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Magical trails

If you are looking for ideas for excursions, or possible walks to do with children, El Hierro is the perfect place. On this little island, you will find a large number of trails which youngsters can cover with ease, and in addition to that, you will find multiple hikes for all levels. On El Hierro you will find some of the most beautiful hiking paths in Spain.

Discover the island of El Hierro.

 

Discover the best of hiking on the island of El Hierro

Whenever you want to get away from it all and surround yourself with nature, all you have to do is walk. Walk along the different paths of El Hierro and discover every single nook and cranny of the island, as you enjoy the feeling of travelling on some of the most beautiful hiking routes in Spain.

All you need is the will to discover and be swept away by the magical feeling produced by walking along the paths of El Hierro. Although the orography of all the Canary Islands is of great geological value, the island of El Hierro has a special charm. Its 268 km2 of never-ending landscapes, full of contrasts, will take you from the sea to the mountains in a couple of steps – just a breath away – whilst you enjoy hiking on El Hierro and its paths.

Hiking on El Hierro is an experience that will transport you beyond anything you could ever imagine - it’s more than just walking. Make your way along its trails and ancestral paths steeped in history. As you walk along them, discover the rock carvings of the Bimbapes or Bimbaches, in the El Julán area in the south of the island. Come and immerse yourself in a protected area with amazing biodiversity, and discover places with a desert-like appearance or re-encounter colours you thought were long forgotten.

Take hiking to another level on the Camino de Jinama, where you can practise the most intense trekking, with an elevation gain of 1,000 metres in just 4 kilometres, as you cross what was once one of the main access routes into the El Golfo valley until the 1960s. A legendary trail which means much to the people of El Hierro.

Hiking routes in El Hierro

The routes that cross this little island, declared a World Biosphere Reserve, will immediately captivate you with the contrast between their dark volcanic earth and lush green forests. These are some of the best hiking routes in Spain. And as you wander around the island, if you should notice an unusal sensation of being in harmony with nature, don’t think it strange: it is because El Hierro is the first island in the world to be fully self-sufficient and 100% renewable.

As you move forward on the different trails, you will come to practically uninhabited parts of El Hierro, where you can enjoy the silence and feel the plenitude of the island’s nature that has remained intact over the years.

All levels of trails

El Hierro is a perfect place for hiking as it has more kilometres of paths than roads. Paths that invite trekkers to discover the island as they travel through unique scenery which changes radically in appearance the further you go, and sometimes with an abundance of elevation changes for hiking enthusiasts who are used to an advanced level.

The El Hierro Network of Trails represents the recovery of the island’s traditional paths, approved and signposted following European regulations, which have been designed for hikers of all levels:

BASIC LEVEL

If you like walking, these routes have been designed for you to start discovering nature from a different perspective. An initiation to mountains that will show you the most characteristic scenery of El Hierro at an easy level. Why not start with La Llanía?

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Longer paths, perfect for those who are more used to walking on uneven terrain. On some stretches you will be able to discover the huge diversity of landscapes offered by the island of El Hierro.

ADVANCE LEVEL

Longer and more difficult trails, such as the Camino de Jinama, enabling you to discover a greater contrast of scenery all along the way. Perfect for trekking enthusiasts who want to see the island from a different viewpoint.