Walking the Lava Path from El Tamaduste to La Fortaleza

Both my husband and I love to walk in the 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 was 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.

The path to Fortaleza

The path to Fortaleza

 

Walking carefully without looking down

Walking carefully without looking down

 

Aloe vera and cactus plants growing wild

Aloe vera and cactus plants growing wild

 

There are no trees here

There are no trees here

 

Roque de las Gaviotas or the Seagulls' Rock

Roque de las Gaviotas or the Seagulls’ Rock

 

The guard hehe

The guard hehe

 

The island of La Gomera behind the mist

The island of La Gomera behind the mist

 

Discovering some lichens

Discovering some lichens

 

One of the exotic stones I found at the finish line

One of the exotic stones I found at the finish line

 

My husband in the narrow bay of Fortaleza

My husband in the narrow bay of Fortaleza

 

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