The only Canarian capital not located by the sea
Situated in the north east of El Hierro, the town of Valverde is the social, administrative and religious centre of the island and was founded at the end of the 15th Century, during the initial stages of the conquest of the Canaries. Before gaining political independence in the 19th Century, it belonged to the Counts of La Gomera. Much of the town’s original Canarian architecture was unfortunately severely damaged during a terrible fire in 1899.
Churches, sculptures and typical Canarian architecture
A walk through the quiet streets of Valverde offers visitors the chance to see the church of Santa María de la Concepción, built in the 18th Century. As well as a period carving of the Virgin it also contains the Cristo de la Columna, a Genoese sculpture of huge artistic interest. Opposite the church you’ll find the town hall, a beautiful example of traditional Canarian architecture. Located nearby are the natural pools of Tamaduste, one of the best places on the island to enjoy the sea.