El Hierro is perhaps best known as a scuba-diving destination, with La Restinga at its epicentre, but there's also outstanding hiking across the island. Other popular activities include splashing around in natural volcanic-rock pools, touring a growing number of wineries and the odd spot of yoga and meditation.
Hiking on El Hierro
El Hierro bursts with scenic hiking trails, many of them fairly gentle and family-friendly (but nonetheless impressive), though there are also a few very demanding (and rewarding) walks. Routes are either long-distance GR trails (marked with red-and-white signs), 10km-plus PR trails (marked in yellow and white), or short local SL trails (marked in green and white). Valverde's tourist office offers hiking tips and has a basic map outlining routes and distances, though it's best to come armed with a detailed guide such as Walking on La Gomera & El Hierro (Cicerone; 2016).
The island's best-known path is the 27km Camino de la Virgen, stretching from the Ermita de Nuestra Señora de los Reyes to Valverde (eight hours); this ancient trail is walked by thousands during the Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes and can be tackled in stages. Other challenging walks include the thigh-burning 3.8km Camino de Isora between the Mirador de Isora and Las Playas (two hours); the historical 4.4km cliff-traversing Camino de Jinama between La Frontera and the Mirador de Jinama (2½ hours); and the climb up to the Fuente de Mencáfete (a branch of the PREH1, in the island's west).