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A Journey to the end of the World, or to Punta de Orchilla


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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
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Amazing boat excursion to the Archipiélago Chinijo marine reserve
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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
Relish the thrill and views of El Faro La Entallada, in Fuerteventura
Menceyes and our Lady of Candelaria, in Tenerife
The Wine Run Lanzarote: food, wine and scenery
Experience the beauty of the pink caves of Puertito de Los Molinos
A Saturday in the beautiful village of Haría, Lanzarote
A must do in Fuerteventura – Picnic in the dunes of Corralejo
Playa San Juan in Tenerife, a charming place
A walk along the El Golfo ridge, El Hierro
The five best places to eat in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura
A cup of coffee at Casa José Saramago, Lanzarote
Why Forestal Park is One of the Best Experiences in Tenerife
San Sebastián, the high part of Santa Cruz de La Palma
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A walk from San Andrés to Hoya del Morcillo, El Hierro
Enjoyment for the active traveller – Climb the Volcanic Mount Roja
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How to Enjoy a Stunning Walk in Tenerife from Playa San Juan to Los Gigantes
Tazacorte, in La Palma: more than just a sun trap
Art, Architecture and Frogs in Gran Canaria's Garden City
Carnival time on El Hierro
One of the best family days out in Fuerteventura
Journey to another planet at Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote
From the sea to the sky, a circular drive in South Tenerife
A journey through La Palma’s plant world
Los Carneros de Tigaday, El Hierro
Relaxing Weekend staying in the picture perfect beaches of El Cotillo – Fuerteventura
Lanzarote’s southwest coastline: where ocean meets lava
How to Enjoy North Tenerife and Wine Tasting in One Amazing Trip
A trip around La Palma’s south coast
The Quiet South Gran Canaria Beach With Two Names
What to explore, How to get there and where to stay in San Sebastian the capital of La Gomera.
Relax by the sea in El Tamaduste
The best olive oil in Fuerteventura – Verde Aurora Bio Farm
Hiking in La Geria: a bird’s eye view of the volcanoes
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El Tablado, La Palma’s remotest settlement
Swimming And Snorkelling At El Puertillo in North Gran Canaria
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A tour around El Hierro’s “Mirador’s”
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How to Enjoy an Easy Adventure from Puerto del Carmen to Puerto Calero
A walk across Llano de Las Cuevas in La Palma
How to Enjoy a Superb Luxury Sailing Trip in Tenerife
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11 Apr 2016

The other day I managed to persuade my husband that it was time we went back down to see what in olden days was classed as “the end of the world”.

We left Valverde and took the winding road up past the new windmills and hydroelectric system, past the tiny village of Tiñor, to the village of San Andres. Passing through this quiet village we travelled to the turn off for La Restinga and El Pinar.At the roundabout we admired the colour of the wild flowers in the adjacent fields, yellows, blues, purples, white and lots of red poppies glistening in the sunlight. We couldn’t park for all the other vehicles that had stopped to admire this glorious scene. On this plateau the glorious green fields and dry stone volcanic walls looked quite spectacular in the afternoon sun and the cattle all seemed content munching away on the fresh grass.

San Andrés

We continued onto the Canarian Pine forests and then dropped down past the Almond trees to the second turn off for El Julan. Here we meandered our way along through the forest admiring precipitous drops down many of the Barrancos (flood drainage ditches) magnificent views of the coast. In places the road took you round hairpin bends before climbing again, to descend again a few miles later. On this route the drops are mostly on the left hand side of the road. I would recommend that you stick to the 40 kilometres an hour speed limit. There are numerous places to stop to take photographs of the unique countryside. We stopped at the Mirador de El Julan to admire the view down onto the coast. We could see the area known as Los Letreros and watched the afternoon Landover excursion, to this site wind its way back up the dirt road back to the visitor centre at El Julan. We eventually reached the cross roads which took us left towards Faro de Orchilla.

Mirador de El Julan

This road crosses over a number of cattle grids as we again dropped down towards the coast. The countryside here changes from being forested to more open scrub land with a few trees. Down below the rugged coastline is volcanic. As you descend you get the odd glimpse of the lighthouse or Faro de Orchilla set against the volcano craters which line the coast. There are believed to be over 1,000 volcanic cones on the Island.

Eventually you reach the turn of for Punta de Orchilla/Faro de Orchilla. The road very quickly becomes a dirt track and as we slowly meandered our way down towards the lighthouse we left clouds of dust in our wake. We dodged the odd volcanic rock in the road and passed a few vehicles both large and small. I have to say I wouldn’t have wanted to be driving a motorhome along this route.

Vista Faro de Orchilla

As we dropped down you could feel the temperature rising in the bright afternoon sunshine and we kept stopping to admire the views.

As the track levels out with volcanic crates in front of you which completely block the lighthouse from view we parked up in the car park. I then walked down the rutted dirt track to a monument which marks the original Zero Meridian (you can if you wish drive down in a 4 x 4 vehicle).

Why may you ask is there a monument to the Zero Meridian at this location, when everyone knows that the zero meridian is at Greenwich, London.

Many of the Islands in the Canarian Archipelago are referred to locally by other names and El Hierro is no exception. We are also called The Meridian Island (Isla del Meridiano). 

The reason for this goes back to the second century when Ptolemy decided that the Zero Meridian would be on the most westerly part of the then known world at Punta de Orchilla. One has to remember in those days it was believed that the world was flat and that if you travelled any further you would fall of the end.

The Zero Meridian remained here until 1883 when it was moved to his current location in Greenwich, London. Even today over 1600 years later some of the locals still claim that it was stolen by Greenwich and should be brought back to the Island.

After returning to the car we drove the last kilometre to the car park at the Faro de Orchilla. We had reached the most south westerly corner of Spain. It can be a bleak place when the wind and rain blows in from the Atlantic, but on a bright sunny day the backdrop changes hourly with the different light and is quite magnificent.

The Faro is unmanned and works automatically and is quite a substantial building. There is talk of the local government opening a visitor centre here.

Zero Meridian

For our return journey we retraced our steps back along the dirt track to the road before turning left to travel to El Golfo.

The road winds down what appear to be sheer volcanic rock faces, down to the coast. As you descend you can’t but help notice the gnarled and withered Sabine trees which have been battered by the Atlantic winds. They form beautiful weird shapes, the fresh green growth appearing on only one side of the tree, giving the impression as you pass that they are dead. As the coast gets nearer the track has some lovely hairpin bends with drops in places on either side of the road. In the past it seems to be a conversation stopper as everyone holds their breath as you cross one of the ravines.

Before long you are down on the coast travelling along past Arenas Blancas and Pozo de Salud.

After Pozo de Salud we turned left and took the costal road across the valley of El Golfo. The road passes through the banana plantations and past fields and fields of pineapples (be careful if you stop to take photographs, the leaves are live razors).

After passing turn offs for Charco Azul and La Maceta we eventually arrived at the main road.

We turned left to travel back up through the 3km long three lane tunnel back to our start in Valverde. In total we had travelled about 85 kilometres and taken about 4 hours.

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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
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"Fototrek” an amazing annual photographic adventure in El Hierro
An incredible Whale & Dolphin watching experience in Tenerife
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Vegueta: Time Travel In Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Old Town
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