El Hierro, the end of the earth, Gran Canaria, Landscapes, The Canary Islands
El Hierro, the end of the earth

El Hierro is the smallest (107mi²) and most westerly island in the Canary Islands and has managed to maintain a very natural feel.

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Gran Canaria Spain
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Gran Canaria

Crowded and touristic, Gran Canaria has such a diverse landscape that it is often compared to a miniature continent. To the west of Playa del Inglès, the island's largest seaside resort, you will find the sand dunes of Maspalomas. To the north, you will come across the region of Agaete, which is surrounded by fertile valleys ripe with fruit. Further on, perched high above a canyon, you will discover Cenobio de Valeron, a network of 200-300 caves. However, it is the Roque Nublo, which rises in the west, (a 230 ft monolith) that was a sacred place for the Guanches, the now extinct natives of the Canary Islands.

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An unspoilt coastline of sheer cliff faces, Gran Canaria, Landscapes, The Canary Islands
An unspoilt coastline of sheer cliff faces

The island may be lacking in sandy beaches but its turquoise waters, on the other hand, are great for diving.

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Gran Canaria , A great place for a beautiful stroll. , Spain
A great place for a beautiful stroll.

The flora and fauna of El Hierro are truly amazing and the landscapes spectacular.

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El Golfo, Gran Canaria, Landscapes, The Canary Islands
El Golfo

A fertile basin formed by an ancient crater.

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Gran Canaria , Ghost-like trees , Spain
Ghost-like trees

Pine trees uprooted by the sheer force of the wind.

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Gran Canaria , Time has stood still , Spain
Time has stood still

El Hierro was long home to the Meridian before Paris and later Greenwich.

© Michael Fischer
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