La Graciosa: the eighth island of the Canary archipelago
Although it has not been officially recognized as such, we can state that La Graciosa is the eighth largest island of the Canary Islands, underpopulated due its reduced dimensions, but with its inhabitants proud of their origins on this corner of paradise of the size of just 29.05 km².
Located in front of the north coast of Lanzarote, La Graciosa is part of the Chinijo archipelago, a group of very small islands of which La Graciosa is the largest and is the only inhabited one.
There are only two settlements: Pedro Barba and Caleta de Sebo. The first is on the north and it is almost completely uninhabited, just with few houses close to the coast.
Caleta del Sebo is the main core, where we find the important services of the island, houses, shops and the harbour.
The rest of the island is completely uninhabited and wild, an ideal place to break away from the routine and immerse yourself in a state of deep relaxation.
How to get
First of all, you must reach the north of Lanzarote, more precisely the port of Orzola. From here there are two ferry companies that take you directly to La Graciosa:
If you click on the company name you can see the departure times from the port of Orzola and Caleta de Sebo.
- For adults: 20 euros
- For child (under 12 years): 11 euros
- Canary resident: 10 euros
Getting around in La Graciosa
Crossing the sea tongue called El Rio that separates Lanzarote from the Graciosa, you will soon notice that this island is a true paradise. The light blue turquoise color of the sea has nothing to envy to the Caribbean, and the whole island enjoys calm and peace.
There are several paths across the island and you can visit La Graciosa in different ways, depending on your physical preparation !
If you are trekking enthusiasts and enjoy walking a lot, you can visit this lovely island by following some routes that take you to the different beaches.
If you don’t want to walk and want to be independent, this is the option for you. As soon as you get to Caleta del Sebo you will notice several shops where they rent bicycles for a price around 10 euros a day.
You will immediately notice that at La Graciosa there are no roads with asphalt: the reason is to preserve its nature.
That’s why you can’t bring your own car to visit the island.
If you aren’t used to walking a lot or to use a bike, you can contact one of the Taxi Jeep in Caleta del Sebo. For a price of around 20 euros you will be carried back and forth from a beach of your choice.
Where to eat
As I said before, Caleta del Sebo is the only core of the island and for this reason only here you can buy food in a Bakery, or stop at a typical restaurant and enjoy what the kitchen offers!
Since it’s all fresh food, you will find a daily updated menu with available dishes!
The most beautiful beaches
All the beaches of Graciosa are wonderful but my favorite is Playa de las Conchas.
Located on the opposite side of the island from Caleta del Sebo, Playa de las Conchas is a small piece of paradise on Earth. After about 40 minutes by bike from the port, or an hour and a half walking, you will reach this divine beach with golden and super thin sand that it looks like flour.
Across the bay, surrounded by the impressive contrasts of color of the sea, it emerges Montaña Clara, a small and curious island of only 2.7 km². Also Montaña Clara has volcanic origin and it is part of the Chinijo archipelago along with La Graciosa.
Behind the beach we find a particular purple hill, called Montaña Bermeja (Red Mountain), which creates beautiful contrast colors with the surrounding environment: the green of the vegetation, the golden beach and the celestial blue of the sea and sky!
This beach is really something unique to see and, with no doubt, it’s worth a visit!
If you decide to explore the island and get away from Caleta del Sebo, you have to keep in mind that you will not find any shops or bars for refreshments or protection from the sun.
That’s why you should not forget to bring with you:
- At least one large bottle of water to keep you hydrated
- Something to eat in order not to lose energy
- A hat that repairs your head from the sun
- Sneakers, especially if you have to walk or go biking
Take a day off and visit this beautiful island, I promise you will not be disappointed!
If you prefer to visit it all around with more calm, there are several apartments on Airbnb site that you can rent for a few days.
If you have any questions about La Graciosa you can leave a comment below!