In 1972, the airport was finished, thus opening up El Hierro to air traffic and a new type of tourism. Various daily flights link up the island with both Tenerife and Gran Canaria.
The port of El Puerto de La Estaca is equipped to allow for cars and passenger ferries together with small cruise liners to moor. When you arrive to Tenerife South Airport you can take a bus to the Port of Los Cristianos, to catch the ferry to El Hierro.
There are some tour operators who offer trips to El Hierro but those people who prefer to do their own thing can book in any travel agency. If you’re visiting another island in the Archipelago, it is always easy to contract excursions for a few days to the island. The island can house up to 1,300 people in accommodation that ranges from simple boarding houses through to the national network of traditional hotels called Paradores, of which there is one on El Hierro. In high season, it is recommendable to book 2-3 months in advance (especially for Summer holidays and Easter).
The years that we celebrate the Bajada or Descent of the Virgin Mary, you may have to book transport and accommodation well in advance. Connections via boat may be subject to changes according to the programmed timetable of the companies. For further information, see www.navieraarmas.com, www.fredolsen.es and www.bintercanarias.com
An island you will never forget
You should factor in car rental into your trip for at least two or three days since to get a general overview of the island, it is not enough to hike around nor even to catch the public buses that link up the main towns. The transport company also offers you the possibility ofrenting taxis. The scheduled buses or ‘guaguas’ work morning through to evening and link up the main towns. You can get the timetable at the Board of Tourism offices. For further information, please feel free to contact us on: