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El Hierro

a- Geographical and Historical Information.

The Island of El Hiero is the most western land of the European Continent, being a route of reference to planes and ships that cross every day the Atlantic Ocean. His maximum height is 1500 m, being in Malpaso's Peak. The surface of the island is of approximately 150 km2. Though it is small his orography gives us the sensation of being in a small great continent, where all the climates for all the year.

The island was declared World Reserve of The Biosphere by the UNESCO in the year 2001.

b. Tourist information:

1. Forest:
The central part of the this Island is immersed in an immense forest of pines, giant beeches and sabinas.

2. Lajiales:
In the part southwest of the island you can find capricious drawings of volcanic lava petrified being known by the name of lajiales.

3. Valverde:
The capital of the island is an ancient villa located among ravines that forms a peculiar style, emphasizing the Church of The Concepcion of the S. The XVII Century and the ethnographic museum The House of The Quinteras.

4. Valle del Golfo:
It includes an extension of more than 15 Km going from the Mirador de la Peña up to Bascos's Viewing-point in the Northwestern part of the island. Both viewing-points must be visited to contemplate his extraordinary beauty; rightly under the viewing-point of The Rock The Roques del Salmor is, where they give cover to the Giant Lizards of the Island of El Hierro; rightly also below one finds the original settlement of Guinea. The whole Valley of the Gulf belongs to the municipality of Frontera, being along the coast the small coves for the bath of  Las Puntas, Las Macetas, Los Sargos, Charco Azul and finally the Spa Pozo de La Salud.

5. La Restinga:
This could be the ugliest part of the island for the visitiors, where an over-excited urbanism of autoconstruction has carried to an ununderstood development. Nevertheless it is nice that we enjoy a food of fish and practise skin-diving or underwater fishing in more than probable better Waters of the World. To another side of the port, in the western part, one finds the Marine Reserve of El Mar de Las Calmas. And don't forget to  get a bath in the famous Cala de Tacorón.

6. Tiñor. Arbol Santo:
Near the picturesque village of Tiñor, center of the island, is the Garoé, sacred tree of the Bimbaches (the first settlers of the islands) which leaves were revealing water due to the phenomenon of the horizontal rain.

C - General Information:

1- Where to buy?
 Supermarket Terencio (San Andrés-Frontera-Valverde) or Supermarket Padrón (Frontera).

2- Where to eat?
House Bildo. Canary - Venezuelan kitchen. Good kitchen
Bar Parrilla Artero (Frontera). All kinds of meats to the ember.
Bar Jaime (Frontera-Las Puntas). Good Live Music at Night.
Bar San Luis (Valverde). Very good Canary kitchen. Fished - Meats.
Bar La Igualdad (San Andrés). Canary kitchen
Bar Carlos (Pozo de Las Calcosas). Fished and lapas.
Bar Casa Juan (La Restinga). Canary kitchen of fished and soups.
Bar El Refugio (La Restinga). Canary kitchen of fished and soups.

3- What to see?
Viewing-points (La Peña - Bascos - Mirador de Isora - Mirador de Guinea - Jinama - Mirador de Las Playas). La Fuente de Isora, Holy tree The Garoé (San Andrés). Pozo de Las Calcosas. Tamaduste. Tocorón (La Restinga). Roques de La Bonanza (Las Playas). Valverde's church (Valverde). Lagartario and Museum of Guinea (Frontera)

4- Where to bath?
La Maceta y El Charco Azul (Frontera). Ria de El Tamaduste (Valverde). Roques de La Bonanza (Las Playas). Tocorón's cove (La Restinga). Beach of The Verodal (Take care! There are draggings. It is dangerous). Timijiraque's beach (Take care! There are draggings. It is dangerous).

5- Where to have fun?
Recreative zone Hoya de El Pino (Frontera). Zone Asadero-of bath of La Maceta. Recreative park of  La Hoya de El Morcillo. Zone Asadero-of bath of Las Playas.

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Published on: 2008-01-24 (5601 reads)

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