El Hierro Island smallest Canary inhabited island

El Hierro Island on the Canary Islands

El Hierro Island Cottages and various other Accommodation to Rent on El Hierro Island.on the Canary Islands in Spain. amazing landscapes and clear signs of its violent volcanic past.

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El Hierro Island
Very good, 8.3 Score from 56 reviews

Parador de El Hierro Island 4 star hotel Parador de El Hierro

Las Playas, 15, Las Casas (5.6 km from El Hierro Island) •

Set between the mountain and the sea at Roque de Bonanza, this secluded hotel looks out over the Atlantic Ocean from its setting on the tiny, tropical island of El Hierro. The modern Parador de El Hierro Island provides a peaceful venue for you… More from Spanish Holidays Canary Islands

The Parador’s elegant, colonial-style interior opens onto a row of balconies overlooking the ocean. Most of the hotel’s rooms also boast magnificent sea views, creating a relaxing and unforgettable atmosphere.

Hotel Rooms: 45 from Spanish Holidays Canary Islands.

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Pleasant, 6 Score from 7 reviews

 Hotel Ida Inés 2 star hotel

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El Hierro Island

Belgara Alta, 2, Frontera (4.0 km from El Hierro Island) •

Ida Inés sits in the Valle del Golfo, on the north side of El Hierro Island, in the Canary Islands. The rooms offer wonderful views of the coast and the sea, and there is free Wi-Fi in public areas. The rooms have TV, telephone and tea-making fac… More from Spanish Holidays Canary Islands

The hotel offers views of the gulf and mountains from its terrace. The restaurant serves breakfast.

Local activities include horse riding. El Hierro Island Airport is about 15 km away. There is free onsite parking.

Hotel Rooms: 12 from Spanish Holidays Canary Islands

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Good, 7.2 Score from 5 reviews

Apartamentos Jucar Jucar Apartments

el-hierro-jucar El Hierro IslandTigaday, 30, Frontera (5.0 km from El Hierro Island) •

Apartamentos Jucar is a family-run complex in Frontera, on the island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands. Free private parking and free Wi-Fi in public areas are both available. Each apartment at Jucar has a balcony or terrace with views  More from Spanish Holidays Canary Islands

The complex has a 24-hour reception and offers free private parking and car rental services. It is located 25 km from Hierro Airport.

Apartments: 13 from Spanish Holidays Canary Islands

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Good, 7.2 Score from 22 reviews

Villa El Mocanal 2 star hotel

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El Hierro Island

Barlovento, 18, El Mocanal (6.5 km from El Hierro) •

Boasting stunning views of the sea, mountains and countryside, this charming rural-style hotel boasts spacious accommodation and an outdoor swimming pool. Villa El Mocanal is perfectly set in the north of the tropical island of El Hierro Island, … More from Spanish Holidays Canary Islands.

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El Hierro (Jack Taylor’s Travel Diaries Book 4).

El Hierro IslandBeing the smallest inhabited island of the Canary Island archipelago off the West coast of North Africa, El Hierro does not disappoint when it comes to splendid vistas, amazing landscapes and clear signs of its violent volcanic past.

Even right now in 2016 there have been plenty earthquakes due to ongoing subterranean volcanism. Living on El Hierro is not for the faint-hearted!

 

El Hierro’s western end was for a long time considered the end of the known world by the Europeans.

El Hierro, nicknamed Isla del Meridiano (the “Meridian Island”), is a Spanish island. It is the smallest and furthest south and west of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. It is situated at 27°45′ north, 18°00′ west.

History of El Hierro Island from Spanish Holidays Canary Islands

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El Hierro Island

The name of the island is derived from the Guanche language toponym Hero, which by the process of folk-etymology was transformed into “Hierro,” meaning “iron” in Spanish, due to its similarity to that word. Thus, Ferro (Latin ferrum, “iron”) was and is used as an alternative name for the island.

Most likely “hero” is the original name of what we to-day call a “cistern”, due to the way the bimbaches saved water from trees. It is the name for the island in other languages, including French, German, and Danish.

Pliny the Elder, who used Juba II as his source, names a series of Canary Islands, and it is believed that his Capraria may have been Hierro.

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El Hierro Island

The ancient natives of the island, called bimbaches, were conquered by Jean de Béthencourt -more through the process of negotiation than by military action.

Béthencourt had as his ally and negotiator Augeron, brother of the island’s native monarch.

Augeron had been captured years previously by the Europeans and now served as mediator between the Europeans and the Guanches.

In return for control over the island, Béthencourt promised to respect the liberty of the natives, but he eventually broke his promise, selling many of the bimbaches into slavery.

Many Frenchmen and Galicians subsequently settled on the island. There was a revolt of the natives against the harsh treatment of the governor Lázaro Vizcaíno, but it was suppressed.

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Cottages and various other Accommodation to Rent on El Hierro Island.on the Canary Islands in Spain.

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San Francisco De Asis, Urb Marina, San Fulgencio, 03177, Alicante, Spain