HI-500, a paved road on an active volcanic area

Located in El Hierro, the smallest and farthest south and west of the Canary Islands, Spain, in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa, HI-500 is a scenic coastal road, with dangerous drop offs.


The road is 18.0 km (11.18 miles) long, running from Sabinosa to HI-400 Road. It’s totally paved but very narrow. Some sections of HI-500 due to hazards related to the active volcanic are subject to sudden closure, and because of the dynamic nature of volcanoes, conditions can change rapidly. The rollercoaster road is in excellent condition and almost entirely empty of cars.  

The road is steep, and hairpins crazily from the sea level to 677m asl. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves and dangerous drop offs. You might want to take this into consideration if you have passengers that don't like heights. Be prepared, this road is not for the faint of heart or ill prepared. One mistake can have serious consequences.