Beautiful views of El Golfo from Guarazoca
From the La Peña Viewpoint in Guarazoca (in north of El Hierro), the consequences of a breath-taking prehistoric event are clearly visible: the giant landslide that occurred millions of years ago and created the El Golfo Valley. The cliffs of this huge crevice - fifteen kilometres wide and one and a half kilometres high - is covered by dense endemic vegetation. At its foot lies a volcanic plain with vineyards and orchards that ends in the blue Atlantic. From La Peña you can also admire the unspoilt Salmor rocks, a sanctuary for El Hierro's giant native lizards.
A César Manrique-designed viewpoint in El Hierro
The viewpoint building itself is an absolute jewel designed by César Manrique, the great Canarian architect who devoted his life to creating organic spaces. In La Peña, Manrique used numerous plants, large windows and masonry ceilings to create a cosy and cool atmosphere. Inside, visitors can enjoy the exclusive Mirador de la Peña restaurant, with its extensive menu of Canarian dishes using products such as pineapples and excellent fresh fish produced in this island, which has been declared a Unesco Biosphere Reserve.
Special Nature Reserve