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Airport Codes:
IATA: VDE
ICAO: GCHI

Distances from El Hierro to:
Tenerife 123 km
La Gomera 90 km
Gran Canaria 247 km

Nearest Major Airports:
139 km: Tenerife North Airport (TFN)
245 km: Gran Canaria Airport  (LPA)

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El Hierro Airport Guide

El Hierro appeals most to those who want to get away from it all. It’s not blessed with beaches like the other Canary Islands but instead has lush vegetation, a result of its westerly location, and a rugged mountainous terrain great for walking and mountain biking. The coastline is perfect for diving as the biosphere status means the aquatic life is left in peace. Hotels and other accommodation there are quite basic in general but, because of its isolation, you’ll find a genuine and hearty welcome from the islanders.


El Hierro Airport Directions

Found nine kilometres northeast of Valverde, you can only get to El Hierro’s Airport by connecting from Gran Canaria or from Tenerife North Airports. A narrow road takes you from the airport to join the main HI-2 road that leads into Valverde.


El Hierro Airport Parking

The parking at El Hierro Airport is conveniently found only metres from the terminal. It has 155 spaces including a single disabled bay.


El Hierro Airport Flight Information

For UK travellers it’s best to fly into Gran Canaria as Tenerife North is more of a regional airport and has no flights from the UK. Both easyJet and Ryanair fly into Gran Canaria so expect reasonably priced flights.


Hotels Near El Hierro Airport

Most of the hotels on El Hierro are small as the island is reasonably undeveloped. For good accommodation you can choose the Casa Grande, an early 20th century mansion in its own grounds or the Casa Rural Valdevacas which is a simple guest house. Wherever you stay though, you can be assured of quality and a warm welcome.


El Hierro Time Zone

El Hierro is on Western European Time which is the same as GMT and operates Western European Summer Time which is the same as BST

El Hierro Info

El Hierro is an unspoilt isolated island, the furthest south and west of the Canaries. It’s dramatic, suffering regular earthquakes, and currently has a gentle volcanic eruption taking place. It has the largest number of volcanic cones and craters in the Canaries but almost all are dormant or extinct. The isolation of the island has led to the evolution of unique flora and fauna which has led to its recognition as a biosphere reserve.

El Hierro Trivia:
  • El Hierro is also known as the Meridian Island as it was considered the beginning of the known world and acted as the meridian before the rise of the British Empire
  • The island is very seismically active with lava emerging from fissures over the last year
  • The island is designated as a UNESCO Biosphere reserve
  • There are several interpretations of the island’s name including ‘iron’ and ‘hero’ meaning water cistern
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