Selfguided “Extreme”

Who is it for?

This self-guided trip is aimed at those who want an organized trip walking at their own pace that allows them to also get to know the “extreme” areas of the island, who are fans of culture, geology, history and nature in general and who are looking for a slightly higher level of difficulty.
One of the premises of self-guided tours is freedom of action: you are the one who decides when, how and with whom. In addition, you will save yourself the logistics problems, having in advance all the information about accommodation, routes, transport.

Why El Hierro?

The environmental heritage and its peculiar beauty; hundreds of visible volcanic cones and spectacular lava fields; the breathtaking views; the natural pools shaped by the force of the Atlantic Ocean; the trails, witnesses of a past still alive; the tranquility of its towns; the hospitality of its people; its artisans; traditional cuisine and excellent wines; The Biodiversity; your commitment to sustainability.


Day 1: Arrival

El Hierro has a small airport with several daily connections to the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Also through the Port of La Estaca it is connected by ferry with Tenerife, Los Cristianos. A short taxi transfer will take you to the Hotel Boomerang which is located in the island capital, Valverde.
Hotel Boomerang

Day 2: Circular from Valverde

The day begins in the capital of the island, Valverde, the only capital of the Archipelago located 600 mt. altitude and not on the coast. Your first path will take you to discover the history of water on the island from the past to the future represented by the mythical sacred tree Garoé surrounded by its “pools” and by the pilot project of the Gorona del Viento hydro-wind power station. A circular route with rapid landscape changes from meadows to evergreen forests and stretches of red clay.

12 km, 5 hours, 550 ascent / descen

Hotel Boomerang

Day 3: Hike from the Mirador de la Peña to La Llanía

A short taxi transfer will take you to the Mirador de la Peña, with views of the majestic natural amphitheater of El Golfo. From here the road soon runs through the highlands of the Nisdafe Plateau between volcanic cones crossing “the land that sounds”. After walking a long stretch of the GR 131 Camino de La Virgen you will arrive at the forest of Fayal Brezal de La Llanía to discover it with a circular route. The Mirador de La Llanía offers a different perspective of El Golfo with its almost 1400 meters of altitude.

A taxi transfer will take you to the Apartments.

16 km, 6 hours, 800 meters of ascent, 100m descent

Apartamentos Los Verodes o Frontera

Día 4: Circular from Tigaday

Your walk starts today from the accommodation. The route runs through a flat landscape and in open country. This is an area famous for the production of banana, pineapple and various tropical fruits. The visit to the Eco Museum of Guinea and Lagartario will offer you a historical vision of the island; the village is one of the three oldest on the island, converted into a museum in the 1980s. From the Hotel Punta Grande, the smallest in the world, the path follows the wonderful cliff coast from Las Puntas to the natural pools of La Maceta.

13 km, 4 hours, 200 meters of ascent, 200m descent

Apartamentos Los Verodes o Frontera

Day 5: Hike from El Morcillo to Tigaday

Today’s route begins, after a taxi transfer, at Hoya del Morcillo in the heart of the Canary Pine forest. The path, traditionally used to connect the towns on the two sides of the island, crosses it from south to north, offering a great variety of ecosystems and views. The Canary Pine forest soon gives way to the Laurisilva forest. You will walk along the crest of the island, near the highest point, through sections of volcanic ash and with panoramic views of the southern pine forests until the path begins to descend towards Tigaday.

13 km, 5 hours, 400 meters of ascent, descent 1050m

Apartamentos Los Verodes o Frontera

Day 6: Walk from the Sanctuary of the Virgen de Los Reyes to the Julan Interpretation Centre

After a transfer to the Hermitage of the Virgin, Sanctuary of the patron saint of the island and starting point of the traditional “Bajada”, you will begin your walk through the pastures of the “Dehesa” to the Sabinar, a forest of endemic junipers that the Trade winds molded into incredible twisted shapes. From the Mirador de Bascos with vertiginous views of El Golfo, the path continues along the “Cres” and then takes the Camino de los Pastores that will take you through the wild territory of Julan to the Interpretation Centre of the Letters. From there a taxi will take you to La Restinga, the southernmost village of Spain.

16 km, 5 hours, 400 meters of ascent, 400m descent

Apartamentos Los Zifios o Mar de Las Calmas

Day 7: Hike from La Restinga to El Tacorón

The walk starts today from the accommodation and continues leaving the town along a path that crosses impressive volcanic landscapes; the most recent volcanic activity took place at the extremities of the island, being more visible in this area due to the dry climate. After a gradual ascent, you will reach the town of El Pinar, the third municipality on the island, famous for its figs, almonds and the excellent wine produced in the area. For lunch you can choose between the Mentidero Bar and the Chachi Bar that offer tapas and / or typical food. After lunch you will gradually descend along a path to the natural bay of El Tacorón passing between vineyards and farms, with excellent views of the Mar de Las Calmas and El Julan, surrounded by volcanoes and recent lava flows. After a well-deserved swim, a short taxi transfer will return you to La Restinga.

16 km, 6 hours, 800 meters of ascent, 800m descent

Apartamentos Los Zifios o Mar de Las Calmas

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast a taxi will pick you up at the hotel. The transfer to the airport takes about 60 minutes.


Difficulty:   medium
Total distance: 86 km
Daily walks from 4 to 6 hours
Trails: rocky bottoms and sections in loose volcanic materials; dirt tracks.

Necessary Material

It is recommended to wear suitable clothing (in layers, that is, to protect our body from possible inclement weather and keep it dry at all times by combining three different types of clothing), comfortable and strong hiking boots, raincoat, fine fleece and / or thick (depending on the season), hat, backpack, trekking poles, canteen, sunscreen, sunglasses, camera.


Hotel Boomerang in Valverde
Apartamentos Los Verodes o Frontera in Tigaday
Apartamentos Mar de Las Calmas o Los Zifios in La Restinga


730€/per person including taxes, in mid season.

It includes:
Accommodation in a double room with breakfast. All transfers by taxi, welcome package that includes descriptive informations sheets of the routes.

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