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A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro


Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
www.hellocanaryislands.com
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20 Mar 2017

This trip takes in the road which runs from near Las Puntas to Pozo de la Salud (HI550 & HI551).As I turned right of the main road there a few houses and a few apartments such as Finca Wapa. 

Soon after I turned right again, down to La Maceta. I parked in one of the many parking spaces and walked to the wooden fencing going the length of the footpath. To the right is the end of the walk from Las Puntas and a little kiosk which serves food and drinks. To the left is a Bar Restaurant which had recently re-opened and is now called Sunset La Maceta. There is an outdoor lounge area were you can enjoy a number of exotic cocktails as you watch the sunset. Below me were a number of natural swimming pools, protected from the Atlantic currents. I walked to my left and took the path down to the pools. As you walk down it takes you into a barbeque area. You have to walk down through the right hands side area to reach the newly renovated paved and concrete bathing area. To the right is a natural arch which when I stepped down under the arch you get a spectacular view across to Roques de Salmor. The sea was crystal clear and different shades of blue. Although the day was bright and sunny and a lovely 22º C I decided against having a swim with some of the locals who had been brave enough to venture into the water.

La Maceta

La Maceta

Back in the car I drove the short distance back onto the coast road and took a right turn. Within a few minutes I took the next right hand turn which takes you down to Charco Los Sargos. 
Having parked next to the currently unused bar/cafeteria I walked down the lava cobbled path with views again across to Roques de Salmor. The fencing either side of the path is strong and sturdy, but the path is uneven. I descended down the steps towards the sea.  You are spoilt for choice as you get near the sea, as there are a number of different areas down to the water. I went down the first set into what appeared like a narrow tunnel with a gentle lapping tide against rocks that had been worn smooth. As I explored further I descended a longer set of steps into a larger natural pool with walls of well-worn smooth lava tubes which are quite beautiful.

Charco Los Sargos

The pool leads into a small cave and across to a volcanic arch way. The water is crystal clear and a beautiful blue. Time just seemed to drift by as I took in the different shapes and colours of the rocks. For the more adventurous just before you start to climb back up the steps a dirt track leads of the left which leads down towards rock beaches and are mainly used by local fishermen to access more isolated lucrative fishing spots further along the coast. I then returned to the car to explore the coastal road further.

Charco Los Sargos

A right turn took me back to the road towards Pozo de La Salud.You pass fields and fields of fresh pineapples, but if you stop, don’t get too close. The leaves are like razor blades! There are also plantations of Canarian bananas. You then climb a little to a brow of a hill and the landscape become more volcanic. 

After a few minutes you see the sign for Charco Azul.A very sharp right hand turn leads onto a narrow road which meanders down to the carpark. The path then descends for quite a while and includes over 100 steps down to the water’s edge. There is a handrail most of the way down. There are a number of viewpoints as you make your journey towards the clear blue sea. To the left is an area called Charco Los Mimbres which has another natural pool, although quite small with another volcanic archway behind.

Charco Los Mimbres

As I scrambled across the smooth pebbles and rocks for a closer look the rock formation to my right was quite spectacular. I suspected the tide was coming in, so made my way back onto the path and down to Charco Azul. The pool was a turquoise blue and completely still. Under the archway the low tide made access to the water’s edge quite easy. The sun was catching the water and crabs and small fish were darting around in the pool. Three Portuguese man o' war floated happily trailing their tentacles behind them. (Many wrongly class these as jellyfish, but they are not). The waves then started breaking over the natural breakwater breaking the mesmerizing spell of the reflections. As I left the pool and climbed the few steps the local council has built a number of timber sunbathing platforms. It’s then quite a hike back up to the carpark, but as this is El Hierro no one is in any rush.

Charco azul

Charco azul

My adventure continues along the costal road with its twists and turns towards Pozo de La Salud. As I go down the last hill towards the junction Sabinosa and Pozo de La Salud there is one last minor road to my right. This is sign posted, La Laja. 

La laja

 

It’s about 100 yards to the car park. There looks to be a track to my right, but that as a quite clear yellow and white cross marked on the rocks, and indication that this isn’t a path. The path, well steps are to my left, all 142 of them!

La laja

These though are very level, shallow and well maintained and the distance to the shore line is not much different to that at La Maceta.There is a viewpoint or sunbathing area after a few yards.

As you reach the bottom of the steps it opens up into a cave, laid out with tables, benches and tree stumps for seats. To the left is an area for barbequing, a passion of the locals. The tide was still quite low and I could see a path leading to my right. It’s about 1 yard wide, with water either side which leads round to a horseshoe cove and natural pool which goes back into another cave. The backdrop of volcanic rock formations is beautiful and very colourful. As the sea tried to crash over the path I retreated to safer ground. 

Of the coves and swimming area’s I’ve described, not one of them has a sandy beach. From La Laja you could see the sun shining on the small beach at Playa Arenas Blancas.But who needs a beach when all have sunbathing areas and access to the ocean, and spectacular views.

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Highlights
How to Enjoy Carnival on Tenerife
Deserted beach and abandoned salt pans in Lanzarote
La Palma: A Heaven for Stargazing
Experience participating in Transgrancanaria
A Road Trip Around the North of Fuerteventura
A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla
Diversity on the rocks: Hundreds of unique species
La Gomera, the romantic getaway
Following a Tapas Route on Tenerife
Enjoy a trek to the highest point in Lanzarote
Fiesta de la Cruz on La Palma
Gran Canaria’s Other Rock: Sacred Roque Bentayga
A day in the outback of Fuerteventura
Walking to the Beautiful Valley on La Gomera
"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
The secret white sand beaches of Lanzarote
On the sunny side: Los Llanos de Aridane
Exploring South Fuerteventura by Car
The Best Bit of Las Canteras Beach is Underwater
La Gomera, lush and beautiful
Paragliding above the valley of El Hierro. What an experience!
Three ways to enjoy Teide in Tenerife
Tasting Lanzarote: Cosecha 2015
La Palma, a taste of the tropics
Jardín Canario Viera y Clavijo, one of the highlights of Gran Canaria
From a Magic Spring to a Secret Lake, Five Curiosities on La Gomera
Jinama and Charco Azul
Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
Lanzarote sunrises
La Palma: a Treasure Trove of landscapes in One Island
Viewpoint Mirador de la Peña, the smallest hotel of the world and the giant lizard
A Hike Around Gran Canaria's Volcanic Hotspot
Fuerteventura, Strong Wind
La Gomera: A day visiting dolphins and whales
Lanzarote fishing: Fresh fish for lunch
Exploring the Historic Centre of La Laguna
“Ruta de la Tapa” in Valverde
Driving the Las Mimbreras road
Discover the Beautiful North of Lanzarote by Car
Excursion to the Isla de Lobos
La Gomera – a rural tourism paradise
Festival of La Bajada de la Virgen de los Reyes
A morning in Santa Cruz de La Palma
The water route, Valverde and the Bonanza rock
Exploring the San Juan Volcano
Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
Why You Don’t Want to Miss Out on Trekking Masca in Tenerife
Experience Tinajo: Rural traditions and breathtaking natural beauty
A lovely stroll around Villa de Valverde
A Spring Tour Of Gran Canaria
Through the back roads of El Paso
Relaxation and wellbeing, enjoying Lanzarote´s natural treasures
A trip along the coast of El Golfo, El Hierro
Exploring the Highs and Lows of Puerto de Mogán
Why You Will Absolutely Love Exploring Amazing La Graciosa
The Wild North of La Palma
Tenerife, best locations and the British favourite hotspots
Enjoy the best of Lanzarote at Noches de Jameos
www.hellocanaryislands.com