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El Hierro, Canary Islands Travel Information

According to hyperrestaurant, El Hierro (Ferro) is an island in the Atlantic Ocean (Africa) that is part of the Canary Islands. The Canary Islands are one of the autonomous regions of Spain. The capital of El Hierro is Valverde. Another great place on El Hierro is Frontera.

El Hierro is one of the smallest islands of the Canary Islands. The island is very mountainous and there are also many cliffs. The highest point of the island is the Malpaso with an altitude of 1500 meters. Due to the difficult accessibility and the lack of sandy beaches, the island has little tourism. The island is full of untouched nature and there is no sign of industry. The entire island is powered by green energy. The tourists who do visit the island often come from Tenerife. See ezinesports for Africa demographic structure.

Where is El Hierro located?

Travel information of El Hierro

Official name: El Hierro
Continent: Europe (politics) and Africa (location)
Area: 287 km²
Capital: Valverde
Country code: ES, ESP
Population: 10,587 inhabitants (2016)
Form of government: Constitutional monarchy
Highest point: 1,500 m (Pico de Malpaso)
Distance (Amsterdam – Valverde): 3,324 km
Flight time: approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes

Travel advice
Current status: No special security risks.
Current color code: Green.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place at El Hierro that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of El Hierro, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to El Hierro. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about El Hierro?

Weather and climate
El Hierro has a subtropical climate. The temperatures are an average of 18 degrees in winter and an average of 23 degrees in summer.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for El Hierro can be found on our extensive weather page.
Extensive information about the climate of El Hierro can be found at Climate info.

Best time
May, June and September are the best months to travel to El Hierro. This avoids mass tourism from the Spanish mainland and the chance of precipitation.

Spanish is the official language on El Hierro. In addition, a lot of English is spoken because of tourism.
Would you like to translate from or into Spanish for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a valid identity card or passport.
A visa is not necessary.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Spain: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Dutch consulate on Tenerife (also for El-Hierro):
Spanish Embassy in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
Spanish consulates in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
You do not need any vaccinations for a visit to El Hierro.

Money and Currency
On El Hierro you pay with the euro (EUR)
An overview of all ATMs on El Hierro can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
The prices on El Hierro are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -38% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (42% cheaper), food (35% cheaper), imported beer in catering (55% cheaper), cigarettes (51% cheaper) and public transport (59% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

On El Hierro it is customary to tip. In most hotels and restaurants, a service charge is added to the bill. If this is not yet the case, the tip is approximately 10%.

Time difference
On El Hierro it is 1 hour earlier than in the Netherlands.
Summer time on El Hierro is the same as in the Netherlands.
Find the local time, date and time zone in El Hierro on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On El Hierro you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on El Hierro.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within El Hierro.

On El Hierro you may need a travel plug in some cases.
More information about common plugs and sockets on El Hierro can be found on our electricity page (under Canary Islands).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112

Tap water
The water from the tap is slightly chlorinated and can therefore cause stomach and intestinal complaints.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to El Hierro can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from El Hierro can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from El Hierro end in.es.
Official websites of El Hierro: elhierro.es and hallocanarischeeilanden.com.

The country code (international access code) to call someone on El Hierro is 0034 or +34.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from El Hierro? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the El Hierro Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of El Hierro.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of El Hierro.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos of El Hierro.

Holidays and school holidays
An overview of all holidays on El Hierro can be found on Lonely Planet.
You will find an overview of all school holidays in the Canary Islands (El Hierro) in the Eurydice school guide.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on El Hierro, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on El Hierro can be found on Protected Planet.
El Hierro is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to El Hierro? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business in or do business with El Hierro, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On PaulSourcing.com you will find a large amount of information about El Hierro, including: opportunities, import and export rules, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, product requirements, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to El Hierro.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5 (0.3 for novice drivers up to 2 years old).
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed

Did you know that…
…El Hierro has almost no sandy beaches?
…El Hierro receives the fewest tourists of all the Spanish islands?
…Naturism is not allowed on El Hierro?
…In the past 1/3rd part of El Hierro was broken off during an earthquake?

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