El Hierro – outpost of individuality
Is this a holiday island without tourists, or an intact
paradise? El Hierro is very different from the other
Canary Islands – and intentionally so.
Lately I’ve arrived at this end of the world.
Correction: what used to be
the end of the world. From the lava desert where I’m standing and
gazing out to sea, it still seems very much like it. There’s not a car
nor another person anywhere in sight, just a great bank of cloud
rolling across the mountaintops. In ancient times, the world ended
beyond the Canary Isles. In 150 CE, the astronomer Ptolemy es-
tablished the prime meridian on El Hierro – the most westerly and
smallest of the isles.
Although the prime meridian was redrawn to
run through Greenwich in 1884, El Hierro is still a very special place
– an anachronism, an unruly exception to the other, uniformly tourist-overrun
islands in the Spanish archipelago. To quote the officialline of the 1996 advertising campaign, it’s
la Isla de la tranquila diferencia,the quietly different island.
And even today beeing on this outpost of individuality I feel
as if I have reached out to the worlds far most beautiful end.
The little island of appr. 100 km range and only 5500 inhabitants has caught my heart.
Nowhere else I found this many natural highlights on such little land.
Right now I am coming back from my 3rd visit within a year.
The set was taken in spring 2015 for Lufthansa magazine.