El Hierro, a Well Kept Secret in the Canary Islands
When people think of Spain, many people tend to think of the iconic cliff sides that represent the climate as well as way of life the Spanish people have become acquainted with. It is a very warm country that features open landscapes that seem ideal for those who live the rancher way of life. However, in this case this topography is found on one of the Canary Islands called El Hierro. Here, you will find the extremely mountainous land formations that characterize many Spanish islands thanks to volcanic activity that took place many years ago. This souvenir from Spain tells part of this story.
In fact, El Hierro is the smallest of the archipielago of the Canary Islands and it is located fairly near the coast of Africa. The original history of this island is lost when the native people went under Spanish rule. They were also dominated by the Frenchmen who ventured into these territories with commercial purposes. The Bimbaches, as the original inhabitants were called, were submitted into slavery.
A Place of Nature
Today, El Hierro is a Biosphere Reserve that hosts many interesting flora and fauna. This is due to a natural diversity that is worth checking out. For example, the interior of the island is made up of distinct types of forest and an evergreen woodland that draws nature lovers from all over the world. UNESCO declared El Hierro a Biosphere Reserve in 2000. Additionally, a geologist would feast on this island as it houses 500 cones, corresponding to volcanoes, and 70 volcanic galleries. However, there is no record of recent eruption, the last one happening in the late Eigthteenth century. This piece is an excellent way not only of adding to you collection of fridge magnet but also of having a little of Spain at home.