Getting there & away
El Hierro’s spiffy new Puerto de la Estaca, built courtesy of the European Union, gets little traffic. The Fred Olsen (922 62 82 00; www.fredolsen.es) ferry (€47, two hours) runs between Los Cristianos in Tenerife and El Hierro. It arrives at 12:30pm and departs at 4pm every day, except Saturday.
Specialising in cargo though also accepting passengers, Naviera Armas (922 55 09 05; www.naviera-armas.com; Muelle de la Estaca s/n) makes sporadic trips to Tenerife (€22, twice weekly), La Palma (€22, weekly) and La Gomera (€17, weekly). The prices are good, but the travel times are inconvenient, with frequent middle-of-the-night arrivals and departures.
The island’s small airport (922 55 37 00) is 12km outside Valverde. Interisland airways Binter Canarias (902 39 13 92; www.binternet.com) connect El Hierro to the archipelago with 46 flights a week to Tenerife, 20 to Gran Canaria and four to La Palma. At the airport you’ll find car-rental offices, a bar and a shop selling maps and local products.