Traditional architecture of El Hierro
In the north of El Hierro you will come across one of the most charming hamlets in the island for its unique characteristics. This charm comes from way the houses were built, known locally in El Hierro as “casas pajeras” (straw houses) with walls of bare volcanic rock and thatched roofs made from bundles of rye. The ethnographic value of Pozo de las Calcosas is without doubt; it is an open air museum showcasing the architectural traditions of El Hierro.
A hamlet to spend the summer by the sea
Pozo de las Calcosas has another interesting feature: it’s the destination of choice for many of the residents of the nearby town of El Mocanal to spend their summer. Situated on the rugged northern coastline of El Hierro, access is via a winding pathway. In recent years efforts have been made to maintain the integrity of all the local houses - a stroll through the hamlet’s narrow streets is to live a part of El Hierro's history.