Year of 2017

A Turbulent History
Cave on El Hierro Island, Canary Islands, Spain

El Hierro may be the smallest and southernmost of the Canary Islands, but it packs a big story geologically. Landslides have greatly shaped the island’s topography. El Golfo, the valley just inland from this coastal cave, was created from a sizeable landslide that happened roughly 15,000 years ago. Despite all this eco-drama, El Hierro maintains a population of around 10,000 and is part of the Canary Islands’ robust tourist industry.

El Hierro, nicknamed Isla del Meridiano, is the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, with a population of 10,162. Its capital is Valverde. At 268.71 square kilometres, it is the smallest of the seven main islands of the Canaries.
Population: 10,675 (2014)
Travel tip: The volcanic island El Hierro has evolved from an ancient civilization to a prime (yet still pristine) destination for elite divers and beach lovers who crave remote beauty. The waters are calm and brimming with unusual sea life, while aboveground the landscape is peppered with ancient and twisted trees. Explore the lovely villages … @tripadvisor
Area: 103.75 sq miles (268.71 km²)
Location: Atlantic Ocean