The Canary island of El Hierro

Thursday, 21 May 2015 - 01:00 pm (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
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Valverde © Mataparda/cc-by-3.0

Valverde © Mataparda/cc-by-3.0

El Hierro, nicknamed Isla del Meridiano (the “Meridian Island”), is the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands (an Autonomous Community of Spain), in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, with a population of 11,000.

In 2000, El Hierro was designated by UNESCO as a Biosphere Reserve, with 60% of its territory protected to preserve its natural and cultural diversity. Like the rest of the Canary Islands chain, El Hierro is sharply mountainous and volcanic, only one eruption has ever been recorded on the island from the Volcan de Lomo Negro vent in 1793. The eruption lasted a month.

La Restinga © Tbachner/cc-by-3.0 Sabinosa © flickr.com - Mataparda/cc-by-2.0 Mirador de la Peña © Mataparda/cc-by-3.0 Lighthouse 'Faro de Orchilla' © Marcus Stöckl/cc-by-sa-3.0 Virgen de los Reyes © flickr.com - barraquito/cc-by-sa-2.0 Valverde © Mataparda/cc-by-3.0
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Lighthouse 'Faro de Orchilla' © Marcus Stöckl/cc-by-sa-3.0
Like all of the Canary Islands, El Hierro is a tourist destination. It is served by a small airport, El Hierro Airport at Valverde and a ferry terminal, both of which connect to Tenerife. The island is part of the province of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, and includes three municipalities Frontera, Valverde and El Pinar.

The closed-loop hybrid wind/hydro system, to be tested by the end of 2013, is expected to save approximately US$4M per year (calculated with January 2011 oil prices) currently spent on about 40,000 barrels of crude oil imported annually, and will make the island completely self-sufficient for electrical energy. As of May 2014, the island has become completely self-sufficient for electrical energy.

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