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El Hierro – the Last Outpost

Journey to the 'Ends of the Earth'
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We thoroughly recommend adding two extra nights at the Parador to enjoy some well-earned 'R&R' as well as a privately guided excursion (included in our prices) that explores the incredible volcanic 'badlands' and unique lava formations on the southern tip of the island.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • explore Europe’s furthermost outpost
  • discover dramatic landscapes
  • challenging and varied routes
  • be charmed by the welcoming hospitality
  • walk through the heart of the island
  • enjoy the solitude and peace...

Furthermost from mainland Europe, little El Hierro is the least-known and least-visited of the Canary Islands. For centuries, it was seen as the 'Ends of the Earth' before adventurers and intrepid explorers began to use it as a jumping-off point for even greater discoveries. Such was its importance that the prime meridian was placed here right up to the end of the 19th century, giving rise to the island's nickname Isla del Meridiano. Today, it remains largely untouched and unspoiled by the trappings of modern tourism and is rich in folklore, making it an ideal destination for those wishing to spend time well off the beaten track.
This is just about the furthest point in Europe you can go to – and you’ll be rewarded with a sense of drama and discovery that scarcely seems possible in the Canary Islands.
     
The joy of this quiet and unassuming island is the magnificence of its varied landscapes and geography. A cataclysmic landslip 50,000 years ago saw a huge section of the land fall into the sea, leaving an immense bay, El Golfo, dominated by a towering escarpment. The steep slopes of this bay are characterised by ancient laurisilva forest, watered by trade winds which blow cool clouds in before coming to a halt beneath the cliffs. The high ridge clearly marks the change in scenery, for, on the drier leeward side, you find stands of tall pine trees and rough moorland leading, sometimes very steeply, down to the rocky shore. The varied terrain is both beautiful and dramatic, and home to a fascinating, often endemic, array of wildlife – such as a giant lizard, once thought to be extinct – so special that 60% of El Hierro is designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve.


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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 17 17 18 18 19 21 23 24 24 22 20 18
mm 65 55 41 25 8 3 1 2 13 40 73 74

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

The north-east of the island is more humid than other parts, while the north face, El Golfo, can be cloudy as a result of trade winds coming in from the NE, but is generally warm and pleasant - winters are mild on El Hierro. The best time for flowers is April.