La Graciosa – 8th Island of Canary Islands ?

October 7, 2012 | By | Reply More

Graciosa Island is locally called  La Graciosa. It also like the other islands at Canary Islands is a volcanic island  located 2 kms north of the island of Lanzarote with the strait named Río separating the two islands. The island is part of Parque Natural del Archipiélago Chinijo, a natural reserve of the Biosphere, “Marine Reserve of La Graciosa and the islands to the North of Lanzarote” it is linked to the municipality of Teguise. The island forms a part of the Chinijo Archipelago.

ISLA DE GRACIOSA

Origin

The origin of the name Graciosa is unknown however one can imagine that it has been inspired by the fascinating colors of its beaches, the volcanic mountains and how they change in color from dawn to dusk from different shades of red, yellow the whole range of browns throughout the day due to the sun´s reflection on the ground and water.

The island has two main villages. The only two settlements are Caleta del Sebo, the capital which has a set of white houses and sandy streets. The other are the summer residence of many people living at Lanzarote called the Casas de Pedro Barba, which is  the harbour village is in the south eastern part of the island with houses encircling the harbour which has two piers and a yacht area in the bay.

 

Isla de Graciosa 2

As part of the Eastern most islands in the archipelago, and the smallest inhabited Canary Island, the island is extremely arid and entirely made up of bushes and dry soil. Its length is 8 kms (5.0 miles) and the width is 4 kms (2.5 miles), making an area of 29 km2 (11 sq miles). There are no natural water sources on the island desalinated water has been piped directly from neighbouring Lanzarote since 2001.

The mountains are low in height  The tallest mountain is Aguja Grandes rising to 266 m (873 ft). The second tallest is Las Agujas Chicas at 228 m (748 ft). Other mountains include Montaña Amarilla (Spanish for yellow mountain), situated in the southwestern part, and the crater-peaked Monte Bermeja to the northeast which is partially eroding in the lower part and whose height is 152 m (499 ft).

 

Beaches

The island’s many beaches include Playa Francesa to the southwest, Playa de la Cocina to the west, Playa Lambra to the east, and the magnificent and most famous beach the  Playa de las Conchas on the far side.

 

Watch this Youtube Video on La Graciosa

 

 

Population

The local population is about 700 people. Fishing and Tourism are the main industry  Every year, tourists flock to the island for its cristal clear waters, all round the year sunny climate and its sandy volcanic coasts. La Graciosa is located near one of the richest fishing grounds in the world, and this is the main source of income for its inhabitants apart from tourism.

The island has its own school, post office, super markets, bank, port, beaches, and bar-restaurants. .

Streets and roads on La Graciosa are unpaved with natural sand. Motor vehicles are strictly prohibited and limited to a handful of licensed vehicles for special purposes are allowed. Since there are no roads  almost all vehicles are SUV ´s which can operate on the sandy surface. Almost all vehicles are Land Rover as there is a technician who repairs these vehicles locally.  Most people walk or use bycycles.

 Watch this Youtube Video on Ferry to La Graciosa

 

 

Access to the Island is by a 35-minute ferry crossing from Orzola at Lanzarote to the harbour in the villaje based on the following Schedule :

 

FERRY TO GRACIOSA 

Transportation – Boat Schedule

 

From Lanzarote (Órzola) to La Graciosa

Daily : 08:00 / 10:00 / 10:30 / 12:00 / 13:00 / 13:30 * / 16:30 / 17:00 / 18:30

13:30 h. only Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

* July 15 to September 15

 

From La Graciosa to Lanzarote (Órzola)

Daily 07:00 / 08:00 / 09:30 / 11:00 / 11:30 / 12:30 * / 15:30 / 16:00 / 17:30 / 18:00 **

12:30 h. only Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

* From 15 July to 15 September

** From 01 July to 31 October

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