La Frontera, Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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Flag of Frontera
Coat of arms of Frontera
Coat of arms
Location of Frontera
Coordinates: 27°45′0″N 18°1′0″W / 27.75000°N 18.01667°W / 27.75000; -18.01667Coordinates: 27°45′0″N 18°1′0″W / 27.75000°N 18.01667°W / 27.75000; -18.01667
Country  Spain
Autonomous community  Canary Islands
Province  Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Island  El Hierro
 • Total 84.20 km2 (32.51 sq mi)
Elevation[1] 300 m (1,000 ft)
Population (2009)[2]
 • Total 4,009
 • Density 48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Postal code E-38911
Climate BSh

La Frontera (Spanish for "the border") is a municipality in the northwestern part of the island El Hierro, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. In 2007, the southern part of the territory of La Frontera was split off to form the new municipality of El Pinar.

Sites of interest[edit]

  • Punta de la Orchilla - a lighthouse situated in the west of the municipality. The lighthouse was first constructed to represent the old meridian. It used to mark the meridian line or the 0 degree-line at the lighthouse which was put by the French in 1634. Many 16th and 17th century maps had the prime meridian at Punta de la Orchilla. In 1884 the International Meridian Conference agreed to use the meridian of Greenwich as the standard prime meridian. Before the meridian change, El Hierro was known as Isla del Meridiano (Meridian Island).
  • La Dehesa - here is the hermitage of the Virgen de los Reyes, patron saint of the island of El Hierro

Historical population[edit]

Lighthouse of Orchilla
Virgen de los Reyes hermitage
Phoenicean Juniper (Juniperus phoenicea) at El Sabinar, El Hierro, Canary Islands (Spain)
Mirador de la Peña, El Hierro
Year Population
1991 3,612
1996 4,409
2001 4,455
2002 5,359
2003 5,435
2004 5,231
2013 4,058

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "SUPERFICIE, PERÍMETRO Y ALTITUD DE LOS MUNICIPIOS DE CANARIAS." (in Spanish). Instituto Canario de Estadística (ISTAC). 
  2. ^ "Población en Canarias. El Hierro. 1-1-2009." (in Spanish). Instituto Canario de Estadística (ISTAC). 

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