Both my husband and I love to walk in nature. I love trees and for me, nothing can beat a walk in the forest. But here in El Tamaduste, there are only a few trees, the village is mostly built on volcanic soil and is surrounded by dramatic dark lava formation and some small bushes and plants defying the rigid environment. A walk here is far from the softness of green leaves, singing birds and buzzing insects; it’s a walk in the remains of the inferno that once created the world, and I have slowly learned to appreciate it.
There is a 3.92 km trail here along the coast and yesterday my husband and I walked it back and forth. We walked on stones, rocks, gravel, sharp edges, and the thick rubber soles on my shoes were set properly on trial 🙂
Halfway, we rested a little at the Mirador or the viewpoint of Roque de Las Gaviotas. Gaviotas in Spanish mean seagulls and they are nesting on a giant rock in the sea in front of the Mirador. Funny to see how a seagull inspected us from above while we were approaching as if to check out if we are harmless before it returned to the rock.
The path ends on a pebble beach in a narrow bay where you can see the islands of La Palma, Tenerife, and La Gomera in clear weather.
The path is well built and fairly easy to walk. It’s a good initial challenge for people who want to try out the many walking trails of varying difficulties on El Hierro.