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The inhabited large island of El Hierro (local name Isla de El Hierro) is part of (the island group) Canary Islands and is located in the country of Spain, Southern Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 474.2 km. The nearest (main) land is Marocco and is not the country to which the island belongs. The surface-area of the island is 268.6 km2 and is therefore 0.707 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean and the total coastal length is about 105 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 33 km by 15 km (maximum width). The island is Southwest - Northeast oriented. The highest point is 1501 meter and is named Vulkaan Pico de Malpaso. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 27.75 (27°44'46.7916), -18.01 (-18°0'24.2856).


The population is 10960 and the population density is thus on 40.97 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Valverde (located in the North-northeast of the island). Other places on the island are: El Pinar (ZZO). The island is located in the West-southwest of the country Spain. It is located in the administrative unit Autonomous Community Canary Islands (local administrative level-name Comunidad autónoma), in the Province Santa Cruz de Tenerife (local administrative level-name Provincia). Direct neighboring islands of El Hierro are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) La Gomera Located 61.3 km NorthNorthEast of the island.
2) La Palma Located 67.3 km East of the island.
3) Tenerife Located 110.7 km NorthNorthEast of the island.
4) Gran Canaria Located 202.1 km North of the island.
5) Fuerteventura Located 333.1 km North of the island.
6) Lanzarote Located 409.6 km NorthNorthEast of the island.
7) Isla de Lobos Located 410.5 km NorthNorthEast of the island.
8) Graciosa Located 452.3 km NorthNorthEast of the island.
9) Montaña Clara Located 455.4 km NorthNorthEast of the island.
10) Alegranza Located 460.1 km NorthNorthEast of the island.
11) Ilhas Desertas Located 524 km EastNorthEast of the island.
12) Ilhas Desertas Located 531.1 km EastNorthEast of the island.
13) Madeira Located 538.6 km East of the island.
14) Ilhas Desertas Located 540.7 km EastNorthEast of the island.
15) Santa Maria Located 1203.7 km EastSouthEast of the island.
16) São Miguel Located 1286.5 km EastSouthEast of the island.
17) Ilhéu de Vila Franca Located 1296.2 km EastSouthEast of the island.
18) Terceira Located 1464.3 km EastSouthEast of the island.
19) Perejil Island Located 1479.6 km NorthEast of the island.
20) São Jorge Located 1492.4 km SouthEast of the island.
21) Pico Located 1496.6 km SouthEast of the island.
22) Peñon de Vélez de la Gomera Located 1523.9 km NorthEast of the island.
23) Faial Located 1539.6 km SouthEast of the island.
24) Graciosa Located 1543.3 km SouthEast of the island.
25) Peñon de Alhucemas Located 1559.1 km NorthEast of the island.

There is a ferry connection for cars to the mainland. For pedestrians, there is a ferry connection to the mainland also. Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.
The source material on the island consists of vulcanic. The land use on the island of El Hierro consists of Sand - Rock 18.7 km2 (7%), wood 19.5 km2 (7%), nature 130.1 km2 (48%), and agriculture 87.6 km2 (33%), Special is that the island also prevent vineyards (5.8 km2 - 2%).


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