A Short Return to El Hierro – the Remotest of the Canary Islands

I had an exciting moment some days ago on a trip to my favorite Canary Island, El Hierro. I discovered that it felt like home when we arrived. Maybe we will end up here one day and here are some of the reasons. 

I wrote a little about El Hierro during the three months we spent there in 2017 and my husband and I got a very good feeling for the small volcanic island outside the coast of Africa.

On a recent 4-day stay, we explored La Frontera, the second largest community on the island. The mountains, the forests, the rugged coast and friendly people gave me a deeper perspective about the place. Although it is isolated, it must still be a blessing to live in surroundings like this. But there are not much working possibilities for young people and the population is getting older. My hope for the future is that the local government’s efforts of creating the “greenest” eco-friendly society on earth will give enough jobs for the younger generation.

We flew over from Tenerife with CanaryFly, one of the most punctual airlines in the world and it lived up to its reputation. We rented a car at the airport and drove the 26 km to La Frontera. We had already booked a room at Pension El Guanche where the owner, Mariela, was waiting for us at the entrance with the key. The building is located in the center of the town and the staff is very friendly in the very typical Latin-American way that is prevalent here.

© Photos by Eldar Einarson

 

We are on our way to the remotest part of the archipelago. The giraffe in the departure hall of Tenerife Norte Airport is a reminder that Africa is near

 

La Frontera between the mountains and the coast of western El Hierro. Its bell tower is seen from all corners of the community and the clouds are often present with its cool silence

 

Our lovely host, Mariela, owner of Pensión El Guanche

 

Edtulio, an accommodating waiter in the bodega downstairs that serves very good local food

 

The Sunday Market, Mercadillo de La Frontera

 

Fresh breads and happy customers

 

Eggs and ginger among the fashion accessories is of course how it should be 😉

 

Young and cool with a lot of experience

 

Locally grown, of course

 

Fruits and spices make life more exciting

 

More choices

 

Playground for the kids while mom and dad shops

 

Posing for eternity. Local artists make the town more inviting

 

Bench and Art

 

The art bench and me

 

Outside La Casa Abajo, a nice coffee and sports accessories shop

 

Great coffee, according to Trip Advisor it is the best in town

 

Issa, responsible for making, serving and helping customers with information and advice

 

At the other side of the bell tower

 

Houses with beautiful gardens are spread out in the rugged terrain

 

Time to return home after a day full of good vibes

 

Peaceful views give peace of mind, time to sleep

 

 

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