눉La Brujita, Frontera
Poor/non-existent communication, with apartment and Booking.com
No Welcome pack
Mispresenting in advertising Internet Connectivity
Satellite TV, dubbed very old series of “The Big Bang Theory” NCIS etc.
My wife and I have been holidaying in the Canary Islands since the mid 70’s over that time visiting nearly all of them, last year had a great time in La Palma, so this year we thought that we would go to El Hierro.
Traveling to El Hierro from the United Kingdom is far from easy, requiring a lot of planning different modes of transfer, Airplane, Taxi, Ferry and finally Hire Car.
Day 1, required us leaving our Hotel in Birmingham at 02.45 in the morning, arriving in El Hierro at 20.30 in the evening, all the various transfers etc. had gone brilliantly up to this point!
Arrival at the Port, went to Car Hire company, as usual under maned after a long wait got the keys to our car from the Cicar reception desk, being told that it had a quarter of a tank of fuel and that it had to be returned with the same amount, fuel warning light came on as we left the Port!
The journey to the Apartment’s was interesting with directions being very sparse and the only reason we got to the La Brujita Apartment was that a very kind Lady at the Petrol Station insisted we followed her as we could not communicate the directions due to neither of us speaking each other’s language! A satellite navigation App would have been a great investment!
Once I had booked the Apartment at La Brujita, Frontera, El Hierro, sent numerous emails via Booking.com to ask questions about the Apartment and to state our arrival time. No responses, so we had a certain amount of trepidation about what we would be greeted by upon arrival, well let me tell you: -
Car Park, nine apartments!
눇La Brujita, Frontera, El Hierro Canary Islands Spain.
As a destination El Hierro is one of the smallest Canary Islands, not mentioned by usual visitors to the area. Thank goodness it has not yet attracted the “Sleazy Jet Brigade”! No; MacDonald’s, Costa Coffee, Golden Sandy Beaches to lay-on, Two-for-One Beer Offers, all day Full English Breakfast, Night Clubs or Stag/Hen Weekends! El Hierro is for the traveler who wants to explore, walk in the mountains embrace the local culture, relax and soak-up the tranquil atmosphere.
No one speaks English, so a translation App would be great investment, especially when in restaurants etc.
The majority of the people are very friendly, a great example was when in the Petrol Station asking the Attendant directions, he could not give a dam! However, we were saved by a very kind lady who insisted we followed her and drove us up the mountain to our apartment complex! A lesson/suggestion would be to invest in a Satellite Navigation App!
Great value, as due to the non-commercialisation you are paying local prices for everything, not premium tourist prices.
During our visit at the beginning of September the temperature was very pleasant, sunny 28 degrees, a little bit warmer that an English Summer.
Car Hire is a must if you want to see the island, as during our stay did not see any Public Transport. Roads are generally good, mainly due to the massive infrastructure investment in the 1960’s, hardly any traffic!
El Hierro is one of the smaller Canary Islands and the most vertical, with a lot of the roads being very narrow and ascending very steeply, if one has any vertigo these roads will be challenging especially when considering local large trucks also use these roads! Personal experience!
Views and vistas are spectacular and viewing areas well maintained, it seemed that all points of interest and viewing areas had free Wi-Fi advertised.