A Viewpoint in the El Golfo valley
The west of the island of El Hierro was known as the ‘end of the world’ in ancient European maps. The Bascos Viewpoint is the perfect vantage point to contemplate this rugged landscape, which has been designated a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. Its location on the top of an imposing cliff allows it to dominate the whole of the El Golfo valley, a dramatic rift valley 15 kilometres wide and up to 1,500 metres deep, caused a prehistoric landslide. On a clear day the island of La Palma is visible above the blue Atlantic.
Stop en route to the famous twisted juniper tree
The viewpoint itself is a small circle of volcanic rock, protected by railings and located on top of a precipice. The few trees in the area are tilted by the wind, and the rocks and branches are covered with multicolored lichens that give it an almost magical look, like something from a fairytale. Equally striking are the shapes and forms of El Hierro’s famous twisted juniper trees (sabinas), which are found in the communal pastures of La Dehesa, just one kilometre from the viewpoint.