Travel with Children

Although El Hierro lacks the theme parks and myriad organised activities of the larger Canary Islands, there’s still plenty of good, clean, healthy outdoors fun for children here. Several of the natural pools dotted around the island offer safe swimming, including La Maceta, La Caleta and wildly beautiful Charco Azul. Older children will enjoy the snorkelling and diving around La Restinga and everyone likes learning about giant lizards at La Frontera's Ecomuseo de Guinea & Lagartorio. Up on the inland plateau there are plenty of chances for youngsters to burn off excess energy on fairly gentle hiking trails and at fantastic lookout points.

Much of the island's accommodation is family-friendly (including self-catering apartments and independent casas rurales) and there's much less of a late-night social and dining scene here than elsewhere across Spain, which means kids can be off to bed early. Pavements are generally in good condition, though streets are often steep and few restaurants have baby-change facilities.