Monumento al Meridiano Cero / Meridian Zero Monument (highway GR 131 towards Faro de Orchilla) — this monument, close by the lighthouse at Orchilla, stands as testimony to the fact that the Prime Meridian was once fixed here before being transferred to the Observatory in Greenwich, in England. The monument is simple and highly symbolic, […]
Iglesia de la Concepción (Calle Gral. Rodríguez y Sánchez Espinosa, 1, 38900 Villa de Valverde) – this is the largest church in the island, which was originally built in 1544, and underwent renovations in the mid-1700s and the early 1800s. In addition, the church clock had repairs doing in 2000. Until 1852, this church’s grounds […]
Ermita de Nuestra Señora de Los Reyes (Diseminado Dehesas las Cm, 2, 38912 Frontera) – this chapel is dedicated to the patron saint of El Hierro (Virgen de los Reyes), who was credited with ending a dangerous drought that the island endured in 1741. As a reward, the islanders vowed to transport every four year […]
Ecomuseo de Guinea (Calle General las Puntas, 38911 Las Puntas) — this outdoor museum is the island’s largest cultural site. The Cases de Guinea is a fascinating journey through a volcanic cave and 20 ancient houses, four of which are accessible, displaying island life through the centuries. The eco-museum’s guided route (through caves, volcanic tubes […]
Centro Etnográfico Casa de las Quinteras (Calle Armas Martell, Villa de Valverde) — first time visitors can come here to view the traditional clothing, ceramics and other crafts that locals make here. There’s also an excellent craft shop for where locally-made souvenirs can be purchased. Free admission. Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (Monday-Saturday).
Centro de Interpretación Vulcanológica (HI-4, 8, 38917 La Restinga) — from October 2011 to March 2012, there were ongoing volcanic eruptions of various sizes underwater about two kilometers from the fishing village of La Restinga on the southern coast. This center documents the causes of the volcanic eruptions and describes the events of 2011 via […]
Centro de Interpretación de la Reserva de la Biosfera / Interpretation Center of the Biosphere Reserve (Calle Ferinto 32, 38915 Isora) — although the islanders of El Hierro tend to live simply, the island is incredibly advanced technologically. It already offers free Wi-Fi across the island, and the long-term plan, which is on display at […]
Campanario de Joapira (38911 Las Frontera) – this bell tower, located on a small reddish mountain that serves as a panoramic view, was refurbished in 1957 and dedicated to the Virgin de los Reyes (the island’s patron saint). The Canarian community in Cuba provided financial help to finalize such work. The bell tower was built […]