Las Flores del Mar: Gastronomy and Playfulness in El Hierro

El Hierro is an island of spectacular volcanic beauty. The lively inhabitants are strongly connected to Latin America and this amazing environment now has a restaurant that mixes these colorful vibes with an excellent Italian twist. 

Las Flores del Mar (The Flowers of the Sea) is run by a charming couple who could easily fit into a pirate movie.  The atmosphere has a touch of adventure and the food is very tasty. It was a pleasant surprise to find a place like this on the remotest part of the Canary Islands. The kitschy decorations are done with a real artistic finesse, and with Italian expertise in the kitchen the eating experience becomes a joy.

© Photos and captions by Eldar Einarson

 

Welcome to the house of Lello & Gyolie. The restaurant is located near the center of Tigaday, on the left side of Calle las Lajas (4) when driving from the airport and Valverde

 

The hosts, a well tattooed pirate and an Italian adventurer who earlier had a resto in Tenerife. They fell in love with El Hierro during a short visit, moved over and opened up their new place in December 2017

 

Welcome to a great meal in the fantastic climate of El Hierro. The evenings can be a little chilly in the three walled place especially in the winter season so just have that in mind. But here it’s absolutely perfect with chilled red wine while waiting for a Pizza Tropical

 

Banana is a part of the island’s agriculture. Why not use some for decors while it ripens?

 

A chair upside-down from the ceiling. I have not seen that since an exhibition in the Pompidou Centre in Paris in the late 1970’s. Good art ideas will always survive and it was a funny reminder

 

An old suitcase has turned into flying mode towards its final destination; another little fantasy trigger 😊

 

Pizza tropical with a generous amount of avocado, bacon and scampi. One of the best pizzas I have eaten for a long time

 

Restaurants with huge pepper-mills is not a common sight on remote islands. A clever way to make a difference

 

Seafood is the main focus and the delightful starters come in big portions which are obviously meant for sharing

 

What is more natural than a tomato-based seafood soup on an island with 1,100 volcanoes?

 

Tiramisu of course, the way it was made when Marco Polo set off for the Silk Road and China

 

Gin & Tonic, the real adventurers’ best friend after a long day in the wilderness

 

It is always easier to survive the wind and waves of the Atlantic Ocean with a good crew on board. Here is Judith to the right together with Gyolie and Lello

 

 

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