with a refreshing dip on the black volcanic sand beach at La Restinga.
PR-EH 11 The Water Route: Round hike some 14 kilometres long, leaving from San Andrés and heading for El Mocanal, Valverde then back coinciding in part with the path known as El Camino de La Virgen. It is recommended to move in this direction since there are signposts along the way with poems that explain the history of the water route and that do not make sense if read in reverse order. Slightly more challenging as a hike, above all on the way back, since Valverde is 300 metres down.
PR-EH 3 Isora- Las Playas- Isora: Round route of some 13.5 kilometres during which we can appreciate the beauty of the bay of Las Playas, the volcanic outcrop of Roque de La Bonanza and the national network hostelry of El Parador de Turismo. This is highly challenging due to the dips and dives and so is only recommended for practised hikers.