El Hierro, nicknamed the "Meridian Island" (Isla del Meridiano), is the smallest and farthest west and south of the Canary Islands (Autonomous Community of Spain), off the coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, with a population of 10,160 people (2003 census). Its capital is the city of Valverde. At 268.71 km2 (103.75 ml2), El Hierro is the smallest of the 7 main islands of the Canaries.
El Hierro Island is home to unique species, such as the endangered El Hierro giant lizard (Gallotia simonyi): there is a breeding programme for it, allowing its reintroduction. Island's interior contains pine forest, thermophilous juniper forest and evergreen woodlands. In 2000, El Hierro was designated as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, with 60% of its territory protected in order to preserve natural and cultural diversity. It is notable that among cetaceans in these waters, several species of less known beaked whales were confirmed to inhabit around El Hierro Island.
Like the rest of Canary Islands chain, the island of El Hierro is mountainous and volcanic but, forunately, only one eruption has ever been recorded from Volcan de Lomo Negro vent (1793), an eruption which lasted a whole month.
Like all of the Canaries, El Hierro is a popular tourist destination. The island is served by a ferry terminal at Puerto de la Estaca, as well as by El Hierro Airport at Valverde, both of which connecting to Tenerife. Though El Hierro Island has a Parador (Spanish hotel owned and administered by the government), general hotel accommodations are in small family enterprises. Due to its status as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, the island has limited construction to less than 50% of its total surface and buildings to 2 floors, maintaining its traditional look more than the other 6 major Canary Islands.
Highlights: Valverde, volcanic pyramids, vineyards
El Hierro cruise terminal
Cruise ships to El Hierro Island dock (anchor) at Valverde - port town on the northeastern coast.
The El Hierro cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near El Hierro, Canary Islands.
If you lose the El Hierro location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port El Hierro cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from El Hierro, Canary Islands. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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11 January, 2017