From Gran Canaria to El Hierro / Island Hopping

Why visit El Hierro

El Hierro is not just the westernmost island of the Canary Archipelago, but until the discovery of the Americas, it was the westernmost spot of the Old World, as Europeans, at least, used to map the world as they new it. This conjuncture led to the naming of El Hierro as the Meridian Island, since time zones used to be counted west to east starting from El Hierro. Besides this interesting historic reference, tourists should also keep in mind El Hierro is one of the cleanest of all islands, given the authorities have implemented, at least in part, a project of turning El Hierro into a spot completely and exclusively fueled by renewable sources of energy. This project is paralleled, at the archipelago scale, only by the Bioclimatic Village in Tenerife.

How to get from Gran Canaria to El Hierro

By sea

The only sea line company linking Gran Canaria to El Hierro is Naviera Armas. Their boats leave from Las Palmas and haul ashore at Valverde.

By air

Binter is the only inter-island flights operator providing services for tourists interested in making a short trip to El Hierro.

Attractions in Gran Canaria

Sailing in Gran Canaria

Sailing in Gran Canaria is possible due to the fact the island features several leisure ports, that is, besides Las Palmas with its Puerto de la Luz.

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Fishing and deep sea fishing in Gran Canaria

Fishing and deep sea fishing in Gran Canaria is always a prospect no tourist should pass up, all of the Canary Islands being ideal for such leisure.

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Generalities

Some 60 kilometers of beaches on the island of Gran Canaria entice millions of visitors each year. Las Canteras and Playa del Ingles are the most notable.

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Gran Canaria